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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a hope for summer holidays — as the eu sets out plans for a phased return of travel and tourism. there's a warning from the uk chancellor, that the country is already in the depths of a significant recession. we'll hear from a doctor about the rare disease — thought to be linked to coronavirus — which appears to be affecting children. plus, how families across england have been making the most of their new—found, however small. 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... the european commission has issued new guidelines on tourism and travel, for eu member states to follow, as they ease the coronavirus lockdown. a phased approach would begin with allowing in seasonal workers. restrictions would then be relaxed between regions where the virus was under a similar level of control. we'll hear from our correspondents in spain and italy injust a moment, but first to brussels and this report by our europe editor kayta adler. an overnight leap from lockdown to european beach party this certainly isn't. eu countries are onlyjust beginning to lift their lockdown measures. here in belgium they are opening the shops. next week, the schools. but with strict social distancing measures in place. so what does that mean for our holidays? well, ultimately, each eu country decides for itself when to open its beaches and borders to european visitors. brussels can only advise.
today the advice was, slowly, slowly. first, open your borders to workers and for goods you need to get your economies going again, then think of tourism. if there's enough testing and tracing capacity for covid—19, and if there are strict rules on accommodation, transport and leisure activities. and if there's a second big wave of infection, then travel restrictions could be reimposed. so basically, don't pack your summer swimsuit yet. while in brussels they are talking about plans for easing travel, here in spain they are moving in the opposite direction. from friday, a new quarantine will be in place for all arrivals from outside the country. two weeks in isolation. here in madrid, there is a bit more traffic in the centre and some businesses are starting to open, but we are under tight restrictions still. around the country, it's different. in some regions the easing is going ahead, bars and cafes opening outdoors,
people able to gather in groups of up to ten. here, that won't happen until tracing systems are in place to identify and shut down any new virus outbreaks. and hotels, well, they can open, but many say they are not going to until those new international arrivals start to happen again. grazie. last week, italy got this essential freedom back — the takeaway espresso. along with reopening parks and allowing family visits, it marked the initial easing of the world's longest lockdown. on monday, libraries and museums reopen and possibly restaurants and hairdressers too. they are deciding on that tomorrow. schools are shut until september. it's a relief, but it's also nerve—racking, as the first western country to be overwhelmed by the virus waits to see if this prompts another spike, especially if italy relaxes the two—week quarantine on entering and follows eu guidelines to ease travel.
the uk is already in the depths of a significant recession, according to the chancellor, rishi sunak, in the light of a record fall in economic output, in march. the impact of the pandemic is likely to be even harder in the coming months, with one prominent expert saying the british economy was in ‘freefall‘. our economics editor faisal islam has more. at denroy plastics in bangor, northern ireland, they are happy to help the national effort on personal protective equipment. but what they really want to be making is aeroplanes. and with empty industry order books, they now face further pressure from the threat of a travel quarantine. i think it would be naive to suggest that everyone will get through this. unfortunately, there will be casualties. the critical thing for the uk aerospace market is to get aircraft flying again. this quarantine will of course inhibit that and delay that. so what that means for the sector is that going forward, particularly in the second half
of this year and as the sector resets in terms of the volumes that it's producing, that continued support from the government will be even more critical. it's the extreme situation in industries like this that have led to this economy—wide number — the british economy shrinking by 2% in the first three months of this year. the last time the economy performed that badly was the financial crash at the end of 2008. in fact, since modern records began, there have only been four other occasions where we've seen a worse economic decline over three months. and economists forecast that the current quarter will see a hit much, much worse — off the historical scale, all but confirmed by the chancellor. as you know, recession is defined technically as two quarters of decline in gdp. we've seen one here with, you know, only a few days of impact from the virus. so it is now, yes, very likely
that the uk economy will face a significant recession this year, and we are in the middle of that as we speak. the figures only reflect a week or so of shutdown in late march. the company planning how to reopen the uk's two biggest shopping centres next month has never seen anything like it. lockdown wasn't complete lockdown, because we do have essential services within our centres. so while footfall has diminished, they're still open. it's not a surprise. we've all been effectively locked in our homes for the best part of two months. so of course the economy is going to take a hit. i think the bigger question will be, how do we recover? when you get, across the country, empty streets, empty offices, empty skies and empty shopping centres, you get a shrinking economy, the start of a recession that is down to the pandemic and the shutdowns. but the economy was already stagnant when the virus hit. and the idea that coming out of this, all the lights that
were switched off in the economy to protect our health will suddenly be turned back on — that is looking rather hopeful now. it's not just mountains of unsold stock at shops. here, a former raf base in oxfordshire, now full of expensive unsold cars. sales in the industry fell 97% last month. the opposition says even more must be done. obviously, there's already been an increase in unemployment. we need to do what we can to try and stop that becoming even bigger and above all, stop lots and lots of people becoming unemployed at the same time because clearly, then it's very, very difficult for them to get other forms of work. for now, the chancellor, too, focused on spending to support the economy out of recession rather than the eye—watering sums implied for government borrowing. deficits of hundreds of billions, half a trillion? well, i think it's completely too early to speculate on those things. that is a result of the coronavirus impacting us and every
other economy as well, but also because of the measures we have put in place. and what is clear is that if we hadn't put those unprecedented measures in place, the outcome would be far worse. so i think that is the right thing to do to protectjobs and incomes at this time, support businesses to get through this. even in recovery, some business models will struggle. when you can be trained from home, will people want to pay for physical gyms? rich's studio spinning classes have become a subscription online exercise business. initially, i was extremely upset, of course, devastated. my initial thought was, "what can i do?" i think there is a new normal here now and the new normal, we're adjusting to it as a society and certainly from a business perspective. the challenge now not just to beat the virus, but to turn around an extraordinary recession and leave the nation fighting fit for a different type of economy. faisal islam, bbc news. things are not looking any more positive for the united states.
