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this is bbc world news america. france is locking down once again as the third wave threatens the country. nonessential shops and schools will be shot for the next few weeks at least. it's a similar story in kenya where the president announced a recent lockdown amid rising cases and vaccinations are only just getting underway there. >> unlike in western nations because of the slow pace and limited supplies vaccinations don't yet offer a way out of the pandemic for k enyans. >> new security camera footage showing the final ments of george floyd's life and emotional testimony from witnesses. >> oh, my god. ♪
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katty: >> welcome>> to world news america on pbs and around the globe. much of the world may be marching towards a new more optimistic stage of the covid-19 pandemic but france is taking a step back. president macron went on national television this evening to announce strict new measures that are s to take effect this weekend. nonessential shops will be shut and the news for children and pares across t country -- schools were closed o-- close down. here's our paris correspondent with more. lucy: paris today is a tale of two cities. a sense of freedom in the streets. hospitals, a sense of déjà vu. with more than 5000 patients in intensive care france is already above normal saturation levels. in this small paris unit today,
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nine life support beds were full. >> the thing that worries us as the protective measures are not being respected. when the weather is good we see people walking by the seinne, crammed together shopping in the market without any protection. we know in these situations the government has trouble enforcing restrictions. lucy: this 79-year-old arrived here after refusing this astrazeneca jab. she did not trust it with her underlying condition she told me, but while waiting for the pfizer one, she caught covid. has it changed her mind about the astrazeneca vaccine? >> no, no. lucy: no, she said. it is in the capital's life support units that pressure on president macron has been sharpest. doctors have warned of an impending health disaster, saying they couldoon be forced to choose between which patients live and which die.
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tonight mr. macron admitted that france needed to toughen the rules. from saturday everyone will have to stay local and schools will close for up to a month. >> we did everything we could to take this decisions as late as possible. only when they became strictly necessary. that time is now i would also like to tell you that thanks to the vaccine we can see a way out of the crisis. lucy: was transfers with the worst hit areas already begun, doctors have been calling for a third national lockdown. the light restrictions currently in place in areas like paris they say aren't powerful enough, but these are the rules now being rolled out across france. >> we're like are we being quarantined or not? what i think is just like, maybe it would be better to go home, but i want to be out.
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lucy: after weeks of criticism, president macron is facing a nation divided between those who say they cannot face another lockdown and those who cannot face another wave. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. katty: thank you for picking up that. it is always tricky trying to do this in covid times from the basement. but i am in quarantine. france is hardly alone and entering a lockdown. kenya's president recently announced rick newman measures as infection rates have risen. hospital admissions are up by 50% in two weeks. there are concerns the official numbers are not telling the full story. our africa correspondent reports from nairobi where the majority of the cases are concentrated. >> in one of africa's biggest slums life continues as normal restrictions have tightened across the kenyan capital but here earning a living takes priority. and few want to acknowledge the
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threat from covid-19. when jack and dennis both developed symptoms, they were reluctant to admit they were unwell. >> i was afraid of going for medical attention because i was afraid of finding out i was covid-19 positive. >> people are always busy. everybody will stay away from you. and people will be worried. where did you get is thing from? you keep it as a secret to yourself. >> in a community as densely packed as this, the virus is surely circulating. this is one of the main health centers here. but it has seen just a handful of cases. >> we have got a lot of people who collapsed the numbers of increased. we have a lot of cases of somebody wasn't ill, she just caught something a little bit. and then they die. they'd rather keep it in until the last moment. then come out and say they have covid. >> so, you have really no idea
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of who -- the spread of the disease here. >> zero. absolutely none. >> the official numbers are likely to be capturing the full picture but they are concerning enough to have triggered another lockdown. >> the death rate is devastating by all measures. and the stress the pandemic is placing on our health system is unparalleled. >> at kenya's medical research institute around a third of the tests are protest -- are processed each day. 20% are coming back positive, a high proportion. this professor's lab is an efficient but small operation. a reflection of limited resources. >> scaling up testing is very important for us, but it must be seen not in a vacuum but as part of the continuum of health care services. it costs money. it costs human resources. >> vaccines are the one thing that can improve outcomes but
