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this is bbc news. i'm rajini vaidyanathan with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. travellers returning to the uk from spain have been told they must self—isolate for two weeks. it follows a spike in coronavirus cases in spain and the return of restrictions in some regions, including catalonia. research finds being overweight put you at greater risk of serious illness or death from covid—19. thousands protest poland's decision to withdraw from a european treaty combatting violence against women. and tributes are paid to regis
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philbin, who has died at the age of 88. hello and welcome. people arriving anywhere in the uk from spain from now on will have to quarantine for two weeks. it follows concerns over a sharp increase in spanish coronavirus infections, nearly 1,000 new cases in the last two days. the spanish foreign ministry says the country is safe — with localised and isolated coronavirus outbreaks. but now the warning is that many people's travel plans could be thrown into chaos. paul hawkins reports. for the british holiday—makers amongst the crowds in catalonia, this the great escape into the sun and warm waters following long months of lockdown back home. but it's no longer looking like such a dream break because two weeks‘ quarantine now awaits when they returned to the uk, if they don't get back before midnight tonight. we've known in theory that
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countries could lock down, that countries could go back on this corridor list of not being able to visit without quarantine, but lots of people that i've been with here in benidorm thought that it was incredibly safe, haven't felt endangered and were quite shocked at the idea at this two weeks of quarantine when we get back. i'm kind of fortunate, i'm a teacher, so... there were plans that i had that i'll have to rearrange for two weeks, but my wife is with me. she works in the city and she's going to have to quarantine, and that will impact her, because she had been due to go into the office over the next couple of weeks, so she can't do that any more. but the uk government has imposed the quarantine because of sharp increases in infections in catalonia, in the regions of aragorn and navarre, as well as other areas. for that reason, the advice as of now from the foreign and commonwealth office is that all but essential travel
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to mainland spain should be avoided. tens of thousands of british tourists have booked holidays in spain. many are trying to work out what to do now while others have already given up hope. i'm a key worker and james is working full—time, so we couldn't get back and then have two weeks straight off work. that's not possible, so although we could go on holiday because we have booked holidays, we cannot come back and then stay in the house for two weeks. thatjust would not be possible, so we can't then go on holiday because we can't come back and quarantine for two weeks. some flights from uk to spain have already been cancelled. what was hoped to be a big increase in tourism in the coming weeks now looks doomed. this is going to be absolutely devastating. there are tens of thousands of people who are booked to travel to spain tomorrow and in the next few days. effectively, nobody is going to be going on package holidays, but families up and down britain are going to be faced with this awful choice — "we're not going to get money
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back from the airlines because we haven't got a package holiday, so what do we do?" and, of course, you've got hundreds of thousands of people, some of whom flew out today, who are now facing the prospect of having to self—isolate for two weeks when they get home. what's happened now in spain in other countries in the coming weeks. the british government determined to prevent coronavirus infections being brought into the uk and quarantine being an effective way to achieve that. richard galpin, bbc news. 0ur reporter paul hawkins is with me now. as you were saying, peak holiday season. what is the likely impact of this is —— on the travel industry? -- on the travel industry? the reaction from the travel industry has been something of a negative reaction. 0r airways have said they are disappointed. they have said it is yet another book for british led to makers and can have an impact on an already troubled
