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welcome to newsday. i am mariko oi. i'm in singapore. the headlines. the world is in ‘unchartered terrotory‘ say health chiefs as the number of deaths from coronavirus passes three thousand. but what is it like to contract covid—19? we hearfrom one survivor on the impact of the virus. i almost felt like i wanted to go knock on the wall and talk to the other patient next door and have some conversation with a human being. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme. benjamin netanyahu claims victory in israel's third election in a year — but can he finally form a government? and on the eve of super tuesday
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— another boost forjoe biden in the race to take on president trump. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it is newsday. good morning. it's 9am in singapore and 1am in london. we've entered ‘uncharted territory'. that's the latest warning from the world health organization about the spreading coronavirus. deaths have now reached 3000 worldwide. italy in particular, saw a big jump on monday. but the head of the who said that in some places, containment measures were beginning to work. the bbc‘s laura trevelyan has this report.
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a symbol of how far and wide the coronavirus has spread, the most visited museum in the world, the louvre in paris, has been forced to close its doors to the public. there are four main hotspots for the virus across the globe. china has seen nearly half of all deaths, they have more than 80,000 infected people. south korea has 4300 cases. and both italy and iran have both over 1500 cases each. in the last 2a hours, there were almost nine times more cases reported outside of china than inside china. in the us, three more deaths were reported on monday at a nursing home in washington state. we are now starting to find more covid—i9 cases in washington. they appear to be acquired locally here in washington. and we now know that the virus is actively spreading in some communities here in washington. the majority of confirmed infections in the us so far, are people who were passengers
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on the cruise ship diamond princess, a couple who were quarantined on board and are now at an air force base in texas just learned they cannot leave as somebody in the group has tested positive for coronavirus. 0urfeelings and emotions have been a roller coaster. we are feeling frustrated, we are feeling shocked that we were supposed to go home and now we are not. we are disappointed. we miss our family. we miss ourfriends. we miss our life. as tensions rise, president trump faces criticism that his administration has been slow to respond to the outbreak. we are talking about a vaccine, may be a cure is possible. we will see about that. but we are talking about a vaccine. the president has tied his economic fortunes to the stock market. wall street rallied on monday after huge losses last week. amid hope the federal reserve will cut interest rates this month. but as testing for the coronavirus expands here in the us, it is likely more cases will be detected and it is unclear how far
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the virus is spread already. we'll get more on the coronavirus in a moment, and find out how much worse it might get. but let's take a look at some of the day's other news. israeli prime minister benjamin neta nyahu is just short of being able to form a majority government according to exit polls after israel's third election in under a year. the polls suggest netanyahu's likud is the largest party with about 37 seats while the blue and white alliance of his main rival benny gantz is on around 33. the bbc‘s anna foster is in tel aviv. the exit polls, all three of them are the three different main broadcasters here in israel and all three of them give benjamin
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netanyahu right wing block parties 66, the magic number is 61. for the things he said in the run—up come he seems to think that he can tempt and mk away from another party. to give him the majority government. here, they are treating it as a celebration. let me show you the hall here at the election party. you can hear the very loud pop music playing. you can see the flags waving. they are dancing here. 0ver there at the stage is set for benjamin netanyahu. he will take to the podium there and making what they call a victory speech. he has since spoken. we are talking about exit polls and waiting for the proper results and we expect those in a few days‘ time. let's bring you up—to—date with some of the other stories.
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pete bridges has endorsed joe biden for us president. earlier amy klobuchar pulled out. —— pete buttigieg. she also endorsed mr biden. all this before the crucial super tuesday primary votes in which 14 states will decide who they wa nt to ta ke 14 states will decide who they want to take on president trump. the taliban are to resume all talks on government forces in afghanistan just days after signing an agreement with the us which was billed as a step towards peace in the country. the deal include a commitment to halt peace talks with the afghan government but the taliban spokesman said that this will not happen unless 5000 taliban prisoners were released. the vatican has opened his archives on the wartime prophecy pius xii. they are kept secret decades admit accusations that he had turned accusations that he had turned a blind eye on the holocaust. critics say that he knew that
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nazi germany was murdering choose that he failed to act. the vatican says that pius xii work behind the scenes to save dues and dozens of scholars are preparing to pour over the many many documents. returning now to our top story. a little earlier i spoke to professor stephen morse who teaches epidemiology at columbia university and asked him whether he agreed with the who that the virus could be contained. i agree that we are in uncharted territory. the attempt to contain a something we have never done before. i think it is a remarkable and herculean effort, so it's really unprecedented. and we don't know at this stage whether it will succeed. so far it has held the virus back in a number of places. but it is hard to say whether that can really be sustained for very long. we are buying time however at the very least.
