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a nice together t wedding to come monday or tuesday and what happens in new york. 1 has implications all around the world. it's international perspective with the human touch zooming way in, and then pulling back out again. ah, this is al jazeera ah hello, i'm sammy say that this is the news out live from dell coming up in the next 60 minutes. the global number of cov, it infections reaches unprecedented levels. the amazon varian reeks habit. hong kong news website shots down after its editor and all the journalists are
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arrested, stuck in limbo ro, hanging migrant stranded in indonesia. wait to hear if the government will allow them to enter the country. and it's been a tough year for those who have been seeking refuge outside their home country. look by desperate journeys. in sports basketball star steph curry makes and be a history again, leads all time 3 point leader has become the 1st player to score 3000 career triples on that story. coming up later with current of virus infections are reaching alarming levels right across the world. infection surging by 11 percent worldwide over the past week. the w h o is warning the on the con very, and still poses a very high risk. the u. s. has reported more than 440440000 new infections on monday. rather. the centers for disease
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control size, both delta and dummy kron. i'll behind the search in front a record high of nearly a 100. $80000.00 cases was reported in just 24 hours. it's europe's highest ever number. since the thought of the pandemic, the u. k. greece and portugal of all seen new spikes in covey. 19 infections. we have to correspondence on this story in the south. katherine saw is monitoring the situation from kenya and will bring us an update shortly. and 1st, jonah, how is in european broadcast sense? and so, jonah, another rec, hold dave infections in the u. k. how authorities reacting of the surge of the mac or on continuing unabated. not just have it across europe, as you said, a record 129000 daily infections in the u. k. on tuesday, at another record made in greece, switzerland,
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and the netherlands say that within days on the ground will be the dominant strain that germany as well, finland and sweden, even sweden, that is joining the long list of countries, imposing new restrictions, travel restrictions, in that case, is not all countries responding in equal measure, there's a lockdown ongoing in the netherlands, of course, others coming up with sort of piecemeal versions of restrictions beat, pre christmas, pre new year and so on. every one, of course, looking at emerging data from south africa, from the u. k, that is the f b century in europe as well. and also denmark currently posting the highest per capita infection rate and the world health organization pointing to that data and saying look, yes, it does appear for the time being that on the call may produce a less severe form of disease. but this data is incomplete. it is not definitive, more data is required and the big warning from the world health organization in geneva is for countries not to be complacent. why? well, because it may turn out to be less severe,
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but it definitively is far more transmissible and health systems. of course will constantly tell you that even a very small percentage of people among a very large number who do end up going to hospital is still a very large number for them. and they're also coping with staff absences up to one in 4 and a chest workers here in the u. k. a currently off with the disease or quarantining . and all of that together, of course, adds to real risk on health services, not just for them being able to cope with coverage, but with a whole range of other urgent needs and diseases and elements that people may have . all right, thanks so much, joan hollis keep this going with katherine. so in the perspective of africa, she joined us from nairobi. so what is going on with on the kron in the continent there? or the positivity rates in dozens of countries on the continent is rising. and let's start with kenya, where the positivity rate is now at 34 percent. this is
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a huge a steep rise um from the beginning of the year. most of the people who are falling, you'll high of a have might flu symptoms that are being told to self isolate at home. the biggest concern here now is that the vats a vaccinations people are not getting vaccinated as quickly as the government would want. only 14 percent of the population is vaccinated in the government. they worried about that. um they have imposed measures including telling of business owners not to open their premises to anybody who is not vaccinated. they have the government officials have also as said, i said that the people who have been vaccinated for 6 months now need to get booster shots. and so one. so the idea is to get as many people as possible vaccinated in neighboring uganda is also a little concerned because the cases are rising 18 percent. and now the government
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has, once again started mandatory testing in a border area in the border points. and most of the people were testing positive, a travelers who have arrived in uganda. and again, they're being told to self isolate. now because son is a democratic republic of congo where we are now see a 4th wave. hospitals are filling up is not to knock equipment. hospitals, stuff is being told in kinshasa, particularly are overwhelmed. the rate of vaccinations is very low indeed that 90000000 people in the d r c and only about 200000 having fully vaccinated. so this is pausing a lot of concerns in a lot of countries on the continent. the idea is to get as many people as possible vaccinated because i mean people are not getting vaccinated because of various reasons because they're know of vaccinations in some countries. and in many other countries, people are just than willing to go and get vaccinated. or i,
