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tougher coronavirus restrictions are introduced in large swathes of the country. right now a national lockdown has just begun in wales. over 3 million people there, whether in a low infection area or a high one, will be in underfull restrictions now for 16 days. it comes as the latest figures show a continued rise in infections gci’oss a continued rise in infections across the uk. also this evening... also this evening... also tonight, scotland is to introduce five new tiers of restrictions from november 2nd. different areas are waiting to see where they'll be. in england, greater manchester is now in the toughest tier and south yorkshire will join it at midnight. we don't want any more lockdowns, we don't want any more lockdowns. we want to be free. i'm not going to be locked down.
as marcus rashford helps to fight food poverty, local councils and businesses in england step in to fund free school meals over half—term. and as exeter prepares to take on wasps in the premiership final, we look at the club with real local roots. and coming up on bbc news: i was irresponsible — chris robshaw apologises for being one of 12 barbarian players to breach covid rules. the rfu have cancelled their match against england. good evening. a raft of new coronavirus measures is coming into force across the uk, including in wales the first full national lockdown since march.
in england, greater manchester has entered tier 3, which has the toughest restrictions and four council areas in south yorkshire willjoin them at midnight. in scotland, a new 5—tier system of restrictions has been announced. it's starting from november 2nd. and just in the last few minutes wales has begun a nationwide lockdown which will last for the next 16 days. we'll have reports from around the uk, starting with hywel griffiths who's in caerphilly. caerphilly was the first place in wales to go into a local lockdown. now even tougher measures apply across the whole country. it is back to stay—at—home, back to shops, bars and pubs all closing their doors, back to that uncertainty over what the next few weeks will bring. the welsh government has offered financial support but people are waiting to see what the real impact of this time—limited lockdown will be between now and november the 9th.
a short, sharp shutdown. wales now has the most severe restrictions anywhere in the uk. some feel already pushed to their limit. louise has spent thousands of pounds making her gym safe, but like all cafes, bars, pubs and places of worship in wales, she too has to close the doors. it's just totally devastating, if i'm perfectly honest with you. you know, waking up this morning, it was really difficult not to have a wobble. a fire break covers the school holidays. for parents like bethan, staying at home makes for a tough half term. it really is difficult, just trying to get them out for short, sharp bits of exercise, you know, that social aspect that they are missing as well going to their sports club. here in caerphilly, there was a last—minute shopping rush before six o'clock. nonessential retailers are closing, supermarkets stay open for essential items only. it's not clear what they are.
i'm not sure on things like books or newspapers. clothing, we are not going to be allowed to buy, anything like that, footwear and all that, i think, is on the forbidden list. who deems what is essential? i suppose it's a little unsure. i'm thinking small items might be fine but large items may be not. asda has already been closing off some aisles. it says it is deeply concerned about having to police purchases. there is a bigger prize at stake here than whether you need to buy a candle or not, which is a straightforward matter of fairness. we are in this together here in wales. no individual and no organisation is above the effort that we are all required to make. and that means the whole nation, regardless of local covid rates. here in ceredigion, they have the lowest in wales, just a fraction of those in caerphilly. haney isn't happy that this national lockdown
means shutting down her salon. to compare us to cardiff or merthyr tydfil is ridiculous, i think. england are doing like the tiered lockdown, which makes more sense to me. but others feel it will protect them. sandra would be prepared to close her book shop for even longer. it's not the greatest thing to say as a business owner, but i think we probably need a longer, more meaningful lockdown. i think the localised measures aren't working. you know, we can see people crossing borders. who can open once this fire break ends still isn't clear. the hope is to save trade ahead of christmas. it's already feared that the new year may see wales closing down again. hywel griffith, bbc news, caerphilly. in scotland, a new five—level system of restrictions which will start next month has been outlined by nicola sturgeon. decisions on which tier each part of the country will be placed in will be made in the coming week. the first minister said the aim
was to keep manufacturing and construction operating, and for schools to remain open. lorna gordon reports. the glasses are out but there is nothing to celebrate. the route mapped out replaced by fresh restrictions is now a new strategy to get scotland through the winter. it is so sad to see an empty restau ra nt it is so sad to see an empty restaurant that would usually be packed on a friday at this point in time. this family run restaurant in hamilton close to customers, switching to take away ways only, and uncertain about the new guidelines and what lies ahead. we have already had three different strategies within a four week period, going from a 16 day closure, toa23 period, going from a 16 day closure, to a 23 day closure and now the tier system. we don't know where we will fall in that system, so again the apprehension is still there. it is very worrying times. cases have surged here, but measures could vary
