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this is bbc news. the headlines: tough new measures to combat coronavirus in northern ireland — pubs and restaurants will serve takeaways only for four weeks, and schools will shut for two weeks from monday. nobody knows what they are doing. they are just changing the rules every single day. it doesn't help parents who can help their kids properly, some need schooling and the extra help. wales plans to bans visitors coming in from areas of england in the top two tiers of restrictions from friday — in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. the scene last night in the liverpool city centre. the mayor said they shamed the city.
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france announces a national public health state of emergency for coronavirus — giving the government greater powers to impose new restrictions. a bbc investigation reveals a sharp decline in the number of children being referred for specialist mental health treatment during the covid crisis — despite the surge in cases brought by the pandemic. 200 nights in a tent — and counting — ten—year—old max's tribute to his friendly neighbours. woke up in the morning with a red and, by seller on my leg. red ants nest under my tent. they came for a tea, and apparently some of me. good evening.
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from friday, northern ireland will have the toughest coronavirus restrictions in the uk. acknowledging the hardship it would mean for many, first minister arlene foster said the government had not taken the decision lightly. in the last week, northern ireland has reported the highest rates of infection in the uk. from 6pm on friday all pubs and restaurants, hairdressers and beauticians, will have to shut their doors for a month. and supermarkets and off—licences will not be allowed to sell alcohol after 8pm. schools will close for two weeks, one of them being half term. but this isn't a full lockdown. takeways are allowed and shops will still be open, so will gyms for individual training. places of worship are also allowed to keep their doors open as long as covid measures are observed. childcare facilties can continue to operate as well. our northern ireland correspondent, emma vardy reports from belfast. a lot of pubs, restaurants and other businesses here were just starting
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to find their feet again, so today's announcement did feel like a real step back. but, even so, the picture is stark. parts of northern ireland that had seen some of the lowest numbers of covid cases have now seen themselves with the highest. there was real tension in the devolved government here about reimposing blanket restrictions, particularly over the closure of schools. clap they might. an extended holiday is on the way — two weeks instead of one for the half—term break. but the restrictions have come with just a few days' notice for parents in northern ireland, who will now have children at home from monday. nobody knows what they are doing and they are just changing the rules every single day. actually for people who are going to school, people who have no childcare, people have to get people to mind their kids, i think it's terrible. it doesn't help, especially parents that can't help their kids properly. some need school and need the extra help as well. it's always good to get a bit
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of notice so that you can make plans and contingency plans. you have a lot of children taking the free school meals, things like that that you have to check out in the background and make sure those children are going to be catered for. it can't be done just instantly. a return to tighter restrictions mustn't roll on indefinitely, say political leaders but, after late—night disagreements at stormont last night, it took some time for all parties to agree just how far they should go. the tougher restrictions were a compromise, after sinn fein had pushed to go further but the dup was holding back. these decisions will make a huge impact on people's lives, but they are for four weeks, we are very determined that this will be a time—limited intervention. if we don't get our act together, we are going to have to impose more restrictions. the fact is, the impositions of restrictions like this and the first lockdown were a blunt instrument. this restaurant in belfast had only
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just reopened a week ago. now it's estimated the new closures will come at a cost of £700 million to northern ireland's economy. i just feel numb. i feel we have put so much into this and i feel hospitality are getting hung out to dry. hello, i'm amy, and i'm home, self—isolating for the next... in derry and strabane, a lot of pupils are already off. this area has the highest rate of infections in the uk. i think people are taking it more serious now they know the numbers are rising again because people are getting scared. and spare a thought forjacob, head boy at lisneal college, into his third week of isolating at home, where his mother and brother have tested positive. how are you coping? it's very, very tricky. i have to wear a mask every time i leave my room. i have to disinfect the kitchen. i have to disinfect the bathroom as well. the slow but steady creep of rising cases since august has seen medical advisers in northern ireland pushing to lock down much harder. too little, too late.
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we need to be stricter, we need to have more severe restrictions for a longer period of time because we have a real problem in secondary care, in hospitals, and we don't want to be overwhelmed. once again, the wait begins to see whether these restrictions on the lives of people in northern ireland will have enough of an effect and whether larger parts of the uk may follow. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. and we'll be hearing from members of the business community in northern ireland about their reaction to the new restrictions — that's in around 20 minutes' time. the welsh government is to impose a travel ban on people coming into the country from parts of the uk with the highest rates of coronavirus infections. first minister mark drakeford said he took the decision after downing street rejected requests to impose the ban itself. the ban is expected to come into effect at 6pm this friday.
