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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. barack obama has launched a scathing attack on the trump administration's response to the coronavirus crisis. this pandemic has torn back the curtain on the fact that so many folks in charge don't know what they are doing. a lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge. turns out they don't have all the answers. british prime minister boris johnson acknowledges the new lockdown guidelines in england are more complicated than the previous message to "stay at home", saying he understands people will feel frustrated with the new rules. the uk government is to spend millions of pounds on accelerating the mass production of a vaccine, but the prime minister warns a vaccine may never be found. the italian prime minister admits the country's taking
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a calculated risk by easing a number of lockdown measures from next week. and a thank you for the music — abba's waterloo is named the greatest eurovision song of all time, by bbc viewers. hello, and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. we're covering all the latest coronavirus developments here in britain and globally. former us president barack obama has criticised his successor donald trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis, for the second time in recent days. in an online address to graduating college students, he said the pandemic had shown that many in the us administration
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"aren't even pretending to be in charge". the uk prime minister says he understands that ‘people will feel frustrated with some of the new rules' for lockdown in england. in the mail on sunday newspaper, borisjohnson says ‘what the government is now asking is more complex than simply staying at home'. mrjohnson also admitted that the uk has ‘a long way to go‘ to find a successful vaccine, admitting that a vaccine for the virus ‘might not come to fruition‘. class of 2020, this is for you... in the age of the coronavirus, this is what it means to come of age. graduation ceremonies, a rite of passage for youngsters here, now virtual rather than actual experiences. the future for those graduating more uncertain than at any other time in modern history.
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this star—studded televised event had as its keynote speaker the 44th president of the united states, and he was withering in his criticism of his successor‘s handling of the crisis. more than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they are doing. a lot of them are not even pretending to be in charge. since leaving office injanuary, 2017, barack obama has largely avoided criticism of his successor, although earlier this month, in remarks leaked to the media, he was heard describing the trump administration‘s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as a "chaotic disaster". trump has now gone after his predecessor. he has accused him of acting improperly. before obama spoke,
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he posted a doctored clip from the film independence day, intended to show he was vanquishing the coronavirus. trump‘s presumptive democratic opponent in november, joe biden, says it is all part of an attempt to deflect criticism from the handling of the coronavirus crisis by the administration. from the handling of the coronavirus but the graduating class of 2020 has the ideal opportunity to change the political status quo. all those adults that you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing. turns out, they don‘t have all the answers. a lot of them aren‘t even asking the right questions. so, if the world is going to get better, it is going to be up to you. barack obama says he intends to hit the 2020 campaign trail hard in the hope of unseating donald trump. the differences between them, both in substance and in style, could hardly be more stark. david willis, bbc news.
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borisjohnson has acknowledged that the new lockdown guidelines in england are more complicated than the previous message to "stay at home". the prime minister says he understands that people will feel frustrated with the new rules which he announced a week ago but that he trusts in what he calls the "good sense of the british people". john mcmanus reports. applause. it is not often a 14—year—old gets this kind of sustained applause but isaac tayel really deserves it. he survived covid—i9, after a month of treatment in three different hospitals. at one point he was so ill, he had to be covered in a cooling mat after his temperature shot up to 42 and, as part of a trial, he was treated with a drug designed to combat ebola. his ii—year—old brother, jacob, also came down with the virus, but both are now back at home in ipswich, with mum, dianne. i am really, really thankfulfor all
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the work that they did to help me. i‘m just beyond grateful, really. i can't thank them enough. they are doing an amazing job in a really, really tragic, difficult time and it was brilliant. saved his life. the brothers are the kind of success story that boris johnson may envisage when he pays tribute to people‘s bravery and selflessness, saying the country‘s sascrifices have paid off. though the death rate from the virus now stands at 34,466 — that‘s a rise of 468 across all settings on saturday. the prime minister reiterates his plan that, from june the ist, schools in england will open their doors to more pupils, though the governments in wales, scotland and northern ireland say their pupils are still staying at home. teaching unions have opposed the move but whitehall insists it can be done safely.
