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this is bbc world news. the headlines — the candidates for us vice president will debate in salt lake city in under three hours‘ time. kamala harris and mike pence will sit four metres apart and be separated by a plexiglass screen because of coronavirus. two ex—british islamic state suspects have been charged with murder in the united states over the killing of four american hostages in syria. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh are accused of belonging to an is cell dubbed "the beatles". the former us police officer charged with the murder of a black man, george floyd, in minneapolis has posted bail. footage from mr floyd's arrest showed the white officer, derek chauvin, kneeling on his neck for about nine minutes. all pubs and restaurants across central scotland are to be closed under new measures aimed at tackling a surge in coronavirus cases.
in a moment, we'll have the papers, but first, donald trump has just released a video which was recorded at the white house. in the five—minute video, he describes his treatment and says he feels a lot better. here is a segment of that video. i want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president. because i feel great. i feel, like, perfect. so, i think this was a blessing from god that i caught it. this was a blessing in disguise. i caught it, i heard about this drug. i said, "let me take it." it was my suggestion. i said, "let me take it." and it was incredible the way it worked, incredible. and i think if i didn't catch it, we'd be looking at that like
a number of other drugs. but it really did a fantasticjob. i want to get for you what i got. and i'm going to make it free. you're not going to pay for it. it wasn't your fault that this happened. it was china's fault. and china's going to pay a big price, what they've done to this country. china's going to be a big price, what they've done to the world. this was china's fault. and just remember that. so, we're going to get you the drug, it's going to be free, we're going to put it into the hospitals as soon as you can, as soon as we can. and you will see some amazing things happening because we have our military is doing the distribution. it's called logistics. and they deliver hundreds of thousands of troops in a matter of days. this is easy stuff for them. our generals are all ready, we're waiting for the emergency use authorisation and the drug companies have just made a lot of it. so, hopefully this is going to be not just a therapeutic, it's going to be much more than a therapeutic. you're going to get better, you're going to get better fastjust like i did. so, again, a blessing in disguise. good luck. president trump there, speaking at the white house
in a recorded address about the treatments he's received for coronavirus. hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me is the chief executive of the left—leaning think tank the new economics foundation, miatta fahnbulleh, and the whitehall correspondent for the financial times, sebastian payne. great to have you both with us. thank you forjoining us on this wednesday evening. tomorrow's front pages, starting with. .. the telegraph says the prime minister, borisjohnson, is considering plans to close pubs and restaurants in areas worst hit by coronavirus within days, despite growing opposition to government strategy from the labour party. the metro says borisjohnson was accused by labour leader sir keir starmer of "intergalactic incompetence" amid fears local lockdowns are not working.
the times reports that the prime minister has signed off on the new measures alongside new financial support and a simplified system of restrictions in england. the is headline reads, "local furlough in return for tougher rules," and says borisjohnson is under pressure to act following today's announcement of tougher restrictions in scotland to suppress the virus. the daily mail says a major new study by edinburgh university suggests that strict lockdowns are unlikely to cut deaths in the long run and may even increase them. the paper says scientists concluded that the focus should be on shielding the elderly and vulnerable. the mirror asks simply, "why aren't local lockdowns working?" and the express carries a message from the health secretary, matt hancock, who is urging us all to "stick with it" to curb the second wave of coronavirus. so, let's begin.
