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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. this will have a significant impact on our sector, and nobody is going to wa nt on our sector, and nobody is going to want to travel if they have to go into quarantine for m days. a close aide to the american vice—president, mike pence, has tested positive for covid—19. she's the second white house worker to test positive this week. 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
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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 and cycle more. and roy horn, a member of the long—running magic duo siegfried and roy, has died aged 75 after contracting coronavirus. 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. airlines in the uk say they have been told the government will bring
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in a 14—day quarantine for anyone arriving from any country apart from the republic of ireland in response to the coronavirus pandemic. the new restriction is expected to take effect at the end of this month. the proposal has been described by regional airports as a "devastating blow", as our business correspondent katy austin reports. people and businesses in england are waiting anxiously to hear how the lockdown will start to be unlocked. the aviation industry is reeling from a huge drop in travel under coronavirus restrictions. the group representing major airlines across the uk is concerned about the impact if, from the end of this month, most people arriving into the country have to self—isolate for m days. if this is the scientific advice then, absolutely, we will accept that, the health and safety of our passengers is paramount but this will have a significant impact on our sector and nobody is going to want to travel if they have to go into quarantine for m days.
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it is not clear how long a new restriction would be in place and whether non—uk residents would be allowed to stay in rented private accommodation. a conference call between the aviation minister and airline and airport representatives is expected to take place tomorrow to discuss more detail. if the government has had medical advice which determines that this measure is needed at the moment, we look forward to seeing that, but we should be under no illusion that this will have a very dramatic impact on our sector and just make it much more difficult for aviation to restart following the lockdown that we have had. it's thought key workers such as lorry drivers and people who work in shipping would be exempt, but it's unclear how the rules would apply to passengers arriving by sea. meanwhile, businesses hope to hear in the coming days whether the furlough scheme could be extended beyond the end ofjune in some form. that is something some firms which face a long path back
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to normality have long been asking for. katy austin, bbc news. i'm joined now by aviation analyst sally gethin from gethin‘s inflight news. thank you very much for being with us on thank you very much for being with us on bbc news today. what do you make of this suggestion that the government has not been officially announced yet that is going to introduce a m day quarantine for travellers and driving in the uk? well, it doesn't really make sense for the aviation industry in particular. just when aviation now is putting stringent measures in place to improve the health and hygiene standards. at this point in time now, the government is going in this new direction with this quarantine, which is going to come in force at the end of the month. just a point where the economy is going to be kick—started or gradually rams up, aviation will go
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ina gradually rams up, aviation will go in a different direction, and that'll have a huge impact for returning passengers. that will put them off travelling and they will think twice about coming back into the uk. 20 of countries have done it. australia is the example that lea ps it. australia is the example that leaps immediately to mind. they did it quite early. some other countries in south asia as well. is this not simply the uk following best practice to try and reduce the risk, having got apparently coronavirus under control in the uk, and not reintroducing it by the back door? yes, but chronology is an issue. as you just said, very early on in the game. it really should have been pa rt game. it really should have been part of the strategy right from the beginning. but now it is almost like cutting across a lot of the easing up cutting across a lot of the easing up of the lockdown measures that are coming into force, and also there are so many new measures coming into force, and also there are so many new measures being introduced anyway at airports and
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airlines like temperature checks, increased sanitation, airlines are doing deep cleaning, the cabin area is improving. it is very clean, the same quality error that will be used in operating theatres. actually, aviation is playing its part already. also, we do not know how this quarantine is going to work and feel like if it is done on a volu nta ry feel like if it is done on a voluntary basis, expecting the passengers to self—isolate at home for two weeks. how is that actually going to be in force? will it actually work? let me ask you about an announcement that came saturday from air france, which is it is going to introduce from monday the 11th, this coming monday, restrictions, people will be temperature are checked before they are allowed to board flights, and if the temperature exceeds 38 degrees, they will not be allowed to travel, they will not be allowed to travel, they will not be allowed to travel, they will have a free transfer to a later flight. there will be compulsory facemasks in order to
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bring it in line to a directive with president micron requiring all public transport users to have face masks. nonetheless, this is going to cause airlines quite a lot of guilty long term. social distancing on an aircraft when the business model is based on piling them high and keeping the prices down. behind—the—scenes over the last few weeks of the pandemic, it really hit home in various countries and especially in the uk, aviation has been busy behind—the—scenes meeting, convening, working out new standards and actually getting ahead of the ca rd and actually getting ahead of the card with this. what we are seeing whether air france is actually not unusual. that is what is happening ona unusual. that is what is happening on a nation by natives del mcnish in case basis, led by airline, airport airport. a lot of these measures will be implemented on a global basis anyway. we are going to leave it there. good to speak to you
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again. the quarantine measures expected to be introduced in the uk mirror similar rules in place in some other countries around the world. the world health organization says quarantine measures may delay the introduction of the epidemic to a country, or delay its 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. our correspondent in vienna bethany bell explained how austria has asked people to go into quarantine for quite a while now. i myself had to go into quarantine several weeks ago when i returned from italy to austria. back then, it was very difficult to get a private test done, so i had to self—isolate for two weeks.
