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this is bbc news: i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. india's death toll passes 200,000 but there's a growing gap between the official figures, and the number of bodies overwhelming crematoriums. brazilian presidentjair bolsonaro comes under formal investigation for his handling of the pandemic as the death toll reaches 400,000. today the european parliament will announce the result of a vote, over whether or not to ratify the eu—uk post brexit trade deal. has the uk kept its brexit promises? testing negative — promising signs
for big events as a test concert in spain leads to no additional covid cases. hello and welcome. india's covid death toll has just passed 200,000, according to local media as the federal government considers whether to introduce lockdowns for 150 districts worst hit by the pandemic. and even that terrible total seems likely to be an underestimate as there seems to a massive gap between these official figures from hospitals, and the numbers of bodies overwhelming crematoriums. the bbc spoke to two families, and a warning you may find some details distressing.
it was the worst, worst night of my life that i was not able to save her — no money, no contacts, nothing helped me out. translation: this - disease can be dangerous but our system is even more dangerous — it has scared us. nishi and sachin are living india's nightmare. yelling - n0 audio translation available. this is sachin, moments after he got a call — his pregnant wife, angelie, had died due to covid. desperately looking for a doctor and some answers. translation: at that time i had so much pain inside. _ it was like someone had ripped my heart out of my chest. i lost my unborn child and wife on the same day. i knew i needed
to raise my voice against the system. sachin says the system failed him. for three days, his wife was shunted between covid and non—covid hospitals. precious time lost in multiple tests, instead of saving her. he shows me angelie's picture over a patchy video call, from his village. and it is notjust here, in one of india's poorest states, uttar pradesh, too. believe me i never had a thought... nishi sharma also has a picture, of her mother—in—law, bina, who struggled for oxygen and died when she could not get a ventilator in the country's capital, delhi. we were not able to save her because of such mismanagement all around delhi. nishi went from one hospital
to another, to another and then another. and what a doctor showed her was terrifying. he showed me bodies lying around, bagged and lying around. i begged him, i literally started crying in front of him, that, please, ijust need one bed for her. you told me that there is a bed. you told me a number. that is why i came here. but there was no bed there and when they found one, it was too late. she was asking help from me. i was not able to do that. now everyone in herfamily has tested positive for covid but nishi still has some fight left. she is trying to help others as a tribute to bina. for sachin, his two children are his hope. i ask her what she wants
to be when she grows up. "police," she says. and sachin wants his son to become a civil servant. together, he hopes, they will fix this system. divya arya, bbc news, india. 0ur correspondent mayuresh konnur is in mumbai. i have just been i havejust been reading i have just been reading that where you are in the state of maharashtra has now seen x to 6000 cases last night, confirmed —— 66,000 cases, the worst hit date in india currently. talk through the pressures on the hospital system where you.- pressures on the hospital system where you. pressures on the hospital s stem where ou. , ., , ., system where you. yes, what you said, it system where you. yes, what you said. it is — system where you. yes, what you said. it is a _ system where you. yes, what you said, it is a state _ system where you. yes, what you said, it is a state that _ system where you. yes, what you said, it is a state that has - said, it is a state that has highest number of cases in the past few days, and weeks and
months, from the 10th of february, from that month it has gone up an hour to 66,000 cases the last 2a hours but let me tell you, when we are talking about recording the highest number on the other hand at least for the past eight days, a week in a row, these are the constant figures. there is wishful thinking among the experts and the government and also for the citizens that maharashtra may have hit a plateau and from this week onwards we may decline. this week is very typical, if we see the same constant numbers at the end of this week, then we can say that maharashtra may have come out of the second wave but even if it is a week period, it is a long future for us. period, it is a long future for us, , ., , period, it is a long future for us. , ., , .,, us. sorry to interrupt, iwas iioin us. sorry to interrupt, iwas going to — us. sorry to interrupt, iwas going to say— us. sorry to interrupt, iwas going to say the _ us. sorry to interrupt, i was i going to say the international help is arriving in india. i was seeing an effect that that
is happening yet?— is happening yet? yes, it is, the helper— is happening yet? yes, it is, the helper started _ is happening yet? yes, it is, the helper started pouring i the helper started pouring in from europe, britain, america, but the challenge is the distribution. as the help is coming, across the world, as far as oxygen generation is concerned, the government is saying they have scaled up production and there are many plans but they have now started generating oxygen and they do not have the scarcity of oxygen. the challenges distributions of the government has brought in the air force, the indian railways, one of the largest networks in the world, so the station trains are being sent and of course the police are guarding the oxygen containers travelling by road so the distribution is the main challenge here. but as the
