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this is bbc news. i'm david eades with all the latest for viewers in the uk and around the world. president trump pushes hard for us schools to reopen despite the number of coronavirus infections passing 3 million and a death toll of over 130,000. the un issues a stark warning about the humanitarian crisis in yemen after five years of civil war and a lack of medical care undermines the fight against covid—19. the team of british pakistani doctors using what they've learnt from fighting coronavirus in the uk to help their counterparts in pakistan. in australia, a ‘ring of steel‘ around melbourne as it's put under a second lockdown to stem a surge in coronavirus infections.
a very warm welcome to all of you joining us from the uk and from across the globe. we are going to start in the us. new guidelines on the safe reopening of schools in the united states are to be issued after president trump criticised the ones drawn up by health experts as being too strict and too expensive. the trump administration is making a concerted push for schools to reopen as scheduled next term. that's despite an increase in the total number of coronavirus cases in the country, now more than three million. the bbc‘s david willis is in los angeles. while european nations have flattened the curve, here, the curve appears to be fattening.
3 million coronavirus cases and counting altar with infections on the increase in 35 separate states. president trump attributes the rise to increased testing and has been claiming incorrectly that america's mortality rate is the lowest in the world. his focus remains on reopening the economy, and now, in an effort to enable parents to return to work, he is pushing schools and colleges to reopen their classrooms in the autumn. so we are very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open, and it is very important, very important for our country, very important for our country, very important for our country, very important for the well—being of the student and the parents, so we are going to be putting a lot of pressure on opening the schools in the fall. but given the alarming rise in coronavirus cases amongst the young, some question the wisdom of such a move. harvard, one of this country's most storied seats of learning, announced
earlier in the work its intention to conduct all its classes online for the rest of the year, and other schools and colleges seems that to follow. mrtrump colleges seems that to follow. mr trump called harvard public decision ridiculous and is now threatening to withhold funds to schools that refuse to reopen. the country's largest school district, new york, also has no intention of playing ball. 0fficials there unveiled a plan for so—called blended learning that will see students alternating between the classroom and their home. new york by the governor says the president's threat are baseless. that is the law and that is the way we are going to proceed. it is not up to the president of the united states. for local
officials that dilemma is how to balance the need for education with the risk of spreading the virus. not only to teachers and school staff, but to adults back at home as well. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. 0bviously, obviously, we have done a lot to document the situation in the united states. it is so often called the world's worst humanitarian crisis, and then it gets worse. in yemen, united nations aid agencies are warning that they still have nowhere near the resources needed to fight the looming threat of famine in a country already ravaged by five years of war and disease, now struggling with a surge in coronavirus deaths. with the medical system already devastated, covid—19 is spreading virtually unchecked. nawal a—maghafi has been speaking to those bearing the brunt of yemen's latest crisis. there are no daily briefings about covid—19 in yemen...
allahu akbar. all: allahu akbar. ..no accurate statistics, and barely any tests. but every day, there are the dead, buried quietly in the early hours of the morning. among the buried on that day in sana'a was mohammed al—kuhlani. a few weeks ago, we spoke to him and his friends as they worryingly followed the pandemic news. translation: if the virus reaches yemen, they won't be able to count the dead. yemenis mix a lot. we need to raise awareness. we need to teach people how to keep safe at home. the disease was already spreading silently throughout homes in yemen, including mohammed's. his family said his death was of a respiratory infection. it had all the hallmarks of coronavirus. now, we've learnt that mohammed's father
and several members of theirfamily have lost their lives with the same symptoms. this is his cousin days before he died. none of the deaths have been reported as coronavirus—related. six years of war has destroyed half of the country's health system in the conflict between the houthis and a saudi/uae—led coalition, supported by the uk and the us. i met dr ashwag on several milestones in the yemeni conflict — during the famine, cholera and now covid—i9. the suffering only gets worse she says. translation: i go to people with hand sanitiser and i tell them to stay at home. they tell me, "doctor, don't scare us with the disease. "we're dying of hunger anyway, we need to eat. "what options do we have?" it's a tragic situation. it is coronavirus or hunger.
