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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. will there be a hangover? england wakes up after a major easing of its lockdown as pubs and restaurants re—open. but lockdown is remiposed in the australian city of melbourne as thousands of residents are told not to leave their homes for at least five days. a leading health official calls on the uk government to put in place plans to adequately fund england's social care system within a year. after at least two decades of talking about it, we do not have a
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fairand talking about it, we do not have a fair and properly resourced adult social care system with a proper set of workforce support. 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. 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.
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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. 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. the chair of the police federation has said it was "crystal clear" that drunk people are unable to socially distance. 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,
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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
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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 have warned of massive closures unless they receive state help. meanwhile, in elvington, eight—year—old oliver vaines 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. donald trump has declared the united states to be
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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, still have a bite to eat across the street. well, we came here for a couple of days just to enjoy some free time and just some time away. but across the nation, thousands of events fell victim to the pandemic and on a day that celebrated america's founding, the country's divisions were once again sharply in evidence. all chant: shut it down!
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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 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. david willis, bbc news, los angeles.
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the chief executive of the national health service in england has said the problems around social care must be fixed within a year. sir simon stevens told the bbc‘s the andrew marr show that covid—i9 — and its impact in care homes — had shone a "very harsh spotlight" on the situation, and called for reform and proper funding for its staff. after at least two decades of talking about it, we do not have a fair and properly resourced adult social care system with a proper set of workforce support. if you've got a situation where a quarter of your social care staff are on zero—hours contracts, where you've got a one third churn in employment each year, that is not the preconditions for being able to provide high quality care for older people. i would hope that by the time we're sitting down this time next year on the 73rd birthday of the nhs, we have as a country been able
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to decisively answer the question — how are we going to fund and provide high quality social care for my parents' generation? that was the chief executive of nhs england speaking to the bbc — and our political correspondent says the challenge has now been set for the government to fix social care within a year. it's quite striking to hear the person at the top of the nhs in england, the chief executive, not only admitting and accepting that there is no efficient workable social care system at the moment, but issuing what sounds like a challenge to the government to get it sorted and get it sorted soon. we know that it is a huge issue for so many people. the government has promised reform. in boris johnson's first speech as prime minister, he said he would sort the social care system once and for all. but beyond that, there has been little detail about exactly how
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the government hopes to do it. it promised to try to work with other parties at westminster to come to some sort of consensus, so a solution across political divides. there was talk of that happening within 100 days of borisjohnson‘s government coming to office after the election. coronavirus rather got in the way, and there has been little progress on any talk of exactly how the government plans to sort out social care beyond the promise in the conservative party manifesto that no one should have to sell their home to pay for care in their old age. but the pandemic has of course highlighted not only the crucial role which care homes for the elderly play in the wider health care system in england and in the entire uk, but also how they are often overlooked and underfunded. we have seen accusations levelled at the government that they didn't do enough to protect residents and staff in care homes. the health secretary this
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morning again denied that, talking about protecting those working and staying in them. but simon stevens' comments today will ensure that that issue of social care, and the urgency which politicians on all sides accept is there to sort it out, is once again very much back at the top of the agenda. the uk health secretary matt hancock says "there are certain conditions that need to be met" for huawei's involvement in the uk's 5g network. it follows newspaper reports today that the uk government is about to end the chinese compa ny‘s role in developing the technology. it's claimed the government's communications headquarters, gchq, have reassessed the security risk that huawei poses. it's understood a study will be given to the prime minister this week. in defiance of president trump, a statue of christopher columbus has
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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 colonisation and genocide of their ancestors. the american rapper kanye west has announced he is running for president of the united states in 2020. the unlikely challenger to donald trump and joe biden chose american independence day to make the surprise announcement on twitter, triggering a social media storm. but with just four months to go before polling day in november, it's not clear whether any official paperwork has been filed for him to appear on state election ballots. this is not the first time that west has suggested he would run for the white house and he has been a vocal supporter of president trump in the past.
