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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. an extension to thejob around the world. an extension to the job support scheme, around the world. an extension to thejob support scheme, the government will pay two thirds of workers wages for businesses across the uk which have been forced to close. labour says the measures do not go far enough. we will adapt and evolve our response as the situation on the health site adapts and evolve. that is what happening, i think does a pragmatic and right thing to do to do that and i think the actions demonstrate that approach. a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in england as infections double in a week. admissions to hospital have increased with the northeast and northwest of england areas of concern was up northwest of england areas of concern was up our potential is that
we will continue to be busy. we are seeing increasing numbers of patients coming in. last orders for more than 3 million people in scotla nd more than 3 million people in scotland as new restrictions on pubs and scotland as new restrictions on pubs a nd restau ra nts scotland as new restrictions on pubs and restaurants come into force. 21,000 jobs at risk as the edinburgh woollen mill chain, the owner of peacocks plans to call in the administrators. and the show must go on. ten pintos could be station across the uk this christmas after an injection of lottery money. —— ten an injection of lottery money. —— te n pa ntos. welcome to bbc news, thanks for joining us. the chancellor has announced
new measures designed to help businesses across the uk which are forced to close because of coronavirus restrictions. it's thought that bars and restaurants in the worst affected parts of england may be told to shut next week. rishi sunak says under the new scheme the government will pay two thirds of the wages of people in businesses which are told to shut. the uk—wide scheme will begin on the 1st of november — and last for six months and for businesses forced to close in england, there is an increase in business grants — with up to £3,000 a month paid every fortnight. but some business owners worry about a hard winter ahead. here's our consumer affairs correspondent sarah corker. local lockdowns and reduced openings are already hurting also tidy. they have been under tighter growth since july and the positive pubs and restau ra nts july and the positive pubs and restaurants being forced to close in areas with high infection rates has angered business owners.
it's disastrous because the minute the tap is turned off, you have no ability to generate any income. the hospitality industry is being completely and utterly slated and the spectre in favour the closure is really terrifying. there will be more help to cushion the blow. —— the spectre now of further closure. staff working for firms told to close by law will get 67% of their wages paid for by the government. so today i'm announcing an expansion of ourjob support scheme, specifically to protect those jobs are people who work in businesses that may be asked to close. if that happens, those workers will receive two thirds of their wages for the time they are unable to go to work. and listening closely to that is william robinson, whose brewery runs 260 pubs across the north west. i think there is definitely a relief that he is listening. he says if some are told to shout, wage support and an increase in business grants of up to £3000 a month will take some of the pressure off. —— told to shut.
the closure and reopening of a business, when and if that happens will be very expensive for small businesses and large businesses. they have a lot of costs and depending on the level of grant they get will depend whether that will really truly cover their expenses or not. the hospitality sector has a raft of safety measures in place and says it is being unfairly singled out and for those who may have to close their doors once again, the bigger unknown is whether this extra financial support will make enough of a difference for them to survive in the long term. the landlady of this pub in trafford fears a difficult winter ahead. the future is very uncertain and it's quite scary. we've done a beer order, do we need to be, doesn't need to go down the drain? the mayors representing city in the north of england side the chance's measures don't go far enough while labour won more to be
done to protectjobs. —— while labour want more. in other countries, those schemes are working to incentivise employers to keep people in work. his skin, the chancellor's scheme, is just not doing that sufficiently and we are seeing the impact on the levels of unemployed people. and the extra financial support will only apply to businesses told to close by the government and all this at the start of what should be the lucrative christmas period. sarah corker, bbc news. let's get more from our political correspondent jonathan blake. the key question as this scheme going to work for the people who need it most? i think you can tell by the welcome broadly speaking it has had from business groups and indeed from the opposition labour party here at westminster although they say it doesn't go far enough, there is some relief among those businesses and thus sectors which are fearing they could be worst hit by further restrictions at a
national level or at least a new framework for restrictions which we are expecting next week. the chancellor was under a lot of pressure to do something and the government as a whole was under and still is under pressure to provide some clarity on what it's planning to do to slow the spread of coronavirus and reverse the worrying trend we have seen in the number of cases and hospital admissions and debts from the virus in recent days and weeks. so the chancellor has described it as a safety net but there are questions about whether it will go far enough and whether the businesses that are forced to close by law in the coming days and weeks will be able to get enough support for them to survive in the longer—term. for them to survive in the longer-term. you talk about clarity, thatis longer-term. you talk about clarity, that is the key point that many people need more information to work out if this is really going to make a difference to wives? and that is just not there at the moment. --
difference to their lives stop at about the government deciding in the last few days... there had been meetings with mps representing some the worst constituencies with local council leaders. and elected mayors of those regions as well. and they have had mixed messages coming out about what the government is going to do. it seems the 3—tiered reproach which will see restrictions ending up at a national level as they are at the moment with the 10pm cu rfew they are at the moment with the 10pm curfew and the rule of six in place and then escalations of that depending on the prevalence of the virus in certain areas and the people in the representatives living in the worst affected areas are still watching and waiting to see what the government is going to do and there is a good deal of frustration about the lack of clarity at this point. thank you very much jonathan blake
clarity at this point. thank you very muchjonathan blake reporting from westminster. the uk's economic recovery slowed sharply in august — despite the government's eat out to help out scheme, aimed at boosting restaurant takings. the economy grew by 2.1% in august, but remains nearly 10% smaller than when the coronavirus pandemic began. analysts think the coming months could see growth weakening further, because of new covid restrictions. the number of coronavirus cases in england has doubled in a week with the northeast, northwest in yorkshire and the humber the worst affected areas according to the latest data. the office for national statistics estimates that one and 240 people in england have the virus in the last week of september with more than 17,000 people catching it every day. this figure is approximately doubled that reported for each of the last two weeks. with more, here is our health editor hugh pym. more testing, part of the drive to rein in the spread of coronavirus.
