this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. despite surging coronavirus infections, donald trump uses his independence day speech to praise the us response to the disease and he attacks those he says are seeking to erase america's history. we will not throw away our heroes. we will honour them and we will prove worthy of their sacrifice. will there be a hangover? england wakes up after a major easing of its lockdown as pubs and restaurants re—open. in spain's catalonia region, tens of thousands of people are getting used to re—imposed coronavirus controls, after a sharp rise in infections. the nhs in england will get whatever funds it needs
according to the health secretary, matt hancock. we protected the nhs during the peak of this crisis and we will protect the nhs in the future. as the formula one season opening race gets under way, lewis hamilton says some drivers‘ reluctance to take a knee before the austrian grand prix is down to a lack of understanding of racism. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. donald trump has declared the united states to be the "greatest and most virtuous nation in the history of the world", in a speech marking the country's independence day. president trump said the us is on its way to a "tremendous
victory" over covid—i9, despite a big surge in the number of coronavirus cases in several states. mr trump also lashed out at china over the pandemic. our correspondent david willis has this report. on an independence day unlike any other, americans were urged to celebrate freedom by staying indoors. some ignored the call, despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases here. it is a beautiful scene, you can still have a drink in the park with your friends, have a bite across the road on the street. we came here just to get some time away. but across nation, thousands of events fell victim to the pandemic and on the day that celebrated america's founding, the country's divisions were once again sharply in evidence. chanting. black lives matter protesters gathered just a short distance from the white house, as the president played host to a lavish 4th ofjuly fireworks
party and once again took up the theme of american nationalism. those that are lying about our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who we are, are not interested in justice or in healing. their goal is demolition. our goal is to back not to destroy... ..the greatest structure on earth, what we have built. the united states of america. the event drew thousands to the national mall, despite repeated calls from health officials here for people to avoid gathering in large groups. in defiance of president trump, a statue of christopher columbus has become the latest us memorial to be toppled.
a rope was tied around the statue in baltimore, maryland, before it was yanked off its pedestal and thrown in the city's harbour. native american activists have long objected to honouring columbus, saying his expeditions to the americas led to the colonization and genocide of their ancestors. people across england have enjoyed their first night out in pubs for more than three months, after a major easing of the coronavirus lockdown. restaurants, hairdressers, theme parks and libraries also opened their doors, with strict social—distancing measures in place, but police have voiced concerns the rules weren't always observed. john mcmanus reports. it was the day life began to look familiar again in england. pubs and restaurants had already reopened in northern ireland on friday. yesterday it was england's turn, but nothing was going to be
quite the same again. the government is desperate for people to get spending, but it also wants them to stay safe. and as day turned into night, it became apparentjust how difficult that will be. well, it has gone midnight here in soho and though much of central london is quieter than usual, the crowds are still out in force here, as you can see. many of the bars and cafes are still open, which is great news for the entertainment industry, but there is not much evidence of social distancing going on. police officers were out in force across england. one, john apter, the national chair of the police federation in england and wales, took to twitter at the end of his shift in southampton, saying... earlier in the day there was relief of a nonalcoholic kind. instead of wrestling with clippers
and scissors ourselves, the experts are now back in charge of our locks, from behind a visor. for those wanting something a bit more hair—raising, theme parks have also opened their gates, but with more than the usual precautions. it's a good place to come along. 30% capacity, loads of space, lines, toilets are all clean. so it's fine, it is all good. and it is now possible to head back to the big screen. but not to theatres, where industry bodies warned of massive closures unless they receive state help. meanwhile in elvington, eight—year—old oliver did the honours at the yorkshire air museum. well done. eight out of ten of the most popular uk attractions are museums, but they survive on a mixture of public money and ticket sales. this one reflects on past battles with opponents that were visible. the challenge now is to win the war against an unseen enemy. john mcmanus, bbc news.
