welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: us covid infections reach an all—time high with hospitalisations doubling in just two weeks, a stark warning isissued just two weeks, a stark warning is issued to the unvaccinated. about a 20 times likelihood that you would be dead if you were unvaccinated. british prime minister boris johnson under growing pressure over a downing street drinks party when gatherings were banned. ., , party when gatherings were banned. .,, , a ., banned. people died sticking to the rules, and _ banned. people died sticking to the rules, and they _ banned. people died sticking to the rules, and they broke - banned. people died sticking to the rules, and they broke at - the rules, and they broke at those — the rules, and they broke at those rules to have a bottle of wine — those rules to have a bottle of wine. ,, , ., , ., , those rules to have a bottle of wine. ,, , ., , .,, ., wine. questions raised about whether novak _
wine. questions raised about whether novak djokovic - wine. questions raised about| whether novak djokovic made wine. questions raised about i whether novak djokovic made a false declaration on his order entry form for australia. we'll have the latest from melbourne. a medicalfirst in america where doctors have transplanted a genetically modified pig heart into a human patient. he was a story- — heart into a human patient. he was a story- i _ heart into a human patient. he: was a story. i came to bel—air for a better education, simple. and the prince is back and fresher than ever, the 1990s comedy has been given a gritty reboot. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it is news day. —newsday. hello and welcome to the programme. the omicron variant
of coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world. in the us, the number of new covid infections and the number of hospital admissions have reached an all—time high. in europe, the world health organization said it expects more than half the people there will be infected in the next six to eight weeks, with france, italy and turkey reporting new pandemic highs. if we take a closer look at the us, we'll see cases there have soared over the past few weeks to an average of 737,000 per day. the number of americans in hospital with covid is over 142,000. it's never been higher and it's increased 83% in the last two weeks. the us chief medical advisor, anthony fauci, has been giving evidence to a congressional commitee on the current state of play. here's his repsonse to a question on the importance of vaccinations. if you look at vaccinated verses unvaccinated, there is a ten times chance that you would be infected and i7 ten times chance that you would be infected and 17 times greater chance that you will be
hospitalised if you are unvaccinated and about a 20 times likelihood that that you would be dead if you were unvaccinated. when you look at every parameter, ten times, 70 times, 20 times, infection, hospitalisation, death — — i7 hospitalisation, death — — 17 times. earlier, i spoke to dr adam brown from envision healthcare to get a clearer picture of what the situation is for hospitals in the us right now. it's a pretty grim picture. we're seeing a record number of cases across the united states — more so on the east coast in some of our large population centres, like out in california and chicago. and from a hospital standpoint, we're also seeing a record number of hospitalisations not only with adults, but also with paediatric patients. and that's on top of what we were seeing, of course, in the normal state of affairs during january, just after the holidays in our hospitals. this is a pretty grim, frustrating situation for our health care workers and our patients, as well.
indeed, doctor brown, but my understanding is — and please do correct me if i'm wrong —— that the number of people infected who've tested positive and are coming into hospital — we're only finding out about that once they're in, is that right? what does that indicate about the severity of the disease, at this point in time? well, i think what you may be alluding to is that we're starting to differentiate between patients who are being admitted to the hospital with covid, and those who may be admitted for other reasons that have covid. but the fact remains that there's a significant amount of resources that are required for patients who not only have it as a primary diagnosis, but also a secondary diagnosis. and from what i am seeing on the ground and from the conversations that i'm having with my colleagues, my clinical leaders from across the country, they are being really stretched, and the resources are being stretched — it's causing significant issues for the health care system. so, irrespective of the way that the disease is
categorised, that may be important for us from a scientific perspective in the long run in understanding how 0micron and other variants of covid may respond to vaccinated and unvaccinated bodies. but we are seeing a significant amount of cases, and it's causing a lot of strain. that's the picture in the us. meanwhile, the who director for europe says more than half the continent's population will catch covid in the next two months if infections continue at current rates. experts say vaccines still provide good protection against 0micron, but because of the unprecedented scale of transmission, we're now seeing rising covid—i9 hospitalisations across europe. let's take a listen. at this rate, the institute for health metrics and evaluation forecasts that more than 50% of the population in the region will be infected with 0micron
in the next 6—8 weeks. data collated in recent weeks confirms that 0micron is highly transmissible because the mutations it has enable it to adhere to human cells more easily, and it can infect even those who have been previously infected or vaccinated. let's looks at the situation in asia. china has locked down a third city. new measures have been imposed in anyang, affecting 5.5 million people. hong kong is imposing some of its strictest curbs since the beginning of the pandemic. primary schools are to close. last week, a 6pm curfew on dining was brought in. in india, delhi's chief minister has confirmed that restaurants will close, work from home orders are to be reimposed and the nightime curfew will continue.
