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good afternoon. the latest changes to coronavirus restrictions come into effect today in england, scotland and wales, after the prime minister expressed the hope of a return to normality by christmas. councils in england now have new powers to close shops and cancel events to try to manage local outbreaks in future. our political correspondent, jessica parker, reports. people in the town of rochdale have been asked to wear face masks
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in shops, limit visitor numbers to their homes. it's one of the places in england where there is concern about the number of new cases. it comes as local authorities are getting powers to tackle coronavirus at speed. we've been dealing, across the country, with over 100 outbreaks a week. and we've been using our existing powers and, quite frankly, cooperation of the public and businesses and that has worked well. but this will allow us to act swifter on a more localised basis and then hopefully prevent us needing to make more drastic measures, as we have seen in leicestershire. the new powers for councils include the ability to close shops and public outdoor spaces. also, cancel events. but along with the possibility of local, stricter measures, a loosening of lockdown more broadly. getting people back to work,
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on to public transport. allowing audiences back into stadiums in a covid—secure way, all part of a staggered, conditional plan over the coming months. with this possible reward at the end of it. it is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from november, at the earliest, possibly in time for christmas. but there are questions over whether the road map is realistic, including an end to social distancing by christmas? it's possible that we can get there and, you know, the prime ministerand i and others have spoken about this, this week, because we want to give people sort of some sense of direction. because, a lot of people are running businesses or rely on the christmas period, for example, and need to know that, if everything goes well, that this is our intention.
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mitigation measures alongside it all, expanded test and trace, more money for the nhs, ramping up flu vaccines. the coronavirus journey isn't over. the months ahead may present new challenges. and jessica joins us now. so that is on the upside but there are also worries about a second spike. yes, because respiratory viruses can thrive in the colder months. the government message on this is hope for the best, prepare for the worse, but not everyone is as hopeful, perhaps, is boris johnson. professorjohn edmonds, a member of the government's scientific advisory group for emergencies says pre—lock their normality is a long way off. the prime minister has emphasised the plan is conditional, conditional on controlling the virus and people sticking to the rules and ministers trying to strike the right balance between keeping a lid on coronavirus and getting the economy going, it is and getting the economy going, it is a balance of risk. i think there will be an ongoing debate, perhaps, about where the balance lies.
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jessica, thank you. people who've been given credit notes for cancelled package holidays are being reassured by the government that these will still be honoured — even if firms go bust. the announcement covers breaks which were disrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic between march the 10th and the end of september this year. our business correspondent, katie prescott, has more details. jennifer and john were due to get married in las vegas injune. coronavirus put that trip on hold and, like so many others, the couple is still waiting for a refund. we need that money to pay for the wedding that we've rearranged, so we are just chasing them, we just keep asking them, please, please, please will you refund us? but they're just saying there's a queue. £6,000, which is what ours cost, is not a small amount of money to anybody, to normal people like this, especially when my partner's been furloughed for three months. travellers who see their holidays cancelled should get a refund within14 days, but, given the sheer number of cancellations that have happened over the past few months,
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many travel companies have struggled to meet that and so have instead been issuing credit refund notes, for holidays at a later date. the concern is, though, that if those companies go under, travellers would lose both their money and their holiday. the government is changing this, pledging to underwrite all refund credit notes issued between the 10th of march and the 30th of september this year, for atol—protected holidays cancelled due to covid—19. it gives consumers that confidence to accept these credit notes, if they don't want to accept a refund. they can still take a refund, if that's what they want, but then it does also give companies the opportunity to help to encourage those customers to book with them again in the future. but customers are advised to do their homework before accepting them over a cash refund. by accepting a refund credit note, you are locked in with that holiday company, so when you come to rebook, you have to rebook with them. it means you can't shop around, you won't necessarily get the best price. we also know that some tour
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operators have increased prices for 2021, so you may end up having to use the refund or credit note to use the refund credit note and pay a little bit more as well. the government won't say how much they expect the scheme to cost, but, as 12 travel firms have already gone under this year, the burden of paying for cancelled package holidays will fall on the taxpayer. katie prescott, bbc news. one of the leading figures in the american civil rights movement, the congressmanjohn lewis, has died at the age of 80. he announced last year that he'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. he was one of the organisers of the 1963 march on washington, where martin luther king made his "i have a dream" speech. 50 years later, lewis spoke at an event to commerorate the march. my brothers and sisters... we cannot give up! we cannot give out! we cannot give in! we must get out there and push and pull.
