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hundreds of guests are unable to leave a hotel in the canary islands after one person tested positive for coronavirus. the person infected is believed to be from a region of italy which is dealing with a serious outbreak, and all guests are having to stay put. we've just got to stay in the hotel. we can't leave the hotel. we can walk around the grounds, sit on the sun loungers, but there's a cordon around the hotel, with police. in iran, the deputy health minister who complained of a high temperature has now tested positive for the virus, as the country deals with a major outbreak. and in the uk, children returning from holidays in northern italy are being sent home from school following new government advice. we'll have all the latest developments, as concerns grow about the speed and scale of the spread of the virus. also tonight...
the former liberal leader lord steel leaves the lib dems, after a report says he did not act on claims of sexual misconduct made against the former mp cyril smith. the city of delhi sees its worst violence in decades, sparked by deep divisions over a new citizenship law. and two severe flood warnings are in place for the river severn amid fears that water could go over flood barriers in the early hours of tomorrow morning. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news... chelsea are hosting one of the tournament favourites bayern munich in the first leg of their champions league last 16 tie. good evening. our main story is the deepening crisis surrounding the spread of coronavirus. crisis surrounding
in one of the latest developments, a hotel in tenerife, in spain's canary islands, has been locked down after a visiting italian doctor tested positive. here in the uk, travellers who've visited northern italy have been told they must self—isolate if they develop flu—like symptoms. the vast majority of cases still remain in china, but there are significant clusters elsewhere. there are more than 77,000 cases on the chinese mainland. more than 2,600 people have died. south korea has seen a sharp rise in cases. almost 1,000 have been infected and 10 people have died. iran is struggling to contain its outbreak, with almost 100 cases, among them the deputy health minister. while in italy, more than 320 have been infected and 11 have died. we start tonight with our correspondent mark lowen, and the latest on the situation in tenerife. from island haven to
health scare lockdown. italy's coronavirus outbreak has spread tenerife. has spread to tenerife. the costa adeje palace hotel, now shut off after an italian guest, a doctor, tested positive. they woke up to this, ordered to stay put. hundreds stuck inside. we've just got to stay in the hotel. we can't leave the hotel. we can walk around the grounds, sit on the sun loungers, but there's a cordon around the hotel, with police. in italy itself, cases are still rising. it's europe's worst affected country, and in milan they're not taking any chances. pharmacies across the city have the same sign — "we've run out of masks and sanitising gel." among the places closed, la scala opera has been silenced. a blow for alan and mary spencer, who came from somerset to enjoy a verdi classic. well, we were disappointed, because we had made plans to visit so many places in milan
for the first time. and all of them are closed. under new british government rules, if they show symptoms after going home, they'd have to self—isolate for two weeks. we feel we are most at threat, perhaps, during our returnjourney, when we will be in contact with other people travelling by train and by plane. until then, we feel comfortable and safe here. one of italy's key concerns now is the economic impact of the virus, with sites closed, tourists cancelling and business suffering, there is talk of it tipping into recession. and until they can stem the outbreak, the eu's third largest economy will feel the shock. prime people—watching spots are virtually people—free. cafes count their losses. gabriele gerosa says it's the worst he's seen in years. "milan is suffering a psychosis. "people are scared and aren't going out."
a world of easy travel has met a virus that knows no borders. italy's battle is proving heavier than most, but the front line of the fight keeps moving. mark lowen, bbc news, milan. in iran, the deputy health minister, who had denied that his country had a problem with the virus, has now said he's tested positive for coronavirus. it prompted an allegation from the trump administration that the iranians were covering up the full extent of the outbreak. 0ur correspondent rana rahimpour from bbc persian has the latest. here in tehran, the authorities spray disinfectant outside the home of a man who has died from the coronavirus. 0fficially, 16 people have died and 95 are infected. but many believe the real figures to be far higher.
on monday, iran's deputy health minister, here on the left, publicly denied a cover—up while he himself looked unwell. 2a hours later, he took to twitter to reveal he had been diagnosed with the virus. translation: i would like to inform you that i also have got corona. i had fever from yesterday. my primary test results came up positive last night, and since then, i have isolated myself. in the capital, tehran, shoppers have been panic buying. pharmacies are overcrowded and low on stock. this chemist admits they are short of supplies. so far, at least seven countries in the region have reported confirmed cases. all can be traced back to iran. suffering from economic sanctions and mismanagement, the country is ill—equipped to cope.
