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this is bbc news. our top stories: alarm injapan that home success at the tokyo olympics could be fuelling the continuing rise in covid cases. 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. president biden tells millions of federal workers to get vaccinated or face regular testing, but there is a cash incentive. i know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who've gotten vaccinated already, but here's the deal — if incentives help us beat the virus, i believe we should use them. an inquiry into the murder
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of a maltese anti—corruption journalist says the state must bear responsibility for her death. and i'm sarah mulkerrins live in tokyo on day seven of the olympics, where there was a world record for south africa in the pool with tatjana schoenmaker winning gold in the 200m breaststroke. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. we start 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 olympic action
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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 for the prime minister, and those people may have kind of the mixed messages.
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—— of the mixed messages now that we have the olympics, so the people may not really be cautious to covid—19. 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. so to tell people that "ok, it is dangerous. "you have to stay at home," you know, "you have to watch your behaviour" is just not credible. it is as if a heavily smoking parent tells 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? well, 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
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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. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news.
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our reporter mariko oi is in tokyo. i asked her about japan's vaccination strategy. it's been relatively slow, and it does feel a little unfair, doesn't it, as rupert said. young people are encouraged to get vaccinated, even though there's not enough jabs to go around. young people have been somewhat blamed for not listening to the state of emergency and staying at home — though i have noticed every age group out and about — and that is because what we have been discussing. this is the fourth time there's a state of emergency. people got fed up, got used to it. and the very fact the olympics are taking place in the city is sending the wrong message. mariko, you have touched on the point before — the japanese constitution not allowing any strict measures for lockdowns to be brought in — but is there any way they could extend emergency measures to try to make them more effective?
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that is the big question. so the government has now proposed to expand the state of emergency to the three surrounding prefectures of tokyo, as well as osaka. and the extension has come into play for okinawa until the end of august. we continue to see the rise in covid—i9 cases despite the two—week lockdowns what else can the government do? that is the bigger question. of course, while young people have been blamed for not listening, the very fact that the tokyo olympics are taking place and also the fact that all of those athletes have been winning and the prime minister has been congratulating eveyr single one of them for winning gold medals — which is a nice thing to do — but he hasn't tweeted once about the most recent surge in covid cases. and i remember an interview with one of the top medical advisors to the government,
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and a popular singer, and the singer said a lot of young people don't even know the state of emergency is in place. the shock he had on his face was something. and of course, this is shocking news, but the reality is, young people don't watch television. they look at instagram and twitter for newsfeeds. the fact the prime minister has not said anything about it has been criticised. if the government wants to send a message to young people, they have to change the way they communicate with them. mariko oi in tokyo for us. 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. mr biden also offered incentives, including cash, for people who go to be vaccinated. our north america correspondent david willis told me more. coronavirus cases have risen in all but one state over the course of
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the last seven days, most of it fuelled, of course, by the spread of the delta variant, yet barely 50% of the population here is fully vaccinated. and that leaves about 19 million americans who are eligible for a vaccine but have so far chosen not to get one. and today, president biden expressed a measure of frustration, a measure of desperation. he said this was not a political issue — there was nothing political about this — and he blamed misinformation, social media and other platforms, for the reasons for a lot of people not getting theirjabs. he announced new requirements for federal government workers to either get vaccinated or undergo regular testing, and he pushed, as well, for cash incentives to be made available to those in areas of the country where vaccination rates are low.
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to sort of incentivise them to get a jab. this is what he said about that. today i am calling on all states _ today i am calling on all states and local governments to use funding they have received, including — use funding they have received, including from the american rescue _ including from the american rescue plan, to give $100 to anyone — rescue plan, to give $100 to anyone who gets fully vaccinated. i know that paying people — vaccinated. i know that paying people to get vaccinated may sound — people to get vaccinated may sound unfair to folks who have gotten — sound unfair to folks who have gotten vaccinated already but here's — gotten vaccinated already but here's the deal—if incentives help— here's the deal—if incentives help us— here's the deal—if incentives help us beat this virus, i believe _ help us beat this virus, i believe we should use them. president biden also said that he is been calling on the us defense department to consider making a coronavirus vaccine one of the required vaccinations that it gives to members of the military here. were that to be the case, about another 1.5 million people would be vaccinated automatically. and he has talked of reimbursing small and medium—sized businesses who give their staff paid time off in order
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to get vaccinated. as to whether all of this will work, we will have to wait and see. if it doesn't, the next alternative, really, is some sort of mandatory measures, and that is something that the biden administration is unwilling to deploy. unwilling they may be. but i wonder whether there is a role for individual states to play in anyt of this, david, and could we have a situation where we have a patchwork? it's an interesting question. the biden administration, ithink, ben, is hopeful that some of the measures its laid out today will provide a model for local governments, state governments and so on, going forward. these measures, for example, to put pressure on workers to get vaccinations where possible —
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this sort of thing. they stopped short of a mandate — and that is something that, as i mentioned, the biden administration is reluctant to deploy — for the simple reason that this is seen as very much a civil rights issue here, putting something and somebody�*s arm, mandating that is very much something that they think could, if forced upon people, increase the push against vaccinations and could also lead to some sort of legal challenges as well. david willis. let's get some of the day's other news. 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. a former roman catholic cardinal in the united states has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy nearly half a century ago.