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thanks so much catherine soy from nairobi there all analysts will dismiss is professor of emerging infectious diseases at the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine joins us by skype. from geneva, good to have you with us. so that the daughter that picture, it changes almost daily with our mac. once we go to us, you know, some basic questions. again, infection rates. now, once again, the headline, is there surging right across the world? what does the data say so far, though, about how deadly this variant is so, so we do know to facts, it's more transmissible and has a very high doubling time. and so it's now really a, we're taking and replacing delta, the initial signal from south africa. the initial data suggested that this virus may cause less severe disease. but these, they, that came from south africa and
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a younger population with lots of them background mental infections. so we didn't need to understand the data coming out from countries with a higher proportion of older people. and they to are now slowly coming out. and so the question that we have to ask is, what is the proportion of only grown positive persons who actually didn't let end up in hospital? because only worried about is overwhelming hospital, the health care system. that is a very, that is a very good point. and this is perhaps the right place to say bear with us, profess annalise. because my colleague command center area is here and he's been looking precisely at that question. come all, what does, what does the daughter say about hospitalization? yeah, it's context as always because we can look at headline numbers, which are, i think, a little bit confusing, a little bit. well, bulk numbers really. and when we break it down into cases,
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debts and hospitalizations, as i will do in a moment, we get a slightly clear picture. so our weldon data shows us weekly confirmed cases of cove at 19 all over the world. this is the dramatic number, upwards of 6000000 infections in the past week, all over the world. and if you just look at that, where you can see the trend upwards quite easily there. that looks bad. what i want to do is do some comparisons here and i've chosen the united states and the u. k. to do this. so stand with me. bear with me on this one. daily, new confirmed cases per 1000000 people obviously very big population differences between the u came the u. s. so we conferring comparing per in people the u. k. $1600.00 cases per day, per 1000000 people, the united states, $800.00 is a huge difference when you compare like for like i that it's suggesting that corona virus is moving much more quickly and is more infectious throughout the u. k. but we'll switch the graph to look at debts and again, we're looking per 1000000 people here, like for like,
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the 1st thing you note down here is that the numbers are a lot lower for both countries than they previously were. but the difference here is that the united states as having 4 debts per 1000000 people every day in the u. k, is having to the suggestion there being that vaccination which we know is higher in the u. k is working better and then we look at hospitalizations as sammy was referring to. these are, we can't compare like for like here. these are just cumulative cases. but what you see is that really for the last year the u. k. has been bringing its number of hospitalizations down and its kept it quite low. whereas the united states over the summer was peaking there with its hospitalizations. and again, it's coming up now almost to those similar levels, excuse my, her rather squiggly drawings there, but it shows you the trend, doesn't it hospitalizations going up in a place where they're event, not as much vaccinations. and some we like the u. k, which is getting record numbers, but is keeping its hospitalization numbers low. so i think sammy and your guests
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will have a much more extra time. you know, we need to take this, this precise point. now. exactly. i, sam shows and it's the hospitalizations we need to watch to figure out how bad is on the chron really. all right, fantastic stuff. they're come all thanks. i was given us some more to talk about with professor annalise of versa alleys given what c'mon has just said, is it correct to say at this point that if you're in a country with a decent rate of vaccination, probably it looks like hospitalization. rates are not going off as a result of omicron. can we make that assumption? is it too early? that is correct. so your host last ations will be lower and a database will be lower in countries where you have a high vaccine coverage rates. ok, so i mean, if that is the case, the emphasis should be then on vaccination, yet some studies are saying your booster shot only last a few weeks. i mean,
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what we make this said. so the good news is that vaccines continue to protect against severe disease. be a delta, be it only chrome, i think that's the most important message. and as a most important public, how objective is to prevent dest? unfortunately, the protection against mal disease is, is a, does decrease overtime and also dependent on the very end. but what we really want to know whether we want to see is protect the health care assistance by reducing hospitalization and ha, and by reducing deaths. and the vaccines still do this also for only chrome. ok, so if i'm following all of this correctly, then the argument is that the micron is not necessarily in itself less so more deadly. it's more about our micron, mixed with a vaccinated population that is less steadily and,
