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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. uk—based airlines say they've been told the british government is planning a 14—day quarantine for air passengers arriving in the country. the new restriction is expected to take effect at the end of this month. a lot of airports now are closed for passenger traffic. there are very few flights coming in, and that means no revenue, so we are really having to adjust and see our way through. russia marks the 75th anniversary of the end of world war ii, but without the planned red square parade of soldiers and veterans. but belarus holds a full victory parade with huge crowds, and no regard for social distancing.
protect the public transport network — people who need to travel into a workplace in england will be urged to consider to walk or cycle more. china's president expresses concern about the coronavirus situation in north korea, and offers to help. hello, and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. we're covering all the latest coronavirus developments here in britain and globally. first, uk airlines have been told that passengers flying into the country will be expected to quarantine for m days from the end of this month. the body which represents
the industry says it needs to see more detail, but understands that the new restriction won't apply to arrivals from the republic of ireland. the new restrictions would bring the uk into line with some of the toughest global measures on travel, and the aviation industry has warned it would have a devastating impact on the sector and the wider economy. andy moore reports. heathrow airport, where there are currently far more planes parked up than actually going anywhere. at the end of this month, anyone flying into the country is expected to have to self—isolate in a private dwelling for two weeks. airlines are due to be briefed this morning. they fear it could compound the severe damage they have already suffered. nobody is looking to book, and this isjust to prolong nobody is looking to book, and this is just to prolong that scenario. nobody is going to come to this country if they have to quarantine for 14 days. business travel will be
decimated, and in all likelihood, it is going to prolong the delay in people wanting to book holidays and go on theirsummer people wanting to book holidays and go on their summer holidays this year. so it will be pretty devastating. the quarantine will not apply to lorry drivers and other key workers, nor to arrivals from the republic of ireland. the united kingdom is eagerly awaiting a televised address from the prime minister tomorrow evening, when he will announce a road map for the way forward. but it's not expected he will announce any major immediate changes. we have learned that garden centres in england will be allowed to reopen on wednesday. a similar measure has been announced in wales from monday, where people will also be able to exercise outdoors as much as they like so long as they remain in their local area. the four devolved nations are trying to move broadly at the same pace, but that might not always be possible. i, with the first ministers of wales and northern ireland, spoke to the prime minister. there was, i think, a helpful recognition in that call that the four uk nations may well
move at different speeds if our data about the spread of the virus says that that is necessary to suppress it. yesterday the government announced another 626 people had died with coronavirus, including a six—week—old baby with underlying health problems. the child is believed to be the youngest victim in the uk. the total number of deaths in all settings now stands at 31,241. as the lockdown is gradually eased, the government is expected to urge us today to cycle or walk to work wherever possible if we cannot work from home. so—called "active travel" is seen as a way of easing pressure on public transport, which will have far less capacity if social distancing is to be maintained. andy moore, bbc news.
the qurantine measures expected to be in introduced here in the uk mirror similar rules in place around the world. the world health organization says quarantine measures may delay the introduction of the epidemic to a country, or delay the peak, if they are introduced early in an outbreak. france has announced a 14—day quarantine for travellers from monday, but those arriving from britain and most of the eu will be exempt. australia has shut its borders to all international visitors, and those returning are sent to accomodation such as a hotel to quarantine. and in austria, travellers can avoid a two—week quarantine if they produce a medical certificate showing they are free of coronavirus, and can pay for a test at vienna airport. well lets stay with austria and speak to bethany bell our correspondent in vienna.
