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Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates Platinum Jubilee; Hundreds Still Missing in Villages Near Kyiv; OPEC to Pump More Oil; Beijing Still under Partial Lockdown, Constant Monitoring. Aired 10-11a ET

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MAX FOSTER, CNN LONDON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): After 70 momentous years, Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the longest serving

British monarch in history.

BECKY ANDERSON, CNN HOST (voice-over): Four days of royal celebrations, seven decades in the making.



MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Weeks after Russian troops were pushed from this area, locals awre still finding the

bodies of their neighbors.

ANDERSON (voice-over): Futher atrocities uncovered as Russia pressets on with its offensive in Ukraine.



SELINA WANG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There is a fear that, if you spend too much time by a locked down building, your QR code could turn red.

ANDERSON (voice-over): Capital the threats of new COVID restrictions, over its shatters daily life for millions.


ANDERSON: I am Becky Anderson, hello and welcome to CONNECT THE WORLD. It is 3 pm in London. We'll get you the latest news out of Ukraine.

First, it is here a day of pomp and pageantry, a celebration 70 years in the making. Millions of people around the world are saying thank you to Her

Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for her seven decades of service.

And what a thank you. Buckingham Palace pulling out all the stops to celebrate the queen's Platinum Jubilee, the once-in-a-lifetime event

officially kicking off a short time ago with what is known as the Trooping of the Colour, a traditional parade that celebrates the monarch's birthday.


ANDERSON (voice-over): This is what those crowds were waiting for, the queen greeting the throng, appearing on the palace balcony for a flypast

iin her honor. The post-COVID-19 pageantry and the cheering crowds create an atmosphere that is being described as electric.

This is just the start of four days of partying across the U.K. and the Commonwealth. CNN's Max Foster has a fantastic vantage point from just

outside Buckingham Palace. He joins me now, live.

On my way to work today down Piccadilly, just north of where you are now, the crowds were just unbelievable. The sun was out and it really felt like

it was a day of celebration. Whether you are a monarchist or a Republican, it actually felt quite special. Max, describe the feelings of celebration

where you are currently.

FOSTER: Obviously there are lots of monarchies here but they're also saying it is not just about the queen. As you say, it is this tough period

we have had in the U.K.: Brexit, the pandemic and even the Ukraine war and the tensions with Russia.

I think that people have not been able to do this sort of thing, haven't felt this way for a long time. They were charging toward the palace today,

ust trying to have a good tiime really, and have some positive news.

Seeing the queen smiling there, beaming from ear to ear. But we did not really know whether she would even turn up today. She was last minute into

the palace and did not know whether we would see her.

Then ultimately, she looked really well. Then we got a real sense, Becky, of how she viewed the future of the British monarchy in the way that she

brought everyone out. So we only saw working royals around her on the balcony.

That is a real message from her to say, in this new era, the next 10 years, is going to be about growing yourself in, working, perhaps a reference to

cost of living. This is the sort of thing that she thinks about when she sets up these palace moments.

But also, frankly, what a convenient way of meaning that Meghan, Harry and Andrew weren't on the balcony as well. We do know that the Sussexes were up

at Horse Guards Parade, watching it unfold. But they are playing a very low-key role here, allowing the queen, I think, to take to the spotlight

here, really.

ANDERSON: Yes, and the kids, of course. So Prince William, who we just saw there in the flyover, which is what were looking at. They look down from

Buckingham Palace on that balcony to the thron of people and then up to see this flypast. And Prince Louis had quite the reaction to this flyover --


FOSTER: Well, louis, this is, I think, his first experience anything like this, a proper royal experience. You know, he is a young boy. He had the

two years of the pandemic, where he wasn't out in crowds whatsoever.


FOSTER: So he was really thrust onto the balcony.


FOSTER: There is another little moment at the end, where the queen went in and Louis was just sort of looking at the crowds and Kate had to turn

around and walk him in. But even as Louis was walking away, he waved back at the crowd.

So this is someone i don't think will have the same issues with his public profile, as perhaps his uncle has done over time. But what an experience

for him and also George, who was alongside him, who will become king one day.

And these moments will all be centered around him. But of course, we are not going to see another 70 years on the throne, another platinum jubilee.

So I think that's why people were so conneted to this moment. We are just not going to to see it again in any of our lifetimes, not just a tribute to

the queen but this idea that she -- we are not going to have a moment like this, where we've got a public figure on the global stage who has been

there through most of our lives.