here at nottingham university, helping students get a quick result if they had symptoms. the government at westminster are set to announce new restrictions next week in response to the general increase in infections. one survey involving random testing of people in the community showed that in a week in the middle of september, there were over 116,000 people infected in england. by the following week, that had nearly doubled to 224,000, meaning one in 240 of the population had the virus. in wales, the figure in the middle of september was about 6500. but the next week it had come down a bit, with the proportion one in 500 infected in the population. but how well is testing and contact tracing an england function? tracing in england functioning? there are fewer people getting results back in 24 hours and fewer of their close contacts being reached. there are reports the system isn't
working efficiently. these kent university students are isolating after three tested positive. that's what they told the test and trace system but they are frustrated to get repeated and unnecessary calls. six, seven times a day i get a phone call, saying you know someone who has tested positive, make sure you are isolating and then it's just the same call, the same kind of phone call every day, like multiple times a day. none of them seem to be in contact with one another. telling each other... there doesn't seem a system in place to tell them they have avoided got in contact with us. —— that they averted got in contact with us. sometimes they call and they don't know we have tested positive already. there is mounting concern over rising infections in the north west and some of these resulting in people getting seriously ill, with hospitals coming under more pressure. daily hospital admissions with covid—19 in the north west
of england were fairly low and stable until the start of september. then they started rising heavily, with sharper increases in the most recent few days. so what is happening here? this line shows the number of cases per 100,000 amongst the over 60s and that has been rising at the same rate. we are obviously concerned, as i think everyone is, around the country with the increasing numbers we are seeing. in terms of that impact on the hospital, we are busy but we have plans in place to cope. most hospitals, including this one in north wales, are gearing up, even if they don't have many covid patients at the moment, they have to assume the numbers will rise. hugh pym, bbc news. a group of mayors from the north of england have issued a joint statement on the chancellor's business package. signed by andy burnham, jamie driscoll, danjarvis and steve rotheram, it calls the newjob support scheme "a start" but adds it does "not appear
to have gone far enough to prevent genuine hardship". the merseyside borough of knowsley has one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in england — 602 cases per 100,000 of the population. it's also one of the most deprived parts of the country, and unlike some other areas which have seen big increases it doesn't have a large student population. our special correspondent ed thomas reports. i live on the 13th floor and i'm thinking i'm safe up there because it's down here. as coronavirus cases spike, peter has decisions to make. i've got a 14—year—old daughter in school. some of the students have got it in the school and i'm thinking, should i pull her out or should i keep her in? why don't you just stay at home with her and look after her? because obviously i've still got to go to work. i still provide for my daughter. all too real, a close elderly family member is now ill. her two kidneys are packing in and she has been tested
as positive, as covid—19. do you think she's going to make it? no. so, what next for knowsley? shut it down. there's too many people out in the streets. we've done that once before and it's back. but we didn't do it long enough. can you cope with another lockdown? no, because i have no other income. what i earn here, i live on. this is real. why has it got so bad here? we honestly don't know and we look at manchester and liverpool, they've got big student populations but here in knowsley, we haven't. so we don't know, we don't know how its spread? no. the test and trace we have today, is it fit to bring the numbers down in this area? no, absolutely not. that can't do it? no. we are seeing the national system failed. so this virus is endemic across this place? yes. so more than likely, a stricter lockdown is coming. this is the most left behind town in the whole of britain. care merseyside helps feed and support the most vulnerable here.
the crisis coming here is going to be a mental health crisis. a poverty crisis on top of a poverty crisis. and so many are already struggling with local restrictions. it's illegal in knowsley for households to mix indoors. ijust really miss home the last few weeks. lily offers mental health support to children and young people. she helped britney through the first lockdown. it doesn't matter how far it is because i can't go home. since the pandemic, the number of people contacting lily every week has trebled. it's made already big issues into even bigger issues. and some are in real crisis. there are a lot of thoughts of suicide at the minute. is that increasing? definitely. all hopes for the future just gone because they don't know what tomorrow brings, so they can't imagine the next ten years. the anxiety of uncertainty.
