welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: alarm injapan — is home success at the tokyo olympics fuelling the continuing rise of covid cases? there is a timeline between the rise of infection and the rise of the seriously ill patients inundating the hospitals and leading to the collapse of the medical system. president biden tells millions of federal workers to get vaccinated or face regular testing, but there is a cash incentive. i know it might sound unfair to
folks who already got vaccinated, but this is the deal — if incentives help us beat the virus i believe we should use them. an inquiry into the murder of a maltese anti—corruption journalist says the state must bear responsibility for her death. i'm sarah mulkerrins live in tokyo on day 7 of the olympics — where the focus will start to shift to the track where the world's fastest women are in action in the 100m heats. and reliving past glories, former asian olympians tell us what it feels like to taste sporting success. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it is newsday.
it's 8am in singapore and 9am in tokyo — where there's increasing concern that enthusiasm for the olympics has contributed to a spike in coronavirus cases. for the first time, since the pandemic began, the number of new daily infections there has passed 10,000. the japanese authorities say the dramatic rise will not affect the olympics, but experts are warning if something isn't done to control the spread, the city's healthcare system could soon be overwhelmed. from tokyo, rupert wingfield—hayes reports. this is tokyo in the middle of a state of emergency, in the middle of a pandemic. these bars are not supposed to be serving alcohol and should be closed by 8pm, but no—one is taking any notice. "i'm not worried at all," this young man says. "i want to go drinking. "i want to go out drinking." "lots of people want to stay at home", his girlfriend said, "but we all have our limits".
the japanese government says this behaviour is nothing to do with the games, but even its own advisers disagree. what we really need to have is the leadership by the governors or even the prime minister, and those people may have kind of mixed messages. now we have the olympics, so the people may not really be cautious to covid—i9. cheering. critics call this the olympic effect. we saw it last week on the streets around the olympic stadium during the opening ceremony, and it's all happening in a country where most people under the age of 50 remain completely unvaccinated. to tell people, ok, it is dangerous, you have to stay at home, you have to watch your behaviour is just not credible. it is as if heavily smoking parents tell their children,
smoking is dangerous. the japanese government is now telling young people to go out and get vaccinated as soon as possible, so how do you do that? first of all, this is all the paperwork you need. this is actually for my son. and then you go on one of the government websites and make a booking. now, most of the places that i've tried to make a booking today have been offering slots in mid—september, although i have managed to find one place which is offering a slot in mid—august, which means he could be fully vaccinated by the beginning of october. but others here say the olympics is going much better than expected and, despite record infections, there were just eight covid deaths in the whole of japan yesterday. is the threat being exaggerated? the mood must have been quite jolly before the titanic sank. there is a time lag between the hole in the ship and the actual sinking taking place. there is a time lag between the rise of infection and the rise of the seriously ill patients, inundating the hospitals and leading to the collapse of the medical system.
at the current rate of increase, tokyo's covid wards could be full before the olympic closing ceremony happens at the end of next week. i'm joined now by mariko oi who is in tokyo for us. the government is calling on younger people in particular to get vaccinated, blaming them in some respects for the surge, as those in their 20s and 30s have been out and about celebrating, rather than isolating. how quickly will this go into effect? if successful, it will go into effect on august two. they will have to consult with lawmakers and so on, but the official
announcement is expected later this evening. it was widely expected because it was governors of those prefectures requesting the national government declare a state of emergency. also, the state of emergency. also, the state of emergency for tokyo has been extended to quinoa to the end of august. how effective it will be remains to be seen. some areas have been under a state of emergency for two weeks but we still see a surge in cases, so what the government can do is what we need to know. mariko, exactly. there was always going to be criticism that the olympics were going to be a super spread event. the japanese prime minister has been defending himself. but how much criticism as he under given the latest surge and a coronavirus cases? the government is under enormous pressure and it does feel a little bit unfair, doesn't it? the government is asking young people to get vaccinated as soon as possible when there is not enough jabs
to go around, so that is primarily the action i have seenin primarily the action i have seen injapan. also, young people have been somewhat blamed for not listening to the requests to stay at home. but, being out and about, it isn't just young people, it is every age group because of what we have been discussing — people have been discussing — people have been discussing — people have been fed up, they got used to the state of emergency. the fact that the olympics are taking place in tokyo, that is sending the wrong message. i noticed that the prime minister has been treating to congratulate every athlete who has won a medal, but he has not treated about the surge in covid cases. if he wanted to reach young people, we know that they don't watch much tv and they need to change the way they communicate because some young people haven't even noticed the state of emergency has been declared, and to the government, that is shocking news but that is the reality.
