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this is bbc news. the headlines at seven... boris johnson considers tightening covid—19 measures in england. latest figures show a further 4,422 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the uk, the highest daily rate since may. local lockdown restrictions have come into force in some parts of the uk with bars and restaurants closing early in north east england. 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 is good because it is saving peoples lives, bad because it is affecting our nights out. tributes are paid to the pioneering us supreme court judge and champion of women's rights, ruth bader ginsburg, who has died at the age of 87. president trump says he'll nominate a conservative replacement "without delay", with implications for the election and us policy.
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gareth bale is back at tottenham on a season—long loan. and coming up, click, looks at how tech can help us get back to work, from a digital twin of st pancras station, to the latest tech developments from silicon valley. that's in half an hour on bbc news. the uk has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus infections in one day since the beginning of may. it comes as borisjohnson considers whether to tighten covid—19 measures in england, after saying the uk was "now seeing a second wave".
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4,422 new cases of covid—19 were recorded in the past 24—hour period. 27 people were reported to have died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test taking the total number, across the uk, to 41,759. as ministers consider their next steps, the former government adviser, professor neil ferguson said stricter lockdown measures across the uk were needed "sooner rather than later". at least 13.5 million people, roughly1 in 5 of the uk population, are already facing local restrictions. one of the options the government is understood to be considering is a so—called circuit break, a short period of tighter rules across england which might last several weeks and could include a possible ban on households mixing, plus reduced opening hours or other restrictions
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for pubs and restaurants. this would only apply to england with the devolved nations setting their own rules. the scottish government is also considering whether to impose tighter restrictions. this report from our political correspondent, iain watson. here in preston, households are already banned from meeting other households in their homes, gardens or indoor venues. on tuesday, in most of lancashire and merseyside, curfews will be imposed on bars and restaurants and tighter restrictions are also being imposed in the north—east of england, parts west yorkshire and the west and east midlands, covering about one in five of the population. i do have close family that passed away with covid, so i know exactly how this is really serious. something needs to be done but is a shame, isn't it, we're not going to see our families as much. yeah. i don't agree when the government says we are going to introduce it on tuesday, well, that is another weekend when people when people can think, right, we will go out to the pub in style over the weekend and
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make it all worse. and lancashire today, could be london tomorrow. i believe that in lancashire, the second wave has arrived, and in the north—west, and if we don't act now, it is going to get a lot worse, so this should be a warning sign, for not just for lancashire and the north—west but for the whole country. yesterday, the prime minister warned that a second wave of the virus was on its way before a vaccine can be produced. i think what the prime minister said was that we've got to be really careful about making sure we can keep the the r rate down, transmission rate down, so we are looking at the data, we have got a far better set of data now than we had a few months ago and we won't be afraid to use any restrictions necessary. the government introduced its rule of six only six days ago, yet this weekend, the prime minister is poring over the data to see if he needs to go any further. boris johnson doesn't want another full national lockdown. he and his chancellor
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of the exchequer know that this could shatter a fragile economy. so the message that could emerge from the government in the next few days is likely to be this, continue to work but there will be less play. any plan that emerges, unlike a lockdown, would not close schools or workplaces, but it could restrict the opening hours of pubs and restaurants across england. labour say they will back any plan that is supported by the science, 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 and now we are having to look at more extreme measures because the virus is out of control. it is a difficult balancing act for the prime minister and he's likely to do more to protect the health of the nation but he does not want this to endanger the health of the economy. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. susan michie is professor of health psychology and director of the centre for behaviour change at university college london, she is also a member of the government's independent
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advisory group, sage, and the alternative expert group, independent sage. shejoins me now. quite a mouthful and a lot of hats you have to wear but if you were in a room with boris johnson this weekend what would be your key message to him as he tries to make this decision? the key message would be the world health organization's key message and what has worked for other countries which is you need to act quickly in fast andi is you need to act quickly in fast and i think we need to think about a stitch in time right now. i would suggest a few things, all coming together in terms of clear comprehensive strategy, limiting contact with between households, going back to only go into workplace, travelling to workplaces if you have to, closing down indoors bars and restaurants. we know outdoors! safer than outdoors.
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bars and restaurants. we know outdoors! saferthan outdoors. in universities where we have up to i million people coming from all over the world and country into new communities, online only for the first term. ensure that schools have the space and the teachers needed so that they can have social—distancing and keep open, and even though we don't have testing for the test and trace and isolate system is broken, we can still locally find cases, trace them and support people to isolate. this is going to be key if we are to prevent this pandemic getting out of control. it's already increasing exponentially, doubling every seve n increasing exponentially, doubling every seven days and that's going to increase unless a host of measures along the lines i've spoken about taking very quickly. looks to get oui’ taking very quickly. looks to get our teeth into. let's pick up on the speed issue because the idea going round that perhaps october half term could be a time to bring missing.
