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hello, it's tuesday morning. welcome to bbc news, i'm victoria derbyshire. here are the headlines: a smartphone app aimed at tracking the spread of coronavirus goes live for the first time, in a trial on the isle of wight, the government says the system, which uses bluetooth, is secure, despite concerns from privacy campaigners. we can give very significant reassu ra nces we can give very significant reassurances on the privacy aspects, but what i can tell you is if you download the app, then you are doing your duty. herself and is not. thankfully, some of england's largest home care my anxiety. can't open a bottle of milk, we got to stabilise bottle providers tell the bbc that they're before we can touch it. so i went on the verge of breaking point. we have a special report. warnings of a lost generation — absolutely over the top which i've we'll look at how coronavirus has never really been an anxious person. affected school pupils and why there are fears some are being left behind. i was holding my breath to open the front door to put my rubbish in the
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the pandemic puts the handbrake rubbish bin. i was so scared. coming on the uk motor industry, as new car sales drop to the lowest m, level since 1946. rubbish bin. i was so scared. coming in, i'm purple in the face. it's no lights, camera or action — how hollywood is struggling just crazy. i know there are lots of to keep productions going and its crews safe. people like me suffering in some sort of way with mental illness or physical abilities. i'm very fortunate, like i say, that i have got that back in behind me, some people haven't got that. and that's really sad. to think there could be somebody on their own that can't get good morning, how are you? through to delivery, but hasn't got a new nhs app to track the spread of coronavirus is being rolled out somebody as amazing as marisa to look after them. that's quite sad, on the isle of wight today. the trial will help shape the government's strategy really. alicia, in terms of school, for easing the lockdown. the software is designed to rapidly do you think you will be able to trace recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for covid—i9. catch up when the schools go back? it's hoped it will be rolled out across the uk can you hear me? do you think you by the middle of this month. in other developments, some of england's largest providers of care in the home have told will be able to catch up when you go the bbc they can't get the ppe back to school? luckily, for me,
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they need to protect the people because i'm doing a—levels, we they're looking after. already learned all the material for there are calls for funeral services to resume in churches. our exams before the whole corona more than 30 conservative mps have signed a letter to the church thing happened. it's more of a case of england saying updated government guidance allows funerals to take place as long as social distancing of catching up with work, but doing exams, so that we can pass and go on measures are observed. this morning, the office to co m plete for national statistics will release exams, so that we can pass and go on to complete our a—levels in year 14. new figures for england and wales on the number of coronavirus and your plans after that? i'm deaths — including those deaths outside hospital. planning on going to university. the we'll bring you those as soon as they're out. ourfirst report this main onei planning on going to university. the main one i really want to go to is aberystwyth. 0k, listen, iwish you morning is from andy moore. all the best, alicia. thank you so the nhs covid—i9 app lets you know much for talking to us again. chloe, quickly if you've come into contact i want to wish you all the best, as with someone who has symptoms... this is the nhs app that well. the incredible work you're could play a key role stopping doing, thank you talking to we a second wave of the virus. appreciated. marisa, susanna, hello. it's already been trialled on a small—scale at an raf base in north yorkshire. thank you. just want to say thank you for giving us your time because there is a lot to do, isn't there?
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thank you. if you are a young carer now it's being rolled out across the isle of wight. today, council staff and healthcare workers will be able to download it. on thursday, the general public on the island will have access. the new app uses a phone's watching those young carers around bluetooth connection to work. the country let me know your own once you've installed the app, experiences. send us an e—mail. every time you come into contact with someone else who has it, donald has said god bless these your phone records that fact. then if you tell the app you have wonderful children. this is bbc symptoms of covid—i9, the other people who you've been close to will be automatically alerted and should self—isolate. news. the app is just one part of a wider strategy to test, track and trace the virus. it stays dry, visibly it's hoped 18,000 specialist staff sunny for most parts of the country, join the rest will be at work by the middle of the month using widespread of today and the south west. testing to stamp out still plenty cloud around the rain, any virus hotspots. not as heavy or the winds are strong through this afternoon. but the slb, some dump weather the aim of test, track and trace anywhere from the isle of wight westwards and into south wales is to hunt down and isolate will cloud across shetland to the sunshine. the virus so it's unable he's in a few spots, but the winds to reproduce, and crucially, test, track and trace allows us to take lightest in the north, away a more targeted approach to lockdown from that southwestern corner. while still safely it will feel pleasant in the sunshine we have. it's 17, 80 degrees west, as scotland seemed to across parts containing the disease. of north west england and north east
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wales, always cooler than those eastern coast by embarking on this with the onshore breeze project and by embracing that will ease or through tonight. test, track and trace, winds continue to ease a little bit in the south. you will be saving lives. west was still fairly cloudy and wanted to showers for cornwall, macleod for orkney and shetland. but with clear skies in between, 288 coronavirus deaths it could be a bit of a chilly night, were reported yesterday. with temperatures well down that's the lowest daily total into single figures mean some for more than a month, of you be waking up tomorrow morning but may reflect a lag in reporting to a little bit of frost. over the weekend. this damp fog patches will clear, there's been a total of 28,731; showers in devon, cornwall, pembrokeshire, cloud across fatalities in the uk. shetland, but for most, a sunny and warm day. there are privacy concerns over the new nhs app, but the government says users only need to give limited personal details. there are also worries it may not be compatible with similar apps used overseas, and that could eventually cause problems for foreign travel. but in the short—term, the current lockdown looks set to be extended on thursday, and we will have to wait for a broadcast by the prime minister on sunday to find out details about how and when the restrictions will be eased. andy moore, bbc news.