they really have to change the way they communicate, but also of the prime minister was hoping that this gold rush of japanese athletes would change public opinion is, that definitely isn't happening and his popularity has not gone back up. he also has the election coming by autumn. that was mariko oi on the rising coronavirus cases. we will have more unsporting action later on with our sports presenter, sarah mulkerrins. you can find out much more about the tokyo olympics on the website, including this day by day guide to all key events. just go to bbc.com/news and follow the links, or download the bbc news app. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. israel will become the first country in the world to offer a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. people over 60 can get the top—up starting on sunday. the us and the eu have yet
to approve the booster shots. israel was one of the fastest countries in the world to vaccinate its population with the first two doses. russia has upgraded its capabilities on the international space station nauka after its new module, intended to serve as a research laboratory, successfully docked with the iss. nauka — named after the russian word for �*science�* — makes the iss seventy cubic metres bigger. the star of the marvel superhero film black widow, scarlettjohansson, is suing the walt disney company over its simultaneous release of the movie in cinemas and on its streaming service. msjohannson alleges the action cost her millions of dollars. she said the way the film was distributed breached her contract. disney says the lawsuit has "no merit". still to come a bit later in the programme — a maltese inquiry finds
the state responsible for the murder of the anti—corru ption journalist. but first, president biden has ordered two million american government workers to get vaccinated, or else face compulsory covid testing and restrictions. the administration is struggling with increasing infection rates, while around half the population is refusing a jab. and if the stick won't work, mr biden is also offering a carrot. today, i am calling on all states and local governments to use funding they have received, including from the american rescue plan, to give $100 to anyone who gets fully vaccinated. i know that paying people who get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who've gotten vaccinated already but here's the deal — if incentives help us beat this virus, i believe we should use them. for more on that speech i spoke with our north america correspondent david willis.
0f of course, 60% or so of the american population has had at least one jab. there is a sector of the population here that stubbornly refuses to get vaccinated. in it the last hour or so, vaccinated. in it the last hour orso, president vaccinated. in it the last hour or so, president biden expressed frustration over that, saying this was not a party political matter, it was a matter of life or death. and regards this uptake of covid i9 regards this uptake of covid 19 cases here, the president called it a pandemic of the unvaccinated. he announced a series of measures designed to incentivise and this incentivise and this incentivise those who are reluctant, unwilling, or whatever. this is putting pressure on federal government workers to get a jab. also, he is talking about cash incentives for some in areas where there are lower vaccination rates, and also calling on the us defence department to consider adding
the coronavirus vaccine to the required vaccinations that it gives two members of the us military, but to answer your question directly, will it work? we will wait and see. if it doesn't, the president will have to come up with perhaps stricter measures or incentives. david, paid time off, $100 for every vaccinated person — that is what the treasury department is what the treasury department is offering — and yet there is hesitation, what is behind it? president biden said today that waunakee was disinformation, wauna kee was disinformation, disinformation waunakee was disinformation, disinformation of course on social media, for example, that people wearing masks indoors somehow suggest that the vaccines don't work. even republicans have railed against the disinformation on social media. the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said
today that a lot of people in this country have been subject to bad advice, as he put it. president biden last week said that some of this disinformation was killing people. what can they do? the white house has set up a group to flag posts on the sites such as facebook but it is a game of wacker mall. they don't want mandatory measures to be introduced here, but they may have to. —— whack a mole. especially if these measures don't bear front. if you wanyt to get in touch with me i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we'll be live in tokyo with all the latest on the olympics, including the united states�* newest gymnastics star, sunisa lee, who's just 18 years—old.
