�*welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. a shock withdrawal at the olympics. gymnast, simone biles explains why she left the floor in tokyo — the latest athlete to put mental health first. and — i'm sarah mulkerrins in tokyo — where day 5 of the 2020 games is about to get underway. rowing, swimming and cycling time trails are all on the agenda. indonesia reports a record number of covid deaths — more than 2000 people died in the last 2a hours — we have a special report. behind me, the excavator and the excavator that closes the
other graves over there or working simultaneously. the ambulances that carry the bodies keep coming one after the other. us health officials change course on wearing masks — now vaccinated people are advised to wear them indoors, in places where infections are high. and — you're never to old to cheerlead. we meet the seniors injapan who're getting ready for their 25th—anniversary show. it's seven in the morning in singapore, and eight am in tokyo — where it's day 5 of the olympic games. tuesday had some major surprises, but none bigger than the womens team gymnastics. the russian olympic committee
won the gold beating the us who won gold back to back in london and rio. but the real shock came earlier in the final. simone biles, a four time olympic gold medallist, pulled out of the final after her first vault, later saying she did it due to her mental health. she said "i was just shaking. i've just never felt like this going into a competition before. at the end of the day, i have to do what is right for me. itjust sucks that it happened at the olympic games." we can go live now to our sports presenter sarah mulkerrins in tokyo. great to have you with us on the programme and start by asking, that really surprising traumatic decision by simone biles. house being perceived over there? biles. house being perceived overthere? == biles. house being perceived overthere?_ over there? -- how. the journalists _ over there? -- how. the journalists in _ over there? -- how. the journalists in the - over there? -- how. the journalists in the media | over there? -- how. the - journalists in the media were surprised about it and everyone watching around the world
because simone biles is a superstar, notjust in superstar, not just in gymnastics, superstar, notjust in gymnastics, where those athletes that translates beyond sports. all eyes on her coming into these games and particularly because of the usualjoy particularly because of the usual joy that she brings to her routines. competing with the big smile on herface, last night when we saw that she had first gotten under way, it did not quite go to plan for her and she walked away and did not have that big smile on her face. she looked a little bit tense, really. and then we saw her remove her self in the arena and walked away, left the arena and walked away, left the arena and walked away, left the arena and we were wondering what was going to happen then, she took some time out, she reappeared in the section is going to carry on, but then we got the statement from us gymnastics saying she was not going to carry on. she carried on with the team—mates and she cheered and she supported them all the way to that silver metal. but then afterwards, she
conveyed what she was feeling. she did not feel quite right after that and was not in the right headspace to yourself to the competition. we know the gymnastics requires so much dedication and concentration and concentration and she has been under a significant amount of pressure coming into these games itjust opens up that wider conversation about the pressure that athletes feel under when they come to an olympic games once every four years with the hopes of the nation on them. and she had the maturity to say to herself, i am not feeling right and i'm going to pull myself out of the scenario and i'm going to protect my mental health because she said, they are just people. they may be superstar athletes, but they are people it's important for them to look after their minds as well as any injury. i after their minds as well as any injury-— after their minds as well as any injury. any in'ury. i was watching it with any injury. i was watching it with my ten-year-old - any injury. i was watching it. with my ten-year-old daughter with my ten—year—old daughter as a big fan of simone biles and the emotion she walked away with. it's ok to see that look, i'm just not ready to do this
right now. but has there been any critics, any criticism about this decisions from fellow sportspeople that he is —— she is practising right now? we've had this shift in perspectives around it, maybe in the past, there would've been vocal criticism and people saying they have to type toughen up before going to have to, but we are told that they can take a toll on athletes and we fed naomi in the past couple of months talk about the weight —— we have heard. she has won several and she pulled out of the open sighting mental health issues and this was the first time she was back competing in the olympics and she exited the tournament yesterday. it is been interesting to know that the tennis player who is a young teenage sensation from america tested positive in
america tested positive in america before hand, she has tweeted her support saying we are all with you. and for someone like simone biles, it is important to look after herself in this environment and she also said that, whether or not she will compete, the final will be on thursday and she is just going to take a day by day where she feels that she can get us off to the head space where she feels she can fully commit to competing.- where she feels she can fully commit to competing. what is ahead for _ commit to competing. what is ahead for dave, _ commit to competing. what is ahead for dave, how- commit to competing. what is ahead for dave, how many - commit to competing. what is i ahead for dave, how many miles are up for ahead for dave, how many miles are upfor grabs ahead for dave, how many miles are up for grabs —— day five? so many metals up for grabs. we have been talking about the swimming in the past few days will have a standard finals. the american will be going into two finals and the 200 metre freestyle in the 1500 metre freestyle in the 1500 metre freestyle and that is the first on that event without the event for women.
