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the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. katty: i am katty kay in washington, and this is "bbc world news america." england relaxes social distancing to get the economy moving. we loo at the science bind those new rules. america's experience shows you still have to be careful thoug cases in over half thetates are rising, and health officials ttell congress that next few weeks are critical. ♪
meering the life of rayshard brooks. funeral services ar held for the african-american man gunned down as he fled from police. and novak djokovic tests positive for coronavirus after holding a much-criticized tennis ent last week. the world number one apologizes. ♪ welcome to "world news america." epidemiologistsften refer to the process of dealing with a pandemic as a hammer and the dance, with the dance the opening up. right now, several countries aro havingring back the hammer, having tried the dance. in the u.k., the prime minister announced a big step to reopening the economy, but it is still cautious. the bbc looks behind the new measures.
virus is not about distance, but also how long you spend close to other people, so thes question how to manage that risk. scientists still do not know how muchf the virus you have to receive to become infected, so it is not like you are automatically endangered one meter and completely saf at two meters. the current state of the research cannot providens a definitiver to that, but the government advisers are clear that if yo are going to get closer, there are several key factors to watch out for. the first is making sure there is good insulation to dilute the virus. if ante inf person coughs, air conditioning could circulate thenfection. so even opening windows to bring in fresh air could make a difference. how about a supermarket? a major study of the airflow,here some aisles may be more at risk than others, but the specialists who did the modeling said it is
possible take -- to take action. >> there are some simple things we can do, some ways we can very safelyit start the people validated scientiay whichd a keeps everybody safe. reporter: next, the need for strict hygiene becomesanven more impo an infected person can easily theraminate objects that people can touch. some services like plastic and stl, the virus can last for as long as 72 hours on them, so how did the experts stay safe? >> when i go shopping, i am on the lookout. thingey doing simpl like cleaning the surfaces and the handles? are they cleaningn a regular basis? is there an adequate amount of aisle i am in, a then finally,e staying a apart.nable distance physical and then barriers can stop the virus from
spreading. plastic screens have been installed in many countries as shops have reopened, and face coverings can help.if people art realizing it get some sentists believ that wit the right measures, the two-meter rule can be relaxed, t some a cautious, including a former scientific advisor. >> asoon as you drop to two meters and at the same time opea at rants and pubs, those are places very are very unlikely to wear masks and where the one-meter rule is likely to slip out. reporter: a sign of ris to come, in germany, an outbreak at lmeat processing plant has 300,000 people back into a locked down, even in a country with lower levelsf infection than the u.k., the virus still out there. bbc news. kay: some countries already talk about a second wave, others saying this is a spike infi the
t wave, but it is clear the opening-up process is causing problems in some areas. here in the u.s., for example, the top infectious disease expert wasngestifying in ss about what they are calling a disturbing surgeon cas. in america, dr. anthony fauci said he had not been asked to slow down tting, and with optimism come he saihe w convinced there will be a vaccine for covid-19 by early 2021. that was the good news of the hearing. dr. fauci: right now, e next o bple of weeks are going critical in our abilityo address those surges we are seeing in florida, in texas, in izona, and in other states. they are not the only ones having a difficulty. bottom line, mr. chairman, it is a mixed s bag,e good, and some now we have a problem with. katty: dr. fauci there. if countries that are struggling need a lesson t on howo handle the pandemic, they could do
worse than looking anew zealand. at its peak back in april, the country saw a few are covid deaths in a single day, and that was the most it ever recorded -- they saw four cases of covid deaths in a single day, the most ever recorded. it has clely still done well, but now, even news england -- new zealand must juggle the hammer and dance. joining me from new zealand is a microbiologist at the university of auckland. dr thanks very much for joining the program. we have seen programs --ases pick up as new zealand has allowed some residents to return. what action is the government taking in response to that? .: this was absolutely predictable. we have h cases throughout this entire period. what our lockdown was about was stopping community transmission, which is what we have done, so we have basically eliminated the
virus from new zealand, but we zew the virus will come in with newlanders coming home. we had a 14-day isolation, so ople come i and go into that. what we have seen over the past hw days where the been a pickup in cases, mainly because people, so before, we were not testing them. they weronly being tested if they had symptoms, and then they facility.tine now, everyone is being tested between day three and day 12 in their isolation, so we api ing up people who were effectively asymptomatic, which we would have been missing before, but all of these peopl are in isolation, and they do notti come out their 14 days or up, and they are no longer a risk to the country. katty: we did see the case of the two british womenle who in on compassionate grounds to see a parent who was dying. they tested positive. how much of a conce was there, and how much might that change for those wanong come in on
compassionate grounds? dr.:an it has changehing. thereas beentop to all compassionate cases of leaving, managed isolation. the womenere essentially ving from managed isolation to going to isolation at a different place but being able to see familyan members i guess what it has also shown is our procedures, that things were not quite as tight as the public expect them toe, but it has led to quite a backlash now against the idea that we could even be oping up to tourists or anyone else. so it has been really important, i think, to have this happen, so we know that we do have robust processes in place, because as the pandemic is getting worse overseas, we are just going to see more cases from people returning. katty: d, it striking to me, living here in america, when i t hear about very tight procols in place there in new
