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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines. borisjohnson sets out the next stage of his plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown in england, including a timeline for returning to workplaces. we will give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely. can we have confidence that the government's scientific advisers support these measures? this cannot be done on a wing and a prayer. it requires a credible plan and national leadership. the prime minister gives local authorities more powers to bring in their own lockdowns to contain future outbreaks. the nhs in england will get an additional £3 billion to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus this winter. the health secretary calls
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for a review of coronavirus death data in england as it's revealed that anyone who's ever tested positive for the virus and then dies — is included in the figures. arise sir tom — captain tom moore, who raised millions for the nhs, is knighted by the queen. but britain's newest knight stays tight lipped, on what her majesty said to him. i don't think i'll tell anybody what she said. it was just the queen and i speaking privately, and it was a great honour for i speaking privately, and it was a great honourfor me i speaking privately, and it was a great honour for me to be able to speak to her at all. and also at windsor today, a secret wedding ceremony as princess beatrice ties the knot with property tycoon edoardo mapelli mozzi. —— a very private wedding ceremony.
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hello, good afternoon. the prime minister has announced a fresh timetable for the easing of coronavirus restrictions in england, saying he hoped there could be a "more significant return to normality" by november, in time for christmas. borisjohnson said that by august first the government will give employers "more discretion" in how staff can return to the workplace, instead of telling them to work from home. bowling, ice—skating, and beauty services will also be allowed to resume, as will indoor performances, if that can be done so safely. in september, schools, colleges and nurseries are to reopen— this was already known — but mrjohnson said universities were also working to reopen as fully as possible. in october stadium audiences will return, and conferences and other business events will be allowed to restart. the government will keep close contact between friends and family under review. boris johnson also announced
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new powers for councils to bring in "targeted, local action" to deal with new coronavirus outbreaks. the prime minister said his road map remained conditional on continued progress in controlling the virus. our first report is by our political correspondent iain watson. even as the coronavirus comes under greater control, the economy is not exactly bouncing back to life. some people have been wary of returning to the workplace and of travelling on public transport, so from the ist of august, the current advice — work from home if you can — will change. the prime minister shifted responsibility for working practices from the government to employers. instead of government telling people to work from home, we're going to give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely. that could mean, of course, continuing to work from home, which is one way of working safely,
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and which has worked for many employers and employees. or it could mean making workplaces safe by following covid—secure guidelines. and to give people the confidence to return to work, the prime minister set out stronger measures to bring the virus under control. there will be more resources for the nhs and a big increase in testing by the end of october. in leicester, where the entire city had to go back into lockdown, the local council demanded more data and more powers from central government. today the prime minister gave all english councils more responsibilities. from tomorrow, local authorities will have new powers in their areas. they will be able to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces and cancel events. these powers will enable local authorities to act more quickly in response to outbreaks
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where speed is paramount. but the prime minister dispensed carrots as well as wielding sticks and set out a road map for the future lifting of restrictions in england. next month weddings of up to 30 people will be allowed, most leisure facilities and casinos will reopen, but nightclubs and soft play areas will remain closed. indoor performances with live audiences will be piloted, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn. borisjohnson has talked about waging a long hard fight against coronavirus but he also likes to strike an optimistic tone, notjust preparing for the worst but hoping for the best, as he puts it. he even suggested it might all be over by christmas. it is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from november at the earliest, possibly in time for christmas.