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aviation industry. they are continuing to operate flights as our easyjet, continuing to operate flights as our easy jet, who continuing to operate flights as our easyjet, who questioned why the government's travel ban applies to the whole of spain and set of certain regions where there's been a flare—up in coronavirus infections. easyjet say customers who do not wish to travel can get a voucher for the booking. not wish to travel can get a voucherfor the booking. the uk's ga store 0pera have cancelled place to spain, although those people that already in spain will still be to ta ke already in spain will still be to take the same flights back, and the london space world travel and tourism council, their chief executive is called is disastrous for the travel and tourism industry, both in spain and the uk. dave said the health and safety of travellers is paramount, so they're acknowledging the government has to introduce this fan, but it does say that quarantines do nothing to help restore consumer confidence at a time when we need to encourage people to return to travelling, in line with our safe travel
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protocols, we charge government to consider local lockdowns instead of closing an entire country's borders. i should just say that the quarantine measures will apply to those returning from mainland spain, the canary returning from mainland spain, the ca nary islands returning from mainland spain, the canary islands and the balearic islands, such as the —— to travel ... travel insurance, travel insurance, it only applies to mainland spain, so there is more chance those travelling to places like ibiza will be able to apply the travel insurance. as we also saw, devastating news for silly people who are going to go on holiday to spain, or who were planning to. what is the guidance given? which of people to if they are in spain now or if they are about to go? first of all, check the foreign 0ffice of all, check the foreign office website, check your travel operator, check... if you've booked a package, check the person you booked that
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package with. if not, check the flight package with. if not, check the flight provider. and also speak to your employer, because when you come back in her that a0 day quarantine, will you be up to work from home? —— come back with that ia day quarantine? will you have to take it off as unpaid leave? many people cannot afford to that, so many people having to stomach losing money so —— losing money. -- losing money. so many questions. paul hopkins, thank you very much indeed. —— paul hawkins. 0ur correspondent guy hedgecoe is in madrid and he explains how the government there is reacting. the spanish foreign ministry has said that it respects this decision by the uk government, but it has also said that spain remains a safe place to visit and that these outbreaks of coronavirus that we're seeing at the moment are localised and are under control. now, this decision comes at a time when spain has been introducing, or reintroducing, restrictions in certain parts of the country because of a spike in infections. this weekend, for example, up in the northeastern
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region of catalonia, the local government there has closed down nightclubs because it wants to stem the spread of the virus, in particular among younger people. but obviously, this decision by the uk government is going to have an impact on the tourism industry. british visitors to spain make up around a quarter of total foreign visitors to the country in a normal year. they're the single most important market for spain, so that is obviously going to have a huge impact on the tourism industry overall, and by extension, that is going to have a negative impact on the spanish economy. well, joining me is jasmine igoe, who flew to spain earlier this week. it is very good to have you with us. it must be quite a tricky time for you right now. what is your reaction to this news? it all came quite suddenly, of course. it did. it's a bit of a weird one, to be complete the honest. i'm quite lucky. i flew out to spain on thursday and i'm due to come back on tuesday, so has
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natalie impacted my holiday as much as other people, but it is alljust much as other people, but it is all just that a bit much as other people, but it is alljust that a bit sudden, to be honest. people had a bit more notice, they would have booked flights to go home, and me flying back on tuesday, what is the difference between me going home at midnight tonight oi’ going home at midnight tonight or going home on tuesday? it's kind of hard to tell. and what will happen to you when you come back? are you going to have to take time off work? what is the location for you when you are back? luckily, i am one of the lucky ones because they can work from home, and my job because they can work from home, and myjob allows me to do that, so i will be doing that and i want be going out andi that and i want be going out and i will be quarantines for two weeks. —— i won't be going on. but you do think of the people who booked on holidays with families, got time off work and, yeah, it is a bit of a difficult time, really, because nobody really knows what is going on a. what is the mood out there? i am not sure if you been up to get out and talk to other people.