as always, i thank you so much for sharing your wednesday evening with us. we are going to start with the scottish daily mail following nicholas sturgeon‘s, what the daily mail is describing as last orders. and these are pretty strict orders that in theory are going to last for i6 that in theory are going to last for 16 days. across that central bell of scotland. indeed, yes. nicholas sturgeon has announced these new strict measures today which will lead to pods closing in the central bell of scotland which as you said covers about 3.5 million people. this is due to the fact that coronavirus does and to be spreading and the more targeted measures that nicholas sturgeon has tried to implement and scotland have not worked so she has taken the next step forward here. the key thing about this of course is the fact
that this is going to create a lot of hardship for pubs and drinking establishments and the like in scotland. it is a sign of what is probably coming to england in the next couple of days as well because this has always been the next step after the rule of six and banning households mixing and every single measure to deal with coronavirus. nicola sturgeon has been a couple of days ahead of borisjohnson and the measures for england. there is lots of reports in the papers tomorrow that a new system will comment that will split the country into three areas in the countries that hit the third stage of that, those worst affected and who have coronavirus running rapidly, will have measures of same in scotland. but of course as with the lock down earlier this year it will have a big impact on the hospitality sector so all eyes are back over to the chancellor to see what kind of package he can rustle up to try to help us people who were going to be out of work. but i don't that we should be under any illusions that this second wave of lockdown if we call it that will
be pretty devastating because the businesses could close once with the promise of reopening again but closing a second time is much tougherfor a lot closing a second time is much tougher for a lot of people. and just keeping the focus on scotland because these restrictions are very tough and they really hit that hospitality, especially the sector that sells alcohol, the focus really on that. also public transport as well. yeah, i mean there are tough measures in the central bell where they are essentially closed down restaurants and hospitality but across scotland putting in place a 6pm curfew, saying that alcohol cannot be sold within restaurants, within pubs indoors. these are pretty tough measures but it is against the backdrop of a huge spike in the infection rates but i think the thing that is particularly worrying about this, but also i think here which is why the government here in england is going to do this as well is because we are
seeing an increased spike in hospitalizations. 50% increase in some areas in hospital admissions due to covid—19 in a matter of days. so there is worry that the nhs might be overwhelmed in certain areas and we need to take some pretty drastic measures in order to try to curb this thing before we lose all control. and the times also focusing on what could potentially be happening in parts of england. sebastian, you already touched on this with those kind of strict restrictions we will see for the next 16 days in scotland will very possibly be reflected in parts of england. indeed this was highlighted by the labour leader at prime minister's questions today when he saidi minister's questions today when he said i think 18 out of 20 areas that have seen local coronavirus restrictions have not seen the infection rate drop and in fact many of them have seen the hospitalization rates increase and there is obviously a lack of effect
between those two elements there. but clearly the government is aware that this has been all over the place. very confusing and lots do not actually know what the rules are and that is one of the reasons they brought in the rule of six a couple of weeks ago to try and make it clear about who can and cannot socialise. and this is what is coming in the next couple of days for england which is that of having these areas where household mixing is banned or pubs and restaurants are closed, the whole country is split into areas that are red, amber and green or one, two or three in if you are level one or in green that means the rule of six you can still socialise and still mix with other households and the second level, amber, where lots of places are in a moment which means no mixing between households indoors but you still can outdoors if distancing is followed. the and then level three which we are seeing in scotland and we expect to see in lots of places in northern england and in newcastle, manchester and liverpool were the restrictions are and liverpool were the restrictions a re pretty and liverpool were the restrictions are pretty tough already and
coronavirus is not being brought back now is to follow what nicola sturgeon is done is scotland and close restaurants sturgeon is done is scotland and close restau ra nts a nd sturgeon is done is scotland and close restaurants and close pubs. but has not happened yet because there is a row in the cabinet about it as with many things to do with coronavirus. 0n the one hand you have the hawks like matt hancock who very much want to focus on the health service and make sure there's enough capacity in intensive care beds and measure the vulnerable are protected. 0n the other hand, you've got the argument of like the chancellor who were primarily concerned about growth and wider health of the economy and quite a few of the right—leaning newspapers tomorrow seem to be siding more with the chancellor side, over at the matt hancock side on this and where borisjohnson matt hancock side on this and where boris johnson lands matt hancock side on this and where borisjohnson lands the next couple of days will be very indicative about what the winter will look like for millions of people. in the metro also picking up on the idea of the confusion when it comes to local lockdowns but also looking at the headline of lockdowns are filling with a pick up on a survey that