helper started coming into india there may be some belief but as of now, the story which you showed, reported from delhi, more so it is the same picture in maharashtra also, people, the hospitals are still struggling with oxygen supply and the number of beds, even though in some states, the numbers are stable now. still, there is a hell of a lot of burden on the hospital system and the entire medical system in india. i thank you for joining us live from mumbai and more detail on the website, we have a webpage focused on india. it have a webpage focused on india. ., ., . have a webpage focused on india. ., ., , india. it looks at the latest news coming _ india. it looks at the latest news coming in _ india. it looks at the latest news coming in in - india. it looks at the latest news coming in in regards| india. it looks at the latest l news coming in in regards to the tackling of the pandemic and the number of daily cases and the number of daily cases and the number of daily cases and the search since the month of march in the graphic clearly and the reports we have covered. later in business in
20 minutes, we will be going back alive to india for more detail on the situation and also the news that some a0 chief executives, many of whom are indian origin, i doing what they can to do to help. new research suggests that just one dose of either the 0xford/astrazeneca or pfizer covid vaccines can reduce transmission of the virus by up to half. the study, by public health england, found that people given their first jab of either vaccine were between 38% and a9% less likely to pass the virus on in their homes than those who were unvaccinated. family housholds have been identified as one of the most likely places for the virus to be passed on. the upper house of the brazilian congress has opened an inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic — a move that could prove politically damaging for presidentjair bolsonaro as he seeks
re—election next year. brazil has recorded the world's second—highest number of deaths fom the pandemic but the president has attempted to stop state governors from imposing lockdowns and mandating the use of masks. 0ur correspondent mark lowen is in sao paulo and sent us this update. well, president bolsonaro was sounding very bullish about this commission of inquiry when he spoke to reporters, saying that he had nothing to fear and that he owed nothing to the commission of inquiry. but when you read the list of the issues that they are looking at, it is really a damning indictment of president bolsonaro's handling — or, indeed, mishandling — of the pandemic. they will be asking whether he minimised the severity of the virus, why he was consistently anti—lockdown, anti—any kind of restrictions, whether he promoted scientifically unproven cures like hydroxychloroquine, why there was a critical shortage of medical equipment and beds and syringes, why vaccines were too slow to be bought, especially when he received offers of vaccine procurement and turned them down,
whether he allowed the virus to spread to try to achieve herd immunity and, indeed, whether the government is guilty of genocide against indigenous communities in the amazon — where the manaus variant, the p1 variant that is very much more transmissible, was allowed to rip through that region at the end of last year uncontrolled and unchecked. now, the commission will continue for some weeks and months, and it is likely to come down to intense politicking and horse—trading between bolsonaro, between the commission, to try to minimise the damage, but the damage could be very serious. it could potentially recommend impeachment, it could recommend criminal charges, even, against the president. his political future very much hangs in the balance, and so do his chances of reelection next year. let's get some of the day's other news:
somalia's president, mohamed abdullahi farmajo, has backed down from his attempt to extend his tenure for two years and instead called for new presidential elections. civilians have been fleeing the capital mogadishu as violence and between soldiers supporting and opposing him erupted increased. there've have also been fears that al shabaab islamist militants would exploit the security vacuum. president biden has told americans they no longer need to wear masks outdoors once they're fully vaccinated, as covid infections and deaths have fallen dramatically since january. the authorities are still recommending that face coverings are worn indoors and at crowded events. the fbi has begun an investigation into the police killing of andrew brown junior in north carolina last week. lawyers for the family of the african—american say he was shot four times in the arm and then killed by a bullet in the head. there have been six nights of protests in elizabeth city — prompting city officials to impose a dusk—to—dawn curfew.
britney spears is to give evidence in court injune in a long—running row over her father's control over her financial affairs. jamie spears has managed her money since she had a public breakdown in 2008 but until now, the singer has largely spoken only through her lawyer. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we'll have the latest in our series looking back at the promises made in the uk's brexit referendum and whether they've been met. today, we focus on northern ireland. nothing, it seemed, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government help to build better housing. internationally, there have already been protests.
sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. only when radioactivity levels began to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they have taken the capital which they have been fighting for for so long. it was 7 o'clock in _ the morning when power began to pass from the minority- to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. - this is bbc world news, the latest headlines:
evidence that india has been under reporting the number of deaths from covid—19 with some sources suggesting the death toll in delhi may be double the official figures. toll in delhi may be double the officialfigures. in brazil, the president is now under formal investigation of his handling of the pandemic. a00,000 brazilians have died from covid—19. the position of northern ireland's first minister is looking increasingly precarious, after most of her party's senior elected representatives challenged her leadership. arlene foster has led the democratic unionists for more than five years. but a letter of no confidence has attracted a large measure of support in the dup. mrs foster has said her focus is on getting northern ireland through the covid pandemic. later today the european parliament will announce the result of a vote on tuesday over whether or not to ratify the eu uk post brexit trade deal. it's likely it will be approved, but the president of the parliament has said the eu would not accept any backsliding from britain.