this is not something that is feasible if you have hundreds of thousands arriving at the airport every day. but it does mean that people who have a need for urgent travel right at the moment who are coming back to austria will be able to avoid the quarantine if they wish. that is useful context. let's talk to karen dee, chief executive of the airport operators in the uk, the trade association representing the trade association representing the interests of airports. thank you for joining the interests of airports. thank you forjoining us. what is your understanding of the measures to be introduced in the uk? at the moment we don't have any detail,
u nfortu nately, we don't have any detail, unfortunately, so all we know it is as you know is that it is proposed that we may see a 14 day quarantine for incoming passengers. of the government has had medical advice which determines that this measure is needed at the moment i look forward to seeing that, but we should be under no illusion that this will have a very dramatic impact on our sector. and it will make it much more difficult for aviation to restart, following the lockdown that we have had. obviously, many countries have had these quarantines. obviously, many countries have had these quara ntines. we obviously, many countries have had these quarantines. we have heard from austria. what makes the uk different? to date, we have not had quarantine measures in the uk. that was based on advice from public health england. we are interested to see how that has changed. clearly, if the medical advice says that that is necessary then of course we have to go with that. what we are keen to
understand is, is this a blanket, you know, proposal for understand is, is this a blanket, you know, proposalfor all countries, and our view is that we must see a credible exit strategy. this can't be sort of unending, and it should be based on the risk to people coming in. we are keen to work with government to understand that and develop that exit strategy, and to ensure that aviation has the kind of support it needs so that we can continue to be prepared for when we are able to reopen and restart the economy. we were hearing from bethany in vienna about labs at the airport, to do the immediate arrival testing for passengers who are coming in, if they choose to do that, do you think that would be an option that would remove the quarantine need or limit the quarantine need or limit the quarantine need or limit the quarantine need and make it more possible for international travel to continue? that's a really
interesting proposition. one of the things we've been keen to start working on with government is to understand, given that social distancing, once you've got lots of passengers, is really not going to be practical in airports, any more thanit be practical in airports, any more than it would be on public transport, we are keen to see, what other kinds of measures could be as effective to ensure that our staff and passengers can travel safely, so it could be testing, it could be facemasks and gloves or other kind of sanitising measures, but at the moment we are not medics. we need to work with government and develop an international standard, i think, that could be applied across the world. aviation is a global industry. i think what we need to ensure is that passengers can know what to expect, wherever they are travelling to and from. karen dee, ceo of the airport operators
association, thank you for talking is to us. the press secretary of the us president mike pence has tested positive for coronavirus. katie miller, who is married to a senior advisor to president trump, is the second white house worker to test positive this week. on thursday, it was confirmed that a member of the military serving as one of mr trump's valets had the virus. the president and the vice—president, who both have busy public schedules, are checked daily and have so far tested negative. in spain, the country's health ministry says number of people who have died from the coronavirus fell tojust under 180, down from 229 reported on friday. it brings the total toll of the virus there to 26,478. health officials also report a rise in the number of diagnosed cases. there are now more than 223,000 confirmed infections in the country.
the increase there comes as in italy; deaths now exceed 30,000. italy is the first country in the european union to reach that milestone. on wednesday, britain became the first country in europe to exceed that number. president putin has been leading russia's commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the defeat of nazi germany in the second world war. ceremonies have been happening around the country in honour of war heroes — but public events have been significantly pared back because of coronavirus. in a national address, mr putin paid tribute to the millions who died and said russia was invincible when its citizens stood together. the bbc‘s steve rosenberg is in red square. this is a very strange victory des in moscow. i've been to many of these celebrations in red square in these celebrations in red square in the past and normally there is an
incredible atmosphere. you see thousands of russian troops marching across the square. hundreds of pieces of military equipment, military bands, there is a big crowd, quite an amazing atmosphere. today, it is empty. and of course thatis today, it is empty. and of course that is because of the coronavirus pandemic. russia has had to turn down the celebrations. having said that, president putin did lay red roses on the tomb of the unknown soldier, made his address in a short speech to the russian people. there area number of speech to the russian people. there are a number of events that will be taking place across the country, some of them online. russia, still determined to make this a celebration, because it is such an important day for the country, not only a celebration of a glorious military victory, 75 years ago, but this is the day the country remembers the human sacrifice that was made to defeat nazi germany.
drjana howlett is a lecturer specialising in russian culture at cambridge university, and has witnessed many victory day celebrations in russia over the past 50 years. shejoins us now from cambridge. thank you forjoining us. we were hearing from our correspondent on the ground in red square arejust what a normal victory des celebration looks like in russia. you have been to many. it must seem strange to see today's sombre and limited celebrations. to be honest i have not been to that many because after the first victory parade in 1945, there was not another one until 1965 and thereafter, they were only held on, during major commemorations so during major anniversaries, like the 60th anniversary and so on. it is only since 1995 that they have become annual parades. so, in that sense,
it isa annual parades. so, in that sense, it is a very different thing for somebody of my generation. fascinating. can you explain to us why it is that russia celebrates, on a different day, from the rest of europe? we in the uk marked the anniversary yesterday. the official line is that the signing of the document of the capitulation of germany was on the 9th of may, as far as russia was concerned. so, a different date. for that reason, yes. let's talk briefly about belarus. we have seen today the very lavish celebrations there. a com pletely lavish celebrations there. a completely different approach to the value of getting out in public, shoulder to shoulder, versus the value of preserving social distancing at home.
