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harrowing scenes in hospitals in india, as they run out of beds and oxygen supplies — under a record surge in cases of covid—19. medical staff are at breaking point, as they struggle to manage huge numbers of patients with rapidly dwindling resources. if oxygen runs out, there is no leeway for many patients. there is no leeway — they will die. we'll be reporting from the emergency ward of a hospital in the capital delhi, which has been overwhelmed by the numbers. also tonight... from closest ally to bitter critic — dominic cummings launches an explosive attack on borisjohnson. vindicated — 39 former post office workers have their convictions quashed in the uk's most widespread miscarriage of justice. the wales manager and former player
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ryan giggs has been charged with assaulting two women. and care workers reflect on the effect of the pandemic on their personal mental health. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel — chelsea, spurs, now arsenal. fans gather outside the emirates stadium calling for change, after the collapse of the european super league. good evening. the healthcare system in india is collapsing under the pressure of a surging second coronavirus wave — with hospitals full, patients left untreated for hours, and supplies of oxygen desperately inadequate. the country of 1.4 billion people — the second highest population in the world — now has more daily cases than anywhere else since
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the pandemic began. it's set a global record for two days running — in the past 2a hours, it's seen 330,000 new cases. over 2,000 more people have died in the same period — with severely ill patients being turned away from hospitals, which have no more room. india's second wave has accelerated rapidly in just a few weeks, to over three times its previous peak. 0ur delhi correspondent yogita limaye, who's spent days charting the mounting crisis there, reports now from the emergency ward of one hospital in the capital. i should warn you her report contains distressing scenes from the start. the front line — an emergency room in a covid hospital, just about standing under the weight of an unfolding disaster. a patient who's hardly breathing is brought in. as nurses try to get him to respond,
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there's another person, even more critical. this woman rushes to help. so many like her are putting in all they can. they couldn't revive him. to get past the shortage of beds, they've packed in stretchers, wheelchairs, as many as they can. but the first line of treatment against covid—19 is oxygen. and they've almost run out. at this point, there was just one hour of supply left. the staff knows how many lives hang in the balance. people are being turned away, but they don't know where they'll find oxygen or a bed. manura bibi was taken in for a short while to stabilise her.
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"we've already been to five hospitals. "where will poor people like us go?", her nephew asks. but this hospital is so on the brink, they have to leave. the intensive care unit is full, too. there are next to no icu beds in a city of 20 million. these are patients in a critical condition. it's unthinkable, unimaginable, that one would think of them as better off in any way, but it's the reality of what we are seeing in india. people in an icu have won the first battle — to be here. between seeing his patients, the doctor, constantly on calls. back—up, another couple of hours. so, we are struggling, we are struggling... he's desperately trying to get more oxygen. we are running out of oxygen. the whole country is
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running out of oxygen, 0k? the city is, we are, everybody is, ok? so, please focus on that, please. you're doing a fantastic job otherwise, 0k? please. 0k, all of you remember that. if oxygen runs out, there is no leeway for many patients. there is no leeway — they will die. day after day, the staff work here, knowing full well that if their families get sick, even they will struggle to find medical care. there is helplessness and anger. the government in some ways has failed in estimating what was going to happen, the needs that would arise if the numbers started rising. there was a sense of preparation for the earlier surge that seems to have disappeared in between. and they did things which were totally unacceptable, allowing large, huge gatherings, which was totally unacceptable. they believed we had vanquished the virus.
