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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". laura: testimon the frontline. the police that triedo defend the capitol on january 6. >> the rioters called me a traitor. an army veteran and police officer. laura: a city in ruins. the paper blast scars lebanon a year after the deadly explosion. u.s. health officials change
courses on wear masks, now they are advised to wear indoors. putting mental health first. simone biles is the latest athlete to put mental health we meet seniors in japan were gettinready for the 25th anniversary show. welcome. we start tonight in lebanon, where a new prime minister is facing a host of problems. the wealthy tycoon has bn chosen to be the nation, a year after a blast that devastated the port of beirut, the health
care system is on the verge of collapse, economy in tatters, families moving to refugee camps. reporter: lebanon is suffering from a collapse. food, fuel, and medicine are all scarce. imagine moving into a refugee camp in your own country. he moved here after abusing his job as a taxi driver -- losing his job as a taxi driver. >> [speang foreign language]
reporter: at petrol stations, people queue for hours as the country endures power cuts. this is another sign of lebanon's economic catastrophe, which has seen the currency lose more than 90% of its value against the dollar. at the country's main public hospital, they are missing medicine. >> this is another one. they have problems. reporter: is this the lowest you have ever had your stock go? >> yes. last week a pregnant woman came.
they have been systemically and structurally leading us to this point. >> we don't feel well. reporter: lebanon has been on the brink of collapse, no more, the day has come. many fear it has far further to fall. bbc, beirut. laura: lebanon on the brink. here in washington, police officers gave testimony as they tried to defend the u.s.
capitol. supporters of president trump stormed the building, wanting to overturn the result of the election. this report from the bbc -- reporter: police officers from the u.s. capitol formed a steady blue line, a sharp contrast to the chaos in january when they were overrun by trump supporters. reminding americans about what is at stake in how and why this happened. >> i could feel myself losing oxygen and thinking to myself this is how i'm going to die. >> i heard chanting, get his gun, give him with his own gun.
reporter: everyone was reliving the dark day. there was also anger at republicans accused of downplaying what unfolded. >> the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful. suspect number one is donald trump. only two republican lawmakers agreed to sit on the committee, same issues much bigger than party politics are in play. >> democracies are not defined by our bad day. >> speaker pelosi will only pick people will ask questions she wants asked. that becomes a failed committee and a failed report. reporter: the man at the heart of this investigation is not at the hearing, but donald trump
continues to loom large over the republican party and over republican politics. as do divisions he left in his wake, and congress and the country, the investigation is unlikely to fix that. laura: barbara joins us now. given the partisan divisions you described, can this inquiry give the police officers the accountability they want? reporter: that is the main question. there will be constituents in the country who will never believe what they come out, supporters of donald trump who believe what they say about the election being stolen, him not being responsible for what happened. many wouldot be convinced by the outcome, and you can see the
republican party is not going along with the writ at large. democrats are aware of that. they want to appeal as much to the public as possible, that is where you saw this opening hearing, you suck capitol police officers -- you saw capitol police officers. they want to convince the public there on the right track, and at least get those documents and witnesses. would it be the definitive one? it will be accepted -- it won't be all accepted by congress. laura: to the olympics where simone biles left the finals, saying she was not in a good place. it was a shocking blow to the american side who ended up with a silver metal behind the russian of the limbic -- olympic
committee squad. it points to the growing awareness of mental health. bbc sport is in tokyo. what a dramatic day in women's gymnastics. reporter: it was remarkable. simone biles going for expelled metals, she came out, it was her lowest score in olympic history. then she left the arena. she did reemerge, then we got a statement that she was going to sit out the rest of the final. it is really interesting.
we hear so much about physical injuries, but athletes in the public are aware of the pressure . when you think of simone biles, you think of her being a global superstar. she said she has to remember that they are just people at the end of the day. laura: there was a shock defeat in women's tennis. how is japan dealing with the exit of naomi osaka, someone was also talk about mental health? reporter:reporter: she pulled out of the french open a couple of months ago. she has stepped away for the last couple of months. this was a return to competition. she looked good, but yesterday she had errors. she lit the flame, is the face
of the games. that was a big shock. i think maybe, later on, we ha to softball final between japan and the usa. they upset the usa. i think perhaps that will take the attention away from tammy osaka. -- naomi a soccer. laura: what about swimming, where a teenager from alaska struck gold? reporter: it was a wonderful story. she could not quite believe she had won when she touched the wall. what is nice about the games are the celebratis. we know the public are not allowed to attend, but we are seeing an awful lot of social media. we saw the australian coach.