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the philly federation of wellfleet said the face of it in the plans appeared unenforceable. here's our wales correspondent, hywel griffith. —— the police federation of welsh. a quiet country manor, sheltered so far from covid's second wave, but businesses here in mid wales now find themselves on the political front line. since talk of a cross—border travel ban started last week, customers from the midlands and manchester have been cancelling. it still isn't clear who will be prevented from coming here on friday, which has left kimberley trying to fathom the rules. you know, i'm getting phone call after phone call — "can we come?" "are you still open?" "do we have to do this?" "what are your restrictions?" do we put a block on those people and protect our own, or do we allow them to come and just take extra precautions? it's that really weird kind of limbo phase that we're in at the moment. and where is home? travel restrictions aren't new within wales. the police can carry out spot checks and issue fines. we're just stopping people to check the purpose of theirjourney. the welsh government wanted
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borisjohnson to ban travel out of lockdown zones in england too, but he has not been answering their letters. llywydd, no letter from the prime minister has been received in reply to my request. i have therefore asked for the necessary work to be brought forward which would allow for devolved powers to be used to prevent people from travelling into wales from high—prevalence areas of the united kingdom. large parts of wales are already closed to tourists. llandudno has been under lockdown for almost a fortnight. with no visitors allowed in, many businesses have been starved of their customers, most of whom travel from over the border. it's heartbreaking. more than 70% of our trade is from outside the town. so this 70% is gone, straightaway it is gone. all the hotels will be shut
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so it will be a ghost town again for another, for how long, i don't know. the pandemic has seen each nation take its own approach to protecting people. this ban shows how divided they can be. let's speak now to andrew campbell, chair of the wales tourism alliance. are you clear on who this will impact? yes, good evening. yes, so it is tier three in england. that is sensibly northwest and the northeast of england. so i think we are pretty clear but i think as your piece pointed out there, the number of people will be a little confused about which actual destinations that includes. so in that case, how do you encourage, people to come to wales but also at the same time be respectful of the various of this cross—border travel ban?|j respectful of the various of this cross-border travel ban? i think there are two issues. with respect, there are two issues. with respect, the story is in the headline, travel
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ban. because there is in a ban for the tier one people and england, and thatisif the tier one people and england, and that is if you look at the map, huge swathe of england who can come to unrestricted areas and they will be most welcome and everybody is welcome. i think unfortunately, the perception coming out of the headline about possibly well as being an unwelcome place is a bit of a challenge going forward we have to deal with that. when it comes to weather this is enforceable, where the police federations, the head of the police federations, the head of the welsh section is saying it is simply unenforceable. how do you see it going forward? everybody has been scratching their heads over that. about how this can happen. i envision it will be spot checks and people people being taken around them. i don't know the detail, we haven't heard. maybe they are doing camera surveillance possibly come i don't know. what kind of impact do you think this is going to have on
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the welsh tourism sector? well, i think it is only going to affect those unrestricted areas, there are 15 restricted local authority areas and wales already in the lockdown situation, so people are allowed in oi’ situation, so people are allowed in or allowed out. so those areas of powers, those rural areas, they are the ones who will be affected. but we are coming towards the end of 0ctober. there's going to be damage to businesses, but the caravan parks and sectors like that, they will be coming toa and sectors like that, they will be coming to a natural close but of course, it will have an effect on the industry. your alliance represents 6000 tourism businesses, what kind of feedback are you getting? is there a sense of shock oi’ getting? is there a sense of shock or is this welcome? there is a sense of shock. and a sense of shock all the way through, these restrictions
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have been introduced, we were thinking we were going to get through to the end of october to november and everything has come very suddenly. this is been one shock after another. probably more shocks to come in the future. this isa shocks to come in the future. this is a killer virus. we really understand it. we really care about trying to do the best we can to manage that. we trust the government to make the right decisions. andrew, best of luck to you in the businesses you represent. thank you. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight arejournalist, lance price and economics correspondent for the spectator, kate andrews. the three—tiered restrictions came into force across england today — creating a patchwork of different measures across the country. most parts of england are in tier 0ne — where the rule of 6 still applies and 10pm hospitality curfews are still in place. greater manchester, leeds,
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newcastle and large swathes of the midlands, are in tier 2 — which bans household mixing indoors — and applies the rule of 6 outdoors. 0nly liverpool is in the highest category with pubs and bars closed and stricter limitations on household mixing. our special correspondent ed thomas has been to liverpool and the wirral, to gauge reaction. shutting down. can you drink up? saying goodbye. for anna, it's notjust herjob, it's her home. it's my livelihood, the people who work for me and have mortgages and kids. i am bitter and angry. could this be the end of you? can you last six months? i haven't got six months in me. this was repeated in pubs and bars across the liverpool city region last night, closing their doors for up to six months. as an industry, a city and a country, this is not good enough. joe is worried about his bar and his staff. it could bring cases down.
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of course, but the choices they've made and the legislation they've put in place doesn't work. we're going to struggle so much. it will be such a dark place for so many people. we have been telling each other for months, we will figure a way out, and now it's the end, there is no way out. it's done. this was the reaction from some at closing time last night. gone 10pm in liverpool city centre. this morning, open defiance. this gym on the wirral — like all gyms, ordered to close under tier three covid rules — has refused. it's illegal, why are you doing it? for our members and our city. the best part of 100,000 people in merseyside use the gym. the potential health implications are drastic. why put people at risk? we don't feel there is a risk. the stats suggest they are not at risk here. the metra mayor here has promised extra financial support but warned people have to follow the rules.