ANd fMoments like this really punctuate our own lives as much as hers. And I think --


FOSTER: -- people do connect with her, even though we don't have houses that look like this.


ANDERSON: You are absolutely right. And you're right --


ANDERSON: -- take it -- well, of course. It takes you back. I remember the street party that I was at on her 25th anniversary, which is 70 years

(sic), silver jubilee. And I was just a wee nipper at that point. (INAUDIBLE), it was a lovely day in London. (INAUDIBLE). That's the story.

Thank you, Max.

Now to Russians war on Ukraine. Ukraine's president saying today that 20 percent of his country is now under Russian control. (INAUDIBLE) describing

it the Donbas region. The focus of Russia's offensive, as almost entirely destroyed.

Now Ukraine's military chief in Luhansk says that Russia now controls most of the key city of sievieroDonetsk. This is something we've been reporting

on now for a number of days and what seems like a repeat from the siege of Mariupol.

He says 800 residents are hiding in bomb shelters under the city's chemical factory, including some children. We showed you video this week of the

aftermath of an attack on that plant. The Mali chief says everyone inside the shelter does remain safe.

Ukrainian officials say some of the heaviest fighting is going on in that Donetsk region, with some areas under constant fire, including a clbomb

atack near Slovyansk. Matthew Chance connecting us from Kyiv.

What do we know at this point?

CHANCE: About that military situation, still a lot of ferocious fighting taking place in the streets of sievieroDonetsk, which is the biggest city

in the Luhansk region of Eastern Ukraine, that is still not fully under Russian control.

The Ukrainian officials that we have spoken to say that it is more than 80 percent, now, in the hands of Russian forces. So it looks inevitable, at

this point, that it will eventually fall in its entirety.

But there has been so much military effort put in by the Russians to secure this place for the political win it would give. There is a sense in which

there may have left some areas of the country exposed in the counter offensive of the way in the sotuh, southeast of the country, to try and

reclaim territory that has been conquered by Russia already.

We traveled just north of the Ukrainian capital to a village that is part of the area that was taken back from Russian forces when they withdrew from

that are north of Kyiv, back a couple of months ago.

But even now, as people return to their homes, they are still finding bodies of civilians killed during that occupation. Take a look. And just by

the way, the images on this report, some of them quite disturbing.


CHANCE (voice-over): In the liberated villages north of the Ukrainian capital, the streets are lined with the scars of war. And it's not just

buildings destroyed.

We met Serhiy Yudenko, a villager whose home was overrun by Russian troops, who then shot him, he says and left him for dead. He shows me the gut-

wrenching bullet wounds but his emotional scars run even deeper.

Sometimes, I have nightmares and can't sleep at night and I pray they won't ever come back, he tells me, through tears of pain and anger. I'll never

forgive Russians for what they did, he says.

And they did much worse. Just steps from Serhiy's door, police forensic teams are unearthing yet another crime scene. Weeks after Russian troops

were pushed from this area, locals are still finding the bodies of their neighbors. We were shown three makeshift graves on this street alone.


CHANCE: What do you think when you see this?

What goes through your mind when you see these bodies being dug from these shallow graves at the side of the road?

YEVHEN YENIN, DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER: So we see the Russian troops have already gone for more than one month. But we still find the evidence of

their presence.

CHANCE: That's astonishing, isn't it?

Even a month after they have gone, more than a month, still finding bodies.

Ukrainian officials tell me more than 320 civilians are still missing in this region alone. One by one, they're being found.

YENIN: A lot of people are missing. You cannot imagine the eyes of mothers whose children are lost. You cannot imagine eyes of relatives whose beloved

have been captured or have been killed on the front line.

CHANCE: It is an awful, grim business, digging up bodies of the thousands of people scattered across this entire country, in shallow graves that have

yet to be identified. This was Vitali (ph), just 43 years old and the neighbors tell me he didn't present a threat to the Russians. He wasn't a

soldier. In fact, he was vulnerable.

He didn't have a job. He drank too much. His family had left him.

But he was hungry. And he was trying to get some food from a Russian vehicle that was parked just here when they caught him. And shot him dead.

Just one of the many alleged crimes, many tragedies in the Ukrainian nightmare that's yet to end.