it is very different for belarus, they are celebrating, judging from what i've been able to see so far, in memory of the soviet union's victory over fascism. in memory of the soviet union's victory overfascism. not in memory of the soviet union's victory over fascism. not as a belarussian victory in the way that russia is celebrating it as a russian victory. so it's a very different kind of occasion, and generally belarus has been... they have had some very curious pronouncements over how the coronavirus should be dealt with, and the essence of it is that we are stronger than anyone else, and as long as we drink enough vodka we will be fine. so i think there is a kind of suggestion that they don't need to do it because the virus is not as strong there as it is anywhere else. and be fair, should
be said that vladimir putin made the first part of his speech in front of the presidential guard, which paraded in front of him, they were all kind of not wearing masks, everybody was pretending that there is no fear of infection either. we will have to leave it there, but thank you for your insights. china's president, xijinping, has offered support to neighbouring north korea in dealing with coronavirus, saying he is "very concerned about the situation". but north korea maintains it hasn't had a single confirmed case of the virus. i asked our correspondent in beijing, stephen mcdonell, what he's made of china's offer. on the face of it, it seems like nothing. there was a message from the north korean leader to the chinese leader congratulating china on its efforts in defeating the coronavirus, and why wouldn't she jumping then rip on to respond to him? but what has made everyone sit
up him? but what has made everyone sit up and listen is that xi jinping has expressed its concern about the coronavirus situation in north korea, offering chinese help. well, north korea has not acknowledged it has even one single case of coronavirus, so why would it need chinese help? very interesting for china to be saying this, and also saying it publicly, because it's now been reported on a chinese state television. and just going to the north korea situation, they were very swift to close the border, to stop people travelling, so their claim that they have no cases, they might point to their measures to say, we acted early. yeah, they were, i think, say, we acted early. yeah, they were, ithink, the say, we acted early. yeah, they were, i think, the first country to close its border back injanuary. as soon as the coronavirus outbreak happened, bang, north korea, and already pretty isolated country,
because of all access to chinese tourists coming into the country, for example, shut down the border. then strangely, for 20 days, the north korean leader kimjong—un then strangely, for 20 days, the north korean leader kim jong—un went missing. even at not turning up for the celebrations for his grandfather's birthday, which is the most important festival in that country. then it's a sort of strangely reappear weeks later for the opening of a fertiliser factory, a p pa re ntly the opening of a fertiliser factory, apparently with no health problems at all. there has been some speculation that he was possibly hiding out, if i can put it that way, trying to make sure that he did not get the coronavirus. but, again, they are saying there is no coronavirus at all in north korea, so it is really hard to tell what another is going on there. —— what on earth is going on there.
with fewer cars on the roads, the lockdown could provide some unexpected solutions to environmental problems caused by too much traffic. the uk transport secretary grant schapps is expected to encourage people to cycle or walk more instead of choosing to drive, and is likely to announce some new measures in england to help that happen. our environment correspondentjustin rowlatt is in east london. grant shapps is going to say that we need to walk and cycle more to maintain social distancing. public transport will have less capacity if we stick to the two metre rule. grant shapps is going to say it start walking and cycling. he is going to give new powers to councils to close roads, set—aside space for pedestrians, and for cyclists.