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nobody wants people to curtail freedoms but we have tier three restrictions in place from today, and they are the law. the alternative is to see our city region overrun with sickness and death. in march and april, there was a sense of togetherness felt across the country, but speak to many on merseyside and it's not the same today. there is a sense of anger and mistrust, but the major problem is that covid cases are rising quickly, and so too are hospital admissions and deaths. when you go out, you are totally on edge. a real worry for sue, blind and living alone. am i going to be locked in here for the next six months? that's how i feel. i am on my own. who is going to look after me? life is going to change.
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tier three covid rules are here, but the hope is that lives will also be saved. ed thomas, bbc news, merseyside. with infection rates remaining high in greater manchester, the mayor, andy burnham, has threatened a legal challenge if the city is pushed into tier three restrictions — that's the highest level. the bbc understands that government scientists are suggesting greater manchester alongside much of north east and north west england, large parts of yorkshire and parts of the midlands should be moved into the toughest category of covid restrictions though no final decision has been made. 0ur correspondent, danny savage, sent this report. like so many town and city centres in the north, preston is being badly damaged by coronavirus. every time the rules change, people's habits change. as soon as the government say, i'm going to announce something, we don't see hardly anybody for three orfour days. they're worried, they're frightened, they're anxious, and then they start coming out. like everything else, they start coming out again.
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this area is currently in the middle tier — the alert level is deemed as high. so, among other things, you cannot meet indoors socially with people unless you live with them, but discussions are under way to elevate lancashire into the very high risk category, and that would tighten restrictions even more. but it would also bring financial compensation, which the area doesn't currently get. this pub landlord just wants some certainty. if we go to tier three and we close, then i think we would just all accept it. at least we will know where we are. you know, to get on top of this, to stop the virus, to sort this out once and for all, to stop being the fourth worst affected country in the world and the fifth richest, just make a decision! pubs and bars normally thrive around here but tier three rules would see an end to socially distanced lunchtime pints. i wouldn't like to have it for months and months but, if it was a short two—week, just to try and reduce the number of cases,
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i think we could live with it. i think the vulnerable should be shielding again and everybody else to go out and just live their lives, which would keep the economy going and people's mental health as well. ten miles away in garstang, the infection rate is much lower. the idea of the whole county being classed as very high risk is baffling and frustrating for some. well, we live in a village and it just seems unfair that they put all these restrictions on us. it's quite low around this area. in greater manchester, feelings were much stronger. the mayor says the government is not offering enough funding to go to tier three. the health harm that would be done by an underfunded tier three option of the kind we are being pressurised into accepting would do significant health harm to the people, families and communities of greater manchester, and that is something
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that we are not prepared to accept. ultimately, central government will make the call on where gets placed in the top tier. north—east england, the north—west, large parts of yorkshire and parts of the midlands are heading that way. but civic leaders aren't speaking with one voice. the imposition of new restrictions is going to be messy and, in places, difficult. danny savage, bbc news, preston. the headlines on bbc news... tough new measures to combat coronavirus in northern ireland — pubs and restaurants will serve takeaways only for four weeks, and schools will shut for two weeks from monday. wales plans to bans visitors coming in from areas of england in the top two tiers of restrictions from friday — in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. a bbc investigation reveals a sharp decline in the number of children being referred for specialist mental health treatment during the covid crisis — despite the surge in cases brought by the pandemic.
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there are fears that some non—urgent procedures are being delayed in order to free up hospital beds for those suffering from coronavirus. during the first wave of the pandemic, thousands of people with serious illnesses, other than covid, faced treatment delays or even cancellations. cancer research uk estimates that up to three million people have missed out on routine screening since march. 0ur health editor, hugh pym looks at the challenges facing hospitals: some hospitals are under pressure, intensive care and general ward beds filling up with covid—19 patients, and there is a need to find more space. the really tough decision for hospital managers is whether to postpone non—urgent work to free up beds for coronavirus cases. an intensive care specialist in the north—west of england said that was now looking more likely. when your back is against the wall
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and you have patients coming in with severe covid infections and also staff, medical and nursing staff suffering from not only covid infections but exhaustion, the planned activity will undoubtedly end up suffering. gordon, who lives south of glasgow, was due to have a hip replacement in march, which was postponed until this month and then again. i received a text to say the operation was cancelled because they required the beds because of a surge in covid cases. so far, only a few hospitals have said they are scaling back routine surgery. nhs leaders are keen to avoid having to shut down all non—urgent work, as they did in the first months of the crisis. the impact of people staying away from hospital, either because their treatment was postponed or because they were worried about the infection risk, has become one of the central issues of the pandemic. the key question is how much long—term damage has been done
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to their health and whether, in some cases, this might be fatal. 0ne measure is excess deaths — the total from all causes above the long—term average. a new study looks at the numbers between february and may and finds there was no overall covid impact in this list of european countries but, in others, the virus only had a low impact. there was a medium impact in france, the netherlands and sweden and a high impact in belgium, italy, spain, england with wales and scotland. it's absolutely the case that via the health system pivoting to focus almost entirely on covid—19 in the first wave that it will have had impact on mortality for patients with other chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. british hospitals are far from alone in considering cuts in routine medical work. in the czech republic, some general hospital wards have been converted by builders into covid—19 departments. hugh pym, bbc news. the latest official figures