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one of nairobi's main hospitals the rollout is just getting going. the current phase plan takes until 2023 to cover just a third of population. there is clear demand for the jabs here. but unlike in western nations because of the slow pace and limited supply, vaccinations do not yet offer a way out of the pandemic for kenyans. for now public health measures remain crucial controlling -- to controlling covid in kenya. silently spreang without being properly tracked, people's behavior is more important than ever. katty: let's get more on this. i am joined by our africa health reported. who is life in nairobi. you and i have spoken about this before and it did look like africa was doing well, better than many people had expected the continent to do. is there now a feeling that that
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good situation risks being reversed by what the president is calling this third wave? >> yes, katty. looking at what has been reported in kenya and many african countries, the media is reporting an increase in cases which is now seen as a third wave. and this is because of the reluctance of people, to follow the protocols put in place. and also in terms of hospitals. the hospitals are overwhelmed. the state health care workers dealing with a lot of patients. and some of the hospitals that have patients in the intensive care unit in high dependency units are also lacking such -- supplemental oxygen and ventilators, making it hard to offer the critical services these patients would need. katty: more than 25 countries have received vaccines through the covax program. but it looks like that is not nearly enough. >> it's not enough, but we are
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seeing it as a final pull, because these are just the first consignments, t 25 african countries have justh received from the covax facility. to ensure that the frontline health care workers and police officers are vaccinated to prevent the spread of covid-19 in different parts of the countries where the cases are being reported. unllike other countries -- unlike other countries in the developed world where the vaccine rollout is fast, it is giving it a reeling approach where it is a step-by-step process. critics have argued that unlike developed countries, africa has some history of rolling out good vaccination campaigns. they won't have a problem in rollingut the vaccination campaigns for covid-19. katty: we know there are two parts to this pandemic. one part is the health and the other part is the economy. what impact does it have on
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let's take kenya on the economy of kenya iof the country has to go back down into another lockdown because of this? >> it has been quite devastating. and we are currently in another lockdown. there are five cities that have been put on lockdown. and this is because of the surge of covid-19 cases being reported. the restaurants have also been closed. and just today, the -- the restaurant owners staged a protest in the capital of nairobi asking theresident to unlock the country because they believe that if the president and other politicians were able to enlighten kenyans to serve as an example to follow the protocols put in place, then the country would not be here experiencing this third wave. so, everyone is frustrated, because now with many people not employed in the blue collar jo bs, many people rely on -- daily income to get something to feed their families. it is frustrating because during the lockdown that has been in
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force, no one knows when the resurgence will be lifting. it is when you do see if the infections will go down or not. -- it is waiting to see if the infections will go down or not. katty: thank you very much for joining us. the prospect of not being vaccinated until 2023, that is a long time. and of course, we have learned this is a global pandemic. if other continents and other countries are not vaccinated, then we will not be able to move freely around the world, either. in the u.s. the jury in the trial derek chauvin has been shown footage of george floyd in the moments before his death. eyewitnesses also provided stark and emotional testimony from that day. chauvin has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and one of manslaughter. a warning that viewers may find the material in this story distressing. >> derek chauvin on the right watched with the rest of the court in this haunting footage of george floyd dressed in
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black scene for the first time in the shop where the sad series of events began. christopher martin said mr. floyd seemed physically well and in good spirit. if a little disorientated and hungry. george floyd seen moving to the cigarette counter where he uses a forged note. though christopher martin excepted it say he thought george floyd was not aware of it being fake. the manager of the shop asked the police be called. more new mobile phone footage from this man who was parked closed by showing officers pulling george floyd from his car and later being handcuffed and led further up the road. charles mcmillan was another eyewitness to take to the stand. his voice is heard some of the most distressing video of the day. >> you know it. don't do me like that. i told you please. >> george floyd is soon seen
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being pushed to the ground by officers. >> please. please. >> do you need a minute? >> it is clear what happened that day last me has had a life-changing impact on so many. the crown sue gathered -- soon gathered and among the bystanders was the young cashier who alerted his managers about the fake note. >> i wanted to remd -- >> disbelief? and guilt? >> why guilt? >> if i would have just not -- this could've been avoided. >> it has been hard for many to hear teenagers talk of thier fui -- their guilt over george floyd's death and the reminders of the actions of the man on trial are on escapable.