protective gear is not a priority for a population where two—thirds don't know where their next meal is coming from. and the international community, distracted with its own crisis, is turning its back. a un fundraising summit raised only half the amount needed to keep its life—saving programmes running. for months, there have been warnings of coronavirus sweeping silently in yemen. now the pandemic is here and is exacting its deadly toll unchecked. nawal al—maghafi, bbc news. a group of british pakistani doctors are using new technology, and what they've learnt from fighting coronavirus in the uk to help their counterparts in pakistan who are trying to tackle the disease. they've been holding patient consultations online, even carrying out virtual intensive care rounds. there have been around 240 , 000 cases and close to 5,000 deaths from covid—i9 in pakistan so far, though with low levels of testing, the figure
could be much higher. secunder kermani reports. i would suggest that you continue... from his garden in essex, this doctor is helping treat a patient in lahore. holding a tablet, a doctor there shows him the intensive ca re there shows him the intensive care ward for coronavirus patients via video link. hospitals in the country are being stretched. through this software, they can share casenotes. the stock helped lead essex‘s covid—i9 response. now he wants his experiences to help his country of birth. very proud of the nhs service we are giving here, and because of our relationships both in medicine and otherwise in pakistan, it was very important for us to help our colleagues and to help
the people of pakistan. the softwa re the people of pakistan. the software was built by this london—based doctor who has created a series of medicine portals. through this one, doctors here can hold consultations with coronavirus patients in pakistan. we haven't got the resources there to really plug the gaps of service. so any skill, any special skill from the uk will be warmly welcome in pakistan. a doctor and patient can speak the same language, we can create a bridge no matter where they are through telemedicine. a month ago, it looked as if hospitals in pakistan would be com pletely hospitals in pakistan would be completely overwhelmed as lockdown restrictions were lifted. but in the past few weeks, in some major cities, they have seen a substantial decrease in patients. some restrictions are in place again, but doctors are not clear if that is what has led to the change. there could be only two reasons. one, the
patients are dead and not coming to the hospital. and the other possibility could be that the cases have decreased. the a nswer the cases have decreased. the answer may lie in the country's graveyards. we have been given data showing a significant rise in burials in the country's two largest cities last month that can't be explained by official coronavirus deaths alone. we don't need no if that trend is continuing or what the exact cause is. but with testing rates low, it is perhaps only here that the true impact of the pandemic can be measured. secunder kermani, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. one of the central figures in the impeachment proceedings against president trump is retiring from the army. lieutenant colonel alexander vindman was a white house national security official who testified about mr trump's phone call with ukraine's president. mr vindman‘s lawyer says his client has been the victim of a "campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation"
by the president. the prime minister of ivory coast, amadou gon coulibaly, has died, aged 61. the president has confirmed mr gon coulibaly was taken ill while chairing a cabinet meeting earlier this week and died in hospital. he was due to stand as candidate for the governing rdr party in 0ctober‘s presidential elections, and had recently returned from treatment in france for a heart condition. a former mexican state governor has been arrested in florida after more than three years on the run. cesar duarte, who was governor of chichuahua, is accused of embezzling millions of dollars of public funds to live a lavish lifestyle. health workers in latin america are protesting over a lack of protective equipment in the battle against coronavirus. the continent has now recorded more than 2.9 million cases.
freya cole starts this report in peru's capital city. rallying outside their workplace, these nurses in peru say their life is at risk. they‘ re demanding better protection from the virus, which has so far claimed more than 10,000 lives across the country. translation: many of my colleagues have become ill, and there is no special monitoring of their cases. the families of these nurses have also fallen ill. there is no protective equipment, no food vouchers, no transportation for medical staff. elsewhere in peru's capital city, police used water cannons to disperse crowds. they too fear local hospitals are on the brink of collapse. cases are skyrocketing
in mexico. in just 2a hours, almost 7,000 people contracted the virus. it's a new daily record and hospitals aren't coping. translation: the doctors who are treating patients are also getting ill. we've been waiting for hours, but many of the doctors can't work because they have symptoms. this is a snapshot of one field unit in huanuco in central peru. patients are crowded in, relying on oxygen to breathe. nurses in bolivia also have grave concerns. the virus is on the rise and they say there's nowhere near enough protection. translation: we need the authorities to come to the hospital with tests for all of us workers, because we don't know who is infected and who isn't. some of my colleagues already have symptoms. in colombia, strict lockdowns are taking place along the caribbean coast.
the port capital, barranquilla, has reported more deaths than the capital city. but local doctors fear many people are dying at home, the silent victims of a virus which remains out of control. freya cole, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: running battles in belgrade as serbian police clash with demonstrators during further protests against renewed coronavirus restrictions. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup. they've pipped the favourites, south africa, by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated, and celebration parties
were cancelled. a man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked her for a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. applause this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump pushes hard for us schools to reopen, despite the number of coronavirus infections passing 3 million, and a death toll of over 130,000.
