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this is news of live from berlin tonight a wave of new sanctions against china from europe and north america will it change beijing's treatment of the country's weaker minorities the european union united states and britain today all announced sanctions on chinese officials it's the 1st major international response to human rights offenses committed against weaker muslims china has now hit back with sanctions of its own also coming up tonight germany's never ending lockdown the country faces a 3rd wave of coronavirus infections the german chancellor angela merkel wants to
rollback recently lifted restrictions and keep them in place for another month and eastern australia dealing with the worst flooding in decades following days of torrential rains towns are cut off thousands are being evacuated and more rain is on the way. i'm good to have you with us we begin tonight with a new standoff between western countries and china the u.s. canada the u.k. and the european union today all slapped sanctions on beijing over human rights abuses e.u. foreign ministers were 1st to announce the same sions which blacklist high ranking officials in china is changing province for human rights offenses committed against the weaker muslim minority they are the last time that the u. . e.u.
imposed sanctions against china was in an arms embargo with 1989 following the tiananmen square crackdown in response to today's sanctions beijing has blacklisted 10 e.u. individuals and 4 entities claiming that they maliciously spread lies and disinformation when the e.u.'s top diplomat slammed those retaliatory measures take a listen but rather than change its policies an address our legitimate concern china is against turn a blind eye and these measures are without the will and that's unacceptable. there will be no change in the european union determination to defend human rights and to respond to severe relations and have users as a set respected where they are great that. we want china to engage in a dialogue with the un human rights not to continue to be confident and sure now
are that straight talk they're coming from the e.u.'s shifted chief diplomat but as our brussels correspondent didn't read it says no one's expecting china to change its course any time soon. let's let me count a measure after you imposed measures his self as part of the diplomatic game that is now ensuing it's tit for tat and it was a high representative for foreign policy of the you is seasoned enough to know that this is of course part of the game and nobody expects now of china to reverse its policy immediately this is meant to be a signal to beijing to think about human rights policy and to to say them to tell them he is a clear stop sign you cannot do as you wish and the the u.k. and the united states are willing at least to say no but on the other hand nobody wants to in danger of course the diplomat the economic ties that europe has this
china this is not the part of the game that was being reviewed there reporting from brussels on those new sanctions against chinese officials let's take a look now at some of the other stories that are making headlines around the world canada is accusing beijing of hostage diplomacy over its treatment of a canadian citizen accused of spying ex diplomat michael carvery was arrested in 28 teen and is now awaiting a verdict after a short trial can the maintains that called riggs trial and another case are in retaliation for its arrest of a top who away executive a group of 8 hong kong pro-democracy activists released from jail in china have been detained on their return home they were arrested at sea last year on charges of illegal border crossing it's believed they were trying to flee to taiwan to escape prosecution for their involvement in anti-government protests in hong kong. a huge fire has swept through
a real hinge at refugee camp in southern bangladesh leaving thousands homeless refugees say several people have died over 1000000 live in camps in the region most fled me and more in 2017 after a military crack down. back here in europe german leaders are expected to agree to a return to walk down restrictions and amid rising corona virus infections federal and state leaders have been locked in talks about this now for about 4 hours one of the points of disagreement has revolved around rules governing family gatherings over the easter vacation with germany in the grips of a 3rd wave of infections chancer an american who's pushing for tougher restrictions . all right for more now i'm joined by professor andrew allman he's the spokesperson for the german parliament's health committee he also has a background in infectious diseases he's also a member of the business friendly free democratic party it's good to see you again