how old is she? eight months. bill is 90. he is already shielded for most of the year. when is the last time you hugged her? it's an awful long time. he misses his grandkids the most. do you remember your grandad? have you been lonely at times? sometimes it is, yeah. but what can you do? you've got to keep going, haven't you? but there are no promises when all this will end. ed thomas, bbc news, knowsley. well this is the latest government data about new infections, 13,864 were recorded in the latest 24—hour — down from just over 17,500 yesterday. it means the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week, is 15,505. hospital admissions are also up — on average 561 people were admitted
every day over the past week, those figures don't include scotland. 87 deaths have been reported — that's people who died within 28 days of a positive test for covid—19. it means on average in the past week, 59 deaths were announced every day. that takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 42,679. last orders for more than three million people in scotland —— if at the close commitment to october the 25th although they can serve take as a premises outside this area can serve alcohol but only outdoors until ten p: m.. this area can serve alcohol but only outdoors until ten p:m.. they can open forfood outdoors until ten p:m.. they can open for food and nonalcoholic
drinks during the day closing at 6pm in the evening. the first minister nicola sturgeon set a further steep increases in cases is a sharp reminder of the seriousness of the situation. i was scott when editor sarah smith has more. it is dispiriting to say the least. calling tom an indoor drinking across scotland. if just looking calling tom an indoor drinking across scotland. ifjust looking at across scotland. ifjust looking at a bare macy want to drown your sorrows, it is too late. all bars in central scotland or knuckles are 14 days and other parts of the country can only beat sold outside. most of my friends are angry about the whole thing. i mean, they feel as if they've been penalised. we've got to do something. although i'm not entirely convinced that the pub's the problem. i think it's quite sad. but probably for the best. staff can be furloughed on 60% of their wages. the scottish government will spend £40 million to help the hospitality sector. but many feel the new restrictions are unnecessary and unfair.
this is a very safe, controlled environment. we've got measures in place that prevent infection. we've not had any cases of infection since we opened injuly. and ijust feel that maybe people are being encouraged to go to places that are not controlled. closing pubs and restaurants may seem quite drastic but it's easy to enforce. it's much harder to regulate what goes on inside people's homes. now, households in scotland are not allowed to visit each other at the moment. but if people can't meet in licenced premises, might some be tempted to take the party home? in aberdeen and elsewhere outside the central belt, alcohol can be served outside, but many venues don't think it's worth staying open. the first minister admits the restrictions are hard and painful. all governments are trying to strike right now almost impossible balances between lives and jobs and speaking for the scottish government we are trying to do that as best we can.
cafes can open until 6pm. somewhere at least for people to socialise but there has been much confusion over what constitutes a cafe. jobs will be lost, businesses may close, and a gloomy mood has descended on nation not only of drinks but also of cheer. iam in i am in the centre of quest go where as pubs have shopped from streets are busy within the people who frankly don't seem to know what to do with themselves now. and the police will be out in force tonight, additional officers have been deployed right across scotland to make sure people do stick to the new rules. sarah smith with that report. donald macleod is a bar owner from glasgow and joins me now. thank you very much for your time. how do you feel about these coronavirus restrictions?” how do you feel about these coronavirus restrictions? i think they have been shambolic the way they have been shambolic the way they been brought in. but we have to
remember here is an hour ago, 16,000 businesses, 120,000 remember here is an hour ago, 16,000 businesses, 120 , 000 employees remember here is an hour ago, 16,000 businesses, 120,000 employees across scotla nd businesses, 120,000 employees across scotland were forced to close. in glasgow alone, that's 15,000 scotland were forced to close. in glasgow alone, that's15,000 staff sitting on the edge of their beds and in glasgow that is a night—time economy that generates £2.57 billion a yearand economy that generates £2.57 billion a year and what gets me here is a lot of the facts and figures just don't add up. we are getting told that met one of the most properly regulated business sectors in the land and we are carrying out proper ppe, we opened safely, with thermal testing and social distancing, you cannot be safer now than going on an unlicensed president —— premises. yet we have been made the scapegoats for the rise and infections. the scottish government seem to be
ignoring the fact that it is them that brought the students back and cram them into student accommodation, and this is where the rise has come about. to think that we're irresponsible when you book that we are responsible for 3% of the increases... but if these cu rfews and restrictions the increases... but if these curfews and restrictions and save lives has not been worth it? wait a minute. is it saving lives? shutting the licence tray down and as they would do in england as well. this way since trade. there is no data for that. we are missing the detail. where is the facts? we do not seem to be getting them. the definite fa ct to be getting them. the definite fact is that 40% of businesses in scotla nd fact is that 40% of businesses in scotland within licenced trade are hanging on the edge of their beds and won't come back. extension of furlough or not. forgive me for
interrupting because the hospitality sector has been hit by this pandemic. i want to share with the fear is what has happened with your own personal experience because you used to own nightclubs. just opposite what happened because you then transform them into bars that you are being stung again in an effort that you thought was trying to make a difference here?” effort that you thought was trying to make a difference here? i owned two of the most iconic nightclubs and by venues in the world. we took the plunge and repurpose them as bars, turn the garage into an electric garden and we opened up to a social distance table and all the points in place for the rock punters there and it was probably welcome. within a week, they are not taking it away from us because this curfew. which we were getting worried about but was always going tonight, it is shambolic. we were told there was going to be no curfew and of course