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for the uk show that 19,724 new infections were recorded in the latest 24—hour period. it means the average number of new cases reported per day in the past week is 15,767. hospital admissions are slowly rising, on average 688 people were being admitted every day over the past week. this number doesn't include scotland. 137 deaths have been reported, that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. it means on average in the past week, 91 deaths were announced every day which takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 43,155. here's some information from downing street. number 10 downing street
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ahead of tomorrow's eu summit. regarding a phone call the prime minister borisjohnson regarding a phone call the prime minister boris johnson is regarding a phone call the prime minister borisjohnson is that it the president of the european commission and the president of the european council in which downing street is saying that the prime minister has spoke to them and the leaders discuss the latest date of negotiations and the prime minister noted the desirability of a deal but has expressed his disappointment that more progress had not been made over the past two weeks. but the prime minister is looking forward to hearing the outcome of the european council and will work reflect before setting out the uk next steps in light of this statement of the 7th of september. disappointment expressed by the pm that more has not been made over the past couple weeks, but this coming ahead of the leader summit which is taking place tomorrow on thursday. a bit of a
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breaking news there regarding post brexit trade talks. back to the latest on coronavirus. this time from france. the french president, emmanuel macron, has announced a night—time curfew for paris and eight other cities from saturday to combat what he called the worrying spread of coronavirus. police will be able to issue fines to people who don't have a good reason for being out between 9pm and 6am. hugh schofield is in paris. talk us through these quiet dramatic and drastic curfew. not unexpected, drastic, certainly but not unexpected. the figures here have been getting very bad recently. there have been a warning is issued from government and hospitals that addressing action was needed but particularly in paris and in the eight metropolitan areas which were mentioned by the president today. these are the places where we've
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already been shelved up to the highest level of alert, maximum alert, bars are closed, restaurants have to shut early, and where there is acknowledgement that the virus is spreading very quickly. but all the measures that i have not worked and the feeling is that young people in particular are still intermingling imparting and primarily through them the virus is still spreading very fast. so we have this drastic action which from saturday as you said it will be in a night—time confinement here in paris, bars, restaurants, they will off the shut at nine basically. everything. and you will have to be at nine, or will you will spend the night at night. you will be able to go out i'm sure it with a
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piece of paper at the show to the police giving a good reason, just like in the confinement we had back in march and april where we were required to stay at home but could go out with a proper excuse written ona go out with a proper excuse written on a paper. i imagine it will be similarto on a paper. i imagine it will be similar to that. the situation that will last through the last four weeks to december the 1st where when president macron says he hopes the number of then the cases will have fallen from the 20,000 that it is today down to between three and five and that point pressure will be off the hospital. as always, many thanks for bringing us up—to—date. the divisions between the government here in the uk now. the divisions between the government and labour over how best to tackle the pandemic were laid bare today during prime minister's questions. the labour leader sir keir starmer wants what he called a "short circuit breaker" — that's a limited lockdown. but borisjohnson said he wanted
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to avoid the "misery" of another national lockdown that would damage people's livelihoods. here's our political editor laura kunessberg. the rolling valley around glastonbury tor. around here in somerset, there have been 44 new cases of coronavirus in the last seven days. nottingham's old market square. in this bustling part of the world, nearly 3,000 people have fallen ill with the disease over the same time. why are you ignoring the science, prime minister? that difference — why the prime minister is resisting bringing in a limited lockdown across england. the opposition, though, has split away, after the government's own senior scientist proposed a short, sharp period of closures. 0n the 21st of september, the government's owner scientific advisers, sage, gave very clear advice. they said a package of interventions including a circuit breaker will be needed to prevent an exponential rise in cases. why did the prime minister reject that advice and abandon the science? he wants to close pubs, he wants to close bars,
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he wants to close businesses in areas across the country where the incidence is low and that's what he wants to do. what labour is proposing is not as strict as the lockdown from earlier this year. but downing street wants to avoid it and there is little appetite on the tory benches too. i know that, for someone who has been an opportunist all his life, this is difficult, this is difficult to understand. but, having read and considered the sage advice, i have genuinely concluded that a circuit break is in the national interest. the whole point, mr speaker, is to seize this moment now to avoid the misery of another national lockdown, into which he wants to go headlong, by delivering a regional solution. politicians don't like admitting it but there can be opportunity in crisis, and there have been conversations in government about bringing in a limited
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lockdown, to close pubs and bars everywhere, to slow the disease down. number ten is loath to press the button on a limited lockdown for england, notjust because of the harm that could do to the way the country makes its living, but also, why treat everywhere the same when the pattern of the disease varies from place to place? but avoiding a limited lockdown is a strong hope, not a guarantee. more parts of the country could soon fall under tighter rules. a limited lockdown is not a never, but it is certainly not for now. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. wednesday was a sense heinisch hours a day for most parts of the uk. we will continue to see some of the showers through the evening and night. gradually drifting westward. though showers will become focused across eaton counties. at the same time, a lot of
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cloud rolling again. if you fight practice could develop through the central belt, lowest temperatures across western scotland and one or 2 degrees, more widely four to 7 degrees. tomorrow a dry day for most, back of the sunshine for the southwest and wales, northern ireland and southwest scotland. northeast scotland will see a lot of cloud and once again, we will see some showers rolling across central and eastern parts of england. they should be quite well scattered. temperatures on the low side, ten to 14 temperatures on the low side, ten to 1a degrees but not as breezy as it has been. friday and the weekend, largely drive often rather cloudy, and it will feel fairly chilly. that is it. goodbye. hello this is bbc news. the headlines. tough new measures to combat coronavirus in northern ireland — pubs and restaurants will serve takeaways only for four weeks, and schools will shut for two weeks from monday.