on that event without the event forwomen. —— on that event without the event for women. —— and filled the boots of michael phelps, he is going to be in a final a little bit later we have the rowing which is going to be under way and that is been rescheduled because of the typhoon off the coast of japan and we have plenty of cycling coming up and the netherlands, they're going to be going for gold in the time trial after the silver in the road race. i do not know if we'll be able to look around for all the metals they are going to be there. let's look at the metal table as we head into day five because it's looking very great for the host japan. they have ten golds so far in the last one of them came last night and softball. a big shock for them and upsetting usa in that final. a brilliant result for them and they wanted in beijing back in
2008, the last time it was at the olympics and they managed to do it again.— to do it again. always a pleasure _ to do it again. always a pleasure to _ to do it again. always a pleasure to have - to do it again. always a pleasure to have you i to do it again. always a pleasure to have you in j to do it again. always a - pleasure to have you in the programme but with the latest sporting action, we will have more from her later. and we will have more on the olympics and just to let you know that we'll have more on the olympics and that shock exit by simone biles a bit later in the programme. i've been speaking to a psychologist and performance coach about pressure on young athletes�* mental health. also — a reminder that you can find more about this story on our website. you'll find more details on how the four—time olympic gold medalist explained her decision to pull out the women's gymnastics team final. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. police on duty during january's storming of the us capitol building have said donald trump's supporters attempted to carry out a coup. speaking to a congressional inquiry, one officer described being beaten,
tasered and called a traitor by the rioters. another labelled the attackers terrorists. republicans have largely boycotted the investigating committee. the bbc has demanded that the chinese government stop harassing foreign journalists covering flooding in henan province. it said a section of the chinese communist party had made an online call for people to report the whereabouts of a bbc team. an official inquiry has found that hundreds of vulnerable children in the care of lambeth council in south london, were abused over several decades on a scale it says was "hard to comprehend". more than 700 former residents complained about sustained cruelty and sexual abuse at 5 children's homes. apple, microsoft and google's parent company, alphabet, have reported sharp increases in sales and profits. the three tech giants have thrived during the pandemic as lockdowns pushed people to use their services. more on that in asia business
report in the next half hour. indonesia has become the epicenter of asia's covid crisis. the country is reporting tens—of—thousands of new infections daily, and more than a thousand people are dying every day. that's putting a strain on hospitals, and on those who bury the dead. bbc indonesia's valdya baraputri has been following the funeral workers. a joint effort — firefighters and police now called to deal with the bodies of those who are dying at home. many having been turned away from hospitals which were already full. we can't show you the preceding inside the house, it obviously won't be fair to the victim or the family. currently the team is tending to the body. they covered them in a shroud, and most of the time, they are removing the clothing that's already on the victim's body for their safety.