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some experts say that a0 to 70% of the world may get infected and that this should be treated as another seasonal flu. do you agree with that? well, i agree with part of that. it is certainly true that left to its own devices, if this were unchecked, probably about a0 to 70% of the world, at least theoretically, could become infected. as with a flu pandemic. i think it is very similar to what we have seen in flu pandemics, that would be my first thought about it. the seasonal flu comparison is also apt but the more seasonal effects might come later. not now. it seems like some are hoping that warmer weather in china and parts of the world could slow down the spread of the disease. is that true in your view? we won't know until it gets here. i think it is an optimistic point of view. i wish it were true.
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but i don't think we have a strong scientific basis for that. 0ther coronaviruses have managed to survive in hot climates like the middle east respiratory syndrome and even a number of flu pandemics have come during the summer rather than during the flu season. so i think it would be nice if it happens but i don't think we can depend on that. the who has come under a bit of criticism for not declaring it a global pandemic. how close are we to that? i think the term pandemic carries a lot of rather nasty connotations from many people. in fact, a pandemic technically is reallyjust an epidemic or an outbreak that is very widespread. so we really shouldn't be thinking that pandemic means something catastrophic or apocalyptic, however if it covers a broad area, then
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essentially it is a pandemic. once it continues to spread or if it continues to spread the, i think it will be a matter of deciding when it feels like a pandemic to people but it doesn't say anything about the severity. just the extent. professor stephen morris for the columbia university speaking to marika 0i earlier. much more on the coronavirus on a website. not to a bbc discovery. evidence that police in the indian capital of delhi have acted alongside hindu rioters during a wave of attacks on muslims last week. the death toll, in the religious violence has now risen to 46 — the deadliest in more than three decades. india's hindu nationalist government is coming under increasing pressure, as allegations of police complicity in the clashes, continue to emerge. the bbc‘s yogita limaye has sent this report. a warning — some viewers may find some of the following scenes disturbing. they are meant to protect all of india's people
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but here the police are seen with hindus, throwing stones towards muslims. videos like these have been emerging since the violence last week. we went to the street where the footage was filmed — a predominantly hindu one. this man described how the police helped them. "we didn't have enough stones here so the police brought us some and told us to throw them." across the road, we find the burnt out house of a muslim man. "i saw the police come in with the rioters, who set the shops on fire in front of them," he told me. we have been able to investigate how events unfolded at this one location, but on several instances now we have been told by people that the police were either
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complicit with or turned a blind eye to hindu mobs and used excessive force against muslims. this muslim man was beaten to death by the police. he was 23. in another video, he is seen lying unconscious with four other men. some of them are forced to sing india's national anthem to prove their patriotism. at the man's home, preparations for his funeral were being made when we went. "he couldn't stand up or sit down. my brother was in so much pain. his whole body had turned black and blue. he was beaten in such places that i can't even express it," his brother told me. rafik was one of those beaten with him. there is barely any part of his
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body that has not been wounded. "i'm too scared to go and get myself treated. the situation outside is so bad. the government has ruined india," he says. the delhi police did not respond to the allegations. the violence has torn apart a neighbourhood in delhi but its ripples have been felt around the country. among muslims, there is a deep sense of insecurity in an india under hindu nationalist rule. yogita limaye, bbc news, delhi. you're a watching newsday and the bbc. still to come... we speak to a former patient about her journey to speak to a former patient about herjourney to recovery. also coming up, we talked to the british author henry mantell about the final book in a
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blockbuster trilogy. —— hillary mantell. first, the plate slid gently off of the restaurant table. then suddenly, the tables, the chairs and people crashed sideways and downward. it was just a matter of seconds as the ferry lurched onto her side. the hydrogen bomb, on a remote pacific air tunnel, the americans had successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. i heard the news earlier. and so my hat went back and back. the constitutional rights of these marchers, are their rights of citizens of the united states, and they should be protected even in the right to test them out, so they don't get their heads broken and are sent to hospital. this religious controversy, i know you don't want to say too much about it, but do
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you worry about it that it will boil over in the states? it worries me, yeah. but i hope everything will be all right in the end of the day. welcome back. this is newsday on the bbc. i am mariko 0i. in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our main stories this hour... the head of the world health 0rganisation says the outbreak of the new coronavirus has entered uncharted territory, but can still be contained. with official results yet to be announced — israel's prime minister — bejamin netanyahu— has claimed victory in the country's third election in a year. let's ta ke let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. let's start with the japan times. reporting the country try ministrations our hobby is looking at implementing a state
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of emergency. that's country prime minister. —— shinzo abe. single parlays with the coronavirus and the reports on the warning from the 0ecd. and that the outbreak could cause an economy slump sleeper than that of the global financial crisis. more on that on asia business report. in the international edition of the new york times looks at a new smartphone software being introduced in china to dictate whether the users should be quarantined. the paper is this that the new software appears to represent a new form of automated social control, they could persist long after the epidemic subsides. marika, thank you for the newspapers there. we only have exit polls so far from official results i get to be announced.
