tv BBC World News BBC News June 15, 2020 12:00am-12:31am BST
this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. railway carriages in india are being turned into makeshift hospital wards as coronavirus cases surge. nearly 12,000 new cases reported in the last 2a hours. the killing of another african american man during an arrest in atlanta prompts fresh condemnation and despair. the london protest image of one man carrying another to safety that's become a symbol of unity. i wasn't thinking, i was just thinking of the human being on the floor. it wasn't going to
end well had we not intervened. sushant singh rajput, one of the biggest stars in hollywood, has been found dead in his apartment in mumbai. bell tolls bells london have rung 72 times this evening to honour the victims of the grenfell tower fire on the third anniversary of the disaster. hello. india's federal government has announced new plans to deal with a surge in coronavirus infections in delhi and a shortage of hospital beds as the country struggles to contain its covid—19 infection rate. india's total number of confirmed cases puts it fourth in the world in the pandemic with 12,000
new cases registered in a single day on saturday. reged ahmad reports. this is the coronavirus intensive care unit in delhi at one of india's top private hospitals. the beds and treatment like this is expensive and hard to come by as the number of covid—19 cases climb. the shortage of beds has become so acute, patients have told stories of going from hospital to hospital in search of treatment. now in an attempt to deal with the crisis, india's home minister says 500 railway coaches will be converted to create a thousand beds for covid—19 patients in delhi and has promised a rapid increase in testing as well. india has been converting train carriages into isolation ward since april. doctors say a failure to test adequately has been one of the reasons behind the surging cases. i think the one thing which our government
is underestimating is the increased testing, because we have to stop the chain of transmission. on friday the supreme transmission. on friday the supreme criticised delhi and three other states are saying covid—i9 patients were being treated worse than animals. delhi's chief minister has largely defended his state's handling of the pandemic. translation: we have been making a note and trying to identify the problems in the system and to rectify them so that more people don't suffer in the coming days. but we are not perfect. not everything is all right. there is a lot lacking in our system, but at the same time, everything is broken either. the situation has been further complicated by india's easing of a slot down after restrictions began to ta ke after restrictions began to take a huge economic toll country. some businesses, markets and place of worship have been allowed to open backup, but the move has been criticised for being too soon
and too fast. i think this is not the right time to open up the economy. the government must first control the coronavirus because coronavirus isa coronavirus because coronavirus is a deadly disease. people's alive has much more important than any other factors and the government must take care of people's life first. delhi is a third worst affected state in india and the chief minister says a number of infections in the city could be more than half a million by the end of july. it is a race against the clock now to get the pandemic under control. reged ahmad, bbc news. health officials are warning that latin america is now the epicentre of the global coronavirus pandemic with some of its biggest economies reporting record numbers of infections. mexico city saw a car caravan protest on sunday against the president's handling of the outbreak there. mexico reported 424 new deaths on saturday, taking the total to almost 17,000.
on saturday, chile, argentina, peru and colombia all reported record numbers of coronavirus infections. but the worst affected country in the region remains brazil where more than 43,000 people have died of covid—19, second only to the us. it has more than 850,000 confirmed cases. and on sunday the mayor of sao paulo, brazil's biggest city, who's been battling cancer since last year, confirmed that he's now tested positive. translation: after four negative tests, today u nfortu nately i negative tests, today unfortunately i tested positive for covid—19, for coronavirus. ido for covid—19, for coronavirus. i do deposit advice since i have no symptoms is to die at home. —— is to stay at home. camilla mota, our correspondent in sao paulo, told us it's a mixed picture for coronavirus cases in different parts of brazil.