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this includes reducing class sizes, making sure pupils stay within these small groups, creating a protective and small bubble around them. meanwhile, there are continued calls for people to stay away from popular beauty spots this weekend. with travel once again allowed in england, some drivers, such as here at the ribblehead viaduct, in yorkshire, have not been able to resist the call of the outdoors. the picture has been more mixed elsewhere though and, though some people have taken to the road, a fair influx to the country‘s beaches seems to have mostly been avoided. john mcmanus, bbc news. within the last few minutes, senior uk government minister michael gove has told the bbc that no amount of planning and safety measures can remove the risk of teachers and education staff catching coronavirus. the only way ever to ensure that you
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never catch coronavirus is to stay at home completely. there is always, always, always in any loosening of these restrictions a risk of people catching the coronavirus. you can't guarantee their safety, and it sounds like you can‘t really. guarantee their safety, and it sounds like you can't really. it is personal risk. the key thing is that we can make these workplaces are safe. you can we can make these workplaces are safe. you can never we can make these workplaces are safe. you can never eliminate risk. michael gove speaking a short time ago. the head of the office for budget responsbility told the bbc that britain was likely to have a slow economic recovery from the coronavirus shutdown. in practice, i think you are likely not to see the economy bouncing back to where we would have expected it otherwise to be by the end of the year, which is an assumption, but instead a rather slow recovery. that will depend on the pace at which public health restrictions are loosened, but also the way in which
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behaviour of people response. if you allow people back into the workplace, back into shops and restaurants, will they actually go? will they feel too nervous? so you would expect, i think, a slower recovery than the v shape that you simply make from that assumption. the british prime minister boris johnson has warned that a vaccine for coronavirus may never come — but says the uk is leading efforts to develop one. the british government is investing £93 million to bring forward by a year the construction of a new vaccine manufacturing centre in oxford. it will have the capacity to produce enough vaccine doses for the uk population injust six months, if a vaccine is found. the italian prime minister, giuseppe conte, has admitted that his country is taking a calculated risk by rolling back lockdown measures from next week. the country‘s daily death toll from covid—i9 has now fallen to its lowest since the 9th of march. mr conte said that there could be another rise, but the country could not afford to wait any longer.
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donna larsen reports. italy‘s wait is almost over. from monday, day—to—day freedoms will slowly resume, and by 3rd june, there will be even greater movement, such as domestic and international travel. but the process comes with a warning. translation: we are facing a calculated risk. to put it frankly, we know the contagion curve may rise again. preparations are taking place across the entire country. beauty salons and shops can resume trade on monday. gyms and swimming pools will open on 25th may. cinemas and theatres will follow in mid—june. but measures must be taken to make sure people are kept as safe as possible. translation: we must accept the risk, otherwise we will never be able to start again. we should wait until a vaccine
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is discovered and distributed, but we can‘t afford this. italy has suffered immensely during the coronavirus pandemic. more than 31,000 lives have been lost — the third—highest total in the world. the rate of new infections has now dropped, providing a pathway to start opening up the country. the largest church in the world is also opening on monday, after a weekend of deep cleaning. a diluted chlorine solution was used to protect the 16th century marble. worshippers will be welcomed back to st peter‘s basilica, but numbers will be reduced as the church adapts to a new way of life. and the latest from spain we are hearing is that the daily death toll there has dropped below 100 for the first time in two months. that‘s an
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indication of the improving situation in spain. the daily death toll was 87, according to the health ministry. that is the first time it has dropped below 100 for the last two months. that is the latest from spain. in thailand, officials are allowing shopping malls, museums and other public facilities to reopen in a further easing of lockdown. but bars and clubs will remain closed. flights from overseas are still not allowed. that means thailand‘s lucrative tourism industry is still mothballed. let‘s speak to our correspondentjonathan head, who is in bangkok. let‘s talk about the tourism situation first of all because that is the lifeblood, not only for thailand, but many other asian countries. are they really writing off this whole year in terms of tourism? i think they are still hoping there will be something of a
