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jessica kingsley is, today, elsa from frozen, and she's found a way to give little harry his birthday party online. harry started asking us in december to have... ..a frozen party, and we've been looking forward to it, counting down the days since at least the beginning of february, so the fact we managed to have one was just unbelievable. # let it go, let it go # i am one with the wind and sky # let it go, let it go...# for many children who now are in isolation, this is one for many children who are now are in isolation, this is one solution for some frazzled families but there is another issue here — work. wow, hans, you have a lovely voice. sitting alongside her isjosh, who is today playing prince hans. this is all useful work at a difficult moment. because all actors are now in the same boat, all artists, musicians, anyone in the arts and media, they can't
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be out there standing on a stage and performing, so i thought there's got to be some way i can still get the magic of our parties and our characters across to the kids. meanwhile, forjessica, this experiment with a virtual birthday party seems to be working. just their little faces! how did that feel? really weird but really lovely, because it meant that i could still give the children magic and that's what it's about, you know? because it is their special day. and this crazy pandemic shouldn't take it away from them. # do you want to build a snowman? # i could still see all their eyes on me and enjoying it, and that was amazing. david silito, bbc news.
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and you can keep up to date with all the developments on coronavirus, and what the latest announcements mean for you, on the bbc news channel, on our app and on our website. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise leah. thanks, simon, good afternoon. it is a where the story across the uk for most of us, notjust a day but factually for much of the week, many of us experiencing blue sky and sunshine, but there is always an exception to the rule. to the far north—west, we have cloud and light patchy rain across the western isles. this story will stay with you for the next couple of days, you can see where the cloud and rain is sitting, just to the north—west of the great glen but a fair amount of cloud into scotland and northern ireland at the moment. elsewhere, we keep clear skies for the remainer of the afternoon. still a bit of a nagging breeze along the east coast making it feel cool about the strongest of the wind is actually
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further north and west, quite a windy afternoon, gusts in excess of 40-50 windy afternoon, gusts in excess of 40—50 mph in one or two spots under the persistent rain. so not particularly pleasant, highs of 9 degrees. elsewhere, temperatures topping out this afternoon at 214 celsius. we keep the feed of wet weather in the north—west and plenty of isobars, so wet and windy through the night. elsewhere, the isobars open up and with clear skies through the night, temperatures fall away so a chilly start to tuesday morning, low single figures and a touch of light frost. but with a subtle change of wind direction across much of england and wales, the temperatures are going to respond as we go through the day. again, to the north—west of the great glen, we keep the feet of wet weather, we could see over 100 millimetres of rain before the system eases through. 10—11 to high but elsewhere, 16 or 17, above average for the time of year. tuesday into wednesday, it is almost a case of spot the difference, as you can see.
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still some wetter weather, this frontal system will gradually try and squeeze its way steadily south but will weaken all the time, a band of cloud and light patchy rain as it does so. across england and wales, we keep the sunshine and temperatures peaking above the average for the time of year. however, as we move towards the end of the week, the weather front will try and sink its way south, a great deal of uncertainty as to what's going to happen here. we could have a little light, patchy rain but one thing that is for certain, as that where front starts to push southwards, it is going to introduce a change of wind direction to a northerly, so as we head the weekend, we keep that dry, largely settled theme but it will turn noticeably cooler. back to you, simon. that's all from the bbc news at one so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.