there is a curfew. and you missed this in your introduction, scott when is the only country in the world that has band music. it is ridiculous, scotland band music, with glasgow, the centre of music, and we band music! we are running out of time but i want to say on a lighter note, you have been a ward in your service —— he had been awarded an mbe as for your service for music so we wanted to congratulate you. how do you feel, are you optimistic or worried for your business? i am a bit more optimistic not that rishi sunak has delivered again. the heat out to help out, it was put up or shut up, iam help out, it was put up or shut up, i am happier with that and i would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody that has helped and nominated me for the mbe because it was music to —— it is donated to
charity and as we know, charities have been hit right across the uk because of this pandemic. it is tragic times but this is a wee bit later. but i can't go out and celebrate! better to laugh and cry. but congratulations and thanks so much for your thoughts for us on bbc news. new coronavirus infections in europe have passed 100,000 innocent today for the first time, spain one of the worst affected countries is disturbing to agree how to get the disease back out of control. the government has imposed a two week state of emergency in madrid to try to contain the outbreak. our correspondent in madrid guy had to go told me how people there are feeling. i think people have been rather confused about the events of recent days. we had these measures,
restrictions on movement into and out of madrid and surrounding cities introduced us over a week ago. and then yesterday a court struck down those restrictions saying they were illegal. today, central government has introduced this state of emergency, reintroducing the same measures. i think people are a bit fed up of all of this, a bit confused. also, this is a bank holiday weekend. many people had been hoping to go on some kind of holiday, whether within the madrid region or somewhere beyond that. that is simply not possible if you live in madrid or one of the surrounding cities. i think there is a lot of frustration and there has been a lot of confusion. i wonder if people understand what a two—week state of emergency actually is in the region. in terms of the measures introduced today, it's just about movement. they are the new measures. you are not allowed to go in or out
of the city of madrid or eight other surrounding cities unless you have a specific reason, whether it's to do with study or a medical appointment or duty or work or some other specific reason. if you can'tjustify it, you are not allowed to travel at all. this is nothing like as strict as the national lockdown the country had between march and june, but still i think you can call it a partial lockdown. also, bars and restaurants in madrid and the region are having to close a bit earlier than normal, having to close by 11pm, which is quite early for spain, and they are having to restrict the number of people inside. there are a range of measures, the idea being to control the spread of the pandemic. our correspondent from madrid who have just begun 82 two—week emergency lockdown. you are watching bbc news. i will be back at the headlines next.
good evening. during friday, much of the uk had a bit of a drop in temperature and we have seen a real mix of sunshine, some blue sky but also some heavy downpours, too. but of course is the recipe for lots of rainbows that we've seen out there today. this one comes from one of our weather watchers near swansea. and as we head through the course of the weekend, that theme sticks with us. so, again, it's feeling a little bit colder than it has done recently and it will be a mix of some sunshine and blustery at times heavy showers, most of them on saturday. looking a little bit drier for most of us by sunday. high pressure is sitting out to the west of the uk. low pressure in the north—east, and that's driving in a northwesterly wind. we will see some showers rattling through on that northwesterly wind through the course of tonight. particularly heavy and persistent downpours for a time in scotland, northern ireland, into the far north of england by the end of the night. a few showers through north—west england down towards the midlands. further south and east across england and wales, you should keep the clear sky tonight. so, temperatures in the coolest
spots coming down to round about 4 or 5 degrees, perhaps a bit lower than that in the countryside. so, just a touch of rural frost possible first thing saturday morning. saturday brings us a similar day to what we had on friday. again, we've got that high pressure out to the west, low pressure in the east but it will be a little bit windier. we've got a few more isobars on the map and those winds coming in from a northerly and northwesterly direction, so feeling fairly fresh there throughout the day. this line of persistent, heavy showers making their way across england and wales during the course of the day followed by sunshine and for the showers rattling in from the north—west. there will be some drier weather through the day particularly for parts of southern scotland later on. perhaps on the south coast of england, you should avoid most of the showers but it will feel quite chilly, 11—14 degrees, particularly chilly down that east coast and we still got the breeze around east coast into sunday as well. perhaps one or two showers for eastern scotland and eastern england but for much of the uk, sunday brings us the better day of the weekend, a lot of dry weather on the cards. some sunshine coming through not quite as breezy as saturday so it
will feel perhaps a little bit warmer, about 11—15 degrees or so for sunday. looking ahead through next week then we soon see a return to low pressure moving in from the atlantic. looks like this area of low pressure will then be sitting across parts of central europe for much of next week. so, there will be showers around particularly across parts of england and wales. further north across the uk, scotland and northern ireland looking a little bit warmer and a little bit drier with some autumnal sunshine in the mix. bye— bye.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. an extension to the job support scheme. the government will pay two thirds of worker's wages for businesses across the uk, which have been forced to close. labour says the measures don't go far enough. a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in england — as infections double in a week. admissions to hospital have increased too — with the north east and north west of england areas of concern. last orders for more than three million people in scotland —— as new restrictions on pubs and restaurants come into force. 21,000 jobs at risk. at peacocks the administrators to call and administrators. the administrators to call and administrators. and — the show must go on. ten pantos could be staged across the uk this christmas — after an injection of lottery money.