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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 caused by hotel quarantine breaches, has led authorities to enforce localised lockdowns. in melbourne, several suburbs have been locked down, and 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. i've been speaking to professor nancy baxter, head of the melbourne school of population and global health. she also lives in one of the north melbourne suburbs that
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went into lockdown on saturday. it's very worrying. i was starting to feel like we were getting to a new normal in melbourne, one that we would be able to live with until we found some way out of the pandemic. and now we just seem to be taking a step backwards. so i am very concerned. and why do you think that step backwards is happening, what has gone wrong? well, australia's plan was always to contain and control the epidemic. there hadn't been a plan to eliminate it entirely. so we have always known that there would be times where covid—i9 would become a problem in one area or the other and we would have to take measures to deal with it as we tried to get the economy going again. so this has been almost the first test case of it. it is
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ironic that it happened largely related to breaches in protocol at quarantine hotels. as i mentioned, you live in one of the locked down areas. tell us about the nature of this localised lockdown. for the suburbs that are now involved in the lockdown, it is similar to what many people in london or in the uk have been experiencing now, before things started easing. basically, iam restricted to my home unless i need to go to the doctor, the to pick up groceries. i can go to work, although many businesses remain closed or people are encouraged to work at home. so i am working entirely from home. and i am allowed to go one hour a day for exercise. so i'm not entirely restricted to my home. but that is quite different from the partner blocks that have been totally restricted from movement outside of their homes. and
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do people generally think that these lockdown measures are sensible, that this is the best way to control the spikes of the virus in australia? with the real success that australia had, you heard some narrative that we had taken things overboard, that we had taken things overboard, that we hadn't needed to be as strict as we hadn't needed to be as strict as we were, that just we hadn't needed to be as strict as we were, thatjust eliminating any travelling to australia would be enough. but this has made it clear that covid—i9 is out there and it is just waiting. so we do need to crack down hard when it seems like the epidemic is starting to get out of control and starting to replicate very fast, to try to get it back to a point where if there is a case of covid—i9, we are able to find, contact and chase and test all the possible contacts of that individual. so you can imagine if you had thousands of cases every day, there is no way you could find
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all the contacts of those people who have tested positive. it's only if you can keep it to a small number that you can effectively do that. the spanish government has imposed a local lockdown in a region os catalonia after a sharp rise in infections, affecting more than 210,000 people. police checkpoints have been established to make sure no—one is able to enter or leave segria. catalonia is one of the spanish regions worst affected by the coronavirus. 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 world champion lewis hamilton has said a reluctance to take a knee is down to the industry's lack of understanding of racism. our sport presenter katherine downes explained what formula one is doing to tackle racism.
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lewis hamilton and mercedes are leading the way for formula 1 when it comes to speaking out against racism. 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 motor sport. so he is a leading light in this campaign. today, on race day, drivers will be wearing t—shirts with the slogan end racism. but as you said, there has been some discussion as to whether they will take a knee before the race. we've seen athletes from other sports — football, tennis — all kneeling before the action starts. before today's race, though, it's still not clear what stance drivers will take. lewis hamilton himself has made it very clear that he'll 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 says there is some silence in some cases.
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so some drivers have a problem with the political connotations in some countries of taking the knee. other drivers say that they don't really want to be strongarmed into taking a knee by lewis hamilton, who they feel has been very outspoken on social media about what drivers should do. it looks like it's going to come down to an individual basis, what drivers want to do individually, which hamilton says is his big problem with the sport, within the motorsport industry, within formula 1. he says there is a lack of unity and a lack of understanding about racism, which he says sends a very muddled and damaging message out of the sport. ok, and just in terms of the racing itself, mercedes so dominant recently in f1. and they got off to a pretty good start in austria? they did, and 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 as well,
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chasing his seventh world title. he's in second. mercedes fastest, dominant in every session of the weekend so far. bottas himself said after qualifying, mercedes seem to be in a league of their own. contrast that to ferrari's performance. they had to redesign their car after pre—season testing because it wasn't up to scratch. both drivers at risk of being knocked out at the end of second qualifying. in the end, charles leclerc managed to make it into seventh, but sebastian vettel only down in 11th. so there will be a long inquiry into what is going wrong with ferrari over recent seasons. better news, though, for red bull. max verstappen is on third for today's race. but it is mercedes who have blocked out the front row of the grid. 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
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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 — the worst hit country in the region — registering more than 1,100 deaths from covid—19 on saturday. iran has reported a new record single—day virus death toll of 163. it comes as the country makes face masks compulsory in covered public spaces. after a drop in cases in april, the daily rate has risen again. towns and cities in five provinces have been put back into lockdown. 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
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have been ordered to evacuate their homes. 1a victims were found in the same flooded nursing home. 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. sunday 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. our home editor mark easton reports. at 5:00 on the 72nd birthday of the national health service, the country is being encouraged to stop what it's doing and take a moment to give thanks with a huge round of applause for all those whose actions have helped save lives during the pandemic. applause. in a video message released today, the prince of wales recognises the selfless nurses, doctors, paramedics and countless other staff
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whose gentleness has made us great. despite all that has been endured, there is deep cause for gratitude and a true reason for pride in the way we care for all members of our society. our greatness truly is in gentleness. so, ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for what you have done, more than i can possibly say. a spitfire will tip its wings above eight hospitals as well as the homes of fundraisers and volunteers, the words "thank u, nhs" painted on its underside. the fly—past is a tribute to people across the uk who've supported the health service and each other in the last few months. at 5:00 today when we're clapping for carers one final time, it's a chance for the nhs itself to say thank you to everybody
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who has played their part, including the public who, by going through this difficult lockdown period, have reduced the infections and helped save countless, tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of lives. last night, candles were lit and dozens of public landmarks were illuminated in the blue of the nhs, a tribute to those whose lives have been lost during the pandemic. this evening, the prime minister will be joining the clap outside number 10, after which people are invited to raise a cuppa or a glass with neighbours to reflect on the connections that have been made during the lockdown. banging on pots and clapping. millions came together for the regular thursday evening clap for our carers during the height of the pandemic and the hope is that this final thank you will encourage communities to build on that togetherness for the next stage of the crisis. mark easton, bbc news. let's speak to jane hughes, who's started an initiative to thank the nhs.
