tv DW News Corona Special Deutsche Welle April 8, 2020 1:00am-1:30am CEST
this is d.w. new year's live from berlin the coronavirus tightens its grip on new york city as the city's overstretched hospitals trying to cope with the flood of patients the latest death toll is a shocker 731 new yorkers lost their lives on monday also coming up to get well wishes from around the world for britain's prime minister boris johnson he remains in intensive care at a london hospital foreign minister dominic rob is stepping in for johnson.
i'm told me all white people welcome to the program. new york is still reporting shopping the rising casualties from the coronavirus the death toll has now climbed above 4000 many more than died in the 911 attacks the state reported its biggest one day jump in fatalities on chews day hospitals remain overstretched but governor andrew cuomo insists the number of deaths is leveling off he says this shows social distancing is working. in while president donald trump has threatened to freeze funding to the so the world health organization and his daily white house briefing trump criticize the w.h.o. his handling of the crisis saying the u.n. body was china centric they called it wrong they call it wrong they really they missed a call. they could've called it months earlier they would have known and they should
have known and they probably didn't so we'll be looking into that very carefully and we're going to put a hold on money spent to the w h o we're going to put a very powerful hold on it and we're going to see it's a great thing if it works but when they call every shot wrong it's no good. correspondent all of a salad is following developments for us in washington all of a president trump and his coronavirus task force have given their daily briefing what were the highlights. well tell me you've just mentioned the president. essentially saying that he will put a hold on the u.s. funding to the world health organization that's a very bold move you heard the sound bite he said they missed the call so and he's partially right because the world health organization was in fact late a calling the corona crisis of pandemic they also were protective with regards to
china in the beginnings of the pen demick but it really looks like president trump is really trying to blame the w.h.o. for his own for his own acting in this crisis because he's taking a lot of heat recently for acting late so the u.s. has turned into the efi center of the cone up endemic as we know and president was very reluctant in the 1st place to act quickly to take this threat seriously also and it looks like he's now trying to punish the world health organization they should and that very well also fits to his rhetoric and that is don't blame me blame the w.h.o. and blame china and part of that also comes at a time when the u.s. is in an election year so all of it will come back to you in a minute but 1st let's have a look at your reports on the changing campaign dynamics test are critically important for it we cannot sort of provides you instead of campaign rallies the 2
remaining candidates are picked to their living rooms bernie sanders has fallen behind dramatically productive and front runner joe biden is struggling to land his attacks on president trump only until yesterday at his press conference the president started to our grasp reality what he's facing in terms of the number of potential best look around a virus pandemic has turned the election come pain side down the white house press briefing room has become trump's preferred we are about putting an optimistic president in the spotlight we have it so well under control i mean we really have done a very good job one day it's like a miracle it will disappear and i hope we can do this by easter. i think that would be a great thing for a country and while soaring death tolls in the united states speak another language on twitter trump is bragging about his t.v. ratings with more than 8000000 viewers tuning in every day there's one thing
president trump doesn't have to worry about and that's his media presence while joe biden has almost disappeared from american t.v. screens president trump simply turned his daily carone of briefings into campaign rallies and reality former obama campaign adviser spencer critchley says the corona pandemic is doing more harm to the president than to democratic hopeful joe biden one of the things i would point to is the famous quote from the bonaparte never interfere with your enemy when he's in the process of destroying him so that might sound a little bit calculating but in political terms president trump is doing a great deal of damage to his own reputation service members while president trump supporters still stand by his side the projected number of casualties could become a problem for the occupant of the white house. now all of the votes as went to the polls on tuesday in the key east swing state of wisconsin to tell us more about what happened that. right well 1st so we it's important to mention that 15 u.s.