the world food programme has been awarded this year's nobel peace prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in conflict areas. a spokesman for the united nation's food agency said it was a proud moment. here's the moment the announcement was made. the norwegian nobel committee has decided to award the nobel peace prize for a 2020 two the world food program. for its effort to combat hunger. for its contribution to bettering for peace and conflict
affected areas. and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict. while david beasley is the director of the world food program. he told me how he felt when he heard the news. he told me how he felt when he heard the news. it's amazing, and shocking and i am so thrilled on behalf of the world food programme and all of our employees and our partners who are literally. and i mean literally put in their lives in harm's way everyday. war conflict in hurricanes and tornadoes and things of this nature. they are out there. this reward, this prize, i hope will be in example for the rest of the world to follow for the people who are willing to put their lives at risk for others. it's quite amazing. honestly. how did you hear about it? well, i was at a meeting here in nigeria. we didn't the field and some troubled area as you can imagine here.
i had just come back in from a meeting and 70 walked in and said nobel peace prize! who wonit? the world food program. i was like, you've gotta be kidding me. so it was quite a surprise. what an honor. for our viewers who might not know the work that you do, can you summarise how the world food programme operates around the world? yes. we feed about 100 million people. what's breaking your heart when you think of the three, four years ago there were only 80 million people on the brink of starvation and because of covid, economic deterioration, world—class war conflict , climate change there are now 270 million people. we are in all those extreme situations. and you can imagine with the economic deterioration taken place with covid—19. i was just watching your programme right now with covid and conflict in flood and drought. it's really, really bad out there. we need help. we need money, we need access and we need about $5 billion right now in addition
to what we normally get. to really go out and save lives without this is a critical point in time in world history. it's one of the things i'm also asking from the billionaires. the billionaires right now are making billions on covid. i mean, this is a world, catastrophe. we are facing right now. famines of biblical proportions knocking on the doors if wer‘e not they are. if we had the money, we can avert famine, avert destabilisation and avert migration by necessity. what difference do you think being awarded the nobel peace prize will do for your work? i think this prize will do great wonders for our work because people have got to understand the relationship between hunger and conflict. they are both unrelated. when you have hunger you have conflicts you have destabilisation, migration. when we come and address hunger, we address the root cause of the problems it's
much cheaper on the front and then on the backend. for example like we saw with the syrian war. it cost is 50 cents to feed a syrian insurgent. that same syrian in brussels or berlin it's 5200 euros per day from the humanitarian support package. they don't want to leave home. but if they don't have peace, stability, they don't have food they would do what any of us would do for our children and that is leave and find a safe play so we can feed our children. what is there a moment or the project that you can point to as perhaps the biggest achievements that you can remember under your tenure at the world food programme? one of the things that we've been able to do is obviously raised several billions to help more people around the world. we've been able to avert famine, if you remember three years ago, we had to call to action because we had famine knocking on the door of four countries in four regions. that was an extraordinary success story. i said, if we get the money we need we can avert famine. we been able to avert famine, we've been able to
avert famine this year because of the international community has stepped up. but because of covid and the economic deterioration, we are looking at the next six months, 12 months to really be in catastrophic. literally we couldn't could have famines of biblical proportions. we have a cure, we have a vaccine for starvation and hungry and it's called food. and we need the support now. i'm hoping that this prize will inspire the wealthy around the world and inspire others to reach out love your neighbor. and help us and hunger and make certain that no child not only goes to bed hungry but doesn't starve to death. because that's what we are facing right now. it's a call to action. and there is no more appropriate time than right now. when this nobel peace prize is awarded how many employees do you think should receive in award? there is obviously one prize and a prize giving ceremony which you'll probably be intending to do but if you could have them all individually given out how many would you ask for?