this country, where we now have 26 states where there is a spike in the coronavirus -- it just seems much more lax. what does it look like from where you are, the situation? dr.: it looks very frightening. it must terrifying, knowing that you have to go to work, and the virus is out there, and you are unsafe. so it is really sad, i guess, that different states are doing things differently and are not learning from the states that had a a very bad experien have sort of got it under control, because the less the controls are in place, the mo people are going to die. katty: yes, and your advice to am dr.: look, the health officials n.ow what is going i think what is really frightening is that the federal government is working against different states,mond they are sort of bring in rules where the states that want to actually put things in place to stop the virus from transmitting aredeing actively stoprom doing that, and that is
absolutely terrifying. everybody should be making every effort ttop transmission in the community, and that is not happening. katty: our doctor in new zealand, thank you very much for joining us. new zealand has the benefit of being a self-contained island to her stes but with a much smaller population, so it is easier to manage, as well. interesting to hear that perspective. funeral services were held for the 27-year-old wri was killed a confrontation with police two weeks ago, rayshard brooks. his death followed closely after the death of george floyd withef rts about police brutality. we have the latest. reporter: another funeral for a black man killed ahite police officer. the names and places may change, but the storyline is wearyily familiar. today, in atlanta, ey are laying to rest rayshard brooks,
shot in the back as he ran from police trying to arrest him on a drunk driving offense. f >>ur skin is the weapon, and your complexion is the w crimt do you do to stay alive? comply,ike george floyd? or one, like rayshard brooks? i am not asking for a friend. i am asking for myself. reporter: the reverberations from this killing and that of george floyd are still being felt across america, as the black lives matter movement tries to make this an inflection point in the long and torturous batt for civil rights. there is urgent debate on police reform, and laster night,in washington, there was fresh unrest. in lafayette park, just across from the white house, protesters tried to tear down a statue of andrew jackson. america's seventh president and a slaveowner who was responsible for the terrible mistreatment of
native americans. donald trump, who displayed a portrait of jackson in the oval office when he became tresident, sas would not be tolerated. pres. trump: long-term jail sentences for these vandals and these hoodlums and these anarchist and agitators. call it whaver you want. some people do not like that language, but that is what they are. reporter: changes is coming in sport, too. nascar has removed confederate flags from bei flown afterwa bubba llace, the only black driver inhe sport, called for them to be banned, but in his garage over the weekend, someone leftoo a change is not going to happen without a backlash, but wallace is not deterred. bubba: i am going to keep going. porter: and the drivers in a show of solidarity pushed his car to the front. their life is racing and waiting. today, it was about race and
equality. -- their life is about raising and winnin katty: jn, those protests he not done donald trump any favors in terms ofisandling them, if you look at opinion polls, and today, he is down in arizona, with immigration helping him a 2016. ttamid his cg polling issues, will playing the ash amid his declining polling numbers, wl playing the immigration issue help? reporter: he has not found that kind of echo from the american people, that they are really with him. majority of the american people are uncomfortable about the idea of tearing down parts of america's contested history, and on immigration, he thinks that worked for him at 2016, and that will wk for h again,
because, let's face it. it was a great refrain,build the wall," but i was struck in tulsa when he spoke on saturday meght that it s to be very much a repeat of old policies, without a clear idea of what is the 2020 agenda, what trump wanting to do for the next four years, and i think that is a very incomplete piece of work, that, so i think going back tot the wall is part of him saying, "yes, that worked for me last time. i will try it again." katty: john, let me switch gears and talk about coming back into the country. we had reports this evening that the eu from july 1 is going to prohibit american residents from entering the european union. it took you and -- a long time as a brish passport holder to come back into the u.s. after being in the u.k.. does this feelike tit r tat r you from the eu?
john: it is a pretty extraordinary measure if the eu goes ahead with it, and they have to think about more than ramifications of ealth it would be a real statement of disapproval the european union of the way donald trump u.s conducted the coronavirus outbreak in the 3.4 months after america imposed a ban on european citizens coming into the u.s., the eu is about to do the same for american citizens. it would be quite some move, an i there will be wider ramifications, because donald trump will take that as a serious light. look. it is very difficult getting from europe io the united states, and also, special permissions have to be sought. i thought it wld be a straightforward exercise, by bringing up the embassy and o me bac"i am ready to the u.s." it turns out a president a proclamation keeping yig what is a thing, and getting a special waiver took a great deal
of effort and far longer than i had imagined it would. katty: yes, and as you said, the world is pretty much closed at the moment. does washington feel different than london, john? john: there are very big differences. in washington, i was struck by hammond shops are boarded up as a result initially of the coronavirus -- i was struck by how many shops are boarded up. it gives the cit a very sad looking demeanor. i would say compared to europe, many more americans, certainly in d.c., forinhe quara reasons t only place i have been to since i have come back, far, far more people are wearing masksur than ine, where it seems like people are being rather cavalier about it, but i the moment, in the u.k., the number of cases are going down, the number of deaths are going down, and across many, many states inte the u states, not washington but the cases are rising sharply. katty: yes, of course a different situation all around.