across scotland. the lowest level tier of the new restrictions would be closer to normal and allow for meetings indoors with a maximum of eight people from three households. on tieri of the rule of six in two household kicks in both indoors and outdoors. people in tier 2 areas would be banned from socialising in each other‘s homes and pubs and restau ra nts each other‘s homes and pubs and restaurants could only serve alcohol indoors with a main meal. in tier 3 pubs would have to close and restau ra nts pubs would have to close and restaurants may be able to stay open under strict conditions. on the highest tier nonessential shops would have to shut, travel would be limited and tourism would close. schools would remain open. we are not back at square one, we have made progress in tackling the virus and we have more tools at our disposal to help control it and today's framework will help us i hope make further progress. in the highlands where the rate of transmission is relatively low, the owner of this restau ra nt relatively low, the owner of this restaurant helps hopes the new
system will ease pressures. if not, he warned he may have to shut until the spring. it is pretty traumatic for us at the moment. we welcome the new measures but even now with this restrictions, closing at six, it is very difficult and we do not have many residents to try and run a service. in lanarkshire more people are now being treated in hospital with covert 19th at the peak of the first wave and the health board is appealing to everyone to follow the rules. the next couple of weeks will be quite difficult for us. do you sense the guidelines are being adhered to? people need to be actively encouraged to remember all the guidelines. have people let their guard down? some people have, yes. a tough few weeks ahead here and around scotland as hospital admissions continued to rise and people wait to hear whether restrictions will tighten. well, in greater manchester, the highest level of
restrictions in england, tier 3, has begun. and from midnight tonight, those new measures will also start in south yorkshire. that means people living in barnsley, rotherham, doncaster and sheffield cannot mix with other households, and pubs and bars will be closed unless they are serving substantial meals. danny savage reports from barnsley. barnsley. the south yorkshire town which gave us one of the soundbites of the week. when the bbc asked maureen what she thought. iam 83. i do not care, i look at it this way, i don't have that many years left and i will not be stuck in the house. she has become a bit of a celebrity since, remaining sceptical about further measures in her hometown. lockdown will finish and then we will be back again for a few weeks and then we will be back to lockdowns. is it not worth it to save lives? but you are not saving
lives because there are people dying on with other things. the virus is on the increase here. 433 cases where recorded last week. south yorkshire moves into tier 3 restrictions by midnight tonight bringing the total number of people living under the tight rules to more than 7,000,000 and on streets like this that means every business is affected. it means i'm out of a job which is tough around this time. 22 —year—old holly works all the hours she can hear but after tonight, will not be working at all. there is customers as well. they are going to miss coming out and socializing and this some people live on their own and i think it will create a lot of loneliness for some people. these shelves have got the parcels ready to go out to families... at a localfood bank, the concern is notjust about feeding people, who can't afford to eat.
we are thinking that people are getting worn down and people who did not perhaps present with mental health issues early in the year are now finding themselves in a place where it is difficult for them to cope. it is not about food, that is about life and uncertainty and lack of human contact. back in town, tony and jess live together and used to work together. i used to be managers of different bars and now i'm about to go into hours and... just says she is dreading shutting the doors of her bar for the last time tonight. it is not going to open tomorrow as it will be a matter of i will cherish that last few minutes before i lock it up. the consequences of tougher measures may appear to be in plain sight but it's the hidden hits on people's emotional
well—being that may be a big problem as well. from next wednesday warrington, between manchester and liverpool, will also go into tier 3. we understand nottingham and parts of nottinghamshire will also go into the highest level of restrictions by next wednesday, but that has not been fully confirmed. there is a possibility that parts of north—east england from northumberland through to newcastle and sunderland and cou nty to newcastle and sunderland and county durham could also go into tier 3. those discussions are under way. many more people will be there in that tier in the next couple of weeks than there are at the moment. our correspondent danny savage. with millions of people in or facing tighter lockdown rules, let's take a look now at the figures. they suggest that new cases of covid—i9 in england rose by around 35,200 every day last week with i in 130 people having the virus. the rate was slightly higher in northern ireland, but lower in wales and scotland.