teams in great britain with families and friends getting together and celebrating. you can see the athletes retreating those videos. although people can't be here in person, there is that sense of joy. laura: thank you so much for the very latest in tokyo. the cdc has changed course on mask wearing, now advising people who are vaccinated to wear masks indoors. it is a turnaround from the guidance when vaccinated people were told they did not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors. it comes as coronavirus infections rise in the u.s. due to the delta very. >> the reality is [indiscernible] when the masking guidance was
done by the cdc. that is their job. their job is to look at evolving information, data, and historic pandemic and provide guidance. laura: we are joined by a guest from san francisco. ken fully vaccinated people carry and infects others? >> they're changing it for a couple of reasons. one is there is much more virus, the opportunity to be exposed is greater. the key piece of scientific data that has changed, if you remember early on, once you are vaccinated your chance of catching it seems to be very low. the new data says with delta you
have high levels of virus, even if you are vaccinated. we don't know for sure if you are able to transmit it, but it's a logical jump. laura: do you think it was a mistake for the cdc to tell us on may 13 that you don't need to wear a mask? >> in retrospect it probably was. given the information they had at the time, it wasn't unreasonable. cases were plummeting. the country look like it was in a good place. delta was barely becoming a thing. they were making a bet if they give pple that guidance, you are vaccinated, you're free to go back to 2019, might encourage people. it did not seem to work. a lot of people have not been vaccinated. once delta came out and became the dominant virus, it became
clear that the guidance was not the ght guidance. it was the facts on the ground changed, and i'm glad they rolled this back. i went back to wear masks all the time several weeks ago. laura: there other variants out there. how confident are you that vaccines can protect us? >> it's too early to be 100% sure. if there is good news, so far, the vaccines hold up pretty well . with delta it appears you lose some efficacy, but you are still reasonably well protected.
might need boosters as well. potentially j&j recipients in the u.s., could be a complicated matrix. people who are at a higher risk of vaccine failure get up to the front of the line. laura: thankou so ch for joining us. in other news from around the world, at least two people have been killed and several are missing following a chemical plant explosion in the german city. at least 31 people were injured. the cause of t explosion is not yet known. a large cloud could be seen from nearby towns. police emerged to tell residents to stay indoors. a senior roman catholic official has gone on trial, charged with financial crimes. he was accused of buying church money to buy property in london. he denies any wrongdoing.
you're watching bbc world news america. still to come. indonesia is struggling with record coronavirus infections and deaths. we have a special reporon those who care for the dead. north and south korea have restored a communications line which was cut off more than a year ago. the move follows in a change of letters between the leaders of the two countries. reporter: these two countries are officially still at war, because when the fighting ended, this is an armistice not a peace treaty. this today is the anniversary of that arneson signing, and on the anniversary the communication lines have been reopened. last year north korea turned its
back on the south. not only did he cut the communications lines, it blew up. this was an office field that the border specifically for the two sides to talk. today, a short conversation was had between the person who man's the south korean line and north korean line. we heard the person on the south korean side said it is good to be talking. laura: indonesia has become the epicenter of asia's covid crisis, reporting tens of thousands of new infections daily, more than 1000 people dying every day. it's putting a strain on hospitals and those who bury the dead. reporter: a joint effort.
firefighters and police officers called to deal with the bodies of those who are dying at home. many having been turned away from hospitals, which were already full. we can show you the proceeding. it won't be fair for the family. currently they are tending to a body, they cover them in shroud. after that they put the body inside the coffin, and pray for the victim according to their religion. reporter: in this house, the virus claimed two lives within a week and infected the entire family. >> the grandmother died at the hospital. later that day the test results showed the grandfather had the virus. they did not to the hospital because the whole house was positive, so they try to get better in self-isolation.
reporter: the highly infectious delta variant means a number of cases here is soaring. the covid-19 response team is used to handle two or three bodies a day. now they are getting calls about the more than 50, but only managing to move a dozen or so. a local crowdsourcing site alert for covid-19 has been gathering data since the start of the pandemic, and says that nationwide, there have been more than 2700 deaths at he since the beginning of june. the president has extended the partial lockdown for java, the most densely populated of indonesia's islands. people are being allowed to keep outside restaurants for a maximum of 20 minutes. >> as we know the trend shows an improvement if getting covid-19 under control.
hospital bed occupancies show a decline as shown in several provinces in java. reporter: two days before that announcement, indonesia hit a daily record of more than 1500 dead. the government has vaccinated at least seven cemeteries in jakarta alone. this month they will be filled up. as you can see behind me, the excavator that dates new graves and excavator that closes the other grades are working simultaneously. the ambulances that carry bodies keep coming one after the other. the workers here can vary more than 200 bodies in a day. indonesia is reporting the world's highest absolute number of new covid-19 cases. this, along with low rates of exhalation -- vaccination means teams like this look continue to work around the clock.
laura: so much loss in indonesia. before we say goodbye, let's go back to japan, for the olympics are not the only show in town. there is an unusual cheerleading squad getting some attention. ♪ meet the group known as japan's pom-pom where the average age is 70. no cartwheels or backflips but the choreography is outstanding, and for these seniors the instrument is about more than a n workout. >> it is partly to stay healthy, a reason to be. it's nice to bring something different into your daily life. laura: indeed. if you want to join that cheery troop, you must be 55 years old and have what the squad describes as a self-proclaimed
good looks. it is an exclusive group. i will be applying very soon. i am laura trevelyan, thanks for watching world narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