the economic fallout from the coronavirus is without modern precedent — according to the chairman of the us federal reserve today, who urged congress to spend more money to avoid long term damage. stocks tumbled on hearing the gloomy forecast. the bbc‘s nada tawfik has more. this time of year, motor coaches would normally be carrying tourists to take in dc‘s top attractions. instead, dozens of empty buses are the focal point in this rally organised by the industry. with cancelled trips and events affecting employees' livelihoods, they want congress to step in with 15 billion in funding. we can tell you that almost everyone of these companies is on the brink of going out of business. we have done some research and we know by the end of the year, if the same business patterns continued that we have seen and are likely to, we could be 25% operational compared to what we would normally be this year. workers in the services industries,
many of them low income, have been especially affected by the coronavirus lockdown. according to a survey by the federal reserve, almost 40% of households making less than $40,000 a year lost a job in march. fed chairjerome powell said the scope and speed of this downturn was without modern precedent. and he warned that congress may need to provide more money for households and businesses to avoid a painful recession. additional fiscal support could be costly but worth it if it helps avoid long—term damage and leaves us with a stronger recovery. this trade—off is one for our elected representatives who wield powers of taxation and spending. the warning is timely. yesterday, house democrats uunveiled new legislation to combat the coronavirus pandemic. the american people need their government to act strongly, decisively, wisely. democrats have proposed more
than $3 trillion in aid, and republicans have openly dismissed the plan, calling it a partisan wish list. with the memorial day recess approaching, more help for americans before june is increasingly unlikely. here in the uk, government scientists from public health england says an antibody test made by the drug company roche is a very promising development. the test was assessed by phe at its laboratories last week. it looks for antibodies in the bloodstream to see whether an individual has in the past had the coronavirus and has gained immunity. sources say say it's the first such test to offer serious potential — previous antibody tests have proved unreliable. fewer than 2% of reported coronavirus infections are in children. but doctors around the world are concerned about a rise in cases of a potentially life—threatening inflammatory disease —
believed to be linked to the virus — which appears to be affecting children. the condition is relatively rare — with fewer than 100 cases in the uk — and now 15 us states are investigating cases of their own. new york governor andrew cuomo described the disease as a ‘parent‘s worst nightmare‘. i get into cases where children —— 102 cases, or children who may be in affect it with the kobe virus show symptoms of an inflammatory disease like the kawasaki disease. —— covid—19 virus. we have lost three children in new york because of this. a five—year—old boy from a seven—year—old boy and an 18—year—old girl. we can cross to wilmington delaware, to speak to dr deepika thacker, cardiologist at nemours children's health system, who's treated a number of cases. thank you so much for your company here. let me start by asking exactly
what is this an inflammatory disease? what are the symptoms you should be looking out for? so so much it is still of a mystery to us. but i think the symptoms we are looking for and asking people to looking for and asking people to look out for his high—grade fever, severe abdominal complaints, pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, sometimes have a headache and dizziness, sometimes chest pain, rash and conjunctivitis. some of the symptoms you are describing are symptoms that a lot of kids will get it for many different reasons. how do we know this this link to coronavirus?” think we have seen a rise in the number of children come again with this and when we see them in the hospital and do some blood test and see doing echocardiogram, and ultrasound of the heart, we see changes that are not typically seen and a lot of other common conditions. and the children typically appear sick and when we see them as doctors, we find they have low bright pressure presented with shock. so i think the best thing for parents to do is to connect with the child's dr. you
talked about testing the heart. this does affect the heart, doesn't it? it does. in what way? what we are seeing what this influenced number system is it can cause some decrease in heart function. —— inflammatory system. an enlargement of the car letter arteries, the blood vessels that supply the art and like i said, a lot of the shows and are presenting with shock. how come it is affecting kids and adults specifically? again, that is something we are trying to figure out now. i think it has a different kind of immune response to various stimuli and we are thinking this is immune mediated. i wouldn't say adults are absolutely not affected. they have been some cases where adults who have the coronavirus infection start doing better and then a few days later get sick again. and maybe there is a correlation there. what is the treatment for this inflammatory disease and how successful is it?