turning now to what's making headlines in the uk. the prime minister, borisjohnson, is preparing for another tough day in the commons after it emerged a drinks event took place in downing street during the first lockdown in may 2020. two eyewitnesses have told the bbc that mrjohnson and his wife were among the 30 or so people in attendance at the gathering — an apparent breach of covid restrictions in place in england at the time. he's so far refused to comment on whether he was present. the bbc�*s deputy political editor vicki young reports. a day for keeping a low profile. borisjohnson returning home after his morning run knowing he's slowly being drawn further into this scandal. there are plenty of questions... ms truss, the prime minister was at the party, should he not just come clean about it? ..but not many answers. should the prime minister apologise for going to a party? did you attend any parties?
were you invited to any? no. during the first lockdown in may 2020 an e—mailfrom senior official martin reynolds, seen by itv news, invited 100 staff to make the most of the "lovely weather" and bring their own booze to the downing street garden. witnesses have told the bbc mrjohnson and his wife were among 30 people who went along. butjust an hour before, inside number 10, a cabinet minister was telling the country this... you can meet one person outside your household in an outdoor public place provided that you stay two metres apart. so, what's the explanation? well, for now, there isn't one. and not many conservatives turned up to hear the minister say, "wait for the official inquiry" — launched after allegations of other parties. if wrongdoing is established, there will be requisite disciplinary action taken. as with all internal investigations,
if evidence emerges of what was potentially a criminal offence, the matter would be referred to the metropolitan police. did the prime minister attend the event in the downing street garden on 20th may 2020? it won't wash, mr speaker, to blame this on a few junior civil servants. the prime minister sets the tone. 0thers remembered the lives lost during the pandemic. just last week 3,000 people who followed the rules and grieve today, including my mother—in—law who died alone. and the pain of separation from loved ones. it's what happened to lisa's family. her brother graham was in intensive care on the date the downing street party took place. he died a few days later, but relatives couldn't be with him or grieve together.
instead of holding my mum, i was holding my phone, filming my brother dying. people sacrificed so much. people died sticking to the rules, and they broke those rules to have a bottle of wine. senior conservatives are angry, too. if he's broken the law, that is serious, and if he's misled parliament, i've been very clear before, notjust the prime minister, but anyone who misleads parliament cannot continue and therefore he would have to resign. very few conservative mps have been willing to defend the prime minister over all of this. 0ne former cabinet minister said to me, "the problem is, borisjohnsonjust says what he has to say to get through the day, he tries to lie his way out of everything." another told the bbc, "he has to go, he's run out of road."
all eyes now are on the independent report and whether it finds that the prime minister has broken the rules. across the country during lockdown, we closed our doors to normal life, ordered to stay at home, cut contact with friends and family. the question now, what was going on behind this door? vicki young, bbc news, westminster. let's get the latest on novak djokovic in australia. the australian government is still deciding whether to cancel his visa. on top of that — questions are now being raised about whether novak djokovic made a false declaration on his border entry form. australian media is reporting he ticked a box to say he had not travelled in the two weeks before arriving in melbourne on january 5. on christmas day, he was in belgrade. this picture tweeted by a portuguese journalist shows novak djokovic posing with a serbian handball player. a few days later — he was in spain.