CHANCE: Well, Becky, another part of that tragedy is the rest of the human impack, the fact that 12 million people, according to Ukrainian president's

office, have been displaced by the conflict; 5 million of them have fled overseas outside of Ukraine. So it is a massive loss of population as a

result of this war.

ANDERSON: And another fact: President Zelenskyy is suggesting that 200,000 children have been deported to Russia.

What do we know about that?

CHANCE: Well, I mean, that is actually the figure, more or less, that the Russians canform as well. Of course, the two countries frame it in

different ways. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, says this is a forced deportation to deprive Ukraine of its children.

And what the Russians say is that, along with 1.6 million others, 200 or so thousand children are part of the people who have been evacuated to Russia

for their own safety. They've been given sanctuary there.

And so the figures in not being disputed but the reasons they've left their homes is a point of difference between Russia and Ukraine.

ANDERSON: Matthew, thank you.

Next hour, U.S. President Joe Biden will join meetings wth his national security adviser and the NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg in

Washington. They will discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid in June.

Stoltenberg's White House visit follows President Biden's decision to send Ukraine an advanced rocket systems. Stoltenberg says he does not foresee

Russian retaliating, despite the Kremlin saying it adds fuel to the fire.

As fPart of the fallout from the Ukrainian war, Russia is producing less oil. And prices have been much higher as a result of that. Now OPEC nations

will step in to help fill the gap somewhat.

That was the focus of a meeting today among the world's top oil producers, known as OPEC+, which includes Russia, by the way. They agreed to up

production by more than what was expected. Here's a look at where prices stand right now.

And don't be surprised by this. Prices have actually reversed course and have gone higher after news of that increase came out, which might seem

odd. But if you bear with me, Clare Sebastian has been following the oil markets.

You and I have been in business news long enough to know that you settle on a --



ANDERSON: -- (INAUDIBLE) is there is always a way to hedge on this. But what is really important, here because we've been waiting for this OPEC+

meeting, waiting to see what primarily this hour (INAUDIBLE) because they leave this OPEC+ proofing.

And whether they will be prepared to be slightly more flexible given that theybe been leant on by the U.S. administration to play ball on this.

They've made a gesture today but they have not suspended Russia from OPEC+. Just explain why it is that we are seeing this in the oil markets today.

SEBASTIAN: What they've done is a careful compromise. They have kept the group together, cohesion within the group.


SEBASTIAN: And they have simply accelerated oil that was going to come on the market anyway. SOo they're going to add 432,000 barrels a day over the

next three months. What they have done, they have tkanee September, split in half, divided equally between July and August.

Now that is a gesture. It is more oil on the market quicker. So it is something. But if you look at the shortfall you still have Russia under

shooting, according to Reuters, by a million barrels a day. That's even before we factor in the embargo that was just agreed this week. So in terms

of how the market views this, this is not really much oil coming back on the market. I think that is why we see oil prices coming up again, close to

decade highs.

ANDERSON: Which means what?

This is really significant at this point. We are beginning to hear numerous warning about where the global economy is heading.

For our viewers wherever in the world, they will be aware that mostly they are looking at quite high debt, particularly in developing economies,

inflation out of control.

What does this mean in the big picture?

SEBASTIAN: I think we can pull up some of the figures we have seen around the world, it is affecting ordinary people. It is fuel that people who

produce food need. It is everything in supply chains. That is the facts.

If you look, for example, at the E.U. numbers for inflation, stripping out food and fuel, it is 3.8 percent. So you can see that it is more than half

of the impact there.

This is interesting for OPEC as well. If you look at 2008, oil prices went off a cliff. That is not good for producers, either. So I think they have

an interest in avoiding a global recession as well.


ANDERSON: There is a big concern about just how quickly the Chinese economy may or may not come back, fall back into action. So the oil

producers will be aware of that. They also have capacity constrawints as well. I, think as you rightly point out, we have seen a gesture today. But

I think we can leave it at that.

SEBASTIAN: The question is, will they be able to keep up with the targets?

With Russia, they haven't.

Will they continue to undershoot?

Another reason why oil prices are higher.

ANDERSON: Fascinating. Thank you.

With the oil squeeze, another country that could potentially fill that need, is, of course, Iran. But its nuclear activities continue to stand in

the way of them being brought in from the cold, as it were.