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and now anybody arriving at vienna airport for example has to sign a paper saying they will go into self—isolation, usually at home, but vienna airport is now offering the possibility for people to pay for a private test to see if they are currently infected with covid—i9 on the spot at the airport. there is a lab there where people can go and get the test done, and within several hours, they will know whether they are infected or not, and if they come with a negative test, then the need for the quarantine falls away. now, it is not cheap. it costs around 200 euros to do this, and the executives at the airport say that this is not something that is feasible if you have thousands of people arriving at the airport every day. the lab simply does not have the capacity.
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it does mean that people who have a need need for urgent travel right at the moment and who are coming back to austria will be able to avoid the quarantine if they wish. let's turn now to the us, where the press secretary of vice—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. the president and vice—president are both been checked daily and have so far tested negative, but the white house has said that all recommended guidelines are being followed to keep the building safe. this individual, there is a member of the vice—president's team who is positive for coronavirus. we have put in place the guidelines that our experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing, all of the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers, we're now putting in place
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here in the white house. so, as america reopens safely, the white house is continuing to operate safely. i'm joined now by david herszenhorn, the chief political correspondent for politico. david, thank you very much for being with us, good to speak to you on bbc news. let me ask you first of all what you make of this? there have been a lot of interest in what is going on behind—the—scenes in the white house and to what extent social distancing is being observed. well, there is no question that this will remind everyone that the coronavirus threat is quite real and that the white house is not exempt in any way. as journalist, we often say we will watch what they do not what they say. the white house has put in place this very strict testing regime. they are making clear that they have tested quite frequently, and we have found out recently that two employees close to the vets president and vice president —— president and vice president —— president and vice president have been found infected with a virus, so what we can see is
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the white house has been very vigilant and the threat remains very well. to what extent has the president changed his behaviour? earlier on when he started doing some of his earliest news briefings about this, he was pretty gung ho about this, he was pretty gung ho about it, saying he would continue shaking hands and not great other heads of state, but he was going to greet them not behind a face mask or with gloves on. has he changed his personal behaviour? is there any sign of that? to no one's surprise, donald trump does not change his behaviour for donald trump does not change his behaviourfor any donald trump does not change his behaviour for any reason whatsoever. we have seen him without a mask on outside, and we have also seen vice president p at the hospital where masks are normally required. the only visitor who was not wearing a mask. donald trump is an avid consumer of news and he knows what happened to his friend borisjohnson who kept on shaking hands and ended
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up who kept on shaking hands and ended up in intensive care. we also know that donald trump is a self—declared german verb, so presumably he is trying to take the best precautions he can personally. —— germ phobia. it does not seem like anything will change that behaviour, putting on a mask. judging by some of his recent remarks about getting his potential campaign up and running in this epidemic, he is clearly frustrated. there seems to be a cathartic relief from the back and forth in washington with these rallies, and this poses our massive challenge for his pre—election campaign. unemployment numbers are soaring and the economy is in every fall. it obviously becomes that much more difficult if you miss managers at the situation and ends up having a big second wave of coronavirus
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infections, a second peak that the uk government seems intent on preventing with the 14 day quarantine. this all has to be balanced, and although it is frustrating for him not to get out and campaign, he had to keep in mind how much tougher it would be if this situation is further mismanaged. thank you so much for being with us. 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 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. 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
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happening around the country in honour of russia's 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 was in red square for the ceremony. this is a very strange victory day in moscow. i've been to many of these celebrations on red square in the past and normally, you know, there is an incredible atmosphere. you see thousands of russian troops marching across the square, hundreds of pieces of military equipment, military bands, there's a big crowd, quite an amazing atmosphere. today, it is empty. of course, that is because of the coronavirus pandemic. russia has had to tone down the celebrations. having said that, president putin did lay red roses on the tomb of the unknown soldier and made his short speech,