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but labour said the prime minister had to do more to rebuild the confidence of the public. i think you build confidence by recognising where there are problems and mistakes and setting out what you're going to do about them. i don't think you build confidence by pretending everything is fine. so there is no longer hard and fast advice to work from home if you can, but returning to the workplace and returning to normality might take quite some time. iain watson, bbc news. speaking at the lords' science and technology committee, the chief medical adviser, professor chris whitty, says people need to "buy into" public health guidance, so they understand what actions to take during the pandemic. the stronger the evidence and the more clear the evidence, the more similar the response tends to be. that's just an observable fact across a whole range of different areas. but you have also got translated into people feeling,
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buying into it and understanding what it is they're supposed to do. and you're right that there are important but relatively technical variations in face coverings that are used in the general public. clearly, the kind of surgical masks you see in a medical situation, even more respiratory masks for high—risk procedures, they are very, very highly regulated. we are talking here about face coverings elsewhere. but the variation in those is much less important than getting people to do the basics, and the basics are if you are going to wear one in a high—risk area, it must cover your nose and mouth. wearing a brilliant mask covering half your mouth, only your mouth or only your nose, clearly is only going to have very limited effect. the uk's chief scientific adviser, patrick vallance, was asked about community transmission and what that could mean for local or national lockdown measures as we approach winter. as you release measures, as chris has said, it is inevitable
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as you get more contact you will see more cases and that will happen. and that is therefore a consequence of anything done to release measures, at the moment we are in a position where things stay low and look ok but i don't think looking around the world you would rest on your laurels and assume that will be the case, so the critical question is measurement and detection as early as possible and understanding how to react to it, and the model you can see around the world and here is that the most likely thing is you get an increase in local outbreaks and those may be very local, which you need to act on quickly and deal within a way that is proportionate to what has happened so you don't end up with widespread lockdowns or
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measures to try and deal with that across the whole society when the problem is local so i think that is the way this goes but come winter, the challenges will be much greater and there is a risk this could need national measures as well. let's get more on the news that the prime minister has announced more easing to the coronavirus lockdown in england. let's speak now to mike cherry — national chair of the federation of small businesses. thank you for being with us, mike. the prime minister announced that from the ist of august the advice on working from home will change, businesses will get more discretion on whether staff can come back to work. how much difference is that going to make for your members?” think it will make quite a large difference because it is right that the business knows its employees, knows its customers and therefore once they have put whatever it is required into place everybody can
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work safely or visit safely, then the business can be certain but with the business can be certain but with the announcements today, they can get more people coming in as customers supporting them, particular in many small businesses who we know have been shut for many weeks now need that support, and i hope that today's announcement will enable a lot more people to get out and feel more confident about doing it. and the prime minister is talking about a return to some sort of normality possibly by christmas but is not going to be too late for some of your members? there are many, some of your members? there are any some of your members? there are many, many small businesses who have been shut and remain shut now. so further easing of the lockdown where we have seen bigger companies being able to restart and beauty salons being able to open again is all part and parcel of this but we must have confidence with all of us and being able to support those small businesses. we know there are many small businesses that have not been
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able to access the support for one reason or another. so cash is absolutely paramount, they need the money coming into be able to get through this. and get through the other side. and i think where we are going to see the current of covid, we need to have effective test and trace and there to support the business community but also we need the local authorities to be talking to the business organisations and their business community as well to minimise any disadvantage that lockdown will cause and make sure the support is there for those businesses where that has to happen. but the government, rishi sunak the chancery says he has been very generous in helping businesses big and small, the job generous in helping businesses big and small, thejob retention scheme, bounce back loans and so on. are you saying that the government needs to do more to help your members? there is some more that needs to be done. we know that come august the for what amount the government gives in
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support is going to be decreasing steadily. we note there is ongoing support and all of that is very welcome. but many small businesses just aren't getting the support that they need from customers or from the footfall on the high streets. we know that in many urban areas, people are back at work and it is that that is absolutely necessary to enable these businesses getting cash coming back into the business so they can get through this with or without government support. and try and make sure they can get through the other side, therefore more support inevitably is going to be needed. you were talking earlier about consumer confidence. in terms of the easing of the lockdown we have already seen, are you seeing confidence and people coming back into shops? are you seeing people going into sandwich bars or whatever it is from a small business on the high street? are people coming back to them? there are many small businesses that are seen that return of customers but it is still at
