welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. it has been confirmed that the chinese doctor who first reported the coronavirus in wuhan has died from the disease. more protect measures are put in place in china. some cities ban public events and put limits on people leaving their homes. i am nuala mcgovern in london. donald trump celebrates his impeachment acquittal with a long and scathing attack on the democrats. and we look at the flat fit for a parasite. the south korean homes featuring in the oscar—nominated movie.
live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. glad you could join us. it's eight in the morning in singapore and mid night in london and we start the day in china where once again the top of the coronavirus continues to climb. authority sadly 630 people have lost their lives as the number of cases spikes to 30,000. this comes as a chinese doctor, li wenliang, who was the first to publicly warn of the first to publicly warn of the virus, succumbed to the disease in hospital. the 34—year—old has been hailed as a hero on chinese social media. meanwhile authorities across the region are scrambling to contain the virus.
this is what happens when fear takes hold. shops in hong kong today were being cleared of rice and toilet paper as rumours swirled of a complete shutdown of the border with mainland china. out in hong kong harbour, a huge cruise ship, the virus possibly loose on board. several passengers have tested positive and no—one is being allowed off. from his balcony, hinsley lee can look out at his home town but cannot go there. is stay in our cabins and be careful. hong kong has now at least five cases of people with the coronavirus who have not been to mainland china and have not had any apparent contact with people from mainland china. also, three of them live in the same place, that is this building behind me here, and that may be the first indication of what is called community transmission. that is the virus passing from one person to another
here in hong kong. experts here say they are now not optimistic that the virus can be contained and that a full pandemic may be on the way. not so, according to the chinese ambassador to london, who today went on the offensive, insisting china has the situation under control. it is our hope that the governments of all countries, including the uk, should understand and support chinese efforts. respect the professional advice of who, avoid overreaction, avoid creating panic. but at the same time, from wuhan, pictures the like of which we haven't seen in generations. stadiums, gymnasiums and conference centres all being turned into fever centres, so desperate is the shortage of beds for the sick.
by phone, i managed to talk to a young woman in wuhan who described to me the stress of not knowing what is going on and what to believe. translation: we don't feel safe. we don't know how the virus is passed from one person to another. but we can't stay at home all the time, and we don't know when this will end. we don't know when we will be able to return to normal life. that is very stressful. there is some good news. these are patients who have recovered leaving hospital. tonight we learned the virus killed this man, dr li wenliang. in early december this bravetor doc tried to warn authorities about the spread of a dangerous new virus. his warnings were ignored. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in hong kong. let's ta ke let's take a look at some of the day ‘s other news. let's begin in the united states weatherhead of the democratic
party, tom perez, has called for a recount of the disputed caucusin for a recount of the disputed caucus in iowa. three days later there is still confusion over the results due to the app they were using. at last count, pete buttigieg was in a virtual tie with bernie sanders. at least three minus of died and one is injured after a colla pse and one is injured after a collapse at a gold mine in the central zimbabwean town of kwe kew. central zimbabwean town of kwekew. a rescue operation is trying to bring 20 others to the surface. several migrants stuck in serbia are holding a protest at the hungarian border. they are asking hunger and authorities to let them into the european union and not stay in hungary. scientists have produced evidence that climate change is causing a sharp decline in bumblebee numbers in europe and north america. the creatures are key pollinators, playing a vital role in agriculture but with current trends, there could be a mass extinction of bumblebees within a few decades.