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some oxygen arrives a bit later, but it can only last a few hours. then the struggle begins again. the government says it is trying to speed up the supply of oxygen, and railway trains are being used to carry it around the country. the air force has been involved and they are flying empty oxygen tankers to industries that produce the gas so that it reduces the time taken for the oxygen to get to the hospitals that need it. mobile oxygen units will also be imported from germany. but this is a crisis unfolding right now, hospitals here running out, having only a few hours of oxygen left in so many are wondering if this will reach quickly enough to save lives in this city. many thanks. yogita limaye, there. the crisis in india has highlighted
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how parts of the world are struggling with second, third and even fourth waves — while many european countries, including of course the uk, have the virus under control. the availabiliity of vaccines is a key factor, as our health correspondent catherine burns reports. india's being called a devastating reminder of what the virus can do. they are burning bodies in mass cremations, volunteers helping with funeral ceremonies. it's been another record day of cases after a dramatic spike over recent weeks. there are almost 20 times more cases now than at the start of march, but around the world, across that time, numbers have been rising. in turkey, its six times more. in argentina, cases have gone up four times. for iran, its three times bigger. and in germany, they're about to start another lockdown because numbers there have more than doubled. it's not good enough to say
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that inequity is just the way the world is. it's not ok that people just like you and me die when we have the tools that could save them. this map shows how vaccines have been rolled out around the world. it starts off white before any doses are given. as you can see, the united kingdom is one of the first countries to change colour, to light blue. now, the darker the colour, the more people have been vaccinated. soon, the united states and other countries follow as almost a billion doses are given out globally, but not everywhere. the lightest bits of the map, like huge chunks of africa, are either countries where they haven't recorded any data or have vaccinated less than 0.2% of the population. and let's just take the darkest blue bits — the places where more than 20% of people have been vaccinated. you can see how uneven the spread is.
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science is only good if you get it to society, and that society, i'm afraid, with a global pandemic, is the global society, and we need to get those diagnostics, those treatments, those vaccines, critically, to countries around the world. it's enlightened self—interest. that's notjust because it's the ethical thing to do as we enjoy new freedoms. when virus levels are high, the more likely it is to mutate, and the worry is that new variants could make vaccines less effective. catherine burns, bbc news. here, the latest coronavirus figures show there were 2,678 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period — 2,483 new cases were reported on average per day in the last week. just over 1,879 people are in hospital. a0 deaths were reported, that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test.
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on average in the past week — 23 deaths were announced every day. the total number of deaths is now 127,385. as for vaccinations, just under 131,000 people have had their first dose in the latest 2a hour period. meaning well over 33 million have now had their first dose. the take—up for the second jab remains high, withjust over 431,000 in the latest 24 hour period, meaning just over 11.6 million are now fully vaccinated. i'm joined now by our health editor hugh pym. the situation in india is of huge concern, but what's the feeling about where we are here? there are more optimistic noises from government about the situation in the uk and borisjohnson said today that looking at the numbers, in his view, it continued to look very promising, although there was a need for prudence. senior officials
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are indicating they think things are very much on track for the next stage of the road map and the next easing in england, the 17th of may, including indoor hospitality, some household mixing and possibly even foreign holidays, and as one source put it, things are basically going according to plan at the moment. the data is going the way they hoped and predicted and the vaccines according to this source are pretty good against the variants and of course there has been a good uptake. even talk today of things possibly getting back closer to normal in the summer, possibly masks and face coverings not being required, although they may be needed again in the autumn and winter if cases pick up, and they may be needed on public transport very possibly. that is the official view as of now, some experts may disagree. although officials are saying that cases could pick up a bit after may and there are uncertainties, especially behaviour, will people carry on following the rules that are still
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in place? crucially, will they self—isolate if they do get symptoms and become ill? for now, thanks. hugh pym, there. the prime minister's former chief adviser dominic cummings has launched a blistering attack on borisjohnson — on a number of fronts — after reports that he'd played a part in leaking text messages between the prime minister and the businessman sirjames dyson. 0ur deputy political editor vicki young has more. and a warning her report contains flashing images. he left downing street last november, and he hasn't gone quietly. dominic cummings was once the prime minister's closest adviser, but accused by anonymous number 10 sources of leaking sensitive material, he's launched a ferocious attack on his old boss and those around them. earlier this week, the bbc published text messages between borisjohnson and businessman sirjames dyson. in a blog post, mr cummings denied being the leaker and said he'd show
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senior officials his phone to prove it. this evening, mrjohnson fended off questions. i don't think people care. what they care about is... that's not really an answer. ..what was i doing back in march of last year. and people have attacked me for that. but did you finger him - as the source of that leak? i don't think people give a monkey's, to be frank, about, you know, who's briefing what to who. mr cummings has plenty more to get off his chest. the prime minister and his fiancee, carrie symonds, live in a flat in downing street. reports have been swirling about an expensive refurb, and mr cummings claims there were question marks over who'd pay for it. he says... a number 10 spokesperson says the government and ministers have acted in accordance with codes of conduct and electoral law on donations. now cast your mind back to last autumn.
