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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. borisjohnson is holding urgent talks this weekend — to decide whether to impose lockdown restrictions on the whole of england local lockdown restrictions come into force in some parts of the uk — with bars and restaurants closing early. i think people are going to go out during the day instead of going out at night. it is good because it is saving peoples lives, bad because it is impacting on my night out. more than 800,000 people living in the spanish capital madrid will go into lockdown — after a surge in the number of new infections. tributes are paid as the pioneering us supreme court judge and champion of women's rights — ruth bader ginsburg — dies at the age of 87 she was an amazing woman
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who led an amazing life. my heart goes out to all those who cared for her and care about her. and a leading homeless charity says more than 300,000 private renters, who were not in arrears for the pandemic, have fallen behind on payments in the last few months. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. borisjohnson is holding urgent talks this weekend to decide whether to impose lockdown restrictions on the whole of england, to tackle the current surge in coronavirus cases. the prime minister says the uk is now ‘seeing a second wave‘,
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with the number of new infections doubling every week and hospital admissions rising. at least 13.5 million people, roughly one in five of the uk population, are already facing local restrictions. in london, additional measures are "increasingly likely", according to the mayor sadiq khan, who says he's extremely concerned by evidence of the speed with which the virus is spreading in the capital. it comes as governments across europe have announced new restrictions to tackle the surge in infections, including a lockdown in parts of the spanish capital madrid. spain has the highest number of coronavirus cases in europe and madrid is the worst hit region. the uk government is understood to be considering a short period of tighter rules across england — a so—called "circuit break" which could include a ban on households mixing, and reduced opening hours for pubs and restaurants. simonjones has this report. closing time came early last night in newcastle. a10:00pm finish, part of new restrictions for much
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of the north—east, which also saw people from different households banned from socialising at home. i mean, if that's the law, it's the law. but if people would behave themselves it wouldn't be like this. ijust think people are going to go out during the day now instead of going out at night, so it's not going to really change anything. it's good 'cause it's saving people's lives, bad because it's impacting my nights out! a slow night and an early finish, too, for this fast food business. i don't think it's going to make any difference. the virus doesn't die at ten o'clock. but with infection rates rising, more than 13 million people in the uk are now facing lockdown measures. take a seat and i'll be with you in a moment. life is starting to look different, with new test centres opening up in places like glasgow. new restrictions come in next week in merseyside, parts of the midlands and west yorkshire. and in lancashire, like here in accrington — though blackpool is exempt due to low infection rates. the latest government figures show
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the highest daily number of new cases since the current surge began, with more than 4,300 in the last 24—hour period. that means the average number reported per day in the past week is 3,466. yesterday the prime minister met scientists trying to develop a vaccine. that's fantastic, that's likejurassic park! today he'll be in downing street, where he'll consider stopping people who don't live together meeting and making all bars and restaurants in england close at 10:00pm. we are now seeing a second wave coming in. and i don't think anybody wants to go into a second lockdown, but clearly, you know, when you look at what is happening, you've got to wonder whether we need to go further. here in london, this is the first weekend that the so—called rule of six has been in place, limiting the number of people who can gather in groups. the government will be looking very closely at the effect that has on coronavirus rates.