this video shows djokovic training in marbella on january 2. he also signed autographs there forfans. 0ur correspondent shaimaa khalil has the latest from melbourne. the overarching sentiments now are confusion and uncertainty. yes, we know that a judge ruled in his favour to stay. but we don't know if the government is still going to seek to deport him. we don't know if the immigration minister, alex hawke, is going to use his executive powers to cancel his visa. and today, another layer of uncertainty — reports of the border force investigating whether novak djokovic gave incorrect information in his travel declaration. remember, this is important because this is an argument that his legal team news in court, that he has given all the information in his travel declaration. well, now we know there are questions about whether or not he travelled within the 14 days prior to coming to australia. so, yes, he says he's focused on competing. yes, he's been here training. but a few days before the australian open, there is no guarantee that he will be allowed to play and defend his title.
you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: bel—air's prince is back. the �*90s tv programme that launched the career of global superstar will smith has been given a gritty re—boot. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry, and it's one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. l huge parts of kobe were simplyl demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given no help _ and no advice - by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. j tens of thousands of black
children in south africa have taken advantage of laws, passed by the country's new multiracial government, and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9,610th performance of her long—running play, the mousetrap. when they heard of her death today, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines: the us once again has broken the world record for daily covid cases — and, record numbers are in hospital with covid too. the british prime minister borisjohnson is under growing pressure over a downing street drinks party when large gatherings were banned. president biden has begun the new year pushing for voting rights, calling this a defining
moment for us democracy. he was in georgia today, calling on the us senate to create national rules to stop what democrats have described as voter suppresion by republican states. democrats are calling for congress to restore civil rights act era federal oversight of election rules, to be applied to states with the most diverse populations. these would require federal approval for congressional boundaries, to stop alleged gerrymandering by ethnicity. they would also clamp down on measures like state voter id. but they are at present blocked from legislating by senate filibuster rules, which require bipartisan agreement to progress. jim crow 2.0 is about two insidious things — voter suppression and election subversion. it's no longer about who gets to vote, it's about making it harder to vote.
it's about who gets to count the vote — and whether your vote counts at all. it's not hyperbole, this is a fact. look, this matters to all of us. the goal of the former president's allies is to disenfranchise anyone who votes against them. simple as that. let's speak to zack smith — legal scholar for the heritage foundation. zack has testified before congress on the issue of election integrity. we can speak to him now. thank you forjoining us on the programme. just start by asking you why do you think there is a need to change those restrictive voter laws that we see across republican states? i don't think the laws are restrictive and i don't think there is a need to change them. i would hope that more states can add voter integrity
measures like requiring photo id, like keeping voter registration rolls up to date and these federal laws that the president was talking about today, these are bad law substance of liebert at the call they are nothing more than a partisan political power grab by democratic senators in washington, dc. but by democratic senators in washington, dc.- by democratic senators in washington, dc. but how does banninu washington, dc. but how does banning drive-through - washington, dc. but how does banning drive-through voting, | banning drive—through voting, as we have seen in some states protect election security and integrity? in protect election security and inteuri ? . , protect election security and integrity?— protect election security and inteuri ? . , , ., , , integrity? in many states they are taking _ integrity? in many states they are taking commonsense - integrity? in many states they - are taking commonsense measures like requiring photo id in orderfor someone to like requiring photo id in order for someone to vote. they encourage individuals to vote in person. they require the state election officials to maintain accurate and up to date voter registration rolls and what the federal legislation would do would not only essentially prohibits states from taking many of those popular commonsense steps, it would in fact require states to implement policies and procedures like automatic
voter registration among others that would inherently make elections less safe, less secure and more open to fraudulent conduct.- fraudulent conduct. the democrats _ fraudulent conduct. the democrats are - fraudulent conduct. the democrats are saying . fraudulent conduct. the democrats are saying that these reforms need to be put in place to avoid what has been described as voter suppression by republican states. i completely disagree with that characterisation. what certain states such as georgia florida texas and others have done, again, they implemented commonsense electoral reform to make sure it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. again, what the president and vice president harris are proposing, they propose a wholesale overhaul of how elections are conducted in the united states and that would transfer power away from state and local government to the federal government to the federal government in washington, dc and in some cases to unelected bureaucrats in the department ofjustice. this is not how elections have ever been
