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right here in this case we need to step away from gaming people are not necessarily game perfect this is a journey of progress though not perfect on how to 0. coronavirus cases in the u.s. top 100000 president trump signs a $2.00 trillion dollar stimulus package. hello i'm daryn jordan this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up more than 900 deaths in italy in a single day despite a 2 week lockdown the number of coded 1000 infections there is now the 2nd highest in the world. and spain records its highest number of virus deaths in a single day 769 died in 24 hours as infections rise among health care workers.
we must follow the evidence. there are short cuts and a warning from the world health organization over the use of untested medicines to treat the virus. welcome to the program a sad page in history those are the words of italy's president as the death toll from the virus continues to mount on friday it's only reported the highest number of virus related deaths of any country after 919 people died in just 24 hours well the number of confirmed cases has increased as well there are now more than 86000 infections there meanwhile the spanish government has called on the european union to provide urgent financial help more than $750.00 people died there in the last 24 hours meanwhile in the united states president trump has signed into law
a $2.00 trillion dollar stimulus package it will speed up government payments to americans and increase jobless benefits for millions out as it was rob reynolds begins our coverage. the u.s. navy hospital ship mercy sailed into los angeles harbor equipped with 1000 hospital beds and 800 medical staffers they will treat patients who do not have coded 19 freeing up space at l.a. hospitals for an expected surge of coronavirus cases the u.s. now has more than $100000.00 confirmed cases at its capacity today will add a 3rd more available beds and at full capacity 2 thirds more beds to the fight here in los angeles california governor gavin newsom thanks president donald trump for facilitating the ship's deployment he says the numbers of corona virus cases and deaths will rise steeply over the next 3 weeks they're seeing surge numbers that
put them on track within a week to be aligned with where new york city currently is if they see the kind of increases they experienced yesterday in new york city is the country's hardest hit location doctors there say they don't have proper equipment to care for sick patients every target of the friendship i'm just very frustrated because we're doing everything that we can to help everyone to see everyone to treat everyone but we have limited resources and not as much support new york governor andrew cuomo says the peak number of cases is still weeks away now we're looking at about 21 days for a possible apacs so we want to do everything we can to be ready for that increased capacity. that could hit us in 21 days so i say my friends that we go out there today. and we can't coronavirus
a that's what i say the motion is adopted. in washington congress passed a 2 trillion dollar emergency aid and relief bill this bill is the most consequential piece of legislation that many of us will ever boat on the american people need help and they need it now the bill gives bailouts to major corporations affected by the pandemic extends unemployment benefits and provides cash payments to families president trump quickly signed it into law this is going to save companies that are incredible companies but that are going to need some help because of what happened a month ago they were outstanding they were having the best year they ever had and then we got hit and so we'll help them out it's thousands and millions of jobs trump repeatedly praised his coronavirus response the federal government set a hell of a job in spite of trump's boasts new hot spots are emerging in chicago detroit
dallas and philadelphia a disturbing sign of things to come rob reynolds al-jazeera wenlock especially as chief medical officer at the sensation of state and territorial health officials he explained how they approach being taken by the u.s. is impacting medical path. i mean that state has a public health system that is based on the activities in jurisdiction of state governments and so that's what you're seeing fall into place now and i think that system has worked well in the past and i think that as we watch state governments are stepping up half the capacity they have the expertise to do what's necessary to intervene with this situation you know at the same time they're working closely with the federal government and that's what's going to need to happen going forward and frankly that that has been happening so far and that's
a good thing the issue that we're having with protective equipment for belfast most is a major problem and we have to overcome that. you know we we're doing everything we can in the united states to increase manufacturing of this equipment we do have a strategic national stockpile we have a supply of various medical equipment that's kept in reserve for situations like that that stockpiles now been opened up and it's being disseminated out to the places that are the most in need so there is. there is the potential for some increase equipment in those areas but we're really counting on more supplies to come in from manufacturers and other sources some of this is this this is probably the greatest thing pacing us. well the epicenter of the outbreak in the us is in new york and the borough of queens is feeling it more acutely than anywhere gabriel
is on the as a story now from new york. they're sick and in urgent need of a doctor but with the emergency room hospital inundated with coronavirus patients and no available beds they arrive early in the morning to wait in line to try to get seen inside elmhurst hospital medical staff struggled to keep people alive in 124 hour period 13 people died covert 19 the hospital has 500 beds and is overcapacity all of me in the room in the evening. they all have. a nurse shared video with the new york times eclipse of what it's like inside another doctor speaking anonymously describe the situation like this it's just like a tidal wave the only beds we have been able to free up are people who have died it's a pretty dire situation covert is completely taking over the hospital they need help