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this morning, the health secretary matt hancock told the bbc that, by downloading the app, the public would be helping the government figure out exactly where the virus is. the more people who have the app, the better. and even if fewer people than the numbers you were talking about have the app, then it still will help to tell us where there might be hot spots, where there might be many more people having the symptoms and getting the tests, this is bbc news with the latest which will allow us headlines for viewers in the uk to have a picture across the country and around the world. of where there might be hotspots latest death figures from the uk of the virus in future. show that more than 30,000 people are now known to have he also addressed concerns died from coronavirus. about the the amount of information the figures show that more than 6000 the app would store once once it people died from the virus had been downloaded. in english care homes up the data is stored on your phone to the start of may. until you need a test, a smartphone app aimed at tracking in which case you've got to tell us the spread of coronavirus goes who you are because we've got live for the first time, to get the test to you. so it... in a trial on the isle of wight, the data is entirely stored on the phone, it doesn't go into some sort the government says the system, which uses bluetooth, is secure, despite concerns of database in the sky. so i think that we can give very from privacy campaigners.
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significant reassurances we can give very significant on the privacy aspects, but what i can tell reassurances on the privacy aspects, but what i can tell you is if you download the app then you is if you download the app, you are doing your duty then you are doing your duty. and you are helping to save lives. a bbc investigation has found an iranian airline with links to the revolutionary guard played a central role the labour leader sir keir starmer told the bbc he hoped the app would work, but said it was important the government also increased traditional tracing methods. i really hope it works, because i think that testing and tracing is going to be crucial to getting to the next stage of fighting this crisis. my concern is obviously if it doesn't work, what then? and secondly that there was an app in singapore where, in the end, only 20% of the public actually used it. so there is a real challenge there, and what i am saying to the government is don't put all your eggs in one basket, we need to have the sort of traditional methods of tracing as well ramped up, because we may need them sooner rather than later.
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and allied to that, just one other point is i want to see the number of tests go up, up, up. at the moment they have gone up in the last week to ten days, but there are still key workers, key members, what we now need is testing for everybody who's got symptoms, everybody who's been in contact with anyone who's got symptoms. so we just need to keep that curve, the number of tests, going up and up and up, and have in addition to the app, if it works, and i really hope it does, in addition to that you're going to need your traditional methods of tracing as well, and i want to see them in place really quickly. let's now speak to the conservative mp for the isle of wight, bob seely. good morning to you. how does this artwork? it works on a bluetooth light scheme, so you download it, you put in just the first half of your postcode and your machine, your
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smartphone will talk to other smartphones and if anyone is showing symptoms and they have reported symptoms and they have reported symptoms via the app, that things that information where necessary to other mobile phones. one of the things we had to work out, and there will be glitches, is how sensitive that has to be to pick up relevant and useful information, so this is a test before it will certainly nation in about two, three or four weeks, to get the software elements ironed out, providing it is fundamentally sound, which is one of the things we will be checking. that implies you have to have bluetooth on and your phone on all the time? unless there will be a reminderfor nhs phone on all the time? unless there will be a reminder for nhs staff, god bless them, helping people with covid, they will be reminded to turn their phones off otherwise it will be pinging all the time. unless you
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are treating covid patients, you will have your bluetooth on, and the challenge of keeping bluetooth and without draining your battery has been overcome, it can work without being an irritant to your battery or draining your battery, you can still use your smartphone is normal. let's say we happen to be in each other because my company for ten or 15 minutes, we both downloaded the app and have bluetooth and you test positive, so it sends the information to me, what do i do?m asks you to do various things. it is not compulsory, it is not telling you that it is advising you that somebody you have come into contact with, it is anonymous, you will not know who, has now reported symptoms therefore you may wish to know the following, and it will give you a series of options. if you do not have a smartphone and you are feeling ill and you report your symptoms, that is initially picked up symptoms, that is initially picked up by symptoms, that is initially picked up by the human tracing service that comes with this and it will be put
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into the system manually using people to talk to two people who do not have smartphones, but if you have a smartphone you get the information, and likewise if a person then gets the all clear, you are then informed. it brings a running commentary on your safety as regards covid relevant to others. you said the human tracing system that comes with this, you do not —— we do not have this? this app is pa rt we do not have this? this app is part of a three pronged programme, test, trace and track. we will be downloading the app from this afternoon onwards, there is a tracing service of human beings who will support this and i will be a testing service, and one of the many benefits of us getting this first on the island to protect our folks, especially the at—risk groups better, it's we had a significant testing centre just for ourselves on the island to make sure we can process. you will either ask for a