may was a really green month for some states, it was when we saw the healthcare system really collapse, so people were dying at home, they were dying at basic healthcare units because they were not able to get icu beds. the situation started to look a bit better now injune, either because health authorities were able to increase the system's capacity or because quarantine measures were able to flatten the curve of infection, so that's what state governors are relying on to reopen the economy. but in other parts of the country, we still see that the infection is accelerating, and not only that, the disease is moving from big cities to medium and small cities where the infrastructure is weaker so authorities fear that we may see those sad stories unfold once again in the coming weeks. let's get some of the day's other coronavirus news. french president emmanuel
macron has defended his coronavirus strategy and set out a plan to return france to normal. he said that borders would reopen from monday to visitors from many other eu countries. mr macron also promised to consult more widely and to do more to tackle inequality. meanwhie, the united states' top infectious disease official, anthony fauci, has warned that it may be some time before restrictions on foreign travellers can be lifted. he told a british newspaper that he hoped a degree of normality would be reached within a year or so. shops in england will reopen on monday for the first time since most were shut in march at the start of the lockdown. non—essential shops such as those selling clothes, shoes and toys will welcome customers once again, but with measures to prevent the spread of the virus. a white policeman involved in the fatal shooting of a black man in the us city
of atlanta has been sacked after a night of unrest over the killing. another officer involved has been put on leave and the city's police chief has resigned. atlanta is one of many us cities to have seen protests since the killing last month of george floyd by police in minneapolis. a warning — you may find some of the images and details in aleem maqbool‘s report distressing. america is here again — analysing the killing of a black man at the hands of the police. somebody called 911 because you were asleep behind the wheel while you were at the drive—through, right? rayshard brooks had been asleep in his car beside a fast—food restaurant. i'm not causing any problems. we've got to make sure that you're safe to operate a vehicle. independent investigators have released this footage taken on police body cameras.
blow, blow, blow, blow, stop. very good. it shows that after he failed a breath test, the officers tried to arrest mr brooks. put your hands behind your back. hey! hands off the taser! but during a struggle, he grabs one of their tasers. during a brief chase, he turns to point the taser at the officer, who responds by firing live ammunition. 27—year—old rayshard brooks died at the scene. given his offence, the fact he hadn't had a lethal weapon, and that he was running away, not attacking, there's been condemnation. i firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. i do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force. protesters let their anger be known.
the restaurant that staff had called the police was set on fire. and though the officer who fired the shots has been sacked, the other placed on leave and the police chief has resigned, lawyers for the brooks family conveyed the sheer exhaustion that many here feel at case after case like this. i could even say we want justice, but i don't even care anymore, i don't even know what that is. and i've been doing this for 15 years. i don't know what justice is anymore. is it getting him arrested? is it getting somebody fired? is it a chief stepping down? i know that this isn't justice, what's happening in society right now. chanting it's the chant that has been echoing around the country in recent weeks. those taking to the streets again are waiting for that to lead to meaningful change. aleem maqbool, bbc news in washington. britain's prime minister,
boris johnson, has announced he is setting up a commission to look into all aspects of inequality in response to anti—racism protests triggered by the killing of george floyd. he gave no details, but said he wanted to stamp out racism, and stop discrimination and the sense of victimisation. meanwhile, a man has been charged with outraging public decency after a photograph emerged from a protest on saturday of a man apparently urinating next to the memorial of a policeman who was killed in the 2017 westminster attack. but another photograph of a black briton coming to a white protester‘s aid has been praised as a symbol of unity. june kelly reports. after a ll after all the sound and fury on the street yesterday, these photographs cut through. they have become defining images during these days of conflict. patrick hutchinson is one of a group who were out in london
looking to help anyone from any background who needed it. they say the man they rescued had become separated from his protest group and was in danger from rival demonstrators.” scooped him up into a fireman‘s carry and sort of marched him out with the guys around me, protecting me and shielding me and protecting this guy from getting further punishment. on social media, he said simply, we save a life today. with the violence yesterday was sparked by those who said they had come to the heart of london to protect statues and defend british history. instead, they turned into an attack mob and their target was the police. far right supporters were among them. and in the mayhem, a tribute to a modern day hero was defiled. 0ne protester was pictured urinating on the memorial to pc keith palmer, murdered in a terror attack at
westminster. what we can't accept is people hijacking peaceful demonstrations and turning them into very ugly attacks on the police or on public monuments. we can't accept that, and people who do that will feel the full force of the law. there was tension today in glasgow following a protest from a group called the loyalist defence league. they wa nt loyalist defence league. they want a statue of the fauna prime minister sir robert peel to remain in place after there we re to remain in place after there were calls for it to be removed. meanwhile, around the country, there has been a series of peaceful demonstrations in support of black lives matter. this was leeds. no justice, no black lives matter. this was leeds. nojustice, no peace! in totte n ha m leeds. nojustice, no peace! in tottenham in north london, they remembered black lives matter ‘s. and in conniving, people of different ages and backgrounds also took a knee.
june kelly, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the killing that shook the world — is the death of george floyd a watershed moment for the politics of race in america? there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for 40 years, forcibly classified each citizen according to race. just a day old, and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government
from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night, but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: new emergency measures are being introduced in india to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases in delhi. the shooting of another african—american man during a us arrest has prompted fresh condemnation of the use of deadly force by police. atlanta is one of many us cities to have seen protests since the killing last month of george floyd. and around the world, thousands of people have joined marches against racism.