and i am joined now by clyde loakes, deputy leader of waltham forest, and also the lead on transport. what have you done around here to make it easier for people to walk and cycle? for the past five years, we've been widening pedestrian space, we've been closing roads to through traffic, handing back to residents their neighbourhoods. so it's about people rather than the single mode of transport, namely, the car. clyde, you told me earlier, there used to be 5,000 cars a day coming through here. 5,500. and now there is just a few dozen? we are counting in tens now. but there was a huge pushback by motorists when you started introducing this. you ended up in the high court, didn't you? we were challenged on the pace and radical nature of our interventions that we wanted to make that put people first, put walking and cycling first, because we knew it was the right thing to do for the right reasons. we were challenged and we were successful in pushing back
on that legal challenge. but the right things to do often mean breaking the status quo, and you will upset some people, but doing it for the right reasons. and one of the things clyde was saying earlier was that some communities are now saying, "please introduce the same measures for us." what the government is announcing today are temporary measures but the coalition of environmental and transport pressure, groups are saying, "make these permanent changes. " we will wait and see about that. but this afternoon grant shapps expected to tell us all, "cycle and walk more." older people in the uk have achieved a lot in recent weeks, particularly captain tom moore, who raised more than £30 million for the national health service as he turned 100 years old. now, a 97—year—old woman has been inspired by captain tom to do her bit to fundraise for the armed forces and honour the 75th anniversary of ve day.
lily barnett is taking a leaf out of captain tom's book and walking 70 metres a day for a month, to raise funds for help for heroes vetera ns. we can now speak to lily. thank you for talking to us. how is it going? how is your walking going? i have done it once this morning, so i have done it once this morning, so i have got to do it. thank you very
and your family, your brothers and your husband, were in the armed forces. if i can help your husband, were in the armed forces. ifi can help them, do something for my country, i will. as i say, i lost my balance and my confidence, and i was very depressed, and my grand daughter said to me, why don't you come out? and i said, i can't. she worked with me up the corridor, and i promised i
would do it every day and do it for a purpose. the purpose was to help the heroes in the national health service. so that is what i have been doing everyday for over two weeks. lilly, you are an inspiration, you will know as well as i do that the queen said last night to never give up, never despair, marking ve day. we know that you want to give up. we wish you all the very best. thanks for being with us this morning. thank you very much. this make it —— might make it easierfor us thank you very much. this make it —— might make it easier for us all to appreciate all we have got. yes. thank you very much. this make it —— might make it easier for us all to appreciate all we have got. yes. you are watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. the best of the sunshine and one for this weekend is out for today. not a cloud in the sky in shropshire. just as beautiful but a little more threatening across the highlands. quite a lot of cloud in scotland, and producing some rain today as well. not much anyway of cloud across much of england and wales, thatis across much of england and wales, that is where the best of the sunshine and the warmth is going to
be today. the winds are strengthening through the day, a few sharp showers breaking out in one or two spots, but dodge the showers, keep the in shed, temperatures picking around 22 to 24 celsius. but the colder air sitting to the far north will sink its way steadily south through the night tonight. perhaps not arriving to the extreme south until later on into sunday, but it will feel different. that the rain then pushes its way out of scotla nd rain then pushes its way out of scotland and to the north of england and northern ireland by dawn on sunday morning, weakening a little, and bind it, some wintry showers. so we could have a dusting of snow anywhere above 100 metres, with
temperatures into the low single figures. you might wonder what all the fuss is about to england and wales first thing in the morning, a relatively mild start with some sunshine. but as the week where the front sunshine. but as the week where the fro nt m oves sunshine. but as the week where the front moves on, a little bit of patchy rain, and the colder air will arrive as well. notjust the source of the wind, but also the strength, a cold northerly flow gushing in excess of 30 to 40 mph really will ta ke excess of 30 to 40 mph really will take the edge of the feel of the weather. temperatures down a good
ten to 13 degrees in comparison to today. a maximum ofjust six to eight celsius along the exposed east coast, even in london are looking at i3. coast, even in london are looking at 13. gardeners and growers, sending it into monday morning, we could wa ke it into monday morning, we could wake up to a frost, which could be a bit ofan wake up to a frost, which could be a bit of an issue for those tender spring plants. things are staying relatively quiet but on the cool side as we go into next week. winds are likely to ease through the middle part of the week. not much in the way of significant rain around, mostly dry, but frosty at night, with the winds slowly easing. take care.
this is bbc world news, the headlines. british—based airlines say they've been told to bring in a 14—day quarantine for passengers arriving in the uk. the new restriction is expected to take effect at the end of this month. russian president vladimir putin has led events in moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of world war two but a planned red square parade of soldiers and veterans was cancelled because of the coronavirus. but in neighbouring belarus a full victory parade has gone ahead with huge crowds and no regard for social distancing. the country has not imposed the sweeping restrictions seen across much of europe. china's president xi has expressed concern about the coronavirus situation in neighbouring north korea and offered to help fight the pandemic.
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