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good afternoon. i'm katie shanahan, it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. overnight, the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe has admitted for the first time that this summer's olympic and paralympic games could be postponed. canada have also become the first major country to withdraw from tokyo 2020. while the australian olympic committee says it's "clear" that the games can't go ahead and they've told their athletes to prepare for a 2021 games. i think, what is most important is to give certainty. it give certainty to give certainty. it give certainty to the athletes, our sports and that is the most important thing. that is what they need because at the feedback we have received over the weekend, particularly after the new decisions by the government, plus also what is happening around the world, potentially outbreaks in africa and other places, we need that certainty and that is what we
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have done. meanwhile, the world athletics president, lord coe, has sent a letter to his ioc counterpart thomas bach requesting that the games be moved from july. coe said in a letter that an olympic games injuly this year is neither feasible nor desirable. athletes all over the world have started saying they simply don't want to go. great britain's adam peaty says... the international olympic committee have given themselves a four week deadline to consider other options, like postponement or scaling back the games. but, as peaty says, with this mounting pressure from athletes and nations like canada pulling out they might be forced to make a decision sooner than that. but what's it like in japan at the moment? well earlier we spoke to our tokyo correspondent, rupert wingfield hayes and asked him what the moods like among the japanese people. an opinion poll published this
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morning ofjapanese people said a 69% think the games that should be postponed by a year. most people obviously do not want it to be cancelled completely, so a postponement is the thing. i spoke to an athlete training, a surfer training for the olympics here last week and she said very much the same. she said, look, the olympics is a dream for all of us. we want that dream to take place in an atmosphere that is fun, that is exciting, that is safe for everybody and at the moment, that isn't the case. she was also saying, look, postponement is probably the best thing to do. the national rugby league in australia has been suspended until at least the 1st may. the league season only began on 12th march and had been running behind closed doors. obviously, disappointing. we were wanting to keep the competition alive and the games being played. it would be behind closed doors but i
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think the bosses have come to a decision where it is the health and safety of the players and the people involved in the game is paramount and that is where they have come to the decision. —— why they have come to the decision. now, the former footballers gary neville and ryan giggs were already pretty popular with one half of manchester. now they're going to be popular with the other half and the rest of the country. it's after they decided to open their two hotels in the city for free to nhs workers, as they deal with the coronavirus crisis. earlier we asked gary, how nhs staff go about getting a room. believe it or not it is through group whatsapp. the manchester university national health service foundation trust have got a contact point and foundation trust have got a contact pointand any foundation trust have got a contact point and any nhs worker who needs accommodation, whether it be at two o'clock in the morning or ten o'clock in the morning or ten o'clock in the morning, it doesn't really matter, they contact a number, that number then things through to our staff at the desk at
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a hotel football who are working and that member of the nhs or medical professional will be given access into the building and given a room. like ryan said, it is up to usually ten days they would stay with us. we have 35 checked in at the moment who had been staying here for three days. that's all the sport for now. you can find of course more on all those stories on the bbc sport website — including news that the azerbaijan grand prix has been postponed — the seventh race this season in addition to the cancelled monaco grand prix. just go to bbc.co.uk/sport. thank you, see you later on. a quick victor of news from the minister of defence. they are saying that to assist nhs england and prepare for a number of scenarios as the coronavirus outbreak unfolds, they have visited to see how the centre
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might benefit the nhs response so further indication of possible involvement in the military of helping the nhs deal with the biggest pressure it has ever faced. that is just coming in from the ministry of defence. we'll get more on that a bit later. medics on the front line of the battle to tackle coronavirus have been speaking out about their concerns, from the protective equipment they need to wear, to not being able to buy food after their shift and warning the public that the advice on social distancing matters. the bbc essex breakfast programme spoke to amanda, that's not her real name, she's a medic at an a&e department in essex. i am deeply concerned for myself and my colleagues and their families. we are scared that we are being put in a situation where we are unable to deal with it adequately. the majority of uk hospitals are not designed to deal with this kind of contamination level, certainly the majority of the a&e departments the country don't have adequate areas that can be isolated.