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testing set via delivery or you go to the centre. i understand all that, i am just suggesting that we do not have the human tracing side of this yet, we do not have the people who will carry out the manual tests. 0k. well, we do for our project on the island for the next few weeks, we do. one of the things that will be asked, maybe, as well as ironing out any algorithm glitches within the system or making it smaller sensitive to human contact, will be working out exactly the size of the army of traces we need to roll this out nationwide. but do we have the tracing service for the isle of wight? absolutely. it is not just for the isle of wight? absolutely. it is notjust the app, it is the tracing and testing and you have all three to make a success of this on the island. quite a lot of scepticism from some people. many people are saying they will downloaded, karen says i will
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downloaded, karen says i will downloaded, anything that helps stop the spread of covid—i9, nick and many others online. quite a few are saying, no thanks, i am worried about my data. what can you say to reassure them? i think there are a couple of points. on data, is there a problem in general about the use of data online? absolutely. china is building a surveillance state, google is trading on personal information. none of that is releva nt to information. none of that is relevant to this app, this is about the most data friendly, data respectful app. it only asks for the first part of your postcode. that is it. there are 12 postcode districts on the isle of wight, it willjust know which postcode you are. i will type in the first half of my postcode, not even the second half. only if it is asking you to ask for a test, you may have come into contact with others, do you want to follow this up? then you put in your
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name or address if you want the testing kit to be dropped off, otherwise you can manually book yourself a test. only then do i say i may have got this, here is my name and address. if there are problems of data privacy, this app is not pa rt of data privacy, this app is not part of that and the critical point here is that this is a next your layer of protection. we had to get rid of this virus and suppress it, and the way we will do that is by using the testing, tracing and tracking service we have here, and the rest of the country, once we have ironed out the glitches, the rest of the country will get it in 80 weeks. thank you very much, mr seely. bob sealey, conservative mp for the isle of wight. the irish airline aer lingus says it is reviewing procedures on its belfast to london flights, following a claim it is not observing social distancing measures. one passenger, sean mallon, took this photo on a flight to heathrow yesterday, showing almost every seat occupied and most passengers sitting next to each other. aer lingus says the safety
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of customers and crew is its "top priority" and any necessary changes will be implemented urgently. there are calls for funeral services to resume in churches. more than 30 conservative mps have signed a letter to the church of england saying updated government guidance allows funerals to take place as long as social distancing measures are observed. a church of england spokesman said it has reviewed its advice regularly. a doctor in france has claimed that one of his patients diagnosed with pneumonia in december actually had the coronavirus — a month before the first cases there were confirmed. the doctor said a swab taken at the time was recently tested, and came back positive for covid—i9. the patient, a man in his 50s who has since recovered, said he had no idea where he caught the virus as he hadn't been to any infected areas. british new car sales slumped by about 97% in april, to the lowest level since 1946. just over 4,300 sales
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were registered. the industry says they believe there will be half a million fewer new cars sold this year than previously thought. stephen norman is the managing director of vauxhall motors, which employs more than 5,000 people in the uk. he told the bbc the future of the industry depended on car dealerships being allowed to reopen. for the industry as a whole, and obviously for vauxhall in particular, i don't think we've seen figures like this since the emergence of the popular car market after the second world war, so the market a year ago was 186,000 vehicles in april and this last month under 10,000 vehicles, so it's something ridiculously small, and obviously, as you said in your introduction, what now needs to happen is, as the government announces the ability of retail dealerships to reopen for sales activity, and we can get everybody back to work, our ability to reopen
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the plants in the united kingdom, in luton and ellesmere port, and of course the same for our competitors, is dependent on a retail activity restarting restarting to pool the demand, as it were. the headlines on bbc news. an app aimed at tracking the spread of coronavirus goes live for the first time, in a trial on the isle of wight. some of england's largest home care providers tell the bbc that they're on the verge of breaking point over access to ppe. the pandemic hits the uk's motor industry as new car sales drop to the lowest level since 1916. there are warnings of a growing gap between disadava ntaged pupils and those from wealthier families as a result of school closures. with no set date for reopening schools, charities and headmasters are worried about the long—term implications for the most vulnerable children.