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you say this has to happen much quicker? absolutely. if we wait another two weeks we are in danger of being where we were back in march and the whole pandemic situation spiralling out of control. if we can really begin to bend this curve within the next two weeks we can avert that and the key thing is nobody wants a full lockdown. the package of measures i suggest and i must say i'm wearing my personal hat, but informed by the evidence, has the possibility of averting a lockdown. one of the things, several of the things you mention are almost rowing back on things we have seen, the rule of six would go, we don't know what that many households together you say, limit the number, the idea of getting people back to the idea of getting people back to the workplace would go, schools need to think much more carefully about how they bring children together, all of which suggests that your overall message may be that the government has made some errors?”
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have to say, that is what independent sage has been saying over the summer because we have seen the transmission rate go up week after week over the summer and we have been making the case that we need to use the summer months to get transmission rates down as near as zero as possible because that's the only way in which schools and workplaces are safe to open up. but that was never done. and so we are in the situation we are in and we are ina in the situation we are in and we are in a worse situation because we don't have the test, trace and isolate system. as i said, we have to go ahead with that without the testing. we can still do it but it does inform a lot more resources into local government, local primary care, so that if needs be, people can go around by foot knocking on doors to find out if people symptoms because our data showed that still many people don't know what symptoms of covid—i9 are, and then really
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encourage them to isolate and ask if they need support. for a solution. i think the government needs to step in and financially compensate people for isolating because otherwise we know from the data that having to work because they need money, or having caring responsibilities are the two main reasons why people do not isolate. we also know the vast majority of people with symptoms in the surveys say they would not isolate for those kind of reasons. there is a huge amount to do that needs to be done urgently. on the test and trace issue i think i'm right in saying that independent sage have pointed to the belief they hold that the whole system of testing is fundamentally flawed by design and needs redesigned and unpicking? it's really learning from other countries what has worked there. which is that the way to organise this is to do it at a local
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level, where people with the expertise and track record in what is actually quite a complicated and sensitive issue, to find people who have the infection to ask them to reveal their contacts, to trace those contacts, follow them up and also really encourage and support everybody to isolate for 11! days. which is a challenging thing to do. but locally, not only do people, public health, primary care, local government, have the expertise to do this, they also know the local communities and are trusted by the local communities. this is what is needed, this is what has been successful in other countries who have managed to prevent this kind of exponential growth. it's the kind of approach the who advocates. we got it wrong first time around when we did not strict a lockdown early
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enough. we cannot afford to get it wrong a second time. i read don't think with the benefit of hindsight we can afford to make the same m ista kes we can afford to make the same mistakes again. just a final question as ministers wrestle with all of this, clearly you have talked all of this, clearly you have talked a lot about the scientific point of view, they will also bejuggling the economic point of view, what do you feel are the chances of them taking your advice, given that balancing act? what the economy needs is certainty, predictability and ability to control things in a steady organised way. the economy does not need the opening up and shutting down, not knowing what were is round the corner next week, so i think the pitting of health against wealth isn't the way of thinking about it in the situation. if we can get a virus down, if we can get the pandemic under control, then we are ina pandemic under control, then we are in a position where businesses can
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open up in the knowledge that they can stay open. at the moment, everybody is in a position of uncertainty which is bad for consumers confidence and bad for business confidence too. ok, we must look for, thank you very much indeed for your we will find out how the story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages this evening. police said the demonstrators were
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putting themselves and others at risk. under lockdown after a surge in the number of new infections. more than 850,000 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 only be allowed to leave their local area 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. a political battle is shaping up in america, following the death at the age of 87, of the supreme courtjudge, ruth bader ginsburg, a champion of women's, and minority rights. donald trump says despite the presidential election being less than 2 months away, he should have the right to choose a conservative nominee to replace her without delay. people have been paying their respects outside the supreme court in washington. here's our north america editor, jon sopel.
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no, not the death of a rock star or a movie legend. this spontaneous vigil in washington last night is for a judge. the supreme court plays a critical role in american life and ruth bader ginsburg, or rbg, became a cultural icon. it was beyond my wildest imagination that i would one day become the notorious rbg. laughter i, ruth bader ginsburg... she helped define modern america with the force of her legal argument, on women's rights, abortion, the disabled, health care. this liberaljustice was as feisty as she was formidable. so what's the big deal? isn't this just another judicial appointment? well, no. a strong conservative majority, now within sight on the supreme court, will help shape america for decades to come. rbg's death has electrified the presidential election campaign, and who should fill her boots and when has become political dynamite. last night, donald trump, who seemed stunned by her death,
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was playing his cards close to his chest. whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. i'm...actually sad to hear that, i am sad to hear that. thank you very much. the flag at the white house may be flying at half—mast, but politics goes on. donald trump making clear that he is going to nominate a conservative replacement without delay. democrats, though, led by presidential candidate joe biden, say no decision should be made until after a new president is sworn in. we should do this with full consideration and that is my hope and expectation of what will happen. just before ruth bader ginsburg died, she made it clear she felt that her position should not be filled until after the election. it seems unlikely she will get her dying wish. jon sopel, bbc news, washington.