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his address to the russian people. and there are a number of events that will be taking place across the country, some of them online. russia is 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. belarus is also marking the end of the second world war in europe. it held a large military parade in minsk with hundreds of onlookers, and no regard for social distancing. the anniversay is hugely symbolic in belarus, which along with other former soviet countries helped topple nazi germany in 1945. but the country's president alexander lu kashenko has consistently downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus. the country is one of the worst affected by the pandemic in europe, with more
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than 21,000 people infected. let me bring you some breaking news for viewers in the uk. these are the latest casual day figures that we have from fatalities and infections in scotland and wales. in scotland, a total of 1847 patients have died. that is up 36 on friday. that is according to the scottish government. recent figures show that 13,305 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in scotland, up from friday in this case by 156. that is 36 more fatalities reported on saturday. in wales, public health wales which has responsibility for the statistics there, said a total of 1000 people have died, an increase of nine on friday. —— 1099.
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that brings the total number of cases in wales to above 11,000. shops and businesses have started to partially re—open in the pakistani capital islamabad, as the government eases its nationwide coronavirus lockdown. clothing and shoe shops and small markets are among the first to start business, but malls are still shut. our south asia editor, anbarasan ethirajan, explains why the restrictions are being lifted when the number of cases in pakistan are still rising. the government has been under intense pressure for the past 50 days to do something about these restrictions, because most of businesses were shut, and all the commercial passenger flights have been stopped and petroleum users have halved in the last two months, which means government does not have that much of a tax revenue. also, remittances from abroad have been falling because pakistan also
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depends on the money sent by its migrant workers, especially in the gulf countries, and nobody is going for the last few months. many people have been made redundant because of this coronavirus crisis in the gulf countries, which means they are not sending enough money at home. as many labourers and workers in pakistan say, we will die because of hunger rather than coronavirus, and the prime minister imran khan has not been a big fan of the complete shutdown and has ascertained that pakistan is not that kind of a country which can afford to have that kind of a lockdown, and he has been calling for an easing of the restrictions. each provincial government, they have been having their own rules, and mr khan pointed out the coronavirus crisis has not been that huge in pakistan if you compare it to countries in western europe like the uk or in italy or spain. still it is only about 24000, 20 something thousand people affected, with around 600 deaths in a country of more than 200 million, it is not a huge amount, and it has given the confidence
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to the government to partially reopen. they are not opening everything all at once, they are in a phased manner restarting the commercial activities. care homes in the uk have been described as the new front line in the fight against coronavirus. for residents, their families and the people looking after them, it's been an extremely difficult and sometimes very sad time. but there have been moments of happiness and hope as well. our scotland correspondent lorna gordon has been to visit one care home for veterans. this is their story. david whittick lived a life of love and adventure. he was a decorated pilot who flew missions for the navy during world war ii. and he was 95 when he died of covid—19. my father survived being shot at by germans, russians, americans! and he got done for, actually finished off, by a virus you couldn't even see. he'd been living at the erskine homes for ex—servicemen and women. his family said his care had been excellent. but here, like so many other care homes, the virus has taken its toll. i know the politicians and the first minister say it's someone's relative, but, for us, it really is, because we are with those residents
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on a day—to—day basis. they've already spent an additional £20,000 on protective safety equipment here. the only thing they have supplied us with our advisers. staff wearing masks the entire time they're around those they are caring for. anna porterfield is one of 50 erskine care residents who've had suspected covid—19 and who've come through the other side. she turns 96 next week. for the first time since recovering, using video technology, she's able to see her son. can you see him 0k? i can see him fine. at the worst bit, i felt very ill, and i really thought i was dying. but the carers and the nurses said, "we're not letting you go!" the oldest amongst those here remember the war. their generation have faced grief and adversity before.