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wales plans to bans visitors coming in from areas of england in the top two tiers of restrictions from friday — in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. the scene last night in liverpool's city centre as it prepared to enter tough covid restrictions — the mayor said they shamed the city. a bbc investigation reveals a sharp decline in the number of children being referred for specialist mental health treatment during the covid crisis — despite the surge in cases brought by the pandemic. france announces a national public health state france will impose a nightly curfew on almost one third of the country's a people to tackle a resurgence the virus. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's tulsen tollett. good evening to you and the
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reviewers. the international window comes to an end for the time being tonight with the uefa nations league seeing all four home nations in action with england looking to cement their spot at the top of league a group two. they're at home to denmark and are down to ten men after harry maguire was sent off for a second yellow card on the half hour mark and also trail to a christian erikkson penalty. northern ireland are away to norway as they look to claw their way off the bottom of their group while scotland are up against czech republic at hampden park and wales are in bulgaria. for the very latest head to the bbc sport website. the english football league will meet with all efl clubs tomorrow to discuss the proposed financial support put forward today by the premier league — an approved £50 million grant and loan facility for league one and two clubs only. the premier league meanwhile "unanimously agreed" that ‘project big picture' will not be "endorsed or pursued". reacting to the news the culture secretary 0liver dowden took to social media shortly afterwards and said today's meeting represented ‘a good start.
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i urge them to work together & stay focused on helping clubs through this crisis" here's our senior sports news reporter laura scott. today marks the first opportunity for the 20 clubs to get around the table, albeit the virtual one. since those plans first emerged on sunday and yes they were led by liverpool and yes they were led by liverpool and manchester united. and perhaps supported by other members of the so—called big sex. but there's not really a ny so—called big sex. but there's not really any point pursuing a plan if it's not going to get the necessary 14 it's not going to get the necessary 1a club majority that we no significant decisions in the premier league need to. i suppose what has happened today and what appears to have happened based on the statement is that they've all got around the table and discuss project big picture and has gone down so badly with the premier league executives and clubs that it appears they've decided to ditch the proposal. what has done is part of the wider
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discussion about the future financing and structure within english football. and it has brought to the full urgent need for financial support for efl clubs and what they've decided today is to advance £50 million rescue package to leagues one and two. it's on top of the solidarity payments that there had already advanced. reaches some £77.2 million. fans of che patient clubs wondering where it leaves them in with the premier league has said is there will be ongoing discussions regarding any support to championship clubs. but yes, project big picture today appears to be dead. four wasps players and three staff members who work in the playing department of the club have tested positive for covid—19. those who returned positive results are self—isolating and the club said they're all "in good health overall". wasps are scheduled to face exeter chiefs in the premiership final at twickenham in ten days' time.
