tv The Day - News in Review Deutsche Welle January 5, 2022 3:02am-3:31am CET
and they say they're running out of food, water and fuel. this is dw news. you'll find more on our website. that's d, w dot com. ah, coven 19 is surging back infection levels, brake wreckers, around the world. the united states records 1000000 new cases in a day while europe has already passed the 100000000 mark. but are the numbers all that matters? the w h ace, w h o suggests that the arm across variant is less deadly than previous ones. next, spicer and berlin, and this is the day ah, with the model before it becomes
a domain. if you could certainly worrying that we're seeing a continued high level of infection. there's no di fidelmo, chrome is causing less severe lung disease. although there are still some concerns about his impact and other both the systems, if everyone suddenly drops out, then we can cover the whole store with. and we're now seeing this more infectious. i'm a chron has taken over the challenge of, of the weather bug finish. this wonderful mission also coming up, the taliban tells d. w. news. we're here to stay and the world will have to live with it. the current government, off of lana, stand, the new government that has come to power as a manifest reality. and a, the world needs to engage with it,
to our viewers on p b. s. in united states and around the world. welcome. and we begin the day with europe preparing for a new wave of coven 19 infections. to start the new year. there are fears the alma chron variant will cause case numbers to climb to record highs, increasing pressure on hospitals, and leaving many workplaces short staffed rome days away from tougher restrictions. italy is one of so many european countries, again, faced with and braced for increased hardship in the form of regulated movement, tougher economic times and overflowing intensive care units. the director of this room hospital says for a month, we have been systematically full with you. i mean the be any stark contrast to last summer and fall in rome. when infections were down, restrictions were relaxed, italy was reopening, and business was on the upswing. such was the case across much of europe as
countries took a breath in hopes, the worst might be over then came winter and the spread of m. a kron in southern europe. and in the north, like italy, denmark's reopening was brief. now it is breaking caseload records with the highest ratio of infections per $100000.00 inhabitants in the world are the artifact. it is certainly worrying that we're seeing a continued high level of infection. and we're now seeing this more infectious omicron has taken over. officials maintain extensive testing has pushed denmark's case number's higher than countries that do less testing and less vaccinating countries like romania we're a sipped wave appears eminent, especially after gatherings during the holidays. this in a country that is next to last in europe when it comes to vaccination rates. that means it's near the bottom in what is now the global epicenter of the pandemic.
the united states has also seen a dramatic spike and the number of corona virus infections, data from johns hopkins university, showed more than 1000000 new cases. on monday, after the holiday weekend over the new year. that figure is double what it was the week before. johns hopkins, calculated that one in 100 americans tested positive for coven 19 over the past week. the on the kron variant accounted for around 60 percent of cases. and the latest available vol. figures for the country also saw just over 9000 deaths of patients with coven 19, and that's 10 percent lower than the week before. harry hyman is a public health professor at georgia state university. welcome to the show professor at this current wave of corona, virus infections hit 1st and places like new york. how is it that hospitalization
and death have surge there even though the vaccinations are, are relatively high there? well, i think, i think where you get the kinds of very, very high case counts that you're getting. it's going to spread to people who are susceptible to more severe illness. and even in a state like new york, where you have about 71 percent of the population that has finished their primary vaccination, it still means you've got 30 percent of the population that's undocumented. now many of those are children and younger people, but it still means that you have a significant portion of the population that is very susceptible to those fires. and what rule does the new characteristics of the, on the kron very have in this spread and places like that? well, i think we know from not just the us but, but south africa, the u. k. this is a very, very fast spreading, highly contagious virus. and it's not only contagious to people who
are vaccinated. it's also contagious to us who've been vaccine. and the good news is vaccines are still highly protected. so if you are fully vaccinated and especially if you're boosted the likelihood of having a serious illness is very low. but that doesn't mean that you can't catch the infection in straight to someone who may be, has other underlying diseases or, or susceptibility to more severe injunction. i'd like to ask just a question if professor, if, if i may about one part of the united states because it's so hard to navigate the numbers sometimes, and half of the test in atlanta are coming back positive. and it's one in 3 in the entire state of georgia. is that as bad as it sounds? yeah, it's, it's as bad as it sounds. we're seeing a tremendous surge, not just in the metro area in atlanta, but it's now spreading to the more rural fortune, the state in georgia. in contrast to new york,
we have about 51 percent of the population that's fully vaccinated. so much lower percentage. and we also have much less in the way of, of policies and systems in place at the community level to protect people and what's being done to, to combat the search. i guess it really depends on the state and the role of the federal government at certain levels. well, i think, i think with everything it's federal, state and local partnership. and needless to say that the federal government has been working hard to expand access to vaccination. something we've seen over the past year. we're still struggling to make testing available to everyone in every place. and that's particularly challenging now. so even the 1st that you quoted earlier about the number of positive tests, those are probably a gross underestimate. if you think about the people who are doing home testing and
