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hello, welcome to outside source. we start with a new warning from the world health organisation. it says intense transmission of coronavirus is now restricted to a handful of countries. it says people shouldn't be complacent, as global cases continue to rise. more than 15 million cases of covid—19 have now been reported to who. prosecutor than the usa a chinese scientist accused of concealing her links to the military is hiding in china's
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san francisco consulate. boris johnson goes to scotland as a polling shows rising support for scottish independence. we start with the world health organization which has released the latest coronavirus figures. here's the director—general. (tx sot) more than 50 million cases of covid—19 have now been reported to who. almost 620,000. we continue to see intense transmission in a small group of countries. almost 10 million cases, 01’ countries. almost 10 million cases, or two thirds of places globally are from ten countries, and almost half
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of all cases reported so far are from just three countries. one of those countries is brazil. with more than 2.2 million confirmed infections, it has the second—worst outbreak after the united states. and brazil has just registered a record number of new cases — with 67,000 confirmed cases in the past 2a hours. there were almost 1,300 deaths in that same period. the virus is now affecting smaller towns and remote areas with fewer medical facilities in brazil's huge interior area. indigenous groups are among those increasingly hit. camilla mota is in sao paulo. covid—19 is still accelerating and at least half of brazil's 27 states. after it hard, the disease is spreading in the south, affecting meat factories which employ half of a million people in brazil and of the central part of the country. infecting a large number of
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indigenous communities. more than 2000 were already infected in 18 different communities. all part of the country is starting to open up, and liz, quarantine had been implement it or reimplemented —— in those places. the number of deaths has been stable, but i do really half level —— high level. more than 1000 today. images of large gatherings on the street are multiplying, and there is fear that some brazilians are starting to normalise what is actually a tragedy. meanwhile, president bolsonaro is still testing positive and has been isolated for a few days. he still quite active on social media though, especially to advertise the medication he's taking, hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria patients and no hard evidence that it works for covid. from brazil to the us — which has the highest number of confirmed cases. the total has almost passed 4 million. and almost 70,000 of them were reported in the most
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recent 24—hour period. with a new daily record number of cases, california has now supassed new york as the state with the highest number of infections. and there was more bad news for the us labour market. 1.4 million additional americans applied for unemployment benefits this past week. michelle fleury is in new york. a couple of things to take away. we have come a long way from those lines is 6.9 million weekly claims we saw in march when the pandemic first hit. that being said though, we are starting to see weekly unemployment claims begin to rise again after 1a consecutive weeks of decline. and what this suggests is that the recovery that we been is that the recovery that we've been seeing —— we had been seeing in america's labour markets seems to be moving back. perhaps that shouldn't be too surprising given that all the reports we are hearing at the moment about coronavirus cases in many states increasing, and that's forcing officials in various states to put the reopening plans on hold. it certainly has been a bumpy ride
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for some bars and restaurants and businesses once again facing and businesses once again facing restrictions on their ability to operate. the economic cost is being felt in europe too — and a 750 billion euro coronavirus recovery plan faces a new hurdle. the european parliament has voted to withhold support for the eu s budget deal — which includes the rescue deal — unless changes are made. charles michel —— the president of the european council had urged the meps to back it, saying the stimulus package would help reverse europe's massive recession. let's run through the sticking points with michael peel — an eu diplomatic correspondent for the financial times in brussels. there's actually quite a large number. there is a very broad political spectrum of meps from ce ntre political spectrum of meps from centre right and liberals. havoc destines that include —— have objections that they want more progress on how the money will be raised to counter way some of this
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borrowing through things like carbon border taxes. they are also happy that the price of this budget deal was cut to the price of unity for the eu budget, to cut a lot ofjoint endeavours in fields such as science and research. particularly during a pandemic, some meps said this is not right, this is not the thing to do. the final thing that some are unhappy about is the fact that they see as very weak the provisions which try to link the disbursement of the money to the rule of law and good governments. so they worry there isn't enough of a break on giving money to countries where corruption is right, autocratic tendencies. well, the economic cost is becoming clearer in australia too — the result is the country's biggest budget deficit since the second world war. australia's economy is heading for its first
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recession in three decades. the treasurer also says the unemployment rate is expected to pass nine percent by the end of the year — also the highest in decades. here's more of what he said. (tx sor) australia is experiencing a health and economic crisis like nothing we have seen in the last 100 years. these harsh numbers reflect the harsh reality we face. the economic outlook remains very uncertain. to south africa where researchers say the death toll is probably significantly higher than the official figure. nearly six thousand deaths have been recorded, but there are an extra 11,000 deaths unaccounted for. pumza fihlani is injohannesburg. south africa has the fifth highest numberfifth highest number of coronavirus cases in the world and the highest in africa. a record 572 deaths were reported in the last 2a hours. but even with these figures local resource now suggest that the number of coronavirus deaths may be