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john owen reports. for weeks now, schools that are usually a hive of activity have looked more like this. and for most schoolchildren, the new normal looks like this. with the exception of the children of critical workers and some vulnerable children, most young people are attempting to continue their education at home, with schools relying heavily on online resources. but now school leaders and charities have warned of a growing gulf between disadvantaged pupils and their more affluent counterparts, and of the long—term consequences that could follow for those young people who are currently being denied an education. we face a huge potential wave of educational poverty. there are some families that have had to stop paying for their monthly broadband because they haven't got the money to be able to do it. i think there could possibly be a lost generation of young people. carlton bolling academy is a comprehensive school in one
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of the most deprived areas of bradford, with 1,500 students, most of whom are not currently attending school. at the present time, we've only got about 35% engagement in the online learning. part of the problem is that some of our young people do not have, and theirfamilies do not have, access to the internet or to laptops, so it means our interactive learning, online, they cannot access, so they've got paper—based learning. jane explained while many students do not have any access to the internet at all, some, like year10 laiba kazmi, simply have limited access. me and my brother both share a laptop, and also i've got an auntie at home who's studying her lpc at this moment in time, so between the three of us, there's one laptop that we have to share. research suggests a third of pupils overall are taking part in online lessons each day, but those from private schools are twice as likely to do so as their counterparts at state schools.
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the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged in our education system is already significant. we know what's now happening is that gap is getting wider even despite the best efforts of schools, the bbc and other people providing all kinds of online resources. the government has pledged £100 million to boost remote learning and has committed to provide laptops to vulnerable young people and disadvantaged pupils in year 10, but some say more action is needed. the government need a national strategy to look at imaginative solutions to make sure these left behind vulnerable children, pupils and students are being looked after and educated. but with no clear end to the lockdown in sight, fears of irreparable damage to young people's educational prospects continue. john owen, bbc news. let's talk to anne longfield, the children's commissioner for england, who's at home in ilkley. good morning to you. i wonder if you
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think the damage to some children from disadvantaged families will be irreparable? i think there is a danger of that if there was not action taken, which is why i am one of the people, along with others, saying this is something that is a real risk, it is something that they need a very concrete turnaround and it is something children desperately need. we have seen the number of children very clearly in your clip, thatis children very clearly in your clip, that is pretty widespread, who are not logging in at home to take advantage of what our fantastic resources . advantage of what our fantastic resources. some of them won't have the tech, some won't have the internet access and some just won't have the kind of home environments thatis have the kind of home environments that is conducive to that. there are lots of children who will be in homes where there are lots of problems going on and they are just getting by most days. there are a lot of children, and if they are out
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until september, actually, that is six months, half a year of their education, which could mean many could never catch up. never catch 7 could never catch up. never catch so could never catch up. never catch up? so the contributor in the film who said it could potentially be a lost generation, you say that as a possibility? it could be if they are out for six months of their lives and they are at a certain stage of their education. you hear such fantastic things that teachers are able to do to transform children's prospects. i talk to teachers who are working with two—year—olds who come into the early years setting unable to set down, unable to self and unable to take in any information. they tell me in three months they can turn that situation into one where children are able to learn. if you don't have that process to go through to be able to
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transform into a child that can learn and progress, it is very difficult to catch up. similarly when you come into primary school, there are various stages where children rely on their teachers for that enormous boost in their opportunity and without that there will be children who may well through the gaps. what kind of plan do you think there should be to try to at least help them catch up? government has announced it is providing some tech, some laptops and some broadband support. that is very welcome. but it probably won't arrive certainly beforejune or the beginning ofjune, so that in itself isa gap. beginning ofjune, so that in itself is a gap. i think there is capacity within school for those vulnerable children at the moment. we expect more figures today but at the moment only about 10% of children are going on, that can certainly be boosted and needs to be visited, but
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alongside that, i am not a scientist, i will not say when they need to get into school on scientific grounds, but the earliest possibility to be able to engage more fully with those children, to get back in before the summer, and then that important catch up. one mp has talked about getting additional tutoring support, i would like to see additional catch—up support for those children before september. not to add pressure to kids that have already had an anxious time but to really offer them that really in—depth support they need to be able to start that next education year confident and ready to learn. thank you very much, anne longfield, the children's commissioner for england. the department for education said, we will do everything possible to make sure no child, whatever their background, full to behind. the government is committed over 100 million to boost remote education, including
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providing devices to the children who need it most and 4g intranet hotspots for care leavers, children with a social worker in secondary school and children in year ten who do not have internet connections. i have been asking since the weekend when it was reported by some papers that you six might be going back in june, not confirmed by the government, we are waiting for boris johnson to come up with his framework on sunday, quite a lot of you are very keen to send primary school children back to school, others very anxious. charlotte grammar, that is her name says, yes, kids need to get back to school urgently. many reasons, i would send men back tomorrow if i could, but catherine says social distancing is impossible with primary schoolchildren. i work in a school in siam deeply concerned. another dealer says i will be following the guidance from scotland's first minister rather than the uk government —— another reviewer says.
