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good afternoon. the four—week lockdown in england
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which will start on thursday and is scheduled to end on december the 2nd could be extended. the cabinet minister michael gove said ministers will be "guided by the facts". he said the government wanted to get the coronavirus reproduction rate below the critical level of one. borisjohnson announced the latest round of restrictions at a news conference last night. the strict measures are set to come into effect on thursday. they will see pubs, restaurants, gyms and non—essential shops and places of worship close. however, schools, colleges and universities can stay open. travel and overnight stays in the uk and abroad will be restricted and meeting others indoors or in private gardens is banned. today, labour criticised the government for rejecting its call — last month — for a so—called "circuit brea ker" — that's a tight set of restrictions for a fixed period of time. for the latest, here's our political correspondent helen catt. they are the headlines the prime minister never
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wanted to see, arriving at his own door this morning. england will go into a second national lockdown from thursday. it should end on 2nd december. one of the government's most senior ministers indicated that was the hope but a guarantee. if we ensure all the steps we're taking now but taken appropriately, we will have an opportunity to review the progress we are making and in advance of december the 2nd we can communicate to those areas where some restrictions may be required, what they will be, and other areas where we have it and that the virus, explained whether liberties can be restored. labour will back the new lockdown in a vote in parliament with a degree of frustration. if what they announced yesterday had been announced when i said it should have been three weeks ago, we could have been three weeks ago, we could have had the lockdown and schools shut because of half—term. people will be waking up this morning and thinking, how on earth did it get to this? he warned the government needs to
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use the time wisely. the government has to keep its side of the big up —— the bargain because if they do not fix test, trace and isolate, the 2nd of december will be a review date not an end date because for months and months they have promised a world beating test, trace and isolate system which is vital. if you don't test, you can't isolate. use the time to fix it because otherwise we will be back in this cycle for months and months. particularly he said to keep schools open, a government commitment with which he agrees and which is the difference between a new lockdown for england and what happened in spring. that may not be possible, one of the government scientific advisers warned and he cast doubts on the return to regional restrictions after lockdown. what must not happen is when that day comes that suddenly the world goes back to normal. it will not go
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back to normal immediately. it will be at least what is currently called tier} ortier3 be at least what is currently called tier 3 or tier 3 plus across the country. it doesn't make sense to go back into regional variation in the restrictions that are in place immediately after this set of more draconian measures are lifted. in leeds they had been due to move into tier 3 restrictions but these people seemed 0k into tier 3 restrictions but these people seemed ok with tougher measures. i would rather it not happen but if it means the virus is reduced i am for it. we kind of expected it. if it is necessary, it is necessary, in the long term it has to be done. the new lockdown will be debated in parliament this week, expect more questions on how and when it will end even before it has begun. and helen is with me now. an important parliamentary vote this
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week, with mps expressing disquiet. there is a lot of concern on conservative backbenchers and any indication that december the 2nd date is likely to slip is unlikely to help because there are several conservative mps who think a second lockdown will be too distracted to the economy and they worry there is ana the economy and they worry there is an a strategy for getting out of lockdown and staying out. there are those who say if we are going to restrict liberties this way you need a compelling case. borisjohnson clearly thinks he has because of their data. in clearly thinks he has because of theirdata. ina clearly thinks he has because of their data. in a message last night he said he would make that data available and allow briefing with scientists. there is a wider sense of frustration in the party about the way the government has been handling this in general. we might see quite a lot of spiky scenes in the coming months —— in the commons. this second lockdown has been prompted by rapidly rising infection rates in many areas. our health correspondent lauren moss
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has been looking at the data. preparing for a second national lockdown. from thursday, the message in england will, once again, be stay home to save lives. nonessential shops and hospitality will close. schools and universities will stay open. but some scientists think further measures may be needed to stop the spread of the virus. we know that transmission, particularly in secondary schools, is high. personally, i think this is definitely the lockdown to put in place now. but if that transmission, particularly in secondary schools, continues to rise, then, that may have to be revisited in the next four weeks. according to the office for national statistics' latest household survey, infection rates vary across the uk. in northern ireland one in 80 people is estimated to have covid—i9. in scotland, it's one in mo. in wales, it's one in 120. and in england, the average is one in 100. but in the north—west it's one in 43, and the south—east, it's one in 220 people.