after that, they put the body inside the coffin and even pray for the victim according to their religion. in this house, the virus claimed two lives within a week and infected the entire family. translation: the grandmother died at the hospital. _ later that day, the test results show that the grandfather also had the virus. they didn't go to hospital because the whole house was positive with covid, so they tried to get better in self isolation. the highly infectious delta variant means the number of cases here is soaring. this covid—19 response team is used to handling two or three bodies a day, now they are getting calls about more than 50, but only managing to help move a dozen or so. a local crowdsourcing site has been gathering data since the start of the pandemic and says that nation wide, there have been more than 2,700 deaths at home
since the beginning ofjune. the president has extended the partial lockdown forjava, the most densely populated of indonesia's islands and bali. but people are being allowed to eat outside restaurants and food stalls for a maximum of 20 minutes. translation: as we know, i the trend shows there has been an improvement in getting covid—19 under control. the case rate, hospital bed occupancy and positivity rate show a decline as shown in several provinces injava. two days before that announcement, indonesia hit a daily record of more than 1,500 dead. the government has designated at least 7 covid—19 cemetaries in jakarta alone. this one quickly filled up. as you can see behind me,
the excavator that digs new graves and the excavator that closes the other graves over there working simultaneously. the ambulances that carry the bodies keep coming one after the after the other. the workers here could bury more than 200 bodies in a day. indonesia is reporting the world's highest absolute number of new covid—19 cases. this, along with low rates of vaccination, limited testing and the surge in cases of the delta variant means teams like this will continue to work around the clock. let's speak to dr yasir arafat, a medical doctor and adviser to save the children, based in bangladesh. he joins us live from the capital dhaka. in the report, we've just seen from our correspondent in indonesia, it's a devastating situation.
when will we see infection rates go down? it looks like a situation that is going out of control and the number of people, it's going to be in a few weeks and we have seen the numbers. ﬁnd be in a few weeks and we have seen the numbers.— seen the numbers. and the findinus seen the numbers. and the findings of _ seen the numbers. and the findings of your _ seen the numbers. and the findings of your report, - findings of your report, children have been particularly badly affected they think the rate is one in every eight people in indonesia is a child that has been hit by covid—19. why is this the case? that has been hit by covid-19. why is this the case?- that has been hit by covid-19. why is this the case? well, the im act why is this the case? well, the impact on _ why is this the case? well, the impact on this _ why is this the case? well, the impact on this pandemic - why is this the case? well, the impact on this pandemic is -
impact on this pandemic is particularly for those already, they are suffering from malnutrition in indonesia and it's quite high in other countries compared to other countries. and lots of cases that are coming from underlying conditions like heart disease and they are more at risk of death and. and they are more at risk of death and-— and they are more at risk of death and. . , . ., ., ., death and. the affection among children in _ death and. the affection among children in other _ death and. the affection among children in other parts - death and. the affection among children in other parts of - children in other parts of southeast asia.- children in other parts of southeast asia. come again, lease. southeast asia. come again, please- are _ southeast asia. come again, please. are you _ southeast asia. come again, please. are you seeing - southeast asia. come again, | please. are you seeing similar atterns please. are you seeing similar patterns of — please. are you seeing similar patterns of infection _ please. are you seeing similar patterns of infection across i patterns of infection across south east asia among children? yes, we have already seen a significant trend of infections when they had their last one in
a few months ago. and it looks like a higher infection rate along with those under the age of 20. definitely most of the infection rates.— of 20. definitely most of the infection rates. thank you for “oininu infection rates. thank you for joining us _ infection rates. thank you for joining us on _ infection rates. thank you for joining us on the _ infection rates. thank you for joining us on the programme| joining us on the programme from save the children. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. we meet the japanaese seniors — proving you're never to old to cheerlead — as they prepare for their 25th—anniversary show. the us space agency, nasa, has ordered an investigation
after confirmation today that astronauts are cleared to fly while drunk. the last flood control here, once in every part of the soldier's lot, drudgery and danger, now no more after almost four decades. in your own private talcum not doing any harm to anyone come i don't see why all these people should wander in and say you are doing something wrong. six rare white line clubs on the prowl and rest. assured park, and already, - they have been met with a roar of approval from visitors. they are lovely and sweet, yeah, they were cute. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm in singapore. 0ur headlines — a shock withdrawal at the olympics. us gymnastics champion, simone biles — described
by many as the best gymnast of all time — has pulled out of the women's team final — citing mental health concerns. indonesia reports a record number of covid deaths — more than 2000 people have died in the last 2a hours. let's get more on our main story, simone biles' withdrawal was a huge blow to the us team, which finished with the silver medal — but it also points to the growing awareness among athletes about the impact of high level competition and public pressure on their mental health. she is a seasoned competitor who knows the consequences if she is not in the right mental state. so, these acrobatics are not low stakes and it's a