suggests that 25% of people south of the border in england have no confidence at all in borisjohnson‘s government and the handling of the pandemic. this is not the headline or the kind of news that boris johnson will want. no, buti or the kind of news that boris johnson will want. no, but i mean it's not surprising full sub it does feel like the government has not got a grip on this was a bit does feel like the response is all over the place and a bit shambolic. so there isa place and a bit shambolic. so there is a lack of trust and confidence which i think is a problem for the government. but the thing that is really stark about that piece is 19 out of 20 of the places that have had local restrictions have not seen any improvement in the infection rate in the rate is going up. so clearly something is not working. and part of it is confusion because when you have got variations of the rules in different parts, even within similar authorities will have
parts of local authorities having different rules it is harder for people to comply because they don't really understand what pertains to theirarea. in the really understand what pertains to their area. in the second thing is their area. in the second thing is the massive failure in trace which was a critical ingredient to make any of this work and it is failing and they worked very hard to control the virus. and the third key point is at the moment we have got this completely bizarre situation where the department of health is making what feels often like pretty arbitrary decisions about which areas going to like to to what restrictions apply sometimes that this is eerily consulting the local leaders and how the visuals in that area and that cannot be right. and i think the centralised model is not working and there is a big push from local leaders, public health officials within local authorities saying give us more power to crack down on this thing so that we have the data to know where we need to add to what we need to do. and critically give us more control over localised test and trace so that we can geta
localised test and trace so that we can get a grip. and i think the government will have to look at this because even with its simplified traffic light system, it is not clear that national government trying to make lots of decisions about quite localised issues is the right prescription. and there also needs local support as well which the i picks up on which is this exchange for tougher rules that they are suggesting local furloughs exchange for tougher rules that they are suggesting localfurloughs in return for people abiding to these rules which as we've been touching upon throughout this paper review is just having such a huge impact upon businesses certainly something the i wa nt to businesses certainly something the i want to expand on. we heard from green king, one of the biggest pop chains in the uk, announcing that hundreds of people are going to be laid off intensive pubs are going to close. and we have seen that already from fullers and many other big pub chains within the uk and that is how the hospitality industry is getting
ravaged by coronavirus. i think the second waiver restrictions that seem to be approaching this way for the rest of the country are going to inflict even more damage there and i think it's almost certain we will see the chancellor back in the dispatch box next week announcing some kind of targeted furlough scheme for the hospitality sector. because a lot of them have been reliant on the furlough scheme that was lost back in march with the government paid 80% of the wages for people who were not able to work due to coronavirus. that seems due to come to an end in october and there isa come to an end in october and there is a newjob retention scheme that is a newjob retention scheme that is coming in but that is far less generous with a lot less government cash in there. and i think the fact that hospitality is so particularly impacted by these lockdown measures means the chancellor will have to actually do some thing about this and of course the whole sector brings in tens of billions of pounds to the uk economy and employs hundreds of thousands of people. so there are real questions here and it also has a big stake in local communities that pubs and cafes are
important meet up places for people and particularly those who live on their own. so i think the closing them is going have a big impact on them is going have a big impact on the economy and society as well. but i think it is inevitable the kind of looking at the eyes of will it happen but of course we should remember the first furlough scheme in the bounce back of all the other help the treasury gave kim this is all pretty expensive and at some point on the other side of this second wave someone will have to discuss how will be paid for. exactly. something i'm sure the chancellor is keeping awake at night. the daily telegraph, help me out on this her amenity because less than a suggested that dominic cummings was interested but sebastian said i was not exactly correct on that but there was a lot of interest at the very beginning of all this in terms of herd immunity. now it feels like this whole conversation is coming back. so why isa conversation is coming back. so why is a daily telegraph focusing on full? they are focusing on the study
that has been done by a university looking at the original modelling that was done that showed that there would be 500,000 deaths if we did not do anything and there were no lockdown restrictions. and it is basically saying that actually if we had basically saying that actually if we ha d a llowe d basically saying that actually if we had allowed more people to get infected and to build up some level of herd immunity, then the resurgence of the virus would not be so grave. and the strategy ofjust trying to completely suppress the virus and therefore stop some of us getting it and therefore building our community is a flawed one. now i think this is deeply contentious because actually there is a big body of evidence and mainstream thinking in the sight of a community that you need restrictions and if you sort of play it out and two things it would've meant a lot more death and even the debts we have seen now. but critically we don't know how long immunity for this virus will last. we don't know whether it's a few
months or whether it's a year or two years, so even if we let the virus ripped and allowed lots people who we re ripped and allowed lots people who were healthy or young to get the virus which by the way is a really nasty illness that has long—term effects anywhere even amongst the healthy but if we had done that, it is not clear that that herd immunity would even be able to sustain us until a vaccine comes along. so i'm not persuaded by it because people are very, very worried about restrictions and i think there is a kind of momentum around this idea that we should not put in place restrictions but the final thing i would say is look at the countries that have managed to get a grip of this virus and are opening up their economies and their societies, parts of asia, new zealand, there lots of examples out there. we know the remedy, social distancing and restrictions, effective test and trace and very, very swift action when you see local spikes. we note there is three mediums but we put