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines: there's been a spike of new covid infections in tokyo, amid concern that the olympics could have contributed to the increase. there are warnings that the city's hospitals could soon be overwhelmed. president biden has told millions of american government workers to get vaccinated against coronavirus, or face compulsory testing and restrictions. a public inquiry into the murder of a maltese investigative journalist, daphne ca ruana galizia, has found that the state bore responsibility for her death, by creating a "culture of impunity". she died four years ago in a car bomb attack near her home.
her revelations helped to trigger an early election by publishing allegations linking the then—prime minister, joseph muscat, to the panama papers scandal, which exposed the use of tax havens by the rich. our europe correspondent, nick beake, has more. for the last two years this independent enquiry has been hearing from dozens of different witnesses and trying to piece together what happened in the moments before her death and, really, the finding today is that the maltese state bears responsibility for the death of daphne caruana galizia. that is not to say that there was direct evidence that the government or members of the government or members of the government or members of the government or associates that were directly involved in the assassination but it talks about a culture of impunity being created on the island and that allowed people who may be wanted her dead to be able to act and believe that they could simply get away with it. it also paints a devastating
picture, really of corruption and the tentacles that reach between the judiciary and the police and also parts of the government and, potentially, people involved in organised crime and corrupt networks. it is a strong message today from this independent panel. let's take a look at some of the stories in the headlines. international charities say they're disappointed that a pledge by world leaders to provide $5 billion to boost global education has come up short. britain and kenya, joint hosts of this week's education summit in london, say the figure is currentlyjust over $4 billion. nobel prize winner malala yousafzai told the summit girls in particularfaced an "education crisis". a former roman catholic cardinal in the united states has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s. theodore mccarrick, who's 91, is accused of abusing the boy on several occasions, including at a wedding reception near boston.
amazon has predicted slower sales growth in the third quarter as a boost from the covid pandemic begins to subside. customers turned to amazon and other online platforms during the covid crisis, leading to record profits for the us retailer. but the company's breakneck growth is beginning to level as customers return to brick and mortar shops. now let's return to tokyo and get an update on the olympics. it's day 7 and with the athletics events set to begin. china is on top of the medal table. they are tied with japan on 15 gold medals, but china has more medals overall with 31. on day 6 all eyes were on the womens gymnastics, and even without simone biles competing it was a new us star who got the gold. 18—year—old sunisa lee taking home the gold medal. a fifth straight win in the event for the us. and this is the moment her family knew she had won the gold, as they watched
together back home in oakdale, minnesota. i'm joined from tokyo by our sports presenter sarah mulkerrins. sunisa lee. what a victory. we saw the excitement among her family and friends back home. winning, while her teammate simone biles was cheering her on. what was the reaction in japan? on. what was the reaction in ja an? . , japan? there were cheers everywhere _ japan? there were cheers everywhere from - japan? there were cheers l everywhere from minnesota japan? there were cheers - everywhere from minnesota over to here in tokyo. simone biles was one of the loudest and most vocal supporters of sunisa lee in the gymnastics arena as she was bidding to win that gold medal in the absence, of course, of simone biles. it was interesting. sunisa lee said she had not ever really considered or expected that she would win gold and with the events that have unfolded she found herself in the situation
where she was the best chance for the usa to win this medal. remember they have won this eventin remember they have won this event in every edition since 2004 so they have a long and storied history. she was feeling the pressure in the buildup to it she spoke to her teammates and to biles. she got advice from them and was able to perform ever so well to go on to win the gold medal there. just a word on brazil's rebecca andrej who had a horrendous buildup to the games. she thought she would step away from the sport after she ruptured her acl in her knee for the third time and you can see the delight on her face when she won silver. plenty of m when she won silver. plenty of joy in the gymnastics arena and around the world last night. and what about the joy and excitement looking forward to in the events today. phyllis m. we are going to have the track
and field getting under way. many people around the world will be looking forward to this it is always a mainstay of the olympics and when you look at the events that you want to watch, the 100 metres is always a there and, particularly in the women's event where we have this trio of races. two from jamaica. shelley and fraser price and elaine thompson who was the defending champion from rio and then you have dina asher smith from great britain. it will be a battle between these three and many others as they go through the rounds. the heats are today. fraser price looking to become the only woman to do three sprint titles at the olympics if she were to win gold here and, also, away from the track, i will tell you about the football. we have an interesting match in the women's football i know at the start of the olympics we were talking about the us women's national team and the fact that they have not been playing well so far. they made it to the
quarter—finals however they are coming up against the netherlands. the netherlands have been flying in this competition and scoring goals forfun and competition and scoring goals for fun and that will be a repeat of that world cup final in 2019 that the usa won. so you wonder if the netherlands may feel that this is their time to get one over on the us national team and progress through to the semifinals. sarah with all this porting action for us there in tokyo. thank you forjoining us on the programme. it is worth reminding you in factjust how historic these olympics. it's the first games to be postponed since 1944 — and that was because of world war ii. it's also the first olympics taking place during a global pandemic. we caught up with some former olympians in asia, and we asked them what's the biggest challenge athletes will face in the competition this year. music.
