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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. america." reporting from new york, i am laura trevelyan. coronavirus infections in the u.s. top 400,000 as new york records its hhest daily death toll yet. people of color are disproportionatelyt risk for the virus. bernie sanders ends his campaign for the presidency, paving the way for a biden/trump showdown in november. >> i cannot in good conscious continue a campaign that cannot wi and which would interfere with t important work required of all of us in this difficult hour. ♪
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laura: plus, performing in your pj's. famous classical dancers are keeping the arts alive. ♪ for all of you and around the globe, welcome to "world news america." there are now more than 400,000 nicoronavirus cases in thed states, a staggering figure. in new york almost 800 people died from the disease, the most soar, leaving so many families in anguish. yet at the same time the rate of infectio is flattening. the state's governor says that is good news, but people need to stay vigilant. >> if we continue to do what we are doing, then we believe the lacurve will continue toen. complacent.t a time to get
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it's not a time to do anything doing.ent an what we have been remember what happened intaly, when the entire health care system became overrun. so we have to remain diligent, we have to remain disciplined one forward. laura: nework is of course the epicenter of the outbreak here in the united states. more than 6000 people have died in this state. that is more than double the number of people who have died in the 9/11 attac. joining me is new york senator kiersten gillibrand. we might just get your reaction tragedy unfolding here. of the >> is really crushing. i have talked to people in our state who have known several people who have already died from covid-19. so the truth is peoe are suffering and they are doing their best to get the ppe that our first line workers need. we are trying to get enougof the ventilators that are lifesaving for people who are in icu's.
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and our governor and our mayor and all of our county executives around theta are doing everything they can to provide for the people of our state. laura: and yet it does look as though the social distancing is working, doesn't it? so should we keep it up despite the toll it is taking on everybody? >> absolutely. it can be alienating, it can feel very lonely. lots of seniors, older americans are home alone. they cannot b visited by their children or grandchildren becausehe again,are the most at risk people in our communities. so we have to rely look out for those who are home-bound. the best thing we can do is drop groceries offer at their door, or a home-cooked meal. people have to be really vigilant and careful for those who are st at risk we have all been asked now to wear masks when you gosi o, and to only go out when you need to, and really limit your expore to other people. grocery shop once a week or once every two weeks so that youo not have to be in contact with
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lots of other people, to stop the spread. every one of us can stop the spread by just staying at home. laura: is the federal government doing as much as it could to help you? >> president is t doing enough. andor unately -- president trump is not doing enough. and unfortunately he keeps minimizing all the recommendations are health-care workers and health care experts, he dismisses advice such as wearing masks. he is overly optimistic about when we will be up in -- up and running. it is really harling the a for people to do their work to make sure their communities are safe. there has not been e ppe, the personal protective uipment, released from t stockpile. they have not released all the ventilators theyt have, and t is deeply concerning. we need more support and that is he u.s. stockpile is for laura: meanwhile, bernie sanders has dropped out of the race to residentant to take on trum was he right to stand aside for joe biden at this moment, do you
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>> well i can tell you from hard.al experience, it's because if you want to serve in at capacity, it is hard to say it is not my time. sabut senatoers ran a great race. he really put forward a lot of great ideas about the future of this country and where we need to go. i think one of his most important contributions is making it very clear that health care should be a right in this country, not a privilege for the wealthy. and i think together, we will move towards a medicare for all-typete s perhaps starting with the virus, perhaps starting with t expansion of medicaid and medicare so eryone has access to tho programs. this type of epidemic we are in right now shows how important it is to have a social safety net. heglso talked about someth that is important to me, which is national paid leave. d if we id leave in this country, we would already have the infrastructure in place f t peop be able to stay home for three months if their children's school has been
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closed, or if a family member is ill. we do not guarantee that in this country, and we need to. so we need national paid leave along with universal sick days. everyone needs to week sick days, especially our front-line workers, hospital workers, people working in grocery stores, foodervice, working in pharmacies. those are ourti cl workers in this epidemic that we need to know are safe and healthy. so hopefully we will get to work hese big ideas in the ne bill so that we can work on getting more health care, more money into people's hands who are unemployed or furloughed, and making sure we can help people start their lives back up. gillibrand, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you. laura: as the death toll mounts in new york and across the country, the data here shows that black hand hispanic people eoe more likely to die of the virus than whitee. our north american editor ports on the racial disparity at the heart of this outbreak.