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better news for rugby league side salford though. co—ca ptains lee mossop and mark flanagan will be able to play in saturday's challenge cup final against leeds after testing negative for coronavirus. both feared missing the wembley showpiece after "inconclusive" tests earlier this week. two other salford players tested positive yesterday and will continue to self—isolate. it was another day for the sprinters at the giro d'italia and another day to shine for arnaud demare. the frenchman came out on top at the end of the eleventh stage to claim his fourth win of the race. portugal'sjoao almeida retained the overall lead. britain's tay—oh gaygan hart remains 14th. mark cavendish says he has no "desire to stop" racing, three days after suggesting he was set to retire. he raced in belgium today and said confusion regarding the calendar was behind his previous emotional interview but the briton doesn't yet have a contract for next year. haven't forgot about you, paula and
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her to having zero. that's why i love your information, thank you so much. that's really good to know how big poland is when it comes to football. good to hear that, thank you. let's return to the new restrictions in northern ireland to curb the spread of coronavirus. first minister arlene foster said schools will close from monday and pubs and restaurants face new restrictions from friday evening. we can get some reaction from the business community now. with me is colin neill, chief executive of hospitality ulster. and also i'm joined by selina horshi, managing director of white horse hotel in campsie. great to have you both along. selena, let's start with you. are you clear on what the restrictions are for hotels? were they specifically mentioned and is there a general understanding that they are to close for four weeks? definitely still a large element of
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confusion. where are our hotel is basedis confusion. where are our hotel is based is in a two week local lockdown. in that close restaurants and bars except for take away outdoor service. but hotels are largely open, but residents only and no one travelling in or out of the area due to the restrictions, very limited residents and it's a very tough time it gives us some insight as to how difficult this lockdown is going to be for us. how has it been thus far for you? want to be reopened injuly thus far for you? want to be reopened in july we thus far for you? want to be reopened injuly we had a good summer, a lot of market coming toward town for the first time which was just toward town for the first time which wasjust wonderful to see. toward town for the first time which was just wonderful to see. 0nce toward town for the first time which was just wonderful to see. once we got to this point of a local lockdown where hotels were allowed to be open but only to residents, that really has made it very difficult for us because we don't really have enough residents staying there, only business to porky workers to make it in any way
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profitable. so we are losing money and many of the hotels chose to close. if you close the doors to your hotel you still have your bills to pay in your fixed costs and you still losing money. and so collin, what do you and the businesses you represent make of these restrictions? i think it's fair to say that we all except there's the health crisis is rocketing. what this really is is the in game for us with further coming to an end need to be able to contribute to my 24% to be able to contribute to my 24% to furlough and to the tank is empty, or industry has no cash reserves and indeed our traditional wet pubs have onlyjust opened three weeks ago, and they actually stated three months longer than anybody else. we are in freefall and unless they come at you know the executives andindeed they come at you know the executives and indeed westminster is that with significant funding really can't thousands of redundancies in the
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next few days. a very dramatic state of affairs you've described. what kind of support are you getting for keeping your business open?” kind of support are you getting for keeping your business open? i am entirely in agreement with colin. we area entirely in agreement with colin. we are a viable with concert in normal times and the virus has been tough. hotels did not qualify for the gra nts hotels did not qualify for the grants they came out at the start of this so in order to survive during lockdown we were borrowing money, and it comes to a point where there's no more cash reserves as he said. we are in urgent need of two things. financial help and clarity. when you are lobbying politicians, when we were talking to the businesses that you represent what is it that they need the most when it comes to this? is it clarity or financial support as well, is there lead in time because these measures are coming pretty quickly for
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northern ireland ? are coming pretty quickly for northern ireland? clarity is key, but i'm humbled because i spoke at the dozens upon dozens of our members today and each and every one of them from the first thing he said was what about my staff? they want to get their staff secured to the staff ca n to get their staff secured to the staff can put bread on the table, then it's about stabilising the business so it's here after this lockdown or after this virus or whatever will be go. i did meet with our first and deputy first ministers today. they were reassuring they would do everything they could and i do believe them. the problem is that divulge nations don't have the financial firepower. are you feeling that westminster is listening?” hope so. the need to be listening for our staff. at the moment we don't know what hotels are being told to close, advised to close and where that would leave us in relation to this being for
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businesses getting 66% pay the staff. going forward from the 1st of november. we really do need the support for our staff and an explanation of exactly who is meant to be closed and open it and how that's going to impact on our business and on our teams. wejust wa nt to business and on our teams. wejust want to be able to weather the storm and get the other side with our team and get the other side with our team and business intact and be able to trade again. schools, specifically with those closing that will have an impact on parents being able to go back into work. those that can. have you had a conversation with people when it comes to how this extra week of school being shot will go?m when it comes to how this extra week of school being shot will go? is an extension of the hallowing holidays here, with our industry being practically closed from six o'clock tomorrow 90% will be closed for four weeks. i will have no impact on our industry whatsoever. once we are
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closed for four weeks how will we reopen? we will leave it there. colin and selena thank you so much for talking us selena thank you so much for talking us through it. good luck to all of the staff you talked about as well. thank you. birmingham city council says coronavirus swab kits that had already been used were mistakenly given to households in selly oak as part of its testing service. about 25 kits were handed out yesterday. our correspondent, kathryn stanczyszyn reports hello, good afternoon. i'm from birmingham city council. it should be a simple procedure. we are in the area today, offering coronavirus testing kits. drop kits off, and then, 30 minutes later, pick them up again. have we got seven tests back? brilliant. birmingham has been offering this free service for several weeks, helped by the raf to bolster testing and hot spots. the student area of selly oak is one of those and yesterday we filmed with teams out and about and getting a pretty positive reaction.
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i'm looking forward to seeing what it's like, and i'll give it to my housemates to see what it is. but i think it's great the council is doing this, to be honest. but last night it emerged on social media that some households on tiverton road had been handed kits containing already used tests, 25 in total. the mistake was noticed quickly but too late for some who say they had reopened swabs and, shockingly, used them again. we found out the actual truth... from probably about 15 minutes later, probably, from a facebook post that was forwarded to my housemates, that these tests should be binned and they are used. and, so... obviously, from there, there was just absolute distress. we all agree in the house that, you know, this is a violation. and, perhaps, somebody should be held accountable. students affected have expressed anger this could happen and the idea they should have known something was wrong.