the un issues a stark warning about the humanitarian crisis in yemen, where five years of civil war, and a lack of medical care is undermining the fight against covid—19. it's the worst news for the people of melbourne. australia's second—largest city is back under lockdown with the police saying they will impose a ‘ring of steel‘ around the capital of victoria. five million people have been ordered to stay home except for essentials such as shopping, unavoidable work or care giving. wednesday was the third day in a row that the state of victoria recorded more than 100 cases. 75 of those infections are linked to this group of public housing towers in melbourne. they have been placed under hard lockdown, which means residents cannot leave the buildings at all. australia's overall covid numbers are comparatively small, nearly 9,000 cases. that's less than california recorded in one single day this week.
but australian authorities say they are determined to stop the spread going any further. paul guerra is the chief executive of the victorian chamber of commerce and industry. hejoins me now from melbourne. thanks very much forjoining us. i guess this is all the more depressing and debilitating for a city that probably felt that these were under control? that's absolutely right stop in melbourne is usually a buzzing hub of central victoria and certainly along with melbourne being locked down, regional victoria, not quite suffering the same restrictions but no less impacted by it as well. and the police talk about putting a ring of steel around at this time, has there been, do you think, a degree of complacency about the way in which quarantine rules were meant to be followed, for
example, and when you don't have that many cases, maybe it's difficult to get over the message of how serious this is? this probably a couple of things playing into that but certainly we are back in a position where we don't want to be in the government has taken a strong stand here to make sure that the health crisis is contained once more and i know to other parts of the world, 100 plus infections in a day probably isn't a massive issue, but for us luckier enough to have lived in australia, we got this under control quickly but u nfortu nately we have this under control quickly but unfortunately we have seen a bike over the recent week in victoria alone but pretty much centrally melbourne, which has forced the government to take action. right, the number of cases is not dramatic, maybe, but six weeks of lockdown for the business community of melbourne is more than dramatic, isn't it? how are you going to manage that? it's tough. we had a couple of issues now with the lockdown of central melbourne or the greater metropolitan area of melbourne, where in some cases
you can't leave the building. in other cases, you can only be away from home for four separate minor issues and then there's regional victoria where those living in regional victoria actually have free access to the rest of victoria but of course our borders are closed as well so travelling interstate for any victorian is absolutely impossible at the moment, so it is going to be tough, most of all on those businesses that rely on football, so hospitality, events, tourism, of which we are globally famous for are all impacted in this next period. briefly then, what are you looking for in terms of help here, whether it is from the state or via scott morrison? two levels, ultimately what businesses need to survive is cash flow so we are hoping to see and the state government has been very good at forecasting that there will be support. we would expect to know what that support looks like in the next 2a hours. the federal government do not
really quickly and created a package called jobkeeper which is designed to pay employees a percentage of their salary and we are hoping that that will be extended for victorian businesses for at least another three months. sounds like you are going to need it. good luck paul, thank you very much indeed forjoining us. meanwhile, australia will extend the visas of some hong kong citizens in response to the imposition of china's new national security law in the region. the changes will offer a pathway to permanent residency in australia with prime minister, scott morrison saying it will also offer an opportunity forjobs and investement. mr morrison also announced australia will suspend its extradition agreement with hong kong. in serbia, there now won't be a return to full lockdown this weekend despite the daily surge in covid—related cases. the country's president has changed his mind after a second day of anti—government protests against the reintroduction of lockdown measures. paul hawkins has more.
more anger on the streets of the capital, belgrade. for a second night, there were clashes between police and protesters. translation: our government is simply looking after its own interest. the people are just collateral damage. translation: stupidity, illiteracy, arrogance, thievery, aggression. serbia went back five centuries under president vucic. feelings here are still running high, even though the president changed his mind earlier in the day and said there would be no full lockdown this weekend. translation: the crisis staff think that there is room to do something else, and that is why they will probably make a decision tomorrow to tighten the measures, but without imposing a curfew.
i want to tell the citizens of serbia that i am against it, and that i believe that the only solution is to impose a ban on movement. i'm asking people to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus, because today is our second—worst day in terms of the number of infected we have had. that brings the total number of infections to 17,000 in serbia, with 330 deaths, in a population of 7 million. the president's critics and the opposition blame him. they say the initial lockdown was lifted too quickly at the start of may to hold parliamentary elections, which were won by his party. translation: irresponsible behaviour of the regime towards human health is the reason for the spread of the coronavirus, all with the aim of holding false elections. we demand that a new, depoliticised crisis staff who people will trust, is appointed. we demand that police commanders be held accountable for the police brutality used on citizens who are protesting against another curfew.