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relatively low levels, not where normality was before covid struck in march and the lockdown occurred. and when you are looking at only 50 or 60% and you haven't got any support in being able to access that it is particularly those businesses that need those customers going back and giving that support and if you can't still feel confident about going out physically and doing it, then at least try to support them online. really good to talk to you. mike cherry, national chair of the federation of small businesses. many thanks being with us. well meanwhile, lockdown restrictions are easing at a different pace in scotland, wales and northern ireland. in scotland there have been 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 2a hours — and no deaths. meanwhile it's also emerged that the scottish economy saw a modest increase in output in may — with gdp rising by i.5%. let's speak to the snp's business spokesman drew hendry. thank you very much for being with
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us. give us the picture in scotland we we re us. give us the picture in scotland we were just talking about the picture generally a smallest small businesses are concerned but what about business in scotland? is it getting back its feet? we have got great entrepreneurs and businesses they are doing everything they can to regenerate trade and get things going but they're doing that with the background of about having that cliff edge imposed in october and already seeing reductions to it and we have also got a number of self—employed people, a significant number, who have had no support at all during the coronavirus emergency from the uk chancellor. so it's quite difficult. we have for example in the tourism industry a situation where because of the cuts and for about there will be businesses who are waiting for bookings who will see themselves losing more money opening than they had done being closed during the recent emergencies
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or during the current emergency. there are big challenges. what we really need to see from the chancellor, from borisjohnson and the uk government was a significant input into the recovery, and we would need it package that would've had a stronger meaningful recovery but it was very far short of that as was expose by the institute for fiscal studies yesterday. boris johnson was asked today about the differences in approach between scotland's and england, he being in charge of england as a default health authority and he said actually the agenda that is being pursued across all parts of the uk beneath the surface has been very similar when it comes to coronavirus. would you accept that? we have been very clear here, nicola sturgeon has been extremely clear that we are pursuing a process that would hopefully lead to the
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elimination, you cannot eradicate the virus but eliminate it in scotla nd the virus but eliminate it in scotland and that has been very sick ca lf scotland and that has been very sick calf —— successful. i think the uk has been talking about 20 for a second wave, that is a different approach, contingency is one thing, but planning for that to happen is a com pletely but planning for that to happen is a completely different set of circumstances. so no i wouldn't accept that there are great similarities. clearly there are things that the government has had to agree on and have had approaches across the four nations and helping the virus is tackled. and at the co re the virus is tackled. and at the core of it i think there is a very different approach to scotland and how this verse is being tackled and what we want to do to protect people's lives and communities. and the long—term ability for our business and economy to be able to cope with the results of this virus. mrjohnson talked about surface differences and polemics but if he said you disregard all of that,
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there has been very good and very close collaboration. there has been close collaboration. there has been close and good collaboration in certain parts of the voyage through this health emergency but there has also been some real difficulties we saw with the issues over the travel list where the scottish government just simply were not being consulted and given 30 minutes notice before meetings were subsequently the details changed afterwards. i think it is going a stretch. i saw the prime minister try to answer the question he was asked about why he is so unpopular in scotland and nicola sturgeon is so popular and i felt he didn't really tackle the issues. people here in scotland are knowing of the differences in the way that the government has handle things then the way borisjohnson, dominic cummings and matt hancock handled things across england. it
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doesn't really wash what he says, that everything is ok and all been the same across the nations, that is not the way it has been played out in public and that is not what they are seeing. surely this coronavirus pandemic should be about the property of politicians shouldn't? know but i think the public have the confidence in the clear message of what they should be in order to protect lives and reduce infections and as you have just alluded to, the rate of infections is much lower in scotland. the number of deaths have been i think one every eight days in scotland. so the public health measures have been clearly understood by the scottish public. the engagement by the scottish public has been fantastic as a result of that and that is why i think we have seen the ability for the scottish government to start to relax measures in a way that is progress along a path that is looking towards elimination of the virus here in scotland. we don't
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wa nt to virus here in scotland. we don't want to see a resurgence. there may well be a second wave and we want to do everything we can to prevent that from happening, and i think that is why public confidence has resulted in those kinds of figures. it's not about popularity, it is absolutely about popularity, it is absolutely about confidence in the message and people understanding what they need to do collectively in order to get to do collectively in order to get to the situation. good to talk to you, thank you for being with us there. drew hendry of the snp, thank you. the health secretary, matt hancock, has called for an urgent review into how data on coronavirus deaths is compiled in england. the figures include everyone who has ever tested positive — other parts of the uk include only those who've died within 28 days of a positive result. i've been getting more details from our head of statistics robert cuffe. it doesn't change the overall numbers that much, public health england looked at data and said of the 40,000 deaths