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a fire at a cathedral in the city of nantes in western france, is being treated as arson by police. around 100 firefighters have been tackling the blaze, which has now been brought under control. germany has been relying on testing, tracing and now mobile phone technology to reduce the number of new coronavirus infections. more than 15 million people in the country have downloaded a tracking app which automatically notifies users if they've been in contact with an infected person. jenny hill has sent this report. welcome to frankfurt airport. please remember to keep your... this is germany's largest airport. just a few weeks ago, it was almost at a standstill. now, well, this country's back on the move. but how to stop the virus spreading, too. germany's testing more. 500,000 tests last week. here at frankfurt, for a fee, they are on offer to travellers, too.
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anyone can turn up here for a test. you get the results within three hours or around seven hours, depending on how much you are willing to pay. let's give it a go. three—to—five people test positive here every day, they tell us. many had no symptoms. so, really young travellers and especially those that below 40, and especially those below 40, usually they have nothing or slight symptoms that they did not link with covid—19. tracking infection is important here. at every cafe, bar, restaurant, you have to leave your contact details and, for the last month, germans have been able to download a tracing app. every time i, or rather, my phone, come into contact or close proximity with someone else and their phone, it keeps a record. now, it won't tell me who they were or where we met, but, if within 1a days, they test positive and tell the app, i'll get an automatic warning. around one in five germans have downloaded the app. for privacy reasons, their data stays on the phones. the authorities can't see it.
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so it's unlikely to put sylvia out of work. she's the human version, speaking to those who tested positive and tracing those they might have infected. so many contacts. it was awful, you know! there were so many. after the shutdown, it was less and less and less. germany's got used to masks, distance, caution. but, as this country embarks on a very different holiday season, experts worry. too easy, they say, to leave those cares behind. jenny hill, bbc news, frankfurt. music venues and theatres in england will be allowed to open again from the beginning of august. but there are lingering questions about how safe it will be to sing in public. 0ur arts correspondent, david sillito, has more. the room is particle—free, super clean, filled with sensors. everyone is in medical scrubs, wearing masks. this is serious science. and what they are studying here...
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..is singing. # happy birthday to you. happy birthday. it just seems so innocent, doesn't it? but when there is so much uncertainty and anxiety about possible infection, we really need to know what's coming out of people's mounts. at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, there were descriptions of clusters of covid in choirs around the world and, since that time, we've been looking for science to guide us as to whether that is the case or whether it was the other non—singing aspects of those meetings that caused the problems. and, now with a number of scientists raising questions about possible transmission in the air through breath, this is vital research. we know that, when you speak, much the same as when you cough or sneeze, you generate a lot of very small particles. these are called aerosols. but you also generate some big droplets. so big droplets are around the diameter of a human hair
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and they settle out into gravity very quickly, within one to two metres, but the much smaller respirable particles can be out respirable particles can be airborne for minutes to hours. it has implications. we won't be seeing a mass singalong at the last night of the proms this year, butjust how many people can they safely have onstage? the current guidelines say singers should be standing side to side with a three—metre gap, but that would mean the traditional chorus could stretch out of the royal albert hall, down to the natural history museum. and, for smaller venues, social distancing is going to make reopening very difficult. so, while venues are being allowed to reopen in august, there are many questions about whether they can afford to and reassuring the public and performers aboutjust how safe it is to get back on stage. david sillito, bbc news. you can see more on all of today's stories on bbc news. the next news on bbc one is at 6.a5pm this evening, bye for now.