so no full lockdown for now, and whether it appeases the protesters remains to be seen. this sunday, poland may re—elect president andrzej duda, a man accused of running on an anti—lgbt platform and who's said he plans to ban same—sex couples from adopting. before lockdown, ben hunte went to poland to visit its so—called ‘lgbt—free' zones, and discover what life is like for people living there. poland has been called the worst country in the eu for lg bt worst country in the eu for lgbt rights, and the potential recollection of this man on sunday is worrying activist. before the coronavirus pandemic, i've travelled to poland to see what life is like
for lgbt poland to see what life is like for lg bt people. poland to see what life is like for lgbt people. first up, i went deep into the south—east of the country to meet bart, and lgbt of the country to meet bart, and lg bt activist of the country to meet bart, and lgbt activist who was outraged by poland's so—called lgbt—free zones. nearly 100 polish local governments have pledged to protect traditional family values, so that's a third of poland where any promotion of lgbt equality is not allowed. what kind of things have you gone through, fighting for your rights here? why have you stayed behind? polish national can leave for other eu countries. martin is an activist who left years ago and his back for a visit copy i wa nt to and his back for a visit copy i want to see what they can do.
this protest is against and archbishop who called lgbt people a rainbow plague. i was shocked when martin translated what people were saying. said that lgbt what people were saying. said that lg bt people what people were saying. said that lgbt people are paedophiles, they are not lgbt. what?! that's what they say. fast forward to now. in the morning after leading the first round, mr duda said he was against same—sex couples adopting. he's scapegoating a minority in its risking that they will be violently attacked. we believe this lgbt ideology is wrong, it's unnatural, we will do anything to bend this copy many lgbt people in poland are scared about what is to come. the fight for their rights continues. the polish
government told me, lgbt people have the right to full protection against hatred, violence and discrimination. to stay with us, in a moment we will have the government, giveaways, huawei and beauty pa rlou rs giveaways, huawei and beauty pa rlours to giveaways, huawei and beauty parlours to discuss. hello again. there were two very different types of weather across the uk during wednesday. it's a similar setup as we go into thursday. in the south, we've got lots of low cloud. this was borth on cardigan bay during wednesday afternoon. to the north of that, we've got a showery regime, much more sunshine around. and the divider is this area of low pressure. so keeping all parts unsettled, but it's been bringing in heavy and persistent rain during the course of wednesday night. and that heaviest rain — yes, it will be clearing out of the way, but it leaves a legacy of those weather fronts — some misty, low cloud. it's pretty humid, as well, with that weather front across the southern half of the country. a tad chilly under clearer skies further north. but lots of misty, low cloud, hill and coastal fog to clear first thing. 0r certainly the rain clears, but that misty, low cloud
is likely to hang around for much of the day. so dull and overcast, damp and dreary, and very little changes. of course, it won't be raining all day. there'll be some drier slots, as we had during the day on wednesday, and it's still quite warm — 19—20 degrees, generally speaking. we might see some of the brighter skies filter into the north of england later. just the odd shower for northern ireland, with some sunny spells. sunny spells across scotland. but given the light winds, when the showers develop, they could become heavy and thundery and slow—moving. so quite a lot of rain falling in a shortish space of time from those thunderstorms. but equally, either side of them, plenty of sunshine. and those will translate into clearer skies as we go through thursday night, as those thunderstorms rumble out. and that clearer weather is gradually filtering southwards. so not quite as humid through the night ahead, more comfortable for sleeping. more sunshine, therefore, on offer as we go into friday. but a brisker wind, and that wind comes down from the north—west, and it will make it feel cooler, and notably so in the south, although there'll be more sunshine to compensate.
but equally, as you can see, lots of showers. they'll be heavy, as well, running southwards on that north—westerly breeze. they do tend to dampen down in activity towards the west later. why? because we've got the azores high moving in, and that's with us for the weekend, just with the risk or the chance of more rain coming into the north—west of the uk come sunday. so for many, we're lifting our temperatures a little, as well, with more sunshine and lighter winds across the south. in the north, still predominantly dry, butjust potentially some rain in the north—west later.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. tough call: is huawei is a source of vital tech or an unacceptable security risk? the uk must decide. plus, rishi dishes out the cash. but can britain's chancellor stave off mass unemployment as the uk emerges from lockdown? we start with huawei, and the fierce debate around the chinese firm's role in the world's communications networks.