the bloc is already taking legal action against london over its unilateral decision to delay implementing customs checks in northern ireland. my colleague ros atkins has been looking at whether promises made to northern ireland during the brexit referendum have been met. borisjohnson made this promise on brexit and northern ireland. we will respect the peace process and the good friday agreement entered but northern ireland's violent past remains clear in the memory and this month we have seen reminders of that violence did have the most serious for years to but where, if at all, does accept fit in? to answer that we need to understand what was promised and what has happened to the start there was one thing on which the eu and the uk agreed to take we will, under no circumstances have checks at or near the border of northern ireland. but that commitment did not solve this problem. you
did not solve this problem. gm, need a border somewhere. if we leave the customs union and the single market there must be a border. it could be on the island of ireland or it could be in but you can't not have a border. you cannot magic away the need for a border. 50 the need for a border. so havin: the need for a border. so having ruled out a land border, exit involves checks in the irish sea. in 2018 boris johnson ruled this out as well. when attacking then prime minister theresa may. we would be damaging the fabric of the union with regulatory checks and even customs controls between great britain and northern ireland. absolutely no british conservative government could or should sign up to any such arrangement. but checks are what exit _ such arrangement. but checks are what exit has _ such arrangement. but checks are what exit has delivered. i are what exit has delivered. thenin are what exit has delivered. then in 2020 there was this meeting between borisjohnson and the irish prime minister. estherjohnson was clear again, there would be no border down there would be no border down the irish sea, he said. 0ver my dead body. but if that is what was said, this is what has happened to did the trade deal
comes with the northern ireland protocol stipulating that northern ireland, in effect, stays in the eu single market for good and so selling goods moving to northern ireland from the rest of the uk are subject to checks. the checks, we were told, would not happen today can that has brought pressure on northern ireland's p settlement. the good friday agreement was signed in the 90s and ended violence between nationalists, who want northern ireland to join the republic of ireland, and loyalists who wanted to stay in the uk. and as part of this, the irish border is all open with no checks. and the eu in the uk agreed that any land border tax —— checks risked anger. but there was no equivalent calculation for loyalists and checks in the irish sea. and anger has followed. irate checks in the irish sea. and anger has followed. we have been betrayed _ anger has followed. we have been betrayed and _ anger has followed. we have been betrayed and we - anger has followed. we have been betrayed and we feel . anger has followed. we have l been betrayed and we feel like farmers in our own country. tea and sympathy will not cut the mustard. ~ violence in loyalist areas. this was belfast in april, connected to an upset over the
handling of a large republican funeral last year and that is connected to a broader perception that loyalists are not being treated fairly. anger at the form brexit has taken place into that. for his part, borisjohnson place into that. for his part, boris johnson expressed place into that. for his part, borisjohnson expressed concern at the violence and has called the checks in the irish sea unnecessary describing what has happened this way. we unnecessary describing what has happened this way.— happened this way. we are iiettin happened this way. we are getting the _ happened this way. we are getting the barnacles - happened this way. we are getting the barnacles of. happened this way. we are | getting the barnacles of the thing and there have been in tamping it into shape. the prime minister _ tamping it into shape. the prime minister arguing to sandpaper into shape the checks that he agreed to. the uk has now delayed some of these checks is accused by the eu of breaking international law. and this highlights the how to be outside the eu and avoid border checks remains a problem that is hard to sandpaper away and so, not for the first time, all fast port is centre stage. after all, this is a city the titanic, something its creators thought was unthinkable. back in 2018 is borisjohnson warned
of getting the wrong type of brexit he turned to that story. the titanic springs to mind. and now is the time to point out the iceberg ahead. now, however. — out the iceberg ahead. now, however, boris _ out the iceberg ahead. now, however, boris johnson - out the iceberg ahead. now, - however, boris johnson believes however, borisjohnson believes that with his form of exit done the uk can ceylon, he's protected and greater prosperity to come. for some, the titanic warning still stands to asea brexit for northern ireland that is not as promised and the risk is greater than realised by the creators. what is certain that how brexit works for northern ireland is still being contested. we will have more on that in our business coverage. your cup is overflowing this morning. looking now it's been where we have some good news. the organisers of a test concert held in barcelona last month say there's been no sign of an increase in covid—19 infections as a result. courtney bembridge reports. music plays.