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hello. you're watching the bbc news with me, carrie. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly. good afternoon. we start with some good news for grassroots football this lunchtime.. it's back — after the government approved plans allowing local clubs in england to start preparing for the new season. the fa has published guidelines — approved late last night — which would mean a phased return sarting immediately — with groups limited to 30 people. then from august, competitive matches can begin — such as pre—season friendlies and small sided competitions. and then from september, grassroots leagues, as well as men and women's leagues and fa
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compeitions can restart. . clubs are advised to check the fa website for full guidance and advice. the weather has been causing problems for england's cricketers with the third day of the second test against west indies delayed by rain at old trafford. morning drizzle turned heavier this morning — with rain forecast for the rest of the afternoon. england had been looking to take advantage of a strong position to level the three—test series after west indies closed day two on 32 for1 in reply to england's 469 for 9. meanwhile england bowler jofra archer has been fined and handed an official warning after breaking coronavirus protocols ahead of the second test.. he visited his home in sussex in between the matches in southampton and manchester on monday — against the teams biosecure rules and was subsequently dropped for this match. the ecb haven't disclosed the size of his fine. leeds united's wait to return to the premier league is finally over. west brom's defeat at huddersfield
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last night meant that one of the biggest clubs in england return to the top flight of english football. the result sparked celebrations across the city. 0ur reporter mike bushell has spent the morning at the home of leeds, elland road. yes, so leeds united fans and players, indeed, have been celebrating into the night after getting back into the premier league for the first time in 16 years. for thenit for the first time in 16 years. for then it seems like an eternity. five owners, 15 managers, they have finally done it after all of their financial problems and what they have been through. you can see what it means to the city into the fans andi it means to the city into the fans and i amjoined it means to the city into the fans and i am joined by dave simpson, author of the last champion is all about leeds united. what was it like last night for you? it was incredible. it does feel slightly surreal. you wait so long for something and then it is finally here. you wake up the morning and think it is real, isn't it? we are
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actually back in the premier league for the first time since 200a. last night wasjust for the first time since 200a. last night was just a barrage of messages from people like mates all over the world, a schoolmate i have not heard from since i left school, it was incredible really, just realise that something that you waited for so long has now come true, and when we actually got relegated in 2004 i was working away in belfast and i remember sitting on a park bench in belfast listening to us get relegated and it was awful and then ijust went into relegated and it was awful and then i just went into the job and relegated and it was awful and then ijust went into the job and i remember thinking it will be a couple of years, we'll be back, we'll do thejob, i couple of years, we'll be back, we'll do the job, i wouldn't have seen it being 16 years and it has been a really painful 16 years. what does it mean to the city?|j been a really painful 16 years. what does it mean to the city? i think it means everything. i am old enough to remember last time we got promoted in the last time we won the league title in 1992 and i remember the effect of that on the city, the bars we re effect of that on the city, the bars were busier, there were new restau ra nts a nd bars were busier, there were new restaurants and bars open, the economy of the city was given a real boost and i was just a real buzz
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around the city because then it had been a long time since we had won the league title before so that was that feeling of we are back. it didn't quite last that long, but it is just didn't quite last that long, but it isjust a didn't quite last that long, but it is just a massive didn't quite last that long, but it isjust a massive boost didn't quite last that long, but it is just a massive boost for everybody, really. well, dave, thanks very much for that. i guess at least next season it seems that the government's announcement yesterday that they hope to have fa ns yesterday that they hope to have fans back and steadier in some form 01’ fans back and steadier in some form or another by october. when it comes to the premier league, next season dave another fan will be here for real, not just the dave another fan will be here for real, notjust the cardboard cut outs that are behind me in the stands here. that's all the sport for now. 0n the bbc sport website you can follow the latest from the hungarian grand prix — qualifying gets under way at 2pm. that's bbc.co.uk/sport the head of the united nations has called on countries to work together to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
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secretary general antonio guterres said the relationship between the us, china and russia has never been so dysfunctional. and he said the economic effects of the virus are widening the gap between rich and poor. the pandemic has exposed, exacerbated, vulnerabilities and inequalities within and among countries. it has reconfirmed that the systems on which we depend — food, trade, health climate — are not only increasingly interdependent but increasingly fragile. indeed, the pandemic has underscored the world's fragilities, notjust in the face of a health emergency, but in confronting the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace and the still very real risks of nuclear proliferation. eu leaders are meeting for a second day to try to save a huge post—coronavirus economic rescue plan. so far, little progress on a deal to help rebuild their economies has been reached. the recovery fund is proposed to be worth 750 billion euros, but there is profound disagreement on how it should be used. we can now speak to our europe