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the decision to have a second lockdown in england was leaked and an inquiry launched to find out who'd done it. mr cummings said borisjohnson considered stopping that investigation when evidence pointed to one of carrie symonds�* friends. tonight, number 10 said the prime minister had never interfered in a government leak inquiry, but labour says there needs to be full transparency about everything that's gone on. now we've got number 10 officials fighting like rats in a sack- about who's to blame rather than how to put things right _ and to top it off, really serious allegations levelled _ against the prime minister himself by dominic cummings. _ i think we now need - an independent investigation into those allegations. government advisers see and hear a lot of sensitive information. mr cummings has gone public with his version of events, and downing street must decide how
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hard to fight back. tonight, some in government are trying to downplay all of this saying dominic cummings is disgruntled and dispirited but it can cause real problems for the prime minister. firstly it could be seen as a reflection on his leadership, presiding over a team that at times over the last few months has looked pretty dysfunctional. there's also a problem because it's a massive distraction. we've had all those distractions about lobbying, this is about standards and conduct in public life and finally they can't control this, downing street. they simply don't know what's coming next. dominic cummings suggesting he kept phone records and no one else knows quite what else he's willing to share. thank you. 39 former post office managers wrongly convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting have been cleared by the court of appeal — in the most widespread miscarriage ofjustice ever seen in the uk. the ruling comes more than two decades after people were prosecuted for using a flawed it system —
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installed by the post office — which suggested that large sums of money had gone missing. some of them spent time in prison, and many saw marriages, jobs, and reputations ruined after being wrongly accused of financial irregularities. 0ur consumer affairs correspondent colletta smith reports. cheering today was everything they had dared to hope for. we're very happy. we were not mad. it was a long time coming. branded as criminals by their employer, but they'd done nothing wrong. i've been to prison. prison doesn't do anybody any good. today is pure emotion. after decades of fighting, these sub—postmasters have not only had their convictions quashed, but they've been exonerated by the court of appeal. it will have plenty of ramifications, legal implications down the line, but for those today who just received the news, it's overwhelming. 20 years ago a new computer system was introduced into every branch.
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money began to disappear from the accounts. thousands of pounds went missing which sub—postmasters simply couldn't explain. the post office charged them with theft and began criminal proceedings. janet skinner was sent to prison. here's what she told me earlier this week. we was all telling the truth, but nobody wanted to listen. today, their voices were heard and they were praised by the judge as "characters of the highest repute." i'm relieved, absolutely relieved. ijust started shaking as soon as they started reading out all the names. to have to wait 14 years and to have to actually bring an army against them... karen wilson had been fighting to clear the name of her husband, julian, who passed away five years ago, and today her strength won through. i can't quite believe it. it's going to take a long time to sink in, isn't it? yeah, it is. it's been worth all the trauma and the pain and the agony and the tears. we've got there. that's the main thing. basically, we did
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the government'sjob. they didn't do anything. whole families have been impacted. emma had to step in to help her dad financially when he couldn't get work. as long as he's looking down, feeling proud, and feeling, you know, "we did it, i told you so," i think... i think that's what we'll take away from it. the lawyer representing most of today's group says this victory throws open the gates for hundreds more appeals. the words that have been uttered many times over recent years about doing the right thing by these people, the time is now to translate those words into deeds. the current boss of the post office in a statement said... but those words can never remove the pain of lost decades. colletta smith, bbc news.