for right now the treatment is really supportive. we support the blood pressure with medicines and support the ventilation on breeds and, they are using different medicines that have been used to modulate or suppress the immune system, so steroids, ib ig or intravenous immune had been tried successfully. for the most part, children, if they applicant really up children, if they applicant really up early and treat her properly, they do respond well. —— if they are picked up early. do we know how many cases are globally quick shall i don't have an answer yet. i think a lot of registries are trying to collect that data. i think in your we already have about 100 cases. 102 as we heard from the governor in new york today. that's in europe. 1a other states in the united states and with the number from other states in the united states and with the numberfrom one other states in the united states and with the number from one to ten in each one of them. thank you for joining us. let's get some of the day's other news. chile will impose a total lockdown across the capital, santiago, following a spike in the number
of coronavirus infections. the new restrictions will come into effect on friday evening. chile has so far managed to keep the disease under control and the authorities were considering partially reopening the economy. but there's now a reported 60% rise in the number of daily cases. there's been a fresh outbreak of coronavirus in the chinese city ofjeelin, prompting authorities to reimpose restrictions on movement. they've cut transport links and closed schools, gyms and cinemas again after finding dozens of new cases. 0nly people who've tested negative for covid—19 in the past forty— eight hours will be allowed to leave the city. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... we'll cross live to brussels and speak to an eu travel chief about plans to revive the bloc‘s tourism industry, that's been hit hard by coronavirus.
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines. a hope for summer holidays — as the eu sets out plans for a phased return of travel and tourism. and there's a warning from the uk chancellor, that the country is already in the depths of a significant recession. england is easing out of lockdown. so what are the main changes taking effect from today? people can go out to exercise as much as they want — even if it means driving. and they're now allowed to see family and friends — though it's got to be one at a time, outdoors and maintaining a two metre distance. judith moritz reports. i can't wait to see her. i can't wait to just be in the same sort of vicinity as her. sarah hasn't seen her daughter 0livia since lockdown started.
today she's driving to meet her face—to—face for the first time in seven weeks. i'm on my way. yay! 0k, how long will you be? probably just about five minutes. 0livia has had a lot to cope with without her mum. she's had to postpone her wedding and she has a young baby too. not really fussed about anything else, to be honest. just seeing her. this is a big moment? yeah, really big. at last, they are reunited. but in line with english social distancing guidelines, so 0livia can't hug her mum and her baby has had to stay at home. the first thing i wanted to do was just run over and give her a hug, because that's the sort of thing we'd normally do. and to stop yourself is really hard. i was kind of having to hold my hands back from going, "i just want to give you a hug, just want to hold your hand" or something like that. i would have loved to have brought the baby, but it's about keeping everyone safe at the end of the day. and at home is the best place for her. the new guidance allows people
to spend longer outdoors as long as those meeting up stick to the two metre rule. though in england the police don't have the power to enforce that. the government says the reason why it's ok for two members of different households to meet at a park like this is because it's a public place, so easier to maintain social distancing. for that reason, they still don't want people to meet privately in the garden at home. the rules mean there is no longer a limit on the length of time you can spend exercising. it's also now 0k to meet someone outside without being active, so shelly and fiona were reunited for a picnic. we are best friends, and i've not seen herfor ages. so we thought we'd just get together and have a natter. it'sjust nice to see a friend. you can tell them more than what you can tell them, can't you? laughter. your husband's getting on your nerves, so... yeah. there are no longer any restrictions
on how far people can travel for recreation, and the beach at exmouth in devon was already attracting visitors. say hi, grandma! but our new freedoms only go so far. for now, despite being able to visit her mum, 0livia will have to carry on using online video to bring the whole family together. judith moritz, bbc news, cheshire. more now on our main story, the european commission has set out guidelines for member states to gradually reopen borders, and co—ordinate lifting restrictions to revive the tourism industry brought to a halt by coronavirus. according to the commission, tourism accounts for almost 10% of the eu's gdp, with some 267 million europeans, or two thirds of the population, taking at least one private trip per year — but the world tourism 0rganisation is predicting a 60% to 80% reduction in international arrivals. in its guidelines today,
the commission recommends limiting the number of passengers on planes, buses, trains and ferries, introducing allocated slots or a booking system for meal times and visits to facilities like pools or gyms, and physical distancing in communal areas as well as outdoor spaces — such as beaches, cafes a nd restau ra nts. let's bring in eduardo santander, executive director of the european travel commission. he joins us live from from brussels. thank you forjoining us here. these guidelines, how difficult or easy is it going to be for different countries to implement these things as time goes by? first of all, i think we all agree to these guidelines. the communication has been a huge achievement from the european commission in this case. it is not a competent said that european union that creates a problem here. now everything is in the hands of member states. this is where we now have to stretch stretch