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but the mayor of london says it's increasingly likely that further restrictions will be needed here too, and he says the government shouldn't wait until the virus spirals out of control. borisjohnson is desperate to avoid a second full national lockdown, but he knows that the time for tough decisions is fast approaching. simon jones, bbc news. 0ur political correspondent explained that the uk government is very keen to avoid a full lockdown and is urgently considering other measures. i think it is likely that there will be a decision in the coming days which will see a tightening of restrictions, potentially in more regions across england, which of course the westminster government has responsibly four and potentially even at a national level. what the government is desperate to avoid as a return to the lockdown, which we saw earlier in the year, which sought most workplaces close, public
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transport severely reduced, schools, universities, colleges closed etc. but the number of cases is doubling every 7—8 days at the moment. among the prime minister said yesterday, it is very clear that the government is considering taking action at a national level. so i think it is more a case of wine and not if we see that. what would it look like? there are a number of plans under discussion in government at the moment. 0ne discussion in government at the moment. one possibility is a three tiered approach where you have at one end, the sick social distancing measures, what is in place at the moment across most of england, the so—called rule of six. beyond that, you stop households mixing and start closing hospitality businesses and restricting their hours. beyond that, there is the strictest form of lockdown which we saw earlier this year. then there's the other option of what has been described as this circuit breaker approach. a time—limited, perhaps too weak temporary period of tighter restrictions at a national level to
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attempt to slow the reinfection rates, slow the spread of the virus down so that further restrictions are not necessary. and answering whether labour would support that this morning, the party's deputy leader said that they would support the government if it were to go down that route. but those restrictions, at this point, should not be necessary. labour will do whatever it takes to keep british citizens say. if the science says that is what needs to happen then we are willing to support that. but i have to say that i think this could have been avoided if the government had got their testing and tracing system in place. now we are having to look at more extreme measures because the virus is out of control. that could have been avoidable. it is pretty damning criticism. we are that from the welsh first minister yesterday. a vacuum at the heart of the uk government because of a lack of communication with other senior political figures, lack of proper communication with the public. we are hearing criticism from the
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conservative press and from members of the johnson's own party. conservative press and from members of thejohnson‘s own party. this is a critical point, isn't it? it is a very important phase. as the prime minister admitted yesterday, there isa minister admitted yesterday, there is a second wave of coronavirus cases in the uk. the government has been criticised. earlier in the pandemic for not acting quickly enough. there has been confusion and a lack of clarity, some have said, around the guidance at various stages, which of course has changed periodically as we have gone on. yes, there are strange relations between westminster and some of the other developed nations. who set their own policy on public health, leading to mixed messages and perhaps confusion and a lack of clarity around the guidance. this morning, the business minister has been talking for the government. he has told us that, when it comes to the economy, it is still important for people to go out and support businesses where they can. he appeared to play down the prospect of any further restrictions at a national level. i think what the
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prime minister said was that we have got to be really careful about making sure we can keep our r rate down and transmission down down. we are looking at the data, we have got better data than we had a few months ago, and we will not be afraid to use any restriction is necessary to keep the rates of transmission down. we will look at it at local level, each particular area in turn. the government looking at it at a local level. the minister saying taking each area in turn. that may only be possible for so long before we see the picture is changing nationally. hundreds—of—thousands of people living in and around madrid are to be put under lockdown after a surge in the number of new infections. from monday, people will be allowed out only to go to work and school or fulfil legal obligations. officials have also set out plans to carry out a million coronavirus tests across the region. spain now has the highest number of cases in europe. we can speak now to professorjeffrey lazarus — head of health systems at the barcelona institute
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for global health — who's in copenhagen. thank you very much. why are we seeing this surge in madrid and spain? basically, in a nutshell, when the spanish state of emergency endedin when the spanish state of emergency ended in june, when the spanish state of emergency ended injune, we saw a relatively quietjuly. but everyone was out on the streets again, visiting families, going to restaurants, bars, beaches, so on. in august, we started see an increase and alarmingly in the last two weeks that simply exploded with 122,000 reported new cases injust that simply exploded with 122,000 reported new cases in just two weeks. about one third of those are in madrid, of course that means two thirds are in other parts of spain, including barcelona, novara and other are in other parts of spain, including barcelona, novara and other measure is taking now and is it going to be enough? government continues with the tried and tested measures are promoting face masks, limiting the number of people to ten
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that can be together in restaurants, bars, so on, they are increasing testing, as you mentioned. what they really need to do is focus more on contact tracing and massively scale up contact tracing and massively scale up the testing and tracing component of the response. that has started a bit too late and that is why we are in the situation we are in. why are we seeing this pattern in the uk and other european countries? an opening out in the summer and very predictably the numbers go up as you come into the autumn and the change in weather, more indoor weather, schools and work increasing. it seems baffling that governments have not got ahead of this virus, the pattern of it, the obvious pattern of it. thank you for saying it is baffling. it is one of the great mysteries to me and other public health experts. this is completely predictable. we know the virus spreads easily, we know it spreads when people are in contact with each other. countries that were allowing