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and requires less hospitalizations, is that right? that is correct and made may be only chrome is associated with less severe disease in it. so it could be but the, the, as we always said, the sheer numbers will still overwhelm health care systems. but the messages we need to bring up the vaccine coverage rates now in every country, in every population, particularly in older people. so we protect individuals from that. and just when you think you're starting to understand, this is another study just to, to throw a spanner in the works. this one, it is a preliminary study, a repeat is a preliminary study. it is not peer reviewed yet, but it is by the africa health research institute. and it says that it's finding a resolve that on a cron basically might give you immunity to the more dangerous delta strain. is this good news? in my view, that is, that is good news. so we,
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we've always known that natural infection best gave you protection. we also know that this protection of natural infection is not 100 percent and also wanes. so neither vaccine nor natural infection gives you a 100 percent protection, but it gives you a high protection. so if we now haven't only run that, that you know, really goes with the population. we will overwhelm the health care system initially, and we need to do everything to flatten this curve to not overwhelm the health care system. but i think overall, there is good news that, that with, with a bias at me that may be attenuated means maybe weekend and not cost, not much severe disease. you will also protect against other, other virus variance of sas cove to that may be more there and such as data. so bottom line is go out and get vaccine as soon as possible. it seems to be thanks so much. professor elisa of
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a more still ahead on the news hour, including conflicting messages out of the iran nuclear deal talks as to whether any progress is actually being made in sport. legendary american football coach and broadcaster john madden dies will take a look at his life and legacy later on in the show. ah, media freedom in hong kong has been dell to another blow as police rated one of the last remaining pro democracy publications stand. news says it's shutting down after its assets were frozen, and senior staff arrested their accused of publishing articles, inciting hatred against the authorities. it's the latest crackdown on freedom since china imposed the national security law last year following pro democracy protests . here's a quick look to some of the people who were arrested. the editor in chief,
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patrick lamb, has been detained, as well as deputy assignment editor ronson chan is also head of the hong kong journalists association. is also my roof and who's a barrister and former pro democracy, politician and local, well known pop singer denise ho served on the board of stand news until she resigned in june or brit. climate is live for us in hong kong. understand? brit. the police have been talking, what are they saying about today's action? hey, well i mean you just have to look up the events and how they've unfolded, say in the morning where the arrests and, and the raid and by the afternoon stand news had announced that it was disbanding, that it would no longer engage with media any more the place held a press conference this afternoon saying that it had frozen 7800000 dollars worth
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of assets. it said that it also sees subversive articles is not clear exactly what those articles are. but the place said that some of them had intended to split the country. we also heard from hong kong chief secretary, a john lee who back to that place, actions entirely, saying journalism cannot be used as a tool against a national security of journalism association. on the other end of the spectrum as well as the foreign correspondents. and they will come out to criticize the actions today, saying that the really, it sends a chill through the already addressed and media atmosphere and hong kong that it's the media. alex here have had a tough time this year with the national security law. and the changes that have taken place, funk of journalism association, urge the hong kong government to respect the press freedoms that are meant to be guaranteed on 2 homes. many constitution. the basic law, the closure of apple daily, of style news come 6 months off to apple daily closed. that was the last pro
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democracy paper in hong kong. it also closed because of a police raid after its assets were frozen and off to the rest of its found a jimmy lie. so the question now becomes our of smaller online outlets are going to be next. certainly that's the big question hanging over the media environment here, where the independent outlets are also going to be subject to this intensified criticism that was saying intensified crackdown that was saying in hong kong since the national security low came into effect last year. right, thanks. so much for it for that update from hong kong. let's continue this with keith richberg is director of journalism and media studies center at the university of hong kong, joins us by skype from hong kong. good to have you with us. so what does the, the closure of stand news mean for the press seen of hong kong?