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it isn't clear. and if they are saying that it is clear, they should maybe educate the people they are employing to distribute them. perhaps there might be some people who think that perhaps we were foolish, or dare i say moronic, when we did these tests. but the bottom line is we were not familiar with the test procedure. birmingham city council says a very small number of people were affected and they are carrying out an urgent review. but some now face a much more anxious wait than expected for new test results. new figures obtained by bbc news reveal a sharp decline in the number of children being referred for specialist mental health treatment during the covid crisis. freedom of information responses from a0 nhs mental health and community trusts in england found that the number of patients referred for treatment in april and may this year was nearly half what it was last year.
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experts agree that the pandemic has brought a surge in mental health cases among young people. jeremy cooke spoke to two families about their experiences. he is a brilliant boy, very intelligent. he has autism but he also has depression at the moment, mental health issues. some peace in these troubled times for a 14—year—old living with the agony of mental health crisis. for a mum we will calljane, living with the agony of seeing him suffer. started pulling his hair out, he was sobbing, he was crying, he was shaking. it's heartbreaking seeing your son have a breakdown. this all started at christmas, but jane's son is still waiting for his treatment for depression to begin. to see your child suffering, unable to get dressed, unable to face the day, saying that they want to die... vicky's daughter olivia was already unwell as lockdown started.
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their fight has been to get a referral for professional psychiatric support. the worse i got with my mental health, the more ill i felt, and you reach out for the help and it's not there. jane says her son was assessed by cams, the children's mental health service, injanuary. she watched his health deteriorate through lockdown but says they have had no treatment, no help. i have sobbed down the phone to cams teams and all i have been told is here are some websites, go and have a look at them. a bbc freedom of information request suggests that other families share jane's frustrations. the number of young people taken on by cams in england at the height of the lockdown was 40% down on last year. i dread to think what the real statistics are in the uk of how many children they are failing or have failed or, worse, that the child has lost their life because they have not had any help. experts say some young people's mental health has improved under lockdown but they agree that many others have suffered.
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we are very, very worried about the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of children and young people. two thirds of children and young people before the pandemic with a mental health disorder were not getting the help they need. add to that the concerns about the increased demand with the pandemic, plus the long—standing staff shortage we have had in the nhs, that does lead to a perfect storm. if you're in the same bubble, you can sit next to each other... olivia's mum has tried repeatedly to get her back into the cams system, as the figures show that the number of referrals in april and may were down almost half on last year. accessing the service was difficult anyway pre—covid but it is certainly much, much harder once covid had hit. just had to keep pushing. it has just been really, really tough. on her third attempt to get a referral, olivia was finally seen by a psychiatrist, but now the spectre of more covid restrictions. i think with one more lockdown it would be straight back
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onto the floor again. i want to be the happy person that everyone knew me as, i don't want to be the girl that lam. the nhs says that their mental health services have remained open throughout the pandemic and that new 24—hour crisis hotlines are open, butjane is still waiting and still fighting for the treatment she says her son desperately needs. it's notjust him. every parent is having their heart broken watching their child go through it, and it shouldn't be that, it shouldn't be that way. jeremy cooke, bbc news. details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000155 998. two digital giants have told us how they're getting on amid the pandemic. the online fashion group asos has seen a big jump
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in its annual profits — thanks to cost—cutting and buyers returning fewer items during the lockdown. and takeaway delivery company just eat says its orders have grown 43% in the uk. our reporter nina nanji is here. what can we take away from these updates? well, what we've seen throughout the pandemic is really an acceleration ofa pandemic is really an acceleration of a trend that was already taking place before the crisis struck. that was this shift into a more digital economy. the updates we saw today from two online giants of the semi to support that trend. first up is asos, their sales were up 19% but profits were more eye—catching. up 300% £242 million. that's pre—tax profit. asos like other online retailers having a better time during lockdown then some of the traditional high street retailers but benefited from a more surprising
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trend it was the fact that people we re trend it was the fact that people were returning fewer items. during the crisis than they did before hand and the reason for that could be because people were buying more, you know, facial items and things like that and not really buying going out out for us, not dresses and that sort of thing that they used to do and it's the sort of items that used to be returned tomorrow. all of that was pretty positive, though it's surprising when you share price reaction today the shares closed down 10% despite these very strong results. at that for the company warned of the economic outlook for the remainder of this year. what they said was that unemployment execute to the particular among their core customer base to be starting to rise that's among people in her 20s starting to rise that's among people in her20s and starting to rise that's among people in her 20s and so on in the companies sounded a pretty strong warning over brexit. what about the ta ke warning over brexit. what about the take delivery company just warning over brexit. what about the take delivery companyjust eat? warning over brexit. what about the take delivery company just eat? and other online delivery company doing very well during this pandemic, and