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the prime minister says the measures are to prevent the nhs being overwhelmed, which would be a medical and moral disaster. currently, there are more than 9,000 people with covid—i9 in english hospitals. almost 500 are on ventilators. i think the prime minister had no choice but to act on very clear evidence that the trajectory of hospital admissions, demand on the health service, was such that we just would have been overwhelmed in the coming weeks, to the point that it wouldn't just be a case of not managing the surge in patients with covid, but actually the nhs would not have been able to provide services to large numbers of non—covid patients. rapid testing has been pointed to as one of the ways out of the shutdown, and is being trialled at the minute. there are different rules across the uk. wales's firebreak is still due to end on 9th november. schools will reopen in northern ireland tomorrow. and other measures are set to be relaxed in two weeks. while scotland will follow
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a five—tier system. the uk r number is thought to be around 1.2. bringing that down will be just one of the ways of measuring how long this latest lockdown will last. lauren moss, bbc news. the plan to lock down has already forced the government to change its mind about the support package for businesses in england. with me is our business correspondent katy austin. the furlough scheme is back. many people facing businesses, like restau ra nts a nd people facing businesses, like restaurants and shops, had already spent money making their premises are secure, and are struggling under local restrictions. even though the government is paying more in support, the prospect of a national lockdown was the last thing they needed, the same for the travel industry. more furlough will be a great relief certainly. that will help limit further redundancies although some firms will have already pulled the trigger on job cuts ahead of the expected end of
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furlough yesterday. the government will fund 80% of wages for the time workers aren't working, flexible furlough is allowed, and businesses do not need to have used the previous scheme to qualify. employers will need to play —— pay national insurance. another form employers will need to play —— pay national insurance. anotherform of support for businesses forced to close is a grant which can be up to £3,000 over the month. anotherform of support is an extension of the mortgage holiday for home owners facing hardship. we haven't had any fresh support for self—employed people. we knew there would be further winter grants for them if they were eligible, but that was set to be 40% of profits over three months. there are calls for that to be boosted as well. katy austin, thank you. transport for london — which runs the city's buses and tube trains — has agreed a deal with the government for a further £1.8 billion of emergency funding. tfl has faced a big fall
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in fare—paying passengers since the start of the pandemic. london mayor sadiq khan said the agreement "wasn't ideal" but would avoid measures such as expanding the congestion charge zone or ending free travel for under—18s. and if you would like to know more about the new restrictions and what they mean for you, you can learn more on the bbc‘s website by visiting www. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.35pm. bye for now.
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hello, i'm gavin ramjaun at the bbc sport centre with your latest sports news. let's start with this afternoon's premier league games, with the match between aston villa and southampton into the second half. southampton currently leading 3—0 at villa park thanks to first half goals from jannik vestergaard and two from james ward—prowse. there are three other matches today — manchester united against arsenal at 11.30. it's a match between two clubs which have won the premier league 16 times between them, and despite being off the pace in recent seasons, united manager 0le gunnar solskjaer says the title race is wide open. even though the last two seasons you have had two teams running away with it, i think this season a lot of us just underneath them would hope to put upa just underneath them would hope to put up a challenge. it is probably more exciting and interesting for the fans as well, and i think we have showed this season anything can happen, this season, what is happening around the world, so we
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just take it one game at a time. hearts will find out who'll they'll face in the scottish cup final later this afternoon, as holders celtic take on aberdeen. the two sides drew 3—3 in the league last week. meanwhile, in the scottish premiership this afternoon, the leaders rangers can stretch their advantage over celtic to nine points with a victory at kilmarnock. and steven gerrard's side currently lead 1—0. james tavernier with a first half penalty. in just over an hour's time the 50th women's fa cup final kicks off, with everton taking on manchester city behind closed doors at wembley. city are looking to win the trophy for the third time, and with the final being held over from last season because of the coronavirus pandemic, it gives them the chance to add to their haul of silverware. we have got the opportunity to go for five we have got the opportunity to go forfive trophies this we have got the opportunity to go for five trophies this season, two of them obviously being two fa cup competitions in one season, so... you know, we are trying to build a squad that are capable of competing on all fronts, so to do that is
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going to be very difficult. there is a high level of competition in the wsl this season and obviously in the champions league the leveljust keep seeming to be improving, so we want to be there and this is a great opportunity for us to pick up from last season. and you can watch the women's fa cup final on bbc one and the bbc sport website this afternoon. kick—off is at 2.30. england will receive the six nations trophy this afternoon, after landing back from rome having won a third title in five years last night. england beat italy 34—5 to go top of the standings, with this tom curry try securing the vital bonus point. that, coupled with france's narrow win over ireland, meant that england were crowned champions on points difference. captain 0wen farrell says there's much more to come. we all love being here, we all love being in camp, we all love working hard to improve and hopefully you see that when we get out there on the field. it feels like we are just getting started. obviously there is a lot... we have got four new caps today, obviously somebody has got the 100 caps, in ben, and jamie,