Unreleased reports from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog say that Iran has increased its stockpile of enriched uranium, won't explain its activities

at three undeclared nuclear sites. They call the IAEA's reports unfair.

All of this is setting up Iran and the IAEA for a potential fight when the nuclear watchdog meets next week.

Next, hour you are going to get a unique perspective from an exiled Irainian actress who just won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for

the film, "Holy Spider."


ZAR AMIR EBRAHIMI, ACTOR: There is this special message, for -- in thisage of courage and this aage of hope, for not only women but men and women who

under war.


ANDERSON: That interview is coming up. Please stay with us. She is absolutely fascinating. (INAUDIBLE).

Happy and glorious, the U.K.'s Platinum Jubilee celebration set off on a joyous note.



ANDERSON (voice-over): There is no doubt the millions of people around the world are saluting Britain's queen. We will be live in Kenya, where she

first found out she was the new monarch. That is next.

Plus life under China's zero COVID policy. Our Selina Wang shows the extreme testing measures that she has to undergo on a daily basis just to

go inside any public spaces. That is coming up after this.






ANDERSON: Well, she's a great-grandmother who wears a lot of hats, in every sense. The U.K.'s head of state has been running Britain's second

Elizabethan era for the past seven decades.

And the U.K. and the Commonwealth salute Her Majesty the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee. Our Max Foster takes a closer look at the longest reign

in British history.



FOSTER (voice-over): After the death of her father, King George VI, 25- year-old Elizabeth, known as Lilibet to friends, assumed the throne.

Crowned at Westminster Abbey on June the 2nd, 1953, this was the first time the public was able to witness this sacrosanct event. Elizabeth allowed

live television cameras in to capture the ceremony, in a powerful signal that hers was a new, open and relevant monarchy.


ELIZABETH II, QUEEN OF ENGLAND: I declare before you all with my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to

the service of our great imperial family, to which we all belong.



QUEEN MARGRETHE II, DENMARK: That was an example which I very much felt, that, when I grew older, that that was what it was about. You dedicate your

life to your country.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): It was with her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh that we first realized the personality of our queen-to-be.

FOSTER (voice-over): On November the 20th, 1947, Princess Elizabeth had wed her childhood sweetheart, the tall and dashing Prince Philip of Greece

and Denmark. The following year, their marriage bore Elizabeth's heir, Prince Charles.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sir Winston and Lady Churchill all came to receive Her Majesty --

Her first prime minister was Winston Churchill. And during her rule, she has met every acting U.S. president bar one, meetings she always


Stiff upper lip in public, there's footage to show the sense of humor this wife, mother and grandmother is reputed to show behind closed doors. On

occasion, there has been little to laugh about, however.


ELIZABETH II: It has turned out to be an annus horribilis.

FOSTER (voice-over): During the 1990s, three of her four children would divorce, Charles most famously and then, that crash.



DON FARMER(?), CNN ANCHOR: Getting word that the French government has informed all of us that Princess Diana has died.

FOSTER (voice-over): The royal family's restrained response collided with the British public, convulsing in heartache. Elizabeth learned she's never

merely a mother or grandmother, rather a queen to her people, no matter what.

Over more than a decade, public faith in the royals gradually rebuilt. The queen was visibly thrilled by the show of support for the wedding between

her grandson, William, and partner, Kate, in 2011.

The family soon welcomed several additions, including Prince George, future heir to the throne, born in 2013.

In 2021, at the age of 99, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away.


FOSTER (voice-over): Senior royals attended the funeral, scaled back due to coronavirus. Elizabeth was forced to stand alone, as she watched his

coffin lower into the royal vault at Windsor Castle, bidding farewell to her husband of 73 years, the man she described as her strength and stay.



FOSTER (voice-over): For more than half a century, Elizabeth had led an empire before overseeing its managed decline.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): The royal pair stopped first at this soon- to-be independent colony before touring their dominions in the West Indies.

FOSTER (voice-over): Known as the Commonwealth, an association of now independent countries, 15 of which have kept the queen as a symbolic head

of state. After 17 momentous years, Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the longest serving British monarch in history -- Max Foster, CNN,



ANDERSON: Well, in addition to being the head of the Commonwealth, as Max pointed out, the queen is also a great friend to the United States,

nurturing Britain's "special relationship" with America.

As President Biden and the first lady are congratulating her on her Platinum Jubilee, a, quote, "momentous and historic occasion."