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katty: really has been a gut wrenching testimony. joe biden has laid out a $2 trillion roadmap to rebuild infrastructure. speaking pennsylvania, mr. biden described the plan as a once in a generation investment in america. republican say his plan to pay for the measure by raising corporate taxes is a recipe for stagnation and decline. so, the partisan battle lines have been drawn, but before we get to the politics, let's look at the bricks and mtar. because the fact is america has fallen behind. according to the world economic forum, the u.s. ranked 13th in overall infrastructure quality, behind singapore, japan and many european countries. and it is not just america's roads and airports that fall short. broadband services are both more expeive and slower here than in many other nations. not a great combination. the average price of an internet connection is more than $61 a month, which ranks 28th among
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the country surveyed. with all their money americans get rather slow connection speeds. the u. lands ats 12 in terms of speed of broadband connections.. let's bring in anthony's circus to talk about all of this. you would think that when you travel through america, you see the state of the infrastructure, the roads, the trains, the airports. the internet service, people would say, yes, we apsley need to improve and infrastructure. it is worth bending money - spending money. it is not that simple. >> no, it is not. and part of the reason is that this42 trillion $2 plan is half of it is roads and bridges and -- bridges and airports. the other half is green energy, investing in internet infrastructure as you mention, modernizing schools and manufacturing hub's and spending money on elderly care. so, that were some of the areas that republicans are going to have her objections to.
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they say some of these priorities are just democrats putting in say prounion measures as well as spending on infrastructure. then, of course, as you mentioned, itpaying for' this will that will be the real challenge and joe biden iss proposing pretty drastic increases in the corporate tax after donald trump cut it. you can already see republicans being vehemently opposed to that kind of attack -- a tax increase to pay for it. katty: improving infrastructure is popular. the presidents's term of this bill proved extreme the popular and people do not seem to worry too much about deficit at the moment. the republic is are missing a moment. the deficit rose during donald trump. in a period where people are not that concerned about deficits, they'd rather have spending on infrastructure. >> if you look at pulling, the american public supports bigger government now. they want more government involvement, more government
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spending, and yes, because interest rates are low for the moment, it doesn't seem to be as biggest concern that the deficit in this country is going up dratically. i think that that's what democrats think. and they thought that with, as you mentioned the covid bill, even the republicans opposed the popular measures in lockstep as well. you have to remember, this is a two-part plan to joe biden, the first part is the american jobs plan, which he outlined just today, concluding. there was going to be a second part, the american families plan. and that is going to include universal prekindergarten, free college education, health care reforms. they are biting off a really big package trying to get all of this through. but as we saw with the coronavirus relief, joe biden is going to try to take popular measures and uset to make some very transformative changes in say poverty, addressing poverty issues but also addressing the
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environment, addressing unions and workers, and in addressing health care. katty: ok. anthony, thank you very much. it has been described as the biggest shakeup in american society since fdr. let's see what happens when it gets to the senate. you're watching bbc world news america. still to come, stirring up painful emotions. how derek chauvin's trial has hit a nerve among america's black community. the russian opposition politician alexei navalny has announced he is going on a hunger strike in protest over his treatment in prison in moscow. >> this is a real escalation of the situation by alexei navalny. he has announced a hunger strike, saying it is the only kind of protest that a prisoner can actually make. so, he is calling for the
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authorities to allow a specialist doctor to see him. and for medications to be prescribed to him because he says he has -- he is in severe in, not only in his back but radiating down both legs. in the letter he wrote to the prison, head of the prison where he is being held, he even made a joke. "fine, i can do without one leg but not both." this is a serious situation. as mr. navalny pointed out, he was poisoned just last year. so, he's really concerned about what the symptoms might actually be down to. in fact, what his chances of recovery could be. ♪ katty: the bbc's china correspondent has relocated from beijing to taiwan for -- following pressure and threats from chinese authorities. in the wake of his departure, the china media outlets are continuing to attack john for his coverage of the oranges of the coronavirus. -- the ogins of the
