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today and always. the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursolutions for america's neglected needs. contributions to this pbs station from ewers like you. thank you. ♪ anchor: this is bbc world news america. reporting from new york city, i'm large rebellion. the are more almost 3 million coronavirus cases here in america.us the white says the world is looking to the u.s. as leader on covid-19. some students will be on campus but many are stayi home.
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remote learning is the new normal. in turkmenistan, the reclusive government claims there are no ronavirus cases. the world health organization f on its way td out the truth. plus, the louvre museum in paris has opened its doors at long last, after months of shut down, but it's not exactly business as usual. >> for the next couple of months, a chance to see the mona lisa like you've never seen her before, in scenes of relative tranquility. normal times, y'll know in exactly what i mean. ♪ laura: for all of you watching on pbs ae around globe, welcome to world news america. july in the u.s. off to a gloomy start. there were more than 200 50,000 coronavirus cases in the first five days of the month.
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2.9 million people here have been infected now and a heartbreaking 130 thousand have died. despite the white secretary insiste today that the world is looking to the u.s. as a leader on covid-19. >> american celebrated independence day this weekonnd as cirus infections went up in more than 30 states. in minnesota on this late, there was not much sogoal distancing g on, nor at this gathering in colorado. inop arizona, have been protesting at the restrictions aimed at stopping thef spread the virus. there are now more than 100,000 cases. florida, california, texas, cases are surging with fears the hospitals could be overwhelmed. >> right now, the virus has the upper america, most of america. we can get the upper hand if we work together. >> president trump celebrated
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july 4 inashington, insist increasing cases is not about the virus spiraling out of control, is because ramped up testing isn't covering more infections. president trump: now we have tested almost 40 milli pple. by so doing, we show cases. 99% of which are totally harmless. >> infectious disease experts spourrn on that claim. >> i don't think it was the president's intent to downplay that as muchs say, let's look at the risk and let's look at this in an appropriate way based on facts and figures. >> new york was ce the epicheter of the outbreak in t u.s., yet today, manhattan entered stage iii of reopening. the number of cases has dropped dramatically. the crowds gatheringn beaches at the weekend prompted the governor to warn people not to get complacent. andrew cuomo had this message
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for president trump. >> jt wear the mask. i've been asking him to do it for weeks. just wear the mask. >> the pres'nt hast done so in public yet. on the defensive, his adviser o point that fewer people are dying from the virus in the u.s. now. as hospitalizations increase, that could change. the president meanwle is planning a campaign rally in new hampshire for saturday, cases spike across america's sunbelt. laura: for more, were joined by dr. quin snyder, an emergency physician in mesa,, arizo state that has more than 100,000 coronavirus cases. sthink youo much for being with us. and you describe what you are seeing in your hospils right >> unfortunately, we are in a state of crisis here in arizona. our case counts are dramatically increasing as we speak. setor new r every day pretty much for the last month and a half.
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we are starting to saturate our inpatient code bottoms. people are starting to be shifted around the state. people in yuma are being brought into the phoenix metro area as well as some of the outlyg areas. reservations they ingche brought in as well, with a population of very ill people here in our state. >> weiss is happening now? ap-- why is thisning now? is it because your state reopened to quickly? >> i think there is little doubt that we r we should have waited. all the models including those produced by asu and many international models indicated that we should've waid longer to reopen. however, unfortunately, some members of our state government decided toch choose models w seem to more conveniently suit their objectives and opened the
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state sooner rather than later. >>yo so how caget this back under control? what everyone wearing a mask help? >> it would certainly help, unfortunately we don't have a statewide masked man date here in arizona. in terms of how people can be mandated to where mask. here in maricopa county where we are seeing the highest numbers of the outbreak, weo have a mask mandate here and certainly we are seeing a lot more people aroundown wearing masks now. laura: the president of the united states says that 99% of coronavirus cases are totally harmless. is that yoxperience? >> i would describe that as entirely inaccurate. they are certainly not harmless. he may be correct in saying that 99% of cases might not be fatal. however, my understanding is that he called them harmless. the reality is, a lot of the real harm is that our
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can be brought to well over capacity and create a very dangerous environment for medical carers, such that we are not able to take care of not just the patients who have covid, but alsos the patieo don't have coronavirus. many of which have not actually returned to our hospitals in the numbers they normally would have. laura: dr. snyder, thank you so much for joining us. it may be the height of summer ndre in the u.s., but for college studentsheir parents, andhat includes me, the burng question is, what happens th fall? and universities shut down thees spring due to the pandemic. harvard and princeton said today that will b reopen, not all the students will be on campus. no more tn 40% of undergraduates will be living in harvard's famed halls when the school year begins. first-year students get priority. at princeton, half the student body will be back at any given time. the firstear students will be on campus in the fall,