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they don't have a de—robing area outside so we are really feeling that we are doing the very best that we can very difficult circumstances but naturally we are all very worried. do you know if any of your colleagues have picked up any symptoms? at the moment we don't. i know a couple of my colleagues had to go home yesterday because they had developed fevers. as to whether they are actually covid related, i don't know. but certainly over the coming weeks i think we will see an increase in the number of nhs staff that will be displaying symptoms which i think will decimate the workforce. how do you feel when you see pictures in the papers, you may have seen it yourself, of the amount of people who have still been out at the beaches, in parks, going for walks together, not two metres apart? how does that make you feel when it seems some people aren't getting the message
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regarding social distancing? i fail to understand how people can behave in this way. certainly i know in my local area, the parks and public areas were far, far busier than usual. people going to diy stores because they seem to be viewing this as an extended bank holiday weekend. this is a major problem and we are doing the very best we can to protect ourselves and to look after the people that are becoming sick. please be responsible. this is not something that is going to go away quickly. this is not a jolly for the weekend. this is something that actually, you need to listen to what the experts are telling you and take their advice. please stay away from people. observe social distancing and have respect for other people. earlier my colleague victoria derbyshire spoke to professor giacomo grasselli from the university of milan.
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he's one of three professors who wrote a letter warning icu doctors across europe to "get ready". she also spoke to dr ron daniels, consultant in intensive care, university hospitals birmingham who is acting as his hospital's covid—19 consultant. i can talk about icu beds and the occupancy of icu beds. to give you an idea, from a number of 800 icu beds for the entire region of lombardy, we now have 1300 patients in the icu. we have treated in our icus more than 2000 patients in one month. i think that those numbers give you the idea of the incredible stress on the health care system and, in particular, on resources . can medics cope with that? cope with those numbers? we have to.
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if you asked me one month ago, i would say no, it is actually impossible. but we are doing it. lombardy, which is the region around milan, is a very rich and well organised region. probably one of the richest regions in europe. so, we have been able to respond to these incredible amount of people needing assistance by increasing of about 70 to 75% our total icu... right. ..medical capacity. we have also been able to reorganise the whole hospital network system here in lombardy. in order to concentrate on two halves. most of the time, depend on diseases, in order to free space for covid—19 patients. ok, professor, can i bring in doctor ron daniels?
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he is an intensive care consultant here in the uk in the west midlands region. doctor daniels, what do you want to ask? we have had great communication with our italian colleagues over the last couple of weeks. they have been warning us in personal communications and public communications that this is coming and we have taken great heed of that so we are preparing as well as we can, we are upscaling staff from other disciplines. we are increasing capacity as the professor advises. my main question, and my main concern, is about the resilience of our health care workers. it is about access to ppe and feeling confident, but how we deal with the very significant mental health burden oi'i health professionals? that's a very good point and it is a huge problem. first of all, my one point, which might be too simplistic, but first of all you have to make sure that you have enough ppe. because for us in italy for example,
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every day we are almost out of the ppe so we have to struggle to grant oui’ ppe so we have to struggle to grant our health care workers adequate protection. i know it is very simple but it is not so simple to get hold of it, to find all the adequate ppe. then working with ppe is extremely heavy, from a physical point of view, and also an emotional and psychological point of view because those people, have to work harder than usual, they have more shifts, they had to take care of more patients, a good number of those patients, a good number of those patients die and then they have the fear of contagion, the fear of getting infected and of taking the infection to their families. it is a huge problem so we are trying to establish a form of psychological support for the people who work in
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the covid—19 icus which are now basically all the icus in lombardi but it is a problem. what i can say is that i see them exhausted, i see them worried, but they still want to fight. i them worried, but they still want to fight. i don't see anyone complaining. i mean, they know that it isa complaining. i mean, they know that it is a war, that we have to win, so in some way they are able to cope with it but again, some form of psychological support, assurance that you can grant them adequate protection in some way, should help. maybe also showing them that, if you know that the problem... if you train them to use the ppe than the risk of getting infection is quite low. what is it like at the moment for your staff? we are transitioning