them into place and failed at that but if the focus if they want to get to grip with a virus. surely that makes sense and the daily mail saying matt hancock saying we have to stick with it, these drastic new measures we expect to hear about probably on monday. but ultimately track and trace would be something that we could keep across, could we not, and yet we're talking about this idea of herd immunity and we have got the great barrington declaration signed by thousands of scientists. where she would be going with this? i think the idea that there are only two options which is allowing the virus to rip which i think nobody is honestly calling for and the other alternative is full suppression which is on the other extreme which is to lock down everything. there has to be some kind of way in the middle and i think the chance i put it very well when he said we cannot live in fear, we have to learn to live with this
virus because a lot of decisions seem to be gambling on there being a vaccine. we have no idea when that is going to emerge, how effective it is going to emerge, how effective it is going to be and how quickly that is going to be and how quickly that is going to be and how quickly that is going to be put out there. so really i think the focus has to be on how can we have as much a normal life as possible while clamping down on those local spikes when they do happen. absolutely having a good test and trace programme is central to that. i did the fact that we have had all these mess ups over the past couple of weeks and things not being tracked really does not people's confidence in it and i think that should be the number one priority for the government to make sure that that works, and people can have confidence in that. second thing of course is trying to find some form of local lockdown that does work because i don't think national measures are the way to get through this most of the reason we did that earlier in the year is because there are blunt tool that does not —— stop the spread of the virus but it totally destroys rest of society and the lockdown has a very long term
health impact in terms of the economy and employment and mental health and domestic abuse so i think really the focus has to be on trying to stick to the same strategy which is local lockdowns are effective and get test track and trace going so we can keep doing that process until there is some way out of this. but really it is pretty clear this is going to dominate for the rest of this year and also for a lot of next year as well. papers all dominated by coronavirus but let's get another story in and we don't have much time but the times looking at september being the world's hottest on record. recall when it was warm in the summerand we recall when it was warm in the summer and we were all inside. talk as to what the paper is saying. this takes us back to climate change and you know the tragedy in all of this is that we are in the face of this massive pandemic and crisis and yet we are facing another massive crisis before the climate change and climate emergency. and all the evidence suggests this thing is happening and is happening quickly.
they were saying september was the hottest september on record. we saw the bushfires across the us and i think the real important thing is as we try to manage a pandemic we cannot lose sight of climate change because we risk going from one crisis to even bigger crisis. and i think there is really a chance to think there is really a chance to think about how we respond to this crisis in a way that better prepares us for climate change. so we want to be seen the government do things like a big fiscal stimulus and 30 billion they could pump into the country that would do the job of boosting the economy and create about 40,000 jobs would critically ta ke about 40,000 jobs would critically take carbon out of the economy so there is a potential when— when are very few but potential there and we could not and must not miss that.|j would could not and must not miss that.” would love to get sebastian positive response but we don't have time. so iam going response but we don't have time. so i am going to say no for sebastian but we will leave it there but thank you so much as always for all your
comments and contributions and for spending wednesday evening with me on the papers. thank you so much and thank you to everybody watching as well. the hashtag is bbc papers. hello there. i'm john watson with the latest from the bbc sport centre. scotland's hopes of qualifying for next summer's european championships have been dealt a blow with news that three key players will miss tomorrow's semifinal playoff with israel. midfielder stuart armstrong has tested positive, with fellow players kieran tierney and ryan christie told to self—isolate for 14 days, having been in close contact with the player. i think if you look at the way the virus is spreading, obviously it's becoming more prevalent as restrictions were eased, which i think everyone expected. and there's no reason why it can't infiltrate a football camp, no matter how secure your bubble is.
and the protocols and everything that we've put in place is there to try to protect people as much as possible. everyone else who's involved has got a negative test, and we look forward to the game, the ones of us that are left. well, the england manager gareth southgate has reminded his players of their responsibilities after tammy abraham, ben chilwell and jadon sancho were forced out of tomorrow's friendly with wales for breaking coronavirus rules. they could also miss sunday's game with belgium depending on the outcome of covid tests. we talked about the responsibility of being an england player, how the spotlight is different, you know? when the story was in the paper earlier in the week, there was no mention of the clubs the players play for. they were classed as england players, even though they weren't with us, so that's the landscape we work in and players have to realise that, whether they've got one cap or 50 caps. we've got ten with us this time who were with us in russia.