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correspondent, gavin lee. gavin, where is the vow? well, first of all, it is worth saying that the mood is better today than it was from the crusty cover irritable, tired atmosphere of yesterday, according to the dutch prime minister who said he felt lonely in the room, but the other leaders were clea n the room, but the other leaders were clean comp alone eyes including the other three of the frugal floor, —— he never compromise including the other three of the frugal four, the austrians, the danish and the swedes. 0ver austrians, the danish and the swedes. over 500 billion euros is to be given out as grants to countries worst hit by covid—19 so italy and spain but the dutch are saying no, they have to be strict conditions, we had to sign off on it, effectively give a veto to any and every country who say what are the reasons? 0k, we willsign every country who say what are the reasons? 0k, we will sign off for this crunch of cash. the bulgarian prime minister reportedly said that
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the premise of the netherlands was acting as a policeman in europe. there were new tensions today in which the eu council were saying slash 50 billion of this grant fund, so let's say it's 450 billion in grants, the rest of it in loans to make up as you say 750 billion, and if you have got a phone with italy or spain or whoever else asking for this clash and wanting reasons, they sit with the commission it is not a veto but it helps. the dutch have said in the last half an hour that thatis said in the last half an hour that that is a significant step forward. we only take on this and i have just had a message from one senior eu council official and she has said they're going to go through plenty of face masks and hand gel if there is going to be any white smoke here. so, it looks and what you are saying that they are in much better shape and being lonely and outnumbered and having slept in it may mean that the dutch change their mind?” having slept in it may mean that the dutch change their mind? i think sleeping on it is a big thing because we were expecting yesterday the summit to be one of those super
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weekend events which i have been through before up until four weekend events which i have been through before up untilfour or weekend events which i have been through before up until four or five in the morning, eyeball to eyeball or socially distant to eyeball on with a mask on and then one leader give some ground. they said it is not going anywhere, the impasse is so big. ijust think at not going anywhere, the impasse is so big. i just think at the not going anywhere, the impasse is so big. ijust think at the moment, bearin so big. ijust think at the moment, bear in mind, carry, this is one issue, this is the recovery fund but they also have to sort out the budget which is more than e1 trillion and given that the uk has disappeared or it is appealing because of the transition because of brexit they have to fill in the void in the coffers there and countries don't want to stump up at the hand in their pockets and briefly in the polls in the netherlands in opposing so far his polling is actually doing better, so there is a lot of domestic politics and briefly in the polls in the netherlands in opposing so far his polling is actually doing better, so there is a lot of domestic politics in alternative. you keep an eye on it for us in a distanced fashion. thanks, gavin. police say that a fire that badly damaged the interior of nantes cathedral in western france this morning may have been started deliberately. the fire totally destroyed the cathedral‘s great organ, but has now been brought under control.
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let's speak to our correspondent hugh schofield. you, we are looking at pictures of the cathedral, just tell us the extent of the damage and where it is that right now? well, the reassuring news is not anything like a... last year, the damages to interior furniture, but in particular to the wooden balcony and the structure of the great organ, which like organs and so many cathedrals dominates the cathedral from above the naive, there is a facade there in the western end, and that has completely been destroyed, they have all been since the 17th century masterpiece has gone, and the balcony on which it stands seems to be very, very unstable. i think there has been some other damage to woodwork and signage in the stalls and so on and some artwork as well but nothing very significant. and the structure itself seems to be absolutely sound. interestingly, there was another big fire here in 1972, after which the
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wooden reef was replaced with, well, they wooden reef structure i should say was replaced with a concrete roof structure and that meant there was no real risk of the building or key parts of the building going up in smoke. just on this line of arson, have police explained why they think that? well, yes, they have, they are not drawing any conclusions but the clue is that there were three points of departure according to firefighters that were in there. they found three places at a preliminary glance where fires had started. now, that there is a clue which would lead investigators to thinking it was delivered or someone went and started a fire in three different places but it is not definitive. it is suggestive not definitive. it is suggestive not definitive. so they are not saying anything clear about this being a criminal case of arson, but clearly thatis criminal case of arson, but clearly that is what they are looking into first, and it won't be until they have really got the experts there
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and they are arriving this afternoon to the three points of departure before they will say anything but it is not impossible that it was accidental but obviously the fact that they have three different points of departure is worrying. hugh schofield, thank you. one of bollywood's most famous actresses, aishwarya rai bachchan, has been taken to hospital after testing positive for covid—19. she's being treated at mumbai's nanavati hospital according to reports. her daughter aaradhya has also been admitted. aishwarya's husband abhishek and father—in—law amitabh bachchan — both also considered bollywood royalty — have been in hospital since last saturday with the virus. i've been speaking to the bbc asian network's harron rashid about this — he gave me the latest.