i think that actually they will have to prepare themselves on this one because it would be a really, really different atmosphere. this time, there would be no spectators on the stadium. mostly, it would feel different, but i really believe that all the athletes are adjusting to it. as a competitor, of course it's not easy to play in this olympic games because, you know, during this pandemic, corona, everybody was very scared.
we were married in 1997, so almost ten years we had been dating. of course, now, we are very happy, and we've got three children and all of them can play badminton. when you enter into. the athletes' village, it's a lot of people in there, | and you can lose your focus. you always remind yourself to really focus and not, - you know, do a lot ofl stuff during that time.
what a heartwarming tale. i have met those two indonesian badminton stars. they are from my home town in indonesia and they arejust as my home town in indonesia and they are just as charming in real life as they are in that video. the star of the hit tv show, doctor who, jodie whittaker, is to leave the programme next year. seen here with some of the cast, she became the first woman to play the time—travelling doctor when shejoined the long—running show in 2017. when she was first cast in the role it caused much online debate — but last year she was voted the show�*s second most popular doctor since the series started in 1963. her replacement
hasn't been named. that is it for newsday. have a great weekend and we will see you on monday. hello there. storm evert is bringing a quite exceptionally windy spell of weather for this time of year across the south of the uk, with a met office amber warning issued for a good part of cornwall and the isles of scilly. it's all because of this area of low pressure, quite a small low, but quite a powerful one tracking its way eastwards, with the strongest winds on the southern flank. you can see the amber warning area here across cornwall into the isles of scilly. those are the wind gusts in the black circles. but the winds also really quite brisk across a good part of devon, dorset, into hampshire, up the bristol channel and across the south coast of wales as well. so, some damage and disruption quite possible as we start the day, and with this curl of wet weather as well, some heavy and potentially thundery bursts of rain at times.
our storm tracks its way eastwards across england and wales through the day. for northern ireland and scotland, calmer weather, quite a lot of cloud and some showers, some of which could be heavy, but a few sunny spells breaking through as well. stays windy for a good part of the day down towards the south, but those winds will slowly be easing as we head towards the end of the afternoon. temperatures, well, a bit disappointing, really, for this time of year, 17—20 degrees. now, you can see our swirl of low pressure clearing away eastwards as we head through friday night. into the early hours of saturday, fairly large areas of cloud, one or two showers and some clear spells. temperatures between 12—15 degrees as we begin the weekend. so, the remnants of storm evert clearing away eastwards. high pressure trying to build in from the west, but not having much luck. stranded between low pressure and high pressure, we will have a northerly wind through the weekend, and that means it will, generally speaking, be rather cool for the time of year. we will see some spells of sunshine, but also some showers, some of which could be quite heavy. quite a lot of cloud, i think, as we start saturday morning.
some outbreaks of patchy rain here and there. some sunny spells developing, but some pretty sharp showers, especially down towards the south. could be the odd flash of lightning, the odd rumble of thunder. in the sunniest spots, up to 21—22 degrees. and then as we look ahead to sunday, again quite a lot of cloud, some showers or potentially longer spells of rain, the odd thunderstorm down towards the south later on. we will see some sunny spells, but temperatures quite disappointing, especially in northern scotland. here, just 14—15 degrees.
this is bbc news. we will have the headlines for you at the top of the hour straight after this programme. halima aden made catwalk history when she became the world's first hijab—wearing supermodel. featuring in campaigns for some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. i had never got to experience flipping through a magazine and seeing somebody in a hijab, somebody i could relate to. so to be that person for other girls was just a dream come true. but over time, halima felt the industry was clashing