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groups as large as 500 or 100 people to meet together, now we are seeing the results, which is that the virus has been spreading. it is probably spreading much more in the spring, but we were not testing as much so we cannot compare this period with that period. what is happening now is unfortunately no surprise. i appreciate that the commission uncovered 19 published a statement last week saying the authorities need to listen to the public health experts more. across all of the countries you mentioned and many more, we are seeing the same thing. we cannot let down the controls, but we do need to respect the economy, and in the case of spain, tourism. but i think you could have it both ways. but unfortunately we let down our guard with the controls and now, in particular, madrid is suffering. how do you have it both ways? everyone understands the need to protect become economy and governments across the world have been caught between the health and economy, but they are also linked. if these numbers go up, all
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economies are going to suffer, aren't they? we could have had much more contact tracing. also in madrid, part of the population most affected is the vulnerable population. they are, we could have sentin population. they are, we could have sent in people, even medical stu d e nts sent in people, even medical students during the summer, giving out free facemasks, giving out hand sanitiser. they are setting up testing tencent madrid, they should have had those tents up all summer. they way they have in copenhagen. anyone can walk in, regardless of your nationality, get a test, in three days you have your results. i understand in the uk that testing capacity is increasing, but the ability to analyse quickly is slow. people are waiting a long time for the results, similar to spain. we need to increase the lab capacity, ensure that results reach people much faster, and we are able to contact trace. we knew the number of contact trace. we knew the number of contact races we needed in spain and wed contact races we needed in spain and we d can find at a time we were not close to having enough numbers to
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properly contact chase. thank you very much for your time. tributes are being paid to supreme courtjustice ruth bader ginsberg who has died. an iconic champion of women s rights, she died of cancer at the age of 87 at her home in washington dc last night. her death comes at a pivotal moment in the country — with just weeks to go before the us election. it could change the focus of the campaign — and set up a fierce battle over who replaces her. as nomia iqbal reports from washington. i. i, ruth bader ginsburg, do solemnly swear. . . ruth bader ginsburg was a powerful figurehead for liberals in the us. as a member of the highest court she had a say on contentious laws that profoundly impact the lives of americans. when the supreme court ruled in favour of george w bush in 2000, effectively deciding the presidential election in his favour, she famously said, i dissent. she would go on to frequently use that phrase, cementing her as a cult
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figure who became became the subject of books, t—shirts, documentaries and even parodied on late—night tv. it is amazing. i am soon to be 87 years old and everyone wants to take a picture with me. her declining health was closely watched by americans. now the confirmation of her death due to metastatic pancreatic cancer brings huge unpredictability in an election year. i did not know that. you are telling me now for the first time. she led an amazing life. what else can you say? she was an amazing woman. whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. president barack 0bama also reacted. in a statement he said...
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justice ginsburg's full legacy however will be defined by who replaces her, which is likely to be a conservativejudge. that would tip the court ideologically more to the right, altering american society for a generation to come. let me be clear that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the senate to consider. republicans say they will fill her seat but have been accused of hypocrisy after denying president 0bama the chance to pick a justice in 2016. they say it is a different time now because republicans control the senate. it is there where a judge is confirmed to the
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bench for life. the battle to replace ruth bader ginsburg has already started but for now hundreds of people have gathered here tonight to pay their respects to a feminist icon, a cultural heroine, known to many by her initials, rbg. the political repercussions from the death of ruth bader ginsburg are already beginning to echo through washington. the senior republican and leader in the us senate, mitch mcconnell, said the house would vote on any nominee put forward by donald trump — possibly before november's presidential election. he said americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with president trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. once again, we will keep our promise. ruth bader ginsberg wasn't just a towering figure in the legal profession — but rose to prominence as a famous cultural icon too. betsy west is the film maker
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behind the oscar—nominated documentary called 'rbg'. she said ginsburg's death was something many people in the us had been dreading for some time. i think ithink in i think in some ways people have been holding their breath because she has been sick for several years off and on with cancer. but ruth bader ginsburg was an extraordinarily determined and, you know, energetic octogenarian. she was hanging on. in our documentary, we filmed her doing the work out that was really one of the most amazing scenes that i have ever witnessed. she came in there with a sweatshirt that said super diva. she did not look at us, she just was paying attention to her trainer. he was putting her through her paces. i
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think she was a role model for so many people on so many different levels. certainly for older women in terms of keeping herself going. she, you know, was extraordinary in the number of times that we would get an alert that she had been to the hospital, fallen and broken her ribs, she had another recurrence of cancer, she was having chemotherapy. she kept going. she rarely would miss a day in court and she kept up with all the opinions. i have to say, this women loved the law. she loved herjob. she loved what she was doing. and i think she felt she was doing. and i think she felt she was making a contribution to her country. as long as she could do it, she was going to be in there. the film—maker behind the oscar documentary, nominated documentary on rgb. the headlines on bbc news...