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israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu israel prime minister benjamin neta nyahu is israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu is claiming victory in the country start election injust one year. in the country start election in just one year. we have a freelance reporter in tel aviv. she agrees that mr netanyahu could be on the cusp of achieving a conclusive victory. israel is going to be in limbo probably at least for the next 24 probably at least for the next 2a hours because they are just starting to count real vice. afterwards, they are all of the special votes. that's kind of real votes. votes like the isolation voting places for people quarantined for corona and soldiers votes and so forth. so i expect in the next 2a hours, the numbers will still go up and down. but netanyahu is on the cusp of actually possibly having a victory. what happens with the blue and white given that benjamin netanyahu in the next few weeks will have that corruption trial? what happened with
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they're campaigning? why couldn't benny gantz convince the voters? that is the $24 million question. what we can definitely say is that that has been a failure for the opposition party, that tried to present itself as a centrist movement for good government. whether or not neta nyahu will actually win, we still don't know. but the fact that they have lost is clear. and you are right. on march 17, mr netanyahu faces trial at the jerusalem district court and it does appear that the israeli public, at least 50% of it, said we don't care. we have been here before. this is the third election within just under a year. if he does get these 37 seats is that enough for him to form a government or will we see that kind of discussion ongoing and potentially a fourth election even? there is definitely potentially a fourth election in the offing.
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mr netanyahu, if his party gets the 37 seats, he is still far from the 61 minimum he needs. so either way, he will be immediately immersed in coalition negotiations. at the same time he is supposed to be preparing his legal defence and that is going to create an enormous amount of pressure because netanyahu is slated to ask his potential coalition partners to approve laws that might even annull the trial and completely change israel's legal way of functioning. and they are expected to ask him for quite a lot in return for that. in a sentence, is there not absoulte election apathy now and voters are sick and tired of this? no. the israeli voting participation has gone up with each of these folks in the last three elections.
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let's return now to the coronavirus. while it can have devastating consequences, the vast majority who catch it, d0 recover. few though want to talk about their experience, partly because of the stigma attached to it. one woman in singapore decided it was time to speak out. here's her story. 0n the 3rd of february, i had a fever. 38.2, 38.5. i took medicine. i was well enough. i just felt a bit tired. i remember sleeping the whole day. and then after that the fever went. for the rest of the week, i was well. i didn't have anything, not even a sniffle or a cough. however, on the seventh, february, early in the morning like three o'clock, i woke up and the room was spinning.
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isolation is basically four walls with a door. i got my food through a secure hatch. my medication, my change of clothing, my towel, yes, you have the phone and can text someone. but just being completely with no human interaction, almost felt like i wanted to go knock on the wall and just talk to the other patient next door, just to have some conversation with a human being. i don't know long term impact. the only thing that i know is that i cannot walk for long. simply because i will feel a little bit short of breath. and i feel the need to sit down. and that is something that has never happened to me before.
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i just think that this was a flu that was in the global limelight, and people are worried because they know nothing at this point in time. they know very little. and i think when you have fear, whether it is large or a little scale, it breeds a lot of ignorance and a lot of prejudice. thank you to julie thank you tojulie for sharing her experiences with us. thomas cromwell was the chief adviser to henry the eighth one of the most powerful men in 16th century england. novels about his life by dame hilary mantel have sold more than five million copies around the world. and now, after an eight year wait, the third instalment is out. the author has been speaking with our arts correspondent rebecca jones.