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second-year students and seniors will be there in the spring for most, most classwork will be done remotel an associate professor of higher education in north carolina joins us. why are harvard and princeton, with all the money in the world, going down this road? >> i think it is clear that, based on most of the available evidence, risk to college and universities spreading covid-19 is very high. me colleges and universities werene des to bring students and faculty students and staff together, large numbers of them often in relatively small spaces. it is easy to imagine colleges communities becomot spots.nding so you have a number of universities, not just harvard and prceto but also comedic colleges and the california state university systelvthat son -- decided that as a consequence of those very real
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risks, that they are going to prioritize students to remote instruction through the fl. laura: how much concern is there higher education, and i speak as the parent of two college-age students, that remote learning just isn't the same at all? >>nk i t it is true that remote learng is not the same. however, there are many misconceptions about the quality of doing course -- coursework remotely. mthink it is the case that many faculty and stabers at colleges and universities are committed to doing remote learning right, to providing the quality educational experience for students, and so if provided with sufcient resources and time, i think they would produce experiences that s manydents and parents would be very happy with. laura: is there a fancial crisis looming for those colleges that won't be able to charge room and board nowe because of remearning? >> yes, tre a some colleges
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and universities that absolutely campus in order to meet their operational cost so those colleges and universities are going to be facing some very acu financial pressures. i think it is safe to y that all of higher education is facing acute finanal pressures at public colleges and universities. ny are seeing budget cuts or expect budget cuts. thiss a time i think where there is extreme need for state and federal governmenttep up and invest in higher education. by investing in higher education, they may make it easier for institutions to me the right decision for public health, which is to keep students, falty, and staff off-campus. so i think there is a way to avert financial crisis with resours and investment. laura: how can you explain the fact that faced with the same
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information, different colleges andyniversities are to tota different conclusions about what to do in the fall? >> well, the financial realities that colleges and uities are very different. you got extremely wealthy institutns like harvard, but the vast majority of americans actually attend colleges and universities that don't have the types of resources. some colleges also have to listen to governing bodies and politicians. they are navigatinrent pressures consequence of that. so although g are speakf higher education broadly, the realities on the ground is that colleges have different financial situations and are facing different political pressures from different constituenes. laura: kevin mcclure, thank you so much for joining us. kevin: thank you. laura:e's go to an underreported part of the world now, turkmenistan, which claims to have not a single case of covid-19.is hohat possible?
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the countryor shares ar with iran and afghanistan, which both have high infection numbers. w team of who experts is on the way to find out more. ♪ reporter: there are no reports turkmenistan.irus in because officially, it doesn't exist here the only information about health care is what is shown on state television, like the opening of this hospital by the president's's son. ornow the health organization will get a chance to assess whether the country is really coronavirus free. after weeks of waiting, alteam of medic experts hasowinally been a into the country. >> yes, we would have very mh li to have gone earlier, so indeed, inda made was when we itially talked about going and when we had the initial
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discussions with the government of turkmenistan and an invitation to travel there. however, our movement was hampered. borders back in february and quarantine people entering the country. but independent information about how effective these measures have been is limited. this mobile footage shows cramped and unsanitary livingns conditnside quarantine tents. >> more and more,ew sources report these cases of death of people, and cases when whole hospitals are being close for quarantine. with the people and doctors inside the hospita. reporter: describes turkmenistan as one of the most authoritarian governments in the world.
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it's president has built a cult of personality and is often seen giving orders. the state paints a picture of prosperity, but daily life for ordinary people like this one show a different reality. worsening economic conditionsut and denial ahe global pandemic. laura: what is really going on in turkmenistan? in other news, ghislaine maxwell, girlfriend of disgraced jeffrey epstein, is reporter lee beingel in a facility in brooklyn. she is facing six charges, among ncluding recruiting grooming girls for the late mr. epstein. a white woman film while calling the police about an a bican
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americdwatcher in new york's central park is been charged with filing a false report. in may, amy cooper was criticized on line her reaction to thean, who asked her to put her dog on a leash and keep her distance. she has been accused of falsely reporting the confrontation. which is a misdemeanor. you're watching bbc world news america. still to come on toght's program, after the statue of a e trader in the u.k. is brought down, we look at the legacy of britain's colonial era in our new series, echoes of empire. brazil is the epicenter of the pandemic in latin america. infections..6 million the worst affecte area has more than 320 thousand cases. even as the crisis worsens, the city is getting back to business and restaurants have reopened.