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borisjohnson is boris johnson is holding borisjohnson is holding urgent talks whether to decide imposing an lockdown on the whole of england. more than 800,000 people living in the spanish capital of madrid will go into lockdown after a surge in the number of new infections. tributes are paid as the pioneering us supreme courtjudge and champion of women's right, ruth bader ginsburg, dies at the age of 87. its thought more than 300,000 private renters in england, who weren t in arrears before coronavirus, have fallen behind on payments in recent months. coronavirus, have fallen behind a ban on evictions in england and wales, ends tomorrow — having previously been extended twice. the government says its brought in protection to ensure tenants won t be evicted over the winter. but housing and landlord groups are calling for more support. here 5 our business correspondent katy austin. just seems like so long ago i lasted something like this. it isjust
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just seems like so long ago i lasted something like this. it is just a great job, something like this. it is just a greatjob, i something like this. it is just a great job, i can't something like this. it is just a greatjob, i can't think of a better job to do. for the sussex dj, the music stopped in march. coronavirus restrictions means there is still no work and he owes £3000 in rent. they we re work and he owes £3000 in rent. they were happy for me to pay 50% until july, when they contacted me to start asking if i could pay more. can you? no. he will now get a payment from the local council to help but will still owe his landlord. my future here is in the balance. it is worrying. it is a big strain on mental health, absolutely. a temporary ban on evictions in england and wales is now coming to an end, so possession hearings will be able to start again in the courts. cases that are really serious, like those involving anti—social behaviour or rent arrears that go back a really long way will be prioritised. the notice period has been extended to six months. evictions still cannot take
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place in areas under local lockdown is, our gatherings and homes are restricted. the housing charity shelter says emergency measures have stopped an immediate wave of homelessness, but more support is needed. if the government wants to solve the problem instead of continually buying time, build social housing. it does need, in the short—term as well, to help people with this level of debt that has built up during the pandemic. one landlord group says its members have supported struggling tenants wherever possible, but they cannot afford to lose income forever. it also wants the government to help people in england payback missed rent, similar to measures announced in scotland and wales. we would like to see the government stop stepped in and support those households to pay back some of the arrears they have built up and secure the tenancy is that nobody wants to see fail, but inevitably if debts continue to increase, well. white backed the government says a six—month notice period and the so—called truce on evictions over christmas will help
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keep people in their homes over the winter. ian fears he cannot afford to stay in his furlong. katie austen, bbc news. we can speak now to polly neate — the chief executive of shelter — who we heard in that report. you talk about the need for more social housing, those things are expensive and take time, don't they? well they are expensive but on the other had people losing their homes and becoming homeless as expensive as well. there isjust and becoming homeless as expensive as well. there is just an overwhelming moral case not to see an increase in homelessness in this country. i think huge numbers of people becoming homeless is of concern to all of us. yes, of course it cost money, but actually investing in social housing is investing in social housing is investing in social housing is investing in the economy, and it is investing in the economy, and it is investing in the economy, and it is investing in people's future ability to contribute to that economy. it is
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not in any way the wrong use of money. 0n the contrary, letting people be evicted and building up monumental levels of debt is very bad economics. are you worried that we will see serious numbers of people being evicted now if this ban on evictions does end? the government have taken measures, all credit to them, the government have taken measures that mean we will not see a sudden tsunami of evictions straightaway after tomorrow when the ban is lifted. and as people are protected during lockdown is, none of us know what is going to happen with lockdown is, it is a bit difficult to predict what will happen. what we do know is, as you said in your report, huge levels of debt have been built up. those are not going away. there is not a magic one for that. so, what the government is doing, really, is pushing the problem further
