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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ ros: hello. welcome to "bbc world news outside source." we are under 24 hours away from the opening ceremony of the olympic games. while preparations are done, games arrive as the city rattles its highest number of covered cases since january. a report from norway is marking the 10th anniversary of the killing of 77 people by a neo-nazi here it the u.k., a record number of people have been pinged by the covid app. is this is are complaining of staff shortages in wales. >> it is a very concerning situation. the government needs to move
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fast. otherwise, it will run out of consent from industry. ♪ ros: welcome. whether you watching on pbs in america, that bbc newchannel in u.k., or on bbc world news. we will start in japan. as you know, the games have been delayed by a year because of the pandemic. they are being held in unique circumstances. it will not be any spectators. infections have been edging up again across japan and among athletes. in tokyo, cases are now the highest since the middle of january. on thursday, tokyo reported close to 2000 new cases, up more than 600 compared with the week before. this chart shows the seven day average. so far this month, a total of 91
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cases have been directly linked to the olympics. organizers and say those cases are isolated. they are very keen to dissociate the games from rising cases. the president of world athletics. >> the tracking, tracing, isolation is testament to the amount of work that is already gone into this. i believe it will be enough to maintain a safe and secure games. the rising numbers that we are talking about, nobody is entirely sure whether these are not generated at the local level. i think there's something else that is important. what we have done an extremely good job about is explaining to the athletes and the media and the technical officials and the
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few sponsors that will be there what the particles are, how seriously we take them. maybe there has not been as good a job as could have been made of informing local people of just how seriously we take that. and how seriously we take those protocols and how tight they are. ros: six members of the czech olympic team have tested positive for covid. check officials are now investigating the -- czech officials are now investigating the flight and reports that most members ok off their masks. >> [speaking foreign language] >> it is irresponsible. it shoul not have happened. the team and the entire check olympic -- czech olympic committee is taxpayer-funded. if a doctor could be vaccinated
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-- cannot be faxed for medical reasons, they should have sent some bills. it is unacceptable. >> deputy editor in the -- in chief of the -- a czech news website. >> we were very suspicious that the team identified four names of people who tested positive, but were very secretive about the first person testing positive immediately after the arrival to tokyo. we managed to find out that the person is a medical doctor. a doctor of czech tennis association. someone who is worked very closely with various well-known female tennis players. as he mentioned, we found out that this specific person is known as a covid vaccination
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denier. he refused. secondly, we found out that the behavior of the passengers of the charter flight was very irresponsible. after takeoff, a vast majority of passengers -- there were 42 people on board --removed their masks. ros: the bbc has not yet been able to corroborate those reports in the czech republic. if another olympic story. the opening ceremony's creative director has been fair today before the ceremony. footage emerged kentaro kobayashi -- showing kentaro kobayashi appearing to make jokes about the holocaust. in fairway, the head of the organizing committee step down after being quoted as sayin that women talk too much at that
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meetings with female board directors would take a lot of time. a month later, the create headed the games quit after suggesting that it plus size fema competitors should perform as a "olympig." >> that reaction has been sort of one of t quite surprised but frustration, fatigue. the fact that this is just the latest in a series of such resignations shows how poorly the organizing committee has handled several aspects of this lead into the games. with the extended amount of time that they had to prepare, the games were postponed in march of 2020, they had to make a lot of
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considerations for what the opening sermons would look like in the coronavirus era. one would think that under normal circumstances, organizers would have paid special attention to the opening ceremonies and especlly in light of the former president's resignation in february, they would have looked for other issues that needed to be addressed. especially after kentaro kobayashi's resignation, it was clear that they had to move quickly to deal with the scandal. ros: a sociologist and expert on japan. >> you reported about these increasing numbers of covered cases, which are probably much higher than those almost 2000 cases. we have an almost 10% positivity
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rate, tests are not fully available in japan. the hospital occupancy rate is over 100. ros: do you agree with what sebastian was saying that perhaps olympic organizers could have done more to reinsure people in tokyo about the measures being taken? >> they are a lot of measures taken, but the message was, thomas bath said there is zero chance ofpread and there will be no cases. of course, that was immediately proven wrong. those kind of statements backfired. ros: we are on the eve of the games. it is very different games, but a lot of olympics have difficult brennan's. once atmosphere starts to shift. to do think that is realistic in tokyo? >> there has never been pandemic
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games. never been postponed gamed. they were never held under these kinds of rules. there has never been no spectators but it is going to be atv only a bench. media -- a t.v. only event. naturally, media will be focused on the athletic part. the athletes are there, doing their very best even in the heat. i hope that media will not forget to report about everything else. ros: as you look at the impact of the olympics on japan and japanese society, do you think we can possibly judge it in this day? >> that one thing we kw for