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theodore mccarrick, who's 91, is accused of abusing the boy on several occasions, including at a wedding reception near boston. his lawyer said he will address the case in court and made no further comment. 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,
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really, the finding today is that the maltese state bears responsibility for the death of daphne caruana galizia. that's not to say there was direct evidence that the government or members of the government or associates were directly involved in the assassination, but it talks about a culture of impunity being created on the island which allowed people who maybe wanted her dead to be able to act and believe that they could simply get away with it. and 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. so i think it is a strong message today from this independent panel. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: searching for a new time lord — the star of the hit tv show dr who announces she's leaving the long—running series
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in the new year. cheering. the us space agency nasa has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol in south armagh, once an everyday part of the soldier's lot, drudgery and danger, now no more after almost four decades. if one is on one's own in a private house, not doing any harm to anyone, i don't see why all these people should wander in and say you're doing something wrong. six rare white lion . cubs are on the prowl at worcestershire park and they've been metl with a roar of approval from visitors. - they are lovely and
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sweet, yeah, cute. hello, iam ben. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: a spike of covid infections in tokyo, raises concern that the olympics are contributing to the surge and the city's hospitals could soon be overwhelmed. the actress scarlett johansson is suing disney over its decision to release her movie, black widow, on its streaming service. a lawsuit filed in los angeles accuses the company of a breach of contract. the star says it cost her millions of dollars. mark lobel reports. before i am gone, this family... i made mistakes choosing between what the world
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wants to be. and who you are. the hardened hollywood star is now seeking to avenge a breach of contract. taking on the might of the walt disney company in a battle over box office bonuses, which laser is in on how the film black widow was released. the red carpet was released. the red carpet was rolled out for the movie's premier on disney's streaming service at the same time as in cinemas. are so viewers who paid $30 on disney+ premier access added $60 million worth of rentals. but scarlett johansson says she was promised the film would hit the big screen first, where she profits. before the pandemic, that would usually mean a three
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month window before it hits the small screen. but the actress is arguing that by streaming the movie at the same time, box office receipts were hit. disney says scarlettjohansson disney says scarlett joha nsson has disney says scarlettjohansson has already earned the equivalent of around $15 million for a role in the film and that it had fully complied with the actor's contract. it is one of many hollywood film studios releasing its movies in this way because of the pandemic. mini will be watching to see if this sets a precedent. as scarlett johansson insists, disney has turned its back on contractual arrangements. and la court will decide who will be left standing. mark lobel, bbc news. it's day seven of the olympics. there have been plenty thrills in the pool and on the water, while the athletes have hit
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the track for the athletics. here's the medal table as it stands: china leads at the moment, with japan and usa close behind. our sports presenter, sarah mulkerrins, joins us live from tokyo now. and we've had a world record in the pool? we certainly have, a brilliant morning in the pool for the women. that record for south africa's tatiana schumacher, she has been swimming so well and has a gold metres from the best route to add to her silver in the 100 metres. she did it in the 100 metres. she did it in some style. that world record has been held since 2013, she is the one who has broken out. she has gone under 2.19, the first time any woman has gotten below that mark. she realised she had won the gold
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and it took her a few seconds before she saw the time on the big screen. only the shock hit her and all of the surprise and all of the athletes crowded around her in the pool and they were celebrating together. in the women's100 metres freestyle, two lengths of the pool as fast as you can, it was the australian emma mcewen with the australian emma mcewen with the super fast time in that and an olympic record by her. —— emma mckeon. gold for australia and a great swim for her. a couple of other ones. in the men's 200 metres individual medley, you may know that because michael phelps has won every olympic gold medal in that since 2004, but we finally have a new champion. china's xian wang. and in the men's 200 metres backstroke, that went to the russian olympic committee swimmerjenny ryall. 50. the russian olympic committee swimmerjenny ryall. so, rowing comes to an _