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glenn says what about children who live with those of the government had sent a letter to to say they are high risk? will exceptions be major winner be expected that children self—isolate at home and avoid the at—risk family member? richard smeaton says absolutely primary schools, probably didn't need to close in the first place. with appropriate measures sweden kept its schools open for people tip to 16 and many others working in schools have been there every day in the crisis, even the holidays, full key worker provision. i1015 am we will speak to wales liberal welsh education minister to see what their principles will be full reopening schools —— at 10:15am. you can e—mail me or send me a tweet. i will be interesting to hear your views on this next story. —— i will be interested. a charity that supports single parent families says it's seen a huge increase in calls to its helpline from families struggling to cope.
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last month, the government announced all schoolchildren eligible for free school dinners would be given vouchers worth £15 per child, per week, to use at supermarkets until schools reopened. the system's come under fire from some parents and school leaders for not being able to cope with demand, forcing some families to wait up to five weeks for their vouchers. victoria benson is the chief executive of gingerbread, a charity for single parent families. she's in north london. and hannah graham is a single mum of two. her kids qualify for free school dinners. she had to wait three weeks for her first vouchers and she now runs a peer support for other parents in the same situation who are struggling with the system. good morning, both. hannah, if you had to wait three weeks for his first vouchers, how did you get by with a six—year—old and a nine—year—old? with a six—year—old and a nine-year-old? it was very difficult. we went into isolation a week before logjam because we spent an afternoon with a lady who went on to have virus micro —— a week before
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lockdown. there was no provision planned at that point. if you had two children at home, theyjust want to eat. the cupboards were empty within the first few days. when children are bored, what can i now? and on top of that instead of the ten lunches that were packed into the weekly planning, i was not prepared at all. ten extra meals a week, isn't it? so how stressful would you say it has been, trying to get hold of food? probably the most stressful experience of the whole thing for me. from the point of view having to the funds, getting hold of vouchers, never knowing when they're going to arrive, trying to get hold of the food from the supermarket, i am lucky that i have a weekly slot but things are out of my basket because they are out of stock, so what i get when it is delivered is about half of what i have ordered.
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the whole catering for the children and for me, while staying in the house, has been a nightmare. i did ta ke house, has been a nightmare. i did take them to a supermarket (inaudible) experience in itself are two children. you cut out, but i am guessing you are saying you took them to the supermarket and it was tough going with a six—year—old and a nine—year—old? tough going with a six—year—old and a nine-year-old? it was a nightmare, my six—year—old has additional needs and trying to get him to stay within and trying to get him to stay within a two metre box waiting to glenn was a two metre box waiting to glenn was a nightmare, and when i was in there i felt like i wanted to put them in trolley, trying to get them not to stay near people, let people walk past, then remembering what you wa nted past, then remembering what you wanted to buy, i came out with not everything i needed. wanted to buy, i came out with not everything i neededlj wanted to buy, i came out with not everything i needed. i bet you did. let me bring in victoria from the gingerbread charity. this is a statement from the department
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french, we encourage schools to arrange food parcels or collections forfamilies with arrange food parcels or collections for families with three school meals, there are excellent examples of schools using their own office to support the children who need it. the national voucher scheme was launched to provide supermarket vouchers, which is delivering for thousands of schools. it is working, clearly, for many families. for the small minority for whom it is not, what kind of an issue would you say it is? we have had many calls to our helpline where parents have experienced difficulties getting vouchers actual, and if they get the vouchers actual, and if they get the vouchers they had difficulties redeeming them in the shops. for many of those parents reliant on those vouchers to feedback children, it isa those vouchers to feedback children, it is a massive issue. why has it been difficult to use them in the shops? they are not valid in every shop, they are valid in a range of shops but it is not always a shop local to the single—parent. we have
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heard from our group coordinators on our helpline that once people have gone to the shop they have not been able to redeem the vouchers, which has caused much stress. but do you know why, sorry to interrupt? we have heard about a lot of technical issues with the vouchers, with the site, with the sheer difficulty in getting the vouchers in the first place. people can have paper vouchers or electronic vouchers and i think some shops just are not able to process them. clearly it is causing a lot of stress to single pa rents causing a lot of stress to single parents who are already struggling financially. what increase in calls have seen in percentage terms? up 130% from what increase in calls have seen in percentage terms? up 13096 from this time last year with many parents struggling financially, single pa rents, struggling financially, single parents, generally were in work before the crisis but don't work on the type ofjobs they can continue working after the crisis, so many have lost their jobs, working after the crisis, so many have lost theirjobs, and coupled with that, because they've seen a