and they need help in a real way i've talked to a lot of friends of mine are working there. they've been inundated with the haitian right now. truly is ground 0. elmhurst hospital is in queens an ethnically diverse borough made up mostly of working class immigrants more people have died here than in any other area of new york city. health insurance is a luxury many here don't have elmhurst is a so-called safety net hospital that won't deny services to anybody even if they can't pay but it simply can't keep up with demand. perhaps most ominous of all is that in this surge of sick people needing hospitalization isn't supposed to hit for at least another 2 weeks there's a health care crisis with the number of new yorkers infected with corona virus
increasing by the thousands every day it's not a matter of if hospitals here reach a breaking point it's a matter of when and based on what we're seeing here at hospital that breaking point might be now. new york but as a reporter there's been a steep rise in the number of virus rated deaths in italy it's taken china on both the number of deaths and confirmed infections francesco jump or don't is a journalist based in milan he says the true number of infections is believed to be far higher than the number being reported. it's really hard to say when the peak is going to come here in italy we expected every day but then we must delude ourselves today deadliest day since the beginning of the break it's $919.00 people died in the last 24 hours the civil protection said it is
a massive increase after last week when the losses attested around between $6790.00 day the death toll now reached 9134 the confirmed cases are around 6000 today bringing the total number of positive people over 86000. the situation is still extremely serious more than a 3rd of today's deaths come again from better go home eleanor embrace here in northern region in this area there could be as many as 10 times more people actually infected the head of the civil protection said on tuesday but the health service is on the strain and only those in cervical and severe conditions are tested that's why the virus here seems by the numbers to kill the 14 people out of $100.00 confirmed cases but actually the cases could be many more. to the u.k.
now where prime minister barr is johnson has tested positive for the virus but he's not the only member of the government team fighting the outbreak who's been infected journal reports now from london for just hours after boris johnson 1st displayed symptoms and was tested he received a positive result britain's prime minister becomes one of the world's highest profile carriers of the code 19 coronavirus so i am working from home i'm so price waiting and that's entirely the right thing to do but be in no doubt that i can continue thanks to the with modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight back against corona bars and it wasn't long afterwards that the health secretary announced he too had tested positive matt hancock said he had mild symptoms that would not prevent him from continuing the vital work of bolstering britain's health service medical advice i was tested and
that test has been positive sabi self isolating here until next thursday boris johnson was last seen in person on the steps of downing street on thursday evening as he joined the housebound up and down the country you know plodding the efforts of frontline health workers standing alongside him plough at a distance it was the chancellor and johnson's neighbor in downing street. boris johnson received his positive test at midnight but was well enough on friday morning to chair the daily emergency cabinet meeting held via video link of course if boris johnson's condition was to worsen significantly such that he could no longer carry out his duties well then it's agreed that the foreign secretary dominic robb would step into his shoes but barring that the normal functioning of government ought to continue albeit with a difference like the majority of britain's workers now the prime minister is also working from home. it is a grim moment for britons to be told they'll be seeing
a little less of their leader the latest death toll from coronavirus has shot up 31 percent in 24 hours to 759 in 7 days time when the prime minister emerges from isolation things may well look even worse jonah how al-jazeera london. time for a short break on al-jazeera when we come back learning how to cope with an outbreak aid workers prepare displaced syrians in. how technology is being used to help educate people on the risks of coronavirus minor. hello rain returning maurice showers are returning to turkey and the cost to throw off will be there through syria northern iraq and iraq's bit disappointing really the temperatures in the high teens for start back old but of course the higher
ground and the night it's still quite chilly it's going to be a rainy amount is where the show tend to concentrate and to the south that's where the arabian peninsula is generally speaking fine quite windy quite a strong wind quarter so i think they'll be dust in for example a possibly back rate and the winds come together here as well was interested could prompt a thunderstorm one to watch. then the shows right tropical africa are on their way north of the sunshine so there's certainly around rwanda and kenya and seems to be concentration some parts of ethiopia sudden the ethiopia and somalia again being a dry country flash flooding is always a possibility here but this is a seasonal event and it's not that surprising moving sas we should see drier weather here which is again not surprising but it's still reading as fast as angola right through zambia asked for south africa itself well if you're in johannesburg at 20 degrees you get a nice sunny start the day and then the clouds build in may well find some storms
for the afternoon. but. talk to al-jazeera we ask what will force were when you saw that document for the 1st story we listen to after the war saying you will be in to go build united states of you but we will not be with you we meet with global news makers and talk about the stories that matter on how does iraq. diverse range of stories from across the globe from the perspective of our networks journalists on al-jazeera.