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in england, coronavirus deaths, only about 4000 of those happen outside that 28 day window and even half of those ended up having coronavirus registered as the cause of death on the certificate so it doesn't really change england from having one of the leading epidemics in europe to untouched by coronavirus. it's more important to identify what has been changing over recent times. as i speak to you i'm getting today's coronavirus death figures and the daily number of covid—i9 deaths in the uk is "it, i'm just seeing. 114 additional deaths. what would you say generally about the death rate at the moment? it is downward. maybe flattening out and this could explain why it is a flattening out if you are seeing people who were infected a long time ago now being included in the figures
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for reasons other than coronavirus so the broad answer is the rolling average has been below average for a couple of days now but moving into winter we are trying to identify whether we are hitting a second wave, we will have a lot more people who have been tested positive for coronavirus and we include their deaths for other reasons alongside actual coronavirus deaths, that would make it hard to know if something is a second spike so that is why epidemiologists have called for public health england to change the way they count deaths and that review that matt hancock announced has been welcomed by public health england who said now is the right time for a review. and we have more sophisticated knowledge of how coronavirus cases are happening around the country, the government spoke today about giving local authorities more powers to deal with lockdown. what is the latest picture on that? we are seeing the information
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we get every week from public health england to identify the areas they are looking at and we just had data on that and many of the names i will read out are quite familiar, leicester, albion and wigstons, blackburn, pendle, and what we are seeing is a patent we have seen in the last few weeks that has largely continued so leicester still has by a mile the highest rate of coronavirus infections in the country, about 100 cases per 100,000 people in a week and no one else is half of that. is that figure coming down from what it was? it's down by about 20% on last week so we have seen steady falls in leicester under the lockdown and we hope that will continue and some of the other places in the top ten have also seen falls, so you look at maybe bradford, they have started to come down, also sheffield was one of the areas
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mentioned by public health england so you see falls in those areas of concern for public health england who not only take the cases figures but look at if it is just due to testing, what actions have been taken locally, do we get a sense we are working so they bring that together to give an accurate picture of hot spots. one area that is not in here is herefordshire where we saw a massive spike in cases but that was because there was an outbreak at a single farm and you go in and test everyone and suddenly get 90 cases, that isn't evidence of a widespread problem in herefordshire but a single outbreak and that is why it doesn't feature in this list here. that is the bbc‘s head of statistics. the prime minister also spoke of preparations for a possible second wave of coronavirus this winter, confirming that the nhs in england will get an extra £3 billion of funding. scotland, wales, and northern ireland will also receive additional money. it follows warnings earlier this week that without counter measures,
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a second wave could lead to 120,000 covid—i9 deaths in uk hospitals this winter. our health correspondent dominic hughes has more. as life begins to return to something like normality, at the height of summer, thoughts are turning to winter and the challenges that will bring. as we approach winter, we will need to go further, not least as many more people will show covid—like symptoms as a result of seasonal illnesses, and therefore require a test. it is possible that the virus will be more virulent in the winter months and it is certain that the nhs will face the usual annual winter pressures. £3 billion for the nhs in england, with extra funds for scotland, wales and northern ireland, will help maintain nightingale hospitals over the winter. it will also allow the nhs to continue using private hospital capacity, an important part of reducing the backlog of cancelled non—urgent operations, such as hip and knee replacements, but the body that represents nhs
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trusts in england said managers need more detail on exactly what the money will cover. they are facing a triple whammy of pressures coming up. so, they have the pressure obviously of winter itself plus the possibility of a flu epidemic alongside coronavirus. they are dealing with this ongoing pandemic and need to be ready for a surge and also, finally, they have got to start getting usual services up and running. so they are dealing with a lot of ongoing pressures. there is also a new target for coronavirus tests — 500,000 a day by the end of october. but while £3 billion sounds like a lot of money, it is less than 3% of the annual budget of the nhs in england and there is a warning that if a second wave of covid—19 does hit, more will be required. if we have learned anything over the last few months, it is that more money can become available as need increases,
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so i would see this more as a down payment to help the service prepare for the known risks that we are already aware of, but of course, if a second wave does emerge, i would expect that the treasury and the nhs will start negotiating again on how much extra money is needed. even as lockdown measures are being eased, preparations for what might still lie ahead are being put in place. it is all a reminder that the coronavirus crisis is farfrom over. dominic hughes, bbc news. captain tom moore, who raised more than £30 million for the nhs at the age of 100, has been knighted by the queen at windsor castle. it was her first face—to—face engagement with a member of the public since march — and the only honour to be awarded since the beginning of the lockdown. our correspondent helena wilkinson has been in windsorfor us. an incredibly special moment, ben. a very personal one for sir tom moore who had that ceremony here not far from where we are in the grounds of windsor castle in