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massive increase in costs because they gotta feed their children five days a week and of course that's really expensive. in terms of food parcels, some schools are giving out food parcels. is that working well orare food parcels. is that working well or are people ringing you about that? i was speaking to a friend of mine who works in a school and they had to arrange food parcels. they only got on to the voucher website last week so for the first six weeks of this lockdown they have been trying to arrange food parcels for the vulnerable families and i think the vulnerable families and i think the difficulties getting hold of the vulnerable families. you can't a lwa ys vulnerable families. you can't always reach them. they are really worried about those families in those schools are struggling. 0k, that's really interesting, so the system of vouchers you would say is actually a really good idea, it's just the administration of the system that is perhaps causing issues? well, i think the system of
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arranging for those families to receive some kind of payment instead of school meals is absolutely necessary. cash would work much better because then the single pa rents better because then the single parents could shop in a whole range of shops near them, which are local to them and convenient, so we know iceland isn't covered in the range of shops covered by the vouchers, but this will enable single parents to choose where they are shopping so they might have to take their children with them for example, which we've heard is very stressful. it would enable them to shop around for the best deals. that's really crucial for many single parents, for the best deals. that's really crucialfor many single parents, who have to watch every penny. absolutely. i mean, hannah, there will be some watching thinking how was it possible in the fifth richest economy in the world people are in a crisis situation but people are struggling to get hold of food for their children? we have got so many parents who are really struggling.
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we are having problems with the syste m we are having problems with the system itself insofar as once the school has managed to upload the vouchers, which some schools are having to do it at four i am in the morning to load the applications on, it's taking ten days to arrive, so we don't know what week we are going to get the vouchers and which week is going to have a delay in the syste m is going to have a delay in the system and then we need to stay in a queue to download the vouchers and that clue does not work well on a mobile phone, it works better on a laptop, and when you get into the shops sometimes, they scan the voucher and it says no. we had a lady which literally took a £15 voucher of shopping and had £2 in her purse and the computer rejected her purse and the computer rejected her voucher, and she was there with her voucher, and she was there with her child. fortunately the next person in the queue cover their voucher for them but all sorts of scary tales who don't know where the money is going to come in, so we've had great support here. the food banks have been largely closed.
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larger members —— we have a system started here where supermarkets are passing on unsold food and we distribute that amongst families and we have got the church, as well, setting up food parcels. before their skype gives up, is there one thing which could make the system work better for everybody? personally, i would like it to be that the schools are loaded on and the schools are a seller who has got eligibility at the beginning and then every week it was automatically sent out to them? not that the school has to load it on every week. 0k, school has to load it on every week. ok, i'm going to pause there because the kit is giving up on us but i got your point. you wanted to be automated and i'm very grateful for you coming in this morning and
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describing those you very much your own experiences of course are absolutely perfect. send us an e—mail and throughout the day on bbc news we are going to have a special day of coverage looking at how the corona epidemic has impacted pupils and their schooling both in the uk and around the world. if you've got experiences you want to share you can contact us by sending us your thoughts, questions and videos to #bbcyourquestions on twitter. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor. it is warming up slowly and surely. it certainly is, victoria. good morning to you. temperatures on the rise for the rest of the week. blue
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skies and it's going to be wetter conditions for others. this was in devon a short while ago. the rain confined to the south—west of england and south wales with heavy bursts of rain, strong and gusty winds, both easing as we go through the day. away from that, high clouds, sunshine hazy in places but for most, blue skies overhead and where the slightest, sheltered in north—west england, this is where we will see the highest temperatures, 17-18. will see the highest temperatures, 17—18. much cooler towards the south—west compared with yesterday. as we go through this evening and overnight, the cloud and patchy rain in the far south—west will break up a little bit more, still a few showers across cornwall, a more cloud across that them too but in between some mist and fog and temperatures in low single figures with some mist and fog and frost into tomorrow morning but for wednesday, sunny conditions for the vast majority. cloud enchantment and showers in the south—west and things
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are getting warmer. hello, this is bbc news with victoria derbyshire. the headlines. an app aimed at tracking the spread of coronavirus goes live for the first time, in a trial on the isle of wight. the government says the system, which uses bluetooth, is secure, despite concerns from privacy campaigners. we can give very significant reassurances on the privacy aspects, but what i can tell you is if you download the app, then you are doing your duty. some of england's largest home care providers tell the bbc that they're on the verge of breaking point over access to ppe. the pandemic puts the handbrake on the uk motor industry, as new car sales drop to the lowest level since 1916. the latest figures on the coronavirus have just been