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tell us about your initiative. thank you very much. yeah, 12 months ago i bought the domain name with nothing more than an idea possibly that i might do something with it in the future. and to be honest, your section before which just talked about the clap for carers, it was after the first flap for carers when i was speaking to my niece who is a doctor in manchester, a junior doctor, and she was telling me about a care assistant who was working with an elderly lady who had been put ina with an elderly lady who had been put in a ward. i might get a bit tea rful put in a ward. i might get a bit tearful here. she was alone, frightened and confused and this ca re frightened and confused and this care assistant, despite having underlying health problems, went and
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offered to work with her one—to—one. and i got this overwhelming feeling of wanting to send this young woman a gift from me. and i thought, if i feel like this, perhaps our wonderful nation, there are others who feel the same. and so the idea was born of thanking the nhs. i thought i will use the website, and thatis thought i will use the website, and that is what we have done. so we now have a website that is capable of accepting pledges from businesses, small and large. and celebrities and public figures, to just say a big thank you. and it is so appropriate on the 72nd birthday of the nhs. we only have 30 seconds, butjust tell us only have 30 seconds, butjust tell usa only have 30 seconds, butjust tell us a what the nhs means to you and why it has been so extraordinary during this crisis. well, where would we be without the nhs? ijust think perhaps if we can all collectively say a big thank you, a
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tangible thank you to them for all they have done and all that they continue to do. i am just doing a call out. anyone who would like to join us and pledge, go to the website. thank you for being with us. you're watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. an unusually deep area of low pressure for the time of year is sweeping to the north of the uk. that is bringing unseasonably strong winds across the uk. we will expect to see gains across central and northern areas but on the plus side, there should be more sunshine this afternoon than we had yesterday. but also some heavy showers. that low pressure will continue to push towards norwegian sea. lots of isobars on the chart on its southern flank, which is why we are seeing
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those strong winds, particularly across scotland, northern ireland and northern england. lots of showers here through the afternoon. those winds are really a feature through the afternoon, a0 to 60 miles an hour across the worst affected areas, particularly over the pennines, where we could see disruption at times. the temperatures reflect that as well. it will feel more like autumn than july. the mid—teens in the north, hire teams in the south. this evening, it remains blustery with a more north—westerly wind. lengthy, drier spells for south. and a cooler air masses coming in from the north, so air masses coming in from the north, so it will be a much fresher night than last night. our area of low pressures continue to push on to scandinavia, taking the gales and heavy rain with it. to the south—west, we have an area of high pressure building in for monday,
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which were quieten things down. but it still remains windy across the country. not as windy yesterday, but it will be blustery across eastern areas, which will see most of the showers close to that area of low pressure. the further west you are, a better chance of sunshine. quite a fresh feel to the day again. but it looks like another area of low pressure will wriggle in from the west during tuesday. a bit of uncertainty as to its extent, but it does look like it will bring central area a spell of wet weather. we could see some drier weather in the south and in the north, with one or two showers. temperatures are nothing that great again for the time of year, in the mid to high teens celsius. it is pretty changeable as we move through the week. further spells of rain at times, particularly across southern areas.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: people across england have enjoyed their first night out in pubs for more than three months after a major easing of the coronavirus lockdown. police say most people acted responsibly, but strict social distancing rules weren't always observed. lockdown measures have been reimposed on nine tower blocks in the australian city of melbourne, after 30 cases were linked to households there. 3,000 residents have been told not to leave their homes president trump has declared the us to be the greatest and most virtuous nation in the history of the world. his optimistic tone, in a speech marking independence day, contrasted with muted celebrations in much of the us as coronavirus cases soar.
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sunday marks the 72nd birthday of the uk's health service — the nhs. across the country, millions of people are being encouraged


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