mr ohman german leaders it looks like they are expected to agree to yet another month of lockdowns and this could even be the severest that we have seen what do you think about this. well what i'm really concerned about is that we are running from one lock down to the next lock down with any with no perspective for our population we have to understand and appreciate that the most infections are cause in the private settings and not done in a store or anywhere outside and i think this has to be really clearly addressed and the measures that have to be taken is curb out. sure that the contacts are lowered because we are in a 3rd way that is pretty clear and the pendennis something very severe but we cannot only go into lockdown because the fatigue in the population is very obvious because there is no perspective anymore and we have to be more intelligent more innovative how to. temper down this kind of infection that's occurring in our
country where there are some health experts public health experts are saying that germany needs 3 weeks of a complete shutdown in order to get this pandemic under control do you agree with that. well at least in theory that could work but then it will start all over again and possibly all in lockdown that means what does it really mean are is everybody going to stay at home and how are the infections going to spread at home in the private sector are we not allowed to visit our loved ones anymore it sounds very easy enough to radical contents but i think practically it won't work what about the vaccination rollout here in germany is that part of the problem if we were on schedule or even ahead of schedule with vaccinations we could possibly be looking at lower numbers of infections right. absolutely and we do see lower
numbers of infection in the elderly population they are below average as everybody else in germany the the age group above 80 is a lot lower they have an incidence rate of around 50 which is very ensuring that fact that the vaccination works but what we have here as i like to call it is a management disaster regarding the vaccination program that we're having also a communication disaster as well and we do not have the same amount of vaccines available as and other countries around the world if we look at the u.k. or israel or the united states and europe is far behind in their vaccination progress and it's very obvious we can only beat this pandemic if we all get vaccinated or many people get vaccinated and not only in europe but globally and this is always forgotten and when i also think which is somehow concerning to me is the information campaign or the missing information campaign by the german
government which is a clear necessity to ensure that the death the vaccination rate is going to be high in the future as well right now a lot of people would like to get vaccinated but if we're going to reach the 60 or 70 percent mark it's still unclear but a lot of people would say they would like to be vaccinated but they say they don't want to get a shot from astra zeneca for example because of that vaccine being suspended and then being told again that it's ok people don't trust that vaccine i mean that's a huge problem for germany because it was supposed to be the work course of vaccine in this role well. absolutely this this was a major mistake in the communication program of our government because yesterday sinica data is very clear cut it's very efficacious and very safe there are signals of the very rare kind of. body disease of the as he discovered noses of the brain and which has to be considered course has to be
placed on a warning label as well but honestly i would get vaccinated right away with us for senate cut if it's my turn to get vaccinated and over 200 problem in terri and in the german parliament are willing to take that vaccine as well and that has to be consider a lot of people outside there would like to get the vaccine as well but there are a lot of people who are in security don't really know how to take this side effects that are noted as a correlation causalities to open. and this concern has to be addressed very clearly i think that communication is still missing yeah the president's you see of still there that is for sure dr andrew allman member of the german parliament committee on health we appreciate your time and your insights tonight thank you thank you. australia is set to evacuate thousands more people from sydney's suburbs as the region grapples with its worst flooding in decades heavy rains and
swollen rivers across new south wales state causing widespread damage emergency services the year that more than 50000 people could be displaced as forecasts show more rain is on the way. a deaf person attempt to save a stranded ha'p'orth. to ensure rain and flash floods in the strangely states of new south wales have cut onus off from that and the move for many creatures help has come too late 'd. at least 18000 people have been evacuated from their homes as rivers and dams overflow. some i try to shore up their houses as best they can ahead of the looming waters. others have already seen their homes ravaged by the flooding. everything can stay it's tappets everything's. gone.