if it weren't for the masks, you would be forgiven for thinking these pictures were from 2019. an indoor concert with 5,000 people and no social distancing. it was one of the largest gatherings in europe since the pandemic began, and the significance was not lost on the performers. translation: welcome to one of the most exciting concerts i of our lives. cheering and applause. the gig was a test to monitor the impact of large—scale events on coronavirus case numbers. ticket holders had to take a rapid test the day of the event and show they were negative. they also had to wear masks. now, the results are in — in the two weeks that followed six people tested positive for covid—19. health authorities say that is a lower incidence than is seen in the general population. we can be sure that this has not been a super spreading event so this is very reassuring data that we believe will be helpful in opening the cultural activities
everywhere in the world. a similar event was held in the netherlands last month, with different rules for different groups within the venue. those results are still being analysed. the european music industry will be watching closely. it lost three quarters of its income in 2020. and it is notjust music events pushing ahead. in the uk 8,000 supporters were back in a stadium at the weekend as part of a pilot programme to pave the way the bigger audiences at sporting events. i was like a kid on christmas morning today. woke up all excited. football for the first time for 13 months so really looking forward to it. 0h, d'you know what? i am absolutely — i'm just so — i'm giddy. another test event will be held in england later this week. an indoor nightclub in liverpool will host 6000 people across two nights. courtney bembridge, bbc news. time to check on the latest sports news. hello, i'm tulsen tollett
and this is your sports news where we start with football and chelsea hold the advantage heading into next week's champions league semi—final second leg against real madrid. that's after they secured a crucial away goal with a 1—1 draw in spain, christian pulisic scoring for thomas tuchel�*s side while karim benzema levelled the match setting up an intriguing match at stamford bridge next week. it will be a tough one because it is a champions league semi—final and nothing is assured. even if we had a win here, anything is possible at halftime and we need to fight for every centimetre and every advantage that we want to have. we need to fight to deserve it. manchester city head to paris saint—germain later on wednesday in the other semi—final with both clubs searching for their first title at this level. the french side were beaten finalists last year and will be hoping to go one better with a coach who knows plenty about their opponents having managed against them in
england. they have an unbelievable player and it is difficult to control them and do that for 90 minutes. i think on our side it is the same. india has recorded increasing numbers of coronavirus infections and its highest daily death rate with those figures expected to climb. despite this, the indian cricket board are saying the ipl will keep going, several players have pulled out and one coach fully understands the problems away from the game. we are very aware of what is happening outside and through greater india at the moment and obviously our hearts go out to every single person in india who is struggling with what has happened with code that covid in the indian society. 0ne happened with code that covid in the indian society. one of our players, ashwin, left to be with his family so it is probably affecting us and we are talking about more than maybe most teams are. the all england club has announced that it hopes
to welcome at least 25 percent of its usual crowds to wimbledon, which equates to around 10,000 people, for the tournament which starts at the end ofjune. and from next year, there will be a change to the schedule — it was announced play on the middle sunday of the tournament will become a permanent addition. previously that day has only been used to accommodate a backlog of matches from the first week — but improvements in technology mean the grass courts no longer need a day of rest. that is a big debate. time now for the super moon pictures. this week the moon has orbited closer to earth than usual, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. the phenomenon is called a supermoon and we have some incredible pictures from around the world. this is whitby abbey in yorkshire. and this cable car is in east london. this striking timelapse is from frankfurt, germany. these images come from the greek temple of poseidon on greece's
southern coast of cape sounion. and here, the supermoon lights upjerusalem. incredible pictures and i will be back with business stories in a moment. hello. april 2021 is now officially the frostiest april on record. that is since records began in 1960 and it is based on the number of frosty nights we've seen. every night so far this april, temperatures have fallen below freezing and we've had an air frost. it may well be the case though that as we make our way into the early hours of wednesday, we escape and there's a lot of cloud sitting across the uk at the moment thanks to an area of low pressure sinking its way south. quite a strong wind across scotland and where skies clear, the chance of frost will be pretty limited. here's the centre of that low as we get wednesday underway to the south of the uk. to the north, the skies are clearer but there will be some chilly air around, those isobars are close
together and that means a stiff north easterly wind. the heaviest of the shower on wednesday would be close to the low centre for wales, the midlands and the southwest of england. certainly for the first part of the day, some of the wind will drift further eastwards later in the afternoon. some isolated showers across the scotland and northern ireland but more in the way of sunny spells here. but generally quite a chilly feel to proceedings across the north across the uk as we pick up the northwesterly, northeasterly, the low pulls away towards the continent on thursday, as it does so, the northeasterly wind drags arctic air right away across the uk. the isobars open up as well. without the strength of the wind, that leaves us open to seeing quite a wider spread of frost as we move into the early hours on thursday. perhaps the southeast still close enough to the low to escape. through the day, there will be a lot of sunshine across the uk, but it will feel chilly and particularly on the north sea coast. just light breezes in
contrast to wednesday, but with lighter breezes, where we do see some showers developing and we are seeing some that will be quite slow—moving. locally some heavy downpours but disappointing temperatures with ten to 12 as highs. things look very similar for friday and indeed it looks like we will hold on to a cooler air and light winds and like we will hold on to a cooler air and light winds and some decent spells of sunshine, but isolated showers as we move into the bank holiday weekend. but what will be a talking point for us is the overnight frost.
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