is it a vital provider of market—leading technology or an unacceptable security risk? can it be both? the uk will soon decide whether huawei will be involved in building its 5g mobile network. that begins pretty soon. today, members of parliament will be hearing evidence from the company and its industry rivals. prime minister boris johnson summed up the dilemma the uk is facing. iam very i am very determined to get broadband into every part of this country, reaching out across the whole of the uk and we are convinced we can do that, and i am also determined that, and i am also determined that the uk should not be in any way vulnerable to a high risk state lender. we have to think carefully about how we handle that, we have to come up with the right technological solutions, but also have to make sure that we continue to deliver the broadband that the uk needs. that is the message
from the prime minister. huawei's chairman here in the uk is former bp boss lord browne. he told reuters that the company has been the victim of rising tensions between china and the us, which is nervous of its rival‘s growing technological power. it has become a football between the united states and china, as the person who just looks after the governance of the uk subsidiary and just observe it. 0bserve the uk subsidiary and just observe it. observe that we are in the process of what we are dividing many parts of the communications technology of the world into two. clearly, the world into two. clearly, the us has seen the ascendancy of china when it comes to technology, the development of 5g and ai, and has been reminded that they are falling short in these areas. matthew howett is the founder of assembly research,
which looks at how regulation and government policy affects the tech industry. matthew joins us now. matthewjoins us now. good to see you there. we have got a select committee which is going to hear from select committee which is going to hearfrom huawei, seen as a market leader clearly in 5g terms, but also from nokia and from ericsson. are they, do you think, viable alternatives? they are very much so strong competitors to huawei only in europe, but around the world. 0ne europe, but around the world. one of the problems you have got is this idea of going overnight from using equipment from huawei to equipment used by ericsson and nokia. if you talk to the industry in this country, the mobile operators, they will say that while i have a lead over their closest rivals, but may be as much as 18 months in terms of that technology leadership, so they are very technology leadership, so they are very keen to huawei. the other problem is this idea of
sticking to things together. they doesn't work with the current 5g we are deploying, which means that those operators that switch out huawei would end up having to go back and replace the 4g equipment, it is notjust about the 5g equipment which becomes very costly and complex. cost application sounds clear when you start talking about what they have to replace. but when the national cyber security centre has effectively called out huawei a bit and said, we cannot... the system under huawei, the cat is out of the bag, isn't it? it becomes very difficult for them given that the latest tightening of the screw can be seen from the us by banning huawei from accessing any chips that are made by american companies. until that point, the security services here decided that huawei was a risk that could be mitigated, and they plan to do that by bringing down the
amount of huawei in the network to 35%, which was not ideal for the company, but it was something which everybody could live with. there was certainty around it. that has been thrown into jeopardy with his latest decision in the us which puts a sort of cloud over whether or not they can trust it, and it is probably too soon to be able to say whether or not they can because we don't know yet they will get the alternative chips from we need to understand that. when you say it is too soon to know whether you can trust them, the point is the government has got to make a decision, and soon premium early —— like presumably. 0ther economies are moving on base now. we did make a decision in january was of the situation has changed. what we need to know from huawei is how much of the existing network equipment and chips they have got, that stockpile, to meet the demand for the stockpile, to meet the demand forthe uk, to stockpile, to meet the demand for the uk, to fix any problems that we might see down the line, then becomes a question of when we would end up having to move to these new chips, and
that could all be thrown into doubt because of the relationship between europe and the us. if we end up with a change of regime in the us in november, does this all fall away? this is another question the government and others around the world are trying to factor into their decisions. yes, a big day today. thank you very much. to the uk economy now. it has slumped as a result of the pandemic, losing a quarter of its value in march and april alone, with 9 million workers sent home on furlough. on wednesday, the uk chancellor, rishi sunak, announced extra spending and tax cuts worth £30 billion — $37 billion — to try and stave off mass unemployment as britain emerges from lockdown. the government will pay businesses £1,000, or $1,200, in a job retention bonus for each furloughed person brought back and employed through to january.