states have already postponed their elections due to the corona pandemic and wisconsin is the only one that moved forward holding this election this primary election today and before there was a fierce battle between republicans and democrats in the state about whether to hold that election or not and the state governor who's a democrat wanted to postpone it then the republican dominated congress state congress in fact did not approve and eventually that moved on and the supreme court upholds concent had to decide and they decided in favor off holding it with the result that we saw some chaotic situations there are huge lines only 5 polling stations open in milwaukee 2 and a half 1000 members of the national guard deployed so the deciding factor here will be the absentee ballots and we can expect some delays in the results coming in because of that ok the w's all of a salad in washington thank you. across the
atlantic world leaders have been sending get well soon messages to britain's prime minister boris johnson this is his 2nd night in intensive care he said to be stable conscious and not on a ventilator johnson spent 12 days in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus he was hospitalized on sunday evening with a high fever. on monday after a night in hospital bars johnson insisted there was no cause for concern but just hours later he's condition had deteriorated. as we speak bronzer is in intensive care being looked after his medical team receiving the very very best care from a team that saddam says the hopes and prayers are with him and with his family downing street says johnson is conscious and includes spirits he's getting oxygen
support but he's not on a ventilator. my thoughts are with him and his family because of see it's a very worrying time for them. and to snuff one son because it's very serious who could go into intensive care i mean obviously there are a great breakfast there for you wakeup call for those who might have been taking it seriously i can fit people who are normally healthy but including myself i think it's probably a wake up call to well i think you see it in the best of attention i only hope that the rest of the british population get the same attention but unfortunately it will be the case we live. in the main time foreign secretary dominic robb has taken over the prime minister's judi's world leaders have been sending messages of support. sending my best wishes to prime minister barak's johnson for a full and speedy recovery my thoughts are with you and your family right now i hope to see you back at number 10 cern hang in there prime minister hope to see you
out of hospital and in perfect health very soon. get well soon boris johnson thinking of you your family and all our u.k. friends at the tough time. queen elizabeth has also sent a message to johnson's family and his pregnant fiance kerry simmons wishing the prime minister a full recovery ministers have faced calls to be more transparent i made concerns they under played how serious johnson's condition was for many it's another reminder that the coronavirus does not discriminate. the lockdown that serves as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world is partly partially ended after 11 weeks chinese authorities are allowing residents of more freedom of movement is where the outbreak started this move comes as china reported no new deaths choose day.
as the clock struck midnight and will hand one of the major lockdown measures was removed by in travel an impressive light show marked the occasion featuring health workers and the words heroic city others werent causing to celebrate instead thousands of travelers flock to catch trains or take advantage of removed roadblocks. i feel great the epidemic has maybe stabilized to some extent so we're able to travel now. has lost a lot in this epidemic and its people have paid a big price now that the lockdown has been lifted i think we're all pretty happy. it's the city where the coronavirus a break began many people have been trapped for more than 2 months they will leave
for hand to rejoin friends family and return to work. i came back before the lunar new year and planned to stay for a few days it wasn't even 2 days and it was announced to happen would be locked down and i couldn't leave so i've been stuck here the whole time. the easing of the lockdown comes as china reported no new coronavirus deaths for the 1st time since it started publishing figures. but authorities still urge caution. since 0 new covered $900.00 cases does not mean 0 risk the lifting of the knockdown does not mean the lifting of epidemic prevention and control. we had just been breathing a tentative signs of relief more shops are open and there are more people on the street so a return to normality and we hand appears far off the area's restrictions on
movement within the strolling metropolis will remain in place to guard against a 2nd wave of infection. in australia cardinal george pell has walked free from prison after the high court overturned his convictions for child sex abuse pal who was once a senior figure in the vatican and was serving a 6 year prison sentence is always maintained his innocence images that spark a vindication or hopelessness after 405 days in custody cardinal george pell walks free from a stray in prison into a monastery a decision felt acutely by sexual abuse survivors. i'm sure. any earth are now. it's it's huge. it was
a year ago that the cardinal was convicted of sexually assaulting 2 choir boys in the 1990 s. making it the most high profile case of alleged historical sex abuse to rock the roman catholic church the cardinal has always maintained his innocence. whole idea of sexual abuse is a horror to me in a statement he says he holds no ill will to his accuser stressing that he does not want his acquittal to add to the hurt and business so many feel his supporters in the church say they've always believed in his innocence. my own sense is. an understanding of the. processes of the courts has come to its conclusion. the decision came from a strongly as highest court marking the end of
a complex 3 year legal battle there were no celebrations from the vatican but at mass on tuesday the piper a cold the persecution that jesus suffered. i would like to pray for all those his soft unjust sentences resulting from persecution and the. further work a white spells lawyers as a number of civil suits are seeking compensation for his alleged failure to protect children from pedophiles now it's light and things for literally the largest brightest supermoon of 2020 rows over cities around the world hushed by the coronavirus on choose the sky which is in japanese capital but when witnessed the super moon rising over the city's landmarks a super moon is when a full moon a cuz of the plant and its $28.00 day orbit that is closest to the us this time around the full moon appeared up to 14 percent bigger that usual.