and they really need member states to harmonize procedures here. we do not want from the terrorism perspective and industry, we do not wa nt every perspective and industry, we do not want every country to have different rules. that's terrorism. that would create so much frustration for public confusion and a lot of uncertainty which are the biggest enemies of a tourist. —— tourism. the problem is that the response to coronavirus it has not be uniform throughout the eu. and therefore. it may seem difficult to understand possibly that countries are now going to suddenly all come together to behave in a uniform way when it comes to tourism and travel. we hope so. actually, we only think that the solution will be somehow a harmonization of measures here. we do not believe bilateral agreement between countries will work. why this would create competitive
advantages and disadvantages, who will fight for the german or for the italians? that would not work out. here, we have to somehow come with a harmonize approach at the eu level and also a co—ordinate approach when it comes to the reopening of the area and any other borders. we cannot act unilaterally. we have to act together. it's trust is the new currency here for tourism. if there is no trust, there is no confidence. nobody will travel. not because the board is a close, because they will not feel safe. —— not because the board is a close loss of 50 borders to reopen, the problem is people will be worried about the level of social distancing. they have to maintain the kind of delays that will cost when you try and travel between countries. it just will cost when you try and travel between countries. itjust seems quite difficult now to imagine that realistically happening. tourism activity is based on certainty and
fa cts activity is based on certainty and facts and certain activities. we cannot protect the future. we cannot see a future where there is no carbon and safety guidelines to maintain the safety level. therefore, every member state we need them to talk to each other into come with a common solution. there isa come with a common solution. there is a need for a comment eu protocol that should be implemented before opening any borders. we really think that terrorism deserves more attention, obviously it is a need. —— we think that tourism deserves more attention. countries are starting to open their borders. but we have to do it not only soon but ina we have to do it not only soon but in a safe mode. again, these first steps from the european commission is great. thank you forjoining us. thank you forjoining us on bbc
news. more in a few moments. goodbye. hello. wednesday was a pretty decent day for many parts of the british isles. high pressure west of the british isles, providing quite a bit of dry area for many areas. there is the high as we start thursday, still extending that low of high pressure across many areas, but underneath that under overnight, the skies will clear. there will be quite a widespread frost to start the day, it might even be 1—2 records set for the night. a different story north in scotland, the weather front here dragging in a fair amount of cloud, a more noticeable breeze, though breezy still through the channel areas and the southern counties of england. but in between, come the afternoon, there will be variable cloud
and decent sunny spells. we are just beginning to take those temperatures up from where they were at the start of the week. 0vernight, i think we will still import quite a bit of cloud across many areas of the british isles, and if you keep the cloud, that will help to keep temperatures up. so thursday into friday, notjust as cold, though if you keep the skies clear, again you're temperatures really will dribble away. so here we are as far ahead as friday. rather having the northerly that we had on the eastern flank of that high to start the week, now it is more of a westerly breeze with a hint of northerly in it. so that is just helping to give a slightly warmer feel to the days then we started in the week. there's still a lot of dry weather, although weather front is plaguing the north and northwest of scotland, so more cloud and rain here. wherever you look on that chart, you will find those temperatures finding a degree or two per day. 0n into the weekend, forget all about northerly
is and north westerlies. it is much more of a south and south—westerly flow around the area of high—pressure there. certainly dominant in the south of the british isles, but you will notice further north we have weather fronts. so although it turns increasingly mild, it is not all sunshine all the way by any means, and certainly in the sunday we suspect a good part of scotland and northern ireland could see enough cloud for there to be bits and pieces of rain. certainly further south under the influence of high—pressure, a lot of dry weather and things certainly warming up.
the headlines the european union has set out plans for a phased return of travel and tourism across europe. they include free movement across the countries, with use of face masks on airplanes and social distancing on trains. donald trump's former campaign chairman has been released from prison because of coronavirus concerns. paul manafort is set to complete the rest of his seven and half year sentence under house arrest. britain's chancellor says it's very likely the uk is in a "significant recession". figures show the economy contracted by 2% in the first three months of 2020, the fastest drop in more than a decade. lebanon has re—imposed its nationwide lockdown after recording a second spike in coronavirus infections. shops, restaurants and hair—salons had been given the go ahead to re—open — but the government now says they'll have to close again.
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