the bbc‘s clive myrie reports. george floyd's death was an american tragedy that sparked an outpouring of anger and soul—searching. we don't want no more police. but look at the faces. we are done dying! it wasn't just black america that was appalled, but white america too. chanting: don't shoot, don't shoot! this is a seismic shift in attitudes towards police brutality and racism. it was a point addressed by one black veteran civil rights activist at george floyd's funeral who had marched side—by—side with dr martin luther king. back in the days when i used to be part of marches, all the marchers were black. but now, there are white
people who know the story, and there are hispanics who know the story, and there are asians who know the story. it's the denial on the part of much of white america that racism is widespread and real that's helped perpetuate the discrimination that they claim doesn't exist. listen to charlie sykes, a former right—wing talkshow host and staunch republican conservative. if you're a white american you might think this happens but it's random, it's a few bad apples here and there, but i think what we have been seeing the last couple of weeks is the recognition that it's notjust a few bad apples, it is systemic, it's incredibly widespread and that this situation, in fact, we have been in denial on it. penny sitz lives in one of minneapolis‘ comfortable suburbs, three streets away from the police officer who knelt on george floyd's neck. for the first time in her life,
she's been taking part in street protests with her family. what has surprised me in the past week has been seeing how widespread the abuse is and the brutality is. this is something i had no idea about. i knew it happened in a few big cities but i didn't think it was as widespread as it is. george floyd's brutal death held up a mirror to this country and most americans didn't like what they saw. if lasting change does come, it will be because of the sacrifice of one man who managed to bridge a once unbridgeable racial divide. clive myrie, bbc news. one of bollywood's best known actors, sushant singh rajput, has been found dead in his apartment in mumbai. police believe the 34—year—old may have killed himself. rajput was best known for his acting in a biopic on former indian cricket
team captain m s dhoni. the bbc‘s ishleen kaur has been telling me more. every bollywood celebrities have been paying their tributes on social media, utterly upset, heartbreaking and he was just 34. someone who is at the peak of his career and to find this news of his death is quite shocking. also the police have now confirmed that he might have taken his own life and eve ryo ne have taken his own life and everyone has come out and support, they have expressed their grief, their condolences, premised on the rent remotely has called him a bright young man stopping many bollywood celebrities, actors, they have all mentioned and come out and paid their tributes. and he had a very unconventional arrival to where he was in the film industry, what was his background? indeed, a lot of people have now called him an
outsider, a self—starter. he wasn't someone who always wa nted wasn't someone who always wanted to be an actor but someone who pursued engineering and then he gave up an opportunity to study at sta nford opportunity to study at stanford university to pursue a career in bollywood. he started with a small screen and then he got a chance to work on a film in bollywood that won acclaim at berlin festival and then his career catapulted with ms dhonl career catapulted with ms dhoni. and so many people are talking about mental health? that is because reports are saying he might have suffered some kind of depression. someone who has always been outspoken about her struggle of depression has come out and said the importance to communicate, talk to each other and support each other, because they have said this industry can sometimes be very challenging, very unforgiving and the news that came out about susha nt and the news that came out about sushant singh rajput has woken up everyone and emphasised the fact that they
need to talk about their struggles, they need to be more forgiving and look out for each other in the industry. in portugal, a senior police source who has seen the german evidence against the key suspect in the investigation into madeleine mccann‘s disappearance — has told the bbc it is very important and significant. residents in the resort of praia da luz have criticised the portuguese operation for being too slow. lucy williamson reports. new perspectives are hard to spot from the cliffs above praia da luz. the view from he has barely changed since madeleine mccann disappeared. this patch of scrubland, dotted with crumbling ruins is where the british police searched six years ago for clues. we now know thatjust a few hundred metres away, over this small ridge, was the house where christian b lived in the years before she vanished. coincidence, or a missed opportunity?
today, a senior portuguese police source who has seen the german evidence told me that it was very important and significant and that the portuguese were keen to co—operate. when police were searching here six years ago they had already been given christian b's name among hundreds of potential suspects, but were they aware that this man with previous convictions for child sexual offences had lived for years overlooking this land? a neighbour told me the first time police had contacted her was last year. christian b had been a difficult tenant, she said, squatting in the house without paying rent. after he was no longer there, which was about 2005, a friend and i together with the owner cleaned the place out and it was in a terrible state. really, it had been ransacked, food had been left, it looked like he had left in a hurry but we probably weren't there until four or five months after he had left, unaware that he was no longer there.