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swimmerjenny ryall. so, rowing comes to an end _ swimmerjenny ryall. so, rowing comes to an end and _ swimmerjenny ryall. so, rowing comes to an end and track - swimmerjenny ryall. so, rowing comes to an end and track and i comes to an end and track and feels get —— field get started? the regard has drawn to a close. new zealand's emma twigg won gold in the women's singles skulls. fought in the last two limbic finals, she had retired and thought she was going to step away from the sport. couldn't do it and wanted to come back and go for gold. well, it has served her well. a big smile on herface as well, it has served her well. a big smile on her face as she rode all the way to the limbic gold there. greece got its first—ever rowing gold medal at the olympics in the mid— version of that event —— men's version. and a win for canada and new zealand in the men's eights. that's the first time they won an olympic medal in that event since 1976. the athletics, as you say, is getting under way. can see the action below me. we have been talking about the women's100 metres. those heats are about
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to get under way. dina asher—smith is through to the next round, a comfortable run for her. all eyes on shelly—ann fraser—pryce and her compatriot, elaine thompson. the two of them have won the last three olympic titles. those are probably the three big names in that. one of the other names you may be hearing over the next week or so is no way�*s cast and wall hung, the world record holder in 400 metres. he has had his first heat and has safely qualified through in that.— through in that. 0k. sarah, thank you _ through in that. 0k. sarah, thank you very _ through in that. 0k. sarah, thank you very much - through in that. 0k. sarah, thank you very much for . through in that. 0k. sarah,| thank you very much for that and glad to see that that heavy rain seems to have disappeared. i don't want to jinx it! rain seems to have disappeared. i don't want tojinx it! thank you very much, sarah mulkerrins, oursports mulkerrins, our sports presenter. the bbc has confirmed that jodie whittaker will step down from her role as the current doctor who next year. she took over as the 13th doctor in 2017 — the first
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woman to play the famous time lord. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba talks about her legacy and who might be in the running to replace her. some will have liked her, some will have liked other particular doctors that have come in the past and for those of us who grew up in the 1990s, the fact that doctor who is still on air means the doctor has been a success and the programme's still going. when herfirst episode aired it got something like 11.5 million viewers. the first episode was doctor who's biggest audience for almost a decade. there seems to be a groundswell of support, presumably because she was the first female doctor. people were fascinated and wanted her to succeed in the role. it is fair to say that her first two series saw the ratings drop away to closer to what they were for the ratings of peter capaldi during his tenure. so, not as big as it was at the start. lizo mzimba there. earlier, i asked bob brinkman from the doctor who fan club, guardians of gallifrey,
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in florida whether he was surprised by the news ofjodie whittaker�*s departure. it dear. you are a fan of hers? it dear. you are a fan of hers? iam a it dear. you are a fan of hers? i am a fan of all of them. and what makes a good doctor? the writing, and she has had good writing. she brings an emotional depth to it that is new to the show. having a woman as the doctor has been controversial in the fandom, but i think it has been wonderful and refreshing. in wonderful and refreshing. in terms wonderfuland refreshing. in terms of the next sort of barrier that it brings through, because it was a big thing to have the first female doctor.
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if something isn't done to control the spread, the city's healthcare system could soon be overwhelmed. that is it from me and the team for the moment. you can reach us on social media. 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,
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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
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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.
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this is bbc news. the headlines:
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there's been a spike of new covid infections in tokyo, amid concern that the olympics has contributed to the surge. the japanese authorities say the surge will not affect the games but doctors are warning if something isn't done to control the spread, the city's healthcare system could be overwhelmed. president biden has told millions of american government workers and contractors to get vaccinated against coronavirus or face compulsory testing and restrictions. mr biden is also offering a $100 payment for the newly inoculated. the initiative follows a sharp rise in covid infections fuelled by the delta variant. day seven is underway at the tokyo olympics with the sporting world hailing the united states' newest gold medal—winning gymnastics star, 18—year—old sunisa lee. later, all eyes will turn to the track as the women's 100m heats start the athletics programme. now on bbc news, it's hardtalk.

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