all of them. 18,000. we have 18,000 of our employees. then we have literally several hundred partners. about 800 partners out there in the field putting their lives at risk every single day, war zones like yemen, syria and the cyclones like you saw in mozambique and hurricanes. they all deserve a part of this award. they say that i'm their leader i say well no, i'm your cheerleader. because they are out there risking their lives everyday. that's what i believe will the world together to see people that are good examples how to love their neighbor. even the most difficult circumstances. and that's the world food program. there's confusion over when president trump will return to the campaign trail
following his hospital treatment for coronavirus. following the latest assessment by his personal doctor, the president said he may attend election rallies over the weekend. but a separate administration official later said mr trump was unlikely to travel so soon because the logistics of organising events at short notice was problematic. the white house said mr trump would be tested for covid—19 and would not appear in public if found to be contagious. the democrats say they want to set up a panel to examine whether he is fit for office. i asked our correspondent in washington gary o'donoghue whether donald trump would hit the campaign trail this weekend. well, as things stand, what is on the record is the president saying he wishes to do that in florida tomorrow night and pennsylvania on sunday but, indications coming from these anonymous sources inside the white house, suggest that might not be practical. whether that really is a question of practicality or whether or not the president has been persuaded that it's too soon, in terms of the quarantine period, we will have to wait and see, but i think it shows
you that there is not a lot of coordination going on between what's going on inside the president's head and what some others in his administration can deliver for him. we simply don't know whether or not he will be out in florida and pennsylvania at the weekend or not. time will tell. i want to bring viewers up—to—date with what was said by the speaker of house, nancy pelosi, in the last hour and a half, saying they wanted to set my panel to examine whether or not donald trump is fit for office. let's listen to what she had to say. congress has a constitutional duty to lay out the progress if the presidents incapacity and the presidents incapacity and the president of any party is determined. this bill honours the duty by creating a standing commission of top former executive officials and medical experts selected in a bipartisan, bicameral
way. a presidents fitness for office must be determined by science and fa cts . must be determined by science and facts. nancy pelosi. the most senior democrat in congress and no fan of president terms, is she gary? no, she's not. and i think this legislation is probably not going to see the light of day. certainly not in the senate where it's controlled by republicans, of course. any kind of legislation like this would have to go through both houses. that might be possible if the democrats ta ke might be possible if the democrats take back the senate after the november three election but then of course they're going to be wary of the day that comes along when there isa the day that comes along when there is a democrat in the white house and republicans control center. i think this is certainly a way of focusing on the presidents perhaps erratic behavior. as some would see it in last few days. perhaps calling into question whether or not the medication he's on his having an effect on his ability to do his job.
i don't really see this as a serious attempt to fiddle with the 25th amendment to the constitution. the foreign ministers of armenia and azerbaijan are holding talks in moscow today in an effort to establish a truce in nagorno karabakh. the negotiations have been brokered by russia — this picture of the three countries' ministers was released by the russian foreign ministry. it's the first face to face meeting between the two countries since fighting began nearly two weeks ago. earlier, the azerbaijani president ilham aliyev said that baku was giving armenia a "last chance" to peacefully resolve the conflict in the region. the enclave is internationally recognised as part of azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic armenians. from goranboy in azerbaijan our international correspondent orla guerin reports. the battle this footage released by
azerbaijan defence ministry. this is a warof azerbaijan defence ministry. this is a war of liberation to recover part of the motherland. and as dairy forces are closing in on the mountains of karabakh. gaining control of some areas nearby held by ethnic armenians. we sought military vehicles on the move. and got a glimpse of the battle. but azerbaijan won't allow journalists to reach the frontline. we just been hearing the rumble of more shelling in the distance and in the past few minutes we've had what seemed to be a rocket landing. as dairy forces have moved forward pushing back the armenians. what happens to negara karabakh armenians. what happens to negara kara bakh matters not armenians. what happens to negara karabakh matters not just armenians. what happens to negara karabakh matters notjust for these two nations, it has implications for
the security and stability of the region. so moscow is pushing for a quick cease—fire. but some in azerbaijan have been waiting 30 yea rs azerbaijan have been waiting 30 years for this moment. like those in this grim housing complex. it's home to many who fled from nagorno—karabakh in the 1990s. they told us they are counting the days told us they are counting the days to go back. i even see it in my dreams. i'm always yearning for it. i cannot forget about it. it's my motherland. my dear land. this place is just temporary. we will go back one day. i am 10096 is just temporary. we will go back one day. i am 100% sure. is just temporary. we will go back one day. i am 10096 sure. how do you feel about the people who are they are now about the ethnic armenians could you live with them as neighbours together? of course we can live together. we have been very friendly with them. they also don't wa nt friendly with them. they also don't want the war. but he told us there