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the bombing was harder. although it wasnae every day, it didnae happen every day, but when you did get a bombing raid, that was bad. a generation already so few in number, their deaths because of covid a tragedy, like so many others, hard to bear. lorna gordon, bbc news, renfrewshire. after lockdown, good alternative ways of transport be the key to maintain social distancing? first, we have justin maintain social distancing? first, we havejustin relate. "we need to walk more, we need to cycle more." that is going to be the message from the transport secretary grant shapps at the government press conference this afternoon. he is going to say we need to do that to protect public transport. think about it — if we stick to the two metre rule, we won't get nearly as many people on our trains and buses, about 10%, according to estimates. at the same time, if wejump
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into our cars and drive to work, the roads are going to be choked with traffic. what's the alternative? grant shapps is going to say, "start walking and cycling." he's going to give new powers to councils to close roads, set aside space for pedestrians and cyclists. waltham forest has been doing that for a number of years. that's where i am, in leighton. 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
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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." the magician roy horn — of the well—known las vegas act seigfried and roy
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has died at the age of 75 after contracting coronavirus. their show closed in 2003 after roy was attacked by one of their tigers. a warning — freya cole's report contains some flashing images. known for elusive tricks and his closeness with big cats, roy horn and his stage partner siegfried fischbacher stunned audiences around the world. the german—born magician starred in a long—running las vegas act built around rare tigers. it earned the duo a star on hollywood's walk of fame. in 2003, the show ended when a tiger lunged at horn's throat in front of a live audience. he suffered serious injuries, but survived, and continued his lifelong love of cats. aged 75, a publicist confirmed mr horn died from complications of covid—19, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in showbusiness.
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more news on bbc dot—com. this is bbc news. now, it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith—lucas. for many of us, saturday bringing a largely dry and warm day. some sharp showers around, particularly in northern england, wales and northern ireland. seems a little bit like this one over the next few days, but we are going to notice things turn a lot colder than they have been. temperatures in the mid 20s during yesterday and today as well. out there, temperature is doing quite well, called for the north of scotland. that colder air is there going to be filtering further south. through the course of the night into tomorrow, you can see the blue colours returning through the british isles and these cold,
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northerly wind arrows, so a real wind chill throughout the day tomorrow. the rest of the day, heavy showers across england, wales, northern ireland and southern scotland, and then this band of rain syncs south overnight, introducing that colder air towards the north. single figures of frost in the central and northern scotland. further south on sunday, holding onto that mild air at first, but that cloud will increase in the north with some outbreaks of patchy and showery rain as well. in the colder air across scotland, some snow showers, even down to low levels. temperatures on the cold side but feeling even colder when you add in the strength of these wins, so you could see gusts up to 40 wins, so you could see gusts up to a0 or 50 wins, so you could see gusts up to a0 or50 mph, wins, so you could see gusts up to a0 or 50 mph, particularly in the english channel down the east coast as well. single figures for many of us, only about a 6—9d down the east coast, the warmest weather down towards the south—west. first thing on monday morning, many of us are likely to see quite a cold, frosty
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start to the day, particularly across parts of scotland, northern ireland, northern england as well. on monday, dry weather as a high hold on, but these biting northerly winds that will feel a lot colder. quite cloudy in the east, brighter skies towards the south—west, the warmest of the weather 13 degrees or so, but most of us around 9—11dc on monday. after the chilly start to the new week, gradually things will turn a little bit warmer over the next five days or so. high—pressure builds and holds on, a lot of dry weather, but a chance of some frosty nights to start this week, the wind is easing and becoming a little less chilly through the week. goodbye.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 1a30. airlines in the uk say they have been told the government will bring in a 1a—day quarantine for passengers arriving in the country. the new restriction is expected to take effect at the end of this month. people who need to travel into a workplace in england, into a workplace in england will be urged to consider to walk and cycle more in a move to protect the public transport network. russia has marked the 75th anniversary of the end of world war ii, known to russians as the great patriotic war, but without the planned parade of soldiers and veterans. in neighbouring belarus, the parade went ahead. some 3,000 troops took part, in front of huge crowds. a close aide to the american vice—president mike pence has tested positive for covid—19. she's the second white house worker to test positive this week.


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