conducted in the united states and, again, unfortunately, this seems like a political partisanship power grab. thank ou for partisanship power grab. thank you forjoining _ partisanship power grab. thank you forjoining us _ partisanship power grab. thank you forjoining us with - partisanship power grab. thank you forjoining us with your - you forjoining us with your views on this subject. just to say to our viewers that we will be getting the other side of the debate in a few hours time on bbc news so do stay tuned for that. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. north korea says the missile test it carried out on tuesday was of a hypersonic device. state media announced that the launch was attended by the country's leader, kimjong—un. it was the second missile test carried out by pyongyang in a week. the missile plunged into the sea east of the korean peninsula. the us has promised more than $300 million in new aid to afghanistan, and has urged the taliban to give unhindered access to all aid workers. earlier, the united nations appealed for $5 billion to tackle a spiralling humanitarian crisis in the country, where aid has mostly dried up since
the taliban takeover in august. cuba's president has accused the united states of carrying out horrific abuse against inmates held at the guantanamo bay prison since it opened twenty years ago. miguel diaz—canel made the remarks on the anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the us military base in cuba following the 9/11 attacks. a 57—year—old man in america who received the heart of a genetically—modified pig in a first of its kind operation is doing �*extremely well�*. that's according to his son who spoke to the bbc and said the result was an �*absolute miracle�*. if the procedure does prove to be successful, it could lead to animal organs being used more frequently in human transplants. this report from our medical editor fergus walsh contains pictures of the operation. this is the gene—edited pig
heart, ready for transplant intoa human. the organ looks perfect, a good size, and the extraction of the organ went routinely. surgeons in maryland spent eight hours performing the world first. scientists had spent decades building to this moment, which some believe could revolutionise transplantation. the recipient was david bennett, seen here with his son and daughter. he was dying of heart failure and too ill to be considered for a human organ. now his new pig heart is working well. it�*s an absolute miracle. it provides a lot of hope for my family, my dad and many others. he is doing extremely well. his vitals look great, using the pig heart alone. david surgeon said as unclear
how long he may have two live. we�*ve never done this in a human, and i like to think that we have given him a better option than what continuing his therapy would have been. but whether it�*s a day, week, month, year, i don�*t know. the science involved gene—editing pig embryos. four pig genes were deactivated, knocked out. this included one to stop the heart from growing too large once transplanted. six human genes were added to try to prevent the immune system from immediately rejecting it. the gene—altered embryo was then transferred into a sow, with the subsequent litter grown for potential human transplant. i visited research farms in the us breeding gene—edited pigs. the hope is, they could solve the organ donor shortage. in the uk, around 500
patients die each year while on the transplant waiting list. some will object to animals being bred as spare parts, but the number needed would be dwarfed by the millions bred for meat. fergus walsh, bbc news. nbc�*s hit show the fresh prince of bel—air, which ran for 148 episodes over six seaons in the 1990s, is back — although this time without a laugh track. on monday, a trailer for a reboot of the show, titled �*bel—air�* was released, which like the orginal show is based on the life of a street smart teenager born and raised in west philadelphia who is set to live with his wealthy uncle and aunt in bel—air. this time will smith, who played the original role will be the show�*s executive producer, with jabari banks playing the new will. let�*s take a look. geoffrey thomson. house manager. geoffrey thomson. house manager-— geoffrey thomson. house manager.- ten - geoffrey thomson. house manager.- ten years geoffrey thomson. house i manager.- ten years is geoffrey thomson. house - manager.- ten years is a manager. well! ten years is a lona manager. well! ten years is a long time- — manager. well! ten years is a long time. let _ manager. well! ten years is a long time. let me _ manager. well! ten years is a
long time. let me show- manager. well! ten years is a long time. let me show you l long time. let me show you around- _ long time. let me show you around. hilary. _ long time. let me show you around. hilary. well! - long time. let me show you around. hilary. well! let's. around. hilary. well! let's find you — around. hilary. well! let's find you something - around. hilary. well! let's find you something fit - around. hilary. well! let's find you something fit to l around. hilary. well! let's- find you something fit to wear. what do you think? well, earlier we spoke to the critic and broadcaster scott bryan. i mean, it�*s very different from the show that everyone has been expecting. of course, fresh prince of bel—air was one of the most iconic shows of the �*90s, but i think what this is really indicating is a shift in direction at a time when there�*s been so many reboots, revivals, everything of the sort. and i think a reason why there�*s so many at the moment is primarily down to the fact that at a time when competition between streaming services has been so fierce, it�*s much easier to get publicity and subscribers to a show with something that�*s been rebooted, something that people are familiar with, rather than having necessarily a whole new show — although we�*re having some great new dramas, as well. but for difficulty with a reboot is bringing something to the modern age which doesn�*t feel like it�*s just a tired, carbon copy of the old version with nothing new to say.
