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tonight at ten: borisjohnson claims there are signs of a second wave of the pandemic in some parts of europe. following the sudden imposition of quarantine on travellers to the uk from every part of spain, the prime minister defends his decision. what we have to do is take swift and decisive action, where we think that the risks are starting to bubble up again. the travel industry — and the spanish government — are asking the uk to rethink, while some tourists say they're still determined to go away. we just thought, we've booked it all now, we've paid for the thing, so we might as welljust go for a few days. ijust feel that i have the entitlement to travel and i will travel. and in scotland, the first minister has gone further, saying people should be very cautious about any foreign travel at this time. also tonight:
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13 years after the disappearance of madeleine mccann, police in germany are searching land near hanover. we report from a hospital in texas, where doctors say they're adopting a new approach to treating covid—19. and at old trafford, england have beaten the west indies in the third test and, in doing so, they've taken the series. and coming up in sport on bbc news: it doesn't quite go to plan for andy murray at the battle of the brits, but it's all smiles — despite the defeats — at roehampton. good evening. there are signs of a second wave of the pandemic in parts of europe, according to boris johnson, who's been defending his government's handling of the crisis and the sudden imposition
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of quarantine on travellers from every part of spain. the spanish prime minister is among those criticising the decision. he said tourists in most regions of spain would be safer from coronavirus, than in the uk. the foreign office is advising against all non—essential travel to spain, including to the balearic islands and the canary islands. spain has seen a recent rise in the number of covid—i9 infections in some areas, with 47 cases per 100,000 people across the last two weeks. the uk, by comparison, has 15 cases per 100,000. france has a similar rate, with 16 cases per 100,000. and germany, despite official warnings of a spike in infections, is even lower, with just nine cases per 100,000 people. we'll be reporting from spain, we'll be asking what evidence there is of a second wave, and looking at the possible alternatives to quarantine. but first, our transport correspondent tom burridge has the latest.
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a dose of spanish sunshine out of reach for many, now that the uk government advises against all non—essential travel to the whole of spain. today, jet2 scrapped its flights and holidays there over the next 12 days. sam and josh can't quarantine for two weeks when they get home, so their holidays to spain are off. since the new restrictions that have come in and the need to quarantine, it's financially unviable for me to take an additional two weeks off of work, unpaid. i've worked through the whole of lockdown and this was, like, you know, my little treat to myself. the confidence to travel is vital, if more people are to holiday abroad this summer. but today, the prime minister sounded the alarm about the situation in parts of europe. let's be absolutely clear about what's happening amongst some of our european friends. i'm afraid you are starting to see, in some places, the signs
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of a second wave of the pandemic. and we all remember what happened last time. it's absolutely vital, therefore, that we make the necessary preparations here in the uk. warnings like that might help keep ibiza's beaches empty, but the uk assessment of the risk of holidaying here is at odds with the view in spain — the spanish prime minister insisting places like ibiza are safer than the uk. translation: take the canary islands, the balearics, the regions of valencia, andalusia, where there is, i emphasise, a lower prevalence of the virus than in the uk. the companies normally taking huge numbers of brits off to spain at this time of year have been left perplexed. 0ne boss told me they got no warning about the announcement, as it dropped in the middle of a busy weekend. it's clear at easyjet that it would be good for us to sit down
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with the government and have more structured and coherent conversations as to how we can handle some of that communication with our customers going forward, because building confidence within our customers is really important. travel agents, like this one in belfast, had no customers for months, so trips to other destinations now even more vitalfor them. people are hesitant, but they are still going ahead with the travel. what we're noticing at the minute is there has been a decline in new bookings, but people who have booked are certainly keen enough still to travel to croatia, italy, france, are still going ahead as planned. but the warnings in westminster echoed in scotland about the risks of a trip abroad. if you are in a position to have a holiday and want to take a holiday, the safest way of doing so is to stay here in scotland. so, you avoid the risks of foreign travel, but you are also — as an added bonus — helping the scottish tourist industry as well. to travel, or not to travel?