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a murder investigation has been launched after a 14—year—old boy was stabbed to death in east london. emergency services were called to barking road in newham at around four o'clock this afternoon. the teenager was confirmed dead at the scene and the metropolitan police says efforts are being made to inform his next of kin. the wales football manager ryan giggs has been charged with assaulting two women in salford last november. the former manchester united player has also been charged with one count of coercive and controlling behaviour. he denies any wrongdoing. 0ur correspondent andy swiss is outside greater manchester police headquarters and can tell us more. well, greater manchester police say ryan giggs has been charged with causing actual bodily harm to a woman in her 30s, and with a common assault of a woman in her 20s. now, both charges relate to an incident in november last year, when police
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were called to reports of a disturbance at an address here in manchester. he has also been charged with one count of coercive and controlling behaviour, and he will appear at magistrates�* court here in manchester next week. now, ryan giggs has released a statement. he says, i understand the seriousness of the allegations. i will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name. now, giggs of course is a former manchester united player, more recently though he has been the manager of the wales national team. been the manager of the wales nationalteam. but been the manager of the wales national team. but he has not been involved since his arrest last year and the football association of wales say that robert page will be in charge when wales compete in the european championship this summer. thank you, andy. for the past year, people working in residential care and nursing homes have been under extraordinary pressure, and for many, it�*s taken a huge toll on their mental health. more than 1,200 care staff took part
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in research for the gmb union — and three quarters of them said their work during the pandemic had had a serious effect on their mental well—being. here�*s our social affairs correspondent, alison holt. masks, aprons, gloves — they�*ve become a uniform for care workers in their battle against covid, but one that can�*t protect them against the trauma and loss felt by so many. there�*s just empty rooms. five empty rooms out of 12 is massive. they actually said we could say goodbye to my husband and i actually thought, "that's the last time i'm going to see him." | because we're caring for people, i think you automatically assume that people are doing 0k, - and i think nobody ever wants to admit that they're struggling. more than 1,200 care home and home care staff responded to research by the gmb union. of those, three quarters say the last year has had a serious effect on their mental health. georgina�*s worked with people with dementia at the same home for 30 years. in december, covid claimed the lives of nearly half the people she looked after.
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now even entering their rooms is traumatic. itjust triggers such emotions. it did make me stop and think, can i carry on looking after — sorry — people with dementia? because i... i know now i can, because i�*ve... i�*ve asked for help. most staff questioned say their biggest fear has been that they might take the virus home to family. johanet, a nurse who runs a rehabilitation unit, developed covid soon after an outbreak at work. so did her husband. on her wedding anniversary, she was so ill, an ambulance was called. the fact that i was being taken off to hospital, blue lights and everything... i know my husband came
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to say goodbye, but it really felt like i needed to look at him for as long as i could, just to get that image in my head. it really felt like, this is it, this is the last time i'm seeing him. in terms of your mental health, do you feel stronger or worn out? worn down in terms of i've had enough, can we be over covid now? and, on the other hand, again, there's still that determination — let'sjust plough on, let's get through. but, in a sector that struggles to recruit, nearly a fifth of care staff questioned expect to leave theirjobs within 12 months. mark topps was the manager of a home for people with learning disabilities. his wife had to shield, so she and their young children moved out in case he brought the virus home. he�*s now quit his job so they can be back together safely. there was a lot of tears. we didn't want to be apart-
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and i think, despite long hours working in social care, | we've never been apart since i was 18 years old. i think there's a lot of care staff that are either burnt out - or very close to burnout. i think we are going to see a lot of staff eventually off sick - with stress at work. you can't keep that up forever. although mark�*s no longer working on the front line... ..johanet is relieved to be back at work after a year that has changed so many lives. oh, thank you! alison holt, bbc news. joe biden�*s first overseas trip as us president will be to the uk for the g7 summit in cornwall injune. that will be followed by a nato summit in brussels, as he seeks to reassert america�*s global leadership amid rising tensions with china and russia. in recent weeks, both have escalated military activity around taiwan and ukraine respectively. our world affairs editor john simpson has this assessment of the challenge facing the us president.