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going under reported. —— local research. researchers from south africa's medical research council say the figures for natural deaths are much higher than usual. they've been tracking overall deaths across the country for the past ten weeks and have found that 17,000 more people have died than is usual for this time for this time of the year. this does not mean these are all covid related deaths. health experts are worried that a significant number of those identified by death may be from the virus —— unidentified deaths. some people had died at home without ever being tested they suspect. the hospitals are overwhelmed. he never sported sharp shortages —— many have reported. this means that while more people will be needing hospital care over the next few weeks, there are now even fewer hands to help, which could affect the quality of health
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ca re could affect the quality of health care and plays lives at risk. let's turn to the tension between us and china. us prosecutors say a chinese scientist they suspect of visa fraud is now effectively hiding in the consulate in san francisco. the scientist in question, juan tang, is named by us prosecutors in a visa fraud case filing against another chinese scientist song chen. she's been arrested and charged for lying on her visa application about being a chinese military scientist, part of a programme steal information. to send undercover army scientists to america to spy and steal information. the prosecutors says thatjuan tang also lied about being a chinese military scientist. they alledge that after claiming to have no knowledge of the chinese military logo, an investigation uncovered photos of her wearing a military uniform and a search of her home found further evidence of her affiliation with the china's people's liberation army. they claim that after her interview she fled
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to the san francisco consulate — where they believe she is currently remaining to avoid prosecution. the situation comes a day after the us ordered the closure of china's consulate in houston, saying it was involved in stealing intellectual property. and foreign ministry spokesman wang wenbin accused the administration of using excuses to limit, harass or crack down on chinese scholars in the country. translation: what america has done scarcely violates the legitimate rights and interest of chinese citizens. it is an outlet for execution. we urge the us to stop using all kinds of excuses to limit, harass or crackdown on chinese researchers in the country. china will take all necessary measures to firmly protect chinese citizens and safeguard their legitimate rights. let's speak to zhaoyin feng washington correspondent for the bbc chinese service.
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but to see you. that sounds pretty extraordinary on the face of it. —— good to see you. allegations of hiding out, what's going on? what we know so far is all from this american indictment, allegedly she did not disclose her ties and her visa interviews. she claimed she is not a military officer, she made an attempt for reserves. after the fbi interviewed her, she went to the chinese consulate in san francisco. we know the us has arrested two chinese nationals for vita fraud —— visa fraud. this is what the us call military civilian fusion, which is a
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kind of chinese espionage asked activity. the fbi director said in every ten hours, they will open a new case about chinese espionage. however at the same time, there is concern that the us investigation on sven —— often focus on chinese research, which will lead to xena phobia and racial probe profiling. this catalogue of this integrating relations between the two countries, where are we going now with this? we're all waiting for a speech, which will be delivered by mike pompeo. his speech is based on what is released on the media so far, it's going to be sensational. it's going to be very... he's expected to
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urge us airlines and chinese people to change the communist party's behaviour. of course, his remarks are among a series of speeches made bya us are among a series of speeches made by a us high—ranking official. they focus on different aspects of the china us relations, but pompeo is going to tie up loose ends. if he really suggests the chinese people should overturn the communist party, his speech is going to infuriate beijing. beijing has repeatedly said those who try to separate the chinese people from the party are daydreaming. thank you very much for that. that mike pompeo speech coming up that. that mike pompeo speech coming up in that. that mike pompeo speech coming upina that. that mike pompeo speech coming up in a couple of hours. it's notjust the us that's been clashing with china recently — british and chinese relations are also strained. the latest issue is passports. many people in hong kong hold uk issued british overseas national passports. the chinese government says
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it is considering not recognising them as legitimate travel documents anymore. the move comes in reaction to uk's own plan to allow those in hong kong with these bno passports to apply for special visas to live in britain and eventually even become uk citizens. here's foreign ministry spokesperson waang wunbin again. translation: the uk has neglected china's serious argument and has politically manipulated the bno issue. it has broken its promised and violated international it has broken its promise and violated international law and basic norms. the uk has intervened in both hong kong and china's domestic affairs. the uk broke its promise first, so china will consider not recognising bno as a valid travel document. china reserves the right to take further actions. our correspondent in beijing, stephen mcdonell, was at that news conference — and told us what it could mean for the people of hong kong.