let's turn to the man charged with clearing 737 max one plains butterfly. steve dixon, the head of the us faa or federal aviation administration said he would not set up timeframe for allowing the plane back into the air. you might remember the plane was banned from flying up separate crashes killed 346 people. president trump has been celebrating his acquittal by the us senate, saying he went through hell during his impeachment process. the president claimed vindication and expressed resentment over the way he was treated. before holding forward at the white house for over holding forward at the white house for over one holding forward at the white house for over one hour, he began his day on competition form. at the national prayer brea kfast, at the national prayer breakfast, the newly acquitted donald trump was in no mood for brotherly love or turning the
other cheek. as everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put to a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. the president said about the business of score settling, resulting particular scorn for senator mitt romney, the lone republican who voted to convict him, citing faith as a fact.|j don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. house speaker nancy pelosi, who tops the president's list of enemies, fired wide. tops the president's list of enemies, fired widelj tops the president's list of enemies, fired wide. i thought what he said about senator romney was particularly without class. later, at the white house, the music was the same and the president used his victory lap
to drive home the message. we went through hell, unfairly, did nothing wrong, did nothing wrong but this is what the end result is. and mr trump listed his grievances, portraying his impeachment is a continuation of the scrutiny he has endured for three years. it was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was leakers and liars and this should never, ever happen to another president ever. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. thank you very much. no contrition from president trump today date faces a real election in november and sees his acquittal asa november and sees his acquittal as a powerful tool in mobilising his supporters. let's turn now to the coronavirus. the director—general of the world health organization says the scientists still need to answer a series of questions if they are to defeat the new coronavirus. these compared the fight against the virus to
shadowboxing. there is still a lot we don't know. we don't know the source of the outbreak. we don't know what its natural reservoir is and we don't properly understand its tra nsmissibility oi’ understand its tra nsmissibility or severity. to defeat this outbreak, we need answers to all those questions and there are tools we don't have. we have no vaccine to prevent infections and no therapeutics to treat them. with cases of a new coronavirus spreading around the world, academics at the university of southampton in the uk have worked out the degree of risk virus poses to 30 of the world's top cities and countries. the researchers estimate 60,000 people, of which more than 800 have infected, have travelled from wuhan to cities around the world and did so before chinese authorities imposed strict travel restrictions to curb the spread. using historical travel data from china predictive
modelling, they predicted that bangkok in thailand is at most risk of imported cases following hong kong and taipei. london and singapore are also mentioned in the study ranked 17th and sixth respectively. andrew tatum is in epidemiology professor at the university of southampton and the director of the programme which conducted the programme which conducted the study. i asked about this research on how the findings could be used. we wa nted we wanted to understand how populations were moving before the lockdowns and trying to understand afterwards as well so we were understand afterwards as well so we were looking at anonymized and aggregated mobile phone records, to look at the movements of people out of work and then we were linking in data from air travel itineraries around the same time last year to look at where those high—risk areas are, were travellers going from wuhan to the rest of the world. so let's ta ke the rest of the world. so let's take bangkok for example, as we
mentioned, one of the higher risks. what are you recommending they do?” risks. what are you recommending they do? i think it's the same that's occurring across the world. it's really important to try and improve detection of cases and when cases are detected and diagnosed, to isolate them and to investigate them, to find out where those people have been, who they may have been in contact with. the better and more efficient we can get, the higher the chance we have of containing this outbreak within china. so this is a number of weeks, from about the 23rd of january, andrew, we've been looking at the coronavirus. with your research, is it tearing out in the way you expected? yes. i think what we are seeing, in terms of what we estimated which cities were at relatively much higher risk around the world and this is very much tearing out in terms of the number of cases we are seeing detect it in those cities. so it's suggesting this
isa cities. so it's suggesting this is a useful tool for prioritising perhaps where we should be looking, where we should be looking, where we should be looking, where we should be thinking about putting our resources in terms of diagnosis and screening. and there is a lot of controversy about what the restrictions should or should not be but do you feel that it has been contained? i think it's too early to say. just as we heard on that last report, there is a lot we don't know about this virus. what's potentially of good sign is that we've seen lots of cases imported to cities around the world but few exa m ples of cities around the world but few examples of where those cases have led to other cases and that's potentially a good sign in terms of maybe it doesn't spread so easily and may it can be contained. and that was andrew tatem and the university of southampton speaking earlier to nuala about the spread of the coronavirus. you are watching news down the
bbc. still to come in the programme, the last of our series of special ports on the islamic state group wallows them to the new strongholds in them to the new strongholds in the jungles of southeast asia. also on the programme, we are going to take a look at the worrying links that scientists have found between even short—term exposure to air pollution and heart attacks. this is the moment that millions in iran had been waiting for. after his long years in exile, the first hesitant steps of ayatollah khomeini on iranian soil. south africa's white government has offered its black opponents concessions unparalleled in the history of apartheid. the ban on the african national congress is lifted immediately, and the anc leader, nelson mandela, is to be set free unconditionally. ..four, three, two, one... a countdown to a critical moment. the world's most powerful rocket ignited all 27 of its engines at once. and apart from its power, it's this recycling of the rocket, slashing the cost of a launch, that makes this a breakthrough
in the business of space travel. two americans have become the first humans to walk in space without any lifeline to their spaceship. one of them called it a piece of cake. thousands of people have given the yachtswoman ellen macarthur a spectacular homecoming in the cornish port of falmouth after she smashed the world record for sailing solo around the world non—stop. welcome back this is news day on the bbc. i'm rico he's on in singapore. and i am the brassica in london stop our top stories full it has been confirmed that the chinese doctor who first reported the coronavirus in wuhan has died of the disease. donald trump has accused the democrats who brought the impeachment charges against him of being corrupt and dishonest. let's have a look now at some
of the front pages from around the world whereas can be expected the coronavirus continues to dominate front pages. the japan times focuses on the plight of thousands of passengers on a cruise ship in yokohama. it's as the number of coronavirus cases now has doubled to 20. the new york times reports on conditions within the chinese city of wuhan. it mentions the eerie quiet of the city as residents endure a quarantine. and in singapore, the newspaper has a story on the city's first case ofa story on the city's first case of a patient with no former —— history of travel to china. and those are the papers. in australia, researchers have found that short—term exposure to air pollution increases a person's risk of cardiac arrest. this comes as
firefighters continue to battle against dozens of bushfires in the region. it analysed data from japan and found even the presence of the smallest particles, smaller than the width of a human hair, increase the likelihood of a heart attack. i short while ago i spoke to one of the authors of the report. there are several mechanisms are known but one is that the particles are very tiny and it can travel into our bloodstream and trigger an event such as a heart attack. that is the main mechanism. and who is most at risk with these cardiac arrest cases in australia and why? we looked at every age group and we identified the elderly and especially those over 65 years
old. should we be worried about this? at this stage, no extra worry is needed. what we are going to try to do is encourage the government, policymakers and industry to try and continue their effort to make the air quality better. and what are the air quality saying right now? how do they reflect fires in australia. luckily, since last night we had good rainfall in sydney so the air is very good. but even this level of quality, every ten unit increase in fine particulate matter increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 44% .