CNN's Larry Madowo is at a watch party in Nyeri, in Kenya, where the queen first learned that she was the new monarch. He joins me now, live.

Millions of people participating in celebrations around the world. You are there in Kenya. Just explain what you are hearing and seeing.

What is the atmosphere like?

LARRY MADOWO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Becky, this is a different kind of a watch party because people behind me, most of them kids in this local

community. It is a remote part of the country, about 2.5 hours out of Nairobi.

I went to this virtual reality headset that allows them to go inside Buckingham Palace, to go inside Windsor Castle to see what it is really

like. And it is especially interesting because the queen has a special connection to this place on the foothills of Mount Kenya because she was,

here like you mentioned, when she learned that her dad, King George VI had died. And she was to be the next queen of England.

From there she was supposed to be on a royal tour going all the way to New Zealand and Australia. That was all abandoned and she hurried back to the

U.K. And here, it's been set up by somebody who won the Quincy (ph) Young Leaders Award, which supports young leaders from around the world who are

doing incredible things in their communities.

And these others he wanted the people here, this Yankee in this most community feeling to feel like they are part of the celebration. But too

often to embrace technology, the robotics and virtual reality and artificial intelligence that are making sure that people, regardless of the

part of the world they're in, they can really be part of the global community.

That is why the space is important. But Queen Elizabeth herself, one of the things that is interesting about growing up in Kenya, my sister, called

Elizabeth after the queen, and we came in this morning and we went to a small restaurant here, in a small remote part of the country.

And our server is named Elizabeth; again, after the queen. That is how common this name is. The question may be, Becky, why was the queen or the

future queen, in a remote part of Kenya, during the Mau Mau rebellion?

These people were actively fighting the colonial government in Kenya at the time. But I know you spent some time in Kenya. But there is a fabulous

mountain here and national park. And you know that secret all the way back 70 years ago. You must come and see it.

ANDERSON: Absolutely. I know it well. Enjoy the day and I hope the kids will enjoy the day as well. It is, fun, isn't it, at the end of the day,

isn't it?

Ahead on CONNECT THE WORLD -- thank you -- it is a scene that's become far too familiar in the United States. Police rushing to yet another mass

shooting on Wednesday. It is a uniquely American problem.

And the sheer number of these incidents already this year is simply stunning.

And life under China's zero COVID strategy, I'll ask Selina Wang the hoops that people have to jump through in Beijing just to be in public. And this

is a very personal account.





ANDERSON: Well, let's get you up to speed on some of the stories that are on our radar right now.

Sheryl Sandberg stepping down as chief operating officer for Meta, the parent company for Facebook. Sandberg has been number two to Zuckerberg at

Facebook for more than a decade, one of the most influential women in the business world. She wants to focus on her philanthropic work.

Mexico has banned the sale of vaping devices and e-cigarettes. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed the decree Tuesday to outlaw the

products due to their harmful side effects. Mexico has already banned tobacco advertising and created smoke free zones.

The death toll has now risen to 120 after days of torrential rainfall and flooding in Brazil. More than 7,000 people have lost their homes from the

floods and from the mudslides that followed.

The World Health Organization says new COVID cases and deaths are still declining globally. You could see that steady decline here, since the peak

in January. But for those living under China's zero COVID strategy, things can change very quickly.

Multiple (INAUDIBLE) in Shanghai, for example, have been sealed off just one day after the government finally eased restrictions. People have been

locked inside their homes for over two months; 80 days, in some cases.

Most of them are now allowed to leave but there are still strict testing measures in place. No one knows when life will return to normal. Well,

CNN's Selina Wang is in Beijing where people are under monitoring for COVID.

You're joining me now there, live. Shanghai has been loosening restrictions and now, it just announced new restrictions. You still live under

restrictions. Just explain what's going on here.

WANG: Well, Becky, it's not just new restrictions in Shanghai; this is the zero COVID regime across China, where if any positive COVID case is found

and their close contacts are sent to quarantine facilities and the entire community, in some cases, an entire city goes into lockdown over just one


So that's what you're seeing in Shanghai. As they were started to loosen these restrictions, they found a handful of new COVID cases. So those

communities had to go back into lockdown.