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it's called spectrum if you like any information on the crawl of virus or any other science topic you should really check out our podcast you can get it wherever you get your podcast you can also find us at dot com. science. health care systems around the world are under stress more and more patients are seeking treatment pushing hospitals to the brink of collapse but if you look closely there are differences in the u.s. health care is largely privatized in an effort to cut costs many hospitals have reduced staff and stretched resources that are now urgently need it many clinics are overwhelmed the same goes for countries like italy and spain which were burdened with severe austerity measures after the last financial crisis state run
health care systems on the other hand are proving to be more robust to deal with the crisis some experts say. in many countries this has sparked a discussion about whether health care should be a public good run by the state or a business model. this is your code with 100 new so i'm going to go jones and bill him good to have you with us now let's agree money can't buy you everything but it can give you a better chance of survival if you can afford a private health insurance chances are you get to see your doctor sooner than someone on national health it's not fair but it is what it is but how does it work in a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and a moment we'll talk to the c.e.o. of germany's biggest private hospital operator but 1st this report. the patients just keep on coming the coronavirus outbreak is testing the limits of hospitals all over the world demand for beds for spiritual equipment protective
gear and workers continues to search many for medical professionals have been called back on duty like a qualified doctor the irish prime minister as you know rejoined medical register there last month and. setting aside. the one session a week about half a day a week or so far it's been a telephone click the virus which is infected politicians celebrities and business leaders is often described as indiscriminate but as hospital staff get to work in equality reigns. poorer people are more likely to catch the disease and they're more likely to die from it that's led to calls for a lifting of the barriers for example between public and private hospitals in spain one of the country's worst hit by the crisis the government has ordered private clinics to share resources with the public system australia has pushed through
similar measures in germany meanwhile some private clinics have reportedly applied for government support to compensate for the cancellation of lucrative procedures but they simply aren't a priority right now. for more i'm joined now by the c.e.o. of frizzy a global health care group with more than 200 set 90000 employees in more than 100 countries and here in germany is also the largest hospital operator welcome stephanie good to have you with us tell me how are your hospitals holding up in this health crisis. we're going to differentiate between the situation in germany and japan we have 86 hospitals in germany where we're still waiting for a large wave of corona patients to arrive on the other hand we have 44 ospital across spain weren't particularly in the hot spots in madrid and barcelona
we have had more than our fair share of patients to deal with right how how big a role i mean it it feels awful to talk about money in such a situation but how big a role does money play when it comes to providing good health care. well we have to see that the fatality rate in germany is substantially lower than the one that we are seeing elsewhere but i do believe that 1st and foremost that has to do with quite a few issues that happen outside a hospital. so when it comes to the amount of testing that we're doing the denominator in the fatality ratio germany has done substantially more as far as i can see than most other countries but also when we look at the numerator i believe that in germany the potion population on average is substantially younger than
elsewhere a key reason for this may actually be a cultural difference where i think it is more. towards the german culture to keep the natural social distance relative to what we can observe in italy and its banks. and it comes to the money the capital allocation to a hospital system than i do believe. that germany is a bit better equipped than what we are seeing elsewhere and as far as our own hospitals are concerned we have invested quite heavily in the past and we can now also afford to shift resources within this large network they are needed right as as you just mentioned about shifting resources you are you do run private hospitals and private hospitals that and then they'd say they need to be profitable is that a problem now given that's treating covered 9000 patients is very time and very cost consuming. no and this is not