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that is the question many are facing. for those still booked to spain, there's no simple answer. tom burridge, bbc news. well, the spanish government has again insisted that spain is a safe country for tourists, but the rate of new infections is continuing to rise in some areas. in the worst—hit parts of the country, partial lockdowns are being reinstated. and in the capital, madrid, the authorities have announced the compulsory wearing of face masks everywhere, at all times. 0ur europe correspondent gavin lee has the latest in barcelona tonight. it has been four days since britain announced its quarantine rule and, in that time, there has been a noticeable difference on the ground with far fewer people arriving from flights from the uk and the british resorts are much quieter. spain is lobbying the british government to
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overturn the decision and here in catalonia, cases continue to rise and we have been looking at some of the factors worsening the situation here. the call for the sick and the anxious at a covid testing centre in the suburbs of barcelona. five weeks after the state of emergency was lifted here, cases are on the rise again. albert tomas is waiting his turn. his girlfriend tested positive this morning. i work near to the beach, so close to the beach, and yet, a lot of young people without masks, drinking. it's close—to—close, face—to—face. and for me, it's the problem, the young people don't understand how this covid increase. young catalans have been blamed by the regional government for accelerating the spread, showing a lack of solidarity, ignoring the rules to socially distance. one of the nurses here, rossella morales, has worked throughout the pandemic and says the majority of cases now are people under a0.
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yeah, there's a lot of asymptomatics that then become positive. you do the test and the test becomes positive. at this time, there's not that many acute symptoms that they need to be hospitalised. it's more like mild symptoms, like headaches, loss of smell, loss of taste. the catalan government say the situation has reached a critical point that if, in the next ten days, covid cases haven't reduced, there'll be a second lockdown in this city and, with it, shutting down a vital industry that attracts millions of brits each year — tourism. it's said there are more selfies taken in front of gaudi's sagrada familia basilica than anywhere else in spain. now, there's barely enough business for the street sellers. the flights arriving from the uk today are not even half—full. there must have been about 20 people, maximum, on the flight. my row in front of me, behind me, my row was empty. debbie is on the way back
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to cardiff, filling out an online covid form, ahead of a two—week quarantine. she says the decision has caused her a great deal of stress. i wish i hadn't come to spain now. i wanted to come away and i wanted a holiday, but i wouldn't have gone, had i known that there would be the self—isolating on my return. hotels and resorts outside the city say they're working hard to reassure tourists that it's as safe as possible, but despite intense diplomatic efforts, british officials have shown no sign of changing course. gavin lee, bbc news, barcelona. the impact of the latest restrictions on travel to and from spain has led to calls for tests to be conducted on people arriving in the uk, as an alternative to quarantine. the government says it's looking at a range of options to manage the risk of people importing the disease, as our science editor david shukman reports. a sudden rise in coronavirus
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cases in kosovo. all over europe, there are local surges of new infections, but whether this amounts to a second wave is unclear. in germany, an outbreak at a farm in bavaria has led to a new warning. numbers are still relatively low, compared to many countries. still, the authorities say they are very concerned. so, german airports are offering testing for anyone arriving, to see who has the virus, and this may become compulsory. the problem, though, is that the tests are not always reliable. what matters is how well they're carried out. are they done by medical staff? does the swab used in the test actually reach the virus in the throat or nose? it could miss an infected area. one study found that 20—25% of people who are infected get a negative result. and then there's the problem of timing. if you become infected on holiday —
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let's call that day one — and then fly back a couple of days later — day three — and have a test at the airport on your return, you may well get a negative result because, at that stage, the virus is still incubating inside you. it may be day six, or even later, before you show any symptoms, and what scientists are worried about is people getting a negative result and thinking they're completely in the clear when, in reality, they're infected. i think a negative result at the airport does not mean you are necessarily free of the infection. you might not yet be shedding the virus. and if you believe that you're free of infection and you go back to your normal life, very much, the risk is that you can start spreading it to family, friends and work colleagues, and thereby hasten the spread of the virus generally in your home community. but screening at airports is becoming more common.