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recovery. the official tourism prediction is that they will lose two thirds of the a0 million visitors they were expecting, that‘s about a fifth of the entire economy here, but that they will hopefully be some kind of assumption. nobody can say when that will be, and they have continually extended the ban on incoming flights and they now are bound until the end ofjune. the current government is still ruled by the same people who led the military government of recent years and has taken a hard line, saying categorically deal with the disease first, everything else comes second. that is causing enormous amounts of economic hardship here. they are predicting a quarter of the workforce might lose theirjobs and that the economy will contract by at least 7%. this is in a country where actually the covid—19 numbers are strikingly low. although thailand was the first country to get a covid—19 case outside of china back injanuary, covid—19 case outside of china back in january, they covid—19 case outside of china back injanuary, they have kept the number of cases to just over 3000 and have only had 56 deaths, a
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com pletely and have only had 56 deaths, a completely different scale to europe and the us. but they have a limited health system here, they are nervous ofa health system here, they are nervous of a possible second wave. even though you are seeing life start to return to normal, it is the second stage of the reopening of the economy today, with shopping now allowing people in. it is under strict guidelines. they have got to allow the space for people. there are temperature checks, everyone is wearing face masks, and authorities say if are any further increases in the covid—19 numbers then they will consider reimposing a lockdown. this is still a country very nervous of the possibility of a resurgence of the possibility of a resurgence of the coronavirus, even though on paper it looks like they have been very successful. as you mentioned, the gradual easing of the lockdown, but it is only partial, isn‘t it? quite a lot of places are still closed. yes, for example you can eat ina closed. yes, for example you can eat in a restaurant, but the restaurants
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have to have spacing. some restau ra nts have to have spacing. some restaurants literally only allow one person at a table. others have erected plastic screens so diners can sit opposite each other. officials come round and inspect them. they can‘t serve alcohol either. you are simply not getting a return to the way the economy was operating two or three months ago. the authorities are not allowing that. there is a whole range of other areas of activity. you can open fitness centres, but only for limited activities. no team sports are allowed. this is still a country which is very wary of completely restarting the economy. thank you. let‘s get some of the day‘s other news. officials figures from brazil suggest that the country now has the fourth largest number of confirmed coronovirus cases in the world behind the us, russia and britain. brazil recorded over 1a,000 new cases in 2a hours. more than 15,000 brazilians have died. the government in chile has imposed stricter lockdown conditions in the capital, santiago,
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after a reported 60% spike in the number of coronavirus cases in a single day. residents will only be allowed to leave their homes five times in a week. permits will be required to be issued by the local authorities. officials in russia have recorded 9,709 new coronavirus cases in the past 2a hours. that‘s a rise of more than 500 cases, compared to the previous day. earlier this week, million of workers returned to factories and building sites after the government loosened lockdown rules. in the last few weeks, we‘ve seen all too clearly that, while covid—19 can infect anyone, being poor increases the risk of catching it. so, you might think that the developing nations of the caribbean are more vulnerable to the disease than other, richer parts of the world. in fact, the death toll there has been miniscule compared to europe, asia and north america — with just 8a fatalities across 20 nations. our cuba correspondent
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will grant reports. the cuban government hasn‘t changed its message from the start. don‘t leave home unless it‘s strictly necessary, says this doctor in a village outside havana, and lists the symptoms of coronavirus one more time. they also do shoe leather epidemiology. 2—person teams of medics going door—to—door with a clipboard. the survey helps the authorities map the state of health of the town and anyone showing symptoms of covid—19 is closely monitored. it‘s largely worked. cuba had no coronavirus fatalities on one day last week. and it‘s been a similar success story across the caribbean. most island nations locked down early to ensure the outbreak stayed within the capacity of their healthcare systems. when the first cases came, the leaders acted very decisively,
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so, by and large, responded within a week or two of each other with lockdowns. almost in all cases before the first death and in some cases before the first case. the caribbean has established protocols for zika and other infectious diseases and has ten laboratories carrying out extensive testing and contact tracing for coronavirus. and these labs have been doing a fantasticjob and turning around results sometimes within hours, almost always within a day. so you‘re able to identify persons, you‘re able to do the contact tracing, so that is sine qua non for executing a containment strategy and the caribbean was very well prepared. the caribbean is also used to disaster management like in late 2017 when hurricane irma wreaked havoc across the region. although coronavirus isn‘t a hurricane or an earthquake there were parallels in preparing