and its refusal to impose a mass lockdown, like in italy and china, will fuel the crisis. rana rahimpour, bbc news. here in the uk, children returning from half—term holidays in northern italy have been sent home from several schools to try to prevent the spread of the virus. it follows the government's updated advice to travellers from italy. people returning from 11 quarantined towns in the nothern regions of lombardy and veneto must now self—isolate at home for 1h days, even if they are well. and those who have travelled elsewhere in northern italy, that's the area north of pisa, must do the same, but only if they develop symptoms. and in another development this evening, the irish health minister has said the forthcoming rugby international between ireland and italy should not go ahead. 0ur medical correspondent fergus walsh has more details. this morning, myself and 90 other students from my school have been sent home to be self—isolated.
bethann‘s school in nantwich, cheshire should be teeming with activity, but its entire sixth form has been closed after students returned from a skiing trip in italy. which also impacts parents. i understand that this is a precautionary measure and that the school have to act upon information given to them and guidance from the government. but is it an overreaction? this private school, another with a skiing trip, has shut completely for the rest of the week. well, obviously, every school has to make choices based on the particular situations they find themselves in, but we are not advising as a blanket policy that schools should be closing based on people having come back from italy. if you're told to self—isolate, that means staying at home, not going to work, school or other public places. you shouldn't have any visitors. if you live on your own, you can order shopping online or get friends to help, but they should leave
it on the doorstep. if you live with others, then you need to stay in a well—ventilated bedroom with the door shut. if you have to share a bathroom, then use it after everyone else. don't share towels and toiletries. your waste should be double—bagged. if you test positive, it'll be separately disposed of. remember — the coronavirus causes a mild illness for four out of five people. self—isolating will help protect older people and those with underlying health problems from getting infected. travellers returning from northern italy are being advised they only need to self—isolate if they develop flu—like symptoms or they've been in one of the quarantined areas. it really can slow disease spread. by isolating those with symptoms in health care settings, tracing their contacts, getting those to self—isolate
until we determine that. so, that led to the control of the sars epidemic, so we're still uncertain if those will be sufficient to fully contain the pathogen that we see now, but it certainly has a great potential. nearly 7,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the uk. just 13 have been positive. for now, it seems, the virus has yet to get a firm foothold here. fergus walsh, bbc news. 0ur correspondent fiona trott is in tenerife. fiona, what have you managed to gather since you arrived there about the people stuck in that hotel? there is a huge police cordon around the hotel, at the front of the hotel there are people wearing medical overalls. i have spoken to somebody inside, she is under the impression that that is a nursing station that
has been set up because she and her partner were visited by three medical staff wearing overalls a short time ago. they assessed both her and her partner, and that involved taking their temperature and giving them a facemask. they we re and giving them a facemask. they were given a thermometer to take their temperature again in the morning. she thinks the advice has changed during the day. earlier, there were people walking around the hotel freely wearing facemasks. they tried to leave their room a short time ago and were told to go back inside. they have not left their rooms inside o'clock this morning. you get a sense from them and other guests that we have had contact with inside the hotel that they are tired, frustrated and stressed. some of them have not had anything to eat, no food or water, for about eight hours. they have tried to speak to their travel company and they are not getting much information from them. what we know from the doctor at the centre of this, guests are telling us that they are under the impression that he had been staying here for about
six days. there are hundreds of guests at this a—star hotel and there are concerns obviously about who else he came into contact with. fiona trott, thank you very much for the update from tenerife. an official inquiry has concluded that political institutions failed to respond to historical claims of child sexual abuse, but it says there was no evidence of an organised paedophile network at westminster. the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse said there had been a "significant problem" of deference towards people of public prominence. following today's publication, lord steel resigned from the liberal democrats and announced his retirement from the house of lords. the inquiry found that the former liberal leader did not act on claims against the former mp cyril smith because he classed them as "past history". our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. do you want a man to represent you or do you want a party robot? cyril smith, a big politicalfigure
in rochdale in the ‘60s and ‘705. accused of abusing children. never charged. in 1979, he admitted to david steel, then the leader of his party, the liberals, that he'd been investigated by police a decade earlier. last year, now lord steel told the abuse inquiry he believed smith was guilty, but he did nothing. he could, for all you knew, still be offending against children? that never... i have to admit, that never occurred to me. and i'm not sure that it would occur to me even today. thank you. but the inquiry‘s verdict was that he turned a blind eye. lord steel hit back today. the inquiry not having secured a parliamentary scalp, he said, ifear that i have been made a proxy for cyril smith. smith is now dead. but victims' lawyers believe lord steel had a responsibility to act. because david steel failed to act on these allegations, cyril smith was able to remain in public life.