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coronavirus. >> we have been facing this kind of pressure because of our coverage of subjects and stories that china doesn't want us to cover, at least not in the independent way that we have. but in recent months, there's been an intensifying propaganda campaign targeting not just let bbc, but me personally and my work in particular. there have been legal threats. and as well as an intensifying obstruction of where we film. the decision was made that after tolerating it for so long, we should relocate. katty: that's john side worth. the bbc issued a statement to taiwan. " john's work has a post-truth the chinese authorities did not want the world to nope you're the bbc is proud of john's award-winning reporting during his time in beijing and he remains our china
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correspondent." we wish him and his family the best and -- best of luck in taiwan. the derek chauvin trial in minneapolis is bringing fresh trauma and for many black americans who have seen their pain televised in countless viral videos. according to police-- calling for police brutality have led to action in cases like george floyd's but that comes with an emotional cost. larry has been speaking to actavis about what has been called black exhaustion. >> dear white america, i've left earth. i am equal parts sick of your go back to africas as i am i don't see racism. his poetry conveys the frustration of black america. it is a recurring nightmare made worse with every protest following the death of another black person after an encounter with police. >> we did not ask to be part of your america. are we not america? i am sick of standing this
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ground. i will not call your recklessness the law. >> what does black exhaustion mean to you? >> black exhaustion for me is the tiredness you feel when the answer feel so simple and right there. and your country has a long history of pretending like it does not exist. it seems to me like america's new project is to always keep black liberation in the future. >> thiis kind of like ground zero of where all the protests turned into the uprising and turned into destruction. >> local activists and a filmmaker has lived through and documented many disappointments for this community. >> we have been here before. we have been here where police have been charged, like philando castile's case and they got away with it. we've been there where they have not been charged of all. we've walked away disappointed
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in the justice system. so, i think that kind of trauma over and over again building up, it does wear you out. it does make you tired. >> these are the names of the known victims of police brutality in minnesota. there are 420 names listed. >> this is deborah watts. her cousin was lynched in 1955 for offending a white woman. he was only q14. the man charged with killing him was acquitted and his accuser was -- false testimony could if it was not the case 66 years ago, every successive black trauma and black death on the news, how do you react? >> the wound is opened again. and until we get justice, truth and accountability, and some some sort of reform, it's not going to heal over. we can't use hate as a way to fuel us. we have to use hope as a way to fuel us, but hope with action. hope with expectations and
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demands. >> it's taken my father's ti me, my mother's time. >> for so many they will not wait any longer. >> how much time do you want for this progress?! katty: larry reporting. there was hope that this will be different this time, but at the moment it is still just hope. before we go, president biden dog major is in trouble, i'm afraid once again. you my recall he had only just returned to washington after two weeks of dog training in delaware for an early biting incident but unfortunately it has happen again. he nipped someone on the walk in the white house gardens. major is the younger of the two german shepherds. he is a rescue dog. is he back in the doghouse? sorry. narrator: funding for presentation of this program is provided by.. the freeman foundation.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight... >> now it's time to rebuild. >> woodruff: the biden agenda-- the president unveils a massive infrastructure package with a $2 trillion price tag. we talk to a key member of his cabinet about the plan. then, full court press-- the supreme court hears opening arguments on whether college athletes should be comnsated. and, coping with covid-- the uphill battle to get a vaccine on the part of those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. >> it's not been surprising that


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