so i think what�*s really interesting here is that they�*ve kept the basic framework of what made the show so successful, and have taken the most basic conceits of the plot from the opening titles, and then they�*ve taken it in a totally different, new direction, providing a lot of originality and reflecting a lot of what makes modern tv so great. and before we go tonight, we want to pay tribute to a hero of the animal world, who has passed away. on this programme, we�*ve reported on the noble work of magawa, a rat from tanzania that helped detect landmines in cambodia. well, his caretakers announced that magawa died over the weekend, at the age of eight. 0ver his career, the rat sniffed out more than a hundred landmines across cambodia. he was awarded this medal for gallantry from a uk animal rights group. what a hero in deed and a lifetime _ what a hero in deed and a lifetime of achievement.
helping so many in cambodia. thank— helping so many in cambodia. thank you _ helping so many in cambodia. thank you forjoining us. stay thank you for “oining us. stay with bbc thank you forjoining us. stay with bbc news. _ hello, there. on tuesday, sunshine returned to the northern half of the uk. and, through the rest of this week, we�*ll continue to see differences north—south — but we�*ve got a milder, stronger breeze picking up across scotland and northern ireland. england and wales, the winds are going to be much lighter, so we�*re more likely to have some frost here and increasing amounts of mist and fog, too. now it was pretty damp and grey for many southern parts of the uk on tuesday, but all that low cloud and damp weather is heading out into the english channel, so clearer skies are following on behind. and, whilst it�*s chilly across parts of scotland and northern ireland, a frost is more likely in england and wales. not just that, but we�*re seeing some mist and fog developing — particularly in this area where we have the yellow warning from the met office. and, within that area, there are some very busy roads
— so with some dense patches of fog, driving conditions could be tricky in the morning. that�*s when we�*ll still have some fog around, but it should gradually lift through the day, and for many parts, we should see some sunshine coming through. some sunshine across northern ireland, southern and eastern scotland — much more cloud across the northwest of scotland, although it should be largely dry. quite windy, mind you, and temperatures probably reaching double figures in the north of scotland, nearer 7—8 celsius, i think, for england and wales, even with some sunshine. and we�*ve got milder conditions across northern areas because we�*ve got these strong winds coming all the way across the atlantic, around the top of this area of high pressure. and underneath that area of high pressure, this is where we�*re seeing the frost and the fog. so we start with another frost again on thursday morning, we may well find the fog a little more widespread, notjust across some southern parts of england and the midlands, maybe into parts of wales and across northern england for a while. some of that could linger into the afternoon, but for many places, again, we should see some sunshine coming out. and it�*s a similar story again across scotland and northern ireland —
cloudier weather in the north west of scotland, a little bit damp, as well. still those temperature contrast really north—south across the uk. where that fog is slow to lift, it will be quite a cold day. all that cold air is stuck underneath this area of high pressure. stagnant air, really, so fog is tending to become more widespread. and it may well drift its way up into parts of northern ireland and southern scotland. most of the fog, though, on friday will be across england and wales, and it could linger into the afternoon. some sunshine away from that fog and low cloud. and again, it�*ll always be milder across more northern parts of scotland.
this is bbc news, all the headlines and news at the top of the hours straight after this programme. this week, we are back! ces is on and we�*re in vegas to see the show, so strap in! it�*s going to be weird but it�*s going to be wonderful. how�*s that for you? it�*s got quite excitable. can i take my finger out? yes, you may!