cyril smith went on to abuse children at knowl view school in rochdale in the 1980s. this inquiry examined another big allegation. in 2012, labour's tom watson demanded an investigation into... clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and number 10. so what happened ? the inquiry said today it had done its investigation, and found no evidence of that. but over the years, concerns have been raised about individuals like cyril smith and little has been done. this report says that's because politics came before the safety of children. and it demands all political parties improve their child protection policies. tom symons, bbc news, westminster. a jury at the old bailey has been shown cctv footage of salman abedi, the manchester arena suicide bomber, seconds before he detonated a device which killed 22 people
and injured hundreds. he's seen carrying a large rucksack, standing in a crowd of men, women and children. his brother hashem abedi is on trial at the old bailey accused of being jointly responsible for the attack, which took place in 2017. the indian capital, delhi, is witnessing its worst violence in decades, as fighting escalated between opponents and supporters of a new citizenship law. at least 13 people are dead, among them a policeman. from delhi, our correspondent yogita limaye reports. shouting and banging a mosque being vandalised. eye witnesses have told the bbc a mob of men climbed the tower and hoisted hindu religious flags on it. for a second day, parts of delhi are burning. it's the worst religious violence india's capital has seen in decades.
this is a tyre market that's been set on fire. most of the shops here were owned by muslims. we've seen signs of arson all day, while we've been on the road. and we're just a few hundred metres from a place where there were violent mobs carrying sticks and stones. it all began as clashes over india's new citizenship law, which grants amnesty to illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries — unless they're muslim. but what we're seeing now is a religious riot. and it's left people scared and angry. this is a muslim home that was burnt out. buora khan can barely hold back tears as he recounts how he and his family escaped angry hindu mobs. "we had to jump from roof to roof," he says. less than a mile away,
some hindu men come running to us. "muslims are shooting bullets, they're throwing stones," they shouted. rahul solanki died after he was shot in the head. the grief of losing sons, husbands, brothers, shared by both hindu and muslim families today. and with each hour that goes by, the number of casualties rises. at the hospital last night, we saw stretcher after stretcher being brought in. a woman whose husband was injured collapsed in the arms of a bystander. a man with a gunshot wound was wheeled into an ambulance by his sister. the government says the situation is under control. the streets tell a different story. yogita limaye, bbc news, delhi.
scotland is a step closer to becoming the first country in the world to make sanitary products freely available. politicians at holyrood have endorsed the general principles of the legislation, although concerns have been raised about the cost. the scotish government has estimated the annual bill would be more than £24 million 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon reports. it's become another everyday part of life in scottish schools — free sanitary products available to anyone who needs them. at this school in glasgow, the students have led the way in making the changes. when people were on their periods, they backed down from doing some things because they felt uncomfortable. like what? pe, for example, or doing a class presentation. when i started my period in school, i would just go home. i wouldn't consider going to the office because i was too embarrassed. what message is being sent today with this vote
in the scottish parliament? i think it's about time. this should have been done ages ago, obviously, cos girls can't afford it and people struggle. even if you can't afford it, it should be accessible because it's a normal thing, it's a natural thing that happens to most women. free sanitary products are already available in schools, colleges and universities in scotland and in schools in england and wales, too. the vote at holyrood goes further and will mean that tampons, sanitary pads and some reusable products will be available to anyone in scotland. menstruation is normal. free universal access to tampons, pads and reusable options should be normal too. period dignity for all isn't radical or extreme. it's simply the right thing to do. the scottish government previously opposed the proposals because of concerns over deliverability and cost. its u—turn means all parties at holyrood now support the plans. in pursuit of good legislation,
parliament will now need to pull out all the stops and work hard collectively, collaboratively, on this bill for it to achieve everything that, i think, we across the chamber want it to, and help promote and enable our country to emerge through this to continue to set an example that the world wants to learn to follow. what do we want? end period poverty! when do we want it? now! campaigners welcomed today's vote, saying one in five women in the uk will face a struggle accessing period products at some point in their life. they hope that, in scotland, that will soon be a thing of the past. lorna gordon, bbc news. for 100 years, life expectancy in the uk has increased, with every generation living longer than their parents. but a new report says health inequalities in england have increased to such a degree over the past decade that ever—improving life expectancy is no longer the case. those living in the poorest communities, shown here
in the darkest red, are most affected. but overall growth in life expectancy growth has stalled, and for women living in some of the most deprived communities, it's actually reversed. the north—east of england has the worst life expectancy when compared to the national average. this report from our health correspondent dominic hughes starts in newcastle—upon—tyne. the divide in health between rich and poor is growing. the gap is particularly stark in the north—east of england. in newcastle, self—employed music teacher lucy beckman is struggling to make ends meet and it's having an impact on her health. all the clothes that i have are given to me by friends. i use a food bank. i can't get my hair done. coffee is a luxury — if i go out for a coffee. so, the nicer things in life are just not happening. the stress is a killer. it really is. it lessens your life span.