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generally, what is the news out there about all this? to be honest, i think every buddy feels they are in the same boat. when you do go out, everybody is being sensible about it, but especiallyjust speaking to other brits that are out here the same time, everybody feels the same way, to be honest, the terms of, we don't know what you think. what is going to happen when we get home? and also, close to where iam, you home? and also, close to where i am, you hear about these outbreaks in all the big cities and stuff, and thus not where we are, so, yeah, it's kind of ha rd we are, so, yeah, it's kind of hard that it's a national ban, really, rather than a localised ban. what is your advice to many people watching who have holidays booked to spain? what would you say they should do? don't bother. don't bother. really? but also, ifeel it don't bother. don't bother. really? but also, i feel it you judge it. if you're lucky and
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you have got a job you can work from home, that is totally fine, whereas if you cannot, you're not able to do that in yourjob does not allow you're not able to do that in your job does not allow you you're not able to do that in yourjob does not allow you to do that... at the end of the day, there is no point putting your life at risk and others' lives at riskjust for the sake ofa lives at riskjust for the sake of a holiday, sojust lives at riskjust for the sake of a holiday, so just kind lives at riskjust for the sake of a holiday, sojust kind of play it by ear, i say. ok, jasmine, safe journey back and thinks very much for talking to us. staying with the story. epidemiologist dr daniel lopez—acu na is based in the northern region of asturias. he says the evidence does not justify reimposing the quarantine. i think it's, at this moment, unjustified — epidemiologically — unfair and unnecessary. i mean, it all depends where the people are and where are the people coming from. and i think doing it exclusively to spain, when we have other countries in europe that have similar or higher rates of incidents in the last seven days, is certainly,
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in my view, not a problem. if you take a country like sweden, for instance, it has a cumulative incidence that is larger than the one from spain. and we have several examples in europe along those lines. i think what is more important now than anything is the countries within the european union, in the european economic area — and i would like to include the uk — work together to reduce the risk of asymptomatic positive cases that transmit the disease that can travel. and that implies doing some testing of pcrs people travel to their destinations and when they arrive to the destinations. but we have not done this on a european basis. we have, in my view, rushed too fast for reestablishing the tourist flows without the necessary health security measures. you mentioned community transmission in these localised hotspots.
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what are the reasons, do you think, that these certain areas have now got coronavirus outbreaks? well, you have to analyse one by one. in the area of aragon, particularly in the province of huesca, most of it is attributable to temporary workers that are participating in the harvesting of the fruit. and this is a high—risk group that needs to be clearly targeted for running some screenings, to reduce the risk of transmission. but in areas like catalonia, for instance, a lot has been associated to the nightlife, to the clubs, to the social gatherings, to gatherings among the youngsters and to not respecting necessarily the physical distance and the use of the mask, so i think we need to analyse case—by—case, which is logicalfor
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epidemiology, to really act upon the causing factors. you are watching bbc news. the headlines: all people returning the uk from spain after midnight tonight will have to self—isolate for two weeks, as the country is removed from the travel corridors exemption list due to covid—i9. thousands protest poland's decision to withdraw from a european treaty combatting violence against women. public health england have put out a message that "the case for action on obesity has never been stronger." a review has found that being overweight greatly increases your chances of being hospitalised, or dying, if you have covid—i9. the report also found that overall levels of exercise have fallen since the pandemic began, and the lockdown has seen a rise in snack food and alcohol consumption. simonjones reports. the warning from health officials is clear. if you are overweight or obese and get coronavirus
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you are more likely to end up in hospital, more likely to become critically ill. this graph illustrates the scale of the problem based on a study of over 19,000 people who have tested positive for covid—i9. it shows the bigger the bmi — or body mass index — the risk of intensive care increases. someone who is severely obese has over four times the risk compared to someone who is the normal weight. being overweight increases the chances of insulin resistance, it puts up your blood pressure, and all of these extra pressures and strains on the body are likely to be part of the reason why people when they contract covid, if they're also overweight, have these extra chances of being really sick. although some of us have been using the extra time we have had on our hands during lockdown to do sport, evidence suggests overall exercise levels haven't increased. what has is the amount ofjunk food and alcohol we have been buying from high street shops.