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right now in the west midlands and other regions from the period of planning and we have had that luxury. lombardi didn't have that luxury. lombardi didn't have that luxury and london to a lesser extent but outside london we have had more time to plan and prepare. we are now seeing cases, confirmed cases, highly suspicious cases, that we haven't yet had the test results back from, so this is beginning to bite but at the moment, and in most intensive care units they have doubled their capacity through the use doubled their capacity through the use of different staff, freeing up of available bed space but we know that we are very quickly going to get to the limit of the capacity of this phase and have to move into the next phase where we occupy other clinical areas and provide respiratory support to these patients. what do you think, alas both of you this, what do you think of the people who aren't taking it seriously? this is a problem in britain and the moment. we have been
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advised to keep two metres apart, to stay—at—home as much as possible, some people aren't following that advice. what do you think of that behaviour? its like collective suicide. collective suicide? yes, if you look at the forecast, you know that if we let this go freely, we can expect more deaths than during the second world war, in italy for example. so, here in lombardy we can expect something like 10,000, 20,000 deaths. people have to know that the only way to cope with this is to change our behaviour, is to follow social distancing, to stay—at—home and to do the simple things that can really stop the spread of diseases. otherwise, no matter how prepared
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you are, no matter how important you are, no matter how modern is your health care system, it will be overwhelmed because at the number of patients is so high and the length of staying in the itu is so long that you will always every day have a higher number of patients going in compared to the number of patients going out of the system. at a certain point, you will get to a point where the number of itu beds will not be enough and people will start to die in the hospital and then at home. —— icu. i know there are people who are not taking this seriously, i'm sure you have seen what is happening in bergamo and clearly here in the lombardi, it exploded like a bomb here. when a bomb explodes, you have to deal with what happens. you have at least a
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couple of weeks of advantage. in those two weeks you have to make every effort to try to contain the disease, as soon as you identify some cases, and you have to teach the population that the most important thing to stop this is to avoid —— and to avoid a catastrophe is to change their behaviour and follow the rules. in the last hour, the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon, announced four more people had died after contracting coronavirus, taking the total who've died in scotland to 14. she also called on hairdressers, building sites and any shops that don't sell medicine or food to shut. many shops have also taken the decision to close and i thank them for that. my message today, to shops that are still open, is this, and it is clear, if you are not providing essential items like food and medicines, then please also close 110w. medicines, then please also close now. however, today, it has been
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clear to me that there are still too many people across our country who are being expected to, or expecting to go to work as normal and that presents a serious and unnecessary risk of spreading the virus. i want to reiterate that if you run a business and if the nature of your business and if the nature of your business makes it difficult for you 01’ business makes it difficult for you or your workers to work from home or to practise safe social distancing, then you should close for the period of the efforts to combat this virus. if you're an employee and your workplace has not advised about this than i would urge you to speak to your employer. this morning i was specifically asked about building sites and hair salons and my advice would be to close. i know this is a difficult situation for businesses andi difficult situation for businesses and i note difficultjudgments are having to be made. i have therefore asked for additional guidance to be drawn up urgently by government for businesses that will make clear exactly what we are expecting of them and how they can make the right judgments about what is essential
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and what is not essential. the uk cove na nt has and what is not essential. the uk covenant has put in place measures to pay wages, even when workers are not at work and we are pushing and are very hopeful of seeing very soon, further measures to support freelancers, the self—employed and contract workers. this support is rightly in place and it should enable businesses now are to do the right thing, for themselves and for their workers. nicola sturgeon are talking a short time ago. foreign secretary dominic raab says he's working with peruvian authorities to get stranded british tourists back to the uk early next week. at least 400 tourists were in peru when the country brought went into lockdown last week. let's get the latest now on the situation with the independent‘s travel editor, simon calder. a lot of people will be surprised that that number of britons arts stranded in peru. yes, it is actually worse than that. they have set upa actually worse than that. they have set up a big social media site themselves, they are counting 650,