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what was brilliant sunshine. he was joined by one of his daughters, two of his grandchildren, and his son—in—law, all very socially distanced of course but it was a unique ceremony and you can see now those pictures of the queen tapping sir tom moore on the shoulder twice. the sword that she is tapping him with belonged to her father. now after that happened, they had a brief chat. the queen thanked him, she said, for the amazing amount of money he had raised. and then they were overheard talking, ben, after. the queen said to sir tom who turned 100 a couple of months ago, she said to him, "100 is a great age." they then turned to talk a little bit about the lockdown and the queen asked him whether he had been isolating during that. but a hugely significant and poignant moment for sir tom
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who has achieved so much and he spoke after that ceremony took place. i think to meet the queen was more than anyone could expect. i mean never ever did i imagine that i would get so close to the queen and have such a kind message from her. that was really outstanding, it really was truly outstanding. can you explain the message, what did she say? no! that's between you and her majesty? that's between the queen and i. i don't think i will tell anyone what she said. it was just the queen and i speaking privately and it was a great honour for me to speak to her at all. thank you very much, congratulations, i will turn over to another colleague.
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there we are captain sir tom moore and doesn't he deserve it and what a busy day at windsor have not not just a knighthood but secret wedding! a secret wedding. princess beatrice married edouardo, they plan to get married in in may but like so many couples had to postpone their service. we heard earlier on this morning that the couple got married not here in the chapel at windsor castle but at the royal chapel which is not far from here, castle but at the royal chapel which is not farfrom here, a short drive away in the windsor great park and a busy day for the queen as well. we are told that the queen was at that service, the duke of attenborough as well and very close members of the royal family. —— the well and very close members of the royalfamily. —— the duke of edinburgh. we were told by the powers that the sermon took place with all the relevant government
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guidance. that marriage having taken place here at windsor earlier on today. wilkinson reporting. just back to the knighthood of captain sir tom moore, wejust had a the knighthood of captain sir tom moore, we just had a tweet from him actually, let us show you that tweeted. it says, "i have been overwhelmed by the many owners i have received in the past weeks but there is simply nothing that can compare to this. i am overwhelmed with pride and joy." congratulations from all of us. great weather at windsor there and for the wedding and knighthood for some now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. some southern in and saw some warmth and sunshine in the afternoon and it does look a gift will be promising for some all because of this cold front slowly meandering its way across the country. it does bring a change of fortunes across northern england and wales, more in the way
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of cloud and outbreaks of rain during a saturday, ahead had a fit still in that warm humid air. there was still be sunshine to be found here. behind it notably settled conditions with scattered showers in the northwest. 17 degrees invasive 24 in the southeast corner. that weather front will push its way south and east. outbreaks of light and drizzly rain through the night, and drizzly rain through the night, a rather grey and damp start first thing on sunday morning. slowly improving two sunnier skies with a few scattered showers in the north and noticeably fresher feel for all, heise of 14 to 21. hello this is bbc new. the headlines... borisjohnson sets out the next stage of his plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown in england, including a timeline for returning to workplaces. we will give employers more
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discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely. can we have confidence that the government's scientific advisers support these measures? this cannot be done on a wing and a prayer. it requires a credible plan and national leadership. the prime minister gives local authorities more powers to bring in their own lockdowns to contain future outbreaks. the nhs in england will get an additional £3 billion to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus this winter. the health secretary calls for a review of coronavirus death data in england as it's revealed that anyone who's ever tested positive for the virus and then dies — is included in the figures. arise sir tom — captain tom moore, who raised millions for the nhs, is knighted by the queen. but britain's newest knight stays tight lipped, on what her majesty said to him. i don't think i'll tell
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anybody what she said. it was just the queen and i speaking privately, and it was a great honour for me to be able to speak to her at all. and also at windsor today, a very private wedding ceremony as princess beatrice ties the knot with property tycoon edoardo mapelli mozzi. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre... gavin has got the details for us. the prime minister has announced a plan to get fans back at live sports events in england, from october. test events will be held in the coming weeks at the world snooker championship at sheffield's crucible theatre, as well as horse racing and county cricket matches. we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadiums, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn. from october, we tend to bring back
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audiences in stadio, these changes must be done on a covid—secure way, subject to the successful outcome of pilots. as you'd imagine, the move has been welcomed across the world of sport in england. one of the test events will be the glorious goodwood festival, which starts on the 1st of august. david armstrong from the racecourse association told me he was confident they could make the course safe for everyone. it the course safe for everyone. will be a normal race experience it will be a normal race day experience but with all the protocols being followed regarding social distancing, access to foreign beverage, hospitality etc. the it's complex stop we are still more work to do to finish creating those without once we finished doing that and were getting helped in that by the sports grant safety authority then we will be able to create an entirely safe environment for spectators to return.