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china found a positive case last week. and one idea is to have a system of double testing, a week apart, to have a better chance of spotting who's infected. heathrow airport wants to start a trial. i can understand that the jury is out at the moment on having a single test on arrival. not enough work has been done on that. and it may be that we need to have a test on arrival and maybe a test after five days, or eight days, to get people out of quarantine early. a passenger in south korea. regular testing may well allow more travel and minimise quarantine, but it's not exactly pleasant to have to go through. david shukman, bbc news. 0ur nightly update on coronavirus data here in the uk. there were 581 new confirmed cases of covid—19 in the lastest 24—hour period. the seven—day rolling
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average is 697. you can see from the chart that the drop in case numbers has started to stall. 119 deaths were also recorded in that same 24—hour period. that takes the total number of deaths in the uk to 115,878. on average, in the past week, 65 people have died every day from coronavirus — that is marginally up on last week. in the united states, hospitals and health care workers in several states are dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases, as the nation struggles to control the pandemic. the state of texas has nowjoined new york, florida and california by recording more than 400,000 cases. 0ur correspondent larry madowo has been inside a coronavirus unit in the city of houston, where doctors say they're adopting a new approach to treating patients. please, come in. welcome to the covid unit. drjoseph varon is chief of critical care here.
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most of the hospital has been taken over by coronavirus patients. this old ward was converted into a covid—only icu but, within a week, they ran out of space and expanded. they now have three covid units. ummc is a small community hospital. 80% of the patients they see don't even have health insurance, and the doctors say it's allabout timing. if they came any later, many of them would not make it. dr varon is conducting a procedure called a tracheostomy. they're boring a hole in this man's neck to insert a tube into his windpipe to save his vocal chords. he's been here for two weeks and, if they don't do this, he may never speak again, even if he recovers. i've never seen an illness that is so tricky. every day, i get surprised with corona. every day, there is a new thing, something new comes out. the days are long and lonely for the patients here, with no family or visits allowed.
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the patients can only identify who's attending to them by the pictures hanging on their necks. we're going to go and see christina. this is one of your nurses? she's one of my nurses. nurse christina matthis was at work here when she too tested positive for covid—19. this is my other family. so, to not be out there with my family is weird. to be on this side, it's like, i'm still asking them what i can do. he's saturating. 88%, when i walked in... dr varon and the team here try to avoid the use of ventilators. instead, they use an experimental treatment, combining commonly used drugs in a unique cocktail to combat the inflammatory damage caused by the virus. we have found from the new experience, the spain experience, the italy experience, but when you put a tube in somebody‘s throat, the chances of them leaving the hospital lesson is 20%. the chances are my patients leaving the hospital are 95%. the youngest patient is just 18.
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the oldest is in her ‘80s. his lungs look amazing, amazing. this is a guy that was not supposed to be around. nearly 60% of the patients at the hospital are latino, and the impact on hispanics across texas is even greater. ephraim guevara, a professional chauffeur, is almost heading home, but he does not plan to return to work any time soon. he tells me coronavirus is real and people who don't take care of themselves will die. the medical team describes this as a good week. patients are improving here, but more than 1,000 people die of coronavirus every day in the us, and cases are rising in at least 30 states. larry madowo, bbc news, houston. in many parts of the united kingdom, there's been a gradual return of shoppers to the high street and more people back at the workplace — in stark contrast to the empty
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streets, railway stations and city skyscrapers of central london. google is just one of the big employers telling staff to stay at home until next summer. and with west end theatres closed, and many hotels, bars and shops still not open, the centre of what is usually one of the world's most vibrant capitals cities is facing an uncertain future. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. picadilly circus, usually buzzing. london attracts the crowds but they disappeared overnight during lockdown. busy stations with commuters, they were deserted, too. the city emptied as workers stayed home. but look at it now, the big firms aren't rushing to bring their office workers back any time soon. not good news if you rely on them for a living. they used to serve coffees by day here and cocktails at night and they are not sure when they can reopen. they chose to put their offices
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in the city, in london bridge, in kings cross because there is whole ecosystem to support them. you know, because they can go to the bars and the restaurants and the drycleaners and the pubs and it's a great place for their employees to be. but unless they come back soon, none of those businesses will be there so they will be coming back to an empty office building with no where to get lunch. the shoemaker, the italian, the pub and pret, they are all still closed. many of our cities have yet to bounce back, but london's problems are particularly acute. here in the financial district, it's normally a bustling, economic powerhouse but itjust feels so eerily quiet. in central london, footfall is still down 69%. hello. cabbies always have a good idea what's going on. michael has been one for 21 years. today, he's had just fivejobs in 11 hours and is now thinking