there are also plans for a £2 billion, or $2.5 billion kick—start scheme to create thousands of job placements for 16— to 24—year—olds. a stamp duty holiday will see taxes suspended on the first £500,000 of all property sales in england and northern ireland. that will start immediately and run until the end of march next year. value added tax will be cut from 20% to 5% on food, on accommodation and attractions from next wednesday until the middle of january. and there will even be a 50% discount on eating out throughout august. participating restaurants will be able to claim the money back from the government. here's the chancellor. people are anxious about losing theirjob. about people are anxious about losing their job. about unemployment rising. we are notjust going to a cce pt rising. we are notjust going to accept this. people need to
know that although hardship lies ahead, no—one will be left without hope. but will it be enough to stop employers laying off staff? here's our business editor simonjack. i think it has been widely welcomed, people are asking for that extra help forjob creation, for younger people, but the central question, is how many of the 9 million people furloughed will have a job by the end of this year? that is a stark calculation for business. are they prepared to shoulder an increasing burden of the furloughed cost, have it withdrawn at the end of 0ctober, continue to pay wages until the end of january, 0ctober, continue to pay wages until the end ofjanuary, all to get a £1000 bonus. maybe the sums don't add up. i think rishi sunak, when he said it is not all about economics, it is how we respond, it is a moral duty, i think you recognised in stark economic terms the carrot at the end of that process is
not big enough for business to bite. that is certainly the worry. we will have a look at that in a moment. the uk government is helping restaurants, pubs and cafes. but nail bars and beauty salons are still shut in england with no date set for reopening. elsewhere in europe, salons have resumed business subject to safety measures. denmark lifted restrictions in mid—april and switzerland followed suit two weeks later with germany and then spain in may. so why are british salons still closed? millie kendall is ceo of the british beauty council here in london. thank you forjoining us. i am sure it is hugely frustrating for you. why do you think you are still not allowed to be open for business? i think for the beauty sector, it was a surprise that we were not open with hair salons, and i think
it is the services are a broad range of services all lumped together. i just range of services all lumped together. ijust think it range of services all lumped together. i just think it a systemic historic lack of knowledge of the broad range and nuances of our industry. i don't think government have ever had to relate to us in an economic way, so i think they have left us behind. how ready are beauty salons and the like, nail bars? basically tojump back into action? 0bviously, hygiene is critically important. it is a fairly intimate business, so the challenge is clear. yeah, i think we keep hearing the words covid secure, and our industry, our sector, particularly in the beauty part of our business, is very covid secure. we are used to wearing ppe, it doesn't... it is not something you've asked,it it is not something you've asked, it is part of the dna.
very often when you walk into a nail bar, will see the masks and that is because there is a lot of dust in the environment and they are very well used to working with very high levels of ppe. that is in not difficult for us at all. you are having a long wait, that much is clear. don't know how much is clear. don't know how much longer it is going to be. when you hear everyone come out with some of these proposals like £1000 bonus for example maintaining to keep on furloughed staff, how does it go down? i think if we can't open beauty salons, and keep in mind this is peak season, a lot of these businesses can earn 50% of their annual revenue in june, july, august. iwould love to see the cut apply to hair salons body open. that would really help that sector of the industry. i think the
apprenticeships schemes, the kick—start, they all sound fantastic until detail, we don't know what those are blood. those are very in tune with our industry. i think we are going to have a recruitment crisis, that is for sure. a lot of the young people are started in our industry didn't qualify for self—employment scheme. about 60% of our sector is self—employed. that is also a real problem for us. it applies to salons, not to quite a large factor. we had to leave it there. thank you forjoining us, representing part of the beauty industry. let's get back to them of the chancellor positive measures that have been announced. what do you make of the overall package? it is another big spending, borrowing height, £30 billion or what have you. do
you think in the way it has been laid out, that it is going to prove to be effective borrowing and spending? to prove to be effective borrowing and spending ?|j to prove to be effective borrowing and spending? i think the chancellor has looked to try and target an area of the economy that has been absolutely brutalised ultimately by the coronavirus, laid open compared to many other shops and is also extremely important both in terms of a contributor to the economy, but an employer in the economy, but an employer in the economy as well. they have taken some creative steps in order to get people back to these restaurants and bars and these restaurants and bars and the difficulty, and i think this is something the shadow chancellor pointed out yesterday, is it all well and good getting these incentives, but unless people feel like they are safe to do so, it will not be enough to draw them in. we need to see accommodation between these attempts to try to draw people in, but also ensure people feel safe to do so. we just wejust don't we just don't know, even
wejust don't know, even in august, quite what the reality is about the coronavirus and the impact that is going to have on each and of us. exactly, and have on each and of us. exactly, a nd u nfortu nately have on each and of us. exactly, and unfortunately many of these environments still force people to be close contact and i think people are desperate to get out. one thing we have learned over the last few months as people desperately want to get out, see friends, socialise with family as well. but until they feel safe to do so, people are still going to be extremely relu cta nt still going to be extremely reluctant and we have to remember the hospitality industry has gone to great lengths to make it as safe as possible for people to actually be there. all it takes is for us to see a second wave like we have seen in other countries. a lot of the money, you can see how on a very simple level, people will get it. a voucher to spend in a restaurant, a cut in vat, it is all geared towards the right sort of approach you would imagine, but it does involve more borrowing and there will probably be more borrowing on top of this. how