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managed to build a healthy lead on day two for the wickets. then stokes the headline makers making a sentry piece. both went on to make a magnificent 176 without second—highest test total. as stokes and simply added 260 for the fourth wicket to help with get into that strong lead in the first inning. chris wilkes couldn't match those. he was out for it not. england now for hundred and 33 ft. nine. they are one, nailed down in the three match series. are one, nailed down in the three match series. sebastian vettel may be contemplating his future, but he was quickest in his ferrari, in second practice for the hungarian grand prix. in a rainy session, he finished just ahead of valtteri bottas but lewis hamilton, in the other mercedes, didn't set a lap time. the four—time world champion vettel has been linked with a move to racing point next season, when he leaves ferrari — he says "everything is still open", including giving up the sport. england's netball team are set to return to training — and they hope to be playing competitive matches before the end of the year.
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the players will resume individual programmes next tuesday, after the government outlined a five—stage return to elite sport. the next stage is closer contact training within small groups, before moving on to domestic competition, behind closed doors. the two—time wimbledon champion petra kvitova believes some of the sports top players won't travel to the us open — if restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic continue. the grand slam is set to go ahead without fans from august the 31st — despite the us reporting tens of thousands of new cases a day and having the worst death rate worldwide. idid hear i did hear some players will not go to the us open. we didn't speak about the french open. the us open the hot topic right now. i know look on the right direction. with the travelling, for our team and playing without the fans i can
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really see it. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's back to our top story — and more lockdown measures will be eased in england, with borisjohnson saying he's hoping for a significant return to normality by christmas. people are now free to use public transport, and from next month employers will have more discretion to bring staff back to workplaces. let's speak to tom wordie — founder of andco — a uk tech start up that is providing solutions for future remote working following covid. thanks for being with us. what do you make of what the prime minister announced today and returned to further ease and ? announced today and returned to further ease and? thanks for having me on. it's a great move forward for us. we've been seeing it for the last couple of weeks at a way that
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the hospitality sector especially is crying out for that announcement. and remote work in general is one of those things that has become mainstream over the last 1011, 12 weeks. however long it's been now. we are weeks. however long it's been now. we a re really weeks. however long it's been now. we are really looking forward to being able to accommodate that shift and at work style. what do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of that? all the pros and cons of eli? remote work, it's in our new thing it's been around for years, for decades. there are huge advantage is that that come with that. a lot of companies are already seeing a huge spike in productivity through working from home. but it's not really a binary argument for some it's not about working from home working from the office, there is actually a solution here that's about working from anywhere. im proves about working from anywhere. improves productivity as i said, it can also improve diversity within workforces. there is a huge amount
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to be said for being able to employ employees from around the world. if not locally. there are huge advantages which remote work brings with it. not only to the employees but also to the local areas. not having to commute into central london for work any more or whatever city it is means that you can go and support your local neighbourhood and spending money and a local coffee shops or hotels that offer a co—working or hot tasking meeting room alternative. people have said anecdotally, they miss going into the office. they mess the sort of camaraderie, the personal relationships, the chitchat. often just the sort of human interface, it's harder to get things done if you don't have that. especially in terms of creativity sometimes. there is definitely that argument. what the future holds is around