a time to think about market share gains or profitability this is the time to think about how we can best help the society as it was mentioned a bit earlier on yes the spanish government has grown on resources to help out and we are more than happy to do that but. i believe that yes whilst we're still waiting in germany for. actually we're not waiting but no we haven't seen a large wave of corona patients yet and therefore in many of our hospitals where we have followed the ministers appeal to delay in the elective surgery yes we are seeing in on the utilization of capacity but that is obviously absolutely fine we got to see through this crisis now and everything else is going to be taken
care of afterwards that is definitely an almost luxury position to be in the one that you describe here in german all spittles as you mentioned that so far germany's health system managed to keep the number of covert 19 related to this fairly low 7 in comparison to other countries but the number of cases keeps rising now as the c.e.o. of germany's biggest hospital operator how worried are you that nabi e.u. will not be able to cope with the influx of patients and and have to make hard decisions. this has been a very very dynamic development that frankly has beat not so my expectation so i will be cautious with making definitive statements but at the same time. germany has had the luxury of being somewhat late to this and therefore we have had the opportunity to learn quite a bit from what worked in other countries as an aside we have also had quite a number of volunteers in our german hospital system to go down to spain and help
out our colleagues over there and those who are returning now have real life experience as to how we can better deal combat this crisis nobody derives truly arrives here in germany right stefan storm c.e.o. frizzy news thank you so much for your time and all the best to you and certainly for your medical staff in the coming days and weeks thank you stay healthy. and now let's get some more answers to your questions remember that you can keep them coming in on you tube on facebook and twitter or via e-mail the science journalist daryl williams stands ready to provide some answers. was germany better prepared for the pandemic than other countries. throughout this pandemic the
number of fatalities in germany has remained remarkably lower than that and other countries only between one and 2 percent of the people who tested positive for covert 19 here have so far died from the disease that's a lower case fatality rate than almost any other country tenser the question germany appears to have been better prepared than many other countries in one key way the number of acute care beds here is very high there are more than twice as many of them per capita as there are in european neighbors like france or italy i don't think any country was really well prepared for a covert 19 but germany's reaction to it looks to have made a significant difference and and how many people it will probably kill here in. the u.s. and the u.k. were supposedly well prepared for this kind of emergency but they're seeing a lot of infections and fatalities why. that's
a tough question because so many factors appear to be contributing to how effective countries are and grappling with this disease don't forget the situation is unprecedented and we're still in the middle of the pandemic it's way too close to fast changing events to be able to really say country a this writing country b. got that wrong that said one thing in particular hand seem to play a pivotal role in slowing the spread of the disease in some countries and that's early widespread testing as we've heard over and over again you can't fight what you can see right so both the u.s. and u.k. got off to quite slow starts when it came to testing because the health care systems they are rely on. tests from a single government source and those government sources didn't respond very rapidly so despite getting top marks for their health care systems and reports like the
global health security and it's a structural aspect of how the u.s. and u.k. were set up to deal with a possible pandemic might now be making a big difference in the overall numbers. did a derek williams and he'll be back of course tomorrow to answer more off your questions for now that was our 900 special i'm going to jones in berlin for more on the pandemic to check out our social media channels and our websites that is d w dot com where we have information on covert 19 and more than 30 languages. now we would like to leave you with a story that shows we really are all in this together. at a hospital in taiwan people wait in line to make donations to help italy in its fight against the coronavirus a so far donated more than $3000000.00 u.s. dollars to the relief effort it's
a way of showing their gratitude to italian priests who helped build hospitals in taiwan after the 2nd world war the funds were given to purchase much needed medical supplies to cope with 900 stricken areas and to me. is quite uncertain as it seems. to understand the world better we need to take a closer. to . the.