could be no coexistence. he had just signed up as a volunteer for the fight. the azeri president is celebrating his gains and sticking to his hard—line. saying his country will keep retaking land while negotiation war by war. the high street chain edinburgh woollen mill, which also owns peacocks and jaeger, is close to collapse — putting 21,000 jobs at risk. the company says it will continue to trade while trying to find a solution for the future of the businesses — but it's warned staff of significant store closures. its sales have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. edinburgh woollen mill, known for its cashmere for older
shoppers and tardan on for tourists but shoppers have been thin on the ground and local lockdowns have not helped. everywhere is closing unfortunately. it is just one of those things. it is just a shame for everybody. people will lose jobs and it is a sad thing. edinburgh woollen mill is part of a retail empire which owns peacocks and jaeger. 1100 shops in all with 21,000 jobs now at risk. they are a familiar sight on so many of our high streets. this store is open but most have remained closed since locked down because of a lack of shoppers and suppliers have been demanding payments upfront and then there is the end of the furlough scheme this month, too many problems. it now has ten days to find a
solution. the ceo said... certainly in smaller towns where these are important stores and two returns where lots of people come to see them in the winter and they are not easy to replace the big concern is how to replace thesejobs because it isjobs on a massive scale. stores that are open are continuing as normal. a business battling to stay afloat. emma simpson, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news, still lots more to come: the show must go on. how ten penthouse could be stage across the uk this christmas afternoon action of lottery money.
a hospital trust is being prosecuted, following the death of a week old baby in its care. an inquest found that the death of harry richford at the queen elizabeth the queen mother hospital in margate in 2017 was "wholly avoidable". michael buchanan reports. we were failed. harry was failed. we've really had to suffer and we will have to suffer for the rest of our lives. harry richford should be approaching his third birthday but a catalogue of serious failures at birth led to harry's death at just seven—days—old. today the nhs trust that should have cared for him was charged over his avoidable death. i think we are really happy with the coc decision. itjust shows that from day one we were put in a pretty terrible situation at the trust and the care both sarah and harry received was completely inadequate at the time. the problems occurred at this hospital in margate. staff delayed arranging a caesarean section, didn't carry out the operation properly, then made errors when resuscitating him. an inquest in january
concluded that neglect had contributed to harry's death. we both blamed ourselves and we didn't know why this had happened and the more we realised the trust were at fault the less we blame ourselves and the more we can look at them as an organisation that failed us. the east kent trust is one of england's largest and these criminal charges are the first time an acute nhs trust has been charged with poor patient care. today it accepted it had failed to provide safe care and treatment to harry and his mother and apologised unreservedly. i think we wanted people to be held accountable for what happened and for some sort ofjustification for what happened and i feel like we have got answers from the inquest and we are being heard and harry didn't die for no reason. harry richford's death has been the catalyst for an independent inquiry into maternity care in east kent, giving real hope of lasting improvements. michael buchanan, bbc news, kent.
this is bbc news, the latest headlines an extension to the job support scheme. the government will pay two thirds of worker's wages for businesses across the uk which have been forced to close. labour says the measures don't go far enough. a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in england — as infections double in a week. admissions to hospital have increased too — with the north east and north west of england areas of concern. last orders for more than three million people in scotland as new restrictions on pubs and restaurants come into force. hong kong has seen more than 1,000 underage protestors arrested since the outbreak of mass anti—government demonstrations in 2019. close to 700 of these young people have been charged with rioting. they are among thousands of protesters facing trial. our correspondent in hong kong, danny vincent spoke to two students
shot by live rounds at point blank range who face imprisonment. this is the moment patrick, a 21—year—old student, was shot by a police officer at point—blank range. he was unarmed, arrested, and is now facing trial for illegal assembly. the bullet pierced through his kidneys, his liver, and he survived. translation: during that time, i didn't think the police with fire at anyone or even fire up into the sky. we had no weapons. we didn't even have bottles in our hands. i thought they just wanted to scare us or take us back to the police station. a year ago, these images of an unarmed protester shot with a life bullet plunged the city into the depths of violent division.