let us turn now to islamic state. the caliphate has been destroyed and many fighters killed or captured. but the group and not gone. this week we have had reports about the families of is reporters —— fighters. quentin somerville reports from the philippines where local insurgents are stepping up their brutal campaign of violence. 0n sulu the army has been out in force and in numbers never seen before. here, a local insurgency has been upgraded. the islamic state group has made them more vicious and broadened their ambition. sulu is an island undersea. soldiers flooded here after iss struck
at its heart and brought carnage to the island's catholic congregation last january. 23 christians died in the attack when they detonated a suicide vest inside and outside the cathedral during morning mass. 0ne outside the cathedral during morning mass. one year later, the cathedral has been patched up the cathedral has been patched up and repaired but the christian community here still lies in pieces. for victoriana and herfriends, lies in pieces. for victoriana and her friends, this lies in pieces. for victoriana and herfriends, this was lies in pieces. for victoriana and her friends, this was a sanctuary. she has been too scared to return until now. translation: when i turned my head i saw a lot of dead people near me. the wounded were screaming help! buti near me. the wounded were screaming help! but i was thinking who would help us? iss have more than a foothold here. local militants have sworn allegiance to them and formally
planted the black flag in the philippinejungle. a planted the black flag in the philippine jungle. a small army of soldiers are now deployed here, searching for the islamic state group's affiliate. but they have not been able to stop more attacks and they admit that no—one knows these jungles letter tha n that no—one knows these jungles letter than their enemy. we are moving fast on this patrol because they know somewhere in thisjungle the because they know somewhere in this jungle the new self—declared leader of the islamic state in the region. he has hundreds of his own filipino men but he has more. he has arab fighters here who have come from iraq and syria and brought family members with them and he has already shown he is willing to do the bidding of the islamic state. we obtained this footage of fighters in battle. in their ranks, farfrom fighters in battle. in their ranks, far from home, fighters in battle. in their ranks, farfrom home, an egyptian fighter. he died in another suicide bombing on the
island late last year. in the jungles, the islamic state group roam wild and carers lie in wait here. —— terrors lie in wait here. some breaking news coming in. donald trump has confirmed that us forces have killed the leader of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. in a white house statement the president said the us conduct had a counterterrorism operation in yemen that successfully eliminated a founder and leader of al qaeda in the peninsula. the film parasite by a renowned korean director has won critical praise and commercial success around the world, even tipped for an oscar best picture this year. parts of the film were shot in semi— basement flats in seoul and in
real—life of young korean people live in such places while they work hard and hope for a better future. the film parasite is up for six oscars and has won praise across the world. it tells the story of a poor south korean family living ina story of a poor south korean family living in a tiny dark semi— basement and a wealthy family living ina semi— basement and a wealthy family living in a glamorous home in seoul. while the film isa home in seoul. while the film is a work of fiction, the apartment is not. 28—year—old gita has lived in one for two yea rs. gita has lived in one for two years. when people come in they a lwa ys years. when people come in they always wa nt years. when people come in they always want if they can see it, where they can sit and there is no place to sit. i heard you can “— no place to sit. i heard you can —— this plan can survive in the desert but it cannot
survive in my house. the bathroom is half a metre above the floor and there is no sink. in the summer he suffers from unbearable humidity and battles with rapidly growing mould. unbearable humidity and battles with rapidly growing mouldlj with rapidly growing mould.” sometimes scratch my hands but now it is ok because i know where everything is. out here, people can peer into those apartments through the windows. they are notjust apartments through the windows. they are not just a apartments through the windows. they are notjust a quirk of soul architecture but a product of history. these tiny spaces actually trace their roots back decades. to the conflict between north and south korea. in the late 1960s, armed north korean agents infiltrated south korean agents infiltrated south korea and there were a number of terrorist incidents. during an escalation, the south korean government required all new apartment buildings to have