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jeffry rosen knew supreme courtjustice ruth baden ginsburg well, he wrote the book conversations with rbg, and she officiated his wedding in 2017. he's also the president and ceo of the constitution centre and hejoins me now from dc. so good of you to join us tonight. i love the fact that i read here you met her in an elevator 30 years ago? idid, she met her in an elevator 30 years ago? i did, she was a judge, on the court of appeal is and was so silent and intimidating i couldn't think of anything else to say and i asked what apple operas she had seen recently. she turned out to be a huge opera fan and we spoke immediately of music and we had a conversation that lasted nearly 30 yea rs. conversation that lasted nearly 30 years. you say knowing her was one of the most important things in your life, can you explain the significance of her role in your life? of course, she was one of the most significant figures for
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constitutional change in american history and one of the most foremost advocates of gender equality of all time. ona advocates of gender equality of all time. on a personal note, for millions of people around the world, she was a model, self mastering, disciplined, focused and mustering only her powers to serve others. she was more focus only her powers to serve others. she was more focus on only her powers to serve others. she was more focus on her path and productive than any human being i have ever had the privilege of knowing and just every time i surfed the web or was distracted by unproductive as she called it, i think what would she do? in a sad way she saw the situation coming where she would no longer be around and it would leave this gap. on the supreme court, the 9—member court and she! supreme court, the 9—member court and she i imagine would be really
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alarmed by what is now happening? she would, you read the statement that she gave to her granddaughter, saying it was herfervent that she gave to her granddaughter, saying it was her fervent wish that the seat would be filled by the next president and that was not only i imagine because she hopes to be succeeded by someone who will keep on liberal, but also because she is concerned about the institutional legitimacy of the supreme court and she must adhere... as we all must adhere that if she is replaced by a conservative justice and adhere that if she is replaced by a conservativejustice and democrats ta ke conservativejustice and democrats take the white house and senate they decide to retaliate by backing them in the court more justices which will politicise the supreme court for generations which is neither what she or the conservative justices would have wished. clearly that debate will rage over the coming weeks. i want to end the interview with just getting a
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tribute to her to remain people what you see legacy. her legacy is encapsulated in the generalisation... inaudible she had a vision for more embracing constitution that would” she had a vision for more embracing constitution that would i asked what that would meant and she meant embracing... notjust grudgingly but with open arms and because of her, women of colour, immigrants, lgbtq people... all human beings are equal, it's an astonishing legacy and we are all so lucky to have had her during her 87 years on this earth. thank you very much for paying tribute to ruth nader ginsberg with us here tonight. —— ruth bader ginsburg. apology for the sound quality, it's a shame we could not get a slightly better line.
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and at 8.30 this evening we have a special programme, dissenting opinion: an interview with ruth bader ginsburg. she spoke to razia iqbal last year about her life, career and contemporary america. the russian opposition leader, alexei navalny, poisoned with the novichok nerve agent in an attack last month, has posted a picture on social media, saying his path to recovery is "clear, although long". he says he still has difficulties going down steps as his legs tremble. mr navalny who's a leading critic of president putin, fell ill in siberia last month, and was airlifted to berlin. germany says lab tests in 3 countries confirm he was poisoned with novichok. the kremlin denies it was responsible. a former british diplomat is under investigation in belgium, for allegedly spying on behalf of china. fraser cameron, who previously worked for the european commission and the foreign office, is suspected of selling
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sensitive information about the eu, to undercover chinese intelligence officers. mr cameron has dismissed the allegations, calling them "ridiculous". the housing charity shelter estimates that more than 300,000 people living in rented accomodation in england, who weren't in arrears before the pandemic, have now fallen behind on their rent. a ban on evictions in england and wales, ends tomorrow. the government says other measures will protect tenants. here's our business correspondent, katy austin. itjust seems like so long ago now that i last did something like this. for sussex dj ian, the music stopped in march. coronavirus restrictions mean there's still no work and he owes £3,000 in rent. they were happy for me to pay 50% untiljuly, when they contacted me to start asking if i could pay any more. can you? no. he will now get a payment from the local council to help, but will still owe his landlord.