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480 years ago, thomas cromwell was here at the tower of london, awaiting execution. what better place, then, to discuss the final novel in hilary mantel‘s turbulent tudor history? but at 900 pages, and with a vast cast of characters, she acknowledges it's a challenging read. i can't deny it's demanding, but i make no apologies for asking a lot of commitment from my reader. the mirror and the light completes the story of henry viii's chief adviser, thomas cromwell, begun in wolf hall and bring up the bodies. our case is slender. .. both were prize—winning novels, adapted successfully for stage and screen. do not be a viper in my bosom... and hilary mantel says our relentless scrutiny of the monarchy — especially
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royal wives — spans the ages. i think there's still an intense concentration on the bodies of royal women. we only have to look at what happens when our royal ladies give birth. they are perceived as public property, in the same way that tudor women were perceived. it is simply turning the individual woman back into a breeder. i did wonder what you made of the treatment of the duchess of sussex. do you think she's been a victim of racism? it brings me back to this question of the body. it does include the skin, so racism is a factor. i think it's more deeply embedded in people's consciousness than any of us are willing to admit. couldn't it have been managed
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with less bloodshed ? hilary mantel‘s already adapting her new book for the stage, and she says she'd now rather work in the theatre than at home, writing novels. i've spent enough time sitting in a room by myself and, you know, i'm not sure i want to die at my desk. so, you've got to be, erm, sane about this. the much awaited novel of air from dame hillary mantell. you have been watching newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. and i'm mariko 0i in singapore.stay with us — coming up in business news. with millions of people in china still under lockdown, we will be walk you through the empty streets of beijing. we will in the programme on paris. you can see estella mccarthy model show. she sent giant animals down the
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catwalk. that stella mccartney. 0ur message, we see a lot of animals on catwalks but they are normally dead. strong message from stella mccartney. hello. still significant flooding around but it is nice to get away from february relentless great intercourse, went into see something brighter. blue in the skies, many of us did during monday. there were still some big showers around. no one is suggesting this week is dry. but there is texture in the sky for the time being. things are a bit quieter. we will get a bit of sunshine again in the day ahead. there were also still be some showers are brown. the big picture showing if you disturb her sister the uk with the showers on tuesday. but eyeing up showers on tuesday. but eyeing up the area of low pressure. this looks like another spell of rain. we will see it that moment. tuesday, cold and
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frosty. icy patches, if you showers, one area showers clearing away from northeast england and scotland first thing and end of the pulling away from northern ireland and wales during the morning but then this has to fit across scotland. the shower could be heavy and which are on the hills and hell possible, behind it that shower comes back. increasingly so, to wales. —— hale is possible. some of us have temperatures in double figures. most of us will not. it is breezy and quite blustery. no where near as when he is and has been. with a mainly light winds and clear skies on tuesday night, that means it will be a widespread frost around. look at this cloud and some rain heading in toward southwest england and wales. meet the temperature not going down too far and recovering it later in the night. that rain is from that area of low pressure i showed you so uncertainty about half north it will get but a new forecast ta kes north it will get but a new forecast takes it further north. that does mean a spell of rain heading through much of
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england and wales. going towards southern scotland and ireland. not necessarily just rain, snow and more in the pennines for a time as overnight and into thursday, the outbreaks of rain continued the outbreaks of rain continued the parts of england and wales and then on thursday we were slowly clear from the east and southeast of england. behind that, it will turn dry on thursday, a bit brighter and temperatures pretty much where they are going to be throughout they are going to be throughout the week. then in another area of what weather aiming at us for friday. this weather front has to move through and then low pressure looks to become again for the weekend. what does that mean over the weekend? it means there will be another spell of rain heading our way unfortunately in the wings will start to pick up as well. although without the temperature will recover a few degrees but it does mean not as much of that sunshine.
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hello, welcome, i'm kasia madera
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with bbc world news. our lead story is the head of the world health organisation says the outbreak of the new coronavirus has entered uncharted territory, but can still be contained. the number of people killed worldwide is now over 3000. 0ne killed worldwide is now over 3000. one of the countries worst affected outside of china, italy, has seen a jump outside of china, italy, has seen a jump in its death toll from 3a to 52. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu 52. israel's prime minister benjamin neta nyahu has declared 52. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu has declared victory in the country's their election in a year. but exit polls suggest he could still fall short of the majority. and this video is doing well, getting a lot of attention on our website, the british designer's stella mccartney fashion show in paris. to showcase animal free clothing range. many thanks for watching bbc world news. we have
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