farcana borrowing on top of this. how far can a government the size of the uk go on that borrowing trajectory, do you think? tha nkfully trajectory, do you think? thankfully we live in a time where people are extremely willing to lend, even extremely low rates of interest. we are living at a time when the bank of england is buying a huge amounts of debt as other major central banks around the world which will enable the government to borrow more than it would usually be forgiven for doing so. i think investors at this moment in time are more forgiving of our country is having to raise more debt. in the immediate term i think the uk government can continue to go that little bit further because ultimately we can't just focus on the immediate cost of all of these programmes. you have to weigh them up against the longer term benefits of not falling into a more severe repression, even if with a 15 to 20% unemployment. it is those comparisons we had to draw rather than simply focusing on the immediate impact on the fiscal deficit and overall debt. can you imagine they're not being any tax rises to follow? that is
anathema to the government at the point of which it was elected, these are different times. these are different times, and exceptional times call for exceptional measures. when would they choose to raise those taxes? and they put it off until after a new election and continue to persevere with economic growth at all this —— in order to adhere by those pre—election pledges ultimately tax rises are inevitable unless they want to find some other creative way to generate extra revenue. we're not to be able to rely on economic growth alone because ultimately economic growth isn't going to be high enough to offset this rising debt. thank you very much indeed. let's get some of the day's other news. a federaljudge has thrown out a racketeering lawsuit filed by general motors against its rival fiat chrysler automobiles. gm filed the lawsuit last november, alleging fiat chrysler bribed union officials over many years to corrupt the bargaining process and gain advantages, costing gm billions of dollars. gm says it strongly disagrees with the decision and will appeal.
ryanair has agreed to keep on all its uk—based cabin crew in return for pay cuts of up to 10% following talks with unions. the deal follows an agreement with pilots who accepted a 20% pay cut to save jobs. earlier this month ryanair said passenger numbers were down 97% in june. president trump has held talks with mexico's president, andres manuel lopez 0brador, and a delegation of mexican business leaders, including telecoms tycoon carlos slim. the summit marks the start of the us—mexico—canada free trade agreement, which came into effect this month to replace nafta. stay with us on bbc news. we have much more to come.
central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup. they've pipped the favourites, south africa, by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated, and celebration parties were cancelled. a man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked her for a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. applause
this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump pushes hard for us schools to reopen despite the number of coronavirus infections passing 3 million and a death toll of over 130,000. brazil's president says he's confident he'll survive coronavirus because he's taking the anti—malarial drug hydroxychloroquine — a treatment plan that has no proven success when used to tackle covid—19. katy watson reports from sao paulo. social distancing — no, thanks. masks — preferably not. jair bolsonaro is a leader who has never much cared for health guidelines, dismissing them every step of the way. but, when it comes to unproven drugs to tackle the virus,
it's the only horse he has backed. 0n the day he got covid—19, jair bolsonaro posted this video of him taking the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine. he said he was feeling much better than over the weekend, so it must be working. so it's an honour to give that to you... like his friend up north, jair bolsonaro doesn't care if the drug isn't recommended for covid—19, nor that there could be serious health risks for people who take it when they don't need it. it works for him, he says, so he promotes it. and pharmacies here have felt the impact. ever since the president first touted the drug's benefits, medication more often used in brazil to fight malaria in the amazon, or for those skin conditions like lupus, demand has soared. authorities had to introduce a prescription for the drugs to try and control them. translation: we had lots of people looking for it. many just wanted
to stock up at home. but we don't allow that. even so, there was such a big demand for it. the price of the drug has gone up, too. there has been a huge boom. while jair bolsonaro is made sure the drugs can be offered to patients with even the mildest symptoms, many health professionals say it is a dangerous path to go down. they're telling me people come to the emergency room asking for the drug, before we even examine the person. and this is how this message has penetrated. it's another virus, it's an information virus, that has penetrated and synchronised millions of people to believe that there is a silver bullet, when we all know there is not. the newspapers say it all — jair bolsonaro minimised the pandemic, encouraged social contact, and is now ill. throughout this crisis, he has fought against measures that others have introduced to keep people safe. he has watered down a law on wearing face masks, and even ill, he is pushing
to open the economy as soon as possible. sick or not, he is singing the same tune — for now. in the middle of a pandemic, the health ministry has been sidelined. two health ministers, both doctors, have gone, because they backed global health recommendations. the man now in charge temporarily is an army general whose biggest move so far has been to get the military to boost production of hydroxychloroquine. but those who back the president repeat his mantra that people need to work, and that the collateral damage of the virus cannot become bigger than the disease itself. a lot of people talk about science, science, science. but science means medicine, medical science. it means social science as well. so we have to have all those things together, because a solution that's perfect for europe, maybe it's not the best solution for brazil. maybe we need to find a solution in the middle term, between them.