our science correspondent rebecca morelle reports. all over the uk people are living under restrictions, but the latest data shows that infections are still increasing. the growth, though, is not happening quite as fast, suggesting a slight slowdown. this shows the picture across the uk. the highest infection rate is in northern ireland with one in 100 people estimated to have the virus. in england it is one in 130 people, and wales and scotland have the lowest rate with one in 180 people. so, why could the infection rate be slowing? it may be that younger people are behind the change. this graph shows the sharp increase in cases in people aged between ten and 29 from around mid september. it is linked to when students went back to colleges and universities. but now
cases in these groups are starting to fall. but in older age groups infections are still increasing steadily, albeit from a lower level. hospitals are yet to see any change, with admission is growing at the same rate. covid—19 deaths are also increasing and over the course of this week there were more than 1000 altogether. we last saw these kinds of numbers back in march, but then deaths were doubling every few days. now that rate is much slower, doubling every couple of weeks. the uk is not alone. all around europe coronavirus cases are surging, despite measures to try and stop the spread. governments will be watching the numbers in the weeks and months to come. 90 wastewater treatment sites across england, wales and scotland are to start testing more sewage for coronavirus to try to detect local outbreaks before they spread. scientists established earlier this year that traces of the virus could be identified in human waste.
a successful trial in plymouth detected a cluster of infections in the local area. here's our health editor, hugh pym. it's a new approach to tracking down coronavirus, monitoring sewage in local communities. this is an early warning system, as fragments of genetic material from the virus can be detected in waste water. scientists say its real value is in areas where there might be people who are infected but showing no symptoms. the beauty of this technique is that we can detect people who are in that situation and don't know they've got the virus but they are still shedding it and we can still find it in the waste water, and we can find it in advance of there being any positive tests in a catchment. samples from sewage pla nts a catchment. samples from sewage plants reach labs for testing the next day. the results are passed on to local health leaders. in plymouth, an outbreak was detected despite relatively low numbers of
people going for tests. data is also shared with national experts at the joint bio—security centre. the aim is to support the work done by test and trace staff. but in england, the testing and tracing system has come under intense strain. performance figures for time to get results back and tracing of contacts have fallen to their lowest levels since the launch in may, though it has had to deal with rapidly rising case numbers. perhaps we wouldn't have seen ourselves in the situation we are in now if that had been a bit... some experts argue that the national system could have been better planned and prepared. system could have been better planned and preparedlj system could have been better planned and prepared. i think the intention behind setting up test and trace was well intended and well meaning, and actually was there to meet a desperate need that we had at the time, but perhaps it wasn't as familiar with the challenge that it faced and perhaps therefore does not have the capacity set up to deal with it adequately. while the
national setup can be struggling, local public health teams like here in hertfordshire are taking on more of the tracing work to try to ensure infections don't spread and get out of control. we have a call centre. if we don't get through, we can go and knock on doors. that is reassuring for people when they see someone and hear someone, and also then to collect the information that we need that helps us identify locally perhaps the sort of clusters and where the infection might be spreading that the national information may not be getting. sewage monitoring will add to the range of techniques health officials can use at this critical stage in the bid to seek out and control the virus. the latest government figures show there were 20,530 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, down around 700 on yesterday's figure. the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week