but. neither was worse off than i am so i got to be thankful for this moment it's. because residents have been warned that the worst may still be to come and told to brace for a difficult week ahead. astride. is being tested once again for. the east coast of australia predominantly south wales but i stressed also in south east queensland has faced an extraordinary deluge i have a recent dice. in many places runs are expected for at least the next 24 to 48 hours but i feel worse. the extreme downpours battering a strain is east have course the west flooding in half a century having already battled drought bushfires in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic of the past year community for a feeling pushed to breaking point. preparations are well under way ahead of the men's football world cup in qatar in 2022 but the host country has come under heavy
criticism for how it's treating migrant workers now amnesty international is calling on football's world governing body fever to pressure qatar to improve the situation for those workers these are some of the gleaming new stadiums that guitar is to showcase to an international audience when it hosts the world cup in 2022. insight there the last word in luxury a fee for president giani infantile phone died on a tour last october. but for many of the migrant workers drafted in to build them conditions have been less than comfortable no amnesty international has written to fifa to urge it to pressurize could start to do more to protect those workers human rights are they prepared to speak out and to make sure that the cuts are. and delivers on its reforms with the speaker we've cut or trying to reverse the
reforms that is a big question will they make sure that future torments. are better organized and and that the bidding process really embeds human rights to make sure that we don't see this. qatar has made reforms in recent years it became the 1st gulf country to introduce a minimum wage that does not discriminate against migrant workers infant teano says that qatar selection as world cup host has inspired change we need to look a little delusional the history of where people countries regions are coming from to cars in europe how many decades probably centuries to arrive. where we are today other countries in the same pros as in a few years we'd recognize that greece recognizes the spotlight of course of the world cup. the rest will happen several high profile norwegian clubs
recently called on their country to boycott the world cup amid concerns over migrant workers treatment but how misty says a boycott would only worsen their situation. $1000.00 square. at the top of the hour with more world news followed by the day to see. the fight against the corona virus pandemic. has the rate of infection been developing what does the latest research say. information and contacts the coronavirus update. on t w. kick off. ghost town atmosphere means listless clay shaw from the. looks of guns and on
mentalist fights assessable. known stump excitement in the final match to. see god. go. on t.w. . this is. a year ago alcove at 19 special went on air to help understand a frightening and baffling pandemic. alright let's bring. you know our science correspondent derek williams but it's one that has a couple of years for. me it was all about watching mosques were rare in europe. today they're essential and we have vaccines. we didn't expect to cope with 19 special to still be
a year on but the pandemic is still here. and it's been locked down after lockdown with another on its way here i'm totally over it a bit you are too and no wonder it's been a year since germany officially classified the coronavirus as a pandemic there are lots of lessons to be learned from this crisis the biggest challenge being understanding how we perceive the dangers of a microscopic pathogen how science progresses and how politicians decide what's best for us i've had to switch from business anchor to science journalists not the easiest tracking the ups and downs of a pandemic what seemed way suddenly became a painful reality here at the vip us 2 company in late january 1 of the employee s. was the fast to come trick coach at 19 from a colleague who had travelled from china the german health minister remained optimistic there's no cause for concern. a few weeks later
things looked quite different infections were spreading throughout germany in mid march the chancellor took the unusual step of addressing the nation on t.v. . if it is serious please take it seriously to say that there has not been any such challenge to our country since germany unity not since what with 2 that has demanded such great joined solidarity based anxiousness 100 and called germany's 1st lockdown started the streets of berlin were virtually deserted museums and theatres had to close and the economy came to an almost complete standstill. schools and nurseries also closed the living room became the new classroom but online teaching was difficult as laptops and software was scott's. meanwhile supplies of protective clothing in hospitals were about doctors food to keep people infected alive early may nearly 7000 of them have diet the high number
was relatively low in comparison with other countries infection numbers started to fall the lockdowns worked that reduce the burden on hospitals. finally some a time restrictions were eased people return to the streets but the easing of measures new infections. by november the numbers was so high that people were told to stay at home again what became known as lock down life began. the months parts of the population had been protesting against the restrictions. but lockdown light wasn't enough shortly before christmas infection numbers reached such a high that public life was entirely shut down again with alcohol bans in public and even nightly curfews in some places at the end of the year germany's
vaccination campaign had kicked off politicians promise that those who wanted the job would be vaccinated by the end of summer but many vaccination centers remain empty due to a shortage of doses but the 1st rays of sunshine many are no longing for more freedom one year after the outbreak restrictions are being lifted bit by bit but in the meantime you taishan zone infection numbers are rising again. all he's doing our goal is a new role just and founding director of the quest center for transforming biomedical research what was the biggest challenge for you as a scientist within this year. as a stroke researcher at the charity i would answer keeping our research going on in laboratories looking shot that we work under to see billy respect the conditions many of our technicians are helping out in morris testing we're oppositions busy treating corporate issues and someone trying to analyze and consequently trying to