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for it which certainly saved lives. nowhere in the world is as dependent on tourism as caribbean. it‘s the region‘s economic lifeblood and without it, many island nations would go under, but as a cautious reopening beckons, the region‘s authorities face a difficult balancing act. talk to me in a month and see if i am just as happy because coming out of this first wave and also trying to have a foundation for economic viability, while saving life, like i said, is the hardest challenge in my career. the caribbean‘s covid—19 response may have been simple but it‘s been effective. with just 8a coronavirus—related deaths in 20 different caribbean nations, the results speak for themselves. will grant, bbc news. here in the uk, politicians have been touring the tv studios
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and our political correspondentjess parker has been watching for us. we already heard from michael gove a little earlier on in the bulletin, but of course still a lot of pressure on the government about the easing of the lockdown, particularly in england, and controversy over the reopening of schools in england on 1st ofjune. yes, the plan at the moment is for schools to reopen. of course, some schools have stayed open forfamilies course, some schools have stayed open for families of key workers. but to open for reception, year one and year six. a staggered return for primary schools, and no reopening of secondary schools until after the summer. secondary schools until after the summer. but unions are raising concerns about whether the safety of stu d e nts concerns about whether the safety of students and teachers can be guaranteed. a range of measures have been outlined, so limited class sizes, no more than 15 children, the groups would not mix, they would be in little bubbles of their own, and you would have staggered break
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times, more learning outside because the virus is less likely to transmit outside. unions had this meeting with government scientists on friday and emerged dissatisfied with what they had heard. so this debate has gone on as to whether it is safe. michael gove said this morning the safety of teachers can be guaranteed, but added that any loosening of restrictions, there is a lwa ys loosening of restrictions, there is always a risk of people potentially catching the virus. you can‘t have com pletely catching the virus. you can‘t have completely risk free scenarios. and the safety of teachers and schools is an issue that has been put to labour ‘s deputy leader this morning. we know from experts that children can catch the virus and we believe that they could transmit the virus, we are not entirely certain. we have to make sure that the social distancing measures where possible are in place. we know that teachers have died as a result of catching covid—19, so it's important that when we introduce more pupils into the classroom, we are able to test, track and trace where the virus is
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and take action to isolate it. what is interesting is we have already seen is interesting is we have already seen differences between the different nations of the uk in their approach. now we are hearing some local authorities, like liverpool, hartlepool, are advising that they don‘t think there should be a return to schools, and saying to parents don‘t send your kids back. it is a question of who parents should listen to. yes, important to emphasise that the stay alert message is for england. scotland, wales, northern ireland can make their own decisions in terms of what they want to see and they are sticking with the stay at her message. now there is an added layer of complexity where you have seen some local authorities saying actually, 1st of june some local authorities saying actually, 1st ofjune is not wise for ourarea. actually, 1st ofjune is not wise for our area. you have different r rates in different parts of the uk. it isa rates in different parts of the uk. it is a complicated situation, with just a couple of weeks to go before this earlyjune date. schools are going to have to make decisions as to who they listen to, and of course you have also got a fragmented school system, with some local
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authority schools, academies as well, and parents will have to make decisions as well because they are not going to be fined if they don‘t send their children back to school. they are being left to make some kind ofjudgment as to whether they think it is safe for their family. we are emerging out of the lockdown slowly, cautiously, but it does create a more complicated situation, and more decisions for individuals and more decisions for individuals and families. jessica, thank you. it was eurovision last night, but not as we know it. the competition was cancelled because of covid—19 but replaced with a special programme, featuring every song that should have been performed live in rotterdam. so that meant no cheering crowds, no endless scoring and no "nul—points". our arts correspondent, david sillito, reports. voiceover: from from hiversum, the netherlands, this is eurovision: europe shine a light. eurovision 2020 — no crowds, no voting and the only people on the live stage in the netherlands, three presenters, standing well apart. and the mood?