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certain is that the dreams and hopes that were connected with ringing the olympics for the second time to tokyo, that is not coming to fruition. japan cannot showtself off. japan could not have 40 million tourists that they had planned. japan is still completely closed to foreigners. economically, it is an absolute disaster. the population of japan has nothing from the games they cannot watch them. they are afraid of the virus being brought in. the type olympic protests -- the anti-olympic protests have gained traction. everything else, we will have to wait. but these big dreams do not come true. ♪
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ros: flooding in china. tens of thousands of people have now had to evacuate, because officials have confirmed at least 33 people have died. they include a dozen commuters in the underground is the carriages filled with water. the city got a years worth of rain in three days. more is forecast. >> the rain has stopped for now, but some of the roads are still like rivers. evidence of how overwhelming the incessant rainfall was. aboveground, they are starting to clear up. but the true horror of this intersections what happened underground. at this metro station. as the rain came down at its heaviest, passengers stood in trade carriages, trapped for
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hours is the tunnels flooded. at least 12 ople died. the company in charge has blamed the unprecedented downpour. government has ordered a national review of preparedness. the old faded metro system is shut down. police stood guard over one entrance when we were there. it did not like us filming. after my id was checked, i asked one officer if this was a crime scene. >> others lost their livelihoods. >> this woman told us how her baking his nose was wiped out in the -- in minutes. >> everything wasashed away, nothing was left. i just took my close-out. the water was to my chest. we ran out to art -- for our lives without takinything. ros: one of the 1.2 million people affected by these floods.
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out of the city, the rain was still coming down. the rescuers were still rescuing. >> we have just come from a place where they are taping up, but 30 kilometers north, it is still a recovery operation. workers in fluorescent lifejackets. this is a road that has turned into a river, lake. 100 meters down, the water is at knee level, even further at chest level. the rain has stopped, but this is still a crisis. from above, the huge scale becomes clearer. the electricity supply and mobile phone coverage is not fully restored, but the worst of the rain seems to have passed for now, each lease time for other things -- fishing in an underpass. ros: stay with me. in a few minutes, it is now 10 years since norway's worst ever terror attack.
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we will hear from one survivor. ♪ ros: the home office has defended pretty patel against a number of different points after the body representing rank and file police officers no longer had conference in the home secretary. the police federation voted in response to the announcement that police pay would be frozen. earlier, the police federation said they wanted more than words. >> my colleagues for the past 10 or 11 years have been subject to measures of austerity. in real terms, police officers have had over an 18% cut in their take-home pay. we are just asking for fairness. it is an incredibly demanding job.
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the thanks only go so far. my colleagues expect more. ♪ ros: this is outside source. we are -- our lead story comes from tokyo. less than 24 hours to go before the olympic games opening ceremony. but the city is recording its highest number of coronavirus cases since january. here in the u.k., we have the latest stats on the number of people being told to self-isolate by the nhf's covid app. it has reached record levels. more than 600,000 people received alerts, up 17% from the previous week. the hospitality, transport, and
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retail sectors are all reporting staff shortages. more from our economics editor. >> it was meant to be a week from freedom of the pandemic, but last week, a record number of pangs from the nhs covid app. instructions to isolates that industries from supermarkets to railways c. supermarkets say shortages are now causing store closers. >> there is certainly no reason for customers to panic. i am not panicking. i think the government should be panicking and need to sort this immediately. we do not have time to waste. we are held -- we are here to help feed the nation through a pandemic. we have extra 2000 people to create a deeper pool of labor from which we can pull as our workforce continues to get paying to and have to isolate. ros: the government acknowledged
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its concern about some localized images of empty shop shelves. >> we are very concerned about some developments. i do not want people to get the impression that every shelf is bear, -- bare, but we are certainly concerned about shortages. is is not just the impact of the covid app. those sectors most affected are those where there are already existing labor shortages, for example, drivers of lori's. -- lorries. there are tens of thousands of vacancies as a result of the pandemic and post brexit employment issues. ros: one of the biggest suppliers of meals to hospitals, schools, and prisons is keeping pink workers who tested negative at work. >> employees are under a lot of
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pressure to continue to produce. we will try and find ways to make system work legally. under the current law, the app is advisory. it allows you to make those kinds of decisions. >> but it is not sustainable long-term? >> no. we need the government to recognize the reality of the chaos. ro further disruption has been acknowledged. childcare is another area already suffering workers shortages. >> we are calling on the government to make fully vaccinated nursery workers -- people who had two vaccines -- empt fm the app. the health and safety of our workforce and the children will alwa be our number one. parents cannot go to work if they cannot have care for their children. ros: both case rates rising, there are no easy solutions.