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of giving up for good. i don't think it will recover from this. i don't think these office blocks here will ever be full again. people are getting used to working at home because there no one the streets. no one at the stations, no one in the hotels, obviously the theatres are closed. no tourists. next stop, the tower of london to meet a professional tour guide whose income has dried up. how does this compare to say this time last year? it is not comparable, you cannot compare. the summer season comparable, you cannot compare. the summer season is, you comparable, you cannot compare. the summer season is, you could work almost every day but three months. i work with american tourists and all of my work was completely cancelled. 0ver of my work was completely cancelled. over in the west end they are now cancelling this long—running musical permanently. not viable with all of the restrictions. people are out though, and there is hope. london is the greatest city in the world. we need to remember that we are a
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resilient city, we are a strong city but it is important everyone feels confident getting back onto the high street, getting back into restaurants and pubs and supporting the businesses that are the backbone of our city. there are reminders of the challenges are everywhere in a city that is trying to adapt and find a way through. emma simpson, bbc news, central london. tougher restrictions are being introduced in 0ldham in greater manchester, after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases there. shielding for vulnerable and elderly people has been extended for another two weeks and social visiting is discouraged. the local authority hopes stricter guidelines will avert a full lockdown in the borough. in germany, police are searching a garden in hanover in connection with the disappearance of madeleine mccann, who was three years old when she disappeared on a family holiday in portugal in 2007. german proseuctors believe the main suspect in the case is a convicted paedophile who has previously spent time in the city.
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0ur correspondentjenny hill is in hanover with the latest. yes, they are continuing to search into the evening, having used figures earlier to excavate a pretty deep pit on this allotment. the police will not tell us exactly what it is they are looking for. but the main suspect in this case is said to have lived not far from this site in the years following madeleine mccann‘s disappearance. he is a 43—year—old german man, a convicted paedophile. they said they had evidence that he was responsible for her disappearance and also for her death. crucially, they said that evidence is not strong enough to charge him, although he is injail serving time for a different crime. now we know, and i have seen the police file on the suspect that bears this out, investigators have
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been looking at this suspect in relation to this case the years, for a long time. why the search and why now? we don't know the answer but a month ago detectives made a televised appeal for information and they have been sifting through hundreds of public tip—offs ever since. it has been 13 years, there have been so many fruitless searches, so have been so many fruitless searches, so many have been so many fruitless searches, so many false leads. no wonder then it is hoped that perhaps they might find something that goes some to helping investigators finally established what happened to madeleine mccann. jenny, thank you very much. jenny hill, our in hanover. an estimated one in 20 women suffer from a little—known condition called premenstrual dysphoric disorder — or pmdd. the condition, which causes high levels of anxiety and depression, has only recently been recognised by the world health organisation. as part of bbc research, around 4,000 women shared their experiences, and our correspondent daniela relph has been speaking to some of them.
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many times, i have not wanted to be alive. i've probably got two weeks of this. depression. anxiety. suicidal thoughts. i feel like i want to die. hopeless and lost. debilitating. tiring. this is every single month that this happens, and it's all to do with my periods. just some of the thousands who've told us their story. lives lived in a vicious cycle, month after month. i just can't cope. feeling suicidal. for emily grace, the torment began at 13, when she started her periods. the symptoms — familiar to many women — of mood swings, anxiety and fatigue became overwhelming. the monthly fluctuations in hormones had triggered pmdd. but doctors took years to diagnose it. by her 20s, there were regular admissions to a psychiatric hospital
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and attempts to take her own life. emily was an extreme case, but it left her with a heartbreaking choice. yes, i really desperately wanted children and a family, but that i needed to give up my fertility to actually have any quality of life, or have a life. so, i opted for a total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo—oophorectomy, which is a removal of your womb, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries. and that was when i was 29, and it's just completely turned my life around. can you explain how? i've not self—harmed or taken an overdose since the surgery for the past, probably, 15 years of my life. that was what my life revolved around. but help can come too late. maggie storey — here with her daughter, aurelia — was finally diagnosed in her 40s. despite treatment, she took her own life four years later, after decades of struggling, using alcohol to cope.