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who has got his 50th. and it feels like we have just got a brilliant blend of experience and youth to drive us forward and... you just have to do, well, obviously being involved in training over the past few weeks has shown that for us and we are looking forward to what is in front of us as well. england's netballers have suffered a 3—0 series defeat to new zealand after losing the third test in hamilton. england lost 62—117 to the world cup holders, meaning the silver ferns complete a clean sweep of the series. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website, including the latest from the emiliana romagna grand priz at imola. that is where lewis hamilton is building a considerable lead going into the closing laps there. are you surprised? that into the closing laps there. are you surprised ? that is into the closing laps there. are you surprised? that is all for now, shaun ley. the start of his next 90 plus grand prix is, isn't it? thank
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you very much, gavin ramjaun at the bbc sport centre. the cabinet minister michael gove told us that it is fervent wish that there lockdown will only last for weeks, as planned, but he warned that it might have to extend beyond the four weeks if infection rates don't come down significantly. there will be a vote on the restrictions in parliament on wednesday. professor calum semple is a virologist at the university of liverpool and a member of sage, the scientific advisory group for emergencies that advises the government. he's been telling me why the lockdown in england is necessary. we have gone to the line and held off as long as possible. this is what i can see between making this important decision. and nobody wants a lockdown but speaking in medical terms, the country is sick and it needs this medicine, nobody likes
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the taste of it, but it needs it. if we delayed any longer, we would go past a point of no return where it would become inevitable that the nhs would be overwhelmed by cases of covid, leaving no room for important other treatments such as the car crashes, the people that need intensive care beds after cancer treatment, or after major operations. it's clearly a judgment call in the end, when a decision is made to do this. sage were advising this should be done perhaps, some members of sage were advising it should be done several weeks ago, the government waited to see its judgment of all the evidence taken together. what difference, i know this is hypothetical, i appreciate that, but from the scientific modelling, what difference might it have made if this had happened, if we had gone into lockdown maybe six weeks ago or four weeks ago, that sort of period, before we started to see this big rise?
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i think it is a mistake to think it is hypothetical, it is well proven, we know this from previous outbreaks in other countries and in the uk, that the earlier you make a decisive intervention, the lower you push the numbers and if you leave that intervention to a later point because you are at a higher part of the curve, you only come down slightly less so inevitably with these issues, the earlier you act, the better it is for controlling the outbreak. but the challenge is then balancing the impact on society and other parts of the economy, and that's the political decision, and that's what we've seen happen, the political decision was to leave it a little later, keep the economy going and try the tiered approach. professor calu m professor calum semple talking to me earlier. sirjeremy farrar who's the director of the research charity, the wellcome trust, and another member of sage, told the andrew marr show on bbc one, that schools might also have
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to close again if the lockdown in england doesn't bring infections down. the lockdown is extreme. the big difference to the first lockdown is that schools remain open. because we have delayed the onset of this lockdown, it does make keeping schools open harder. we know that transmission, particularly in secondary schools, is high. personally i think this is definitely the lockdown to put in place now, but if that transmission, particularly in secondary schools, continues to rise then that may have to be revisited in the next four weeks in order to get r below one and the epidemic shrinking. sir jeremy farrar. transport for london has secured a £1.8 billion bailout from the government in order to keep tube and bus services running until the end of march next year. the funding will mean tfl can address the financial shortfall caused by a lack of passengers during the pandemic. sadiq khan is the mayor of london — hejoins me now. welcome to bbc news, thanks very
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much for speaking to us. this has been a difficult negotiation, i should imagine, because the government has received demands for money from all directions and you are facing a really serious crisis in terms of being able to sustain public transport in london?” in terms of being able to sustain public transport in london? i think it is quite remarkable that this government thinks the way to reward londoners who have done the right thing by following the rules and not using public transport, and thereby drying up ouraffairs using public transport, and thereby drying up our affairs income then wa nts to drying up our affairs income then wants to punish them for doing that right thing by asking us to pay an additional congestion charge for driving around in outer london, for increasing our affairs way, way above inflation and by taking away free travel for the poorest children and the poorest elderly people, so i'm really pleased we have managed to kill off those proposals by the government, but this, i am afraid, is simply another sticking plaster for the next six months because i'm a afraid this pandemic is going to be with us for a while and we won't
