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 Nov 1, 2018


Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.

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US Surgeon General: Coronavirus is "our 9/11 moment"
The United States surgeon general has issued a warning to the American public that next week will be their "Pearl Harbor" or "9/11" moment, as that is when deaths from Covid-19 are expected to peak in places such as New York. Jerome Adams said in a television interview that for many Americans the coming days would be the hardest and saddest of their lives. We hear from an emergency department doctor in New Orleans about why the outbreak has hit the city particularly hard. Also on the programme: In a rare broadcast to the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth has urged people to show self-discipline and resolve during the pandemic; and are countries around the world using "Wild West methods" to source face masks from China? (Image: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Apr 05, 2020
Fears for world’s largest refugee settlement as Coronavirus draws closer
The United Nations and human rights groups are calling for the internet to be restored in the world’s largest refugee settlement to help in the fight against the virus. But the situation is not much better in other refugee camps around the world. An NGO worker tells us how the situation is in Samos, in Greece. Also in the programme: Iran has announced that some economic activities will resume from next Saturday; and we hear from Italian novelist Francesca Melandri and her views about life with the pandemic. (Photo: A clinic worker checks the body temperature of a Rohingya man at a local clinic facility in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Getty Images).
Apr 05, 2020
Cyber criminals attack hospitals battling coronavirus: Interpol
The international police agency Interpol has warned that cyber criminals are targeting hospitals at the forefront of the coronavirus response. It said that criminals were planting malicious software that blocks computers unless a ransom is paid, mainly through emails containing an infected link. We speak to Interpol's Secretary-General Jürgen Stock. Also in the programme: Russia is using facial recognition technology to enforce its lockdown; and we look at the emergence of what's been labelled "pandemic pop". (A source code on a computer: EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO)
Apr 04, 2020
Coronavirus: Spain records lowest death number in a week
The death toll in Spain has risen by 809 in 24 hours, the first time in three days that the daily toll has been under 900. Spain has a total of 124,736 cases - more than Italy and the government is considering extending the lockdown for another two weeks. Also in the programme: How a Palestinian shoemaker started the West Bank’s only face-mask factory overnight; and Britain's opposition Labour Party has a new, more moderate leader - the former human rights lawyer, Sir Keir Starmer. (Photo: A general view of the almost empty Plaza Castilla in central Madrid, Spain. Credit:EPA).
Apr 04, 2020
Pressure eases on Spain's intensive care units
New trends suggest social distancing and other Covid-19 measures are working in Spain, where the daily death toll from the coronavirus fell slightly for the first time this week. Also in the programme: In the absence of national restrictions, Brazil's favelas are organising their own responses to the virus; and is China's "face-mask diplomacy" a ploy to turn a national disaster into a global triumph? (Picture: Health workers Barcelona applaud citizens who showed their gratitude to hospital staff from balconies and windows last week. Credit: Nacho Doce/Reuters)
Apr 03, 2020
How will the pandemic affect the US election?
After the Democratic Party postpones naming its presidential candidate, and the Republican convention no longer seems set in stone, could the US presidential elections this November fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic? Also in the programme: French police crackdown on people breaking the lockdown for a traditional Easter holiday exodus from the cities, and a love-story for the age of the Coronavirus. (Picture: A Florida poll worker wipes up a voter check-in counter while waiting on voters to arrive. Credit: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Apr 03, 2020
US jobless claims hit new record
Fresh claims for unemployment benefit in the United States have more than doubled in a week, as the labour market has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Also in the programme: can Venezuela cope with a significant outbreak? And Noam Chomsky on a radical solution to the economic shock. (Picture: A spike in a graph from the US bureau of Labor Statistics. Credit: BBC)
Apr 02, 2020
Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work?
After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructs all Israelis to wear face masks in public, we ask, when are masks useful and when are they not? Also on the programme: Could cruise ships have done more to reduce on-board coronavirus infections? And, historian Yuval Noah Harari says we have stark choices to make about our post-pandemic future. (Picture: A woman wearing a face mask is reflected in a window as she leaves a shop in Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images)
Apr 02, 2020
UK authorities under fire over Corona Virus testing
The UK government is facing growing pressure to ramp up coronavirus testing, as the UK saw its biggest daily increase in deaths. Some 2,352 virus patients have died in hospital as on Tuesday - up 563 in a day. Also in the programme: Spain's deaths pass 9,000 but infection rate slows; and fear in the US as coronavirus trajectory appears similar to Italy. (Photo: Drive-Through Coronavirus Test Site in England. Credit: Getty Images).
Apr 01, 2020
European toll passes 30,000
Spain has once more seen its worst day yet in the coronavirus pandemic. The infection rate in Italy is starting to slow, but doctors tell us they were unprepared. We also speak to Italy's coronavirus adviser. Also in the programme: How 3D printing is helping the protective equipment shortage for health workers and how prepared is Afghanistan, with hundreds of thousands of citizens returning from Iran, where there has been a big outbreak. Picture: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome 01/04/2020. Credit: Reuters.
Apr 01, 2020
India sees biggest daily rise in infections
India remains under lockdown imposed last week. Globally the number of infections has passed the 800,000 mark with 38,000 fatalities. Also in the programme: the chef giving away his food for free; and how many Covid-19 cases are there in Russia? Photo: A delivery man with his face covered with a cloth delivers gas canister in Chennai (CREDIT: Arun SANKAR / AFP)
Mar 31, 2020
Coronavirus: US toll climbs
A US Navy ship has arrived in New York to relieve pressure on the city's overstretched hospitals by freeing up beds for coronavirus patients. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has called on the Trump administration to provide more medical supplies. Also in the programme: the Hungarian parliament has voted to allow the government to rule by decree indefinitely because of the pandemic; and we hear from Ethiopia's health minister, Lia Tadesse, on why greater global cooperation and sharing of resources is needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Credit: EPA)
Mar 30, 2020
Trump pushes back return to normal
President Trump has revised his previous goal of a return to normal by Easter, asserting that “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won." Also in the programme: A US nurse tells us of her fear of a return to wartime medicine, with medics having to chose which patients to save; and a huge rise in enrolment for an online course in the Science of Wellbeing, amid anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus worldwide. (Photo: US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., 29 March 2020. Credit: Reuters/Al Drago)
Mar 30, 2020