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that includes a couple of dozen irish travellers as well. they are spread right across a country where it is five times the size of the uk. most of them are in the capital lima 01’ most of them are in the capital lima or in the tourist hub of cusco but there are many other people in the towns and cities and deep in the amazonianjungle towns and cities and deep in the amazonian jungle who are desperate to get home. they have watched, for example, the israelis, others have brought in planes to bring people back for double that seems to have happened if they were given an option to sign up for a crown funded chartered flight home with an opening price of £2600 one—way. yesterday, they were told, right, we are going be organising flights this week and they will cost £250. you don't need to pay us until you get home but having been in touch with a number of people on the ground, they are number of people on the ground, they a re really number of people on the ground, they are really keen to find out about
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what is happening. they have also heard, andi what is happening. they have also heard, and i haven't been able to stand this up, that only one foreign flight stand this up, that only one foreign flight is being allowed in every day. this is in a country whether there is pretty much complete lockdown, a ban on any kind of intercity travel and a lot of people are very fearful and very worried and running, they feel, out of time. do we know if any of the passengers have underlying medical health conditions or god forbid have the virus? that is the big problem. they say they will be privatising anyone over 70, anyone who has pre—existing medical conditions because clearly they will need to be helped out. —— prioritising anyone. this isjust one corner of what is turning into a worldwide problem. it is entirely caused by the individual countries shutting down airspace. wejust heard this morning that the united arab emirates is going to be closing all its airspace from wednesday
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onwards. that means that an awful lot of people who are trying to get back from asia, australasia, africa, via the gulf will not be able to travel and that is being replicated right across the world. i've been in touch with some people in new zealand this morning. it is now evening their time. they simply do not know how they are going to get home. is that country goes into lockdown, and i'm very sorry, i have had to say to them, i can't find any way of getting you back. not so bad for places like north america, there will be flights continuing to get people out but elsewhere in latin america, in africa, the options are coming down, the shutters are going up coming down, the shutters are going up and it is a very grim time for an awful lot of worried people. to underline how difficult travel is, is that you are at home? it is, yes. i used to be a travel editor, now i am the can't travel editor. that is
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tiny compared with the issues that we are seeing. actually, what we have been confronted with over the past week or so in terms of the welfare of british citizens abroad means that after this is over we are going to have to ask some really important questions about what people can and should expect from a very overstretched uk embassies abroad and from the travel industry, which as you have been reporting, is in pretty much melt down. a lot of people working very hard and doing their best in almost impossible situations but i reckon, by about wednesday this week, aviation, apart from a few flights from countries such as britain, who are following the who advised that there is no point having flight bans, will it be pretty much shut down worldwide. simon, always good to talk to you wherever you are. thank you very much. at 2:30pm this afternoon we'll be trying to answer some of your questions on the coronavirus and about socially isolating.
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we'll be speaking to a virologist and a human behaviouralist, so do send your questions into us by emailing yourquestions@bbc.co.uk or tweet to the hashtag bbc your questions. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. there's a lot of dry, settled springlike weather on offer this week as most of us under the influence of an area of high pressure that is slipping its way eastward into europe. however, this weather front in the far north—west will bring some rain and also some strong, gusty winds. gusts in excess of 50 mph on exposed coasts and some of 50 mph on exposed coasts and some of the rain are fairly relentless over the next couple of days. it will also bring a small through scotland, northern ireland and northern ingrid but elsewhere, for the remainder of the afternoon, it stays dry, settled and sunny and temperatures will range between eight and 13 degrees. as we move into tuesday, a subtle change in
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wind direction will bring a change to the weather. they still keep that weather front feeding in to the weather. they still keep that weatherfront feeding in rain to the weather. they still keep that weather front feeding in rain across the northern and western isles in particular but generally more in the way of cloud but with a southerly breeze and plenty of sunshine, temperatures should be a degree or so temperatures should be a degree or so higher and temperatures on tuesday peaking at 16 celsius. take care.
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this is bbc news, i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at 2 o'clock. the government considers tougher measures, as crowds of ignore advice about social distancing aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic, by visiting open spaces over the weekend. it is very selfish. the nhs is doing everything it can and preparing for the spread of this virus and if people go within two metres over others who they don't live with, then they are helping to spread the virus. packed trains on the london underground, despite advice to stay at home. tube staff say they're "furious", and social distancing, they warn, is "impossible". even key workers are being told to keep their children at home unless "absolutely necessary" — as schools across the uk close to most pupils. the government suspends all rail franchises

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