interesting hearing about you coming back. welcome home, by the way. you are watching "bbc world news america." stiltoo common tonight's program, a bright day in hollywood. -- still to come ononight's program, a bright day in hollywood. ♪ a moscow court has sentenced a former u.s. marine to 16 euros for spying.e he insists innocent but says --or ar u.s. marine to 16 years for spying. he is insisting he is innocent. our reporter has more for us and gave us the latest. reporter: of course, the conviction came last week. what weod have is his lawyers, who visited him f the first time since he was declared an american spy, he has decidedl that he not go ahead with an appeal against this conviction despite the fact that
he has insisted all along he is innocent, and he has explained that by saying it is pointless.d s not believe in the russian justice system, and he does n want to waste the three months it would take for an appeal toe processed. so, instead, the man who has always called himself a political hostage is now pinning his hopes o americans to get him a deato get home. ♪ katty: the tennis world t a shot today with news that novak djokovic has tested positive for covid-19. the world number one men's player h organized a regional tournament in serbia and croatia, where social distancing was not followed for yourse ral coaches and players who took part have also now contracted the disease. djokovic says he is extremely i reporter has more.
announcement that through the tennis world into turmoil, invak djokoviche tested positive for the virus, becoming a fourth player in the adr tour to testositive. he said, "i am extremely sorry forl each individse of infection. i hope it will not complicate anyone situation. " but djokovic has been accused of hugs, handshakes, and even a pretouament basketball game. the players were pictured partyingogether, but the consequences are serious. grigor dimitrov was theirst to announce he tested positive for covid-19, and while the players were not required by law to adhere to social distancing in croatia and serbia, they were criticized. nick kyrgios called it not a
joke, and he was not alone. >> to set an example to be a, you know, even if theuidelines in that country are not -- it i not a joke, is it? even if the guidelines were taken away, i try to keep myself out of the way. reporter: the rest of the dria -- aia tour events have been canceled. be behind closed doors. it will the wimbledon champion is taking part in the battle of the brits tournament. his brother, jamie, is fronting it. >> n it good for tennis, and also means, yo a know, there hole lot more about how this event is run and how the
players are conducting themselves. reporter: after this latest development, there ae now genu concerns of the rescheduled major events, including roland garros in september, could be in jeopay. for now, the show goes on, but controversy will linger for the sports biggest star. bbc news. katty: everybody wants sports back and to reopen. the problem is that something likehis happens, and it actually sets back the clock for other sportingvents, which now come under new scrutiny. we have been speaking to doctors l week, and the message seems to be follow the guiywlines. hod has been a virtual ghost town after the virus spread. creating all of the sets and to apy the make up drama we all see, but one segment of the entertainment world is not just surviving but thrivimp. animation ies are actively recruiting new employees as they find new ways to work in the current crisis.
here is our correspondent in l.a.. reporter: wild businesses around ome world have been forced to take an unwelce rest, in the world of animation, production has been ♪thering pace. >> we were always set up to be le to be digital with the pandemic. what it has done is just accelerated the transformation into being able to really have a virtual network. ♪ reporter: there are come of course come challenges, like launching a feature film when cinemas are csed. "jungle beach" tells the story about a young alien who learns the power of aug potentially a difficult sell during social distancing. >> we kind of panicked a bit when we realized the messa of r film was loving and hugging at a time when the world is being told to stay awa from each other, stay home, and do
not go near anybody else, so we just thought let's spin it and promote hope, like we will nog again, you >> ♪ we are together, together ♪ porter: the idea of hope broughtthers together, and even the song was made during thpeak. >> the final vocals, the night before. >> until 4:00 in the morning. we were just singing, because there is lots of harmonies. >> the last chorus, you will hear. ♪ reporterut while remote working has created global opportunities for a more diverse talent pool, virtual writers' rooms do have their limitations. >> you can have this very, very intimate conversation,ut as soon a you're trying to hear laughter, it can be hard to hear
the laughter and talk over it, which you would normally be doingn a tabl read or atand environment. >>dcream at your mother an then laugh. >> but i do not want to scream at my mom. reporter: animation, it could be a bit of a -- and ade remin perhaps, as it takes darkness to see theain. stars. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles. katty: we will take whatever we non get. before we go, news we never thought we wouldring you. a random animal story coming up. dog owners, treat cap owners with caution -- treat c owners with caution read single men with a cat may have more trouble attracting a woman. a dog does not affect a man's date ability.
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