basements to serve as a bunker. but now as house prices grow, basement apartments are an affordable alternative. basically everything is good but sometimes when i tell my friends i live here they think iam friends i live here they think i am poor. i am friends i live here they think iam poor. iam not. i friends i live here they think i am poor. i am not. i choose to live here because it is much cheaper than other places. he is saving up to buy his own place. by living in a semi— basement, he and his cat hope to realise their dreams much sooner. i will be keeping my fingers crossed that they do well at the oscars. they have already done so well at the golden globes and the baftas. it is opening in the uk tomorrow and iamona opening in the uk tomorrow and i am on a mission to see it. some people think it may be an
upset. it will be the first foreign language film to win, if in fact it does. good luck to parasite and other asian films in the internationalfilm scene. thank you for watching newsday on the bbc. i am rico his own in singapore. next we will head to shanghai to have a look at the streets of china's commercial hub that have been left e m pty commercial hub that have been left empty due to the coronavirus out rate. different pictures now. these before we go. these are of titanium tabby on the streets of a siberian city. her paws were frozen so she now has little titanium pause instead and as you can imagine, many people watching that video online. it was a pioneering russian vet who did this. she is still getting used to it, perhaps and that is it
from us here on newsday. we have some very windy weather on the way and over the next few days the wind will pick up day by day. on friday afternoon we could see a gust reaching 50 or 60 mile—per—hour over western areas of scotland but the wind becomes much more widespread on saturday for both scotla nd widespread on saturday for both scotland and northern ireland and the wind will get stronger as well. gust reaching 60 or 70 miles an hour, intentionally disrupting gusts of wind. worse is to come. 0n disrupting gusts of wind. worse is to come. on sundays the storm arrives bringing strong winds across all of the uk but the strongest reaching in excess of 80 miles an hour, damaging winds are on the way. for the time being although there are pictures of foster round at the moment is the breeze picks up across western
areas that will increasingly lift the frost. as we head into friday morning, the frost walk and become confined to central and become confined to central and eastern parts of the uk. a cold start to the day with a fair bit of sunshine around. no rest for northern ireland with thick cloud in the afternoon and for patches of rain and then we get the wind starting to ramp up in the west of scotla nd to ramp up in the west of scotland as we had through friday afternoon and on towards the evening. in fact, as we had through friday night it looks like being a blowing and blustery night as a band of rain pushes eastwards, all of us rain pushes eastwards, all of us will notice those wind increasing in strength because it will be a windy night and it will also be relatively mild with temperatures potentially no lower than 10 degrees or so. that takes us into the weekend and windy weather is forecast. look how tightly pike —— pack the isobars are as the weather front approaches of the atlantic. 0n front approaches of the atlantic. on saturday many of us atlantic. on saturday many of us will have a dry bright start to the day with wind strengthening through the game becoming strong for northern
ireland scotland and potentially disrupt doubly so. rain and some hills snow in the forecast for scotland so you could have some weather four around as we start the weekend. 0n around as we start the weekend. on sunday, store ciara arrives. here it is and on and ahead of this cold front we will get some very squally wind indeed and then we will get another swathe of strong wind tucking around the southern flank of the area of low pressure. so there are multiple zones of strong wind forecast for sunday across the whole of the uk. quite widely, inland gust of the windiest areas could get costs in excess of 80 miles an area and these are damaging and disruptive gust of wind so we are likely to see disruption and we could also see some power cuts as well so stay tuned for our latest weather forecasts over the next few days.
this is bbc news. our top story. it has been confirmed the chinese doctor who first reported the coronavirus outbreak has died li wenliang had sent out a warning to other doctors working in wuhan at the end of december and was told by police to stop making false claims. it is thought to have contracted the illness at work. donald trump has described the democrats who led the impeachment process against is dishonest and that he had been put toa3— dishonest and that he had been put to a 3— year—long witch—hunt. this video is trending on bbc .com. it shows nash —— nasa astronaut christina koch returned to earth after spending more days in orbit than any other woman. the trip lasted 328 days. those other headlines, stay with us on bbc news. —— those are the