welcome back i'm out of our top stories here this hour u.s. president donald trump assigned a $2.00 trillion dollars stimulus package into law speeding up government payments to families struggling to cope with a virus outbreak is also in the defense production that to force general motors to start producing much needed ventilators. italy has reported a steep rise in the number of coronavirus related deaths 919 people died in a single day and in spain the number of deaths has risen to nearly 5000. and british prime minister abbas johnston says he's tested positive for covert 19 and will self isolate in downing street the u.k. health minister also has the virus as has the government's top medical adviser. for the world health organization and its latest briefing has warned about the use of untested medications to treat the virus. we call on all individuals and
countries to refrain from using type you do x. that have not been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of corbett 90 in the history of medicine is strewn with examples of drugs that would on paper or even a test you but didn't work in humans or were actually harmful during the most recent ebola epidemic for example some medicines start were thought to be effective where found not to be as effective as ours are medicines when they were compared during a clinical trial and we must follow the evidence there are no shortcuts. we also need to ensure that using proven drugs does not create a shortage of those medicines to treat diseases for which they have proven effective or china has reported another increase in what it calls imported
infections 54 cases involving people who caught the illness overseas were recorded on friday the increasing number of imported cases comes as new restrictions on the entry of foreigners come into effect when sarah clark joins us live now from hong kong sara so let's talk 1st about china there's now a ban on foreigners which starts today and also we're seeing some new cases there. is 54 new cases on saturday according to china's health commissioner health authority that's down from 55 the previous day but as you mentioned the new battleground is the importation of the virus back in to china after weeks of reporting a downward trend in the number of local transmissions and as a result the chinese government has put in place a ban on all foreigners trying to enter china even if you have a visa or permanent resident status all foreigners will not be allowed to enter china as a result they're also limiting the number of flights coming in from chinese and
foreign airlines to one per week and those flights can only be at 75 percent capacity so trying to limit the number of people on board those flights trying to get into china there has been some goodies however looking at the my land on saturday some domestic flights are now picking up again flying into the who by province the other will have airport is still closed it's reportedly opening on i put it but the who by provinces reported no new cases on saturday but 3 new deaths on the weekends are some good news certainly coming from the province which has been in lockdown for months now meanwhile hong kong where you are limiting the number of gatherings that tries to curb that spike in infections. it's down well on friday we had the highest number of daily cases reported 65 cases and again a lot of this was an imported cases of the crown a virus but there has been a large cluster which they identified in an area full of bars and restaurants on home call island and their equal length by phone with 900 people were infected
including a band and a number of guests at some of these bars and as a result on friday comes chief executive carry them has put in place some some tough new measures to try and limit the socialization and certainly the number of people gathering in public assemblies and from this weekend that will be limited to restricted to 4 people there also putting at restaurants at 50 percent capacity in all titles must be about a metre and a half away from one another other things that are closing this weekend as of sunday saturday night i should say a 6 pm hong kong time cinemas will now be closed for 2 weeks amusement centers sort of spas and various color areas where people would normally gather and this is all as a result of the a spike in the number of cases in hong kong over race weeks carolan said the number of cases has tripled threefold in a fortnight and that's gone from 138-250-0000 cases a certainly these measures come into place and kerry will be hoping that these particular measures can curb the sparkle lower slow the spread of the virus in the
city so o'clock there in hong kong sara thank you for the update well france has extended its nationwide lockdown measures until mid april the prime minister warned of difficult days ahead with the way that new infections expected in the capital paris and northern regions atocha butler has more now from angola. in a paris suburb volunteers transform a gymnasium into a clinic for coronavirus patients. this center will ease the burden on emergency rooms and g.p.'s it's a group patients in one place where we can follow procedure and isolate them say they don't infect others most people in the french capital all obtain present emanuel call to stay indoors streets a quiet and roads nearly empty nevertheless the region is bracing for a wave of new coronavirus patients the french prime minister says it's a similar picture across the country. we are in a crisis that will last in