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again and perhaps unsurprising if you think people are staying in more from us and actually perhaps ordering takeaway food more and just eat said they delivered 46 million orders throughout the uk between july and september, so it's helped by partnerships with the likes of mcdonald's and greg that help to boost those orders. a fairly difficult for many people but they're still difficult for many people but they‘ re still companies difficult for many people but they're still companies doing well and some companies doing quite badly. a speech this idea of not a v shape or a u—shaped recovery but none of this new idea of a k shaped recovery. if you're on the top leg of the k, and online outlet like asos orjust eat you're doing ok but if you're on the bottom leg, so for example if urinate traditional high street retailer or in hospitality it's a lot harder, particularly as you have been hearing these risks to more lockdown restrictions coming in. as always thank you so much for
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talking us through it. dominic cummings and his family won't have to pay tens of thousands of pounds in backdated council tax for a home built without planning permission on his father's farm on the outskirts of durham. another tax bill has been waived for a second converted property on the same site. mr cummings — the prime minister's chief adviser — sparked anger by driving to, and staying in, one of the properties during lockdown in march. bbc look north's ian reeve reports. you are supposed to be more than two metres apart. it was a journey that has attracted much criticism. the prime minister's adviser dominic cummings drove from london to a house on the outskirts of durham during lockdown, after his wife became ill with suspected coronavirus. he stayed in a property in the grounds of his father's house north lodge. it later came to light though that council tax wasn't paid on the building and on another converted property. however, the valuation office agency, part of the government, has decided not to claim those
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unpaid taxes going back to 2002. a decision leaving this durham counsellor aghast. i think it's a scandal that this man is allowed to get away with what will be £40—50,000 in council tax. anybody else, any ordinary person would have to pay. they could end up going to court. durham county council has confirmed that three lots of council tax, rather than just one, will now be collected in respect of north lodge. the change brought in at the beginning of the month. ian reeve, bbc look north, durham. a study has found that australia's great barrier reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to the impact of rapidly warming waters. scientists found all types of corals had suffered a decline across the world's largest reef system, with serious damage occurring in 2016, 2017 and again this year.
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a ten—year—old boy from north devon has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity — by camping out in his back garden. max woosey pitched the tent he inherited from a neighbour at the start of lockdown and he's been there ever since. jon kay went to meet him night 205 and, as max goes to bed, once again he is remembering his hero — rick, his neighbour, who died of cancer earlier this year and left max his tent. he was amazing, he loved the outdoors. he said to me, "you've got to promise me that you will have an adventure," and i said, "yes, iwill, i promise you that." and what an adventure he's had. since march, max has slept in the garden every night, despite all the dangers he's encountered. in the middle of the night, i was, like, ooh, that hurts, but fell back to sleep. woke up in the morning with a red ant, loads
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of bites all around my leg. the tent has had so much use, he has had to get a new one, big enough for diggy the labradoodle to join him from time to time. you've got a house here with a bedroom with a nice, warm bed. it's been the tidiest ever! i've never seen it this tidy! are you ever tempted to go inside in the middle of the night? no, no. being able to have your own space instead of your parents checking on you... it's the middle of october now. very soon it's going to be cold and wet and wintry. are you prepared to do this, keep going? yeah, yeah. even if it's snowy, i'll build an igloo and live in it. max says he's going to do a full year under canvas and there's a very big incentive. he has already raised tens of thousands of pounds for the hospice that cared for his hero. if rick was still alive, i think he would be by my side in a different tent right now. jon kay, bbc news,
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braunton in north devon. max is a fan club loving him. but ta ke max is a fan club loving him. but take a break in front of the weather will be like. hello, good evening. the weather is looking fairly quiet, mostly settled over the next few days, not always entirely sunny. we did have some sunshine during today, a beautiful scene in the far north of scotland, but some showers around as well. quite a big threatening clouds showed up in southsea on the south coast of england. the showers saw a bit of a weather system running around the southern edge of this area of high pressure. the high pressure will be the dominant feature over the next couple of days, but it is a long way of us, so it could still allow some showers and some certainly through this evening. we will see one or two showers across england and wales and most especially for eastern and southeastern counties of england, at the same time, a lot of clouds will roll in from the northeast of scotland and we could see some fog patches developing through the central belt. temperatures will be
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lowest across one or 2 degrees and more widely, we are looking at for 7 degrees, so a fairly chilly start through tomorrow morning and for the time of year. a lot of dry weather around and cloudy across the north and the east of scotland. southwest scotland should see some sunshine as well as northern ireland, while in the southwest, enjoying some sunshine too. some sunny spots further east and a scattering of showers here across eastern england. temperatures, nothing to write home about, ten to 14 degrees. as we head to thursday night, some showers feeding into the east, a lot of cloud across a good part of scotland and friday, yes, similar—looking day with rather cloudy conditions for the most part. now, if that cloud gets thick enough, they could squeeze out the odd spot of rain and there will be some breaks in the cloud. you might see your glimpse of sunshine. temperatures by 11 to 13 degrees, the weekend continues with a largely dry but often cloudy theme. temperatures will start to struggle wherever you are,
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and across the north of scotland through the second half of the weekend, it could turn very cool indeed with some extra cloud and maybe a little bit of rain. a bigger change in the next week, though, low pressure to the northwest, low pressure to the southwest. there is an uncertainty about which one of these is going to win out. they may both have a part to play, but however it turns out, it is looking like it's going to turn much more unsettled with some heavy rain and strong winds from the start of next week.
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