improve biomedical research up until an institute of our boy this is this was busy you know kind of under a magnifying on the how on earth who researches on the one hand but also putting a spotlight on the many things he could do even. though it's been a tough year but science and scientists have have never been in the spotlight like they have being in this pandemic has that being good or bad for research well i think the pandemic has convinced the people that science is the best thing we have the key to progress and ultimately be only way to get out. of trouble such as in upon demick i think a good example of this is the changing sentiment against wrexham nations i mean if if evidence that many antibiotics was are now or have been converted not to receive the chant what about internationally. i know germany is a special case with the chancellor who's
a scientist herself but what about in other countries well absolutely but and i'm sure there are many national idiosyncrasies regarding the and we can tell we're having you spoke with this isn't one i mean i think appreciation of research and science in general appears to be on the rise. what's enough listening down to scientific evidence when it came to policy decisions where the right scientists listened to and at the end of the day with the scientists saying the right things and giving across the right messages. certainly an area in which we could have fun . it's true that in many countries including germany i mean you mentioned i mean scientists have. a policy maker and in most countries plain most countries claim that their anti corona measures are science based but which scientific evidence they live and let to which decisions generally remain completely opaque i think it
was in transparent and one of one maybe you can argue about the issue prioritization and. use a scientific evidence of political reckoning in many cases so to parrot darwin i would say it was the ideas that shit so i think attributes of good scientific policy clients should should be inclusive rigorousness transparency and also excess ability and this is in on how we are resigned over the last year so has the pandemic brought science closer to the people or divided society. well currently societies like stream equal rights and that was certainly already true before corona but it may have been even worse and so so. i think science is being used of science with the trends scientific findings often are 100 contradictory or are tentative and until better evidence meets our previous
uncertainties. i think that this is a defining element of science and one of its major strengths and the way progress is made however sometimes it is against science and a weapon not science but importantly i believe that in most cases these people do not fundamentally distrust science they they just distrust politics and politicians and i get that they are hugely i'm wrong research results or make decisions without proper scientific basis so tell me as a scientist what's your personal take away one year on in this pandemic. my personal take is that science right as an international joint effort has that investments fail it's fantastic potential but science during the pandemic could have done even better i mean we have completely failed to provide solid evidence for example through randomized controlled studies regarding the usefulness and if
you can see of america's measurements which together make up what we call social distancing so even after more than a year and millions of deaths blood might office remains a black box with which we are basically experiment so even you know it's late in the game i think we should stop our mis i fear or not be lost on them in replacing all this there are other thank you very much for being on the show today thank you . well one institution really has suffered over the past year is the theatre but the show must go on the curtain went up again at the famous bellino ensemble on friday despite the rising coated infections in germany under strict hygiene conditions the play panic cats was performed in front of about $350.00 guests gordon said to test the negatives beforehand every 2nd seat was all complied and mosques were compulsory during the entire performance it's part of
a pilot scheme in the capital between 7 cultural venues to find the best way to stage a vent safely during the pandemic. next on the program a concert of the berlin philharmonic orchestra is planned for around 1000 visitors on saturday. for the past year the w. has confined derek williams to his home study to answer your questions on the coronavirus we've all had a chance to delve into derek's mind and check out his bookshelf so here he is again like every day except today is a little different we had a question we wanted to us derek. how much time does derek spend in front of his bookshelves every day. and some of the birds and. the neighborhoods.
informative as a therapist you say it a little more eloquent than that i've been fizzling thanks for watching it's been really nice having you here the past year has been joining us and so obviously the show is going to going on for a bit longer stay safe so you get some. migrant workers europe's packing industry. thousands of romanians come to germany to earn a decent living. and on the romanian job market the gap is filled by asian workers by a social dumping basis. it's a spiral of desperation. close up. next to bondi to.
more than 1000 years ago europe witnesses a huge construction boom. with christianity firmly established there is a greater demand for houses of worship. and both religious and secular leaders are eager to display their power so churches become palaces. the race begins who can create the tallest biggest and most beautiful structures. stone masons builders in the projects compete with each other to build even good projects. this. is home massive churches
with towers that pierce the clouds like skyscrapers are created a. contest of the cathedrals stars people 12 on t.w. . several german meat packing plants was hit last year by the coronavirus thousands of workers were. also my memo never go back to germany was as it was the worst experience i've ever had a spotter than a mic.