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what it means is that, just say you're in hong kong and you want to leave. if you have just an id card, you can go across the border into mainland china. but if you want to travel overseas, perhaps, what will be sent to the airlines is, "you can't accept travellers flying to london with a bno password." they could also say to into the terminal, you have to present a ticket in your passport, and there's somebody with their ticket to london, oh, and they have a bno password, sorry, you can't go into the terminal at all —— bno passport. many in hong kong would have a local hong kong passport as well. they can travel, but lots of others do not. i can imagine now, they be thinking, "i better hurry and get myself a local hong kong passport as well, lest i be stranded here and i'm not able to
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travel to the uk to take up this offer, this path to citizenship." but you can see where this is going. in theory, though say you can choose. you can apply for your hong kong passport, but you have to give up kong passport, but you have to give up your bno passport in order to do so. so the screws are certainly tightening on those in hong kong who only have a bno passport, and i think many are quite worried about this right now. stay with us on outside source, still to com... forcejohnson marks force johnson marks his forcejohnson marks his first year as prime minister in scotland —— borisjohnson. ministers are pledging to commit almost £600 million to the rail network in the north of england. much of the £589 million will be used to electrify the transpennine main line
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between manchester and leeds. and a new "acceleration council" is being set up to speed up investment in transport. here's nina warhurst to explain more. this 589 million will begin by accelerating plans to electrify the route, the implements one between leeds and manchester were received so many. on top of that, there will double the numbers of tracks, so there's horrible times when your train get caught the behind a slow one. again, they will set up this northern transport acceleration council. what that means a senior ministers from the department for transport will be in regular contact with northern lasers to make sure these improvement happen —— northern leaders.
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this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. the world health organisation and says intense transmission of coronavirus is not restricted to a handful of countries, but warns people not to be complacent as global cases continue to rise. prime minister boris johnson prime minister borisjohnson was in scotla nd prime minister borisjohnson was in scotland today. never one to miss a photo opportunity. auctioning is far up photo opportunity. auctioning is far up in the north of scotland —— orkney. the choice was to make the case for the united kingdom staying united. here's the prime minister. union is fantastically strong institution. it's help our country through thick and thin. it's very valuable in terms of the support we've been able to give to everybody throughout all corners of the uk. the prime minister was referring to
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the uk wide response to the coronavirus pandemic. he didn't actually meet with the first minister of scotland today, but nicola sturgeon wasn't in ‘s press when what she heard. nicola sturgeon wasn't in ‘s press when what she heardlj nicola sturgeon wasn't in ‘s press when what she heard. i should be -- we should be driving to use the pandemic and continued to face as some kind of campaigning tool, this isa pandemic some kind of campaigning tool, this is a pandemic that has taken lives of more than 50,000 people across the uk. because opinion polls in scotla nd the uk. because opinion polls in scotland that do suggest across the board, people think the artist government has done a betterjob of handling the crisis —— this card —— the scottish government. there is a scottish parliament, a wealth parliament and a northern ireland assembly. they all have various devolved powers. the scottish government has responsibility for key areas like health and social
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care. here's professorjohn curtis to explain how crucial often recently. i think the pandemic has made devolution more visible, frankly, across the whole of the united kingdom. but obviously, it does mean that within scotland, crucial decisions about the nation 's health and its public health, life and death decisions, affecting everybody's life. these have come out of edinburgh, where to and happens to be the case. in many respects, this looks similar so far as death are concerned. until recently, the scottish government's hiding of coronavirus is rated much more highly than borisjohnson's. it looks as though as long —— alongside
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that, there's been a third of them. it looks as though perhaps in the wa ke it looks as though perhaps in the wake of the perception that boris johnson has not had things terribly wrong, we are derogating pulled on average 53%. it is the first time we've had support for independence ahead of the union in the polls. just to bring home that last point. this is a poll aggregator from the ‘what scotland thinks‘ website, run byjohn curtice. you can see the green line — people who would ‘no' in another independence line has been consistently higher than the blue — people who would vote ‘yes' — until recently, where that has reversed. the uk government has ruled out another indepedence referendum. but it's easy to see why the guardian's called boris johnson's proclamations on the union today "wishful thinking." and this cartoon published today in the times
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makes the same point — that borisjohnson's visit to scotland might actually be helping the scottish national party — nicola sturgeon's party — rather than his own aim of boosting the union. here's our scotland editor sarah smith to summarise. for the last four months, people in scotla nd for the last four months, people in scotland have been watching nicola sturgeon making most of the day—to—day decision on how to cope with coronavirus. borisjohnson wa nts with coronavirus. borisjohnson wants them to remember its his government in westminster at the power to borrow the money. there's been funding like the job retention stea m been funding like the job retention steam know my scheme. the prime minister realises he has to start vigorously making the case for the union if you must stem rust —— support. china has launched its first ever solo mission to mars — at the start of what will be a busy time for exploring the red planet. the tian—wen—1 rover blasted off onboard a rocket on the southern island of wunchang. and if all goes well, seven months from now the probe