remarkable move by her despite public expectations and this is just truly outstanding. when i look at it is, this kind of mental calibration and assessment is likely why she is where she's at. how to draw all of these lines and while i cannot speculate as to which you might be feeling right now, she certainly knows well enough to preserve the body and self over pushing through it it's a master class that athletes should really pay attention to in greenwich is making the tough calls that i hope she is well. i tough calls that i hope she is well. ., , tough calls that i hope she is well. , _ well. i was struck by her comment _ well. i was struck by her comment enough - well. i was struck by her comment enough to - well. i was struck by her- comment enough to protect our minds and bodies notjust do with the world wants us to do. and that sensitive individuality is becoming a theme in the lead sports like this. i theme in the lead sports like this. ~' ., this. i think the women in these positions _ this. i think the women in these positions are - this. i think the women in | these positions are feeling more comfortable advocating for their own best interests and it
often justifies other expectations for what they want from them and the republic, and whether there naomi around interviews, serena williams or preventing blood clots and the past few athletes would've pushed through, stayed silent as great cost to themselves but not just that, as great cost to themselves but notjust that, at as great cost to themselves but not just that, at the end as great cost to themselves but notjust that, at the end of the day we all win. when they are able to advocate for themselves and bring the best of what they can and can remain in competition and remain healthy. in competition and remain health . y in competition and remain health. y . healthy. my colleague was sa in: healthy. my colleague was saying earlier _ healthy. my colleague was saying earlier that - healthy. my colleague was saying earlier that this - healthy. my colleague was saying earlier that this is l healthy. my colleague was l saying earlier that this is the first competition we understand that simone went through that herfamily that simone went through that her family because the pandemic. herfamily because the pandemic. how much do you think that isolation, we've all felt during the pandemic is played a part in this. during the pandemic is played a part in this-— part in this. isolation is something _ part in this. isolation is something that - part in this. isolation is| something that michael part in this. isolation is - something that michael phelps commented on a lot as far as looking at how this has impacted athletes training and
the sense of isolation and not having the typical support that one might have, especially with high—stakes, high competition, high—stakes, high competition, high stress environments would be expected to play a role with those who feel that burden. but simone biles carries the weight of what expectations on her shoulders and it is hard to say how anyone might manage that kind of expectation or whether or not that's even an issue at play right now. or not that's even an issue at play right nova— american health officials are urging people to resume wearing masks indoors in areas where the delta variant has sparked a rise in coronavirus cases. the announcement reverses the advice issued two months ago. the cdc says all teachers and pupils should wear masks indoors when schools re—open after the summer break, regardless of their vaccination status. president biden has again appealed to all americans to be vaccinated. let's speak now to our north america correspondent peter bowes.
in may, they said no masks. now, there is a reversal of that decision and masks indoors only, why this u—turn? this only, why this u-turn? this really reflects _ only, why this u-turn? this really reflects a _ only, why this u-turn? this really reflects a concern - only, why this u-turn? this really reflects a concern of| really reflects a concern of the federal government and disease control and prevention about the search and the number of cases of coronavirus especially across certain areas like florida where there has been a real peaking of new infections in recent days and weeks and so the advice now, and it is an advisory body on health and infectious diseases and saying that all americans, whether vaccinated or not, should wear a mask indoors in a public setting and interestingly, that rule was broken here about ten days ago because this is indeed one of the areas where there has been a surge in the number of cases and president biden once again urging all americans if they haven't already, to have the
covid—19 vaccine and the president also speaking a short time ago at the white house and saying that he is considering requiring all federal workers, government workers to have the vaccination as well and some media outlets are saying that he will announce this on thursday preps of the caviar division at the head of the vaccination or at least of regular tests and the federal workers are about 4 million across the country that include postal workers, across the country that include postalworkers, members across the country that include postal workers, members of the military, immigration, agents, those who work in the security department. to be a significant move reflecting the very serious concern that this is not beaten. the coronavirus is still here that surge in numbers is really concerning health officials. and before we go, while all eyes are on japan's olympic games. one out of the ordinary cheering squad in the country is getting some attention: meet
the group known as "japan pom pom" where the average age is 70 years old. cartwheels and backflips may not be their forte but they are no stranger to vivacious choreograhies. and while it's a great way for these dancers to stay in shape, for this group of seniors, cheer goes far beyond just a fun workout. translation: it's partly| to stay healthy, but more than that's it's a reason to be, it stands to bring something different into their daily life. and if you want to join that cheery troupe, you must be at least fifty five years old — and have what the squad describes as "self—proclaimed good looks." so it's a very inclusive group of cheerleaders. if you wanyt to get in touch with me i'm on twitter. i'm @bbckarishma.