the problem is, brazil's president is coming up with his own solutions, that few people believe in. the country is in the middle of a crisis, and it feels like little is being done. katy watson, bbc news, in sao paulo. the hollywood actorjohnny depp has denied slapping his ex—wife amber heard on the second day of his high—profile libel action at the high court in london. he's suing the publisher of the sun, news group newspapers, and its executive editor dan wootton, over an article published in 2018 which called him a ‘wife beater‘. he strongly denies the allegations. david sillito was in court. johnny depp arriving at court for day two of his case against the the publishers of the sun newspaper. reporter: johnny, johnny! it was this article, and the headline that described him as a wifebeater, that led to him suing for libel. the claims of violence were made by his former wife,
amber heard, who arrived today at court to watch proceedings. it was a day of questioning about his drinking, his drug use, his addictions, even his friendship with stars such as marilyn manson. amber heard says there is withinjohnny depp a monster that is released by drink and drugs, that leads to violence, something which he strenuously denies. photos were shown of the star. he has made no secret of his struggles with drink and drugs, but he says he wasn‘t violent. he was asked about an argument in march 2013. it was put to him, you slapped her across the face. he said that‘s untrue. questioning continued. "you slapped her three times." he responded, "that is patently untrue." you started crying and apologising and saying it would never happen again. he answered, it didn‘t happen. the court heard details of the couple‘s arguments, his addiction to painkillers, as well as recordings and text messages. news group newspapers says there is overwhelming evidence to support their claim that he was violent
towards his former wife. and that‘s whyjohnny depp has brought this case — to try to clear his name. david sillito, bbc news. hello again. there were two very different types of weather across the uk during wednesday. it‘s a similar setup as we go into thursday. in the south, we‘ve got lots of low cloud. this was borth on cardigan bay during wednesday afternoon. to the north of that, we‘ve got a showery regime, much more sunshine around. and the divider is this area of low pressure. so keeping all parts unsettled, but it‘s been bringing in heavy and persistent rain during the course of wednesday night. and that heaviest rain — yes, it will be clearing out of the way, but it leaves a legacy of those weather fronts — some misty, low cloud. it‘s pretty humid, as well, with that weather front across the southern half of the country. a tad chilly under clearer skies further north. but lots of misty, low cloud, hill and coastal fog to clear first thing. 0r certainly the rain clears, but that misty, low cloud is likely to hang around for much of the day. so dull and overcast,
damp and dreary, and very little changes. of course, it won‘t be raining all day. there‘ll be some drier slots, as we had during the day on wednesday, and it‘s still quite warm — 19—20 degrees, generally speaking. we might see some of the brighter skies filter into the north of england later. just the odd shower for northern ireland, with some sunny spells. sunny spells across scotland. but given the light winds, when the showers develop, they could become heavy and thundery and slow—moving. so quite a lot of rain falling in a shortish space of time from those thunderstorms. but equally, either side of them, plenty of sunshine. and those will translate into clearer skies as we go through thursday night, as those thunderstorms rumble out. and that clearer weather is gradually filtering southwards. so not quite as humid through the night ahead, more comfortable for sleeping. more sunshine, therefore, on offer as we go into friday. but a brisker wind, and that wind comes down from the north—west, and it will make it feel cooler, and notably so in the south, although there‘ll be more sunshine to compensate.
but equally, as you can see, lots of showers. they‘ll be heavy, as well, running southwards on that north—westerly breeze. they do tend to dampen down in activity towards the west later. why? because we‘ve got the azores high moving in, and that‘s with us for the weekend, just with the risk or the chance of more rain coming into the north—west of the uk come sunday. so for many, we‘re lifting our temperatures a little, as well, with more sunshine and lighter winds across the south. in the north, still predominantly dry, butjust potentially some rain in the north—west later.
good morning. welcome to breakfast with naga munchetty and charlie stayt. 0ur headlines today: £30 billion to kick start the economy. but is it enough to get britain back to work? people need to know that although hardship lies ahead, no—one will be left without hope. we‘ll be speaking to the chancellor later in the programme to ask whether cuts to vat, stamp duty and half—price meal deals will get the uk through the coronavirus crisis. we‘ll be hearing from pub and restaurant owners about whether that will help, and seeing what difference all this could make for those who feel they‘ve been left behind. no ryder cup this year.