tests that are captured by, by the current data collection systems. and there are rising rates of hospitalization as we're just seeing it in georgia and louisiana, mississippi and in florida. what makes those states so vulnerable that they can't co beyond the fact that there's a low vaccine uptake is a political element as well? you've been around long enough to know there's a political element and everything so, so yeah, certainly we have a much higher number of susceptible people purely from the fact that they're not vaccinated. but in addition, there are basic evidence base public health measures that we know work like mask mandates and indoor settings like vaccine mandates, both in public settings, public institutions and private businesses. and not only is there a lack of state leadership in, in supporting those kinds of policies,
there's actually active obstruction in states like georgia and florida. and we just as an example in georgia, the, the university system of georgia, which has over $300000.00 students, universities are not allowed, based on what's called the border regions that dictates policies to mandate either mass for indoor classes or vaccines. and they look at a state like florida where the, where the governor is actively prohibiting k 12 schools from healing mass mandate. i mean, i mean, those are policy approaches that are contrary to not only what the, what the, what the cdc recommends, but just basic common sense public health measures about what we know will make a difference. yeah. well, without passing judgment, it doesn't sound like anything. we have in europe, professor harry hyman at the georgia state university. thanks so much. thank you very much. good. we turned out of afghanistan,
which is facing multiple crises at the same time. international aid has largely dried up since the taliban top of the us back government last august. and winter is bringing widespread food shortage to an already crippled economy. as millions phase famine because of the worst drought for 2 centuries, women are struggling under new restrictions and largely shut out public life. there are also reports of widespread violence against people who work for the former government. so far, no country has officially recognized the taliban regime since it sees power. last august my colleague, phil gail, spoke to taliban foreign ministry spokesman abdul car back key. he started by asking why the international community should recognize and therefore legitimize the taliban given its track on human rights. the current government understand the new government that has come to power is manifest reality.
and the world needs to engage with it as the government that is currently in place has actually fulfilled the criteria for a body to be recognized as a official state according to an international law. and in accordance with article one of the month of a day of conference, $9033.00, there are 4 essentials that they need to fulfill. number one, and that has to have defined geography 2 is that it has to have permanent population. in the geography 3 is that the government has to provide governance. the people ruling have to provide a governance. and the 4th uh criteria is that the government has to have the capability of,
of creating and establishing relations with foreign nations. in our view is the right of the, of the people they have decided upon a supporting. so you have this new account for interrupting. i understand what you said, but what you said is that, that afghanistan, the taliban government has fulfilled criteria laid down and doesn't explain. that doesn't tell us what is how it will benefit. countries like the like great britain or germany or the united states, how will they benefit from dealing with and baffled, just amazing. a taliban government to call it term it as a taliban government is incorrect. this is the government representative government of the people understand it did not come here through an airplane. it was not a drop. the leadership was not dropped. it was not backed by foreign forces. it is the people of understand that this new government represents and for the world that is absolutely necessary,
it is imperative to engage with this new government and accept the unique unique quality off the afghan people for what it is and engage with it in dialogue . if there is any outstanding issues, it can all be resolved through dialogue and right. using pressure tactics is not the answer to, to the problems that einstein is facing. understood, are girls still being excluded from education in afghanistan? no, that statement is only half the truth. it is not the complete truth, and i understand from primary all the way to new levels. all women are allowed to attend school and attended cation on the public sector. from grade one to 6, all girls are attending school and in a conservative society, like i understand, they're comprises majority of female students. right. and we have up to 12 to 13
provinces. we're girls are attending from grade 7 all the way to 12. and the government, the state policy is that we will give every right to, to the female members of our society that comprise half the population, the right to work the right to education and every single other right that has been afforded to them. and as long as you say that you will give them every rights under islam, as far as like world is concerned, women have fewer rights. women in afghanistan have fewer rights than men. just so we're clear you justify that because you say that is laid down in the current that is correct. the people understand have fought valiantly against 2 superpowers for 43 years, for this exact purpose, to establish islamic law. and in an islamic society,
understand that population is 99.9 percent muslim. so it is only a correct that islam be implemented on this land. is it true that afghan women who protested against restrictions on the freedoms in september were assaulted with rifle butts? tear gas, and metal clubs by afghan fighters? no, i have not heard of such reports. i've seen reports of our security forces preventing the protest. that is because the protests were there were a guidelines were given by the ministry of interior that protest to take place. they have to 1st coordinate with the ministry of frontier about the place and timing. so there is no commotion and no problems for, for people that are going about. the irregular work doesn't have got to have a free press sign of the very free and vibrant press there's,
there's no doubt about it. if you were here and cobble and understand you would see channels ranging from a f p all the way to al jazeera to to d, w members of d to myself have signed their the letter of permission for work. and as for all the media that was present previously are all active. unfortunately, i do have to say that some media houses have closed down, but that is not because of us. it's because they have run out of funding. they will, funded by, by foreign donors and they have run out of that funding. so they had to close down . so the taliban has issued guidelines, restricting journalism, they say contradicts islamic or african volumes. explain. was that what that means? so that basically means that the laws that are sensitive to the society for, for example, the laws of blasphemy and a western nation, it could be perfectly correct to, to,