is now 20,250. 993 people had been admitted to hospital on average each day over the week to last friday 224 deaths were reported, that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. that means on average in the past week, 163 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 44,571. let's talk to our health editor, hugh pym. at the end of this week, some up where you think we are with the prevalence of this virus. rita, there is this suggestion that case numbers are not accelerating as fast as they were. that was the conclusion of the ons report, as we've been hearing, up till the end of last week. we have learned today that the r number has come down a little bit. that is the reproduction number. anything above one tells you the virus is accelerating, and below, it is falling. it is still above one, still going up, but the
top end of the range has come down a little bit, to 1.4. but hospital admissions are still going up. for five days in the uk, we have had more than 1000 new patients going in with covid—19. and we have had more deaths reported, as we've been hearing, so the picture remains pretty uncertain, and more data will be needed. we've had a debate increasing today about what will happen at christmas. the prime minister's official spokesman, speaking about england, said it was the ambition of the government that families would have something like a normal christmas. this followed warnings yesterday in scotland that families should prepare may be for a digital seasonal period. but a member of sage, the government advisory committee, said pretty quickly about this, this was wishful thinking and it would only be radical action to reduce infections that would allow anything like a normal christmas. our top story this
evening: a 17—day lockdown has begun in wales to try to reduce the spread of coronavirus as tougher restrictions begin in greater manchester too. coming up: cafes and councils step in to provide meals for children during half—term coming up on sportsday on bbc news: the king is 80. pele celebrates becoming an octogenarian by not playing football but releasing a single. the final live tv debate in the us presidential election saw donald trump and his democratic rivaljoe biden clash over coronavirus, racial equality and allegations of corruption. despite the candidates' bitter rivalry, the debate in nashville, tennessee was significantly more restrained than their first head—to—head last month. on the pandemic, joe biden said he would not rule out more
lockdowns, while the president insisted it was time to reopen the us. our north america editor, jon sopel, was watching. joe biden emerged onto the stage masked. the president not. this was identical to the first food fight of a debate, but this was altogether more restrained, and all the better for it. yes, the shouting had been replaced by a series of emoji faces, eye rolling, mock indignation, derisive laughter, but the exchanges we re derisive laughter, but the exchanges were still sharp. the president claimed coronavirus was turning a corner. we have a vaccine coming, it's ready, it's going to be announced within weeks. we are learning to live with it. we have no choice, we can't lock ourselves up ina choice, we can't lock ourselves up in a basement likejoe does. choice, we can't lock ourselves up in a basement like joe does. he says we are learning to live with it. people are learning to die with it. the president went after the biden family and the son of the former vice president, hunter, and the
money he made abroad. you got $3.5 million, yourfamily money he made abroad. you got $3.5 million, your family got $3.5 million. in some day you will have to explain what you got it. i never got any money from russia. but joe biden wasn't going to take lectures from the president about transparency. you have not released a single solitary year of your tax return. what are you hiding? there we re return. what are you hiding? there were exchanges over the controversial child pip policy at the mexican border. there are 500 children who have become orphans because the us authorities don't know where the parents are. the president defended what they had done. they are so well taken care of, they are in facilities that were so clean... but some of them haven't been reunited. they got separated from their parents, and it makes us a laughing stock and violates every notion of who we are as a nation. joe biden is sought to portray himself as the healer and unifier, donald trump as the outsider who would fix america's broken politics.