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reporter: coronavus is totally indiscriminate in who it infects. in the.s. it is highly discriminatory in who it is killing. at this intensive care unit in ynew york city, nearly ev patient is black. y.efan is an emergency room doctor in the c >> the people were seeing most ill are latin american, latinos, black and round -- and brown these are the patients coming into my emergency room i am coming -- taking care of that need to be admitted into the icu. reporter: this is also a story about inequality. the black community tends to be poor and suffers from higher rates of obesity, heartan disea, hypertension. the mayor of new york says it is a source of shame. it made me angry to see that. the disparitieshat have plagued the city, this nation, that a all about fundamental inequality, are once again
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causing such pain, and causing people, innocent people to lose their lives. reporter: the figures are startling. in milwaukee, nearly three quarters of those who died are one quarter of the residents.t across illinois, 42% o those who have lost their lives are african-american, but are only it is the same in the deep south. in louisiana, the black community account for 70% of the deaths, but are a minority. the.s. surgeon general spoke about his own health issues. shared myself personall that i have high blood pressure, that i have heart disease and spent a week in the icu d to a heart condition. d i have asthma am prediabetic. so i -- and i am prediabetic. i represent growing up poor and black in arica, and we are at high risk for covid. that is why we need everyone to do our part. report: race has been the
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great dividing line in america since slavery, but coronavirus is shining a new and unexpected light on his legacy. there is nothing new in the recognition of the health disparities between black-and-white arica, but covid-19 is showing how deadly they are. all americans are wracked with anxiety at the momen african americans, more so. bbc news, washington. laura:s the outbreak spreads across the united states, big cities like detroit and new orleans are being hihard. philadelphia, baltimore, and washington dc are preparing for the worst. atlant 's mayor issued a st home order back in march and she joins us now. can you tell us, what is the status of the outbreak in atlanta now? >> we are bracing ourselves, tjust as many cities acro nation are doing right now. and thank you for giving me an
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opportunity to speak with your audience about this. inng listeo the piece that just ran, what came to mind is a saying i often heard when growing up. when white america catches a cold, black america catches the in this case it is pneumonia for black america. and, you know, we are preparing in the way that so many other cities are. it's the reason we took the extraordinary step to issue a stay-at-home order in our city long before the state did something statewide. and for me,ry it's personal. i have fourre chiwho are asthmatic. when you look at the underlying ndions, we have some of the highest asthma rates in the country right here in atlanta. and so many of the other underlying conditions that are prevalent in the african-american communities. i knew that we would be hard-hit. andd even before we star seeing the numbers, i knew that
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black america was ttching in a very real way, simply by the sheer number of people who i knew were sick. and comparing that with our numbers statewide is very disturbing. laura: and do you think there should be more testing for communities of color in atlanta? are you able to do that? >> there should be more testing but no, we are not able to do that. ghnow we are not even testing people who have mal symptoms and who are a symptom attic. -- asymptomatic. we know those numbers are probably at least double because we areot testing everyone who should be tested. it ts my hopet with t rapid testing coming online we will have an ability to do more testing but we are nowhere near where we should be with testing. laura: meanwhile, you issued this stay-at-home order, but
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george -- but georgia's governor has reopened the beaches. >> it would be my wish that the governor would look to local leaders and what we know is best for our communities. i understand the discussion for the need for fresh air and exercise.ng we are hahat very same discussion related to some trails that we have that run through the city of atlanta. t you know, it does send conflicting messagiop, but i just that with his desire to open thech b, that the enforcement is there to ensure t hat people are responsible and keeping a safe distance apart laura: mayor, thank you so much for being with us. >>nk tou for having me. laura: as we have been reporting, bernie sanders has dropped out of the femocratic ra psident. in a video this morning senator
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sanders said he cou not in good conscience continue with a interfered the important workh required in this difficult hour. he has become a champion of the working class, but after big losses to joe biden in super tuesday,hw his pat to the nomination became virtually here's more. reporter: for many months, bernie sanders topped the polls, wiing in the early voting states and becoming the standardbearer of the progressive winicof the democrarty. but it was not to be. >> i wish i could give you better news, but i think you know the truth. and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind vice president, bidnd the path toward victory is virtually impossible. so while we are winning the ideological battle, and while we are winning the support of so many young people, and working people throughout the country, i have ccluded that this battle for the democratic nomination
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will not be successful. when you are sick have the right to go to the doctor. period. reporter: berrte sanders staed his campaign as a revolution, a movement to end inequality that appealed particularly to young people. he tapped into a pervasive sense that the rich were getting richer, while the americadream was becoming unobtainable for the working classes. >> it was not lon ago that people considered these ideas radical and fringe. today they are mainstream ideas, and many of them are already being implemented in cities and states across the country. that is what we haveet accomplished tr. reporter: but while his ideas gained momentum, not enough people in his party believed he could beat president trump. that job now falls tjoe biden, who in a tweet appealed for party unity. presidt trump though played on democratic divisions and urged
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sanders supporters to vote for him instead. although he now backs biden, bernie sanders says he will remain on theallot for the maining primaries in order to win delegates and maintain his influence within the party. thwhether like it or not, democrats will be feeling th "bern" for a long calm yet. -- time yet. laura: for more on the significance of bernie sanders's departure on the race, here is katty kay. katty: the 20 general election for the white house is now on. it will be joe biden versus donald tru. the challenge for joe biden is to try to win over all of those incredibly energetic bupnie sandersrters. there are a lot of young americans today who really believed in sanders's message and think in this time of the coronavirus, actually, his policies on health care for all, his polici of income, are more relevant than ever.