the uk health secretary has promised to protect the national health service and give it whatever funds it needs as the uk prepares to marks 72nd anniversary of the nhs. it comes ahead of the chancellor, rishi sunak, unveiling his economic plan for the uk on wednesday. our political correspondent — jonathan blake — joins us now. what has he been saying? there is pressure for the government to produce extra funding to ease the pressure on the nhs which has had to cope with the unprecedented crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and if reports in the observer and elsewhere this morning are to believe there was something of around going on between the treasury which has put in extra funding for the nhs as part of the contingency funding it made available to all government departments, and the nhs
who are asking form we are told a figure of £10 billion. to make sure that it can continue to support operations being undertaken in private hospitals and the nhs nightingale hospitals we have seen built to ease pressure on existing facilities. this morning, the health secretary matt hancock struck quite a reassuring tone and said that the government would continue to fund the nhs with whatever was needed. the future of the nhs is very important and its 72nd anniversary today. we protected the nhs during the peak of this crisis and we will protect the nhs in the future. even just last week we put one on another 1.5 billion end so we are constantly ensuring the nhs has what it needs and just the sums of money that the treasury have put into the nhs over
the last few months have been unprecedented. and that's one of the reasons we have been able to protect it. shortly after that interview, the nhs england executive was speaking in the first interview he has given for some time and actually took some of the heat out of this reported row which is going on about nhs funding, because he said the chancellor had delivered on his promise to fund the nhs and give it whatever was needed and all the signs were as far as he was concerned that that would continue. so that suggests that there is perhaps some agreement or at least optimism between the nhs and government in terms of future funding. and we have heard from the labour party today. what have they said? they made the point that as the economic cost of the pandemic becomes clear the government should continue its support in the shape of thejob retention scheme
continue its support in the shape of the job retention scheme which has allowed people to stay in theirjobs and employers to keep people on, paying their wages whilst staff were furloughed. that scheme is coming to an end and staff are either being brought back into work part—time or having more of their wages paid by their employers. but labour is arguing it should continue in certain geographical areas as local lockdown is come in and also in certain sectors which are not yet able to open up fully such as the a rts able to open up fully such as the arts and entertainment sector and the aviation industry as well. shadow chancellor has been talking about labour‘s plans. shadow chancellor has been talking about labour's plans. we need to see about labour's plans. we need to see a continuation of that economic support, particularly if there is no alternative. if government came forward with sectoral deals keep being whispered about with never seem being whispered about with never seem to materialise that could offer an alternative for some sectors, that could mean we could see a situation where the cash flow would be there so that we would not be
seeing people pushed into unemployment when the increased employer contribution comes through but we have not seen them coming through yet. labour calling for more support but not specifying which sectors should get further support. all eyes will be on the chancellor rishi sunak who is giving a major statement on the economy on wednesday when we will find out more about what the government's plans are. thank you jonathan. more than 13,000 extra staff are to be drafted intojob centres in england, wales and scotland amid fears of rising unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. it's part of a series of measures designed to boost the uk economy which wil be set out by the chancellor, rishi sunak, this week. the move could cost up to £800 million. australia has so far weathered the coronavirus pandemic better than many other nations, with just 8,400 cases and 104 deaths, but a recent spike in the state of victoria has led authorities to enforce strict social distancing measures and localised lockdowns.
in melbourne, 3,000 residents from nine public housing towers have been put under a complete lockdown after 30 cases were linked to households in the estates. residents will be forced to stay in for at least five days, possibly longer depending on their coronavirus test results. 500 police officers will reportedly enforce stay at home orders and the government has promised two weeks of free rent, hardship payments, and the provision food and essentials. in spain, a region to the west of barcelona is now back in lockdown due to a surge in coronavirus cases. more than 200,000 people have been banned from leaving the area, though they can leave their homes. by contrast in barcelona, the regional capital, one of the most famous churches in the world has reopened to visitors. alanna petroff has the latest.
barcelon‘s sagrada familia is the most visited building in spain, attracting millions of tourists each year. this weekend, it has reopened from lockdown for a select special group. front line workers. health care professionals were invited to look around with a barcelona's archbishop leading the tour. translation: it is the first time i have come here and it represents a gift for our efforts and hours of work in recent months, so i am quite grateful. i think it shows recognition of our contribution. even for those who do not believe any higher power, believe in a higher power, it is a time to be thankful. new confirmed cases in spain are down significantly, the country has been reopening. but that is not a case in another part of catalonia, about a two hour drive west. in the county of sagria, a new lockdown is in force after local authority
saw a spike in cases. in this hospital, the number of patients coming in with covid—19 has tripled within the last ten days. translation: we believe that we have to take specific measures here to protect the most vulnerable people and to reinforce the protection in our health centres and the hospital itself. new police checks to ensure locals remain in, outsiders stay out. the lockdown is expected to run for about 15 days. it is part of a new plan designed to ensure that this outbreak does not get out of control again, cutting down on scenes like this, flashing lights on ambulances and patients on stretchers. let's get some of the day's other news from around the world. the relatives of a coronavirus victim in bolivia have placed his coffin in the middle of the street in protest at the difficulty in getting him buried. the 62—year—old man died a week ago
in the city of cochabamba, which appears to be overwhelmed by the rising number of deaths. the number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in mexico has risen to more than 30,000 with 500 fatalities recorded there in the past 2a hours. the pandemic is accelerating across latin america, with brazil. across latin america, with brazil, the worst hit country in the region, registering more than 1,100 deaths from covid—19 on saturday. at least 16 people have died injapan and more are missing, after torrential rain triggered massive floods and mudslides. rescue workers are sifting through debris in search of missing people in the southwestern island of kyushu. more than 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes. 1a victims were found in the same flooded nursing home. formula one racing returns today, with the season getting under way with the austrian grand prix.