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my future here is certainly in the balance and it is worrying. it does... it's a big strain on your 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 and the notice period has been extended to six months. evictions still can't take place in areas under local lockdowns, where gatherings in 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 actually solve the problem, instead of continually buying time, build social housing. and it does need, in the short—term as well, to help people with this level of debt that has built up during the pandemic.
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one landlords‘ group says its members have supported struggling tenants wherever possible, but they can't afford to lose income for ever. it also wants the government to help people in england pay back missed rent, similar to measures announced in scotland and wales. we'd like to see the government step in as furlough‘s withdrawn and actually support those households to pay back some of the arrears they've built up and secure the tenancies that nobody wants to see fail but, inevitably, if debts continue to increase, will. the government says the six—month notice period and a so—called truce on evictions over christmas will help keep people in their homes over the winter. ian fears he can't afford to stay in his for long. katy austin, bbc news. a rare edition of shakespeare's last play has been found in a scottish catholic college in spain. the two noble kinsmen, written by shakespeare withjohn fletcher, was found by a researcher investigating the work of the scots economist adam smith. the 163a volume could be the oldest shakespearean work in the country.
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let's speak now to to drjohn stone from the university of barcelona who made the discovery. what a discovery it was. where were you rummaging about to find such a thing? i was looking to find things about smith and i came across this poem by accident. it stood out because the binding was totally different from the binding of all the other books in the same section of the library. i pulled it off shall open it and saw what it was. did you immediately realise how significant it was? i did, i knew it was the oldest shakespeare in spain, ididn't was the oldest shakespeare in spain, i didn't note was the first shakespeare to reach spain. that took about 30 minutes of googling. what have you discovered about how to find its way into this college?” think it was brought to the college at the behest of the man who was
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principal at the time. he had other plays in his library, he was in contact with diplomats and politicians and wanted to have a veneer of high culture that he could use in trying to become a diplomat. he was also a jesuit and thejesuits we re he was also a jesuit and thejesuits were interested in theatre and you did in their teaching so it made perfect sense for him to want to collect early modern plays and in fa ct collect early modern plays and in fact there are 19 of them, notjust shakespeare. when you started to say what you had found, presumably there was quite some buzz around this? there was a huge buzz in spain in the last two days or so. until this time, it was for the earliest shakespeare in spain had been sold off to an american collector about a hundred years ago and that's a volume now in washington, dc. so this means that spain has identified an early modern english book that came to the country very early on, not quite in shakespeare's lifetime
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but about 20 years later and it has beenin but about 20 years later and it has been in the same collection ever since. how easy is it to gauge the kind of condition it's in? it's in relatively poor condition, missing the title page, and the binding is quite beat up. i don't think anyone really knows what it was or gave much thought its condition for about 200 years. i guess they are giving ita 200 years. i guess they are giving it a lot of thought now. what are they telling you about what they hope to do with it? i'm in contact daily with tom kilbride the principal director of the college, his phone is ringing off the hook, i don't know what they will do, they might put it on display.” don't know what they will do, they might put it on display. i hope they have what you a very large bottle of champagne in the meantime, a great discovery, thanks for taking the time to speak to us. you're very welcome. now, the weather. a beautiful day today, lots of
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september sunshine out there for most of us, more of the same tomorrow as well. dry for the vast majority with some warm sunshine. a couple of exceptions today, some showers through the channel islands, parts of southern england, a few of these as we go through this evening and tonight and also a lot of low cloud which is going to roll in from the north sea into parts of central and south—eastern scotland, north—east england as well, cloudy in the far north of scotland but where we have this clears across parts of highland scotland it will get chilly, a mild night for most of us. get chilly, a mild night for most of us. tomorrow there will be areas of low cloud for north sea coasts and parts of central scotland for a time, for north of scotland as well and possibly one or two showers in the south—western channel islands but otherwise dry and fine, long spells of sunshine, temperatures in the south—east getting up to 25. monday another fine day, tuesday is the same, rain into the north—west and terms of much more unsettled and cooler from and terms of much more unsettled and coolerfrom mid week and terms of much more unsettled and
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cooler from mid week onwards.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: borisjohnson considers boris johnson considers tightening covid—19 restrictions, following the highest number of cases since may. local ken richardson is have come into force in some parts of the uk come with bars and restaurants closing early in north—east england. tributes are paid as the pioneering us supreme courtjudge and champion of women's rights, ruth bader ginsburg, dies at the age of 87. and seven ginsburg, dies at the age of 87. and seve n years ginsburg, dies at the age of 87. and seven years after he left north london for madrid, gareth bale is back at tottenham on a season long loan. now on bbc news, it's time for click.

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