i went to a bar in nashville where trump supporters had gathered. most striking was how empty it was. three weeks ago for the first debate it was rammed with a few hundred people there. last night, there were around a dozen. will this final debate make a dozen. will this final debate make a difference to the outcome of the election? i think most americans are already decided. it may change a few people's mines, but statistically, itjust change people's mines, but statistically, it just change that many. people's mines, but statistically, itjust change that many. still pretty much undecided. i think i am just disappointed about the candidates. donald trump was more disciplined and effective in the debate last night, but is it too little, too late, with only 11 days to go until polling? and already in the united states, it seems that probably over a third of the electorate have already cast their ballots. dozens of cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as several councils, have stepped in to offer free
school meals for children in england during half term, after the government refused to fund them. the footballer marcus rashford, who has campaigned on the issue, says he will continue to press the government to change its mind and offer free meals during school holidays. here's our education correspondent elaine dunkley. in towns, villages and cities across the country, cafes, restaurants and pubs volunteering to feed the most vulnerable children. this cafe is offering a free hot meal to children who needed during the half term holiday. i think i have to do my bit for the community. we have customers here giving us supermarket voucher to use for next week and we have customers who came and paid for food without taking it and said we can use the money for next week. marcus rashford has not been able to convince the government to extend
the free school meals voucher scheme that provides food over the summer holidays. but his campaign had a huge impact and he has this message for his critics. i know a lot of them speak, the way they speak so insensitive about the issue and they are definitely not been through it themselves self funny i'll take that —— so, for me, for me, all day long because as long as we start to see improvement going forward for the people now. the government says that he is providing an additional £63,000,000 to local authorities to support vulnerable families and some councils have now said they will provide food vouchers over the holidays. my family is on minimum wage. they already struggle. a primary school, half term is about to begin. and children are being sent home forfood parcels. what pressure has been put on families? an increase in a number
of of children who are now entitled to a benefit related school meal so that means that a family who were not asking for that or weren't entitled to it are now entitled to it. as people went working before the pandemic and it has caused hardship on a scale i don't think this country has seen since wartime. like many parents kylie is worried. her family are relying on this donation. usually they are at school most of the day so you don't have to worry about meals and feeding them at home and the only have to worry about yourself. the school has been fantastic and it helps us with food goods. for some families, difficult times are ahead but marcus rashford said he will continue uniting people to fight food poverty.
exeter will play in the final tomorrow. they have already been crowned european champions, and despite their meteoric rise, the site has always retained its local roots, with almost half the team recruited from the area, asjoe wilson reports. begin in exeter and work up. look how far this rugby club's gone. last weekend, european champions. this weekend, the english final. they've only been in the top division for a decade. the mud and thunder of humbler times. that's recent memory, when the players all did dayjobs. but look in exeter still for the shop named maunder. there he is. for andy maunder, the butchers has always been his living. his dozen years as a rugby player were in a completely different era, but his club remains exeter. it definitely feels very much our club. it feels like it did back in the day. if i thought about it too much now, i would start crying, quite frankly,
so to think that the whole team are now the best in europe, yes, it gives us all in the west country, and it is the west country, a real sense of pride. a maunder and now two more. his sons are both in the current exeter squad. local can be powerful. well, what a week it's been in exeter. celebrations, revelling in the new status as rugby's european champions, with the premiership final to come against wasps — and consider for a moment the preparation of their opponents. so seriously was the wasps squad hit by covid, they only confirmed they could play in the final on wednesday. we can't understate the emotion that's obviously gone with it. it's the pinnacle, isn't it, of the domestic competition in this country. you work so hard to get there and everything is out of your control, it was pretty hard to take, but it's going to make it even more special when it comes to the weekend. exeter‘s success has taken money.
some players recruited internationally, but many regionally. here's slade. nearly half the dressing room sings west country. oh, the exeter boys are happy... joe wilson, bbc news, exeter. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. some very unsettled weather on the way, and that starts this weekend, where we have another band of rain coming in, followed by some showers, but this time, stronger winds too. everything is coming in from the atlantic, and this is what is heading our way, this curl of cloud around a deep area of low pressure, bringing wind and rain. we have had some patchy rain today, but that is moving away, clearing south—eastern areas, then clearer skies for a while, but it won't be long before we see that rain coming into northern ireland in western scotland. almost a repeat performance of last night, but this time the rate will be heavier and
the winds will be much stronger. i had a bit, with clearer skies, temperatures four or five celsius. the rain is moving eastward tomorrow, and it will be heavy, there could be a short short burst of heavy rain and squally winds, also might. then sunshine and showers, mainly scotland and normal are —— northern ireland. it will be are —— northern ireland. it will be a windy day, and the strongest will be on that rain as it moves east. ahead of it, before it arrives in the south—east of england and east anglia, temperatures will be 16 or 17 celsius. the rain arrives here by the end of the day, and it still could be heavy. that moves through. remember, the clocks change on saturday night, sunday morning. what remains the same as that area of low pressure in the north—west, so here it will be windier, showers or longer spells of rain. elsewhere, sunny spells on sunday. there will be showers pushing inland, most of them around southern and western