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an they feel very disappointed that the senator from vermont has dropped out of the race. sout how does joe biden go a trying to win them over without dragging the aquatic party so far to the lefthat he cannot energize voters in the cenr? it's clear nowthhat because of coronavirus, this election will be a referendum on donald p.tr and joe biden and the democratic party cannot afford to leave any voters behd. so their single focus for the next few months will be winning over bernie sanders supporters and trying to find a way for joe biden to reachn voters, e though he is stuck in a basement because everybody is unlocked. the key to that might be two people who are not joe biden or berniet sanders, barack and michelle obama. a lot a focus on them today and when they will come out in support of the former vice president, mr. biden. laura: in other news now from around the world, the u.k. prim minister bor johnson is still in intensive care in a london hospital, wher he is being
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treated for coronavirus. he is said to be making steady progress. the government ministers say his condition is improving. he was admitted to hospital monday after his symptoms worsened. the wto has warned the the deepest economic recessione in living memory. senior figures in geneva heaven lding a remote news conference. officials warn that global trade could fall by as much as one third because of the outbreak. france has got into recession after suffering its worst economicti contr since the second world war. the country's national banks as the economy shrank by 6% in the first three month of the yearor because of theavirus outbreak. you areatching "bbc world news america." still to come on night's program, surprising cease-fire in south africa. coronavirus outbreak leads to a pouce between rival gangs, even if it is only try.
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the people of wuhan in china have experienced their first day of freedom following 10 weeks of lockdown. the bbc's chinese service asked wuhan's presidents what -- residents what they have -- what advice they have for people elsewhere. >> [speaking chinese] >> [speaking chinese] >> [speaking chinese]
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♪ laura: as millions worldwide stayt home, the ripple effect is widespread. in new york city crime is down, and in south africa there is a trucbetween the covert -- notorious gangs in cape town. the gangs are using their d networks now to bring f the poorest household instead. here is our africa correspondent. reporter: these are some of the most dangerous streets in south africa and the world. poor communitiest fouver relentlessly by rival drug gangs. but today, a virus with a nationwide lockdown may have achieved with the police and the army have tiled to dore. this is the american gang's turf. most of these men have been in jail. but today instead of selling
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drugs and rubbing people, they supplieing up food >> i got a phone call fromngwo different leaders. i thought if these guys are starting, they are at the top of the food chain, the t rest of community will be in serious strife. reporter: to t help, gangs aren drawingeir own particular skill set. >> they are the best to beaters in the country. there- the best distributors in the country. they know everybody. reporter: so what does the community think of the hacriminal's suddene of focus? there is relief here for sure that a gang cease-fire has taken >> we rely on one another to help each otherve here,if it is gangsters, even if it is not gangsters. >> there is no such thing as gangsters. these times, all of us came
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together. reporter: but it is hard to tell what people here reale think about n who terrorized their neighborhoods for decades. the authorities>>re skeptical. i do not think it exonerates evil.hen you have done so much one good deed does not suddenly wipe it all away. ommaybe they cant to slightly more long-term good,he t down tirearms permanently, and stop intimidating residents. then we areer good. report because of the lack down -- lockdown, i am in johannesburg and not cape town. but two gang leaders agreed to talk over the phone. do you think southcofrica, your unity big --will be changed by the six periods? >> -- this eerience? >> yes. reporter: do you think that will last? >> maybe. reporter:ru once the is over, maybe the fighting will start again? >> maybe the fighting will start
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again. reporter: so a temporary cease-fire, a temporary wnlock and just a sliver of a chance that the virus will bring most dangerous streets in the world. bbc news south africa,. laura: something good comes out of the pandemic. in new york, broadway theaters will remain closed until june 7 at least. given the lack of live audiences, performers around the world are taking it online. russian baile -- ballet dancers can still shine. reporter: russians love ballet, and this is one of the top tr oupes. they are in lockdown out but the stars of thista have found a creative way to keep performing. ey are doing it at home, and
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posting online. it's less classical, more kitchen, really. don quixote at dinnertime. valeria numeral uses a fan for this bit. butn quarantine, plates will do. ah, the emotion of it all. a scene from the ballet, giselle, with a sauce of russian dumplings. there's clearly an appetite for this bizarre ballet. in russia, the video has gone viral. stay positive, that is the message, the pre-civil dancer life might be tough now but a good move and sense of humor can save t world. a sense of humor? well, russians certainly have that. stuck at home, people across
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russia have been impersonating famous paintings and sharing online. very creative. and they have penned a plethora of pop songs about this pandemic. as for the ballet dancers, in their homes and gardens, they are promising more uplifting performances spirits of the nation. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. laura: creative russians under lockdown. let's create -- recap our top stories. th u.s. now has more than 400,000 corovirus infections, as authorities across the nation scrambled to contain the idisease. herenew york, there are more th 779 people who have died,t the highily toll yet. bernie sanders has suspended his campaign for the presidency, saying he cannot ca pat -- see a path to the nomination. this sets up a showdown between joe biden and presidemb trump in
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