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released by the office for national statistics. let's speak with nick stripe, their head of health analysis, to look at what they can tell us is happening. good morning. tell us for which week this is and what the headline figures are, please. like last week, i'm going to give you some big numbers and it's easy to forget the human story behind them but this is for the week ending the 24th of april, death registrations, so every death across the country is registered. this is not data through the health system, all death registrations in the country, registered in the weekend ending 24th of april. figures show that there were 21,997 deaths registered across england and wales that week. that's about 350 deaths lesser than
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the week before. let me pause you there, that's the first decrease during the academic? the first one, yes. we are still 11,500 above average for this week in a year, till more than double what we would expect at this time of year, so last week was the highest number for death registrations we had seen since the data started in 1993, this is the second highest week since that data started but it's the first week we have seen a slight drop and it is perhaps useful to think about the timing of these death registrations, so these are largely deaths taking up to 21st of april, about 11—5 weeks after the lockdown was advised and instructed, so if we think about the kind of timeline of the disease, we are talking about three orfour the disease, we are talking about three or four weeks from becoming infected to sadly death, and so we would expect to see that impact of
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the lockdown so it's reassuring to see the numbers of deaths have slightly dropped from that very high peak, though. we have now seen, in total, up to the 24th of april, 27,330 deaths registered with coded mentioned on the death certificate across england and wales up to that date, just under 30,000 across the uk and come in terms of access deaths, the 11 and a half thousand in the last week above average, access deaths, we have now seen in the last five registration weeks 38,500 excess deaths across england and wales, and if you add in figures from scotland and northern ireland, it's about 42,000 deaths above average in that last five week period. 0k. average in that last five week period. ok. if i've got that right, up period. ok. if i've got that right, up to april 24, just over 27,000 deaths registered with coded. 11,500 deaths registered with coded. 11,500
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deaths access deaths, above what we would normally expect to see at this time of year, in terms of the breakdown between deaths in care homes and other settings, do you have that? yes, the proportions of deaths involving covid—19 is changing over time. three weeks ago when we first spoke, about 90% of all deaths mentioned in covid—19 was in hospital settings and that's now down to 59 in the last week. when we spoke three weeks ago, 5% involved ca re spoke three weeks ago, 5% involved care home settings. that's now up to 34%. if we look at the total number of deaths in those settings, in hospitals, the last week, 75% more deaths than would expect to see at this time of year in hospital settings, and a large number of those involved covid—19, so deaths from non—coded causes are below what we would expect this time. in care
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homes, the situation is more stark even than that, so almost four times more deaths we would expect to see at this time of year where registered in that last week, about 240 more deaths in registered care homes and that number is coming up. 35% of those mentioned covid—19 of death certificates are in terms of numbers in care home settings, this time last week the talk about just over 3000 deaths registered up to the 17th in care home settings involving covid—19, and now 6000, 5877 deaths registered up to friday the 24th in care home settings. we also had additional data, more up—to—date data from the care quality commission in england, and now also from the cave inspectorate of wales, so these are notification from care home manager to those two bodies, and they show that in the week up to last friday, the 1st of may, there were about 2100 deaths
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notified to them of care home settings on top of the 5900 registrations the week before. 0k, thank you very much. i appreciate your time is always on tuesday morning. we will bring you more analysis of those figures of course through the morning here on bbc news. thank you very much. some of the largest providers of home care in england have told the bbc they can't get the ppe they need to protect the people they're looking after. bosses say without the equipment, they can't carry out the crucial support that millions rely on. tim muffett reports. another home visit for sharon and gemma. hello, christina, how are you today, darling? the care they provide is crucial. they are filming this footage in christina's house for us. our group ranges from 40 to 100. some have neurological disorders, others are elderly. when we enter a house, the first
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thing we will do is wash our hands. then we will apply our ppe so we go and enter someone's house four times a day, that is four sets of ppe and we are doing double up care, whether our two carers going into the home, that is double the ppe we need. if you don't have ppe, you can't go in? yes. how are you today? getting hold of personal protective equipment is now so hard, it's threatening this company's ability to provide care. many ppe suppliers have redirected their products to the nhs but that means home care providers are having to try and find something elsewhere. without it, they can't operate. we are genuinely in fear of running out of gloves and aprons and in particular, disposable facemasks any day. if you don't get that ppe, what happens? well, we are really worried. what do we do? we can't send our staff in.