on the same day, protesters set this man a light in the dispute. it was violence like this that prompted beijing to react. a 19—year—old student was shot in a street battle with the police. his shooting marked a new escalation in the cycle of violence that gripped the city. the police said he was the aggressor. he wears the scars of that day on his chest. translation: i feelthat hong kong has already become a battlefield. it's a war. the people fighting for freedom and equality are trying to compete with the authorities. the war was not initiated by the protesters but by the authorities who try to exploit the rights of the people. and now, they even escalate their suppression and further restrict our freedom. so, i think that it's a war initiated by the government. they are just two of the more
than 200,000 protested arrested ——10,000 since last year was up authorities say young activists must face up to the consequences of violent protest. a new national security law has upped the risks of taking to the streets but the division here remains. danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. there's not been much to laugh about in 2020 — but some relief is on hand after the national lottery announced a scheme to help theatres stage pantomimes this christmas. it means the curtain will rise on up to 10 pantos around the country, with as many as a quarter of a million tickets available, as our arts editor will gompertz reports. so, it turns out there is going to be pantomime this christmas after all. oh, no, there's not! oh, yes, there is. after the national lottery stepped in to the breach and effectively offered to subsidise about ten different pantomimes around the country by purchasing the seats that have to remain empty because of social distancing. it was not financially viable for producers to put on shows to half—empty theatres due
to reduced capacity because of covid. but now the national lottery is paying for those unsellable seats, marked with an x, the show can go on. it has been a hard secret to keep because they've been talking about this for weeks and months and i couldn't tell anyone because everyone gossips with nothing else to do. so, i am so relieved to have it out in the open. i am constantly honing my craft, i spent the last 40 minutes polishing the juggler‘s balls. i think people want the excitement especially after the year we've had. normally we would be planning shows 14 months in advance. now, we've kind of got eight weeks but it is kind of all hands to the pump to make it happen, and deliver some joy,
create some jobs, and get some of these theatres open. his aim is to put on ten shows across the country including at the theatre royal in newcastle and the birmingham hippodrome. a lot of theatres were looking at a very difficult future when thinking they wouldn't be able to do pantomime at all. and so this national lottery scheme now gives them a lifeline. the enterprise isn't without risk, it's possible audiences won't come or theatres might have to close again. but for those involved, it's a chance worth taking to provide a bit of christmas cheer to end a dismal year. will gompertz, bbc news. the late beatle star and musical starjohn lennon would've in celebrating his 80th birthday today. and tributes have been pouring in including from his band mate sir paul mccartney. who shared these
pictures on twitter. of the both of them writing together marking the day with many tributes have been coming in from around the world as well. this is bbc news. good evening. during friday, much of the uk had a bit of a drop in temperature and we have seen a real mix of sunshine, some blue sky but also some heavy downpours, too. that of course is the recipe for lots of rainbows that we've seen out there today. this one comes from one of our weather watchers near swansea. and as we head through the course of the weekend, that theme sticks with us. so, again, it's feeling a little bit colder than it has done recently and it will be a mix of some sunshine and blustery at times heavy showers, most of them on saturday. looking a little bit drier for most of us by sunday. high pressure is sitting out to the west of the uk. low pressure in the north—east, and that's driving in a northwesterly wind. we will see some showers rattling through on that northwesterly wind through the course of tonight. particularly heavy and persistent downpours for a time in scotland,
northern ireland, into the far north of england by the end of the night. a few showers through north—west england down towards the midlands. further south and east across england and wales, you should keep the clear sky tonight. so, temperatures in the coolest spots coming down to round about 4 or 5 degrees, perhaps a bit lower than that in the countryside. so, just a touch of rural frost possible first thing saturday morning. saturday brings us a similar day to what we had on friday. again, we've got that high pressure out to the west, low pressure in the east but it will be a little bit windier. we've got a few more isobars on the map and those winds coming in from a northerly and northwesterly direction, so feeling fairly fresh there throughout the day. this line of persistent, heavy showers making their way across england and wales during the course of the day followed by sunshine and further showers rattling in from the north—west. there will be some drier weather through the day particularly for parts of southern scotland later on. perhaps along the south coast of england, you should avoid most of the showers but it will feel quite chilly, 11—14 degrees, particularly chilly down that east coast and we still got the breeze around the east coast into sunday as well. perhaps one or two showers
for eastern scotland and eastern england but for much of the uk, sunday brings us the better day of the weekend, a lot of dry weather on the cards. some sunshine coming through not quite as breezy as saturday so it will feel perhaps a little bit warmer, about 11—15 degrees or so for sunday. looking ahead through next week then we soon see a return to low pressure moving in from the atlantic. looks like this area of low pressure will then be sitting across central parts of europe for much of next week. so, there will be showers around particularly across parts of england and wales. further north across the uk, scotland and northern ireland looking a little bit warmer and a little bit drier with some autumnal sunshine in the mix. bye— bye.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. as europe records over 100,000 new coronavirus cases, spain declares a two—week state of emergency in madrid to contain a covid—19 outbreak. there's fresh confusion over when president trump will return to the campaign trail following his hospital treatment for coronavirus. in the uk, an extension to the country's job support scheme as the government says it will pay two thirds of workers' wages for businesses which are forced to close. we will adapt and evolve our response as the situation on the health side adapts and evolves. that's what's happening. i think that's the pragmatic and the right thing to do to adapt to that, and i believe that the actions today demonstrate that approach.
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