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as katy watson now reports. reporter: l they'ked at issues such as occupation of tensive care beds, the death, and they've labeledth acros state, they've labeled municipalities in a series of five phases. if the situation gets worse they have to go back to closing. here in the city, they have been ab to reopen. i've just taken a walk around the block in the last three months there have been restaurant and beauty salons close, but walking around in t space of cple of blocks, there are several restaurantsy all getting re reopen. it feels much more alive. many experts are saying is coming at completily the wrong . a:la here in the u.s., the black lives matter movement has reshaped conversations about racial injtice. the impact is being felt across
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the world, including the u.k. protests have highlighted the role of britain's impart. the first of o a global seri the legacy of colonial england. this report from bristol, where the statue of slave trader edward colson was toppled. >> who owns history? who dictates it? is it always the victor? >> what would you think about colored people coming to work on the buses? >> whatut abohe others, those marginalized? >> i fought for what i thought was my country, and obviously it is not. >> t place where different members of i-4 supremacy. why can't there be a past? -- different members vie for
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supremacy. >> i was born of jamaican heritage. isl is a place where i came late. i got my first jobe. h like many west indians and their descendents living in the u.k., my reach stretch back to africa. >> ships loaded with goods would sail from here down to west africa. they would then be exchanged for slaves, human cargo would go across the atlantic to the caribbean. there, they would bexchanged for cotton and sugar and tobacco , that would then sl back to the united kingdom. a triangular trade from great wealth and it is that wealth that help build citke bristol. >> the legacy of slavery and the ships that sailefrom here.
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this is true for all british west indians. uhe grewp to be the deputy mayor. >> i need to passn dis legacy to my own children. th are also kind of on me, like we need to kno where we come from so that when ty are ready to have children, they can pass on their legacy. >> now the end of their journey is near. what will they find in the land they regard as el dado? >> n were being encouraged to help create another. asked to rebuild britain, michael was a schoolboy, a little too old to be carrie' over england'threshold when he arrived in 1960, one of the wind rushed generation to be like thisld chi, he was barely out of short pants. >> i was crying my eyes out.
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the u.k.idn't want to come to i was only six years of age. >> the new arrival with instructions forus drivers, ey join the nhs. michael met his godparents with no other paperwork. years lar when he was asked to provide proof, he couldn't. >> i fel like a leper. i might as well say i'm notbr ish, because the government made it not e toloy you if you don't have the paperwork to prove who you are. >> slavery, wind rush, toxic legacies of empire payment history written by thvictors. but this empty plate tells a new story of the marginalized who have hadnough. last month, the statue otuthe
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18th cen slave trader was toppled in the heart of bristol. now, he awaits restoration. preserved, a symbol of a new understanding that the experience of victor and vanquished our part of the same story. >> this is one history that has been brought l by people who are creating to -- hoping to create a new history. the fact is, both our faces represent bristol. >>obody owns history, and i would like for usngo start thinbout history in a collective sense.th we shoulk of history as british history and i think that will encourage people to feel british, to feel they have a stake in british society. >> btish colonialism finds who
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we all are. it has left a family album of different peoples aou places. it i story, everye sin one. laura: written takes a long, hard look at its colonial pas -- britain takes a long look at its blown aass. i went to university in bristol, and i remember that statute well. th' world' most visited museum has finally reopened its doors. the louvre in paris closed march due to the covid pandemic. mona lisa once again, butthe gallery hopping isn't quite the same as it was. our hugh schofield reports. hugh: shut for months for covid, th famous glass pyramid has reopen. pass or compulsoryyou have to look at timeslot. what is not changes the public appetite for art.
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>> the louvre is an on space. we have large courtyards with statue, 200,000 square meters of galleries. it is easy to take a stroll here. hugh: the tourists are stl not back in france, so for now this is a treat mainly for parisian about 1/5 of its usual customers make it a joy and not a scramble, and as it should be, a pleasure. >>e a cha see the mona lisa as you've never seen her before, and scenes of relative tranquility. if you've been here before in y normal times will know exactly what i mean. >> and here's a paintinwith a certai resonance. apollyon has been the victim of another epidemic, the plague. thhealth rules in place keep people moving mainly in the same direction. but there is no regimentation. e 's perfectly possi stop and enjoy. >> today we reall have a
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chance, as soon as the louvre opened, to buy thest ticket, i ot in and got my ticke at 10:00 a.m., and i've been enjoying it a lot. it's a pleasure. >> how long will the new system last? no one knows. it depends on covid, but also on money. the loop has been moving millions. -- the louvre has been losing millions. hugh schofield, bbc, paris. laura: i one dill go again. before we go again, the italian composerennio morricone has died. hi music is known the world over. ♪ laura: he wrote the soundtrack for hundreds of films over his 17 year career, including classic westerns like "the good,
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the bad, and ugly," and "a he was the first person to win a competitive oscar composing the score for hateful eight. he was simply known as maestro in his hometown of rome. hard to beat thatyoccolade. thanso much for watching bbc world narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymond james. 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.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, summer surge: the first days of july bring the largest daily covid cases yet in the united states roughly 250,000 naonwide then, the pandemic and race-- hows theral data devastating toll of coronavirus on people of color. plus, a perfect storm-- how hurricane season presents additional threa amid the pandemic. >> when you saying socialt diance yourself six feet from someone, wear your mask, wear you glov now, if they have to go into the shelter, then that means that
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