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downstream. what we had is, we had an appalling housing crisis before covid, it collided with the worst public health crisis in living memory, and in the fallout of that, people are finding they simply cannot afford anywhere to live. that is why investment in social housing right now is absolutely critical. very quickly, landlords also might be dependent on the rental income, might they? completely. we are working with the national residential landlords association on this and we both agree that there need to be short—term measures to help people manage their debts and long term, there is only one answer to the housing crisis and that is to build social housing. thank you very much indeed for your time today. there is much more on all our stories online. there is a full
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update globally also on the picture on covid as the number seem to be going up, certainly in europe. if you want to find out more, do have a look at the bbc website. now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts hello. there will continue to be a lot of dry and sunny weather throughout the rest of the weekend. yes, it is still quite breezy in southern areas, gusts of wind at 30-35 southern areas, gusts of wind at 30—35 mph. that is tempering the fuel. actually, at the moment, we have got more cloud being pulled into southern areas around this area of low pressure. that will mean your sun sign in fact some thicker cloud along southern counties in particular through the rest of the day, which may give that be shower. further north, we have got the misty low cloud rolling in off the north sea. it is likely that the heavier showers, the most likely chance of
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showers, the most likely chance of showers are for southern coastal counties of england, the channel islands could be heavy and thundery as well. it is still warm in the sunshine, despite the breeze. that is the steady breeze, the gas are higher than that. further north, the winds are not such a feature. plenty of sunshine, feeling warm in northern and ireland and northern england. there is an increasing chance to slow cloud will drift on shore throughout the rest of the day. the misty low cloud and fog around the north and western isles will continue as well. 0vernight, we pick upa will continue as well. 0vernight, we pick up a bit more of an easterly wind. dragging that all cloud across easter in scotland and north—east england, at the same time, the show has become less numerous and the cloud such a break further south. not a particularly cold night, but it will feel truly chilly just because you've got a breeze in the south. the low cloud will take a while to burn back. we could have some poor patches first thing. 0therwise, some poor patches first thing. otherwise, a lot of dry, settled weather. the wines and a touchdown in the south. you can see high teens too low to mid 20s which continues
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into monday as well. low cloud to clear away in southern areas first thing. a switching wind direction and rainforthe thing. a switching wind direction and rain for the north and west of the uk. but again, for many with sunny skies once again monday continues warm. but then, monday night into tuesday, that'll pressure, that weather system starts to ta ke pressure, that weather system starts to take shape. some wonder whether, wetter weather. behind that cold weather front, it will turn wetter weather. behind that cold weatherfront, it will turn much cooler and it will start to feel more like autumn. temperatures are going to tumble away from what we are seeing this weekend. with it, the more unsettled weather will arrive. as ever, we will keep you posted and there is more on our website. goodbye.
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hello and welcome to dateline london with me geeta guru—murthy. this week, all the uk government's problems seemed to assemble at once. even the prime minister's supporters in the conservative party and the press have started to ask searching questions about the government's handling of the pandemic. as borisjohnson warns of a second wave, more restrictions,
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and the tracing regime is struggling to cope, the labour party says the government has lost control of events. also today, from the rule of six to the rule of law as brexit reappears in british politics. the northern ireland secretary brandon lewis admitted the new internal markets bill will break international law. this prompted criticism from all five living former prime ministers and the man who might be the next president of the us. a compromise is now in the air but was the scale of the row deliberate or wise? with me to discuss all this are polly toynbee of the guardian and portuguese writer eunice goes. and here in the studio my colleague, clive myrie. lovely to see you all, thanks very much forjoining us. it feels like another pivotal moment on the covid front. as infections rise again everyone is asking what is the government strategy and will it act fast enough this time? will tighter restrictions come in just as the furlough scheme is due to end?


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