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aurelia now has symptoms herself. even with her family history, she still doesn't have a diagnosis. i'd like to know, if it gets worse, even worse again, and i feel like my mum felt ultimately, or i feel suicidal, i'd like to know what the options are. and i'd like to have a diagnosis that i can go to someone and say, right, i really need your help now. slowly, more research is being done. antidepressants sometimes help, as does medication to flatten out or pause the menstrual cycle, but still, not enough is known about how serious it can get. i think there's a real lack of awareness. i suppose, you know, women may go to their gp now. to be fair to the gp, you have to know so many things. you know, a little bit about everything. and if this is not something that you are comfortable with, then maybe you don't make
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the diagnosis and the woman doesn't get treatment. of the thousands who shared their stories with us, many felt lost and frustrated, but hope that they are now beginning to be heard. for me, getting a diagnosis pretty much saved my life. relief in knowing that it's not my fault. i remember the gynaecologist saying, "yeah, i know what pmdd is." and ijust thought, oh, my god! daniela relph, bbc news. for those watching who'd like details of organisations which offer advice and support, go online to or you can call free at any time to hear recorded information on — 0800 066 066. the actress, amber heard, has spoken outside the high court in london about the libel case brought by her former husband
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johnny depp, in which she has been giving evidence. johnny depp is suing the publishers of the sun and its executive editor, dan wootton, after the newspaper described him as a "wife beater," which he strongly denies. the sun says its article was true. the hearing ended today, with a judgement expected at a later date. ms heard said she would have preferred not to appear in court. it has been incredibly painful to relive the break—up of my relationship, to have my motives, my truth, questioned, and the most traumatic and intimate details of my life withjohnny shared in court and broadcast to the entire world. the government has announced a series of initiatives to boost the number of people cycling in england, as part of its campaign against obesity and to reduce emissions from cars. a significant part of the strategy is to expand cycle lanes. there are plans for doctors to prescribe cycling as part of a health regime.
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and there'll be £50 vouchers to repair bikes offered on a first—come—first—served basis. but does the strategy have the resources and the ambition to achieve its goals? 0ur correspondent sian lloyd reports from birmingham. gearing up for a busy time. people will soon be able to cash in government vouchers towards the cost of fixing up their old bikes and getting back on the road. and during lockdown, this shop saw a surge in demand for cycling. from march to aboutjune time, we sold loads of bikes. we kept bikes going out the door. but now, we've only got two bikes in the store, and we can't get any more until about september. it's something the government wants to build on and, today, launched its proposals to encourage people to get out of their cars. plans include improving infrastructure and making cycling safer. it could lead to more schemes like this one in birmingham,
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where cyclists are separated from other road users. but for many, picking through the traffic is the norm. these experienced cyclists are used to the challenges — the government's task is to convince others tojoin them. during lockdown, there was so little traffic on the road, it was great that people felt more confident to go out cycling. now there's an increase in traffic, it does feel like it's getting a little bit more dangerous. i think in a city, there's absolutely a need for the cycle lanes, it makes total sense, and i think it will give people that confidence that they can get out on their bikes safely. a car coming past you within about two feet of you, if you're not used to it, you're not going to cycle very far. it's frightening. so, they've got to put their money where their mouth is. the proposals are being described as ambitious, but there are questions about the level of funding. we've heard about two billion being invested for cycling and walking, that's over five years, so that's 400 million a year.
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it's only 2% of the transport budget. and for this to be delivered, there needs to be a real rethink of how we prioritise our investment in transport. transforming the way people travel is part of the government's target to reduce emissions and improve health, but opponents say months have gone by since plans were initially announced, and the pace of change isn't quick enough. sian lloyd, bbc news, birmingham. cricket, and england have beaten the west indies by 269 runs in the third test, and in doing so, they've won the series. the match at old trafford saw stuart broad take his 500th test wicket, as our sports correspondent andy swiss reports. victory for england and history for one of its stars. after beginning the day on 499 test wickets, stuart broad promptly charged into the record books.


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