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at this park in london, despite no shortage of keen exercisers, people admit the past few months have been challenging. i made a conscious effort to do more exercise and obviously with a little one, we have been getting out to the parks pretty much every day, but i would say i have probably eaten more as well. once the bars opened, we have been overindulging probably back in bars and restaurants. i think it will settle down and we will get a balance. looking at the rate of obesity per 1000 people in european countries, the uk is among the most obese with 26.2 people out of every thousand considered obese. the government is expected to unveil a long—awaited obesity strategy for england next week, which could see snack food promotions limited and a ban on tv adverts for junk food before the watershed. it's very important to get the balance right... public health england is saying the case for action
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has never been stronger. we need to change the food culture so that people are encouraged to eat healthily. in the past, the government has shied away from taking action. do you think it's going to be different this time? there's a need to respond to the pandemic and the prime minister has spoken about his commitment to tackling obesity, so we are optimistic for the announcements which we have been told will be coming next week. the aim is to reduce the amount of sugar on our shelves and in our diets. simon jones, bbc news. now to india, which has recorded nearly 100,000 new cases of coronavirus in just two days, taking the total number of people infected to over 1.3 million. india now has the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, after the us and brazil. it ranks sixth in deaths, but experts warn that the worst is yet to come. reged ahmad reports. india's coronavirus case numbers have been going up steadily. it now has more than 1 million registered infections, the third—highest case numbers
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in the world. some days have seen record surges. the chief minister of the state of madhya pradesh has announced he is one of those new cases. taken to hospital in a motorcade, he posted on twitter that he had been admitted after testing positive, but was healthy, and urged people to wear masks and follow social distancing rules. india has been trying to deal with its spike in case numbers by implementing sporadic local lock—downs in some areas. it initially had a wider, strict lockdown, but the devastating economic and human cost forced it to ease restrictions. as it reopened and increased testing, case numbers surged. the reality of the spread of covid—19 hit home when a family described as "bollywood royalty" tested positive. aishwarya rai bachchan,
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her daughter and husband, along with her father—in—law — both men also famous — were taken to hospital. the news sent shock waves around the country. but india's death toll has remained relatively low compared to its case numbers. the country is reporting a high recovery rate. some of it has been put down to under reporting of deaths, but it doesn't explain the whole picture. it has experts perplexed, although they do warn the worst is yet to come. reged ahmad, bbc news. poland is taking the first steps to withdraw from a european treaty combatting violence against women. that's because, according to the country'sjustice minister, the treaty undermines what he describes as the traditional family model. on friday, thousands of people — mostly women — protested in cities across poland against the government's decision.
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from warsaw, adam easton reports. poland's justice minister said the government's opposition to the convention is ideological. it does not oppose its aim to combat violence against women. mr ziobro said the convention wants to force schoolchildren to learn about gender, it promotes lgbt issues, he said, and unfairly blames religion for causing domestic violence. translation: in this area of combating violence against women, there is our agreement and full acceptance of the provisions of the convention, but there are also provisions of an ideological nature in this convention which we don't accept and we consider harmful. poland doesn't need this convention, he said, because polish law is sufficient to prevent violence against women. on friday, thousands of people — mostly women — demonstrated against the government's plan in cities across the country. in warsaw, people protested outside the offices of a conservative legal group that opposes the convention. many held placards saying "women's strike", a movement
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that successfully blocked the group's plan to introduce a total ban on abortion several years ago. translation: yes, i know people who have experienced domestic violence. even i've experienced it in some form, but i only recently realised this because domestic violence is not always physical or sexual. so, yes, i do know victims of abuse. i think we need a discussion about domestic abuse, but not like this, going out on the street and yelling. we need to actually discuss what we can do about it. many countries in this region have not ratified the convention. slovakia and bulgaria rejected it over fears it undermines traditionalfamilies. the authors of the convention, the human rights watchdog the council of europe, say conservative and religious groups are spreading false narratives. it does not seek to impose a certain lifestyle on people, they say, nor does it include a definition of a family. adam easton, bbc news, warsaw.
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thousands of protesters have returned to the streets of khabarovsk in russia's far east region to challenge the leadership of president putin. it's the third saturday in a row that demonstrators have taken to the streets, chanting for freedom. the protests have taken place ever since the popular local governor, sergei furgal, was arrested on charges for at least two contract killings 15 years ago — charges he denies. 0ur correspondent steven rosenberg reports. in the russian far east, the protests go on. risking arrest, thousands marched through the centre of kha barovsk. they shouted support for the local official they had elected but who is now under arrest in the russian capital. that man is sergei furgal. earlier this month, the governor of kha barovsk was detained by officers
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who had flown in from moscow. they flew him back to the capital and charged him with involvement with the murders dating back 15 years. that has sparked anger in khabarovsk and resentment with the federal authorities. "20 years in power but we have no trust," they cry,
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