christian bs name has appeared in four separate requests for international cooperation received by the portuguese police. he already had a record of child sexual offences, but he'd never been a key suspect until now. praia da luz is 90% english visitors. maybe nobody thought to check german criminal records, or french, or spanish, or anything else. madeline's photo has become a symbol here in praia da luz of police failure and press intrusion. three police forces and one little girl. could this be the end of their journey to find each other? lucy williamson, bbc news, praia da luz. church bells have rung out across london 72 times to honour the victims of the grenfell tower fire, on the third anniversary of the disaster. the grenfell united campaign group says the fight for safe homes and justice continues, as nothing has changed, since the fire. sima kotecha reports.
church bells told in unison across london this evening. 72 times to remember each victim who died on that day. and then came their names. due to coronavirus, services were online, song and press. we are still going through the grieving process and the rest of the country right now is grieving because of covid and people have lost families and friends ahead of their time. and we're grieving with them and, you know, covid brought a lot of bad emotions for us, especially for how things
were after the fire because there are a lot of similarities, you know, glued to the tv, listening to the numbers of deaths rising every day. the blaze spread through the 24—storey block after a fridge—freezer caught fire. cladding on the tower block was blamed for the fire spreading rapidly. it triggered a feeling among some that the underprivileged were not being cared for. this year's anniversary comes as britain and the world reflect on racial inequality. that's why feelings of social injustice that were so painful at the time of the fire are likely to be brought into sharper focus. ministers had promised to replace all similar material in tower blocks by this month, but thousands of buildings are still deemed dangerous. earlier, green balloons surrounded the tower, the colour now a symbol of solidarity. singing. all day in unusual circumstances they came together to remember. lives lost, hearts broken and families still hoping
for answers. sima kotecha, bbc news. you're watching bbc news, more coming up shortly. hello there, the broad weather pattern is going to change very little, many places in the south of england having a warm and sunny day on sunday, a dramatic skyline, though, in the north—west of england following those late in the day thundery showers, and an area of low pressure is keeping this very u nsta ble of low pressure is keeping this very unstable air across the uk to more showers to come. a lot of low cloud is dreaming and of the north sea at the moment so a great start in some places but over the weekend we keep this mixture of warm sunshine, some heavy and thundery downpours stopping many places starting dry on monday, great starting dry on monday, great start for much of scotland in the north—east of england down
to lincolnshire and east anglia, burning back to coastal areas, sunshine develops more widely as it warms up we develop those showers particularly in the afternoon stopping some of them heavy and thundery, not many showers across england, probably more chance of picking up some downpours as you move northwards into the north—west of england and perhaps northern ireland, againa of england and perhaps northern ireland, again a few sharp showers are possible in western scotla nd showers are possible in western scotland where it is going to be an awful lot warmer than it will be for eastern scotland where we are struggling with that low cloud, the haar that is coming in of the north—east oppy is coming in of the north—east 0ppy there will be a few sharp showers still around in the evening. those will then fade away overnight, but we have still got this flabby area of low pressure, not a great deal to see on the pressure chart but enough low pressure and enough instability in the air to bring us more showers, and many places will start the day dry on tuesday again, a great start for the north—east of the uk, should brighten up in most areas, but again we trigger
those showers, probably more widely those showers developing during the day on tuesday, again some slow—moving, heavy perhaps thundery downpours and images again typically into the low 20s, as they will be again on wednesday stopping not a great deal is changing, those showers developing, perhaps this time more towards the west and the south of the uk, so for eastern scotland, north—east of england while it may be a bit grey at times it should be largely dry and there may be some sunshine at times as well. temperatures not changing a great deal over the week ahead, we keep those heavy thundery showers going through thursday and friday, particularly across more southern parts of the uk as it dries up further north.
this is bbc news. the headlines: india's federal government has announced new plans to deal with a surge in coronavirus infections in delhi as the country struggles to contain its covid—19 infection rate. india's total number of confirmed cases puts it fourth in the world in the pandemic with 12,000 new cases registered in a single day on saturday. the shooting of another african—american man during a us arrest has prompted fresh condemnation of the use of deadly force by police. rayshard brooks was shot dead as he fled from officers in atlanta late on friday. the city's police chief has quit and the officer involved has been fired. people joined together in a virtual memorial to mark the third anniversary of the grenfell tower fire. church bells rang out 72 times across london to remember the victims of the disaster.