to carry out such activities. but in this, in a society like understand that is very conservative that has gone through 40 years of constant war. such practices are not allowed. as economy has collapsed, it's undergoing humanitarian crisis. we understand the targeted killings around the increase and your health care system is on the brink of collapse. this is, as you face a pandemic, just explain to us how the people of afghanistan, the men, and the women have benefited from the taliban controlling the country. well the benefit is that we finally have peace. we don't have killings we had between 200 to 300 innocent souls lost every single day. and i understand, due to the award that was the brutal war, the aggression that was carried out against the peaceful of the peace loving people of a plan is that so that is one of the and the base is the foundation of any state is that it has to provide security to its, its constituency,
to its citizens. so that is one of the greatest benefits that the people off of understand had been yearning for for 40 years. and the collective punishment they are, are facing from the international community is very said, it is very unfortunate. they are threatened with mass starvation because they finally have peace and they have attained this sovereignty. i'm talk to her about the from the tell about foreign affairs ministry. thank you for talking to d w. thank you for having me. it was my pleasure. and that was my colleague phil gail interviewing as he said, the taliban foreign ministry spokesman abdul co, her belk. he thousands of afghans are still desperate to flee the country, the taliban, the or discouraging people from leaving this fight. this many of those who can leave are doing so often with the help of relatives abroad, including here in germany. saddle her africa on the
united again in germany. law mina nodded. he has made it out of afghanistan with the help of her niece. now gus, mom i was given, but yes, the own for it simply wonderful to see her here in front of me. i had almost given up hope they we would ever manage to bring her here. it's a huge dream. come true. gore. so home i thought of her throbbing to day. now gus is visiting her round me now. now did he for the 1st time since her arrival in germany, mina has found shelter in a refugee camp. a 2 hour drive away from berlin. she's here with a 7 year old daughter at aha and her husband. the last few months have been exhausting us bush. we simply had no choice.
we never would have thought that we would ever leave afghanistan. his mouth picked. thirdly, the taliban has set afghanistan back. not by 20 years, i didn't retire centuries on that. let that be. so bal kid, deb golden haul up solar cobbled medication then in afghanistan. mina nodded. he was deputy mayor of harriet and even ran for parliament. she actively supported women's rights and campaigned for a more modern of janice town. she was a public figure when the taliban took cobble. she went into hiding with her family and started looking for a way out. at the time d, w met her niece ne,
argus, in berlin. she was very worried about her aunt naga has been living in berlin for 4 years and is in a final year at school for weeks she tried to raise awareness about her aunt's fate . she contacted senior politicians during the election campaign and collected donations. a teacher supported her. the german authorities didn't miss her and go to them for i feel very powerless here in germany. it flew helpless, just completely lost holland. well, there's the very big humanitarian crisis in afghanistan. gibbs, i know that in germany is just looking the other way, so the whole world is essential to fake and holland up. oh, i'll commend complex about southfax mid november at berlin. airport. mina nodded. he finally arrived in germany with her family. it was
a moment of great relief after a strenuous escape. the family had managed to leave afghanistan by land using fake passport, stealthily a german lawyer organized the visa for germany and the flight tickets. now the family are in safety. all but one until the taliban takeover mina nodded. he's 15 year old son. nima sang enough. gunners danced children's choir, but the taliban cracked down on music. nima had to escape. in mid december, he and his fellow musicians arrived in portugal. the portuguese authorities had got them out of afghanistan. his mother in germany is hoping she'll get to see her son soon. somewhere in europe. i thought oh my gosh hollis, i'm satisfied. i'm in safety. my son is safe in portugal and i'm very happy about
that or to push his though. ah, can you stand on her own 2 feet again? i wish for god to bring peace to afghanistan thunderbolt so that we couldn't return to our home and better off than we were before. kennimore beaudet supported me now . now did he and her family can stay in germany for the next 3 years of roha goes to school here or the family will soon be relocated to camp closer to berlin. they're still collecting donations to help the people in afghanistan. ah, tattoo artists and the european union will have to limit themselves to a much smaller pallet of colors from now on. you official say a new ban on thousands of chemicals used in tattoo inks, will protect the public for hazardous substances that could cause cancer and other
illnesses. one last design in blue before the new e rules came into effect. colors like this one are now banned. for many tattoo artists, it's hard to accept the form of people that a lot has based on speculation. either there are no real fact that somehow justify van and our experience here in the tattoo parlor proves then on what i have seen shows something different. oh, for it right now, it feels more like harassment than as sensible band that would protect people with the e u band. these colors because they are suspected of causing cancer. for example, because the concentration of certain chemicals is too high. dermatologist britta les come agrees that some of the substances they contain could be dangerous. if harm isn't in crop, the colors enter the body. what exactly happens then? we don't know for sure. part of the colors remain in the same place. other parts
travel through the body. if they contain carcinogenic substances, they can have an effect on all the organs. i log on to the e. u commission says tattoo artists were given sufficient notice and that safer alternatives for the colors exist. the artists complain that the inc manufacturer is reacted to late because i'm there could be delivery bottlenecks which lead to inc shortages. the artists now have to bridge the time without bright colors. after the corona virus closures, it's another blow to their livelihoods. and that brings an end to today's episode of the day on nick spies from berlin. thanks for watching. ah
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