a health situation there will not improve quickly we will have to hold on will have to remain extremely mobilized the wave of cases that is sweeping across france the 1st which hit the east and which is currently arriving in the paris region the north and other french regions is an extremely high wave and is putting the entire health care system and entire hospital system on the tremendous strain the majority of people who have died of the corona virus have been elderly or had underlying medical conditions the doctors in paris say a 16 year old girl is the latest victim proof that anyone can be at risk east and france has had more cases than other regions each day health workers have battled to treat an influx of critically ill people who produce it in the hardest thing is not knowing what's going to happen tomorrow not knowing how many patients will be put on life support not knowing how many beds will be available and despite all the anticipation we always feel real one or 2 steps behind the reality on the ground
there it's clear that the situation in france is hospitals could deteriorate as coronavirus cases rise the prime minister has extended france's confinement period until april 15th to try and stop the spread and he's warned people that. the worst is yet to come natasha butler al jazeera france. now even though the number of confirmed virus cases in syria remains low many are concerned that could change very quickly millions of displaced people live in the northwestern province of idlib where the health system has been eroded by years of war 5 cases have been reported across the country but people in the last rebel held area are concerned the virus could soon reach them sin and cos the other has more. hundreds of thousands of tents and had lived lined up by the turkey syria border most are overcrowded and like basic facilities. and many living here are worried that makes
them more vulnerable to an outbreak of coronavirus other one aid workers here are briefing people on how to cope if there is an outbreak i don't know anything about it i just heard i'm learning about it now some say in adequate sanitation puts them at greater risk through iowa low matthew protection come on for the money like water how can we wash our hands that after a little my. they are getting help in sterilizing tents and houses but in a country that suffered 9 years of war much infrastructure is damaged medical supplies are insufficient and health workers scars health officials are warning that about 100000 people could die in northwest syria if they don't get the supplies and equipment they need. we just 1. 101100 your bits. we just there.
are others and when we speak about response or we're on our we have to reach and about a lot but i don't believe it or those that are certain are or in your soul now i. want. to receive. this device is one of only 3 in a that can detect the koran the virus was a lot of o'clock it that we received 3 test kits to cave in 1000 yesterday from the world health organization each can do $100.00 tests it won't be nothing millions but at least we can confirm if we have a case so far blood samples from just a few people have been studied. the government has confirmed some cases of the virus across the country but as the fight is ongoing here so is trade and that
contact with the outside brings the risk of people being infected. as live is the pentagon foreign aid and honors for medicine and hygiene products some health workers here say they have yet to respond effectively to the situation leaving many who have suffered 9 years or more vulnerable and scared as they face the threat of a global pandemic. al-jazeera. security personnel in the west and iran are searching firearm 70 prisoners who escaped during a riot that happened in kurdistan province where witnesses say prisoners stole cars at knifepoint and drove away some of the escapees have surrendered to the police is the 3rd prison break in iran in a week of sandbags ravi is in tehran he says the virus pandemic is causing panic in iran's prison system. this follows on from 24 hours earlier when there was a riot in another prison in azerbaijan province in the city of top reefs and that was started just yesterday that was just yesterday and earlier this month we've
seen 2 other incidents where these 23 prisoners escaped during a breakout in. lauriston products now this is related to the coronavirus in a way and let me explain exactly how that works we saw earlier this month when. the pressure off of the prison system to both void the prison population succumbing to an outbreak of the current virus whatever generally speaking very population over crowded prisons in iraq the government decided to temporarily release 85000 prisoners on furlough now they were either nonviolent criminals that served 2 thirds of their sentences or sentences were shorter than 5 years these were the parameters but on the rules of the person you were to supreme leader decided to pardon 10000 of those prisoners so what we're seeing from the little reporting that we're seeing is that prisoners left behind presumably violent criminals drug dealers people who've been convicted of rape or assault or armed robbery. their
