Ebola outbreak in large city 'very concerning'

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Horsely. Okay. Millions millions of people are expected to tune into the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in England tomorrow. All right. So who's getting married Prince? Harry is sixth in line to the British throne, and he has really come a long way when he was just a kid, he lost his mother Princess, Diana in a car accident as a young man, he loved to party sometimes embarrassing the royals. Harry is now thirty three years old. And by all accounts, he's grown up. He served as a soldier in Afghanistan. He has been promoting the cause of mental health. His bride is rather unconventional by British Royal standards. Markle thirty six years old is an American actress who is by racial and this will be her second marriage. NPR's Frank Langfitt normally covers small stories, like I don't know China or Brexit, but he's been promoted this week to be NPR's royals correspondent and he'll be covering everything about this Royal wedding. Hey, there, Frank, Hagen moist. Where are you? I'm at Windsor Castle, and it's a beautiful two magnificent day. It's just outside of London. It's the queen's weekend home, and I'm sitting along the long walk. Now this is the road that leads up to the castle and the carriage with Harry and Meghan is gonna pass by here tomorrow and kind of I think the big image you're going to see on television is the carriage going up the hill towards the castle in the background, they're going to be tens of thousands of cheering fans. It's going to be. It's gonna be quite a picture. So so franker you there because you have to get there twenty four hours in advance to claim your seat on the lawn. Excellent question. It's actually a great time for people to get here. It's pretty wide open except I have been talking to Royal super fans who've been out here for four days sleeping, right at certain corners so they can get view of the carriage while. And so there are people who are just absolutely loved the Royal family, and they come out for this in terms of how the rest of Britain feels. I think is pretty mixed. We not having as many block parties as we had for William's marriage back in two thousand and. Seven and of course, you know, Harry is not going to be kings, so it's not as big a deal. Also, there's some people, of course are critics. This is going to cost tens of millions of dollars, probably mostly for security, and some people still question whether the United Kingdom taxpayers should be spending so much on these sorts of events. Isn't there a sign of change in this Royal wedding, Frank? Because of whom Prince Harry is Marianne. It's a really different choice. And I think this is a more interesting story. She's an actress, she's from LA. She's by racial and divorced, and it's when you talk to people around London and Greater London. They talk about this speaking to a growing diversity in the UK, especially in a place like London that's so multicultural. And also the Royal family begin to a little bit more like the people that they represent catching up. Some people saying, you know, beginning to catch up to society. So yeah, there's there's definitely a sense, and I think that's one of the key points of interest. Well, let's just underline that for a moment because I mentioned Brexit before that was seen in some ways, a. Reaction against immigrants against too much diversity isn't Britain already a fairly diverse place. It's actually it's actually not. It's fascinating. It's I think, close to eighty seven percent white. So it's very different than the United States. London is much more like Manhattan. It's incredibly global, but the rest England you. I mean, even where I live, it's mostly white folks. I don't see people of color out there that much. Okay. Different sort of Royal wedding, Frank. Thanks very much. Appreciate it. Happy to do it. Steve NPR's royals correspondent Frank, Langfitt. Some other news. Now, the World Health Organization says any bowl outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a new and more worrying phase. Yep. Patient with Ebola turned up in a large port city on the Congo river, nearly a hundred miles from the epicenter of the outbreak. So what had appeared to be a small, relatively confined outbreak of Ebola in the country. Suddenly looks more serious NPR's Jason vogue and has been watching this story either Jason, hey, good morning. How big a deal is this? It definitely is concerning because now we have what public health officials calling urban Ebola this potential for transmission to be happening in the crowded city and the ideas that that transmission could be exponential instead of sort of the slow plotting linear transmission that usually get in these rural areas in the Congo that have always been contained quite easily in the past. But still we'd say it still just one. Confirmed case in this river port city. Although you are reminding me of two thousand fourteen when there was an outbreak of A Bola in west Africa, and I suppose we should mention when you get into a city, most of the cities, the world are connected and people start worrying about where where does these might go next? Absolutely. And that is the big question. You know, it's very early here, but there could be a lot of cases that are still out there in this city that haven't been detected or it could be that, you know, it's just this one that the, you know, the west Africa outbreak. In the end, you ended up with twenty eight thousand people getting sick. Eleven thousand of them died. There's there's a lot of concern that this one case in the river port could be sort of the kernel that could start another huge one, another huge outbreak. You know, the capital can Shasha is just a few hundred miles down the river that same river kind of leans up to the Central African Republic. So a bull spreading along the Congo river really is sort of a nightmare scenario. Okay. So when I think of Democratic Republic of Congo. I mean, if you just try to do word associations, you think civil war, you think misgovernment you think poverty can health officials there do much or they organized well enough to stop this outbreak. You obviously, this is an incredibly challenging place to to deal with an outbreak like this, which does not have the healthcare system that would be able to do that they're having to fly in even the protective gear to treat these patients you. You've got the World Health Organization flying people in even the UN's World. Food Program has been sort of roped into setup. This helicopter bridge where they're flying things into the actual epicenter, their new little transmission. You know the, the personal protective equipment, these 'isolation wards all things like that need to get flown in and it's a, it's absolutely a huge challenge in this type of an environment in few seconds. Is there one lesson from two thousand fourteen that applies here? Absolutely. It's move fast and that. Is happening. It's only been since may as that this was declared and they're getting their quick and trying to get these cases under control and get them contain Jason. Glad you're on top of this. Thanks very much. You're welcome. That's NPR's Jason. Bogan.

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