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will reach its orbit around mars and prepare around mars and prepare to land. when or if it does, the rover — which is about the size of a small car, and will use solar power to get around. what's it going to do? well, it will test samples for water—ice and minerals. but conducting research on the red planet obviously isn't easy. here's the head of china's mission explaining how they hope to achieve their goals. translation: compared with the previous, and purpose in various areas including the power system have been made on the power system have been made on the mars rover. we are also conducting a detailed survey on the landing zone to give the mars rover more data though it can travel in a more data though it can travel in a more stable and better way. it's the second of three separate missions to mars in the space ofjust 11 days. the united arab emirates launched their first mars mission earlier this week, their spacecraft called ‘hope' is set to orbit mars to study the planet's weather and climate. and nasa is due to send its own rover to the surface of mars,
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called perseverance, a week from now — which will search for signs of past life and also carry a drone—like helicopter to test powered flight in the mars atmosphere. so, why such a busy period for missions to mars? it's all because the earth and mars are aligned to make the journey shorter. but a shorterjourney, doesn't help with one of the most important parts of any mission to mars — the landing. well for china's tianwen—1 that challenge is still some way off — it won't reach mars and begin orbitting until february next year. but for now, things are going well and they have a plan for when they arrive — here's our science correspondentjonathan amos. yes, so far so good. we've had confirmation that the rocket has put the probe on the right path to mars. now it several months until they try to get to orbit the red planet. they won't go down to the service straightaway. they will use a strategy that the americans used
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backin strategy that the americans used back in the 1970s. you may recall the viking lander ‘s in the mid—70s. they went into orbit around mars and looked at what the conditions were like to pick their place, to pick their time to go down to the surface. they were successful, both viking one and viking two. viking two got down into the same place, which is a place called utopia plane. we will see what happens. but so far so good. busy time heading to mars. of course we will bring you the nasa mission next week. a reminder of our top story, the world health organisation says intense transmission of coronavirus is not restricted to a handful of countries, but has warned people not to be complacent as global cases continue to rise. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter —
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i'm @lvaughanjones i'm luis vonjones and this is outside source on bbc news. bye—bye. hello, good evening. if you are hoping for a prolonged spell of dry, settled, sunny warm weather over the next few days, that is not what we're going to get. the area that would bring us as a centred along way to the south across the azores. you can see the clear skies on the satellite picture. on our neck of the woods, we will have these various types of cloud. various frontal systems, but we are over the next 2a hours going to seek a bit of a gap between those weather systems. one sliding away as we go through tonight, taking rain with it. i think we'll have a lot of cloud left across south wales, they a bit misty and murky. 50 degrees for plymouth,
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cardiff, 16 in london. further north it will be cooler because the skies will be clearer and we will see the best of the sunshine during tomorrow morning. we will keep cloud in southern england and wales, even the odd showers, a small chance for a light shower in eastern england and eastern gotland. for many of us, a find a tomorrow with sunny spells, but figure cloud will introduce heavy rain in northern ireland for the afternoon. fairly warmer temperature than most places 18 — 2a degrees, but during friday night, that rain in the west will sweep its way these words. some very heavy thunder rebirths of rain here letting the arrival of low pressure —— thundery bursts. it will not look or feel like summer. it will be unusually windy for some time of year. there will be some sunny spells but also very heavy showers. saturday morning will take her overnight band of rain away, but to
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the day lots of heavy showers. if you do what desk at one of those downpours, it could give you a lot of rain. —— if you do catch one of those downpours. a little bit cooler the further west you are. and then into sunday, low pressure still in charge. showers particularly towards the northwest. a better chance of staying dry the for their south and east you are, but it will be another blustery day. the windiest weather of all with the northwest of scotla nd of all with the northwest of scotland and for most of us, it will fill barely cool. 17 degrees for lascaux may be getting up to 23 in london. ——
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this is bbc world news. the headlines. the world health organization says intense transmission of coronavirus is now restricted to a handful of countries, but warns people not to be complacent as global cases continue to rise. a chinese scientist suspected of visa fraud and concealing ties to the military is reported to have fled to china's consulate in san francisco. prosecutors allege china is sending undercover army scientists to the us. face coverings will be compulsory in shops and supermarkets in england from friday. full guidance has been published and venues such as restaurants, pubs and gyms will be exempt. and the latest round of brexit trade talks has ended, with the uk saying there was no prospect of a deal this summer, and the eu calling on britain to be more willing to compromise.


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