sentences be they 5 years 10 years 20 years the concerns are with the outbreak with the pandemic a real threat for these prison populations those sentences could be turning into dozens of people that feel they are being afforded the same leniency the 10s of thousands of other prisoners have been turkey's president has announced a suspension of all international flights to help stem the spread of the virus russia type also encourages citizens to abide by new voluntary quarantine measures or face stricter rules the infection rate in turkey has been growing quickly with more than 2000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. a tech giant apple has created a digital screening tool to combat the coronavirus pandemic is the latest step by major tech companies to help keep people informed they happen website will help screen users and suggest whether they need to be tested the service is also
offering information about the disease and guidance on where to see testing and care. and a town in wales is using drone technology to warn the public to stay home it's being used to target areas where people have not been following government orders. for passengers have died on board a cruise ship anchored off the coast of panama more than 130 people on the reporting flu like symptoms and 2 have tested positive for corona virus the ship has been receiving medical supplies the operator of the vessel of holland america line plans to transfer a healthy passengers to another one of its ships. the head of the roman catholic church has held a solitary press service since and peter's square in the world to see the pandemic as a reminder of basic values pope francis walked alone to the steps of the basilica in vatican city to leave the service the square normally draws tens of thousands of
people every sunday and it's been closed because of the outbreak. for a quick check of the headlines here on al-jazeera u.s. president donald trump has signed a $2.00 trillion dollars stimulus package into nor will it will speed up government payments to families struggling to cope with the corona virus outbreak is also invoked the defense production to force general motors to stop producing ventilators robins explains who the stimulus package will help will be a lot of corporations for example airlines didn't see their operations run into a whole but also provides monies to states and cities. replenishes start piles of
medical equipment and will provide. a bit of the buoyant benefits to many of the millions of americans who have lost their jobs as well as putting extra money into the pockets of families in the former director cash payments. italy has reported a steep rise in the number of corona virus related deaths 909000 people died in a single day and in spain the number of deaths has risen 285000. you care prime minister bars johnson says he's tested positive a code 19 and will self isolate in downing street the health minister and government's top medical adviser also has the virus the country has recorded 181 more deaths rising number of people killed to 759. china has reported another increase in what it calls imported infections 54 cases involving people who called illness overseas were recorded on friday new restrictions on the entry of foreigners has also come into effect the. security
forces in western iran are searching for around 70 prisoners who escaped what happened in kurdistan where witnesses say prisoners stole cars at knife point some of the escapees have surrendered to police is the 3rd person break in iran in just a week. turkey's president has announced a suspension of all international flights to help stem the spread of the virus and also encourage citizens to abide by new voluntary corinth measures or face stricter rules infection rates in turkey has been growing quickly with more than 2000 new cases reported in the last day. and south africa reports as 1st virus select a death but it's a struggle to enforce the $21.00 day lockdown which came into force on friday at midnight under new restrictions people are now only allowed out of their homes to buy groceries or health emergencies. those are the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera at the top is there a station that's often buttoned up. the u.s. census it only happens once every 10 years but as the coronavirus pandemic grips
the world will americans be required to take part in the count during a national emergency and will donald trump's and immigration rhetoric deter some from participating follow the u.s. census on al-jazeera will do. we were able to. cope with 19 has killed more than 18000 people and infected at least 400000 worldwide and counting. it all started in december last year when cases of an unusual pneumonia were reported in the chinese city of one honda. most of those affected by the unknown virus seem to have something in common they were working at a local seafood market. at the chinese health authorities were trying to investigate the causes of the illness the numbers kept growing on january 7th the world health organization announced it had identified the new virus 4 days later.