they've done a lot of good work, with us, with their clubs, within the communities, and they've played well and they've got results. some of the younger one haven't done that yet with england. they don't have that credit in the bank. they've got to prove themselves, and they need to remember that it is an honour to play for england and all of these things as we're selecting squads moving forward do play a part in yourthinking. and as we know, many sports being affected at the moment. sale sharks missing out on a spot in the playoffs, and with it a shot at the premiership title, after they were forced to forfeit their final match of the season against worcester warriors. it was postponed on sunday and due to be played tonight after several players and staff tested positive for the virus. the club say they're devastated. it means worcester have been awarded the win, with bath the beneficiaries as they take the final playoff spot in that four—team berth. the england netball coach jess thirlby has not travelled
to new zealand for the three—test series after testing positive for coronavirus, as well. thirlby is asymptomatic and currently self—isolating. the england team flew out to new zealand on wednesday and will now quarantine for two weeks on arrival. to roland—garros now, novak djokovic is into the semifinals of the french open after beating pablo carreno—busta. he got off to what was a stuttering start here, losing the first set 6—4, and there were questions as to whether he might be injured and forced to retire. but he then went on to win the next three sets with little difficulty as he re—found his form to make the last four at roland—garros for the tenth time. he takes on stefanos tsitsipas, who beat andre rublev. meanwhile, former wimbledon champion petra kvitova is also through to the semifinals. she beat germany's laura siegemund in straight sets. kvitova now plays sofia kenin in the semifinals. and finally tonight, news on two world records that fell in valencia's world record day.
it was a one—off event staged in the spanish city. this was the women's 5000 metres. ethiopia's letesenbet gidey beating the previous best by more than four seconds, running the distance there in 14 minutes, 6.62 seconds to better the time set by tirunesh dibaba back in 2008. and uganda'sjoshua cheptegei smashed the men's10,000—metre world record just minutes later. cheptegei ran the distance in 26 minutes and 11 seconds to beat kenenisa bekele's15—year—old time by more than six seconds. this his fourth world record in ten months. he is the stand—out men's middle distance runner at the moment. and that is all from the bbc sport centre for now. hello. the weather picture first thing not looking so great across england and wales, a lot of cloud out
there and some outbreaks of rain. but hang in there because the afternoon offers a much brighter picture. here we are with this area of low pressure currently feeding in all of the cloud and the rain, but notice to the north of it how much clearer the skies are. we'lljust pick out this little white streak of cloud here, though, because that is a line of showers that will push into scotland and northern ireland. and they're set to be pretty punchy. but once this band of rain starts its journey southwards through the morning, skies will begin to brighten. so, by 9am, hopefully something a little bit brighter already into wales. scotland and northern ireland should see some decent sunshine from the get—go, but a lot of those showers already in the west turning quite heavy, perhaps clumping together into longer spells of rain. just a few, i think, further south and for northern ireland. the front finally off into the continent after lunch, and that's when we'll see things brighten for southernmost counties. for much of england and wales, though, not a bad second half of the day at all. perhaps just some cloud hanging back across east anglia, but up to 17 degrees in the brightness, 11—12 further north for scotland and northern ireland. through thursday evening and overnight into friday,
plenty of showers crossing scotland, a more organised band of rain trails back into northern ireland and sinks into northern england. either side of that cloud and rain, quite a chilly start to friday, patchy frost perhaps in some rural spots across england and wales and northern scotland. and then a lot of cloud around for northern england, northern ireland and wales first thing on friday, then this whole system sinks its way southeastwards through the day. so, we'll see cloud and rain moving in for southern and eastern england, i think, later on on friday. still plenty of showers further north, but hopefully interspersed with some sunny spells. and then from friday into the weekend, here's our next significant transition. we move into a northerly airstream. we move into polar air, that's the blue shading on the map behind me, and we do so because we finally pull away the low pressure that we've been talking about all week towards the continent and allow a high to establish from the atlantic. the squeeze between the two, though, gives us that northerly airstream, so quite a chilly northerly breeze but a lot of dry weather and sunshine for the majority of the uk for the weekend ahead. but some on northern coasts could be
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm kasia madera. all eyes are on the us state of utah, as mike pence and kamala harris take centre stage at the vice presidential debate. a us court charges two members of isis — nicknamed the beatles — with murder, for killing american hostages in syria. life in a warzone — we report on the families trapped by fighting between azerbaijan and armenia. people here tell us this is the way it's been for the last few days. it's become the normal routine to have indiscriminate shelling.
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