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what we know is that last weekend, actually, exactly a week ago, amitabh bachchan, who's considered one of bollywood's biggest stars, he was admitted to hospital after suffering mild symptoms after testing positive for covid—19. later that evening, his son abhishek bachchan was also admitted to hospital, and the following day we found out that abhishek‘s wife, aishwarya rai bachchan, again, a bollywood megastar and their eight—year—old daughter had tested positive. at the time, what we knew was that they were self—isolating a home because they were asymptomatic, which meant they weren't showing any symptoms, but be know last night it was confirmed that aishwarya rai and her eight—year—old daughter aaradhya have been moved to the same isolation unit in hospital where the other two bachchans are also currently receiving treatment. and obviously, india is, and we've been talking about the united states as the worst affected country but india is now not that far behind? more than 1 million cases of covid—19 tested positive in india right now, and, essentially this is a huge shock for many, many millions of people in india who worships stars like amitabh bachchan and aishwarya rai bachchan. aishwarya rai, actually, is one of the most successful hindi film actresses of all time. she's also a successful tamil actress. she's a former beauty queen — she won miss world in 1997.
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she also has great international presence as well, being a regular at the cannes film festival, so there are millions of people worldwide, actually, notjust in india, who are very concerned about her health, but this whole incident and the bachchan family being tested positive for covid has actually broken some stigmas about covid—19 in india too. the president of iran, hassan rouhani, has said that 25 million iranians have now been infected with the coronavirus. the figure is nearly 100 times the official number. in a televised speech, mr rouhani did not explain the discrepancy, but said the figures were based on a new ministry of health report. 14,000 iranians have officially lost their lives to covid—19 iran has been the worst—hit country in in the middle east. president trump has vowed not to order americans to wear masks to contain the spread of coronavirus. his remarks, given in
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an interview with fox news, appear to contradict the country's top infectious disease specialist, dr anthony fauci, who has urged all americans to wear masks to prevent a further rise in cases. there have been more than 139,000 deaths in the us — now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz. hello. we have got some big contrasts in the weather across the uk right now. the warmest of the weather this evening will remain across the south—east of the country. temperatures will still hover around the mid 20s but wales, the north of england, you can see over cassettes like image here and the radar superimposed on the outbreaks of rain there needed to be wales into parts of northern england but also scotland and northern ireland, some sunshine here. let's have a look at the picture, then, early evening when you might still be out and about. so we have got showers across scotland here particularly around the north west highlands. some decent weather for northern ireland, around 16 degrees at this stage are nice enough there in the north—east of england, the
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la ke in the north—east of england, the lake district, lancashire, but wales, north midlands, peak district into parts of yorkshire still cloudy with outbreaks of rain but in the south—east we have got that fine warm weather around 25 degrees 6pm. this evening that weather front, and it isa this evening that weather front, and it is a weather front, will move southwards and it is going to turn west on the south so that the early hours of the morning we are expecting some rain in places like cardiff, southampton, london, certainly not itching for a bit of rain, mild here, 16 degrees but north of the country overnight with the clear skies will turn fairly chilly, temperatures could be five, six, 7 degrees outside of town. tomorrow a very different day across wales and the north west of england, look how silly it is, clear sky, beautiful weather there for liverpool, for whole, for newcastle, the south of the country will be cooler and cloudier public some splits and spots of rain still affecting the extreme south—east there. —— look how semi it is. in
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scotla nd there. —— look how semi it is. in scotland we are expecting some showers on sunday. we are... weather will start to settle down, finds out where we can head, light winds, fair bit of sunshine and fair with a cloud building up, really pleasant day to come for the start of the week, temperatures around 22 and in london, a little bit fresher in the north around 17 celsius and the indications are that we will keep the fine weather and in fact look at that, southampton, beautiful conditions through most of the week but in the north—west of the uk it could turn a little unsettled by the time get wednesday. goodbye.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the veteran american civil rights leader and long—serving congressman, john lewis, has died
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at the age of 80. an officer for london's metropolitan police has been suspended, and another placed on restricted duties, after a video appeared to show one of them kneeling on man's neck. local authorities in england can use new powers from today to deal with coronavirus outbreaks in their area, with the ability to shut down specific premises, close off outdoor areas and cancel events. eu leaders are meeting for the second day of their brussels summit with only faint hope of reaching an agreement on a coronavirus economic recovery package. the indian film star, aishwarya rai bachchan, and her daughter havejoined other family members in a mumbai hospital, where they are all being treated for covid—19. the uk government guarantees financial support for holiday makers seeking refunds for trips that that were cancelled because of coronavirus. now on bbc news, will the toppling of the statue

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