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♪ ros: it has been a day of reflection in norway. 10 years ago today, a far right extremist killed 77 people, most teenagers. the attacks took place in two locations. at around 3:00 in the afternoon, a bomb in oslo. later that day, a second attack at a summer camp for young political activists. this is some of the bbc reports in the aftermath of the first attack in oslo. >> bomb attack on the heart of norway's government. all ministers seem to be safe, but at least two are dead -- two people are dead. ros: eight people ultimately result -- died as a result of that bombing. earlier today, ceremony took place.
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here is norway's prime minister speaking at the memorial. >> the terror of july 22 with an attack in our democracy. it was a politically motivated terrorist attack against the labour party, the work is used lake, and their ideas. it was more than one movement that was affected. an entire country was hit in the ground, but we got up again. norway was changed. ros: the majity of victims were young people, primarily teenagers attending a lour party youth camp. eight wreath laying ceremony was also held there. lisa has be -- husby was 19 years old at the time and one of the camp's leaders. >> the first time i realized that something was wrong on the island is justfter 5:00 that afternoon. we could hear what was our
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firecrackers, but whew for we could do anything, i saw this huge wall of people running towards me from by the docks, where the shots were coming from. you could see in their eyes that they had seen something terrible and i thought, i need to get somewhere safe, because something is wrong. ros: the attacks had a profound impact across norway. it is the country of 5 million people. it's was the headline of a norwegian newspaper. it translates as, 1 in 4 people affected. it goes on to say that a survey found that one in four people in norway someone who was affected by the terror attacks. >> there are many of the survivors who have felt guilt and shame, because everyone fled for their lives.
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in an escape for life, you take actions that are about saving yourself. ros: many survivors are determined to move on in spite of the trauma of it all. >> i talked about the terror and teach people about the aftermath . i talked about right-wing extremism, and i try to use it as something positive. i realize that this one friday should not be allowed to define the rest of my life and to define me as a victim. ros: in the days and months after the attacks, there was criticism that with the response from the authorities had been in adequate. a piece from the financial times last week calls the police response chaotic and plagued by mistakes. it claims that crucial information was not shared between departments. that is something norway's government says it has improved in the years since.
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here's the prime minister again. >> the terror showed us that it was necessary to strengthen preparedness. we have met all the recommendations of the july 22 commission. our ability to deal with terrorism is stronger than ever. ros: a norwegian journalist close to the scene of the government building when it was attacked. i talked to him a little while ago about his memories of the day. >> it was very shocking. i was down there and i w taking photos. looking at the destruction. i watched part of central also that was effective. it was reall shocking. ros: how quickly did you realize that what you had witnessed was connected tohe news that you were hearing from the island? >> it was chaos and took some time before i caught up with the
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news. but after a while, we realize that these two episodes were connected. it was terrible. i was involved with investigating, because i was working for british tv documentary team. three weeks later, we went out in a boat around the island. we were accompanied by two heroes from the camping grenade the island. want to put their names out there. these were two ordinary campers who were here on this. they rescued dozens of young people from the cold water. they were swearing for their lives. 600 meters from the island. the killer was shooting towards the water. it was very moving to hear their accounts. as we talk about the tragedy, we should also remember these
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heroes. ros: in thoseirst few days and weeks, the focus was on supporting those who had lost loved ones or who had survived, but questions have been asked about whether the far-right in norway has been properly addressed. you think the government has acted adequately to address it? >> i do not want to go into that in detail, because i aa journalist. i do not comment on that. but i think that many things are better now in norway. the police response is more organized. they have a new response center. i think the school system is taking bullying more seriously. making sure that nobody is left alone and i think the fabric in ciety is stronger. we are more protected in the future. ros: frederick ends this
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