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how are we going to look after people like christina tomorrow if there are no facemasks? christina, how reliant on sharon and gemma are you? they do practically everything for me. wash me, get everything ready for me in the evening, for bed. while they've got protection, you feel safer as well when they come in. there is a national stockpile of ppe but this company says it's been too difficult to access. when we've gone to them week after week to try and get help, we say unless you've got a client with coronavirus or a member of staff with coronavirus, we can't help you. it's absolutely insane. the department of health and social care told the bbc this shouldn't have happened. it says: local resilience forums are hoping to distribute the national stockpile
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and the government says the local forum should have directed this company to the national helpline service. hi, linda! next it's linda's home and another set of ppe is needed. it's notjust the basic care needs that we have to help and support with, and the food, making sure they get nutrition, but it's also the social isolation. i don't know what it'd be like, they do everything for me. i had a stroke and i can't move my left side very well. if they weren't able to visit because they couldn't get any protective equipment, what would that mean for you? it would break my heart. they are special people. we are living on a day—to—day basis of having masks delivered where we can get them from. are these ones all right, linda? the department of health and social care says it's doing everything it can to ensure the social care sector has the support it needs during the pandemic, but we've
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contacted several of the largest home care providers across the uk who say the lack of ppe is a widespread problem. four said they were considering terminating contracts with councils, potentially affecting more than 1,000 people receiving care at home. tim muffett, bbc news. back in february, before coronavirus, we brought together young people from all over the country who look after their mums and dads. they're called young carers, which is one of those terms that doesn't give you any insight into the huge responsibility on their shoulders — administering medicine, helping looking after younger brothers and sisters, cooking, cleaning, calling 999 when a parent had an epileptic seizure. we revealed then that young carers spent an average of 25 hours a week looking after loved ones — the equivalent of £12,000 a year on a part—time carers' wages. some had missed a fair amount of school too as a result of their responsibilities.
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but in a way going to school when they could, was some respite for them. we thought we'd ask some of the young carers to talk to us again to see what it's like for them under lockdown. 11—year—old marissa salter is a full time carerfor her mum suzanna, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, deterioration of her lower spine and arthritis. she'd already missed a quarter of school this year before lockdown. they're in cornwall. chloe seaman—yates is 16 and from birmingham. she cares full time for her mum who has mental health problems and a lung condition. she cares part time for her dad who lives away from the family and is an alcoholic. she also looks after her nine—year—old sister and six—year—old brother. ellessha richards is also 16 and from birmingham. she looks after her mum who has epilepsy, because her dad isn't in the picture. she has to make sure her mum takes her medication and ensure she is there for her in case her mum has a seizure. hello and very nice to have you on
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the programme again, thank you for talking to us. what is your daily routine now under lockdown when it comes to looking after your mum? well, i get up and then i help mum get up and normally we just have cereal or toast and then i do the washing and then... she does cooking, we do more baking now, a little bit of school work that's been sent to us, she can go out in the back garden which is secure, are you able to keep in touch with friends at all? yes. we have a whole bunch of groups based on young ca re rs bunch of groups based on young carers and we just kind of make sure we are each other. susanna, yorker
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are used come in once a week, i know, obviously that's now not happening. how would you say she is coping? i've got to be honest, she has gone above and beyond, because i had massive, massive mental breakdown at the very beginning of it all, huge anxiety, panic attacks to the point i could barely breathe, believe it or not, i stopped eating, because i was scared every item of food was infected. she actually saw me through that and if she hadn't done, i don't know where i have been. we have also been very lucky that through action for children, their appeal, we've had food parcels delivered, because we can't go out to get food. we got to rely on either deliveries or... good to talk to you again. you look after your mum who has epilepsy. you told us before how distressing it has been
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certainly when you first witnessed her having a seizure. what it been like for you under lockdown? it's been a lot easier because i don't have to worry about her having a fit when we are out. it's kind of stressful because we are locked up together and i think the only time we ever get advice for each other, is when we are in our room or having a shower, or one of us has to go to the shops to get necessities. you get a young carer‘s allowance. how much is that? i don't get it. why not? i don't know. i personally haven't been paid any money. and you've been looking after your mum since you were ten. but you took on the full—time care of her when you
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reach the age of 14? yes. it was really ha rd reach the age of 14? yes. it was really hard because i was in year nine, just started learning for my gcses, and then taking on the stress of looking after my mum, as well. i'm going to bring in chloe. hello to you. you look off your mum full—time, your dad part time, and he lives elsewhere. you also look after your nine—year—old sister and six—year—old brother. what is it like under lockdown when you can't go to school, when your siblings can't go to school? it's weird because in a way it's brought us closer because we are spending a lot more time together, but also it's pulling us apart because there's a lot more bickering and silly arguments between us all. tell us about your routine during the day.
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arguments between us all. tell us about your routine during the daylj do more of my caring out at night, when it's bedtime and if they wake up when it's bedtime and if they wake up andi when it's bedtime and if they wake up and i have to see to them, when they are making sure they are not fighting or anything. what about your mum's medication? are you in charge of making sure she takes the right medication? no, not as much any more, because when you're in the house together, she's a lot more on it because there's nothing else for her to do apart from focus on herself and is not. thankfully, 00:53:38,181 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 that's not happening now.
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