today's report suggests that for the first time in a century, life expectancy for the poorest women in the north—east is falling and the funding cuts associated with austerity the most likely cause of a worsening health picture. my own view is that health and health inequalities is telling us something fundamental about the nature of society. and if health‘s not improving and health inequalities are increasing, something's going wrong with society. in some of the most deprived areas like the north west, there are signs of change. what do we want to be in 20 years time? at richmond academy primary school in 0ldham, pupils give voice to their dreams. a doctor, brill. a lawyer. elisha? a social worker.
in one of the poorest parts of greater manchester, the school makes a point of working with the whole family. we encourage our parents to be, so they can be healthy, too, so they can have a healthy mindset, and a healthy body. linking education to health, housing, work and community. many of our families have gone on to achieve gcses now, they're in paid employment, it is a route not only for the children but the families, the whole family at the centre of our school. in the west midlands, the right approach shows results can come. male life expectancy is still five and a half years below the england average. for women, just below four. in coventry, the gap between rich and poor is narrowing. the local council backing projects like this pay what you can cafe in foleshill, a place for families to eat together, sharing experiences, building a community.
coming here has actually helped how i feel because obviously i was suffering from depression. it was one of the reasons i came, and ifirst started coming here, it was because i didn't want to talk to other people. being on my own with three children was kind of hard, so coming here was opening me up a bit and actually getting me to mix with other people. the government says it's determined to narrow the health gap by levelling up access to health care across england. but this report says poverty now has a grip on our nation's health and something has gone badly wrong. dominic hughes, bbc news. the former egyptian president hosni mubarak has died in cairo at the age of 91. mubarak spent three decades in office before being ousted by the military in 2011 as a popular uprising swept egypt. he was found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolution, but that conviction was overturned and he was freed in march 2017.
football now, and chelsea will need a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes if they are to stay in this year's champions league. they were beaten 3—0 at home by bayern munich. the first two goals were scored by the german international serge gnabry. chelsea ended the game with ten men after marcus alonso was sent off. in shropshire, some railway lines have closed and more people have left their homes as river levels continue to rise. two severe danger to life flood warnings are in place for the river severn at shrewsbury and ironbridge. there are fears that water could go over flood barriers in the early hours of tomorrow morning, as our correspondent sian lloyd reports. no rescue needed, but there is a growing sense of urgency for people living along the banks of the river severn to leave their homes. 6.9 possibly, at midnight. is that what they're saying?
yeah. when the water level peaks, these cottages, already flooded, will face another surge. but the couple living here have decided to tough it out. i think it's the fact it is their home, isn't it? it's their life. also, a lot of these people that have lived in this area have faced this before, so it isjust a waiting game. the historic bridge spans the severn, which has now risen to a 20—year high here. temporary flood defences have been available for parts of the town since 200a. but this will be their biggest test so far. steph is trapped, but safe, with a bird's eye view of the flood. the water is deeper than my wellies, so i'm stuck in here. but i've got food, i've got drink, i've got water. and more importantly i've got chocolate, and i've got gin. for those staying put, the next few hours will be critical. it could be deep, sudden,
fast flowing, therefore very dangerous water. that's what we have been concerned about, that's why the severe flood warning is out there. tonight, emergency services are on standby, waiting to see if the defences will hold. well, the defences have held here so far this evening, but no one knows just how bad it is going to get. we have been watching people with their torches, from the environment agency, just checking things this evening. we have heard that there is some pumping work being undertaken downriver, where some of the water has exceeded the heights of the temporary defences there. many thanks for the latest there in ironbridge, sian lloyd with the latest on the rising waters. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
for their six nations match against italy to be called off because of the coronavirus — and there's concerns about the olympics going ahead too. plus, andy murray could need another operation on his hip, which would keep him out of wimbledon and the olympics. good evening, we start with the champions league where chelsea have been beaten convincingly by one of the tournament favourites bayern munich. in the first leg of their last 16 tie, they lost 3—0 and a player. marcus alonso being sent off for violent conduct. there was a red card in the other champions league match tonight too, where barcelona could only manage a draw against napoli
as adam wild reports. at sta mford at stamford bridge this was no ordinary welcome but for chelsea, they were welcoming the ordinary team. bayern munich, numbers, but the german giants bring with them great quality. as well as noisy quantity. this was kingsley coleman, the first of many to take aim. chelsea were under no illusion just how dangerous by your and can be. but here was thomas offering nether heads—up. chelsea had the chances, one buyer finally found a way through it and it felt inevitable. surge never made the grade during his time in london as an arsenal player. he is certainly making up for that now. barely three minutes after scoring his first, he went and did it again. too tired for chelsea, slowly slipping away. sympathy isn't the bayern way. robert leven dusky with a third. this final clumsy challenge from chelsea's marcos