britney spears has officially asked becoming the epicentre of covid—19 within asia as well as the cheerleaders that were just talking about, there's a lot more that we can tell you in the programme and certainly a really important story that we have been looking at for you. to make sure that you join me or rather write to me at bbc and finally. britney spears has officially asked for her father to be replaced as her conservator — thirteen years after he assumed control of her life and finances because of concerns over the popstar�*s mental health. the star's new lawyer petitioned the court on monday and asked for accountantjason rubin — who has experience managing complex trusts and financial exploitation — to be named conservator of spears' estate.
that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello. with low pressure right across the uk, there were more heavy, even torrential thundery downpours around on tuesday. 0ne storm captured on camera by one of our weather watchers in belfast. here's the area of low pressure. now, later in the week, it will move away, and then the showers are going to ease. but as it exits the scene, it draws in some cooler air as we move from july into august. now, enduring some of the heaviest rain for wednesday will be this part of scotland, with a met office amberwarning. ullapool across to elgin, including inverness, where by thursday morning, rain totals may be approaching 100 millimetres in the wettest spots, bringing the likelihood of flooding and travel disruption. it's not the only area, though, that's going to see some heavy rain during wednesday. more widely across parts of scotland and northern
england, there'll be some areas of heavy rain to begin the day. notice this area of rain in scotland. this is the one that becomes slow—moving across some central and northern areas during the day with that prolonged rainfall. elsewhere, it's a case of, yes, there'll be some sunshine around, but look at the showers getting going for the afternoon. some of these heavy, thundery, with hail, brightness in between. a breezier day for much of england and wales, and the winds gusty around these showers, though they may perhaps move through rather more quickly than they've been inclined to do in recent days. and as for your temperatures, well, many of us just in the teens. parts of eastern england up to around 20, maybe 21 degrees celsius. 0vernight and into thursday, the worst of these downpours will slowly ease, and the heaviest of the rain in scotland will also begin to ease going into thursday morning. but problems with flooding and disruption may continue even beyond the end of the heaviest rainfall. and temperatures are a bit lower as thursday starts. back to this area of low pressure, notice itsjourney away from us is under
way during thursday. it's around its back edge as it moves away. we get the cooler air moving in, and still bands of showers around as well, though maybe not as frequent as they've been recently. and there will still be a bit of sunshine to be had, but catch a shower, it could still be heavy and thundery as it moves through on thursday. again, for the most part, temperatures just into the high teens, a few spots reaching 20, maybe 21 degrees. temperatures aren't any higher at the weekend, but what is clear by then, there will be fewer showers around and what showers there are will be less intense.
now on bbc news, it's hardtalk with sarah montague. all the headlines and main stories for you at the top of the hour as newsday continues straight after hardtop. welcome to hardtalk. i'm sarah montague. it's a year since lazarus chakwera became president of malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. the preacher turned politician won power promising to create a millionjobs and to clear the rubble of corruption. but a year on, the economy is being hit hard by the effects of covid. his government admits it has no idea how many jobs have been created, and he's been criticised