You can imagine how difficult that must have been for those people in those communities. They just had one day of freedom, one day to taste what life

could be like, and, now, back to lockdown. Some residents have described this as a never-ending cycle, this never-ending nightmare.

And life in Shanghai, across China, it's far from normal. You've got to get regular testing in many cities in order to enter public venues. Shanghai

residents have already started complaining about the long wait times here in Beijing.

I'm often waiting an hour or more to get my COVID test in order to get into public venues. And also in Shanghai, people are on edge. There was a video

of residents running out of shopping malls, panicking, because they had heard the government was going to shut down the mall for disinfection.

So life across China in zero COVID is still not normal, Becky.


WANG (voice-over): This is part of my daily routine in Beijing.

WANG: Getting my temperature checked.

WANG (voice-over): Mandatory testing for the city's 20 million-plus residents.

WANG: I've got to show them my passport and they have to type it in every single time.

WANG (voice-over): Beijing halted almost all public activity for weeks over just a few dozen daily COVID cases. Nonessential stores have been shut

down, including schools and gyms.


WANG (voice-over): And all in-restaurant dining is banned indefinitely.

WANG (voice-over): The capital recently reopened some venues like malls and parks with limited capacity. And visitors have to show proof of a

recent COVID test.

But still, the biggest crowds often appear to be parades of COVID workers, spraying disinfectant all over the streets.

WANG: So it's green. I'm good to go in.

I need this green code to enter any area in Beijing. If it turns red, then I could be stuck at home or sent to quarantine. Through these smart phone

apps, authorities can carefully track the movements of virtually all of China's 1.4 billion people.

Grocery shelves here fully stocked, Beijing officials clearly trying to show people that no matter how long this partial lockdown lasts for, people

are going to be fed.

WANG (voice-over): Not like in Shanghai, where people struggled to get enough food when they were locked down.

WANG: This is a building where a positive COVID case has been found. You can see the workers in hazmat suits, the blue barrier around the building.

This is to keep the people who live there locked inside but it also serves as a warning to other residents.

There is a fear that if you spend too much time by a lockdown building, your QR code could turn red.

WANG (voice-over): Just one positive COVID case can get an entire building bused to government quarantine.

This is just one of the many high-risk areas in Beijing. Residents avoid even transiting through the red dots on the map.

WANG: It's lunchtime in Beijing's most popular food district. Normally, people here would be gathered, crowded shoulder to shoulder but now it is

essentially a ghost town.

And even here there are signs reminding people to avoid crowds and security guards on the loudspeakers, telling people to distance themselves.

But after more than two years of these on and off restrictions, people are getting frustrated. Every part of our days are tracked and surveilled.

People are concerned that this control is here to stay long after COVID is gone.


WANG: And, Becky, it sounds like a dystopian movie, to have a colored code either give you access to society or send you to quarantine and keep you

locked at home. But this is the reality of what we're dealing with in China.

My daily routine every day is entirely dictated by the color of the code on my phone. If it were to go red, everything would be upended. And the way

the technology works is rather opaque. So oftentimes, the message is, to be safe, to stay away from those high risk areas.

And across China, local governments are pouring so many resources into surveillance, into these lockdowns, into mass testing, by CNN's

calculations, just one day of mass testing in Beijing is costing the city around $10 million.

And health experts say more focus, perhaps, should be on increasing vaccinations in China, especially among the elderly. And an important note

here that mRNA vaccines are still not available to the population here in China.

So the government here is still calling zero COVID a success, a victory. So this type of new normal we're living, it's not going to go away anytime


ANDERSON: Selina, thank you.

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. The latest one happened Wednesday evening at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Four people

were killed before the gunman turned the weapon on himself.

Police are still trying to figure out what the gunman's motive might have been but they said he sought out the part of the hospital that he attacked.

The bloodshed in Tulsa marks the 233rd mass shooting in the United States since the start of this year. There have been 20 mass shootings since the

Uvalde school shooting just nine days ago.

Coming up, you're watching CONNECT THE WORLD with me, Becky Anderson. A match that was more, much more, whether you are a winner or a loser on the

pitch. For one brief moment, Ukraine tries to forget about war and focus on football.





ANDERSON: For a brief moment on Wednesday night, Ukraine wasn't just a nation at war; it was a country pulling off a stunning upset in football.

Ukraine knocked out Scotland 3-1, moving on to face Wales this weekend, with the winner advancing to the World Cup final.