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reflective, rather than the normal eurovision exuberance. we do have a very special show for you. in spite of everything, it feels great to be here together, live across europe. this event live from hiversum replaced the show that should have been taking place in rotterdam‘s ahoy concert hall. that venue is now an emergency hospital. but all the contestants did get a chance to say hi, and play a bit of each song. # baby, i can't wait to know what you think about me...# normally, the message of the satellite linkups is how much everybody likes the show. this time it was stay safe. the main thing is just to worry about people's health and, once they get that under control, then people will always need music. stay home a little longer and stay safe because you‘re doing this for you and for everyone. smile and stay healthy.
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# my— my at waterloo napolean did surrender...# but earlier in the evening, there was a chance to vote in the united kingdon. bbc‘s poll of the greatest eurovision song of all time was won, unsurprisingly, by abba and waterloo. and bjorn from abba also had a message for the eurovision audience. everybody knows why there could not be the usual eurovision final this year, but we hope this show will comfort you in some small way, knowing that it will be back next year. # shine a light...# so, not eurovision but at least there was a reminder of a time when the uk last won. the big finale of the evening, a rendition of kathrina and the waves‘ love shine a light from 1997. # let our love shine a light in every corner of my dreams...# david sillito, bbc news.
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you are watching bbc news. hello, good morning. we have got quite a lot of cloud and some rain to come across northern ireland and scotland. england and wales brightening up with some sunshine, and what a glorious start to the day it was across the far south coast. over the next few days, the weather will become drier, sunnier, and warmer. by wednesday, temperatures could reach 27 celsius and it‘s likely to be the hottest weather we have seen so far this year. 27, the early 80s in fahrenheit. not that hot today. extensive cloud across the north and west of the country, and that is rain—bearing. we have had some damp weather this morning affecting northern ireland and scotland, and a few patches across wales and northern england. increasingly into the afternoon,
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sunny skies in the south, and sunny breaks will develop elsewhere across england and wales so most areas should enjoy brighter conditions. the rain will ease off in scotland as well, allowing sunshine this afternoon. temperatures up to 16 in aberdeen, but staying cloudy in northern ireland throughout. more wet weather on the way for northern ireland towards the latter part of the afternoon and evening. overnight, the rain spreads to scotland, parts of northern england, maybe the midlands and wales. wherever you are, it is a mild night with temperatures 9—11dc. into the week ahead... high pressure will slowly drift eastwards and as it does, it will draw up these southerly winds, bringing warmer air across the uk. on monday, warmer air will arrive across the south, so temperatures will be boosted. otherwise across parts of wales, northern england, northern ireland and scotland, quite a bit of cloud and we could see further outbreaks of rain at times.
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temperatures 18 in aberdeen, feeling pleasant in the sunshine. up to 2a towards london and the south—east of england. on tuesday, more of us will see drier weather, and the sunshine and higher temperatures. still some rain affecting western scotland with a weather front which will eventually steer out of the way. belfast turning warmer, up to 18 celsius on tuesday. 25 towards the south—east. wednesday will be the warmest day of this week, with temperatures reaching 27 around the london area. turning more unsettled in the north—west towards the end of the week, with some rain returning here.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... barack obama has launched a scathing attack on the trump administration‘s response to the coronavirus crisis. more than anything, this pandemic has fully finally turn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they are doing. a lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge. borisjohnson has acknowledged the new lockdown guidelines in england are more complicated than the previous message to "stay at home" — saying he understands people will feel frustrated with the new rules. the government is to spend millions of pounds on accelerating the mass production of a vaccine — but the prime minister has warned a vaccine may never be found. this the italian prime minister admits the country‘s taking


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