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well, you know, it kind of reminds me of that old freddie mercury in queen song. another one bites the dust that you know when the apple daily was closed as 6 months ago. as your correspondence at veracity, you're thinking ok, what's going to be next? and stan, news knew it had the bull's eye on its back because it, but you know, at that time with decided to do it on the national security lock in the state news deleted all of their old columns, all their old pinion pieces, not from their website but you know, they're only 3 left, 3 what i would call independent news outlets that do some critical reporting. it's bad news was one of those. now you've got a citizen news and which is another online site and hong kong. free press, which is in english. so, you know, it's in a time will tell they know if they're going after these other on so they have absolutely no independent critical media here or i now when you read the statement by the police, they said they rested. 7 people on suspicion of conspiracy to publish seditious
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publications, the national security law. it doesn't list sedition as an offense. does that give any hope for any of us to be on donald, turn around early in the very little because what's been happening now is they've been using other laws, sufficient law, which is a colonial era british law left behind. but they've been allowed to use sort of national, national security means or techniques. so even though they're not charging them with the national security violation and that could still come later. but they'd be because of an a, b, r, a ruling by the quarter flying fuels here in hong kong. the police even using non national security laws, can use techniques that are allowed under the national security law. midi seizing fidel. the property of journalists closing down their, seizing our assets and forcing the close down like they've done that will daily, like they've done with stan news the, the presumption of bail is, is a lot more difficult international security cases. so we'll see if, you know,
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is that applies here in the, in the case of these sinks, arrested because one was already arrested, one of the 7 was already in custody on unrelated charges. so yet, although it's not a national security crime, number one that still come, but number 2, the heavy handed tactics and techniques that police use are given to them by his power is under the national security law. quite a complicated situation then, right? you're not actually charged with violating the national security law. you're charged with the sedition law offense. and yet the authorities have the right to use measures allowed under the national security law. this is clearly a very determined campaign at this point, simply to reach the goal by any means, right? absolutely, absolutely no, and it is questionable to me why they would choose to use this sedition wall, which is on the books from the british though they also, interestingly enough, within the last few days, slap these same sedition charges against jimmy ly. the publisher of apple daly was
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already being held on national security grounds, i suspect. and again, this is just my interpretation that they might be using that law so that if they get criticized by outsiders, they could say, well one second. these were laws that were put in place by the british colonial, our last time we think these laws are used to stop some kind of obligation. we're after communist inspired, right. it's an ongoing in 1967 and they were used by the british to, well, your government. so it might be a way of saying a hold on a 2nd. you know, the british did this when they were in charge of hong kong. we're just using their same laws. interesting. all right, thanks so much for your analysis and sharing some life on that. thank you. ah, more than a 100 ra hanger, refugees, mostly women and children are stranded in indonesian waters. their boat ran into trouble off the coast of our che province after attempting to reach malaysia. the government is helping them with food, water,
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and fuel. the un says the boat is unstable and as cold on the indonesian government to allow the refugees to disembark, hundreds of her hanger, refugees, have reached indonesia over the past few years after months that safe as go live now to jessica washington joins us from jakarta, so at this point, a lot of conflicting messages in the last walk 2448 hours from authorities. have they decided what they going to do with this boat? will semi at this stage there has been no decision reached yet. we are still waiting to hear from the ministry of foreign affairs as to what will happen to the individuals on board this vessel. but so far, what we have heard is that discussions are still in place and that no plan has yet been reached. we recently heard from a director general at the ministry of foreign affairs who said 12 to 0 that the ministry in the government in general, is trying to do whatever it can to help. these were hanging refugees on board at
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this stage. it is unclear what the scope of that help is and some of the uncertainty that you mentioned relates to conflicting messages from local authorities. yesterday on tuesday in indonesia, we heard from some local navy and police officials in archie that their intention was to assist the ringo. refugees, with food supplies, gasoline and also repairs of their vessel and then allow them to continue on their way. but what we're hearing from the central government, the government really is the authority when it comes to situations like this is that no decision has been reached as yet. and it is unclear as to whether or not these bring your refugees will be allowed to disembark in indonesia or event so much jessica from jakarta. now the policies to the iran nuclear talk. so putting out conflicting messages, the 8th round of negotiations kicked off again on monday and statements made