before today's opening race in spielberg f1 drivers will take a collective stance against racism, but some are not comfortable with the kneeling gesture. world champion, lewis hamilton has said a reluctance to take a knee is down to the industry's lack of understanding of racism. joining me from the bbc sports centre, katherine downes explained what formula one is doing to tackle racism. well, lewis hamilton and mercedes are leading the way for formula 1 when it comes to speaking out against racism and mercedes have this season painted their cars black to align themselves with the antiracism message. lewis hamilton of course has set up a commission in his own name to increase diversity within motorsports, so he is a leading light of this campaign. today, on race day, drivers will be wearing t—shirts with the slogan "end racism", but there has been discussion as to whether or not they will take
a knee before the start of the race. we have seen athletes elsewhere, football, tennis, all kneeling before the beginning of the competition. it is not clear what stance drivers will take. lewis hamilton has made it clear that he will be sending a strong message and he has spoken to other drivers at a meeting on friday, saying that their silence is really generally complicit and he has said there is some silence in some cases. so, some drivers have a problem with the political situation in some countries of taking the knee and other drivers have said they do not want to be strong—armed into taking the knee by lewis hamilton, who they think has been very outspoken on social media about what drivers should do. so, it looks like it will come down to individual basis as to what drivers want to do individually. which hamilton has said is his big problem
with the motorsport industry, within formula one he has said there is a lack of unity and understanding about racism, which he says it sends a very muddled and damaging message out for the sport. and in terms of the racing itself, mercedes so dominant recently in f1. they got off to a good start in austria. they did, they are still the team to beat. valtteri bottas on pole position, despite coming off the track in his final lap of qualifying. team—mate lewis hamilton just behind him chasing his seventh world title, he's in second. mercedes fastest and dominant in every session of the weekend so far. bottas said himself after qualifying that mercedes seem to be any leak of their own. ferrari had to redesign their car after preseason testing because it was not up to scratch. both drivers at risk of being knocked out at the end of second qualifying. charles leclerc managed to make it into second but sebastian vettel only down in 11th, so there will be a long inquiry as to what is going wrong with ferrari over recent seasons. better news for red bull.
max verstappen is on the third for the race today but it is mercedes who have blocked out the front row of the grid. in iran, a new rule has been introduced making the wearing of face masks in covered public spaces mandatory, to help combat the spread of coronavirus. towns and cities in five provinces have been put back into lockdown after the daily rate of infection rose again after falling in april. i'm joined by baran abbasi from bbc persian. the government say you have to wear masks and there is quite a few strict measures if you do not wear masks. what are the saying exactly? the government say people have not taken it seriously and numbers have been rising, so as of today, eve ryo ne been rising, so as of today, everyone going to a public space, closed public space, has to wear masks. if places avoid this they
will be shutdown for a week and if employees of public offices avoid wearing masks, they will be sent home and also individuals will be denied being served in public offices if they do not wear masks. all of them because the numbers have been rising dramatically. the iranian leader has been, has appeared in public wearing masks and also other top officials who previously were not seen wearing masks in public. and to make the president has warned people against hiding coronavirus. why does he think people are hiding it? the numbers have been rising in some cities a lot so there seems to be a stigma around the fact that some people in some cities have contracted the disease and also it seems that because of the economic situation, some people are trying to keep on working by hiding the fact
that they are unwell. 60% of the employees in iran are freelancers, not insured by their employers and they do not have permanent contracts so they do not have permanent contracts so they have to keep on working to be able to feed their families. just generally, what's the picture in iran? infection has been very high and we thought there has been a fall, is this part of the first wave? the government is denying this isa wave? the government is denying this is a second wave, they say they are still in the first wave, the numbers rose in april, in march and early april. they came down in mid—april and the government reduced a lot of the restrictions and they went back up the restrictions and they went back up again injune to the daily numbers of 3500 new infections a day. they have come down a bit to
around 2500 new infections id but they ourselves very high. overall, iran says about 240,000 people have been infected and around 11,000 have, 1100 have died. but the fact that the numbers 11,000 have died, sorry. it seems to be the real number seems to be much higher than what the government has been admitting. 0k, good to talk to you. thanks for all of that. throughout the coronavirus outbreak, britons have paid tribute to workers in the national health service who have treated the vulnerable, often at significant risk to themselves. today marks the 72nd birthday of the nhs, and across the uk this evening, millions of people are being encouraged to take part in a nationwide clap to commemorate the occasion. we can now speak to alia butt who's a nhs psychotherapist