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flexibility. it's not the binary are gearing around working from home or just from the office. we provide flexible work spaces around the city. and hospitality venues and we have a feature where you're able to connect people within the workspace. i completely agree that's a real problem around isolation within remote work. but there is lots out there and there's a lot of tech out there and there's a lot of tech out there that enables you to combat that stress and that isolation. it's really around flexibility. it's about being able to give the choice of being able to work from anywhere and not just from of being able to work from anywhere and notjust from the office or from home. you can actually break out of your own home and go and work from a local coffee shop as i said hotel or pub or bar that allows you to open up pub or bar that allows you to open up your laptop on the desk and work from there to the day. are we seeing a revolution in the way we work brought on by coronavirus? actually, do you think we would have seen this
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revolution anyway sooner or later that this is just precipitated a? 100%. remote work has been around for a long time and were already seeing this behaviour two or three yea rs seeing this behaviour two or three years ago. people working from coffee shops. the tech has enabled people to work from anywhere. and yes, coronavirus has sped that up significantly. remote work has catapulted forward ten years in the last ten weeks. so yes, there has been remote work and its been one of those things that's been around for long time and it will continue to prosper. obviously, it's a terrible time for everyone but there is huge opportunity for employers to look at their outgoings on office space mental health within the work force, productivity, it's mental health within the work force, productivity, its huge to bring from this. good to talk to you. anything.
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uncertainty over foreign travel has got many of us looking to britain's beauty spots for the chance of having at least some kind of holiday this year. our correspondentjohn maguire has been finding out how residents and visitors in cornwall are finding the uk's new ‘stay—cation' trend. there's sand, sun and surf, as you would expect from a st ives summer, but social distancing means it's far from business as usual. challenging times for all who are trying to work within the restrictions. in terms of the tourists who are coming, it's reminding them to be respectful of how we are here, come and enjoy it, we will help you enjoy it, but if we have anti—social behaviour, then we will issue dispersal notices but that's a last resort — that's not our style here. a welcome return, but serving so many visitors all at once isn't easy. we have gone from having the place to ourselves to it being completely packed, as usual.
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however, of course, all the restaurants and shops can take half capacity, some people haven't gone back to work, so there's still quite a big issue for the future of st ives, and the future of some of our local shops and businesses who are going to still struggle, although people — thank goodness — are now here. cornwall is famous for its sardines — the fish, of course, not the game — but you wouldn't know it today. when lockdown was in full effect, people here warned visitors to stay away, promising that when the situation improved, they would be welcomed back with open arms. andy cameron's boat and surf school company in north cornwall has reinvented its business model. probably one of the real positives of the whole covid issues down in cornwall is a lot of the businesses have started working together that would have traditionally been competitors. so for the boat businesses in padstow, we now have an email groupjust working out how we can not be on the pontoons at the same time to allow separation between the passengers. padstow is synonymous
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with rick stein. his businesses employ 600 people in the area. the cookery school has been converted into a pop—up restaurant. we are a seasonal business. this summer season will save us, there is no doubt if we had missed out on this revenue, i think we, as a company, 45 years old restaurant company, we would likely be not trading next year, simple as. change to survive is the mantra here. emma's cafe is around the cornerfrom one her grandfather used to run. she was brought up in new zealand but is now back in padstow and adapting her business to cope with coronavirus. we normally cram people in like sardines, really, so it was a tough decision but we decided forjuly and august, we'd go takeaway only, just to deal with the social distancing. living on a peninsula jutting out into the atlantic ocean requires a good deal of resilience, and never has that been more severely tested than now. john maguire, bbc news, cornwall.
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the headlines on bbc news... borisjohnson sets out the next stage of the government's plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown in england, including a timeline for returning to workplaces. the prime minister says local authorities will get more powers to bring in lockdowns in their areas to contain future outbreaks. the nhs in england will get an additional £3 billion to prepare for a possible second coronavirus wave this winter. now on bbc news, it's time for the film review with mark kermode.


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