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gunshot. 0n russia�*s border with ukraine, confrontation suddenly turns into open warfare, but does russia really intend to invade, given that ukraine has the backing of america and europe? 5000 miles away, a chinese air force video shows theirjets racing across the sea near taiwan, the island which broke away from communist china in 1949. the question is — will china actually invade? what links russia�*s moves on ukraine and china�*s moves on taiwan? it�*s this man. joe biden is hugely experienced in foreign affairs, but america isn�*t any longer the power it once was. the kremlin is very clearly trying to test the new us administration. the massive build—up in ukraine�*s east, this is very much
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for the biden administration. putin made that very clear in his annual speech that he delivered to the russian people earlier this week, where he said there will be severe consequences for any western power that crosses so—called red lines. there are worrying possibilities. the leading russian dissident alexei navalny, recently sentenced to two and a half years�* jail, has announced he�*s his hunger strike, but he�*s still very ill. —— he is stopping his hunger strike. supposing he dies? the way vladimir putin�*s opponents have been murdered has been strongly attacked by president biden, for instance, last month, on abc news. so you know vladimir putin, you think he�*s a killer? mm—hm, i do. nowadays russia and china, though they do have their differences, are combining to show up american�*s weakness, with china�*s president xi jinping a senior partner.
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that�*s what the crises in ukraine and taiwan are all about. rana mitter is professor of chinese politics at oxford university. i think a war between the united states and china in the region is extremely unlikely. some people have started using the expression, not cold war, but "hot peace" to describe what�*s going on, and i think that�*s rather good, because i think there will be lots of blow—ups in the region in terms of rhetoric and even confrontations that come near to becoming problematic. "hot peace" is a useful description. sometimes, as we�*ve just been seeing over climate change, it suits america, russia and china to cooperate, but mostly we can expect a lot more confrontation to come. john simpson, bbc news. let�*s take a look at some of today�*s other news. anti—terror prosecutors in france have taken charge of an inquiry into the fatal stabbing of a female police employee near paris.
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0ther police officers shot dead her tunisian attacker, after he stabbed her in the throat at the entrance of a police station. rescue teams in indonesia believe they have only a few hours left to find 53 sailors on board a missing submarine. the sub disappeared on wednesday during exercises off bali and its supply of oxygen is close to running out. researchers in britain say early trials of a new malaria vaccine suggest it�*s 77% effective at stopping infection. the jab could be a major breakthrough against the illness, which kills more than 400,000 people a year. elections take place in england, scotland and wales, in just under two weeks�* time. in wales, all 60 seats in the senedd are up for grabs. the pandemic has seen devolved administrations often take quite different approaches to tackling covid and its consequences. 0ur wales correspondent hywel griffith reports from rhondda, an area badly hit by the virus.
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high above the valley, handwritten reminders of lives lost to the pandemic. the rhondda has suffered one of the worst death rates in the uk, a legacy the community here has to live with. bev lost her mother, sheila, injanuary. the heart was her idea. as she looks to the future, what she wants is lasting help and support. definitely more money is needed for mental health in the rhondda. you ask any person here, they all know somebody who passed away with coronavirus or, you know, somebody in the family, so it�*s definitely more help needed here, because so many people have been affected. helping places like the rhondda recover is the challenge for whoever governs wales after next month�*s election. the post—pandemic years have to address deep—rooted problems. bev�*s son—in—law, brendan, says there has to be more hope and more opportunity. unfortunately, the majority of the young people coming through are going to have to move
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out of the rhondda, unless they are an entrepreneur who want to set up their own business, to go and earn those city salaries. as i say, i've got two children — a 14—year—old daughter and an 11—year—old son — and, at the moment, i don't really want to encourage them to stay within the rhondda, because i think they're going to have a lot more opportunities outside. over the last year, it�*s places like the rhondda, with high levels of poverty and chronic diseases, which have suffered the most in this pandemic — generational problems that the politicians have always struggled to solve. traditionally a labour heartland, the ground has shifted here in recent years. in the last welsh election, plaid cymru took this seat. this time around, the dynamic could be different again. having a voice in this country is quite a big thing. for the first time, 16 and 17—year—olds get to vote. the pandemic frames lloyd and ruby�*s thinking, too. we are missing vital and crucial education. they are the ground work and pathways of our future, and because i haven't had a full
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