and the convenor of nhs staff voices which fights privatisation. thank you very much indeed for being with us. as it important that the nation claps once again for the national health service today? hi, thanks to having me. i think it's lovely that we have been seeing the appreciation shown for the nhs, absolutely. i do think what is quite important as well as that we transform that sentiment into mass popular pressure to have the government better fund the nhs, popular pressure to have the government betterfund the nhs, we are still seeing that front line staff do not have adequate ppe and with the seemingly premature ending of lockdown this weekend which is the same weekend as the 72nd anniversary of the nhs, it's possible that we will see a second wave of coronavirus. infections and
possibly death as well. so yes, i think it's important to show appreciation but i think that does need to be transported to something a little bit more material, really. what about, everybody has been expressing huge admiration for the nhs staff, doctors, nurses, cleaning staff, everybody, throughout this crisis. but at the same time, do you think there are any structural wea knesses think there are any structural weaknesses in the national health service? because if you look at the uk, the number of cases and deaths, it is pretty high compared to other countries. i think that years of austerity and privatisation has broken down the nhs and it has kind of fractured the nhs in ways that has made it more difficult to provide adequate health care and provide adequate health care and provide adequate health care and provide a good service to the masses, really. and ifeel like we
have had the information, we have known for a long time there is a good chance this was going to happen and instead of providing more capacity to the nhs, we have been given more cuts and more austerity. the government now say matt hancock said this morning that the nhs will have what it needs. it will have the funds that it needs to deal with coronavirus. and i think that's great. i think that's really important and great. i think that's really importantandi great. i think that's really important and i appreciate if that actually does appreciate oh materialise. however, we have also seen materialise. however, we have also seen that the government have been neglecting to take care of nhs staff. recently, they have voted against continuing weekly testing for staff. so it does feel like sometimes the government say one thing and these things are not seen in the nhs and we can see that there are some things being said that not necessarily happening. interact good to talk to you, thank you very much for talking to us.
you can reach me on twitter. i'm at benbrownbbc. let's get a weather update. unusually deep area of low pressure sweeping to the north of the uk, bringing unseasonably strong wind across the uk. expect some gales across the uk. expect some gales across central and northern areas but on the plus it should be more sunshine through this afternoon than what we had. also some heavy showers. that area of low pressure continuing to push over to the norwegian sea, lots of isobars on the charts and that is why we are seeing strong wind particularly across parts of scotland, northern ireland, northern england. lots of showers as well, blustery showers, heavy and perhaps thundery showers, fewer further south and east, heavy and perhaps thundery showers, fewerfurther south and east, when fully a feature of the afternoon.
30-40 in fully a feature of the afternoon. 30—40 in the south, 40—60 miles an hourin 30—40 in the south, 40—60 miles an hour in the worst affected areas, particularly the pennines could see some disruption. temperatures reflect that. it will feel more like autumn than july. mid reflect that. it will feel more like autumn thanjuly. mid team is in the north, higher teams in the south. perhaps 21 in the south—east. more showers northern and western areas but lengthy drier spells and it's a cooler air coming but lengthy drier spells and it's a cooleraircoming in but lengthy drier spells and it's a cooler air coming in from the north—west bringing a much fresher night than what it was last night. the area of low pressure continues to push into scandinavia taking the gales and heavy rain with it. we look to the south—west and an area of high pressure building in for monday, settling slowly quieting things down. quite windy across the country, not as one yesterday but it's blustery across eastern areas where we see most of the showers close to that area of low pressure. the further west you are a better
chance of staying dry. quite a fresh again, 16—20 in the south—east. does not last long, another area of low pressure will wriggle in from the west during tuesday. uncertainty to its north, south but it looks like its north, south but it looks like it will bring central areas at this stage. we could see a little bit of drier brighter weather in the south and drier weather in the north with one 01’ and drier weather in the north with one or two showers. and drier weather in the north with one or two showers. temperatures nothing that great at the time of year. nothing that great at the time of yea r. pretty a re nothing that great at the time of year. pretty are changeable through the week, further spells across southern areas.
this is bbc news. the headlines. people across england have enjoyed theirfirst night out in pubs for more than three months, after a major easing of lockdown but there are concerns about social distancing. the nhs in england will get whatever funds it needs according to the health secretary matt hancock. we protected the nhs during the peak of this crisis and we will protect the nhs in the future. despite a surging number of coronavirus cases in the united states, donald trump has used his independence day speech to attack those he accuses of seeking to erase