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a day later agreed on only one thing. movement is needed and soon docile jabari reports from vienna where the talks of continuing this is the revolutionary guards message to israel. war games in iran, including foreign ballistic and cruise missiles. one of the targets resembles israel's demona nuclear reactor. the head of iran's armed forces staff major general mohammed bovary says 16 ballistic missiles of varying classes were fired simultaneously to iran has one of the biggest missile programs in the middle east regarding such weapons as an important deterrent and retaliatory force against the united states. and other adversaries in the event of war. just days after those drills,
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world powers are back in vienna trying to salvage what is left of the 2015 nuclear deal. the joint comprehensive plan of action has been unraveling since the us withdrew from it in 2018 and impose the series of new sanctions on her on closer. and that prompted a raining officials to reduce their compliance with the deal. which means their nuclear program has progressed. robert kelly is a former director of the international atomic energy agency. and a nuclear engineer. he says aaron's been backed into a corner. so there's a sabotage event that was of similar facilities for the u. s. as more sanctions, they've tended to push back and do something provocative. and i think they've gone past the point of reasonable provocations there now. um, they're gone too far. i think world powers have been insane. sting veteran's ballistic missile program needs to be part of that deal and notion that's continuously dismissed by iran,
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as the 8th round of talks continue here in the austrian capital. israel opposes these efforts and has long threatened military action if diplomacy fails. and that is just one of the many reasons. time is of the essence. there is a sense of urgency in old indications that this negotiation refreshed to be her finish in the relative rich removal period of time or day they would put limits. but we're talking about which not about the head of a rounds, atomic energy organisation, muhammad, as slummy recently told the russian media outlet that iran does not intend to go beyond its current enrichment levels of 60 percent. a move all western powers have warned would cross. and red line, iran says this nuclear program is always when for civilian use, a statement, some don't believe while it continues to stop by a highly enriched uranium. officials, your safe retention to ease and for iran to limit its nuclear program. the talks
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fear must succeed. and failure will have far reaching consequences. doors such a very al jazeera vienna still had an al jazeera, the palestinian president meets with these rarity government for the 1st time in more than a decade. tribute, so being paid for the late south african anti apartheid hero desmond to 2 unexplored liverpool missed the chance to close in on the english premier league leaders. details coming up later in the show. ah hello there. it's all about the exception in mild weather that's working its way into europe. over the next few days, we're going to see temperatures come up across the board even for that northeast
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corner where it has been bitterly cold. and that thanks to warm air, that's working its way from the west to the east. but we are still seeing some really wet windy and wintry, whether we got rounds of rain working their way across the north, west and wet and windy weather continues to plague that southeast corner. but for the southwest remains largely mild and dry with lots of sunshine for spain and portugal, particularly in those southern areas. but let's take a closer look at the way whether it's continuing across greece, pushing into turkey. it's going to be heavy rain for cyprus on thursday and some snow smudging up into southern areas of turkey. and the rain continues in the north west of britain an island. but we are going to have spells of dryer weather, the temperature in london picking up to the mid teens, and that weather works its way over the north sea becoming wintery weather for scandinavia. but further south of this, we are seen temperatures pick up in places like germany. if we have a look at the 3 day, 4, berlin will be touching 13 degrees on friday,
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but it will be cloudy. ah, the frank assessments this crisis is continued to weaken a look, a shell, even though perhaps he believes in the beginning there have been informed opinions . i think politicians will now be under incredible pressure from the young people. that is one of the most hopeful things to come out of this critical debate. do you think they should be facilitated? not sure. okay, it's a great. it's a really simple question. let's give samuel a chop swans inside story on al jazeera, coveted beyond well taken without hesitation. fulton died for political power, defines our world launch loop, babies were dying. i did nothing about. it's neglected babies to deck people and
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