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see the numbers of passages using tfl but did before the pandemic, so we will need a short to medium term proper plan to take us through these difficult times. in terms of the congestion charge, which, i mean there are different forms now, but london was the pioneer of it in this country. it has been adopted in some other countries now —— like some other countries now —— like some other cities now, not necessarily with the same model, but the same attention. part of that was environmental. you have gone seven weeks now with the congestion charge and it has gone up and that has caused a lot of fear and disgruntlement among drivers and those who have to be on the road in central london, but in a sense the objective is what you share, isn't it? there as two separate things there, londoners have to pay what other drivers in the country don't, one is the extra emission zone and one is the extra emission zone and one is the congestion charge. londoners' anger is that london is given a blank cheque for 18 months, but has given us a six month grant and has made us take out a loan with
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conditions, so london has already paid, and it has led to a quality improving, the emissions charge, which is certainly welcome, but what the government wanted us to do is to extend the congestion charge up to the north circular. that would entail an additional 4 million londoners having to pay up to £15 a day for just driving londoners having to pay up to £15 a day forjust driving around 0uter london. that is unfair. but also the government wanted to take away a free travel for children and also ta ke free travel for children and also take away free travel for those above the age of 60. i recognise times are hard for the government, but the way to respond to a pandemic is to work together to try to find a resolution, not to seek to punish londoners for doing the right thing. but in terms of the practicalities of this, clearly in the next month if this is not going to apply, but longer term if you could get more of those drivers off the roads, maybe by extending the congestion charge zone, could you then see a boost in the number of people using public
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transport? it could be a real win! we london are already pioneering world leading policies. we came up with the emissions in charge three yea rs with the emissions in charge three years ago and that has led to matches oxide and carbon dioxide emissions going down. next year our policy will be extending this zone, which will mean across london there will be not just which will mean across london there will be notjust an improvement in quality of air, but people will hopefully be going from using their ca rs hopefully be going from using their cars to cycling and using public transport. 0ne cars to cycling and using public transport. one of the reasons why i have pushed this over the last four yea rs. have pushed this over the last four years. instead have pushed this over the last four yea rs. instead of have pushed this over the last four years. instead of the government pushing and supporting our policy, they want is to increase public transport fares by way of inflation and they are not supporting this because of air quality, they want these policies to be revenue raising at my concern is it will be the poorest people who are having to pay this additional congestion charge. what i would say to the government is work with us. we have a world —class is work with us. we have a world—class transport system, tfl is respected across the globe and we have been working across the last
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four years to reduce our deficit, to continue to invest and tfl works with our businesses to contribute over £40 billion to the government's coffers, so if london... to punish london is seeking to punish the country, that doesn't make sense to me. i take it that reference to the deficit is a polite rebuke to your predecessor, one boris johnson. borisjohnson, while predecessor, one boris johnson. boris johnson, while he predecessor, one boris johnson. borisjohnson, while he was mayor of london, borrowed £7 billion, increased fares in our city by more than 42% and left me a mess. we're over the last four years have been cleaning up that mess and what i would say to boris johnson cleaning up that mess and what i would say to borisjohnson and those around him is, don't take this personally. stop playing petty party politics with people's lives, work with me as the mayor of london, work tfl is a world—class transport authority and let's make sure that tfl is a world—class system for the benefit londoners and people elsewhere. this is bigger than your ego, boris, let's work together. and
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there been stuff from both sides, he has had a go at you and you have had agoat has had a go at you and you have had a go at him. in the end, a lot of the taxpayers here, it is money going from one set of taxpayers to another set of taxpayers. the londoners are also taxpayers, those who contribute to tax with national insurance are also employers and employees, so in a sense we are arguing about our own money, aren't we? that is a really good point you make, and when everything is forested and i do give him credit forested and i do give him credit for this is a commission a london finance report on what that said was that we as a city and as a country are one of the most centralised in the world we only get to spend 7% of the world we only get to spend 7% of the taxes raised in our city, new york 50%, tokyo 70%. devolve more powers to us as a city to raise revenue and spend ourselves, rather thanit revenue and spend ourselves, rather than it being centralised in whitehall and by the way i spoke to my colleagues in manchester, liverpool and elsewhere in the country where there is also more devolution and you are right, we need to recognise that it is the
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same people being penalised twice. for example londoners pay nearly £5 million in road tax, and yet it is nearly always spent outside our city. i'm not asking for independence for london, but devolve more powers to cities across the country that has been in charge of our destiny. let ask you now about the concerns you must have, as mayor of london. i know you are not responsible for the health system in london, but you have a role in public health and you also have a role in taking a strategic view for the emergency services and obviously there is a knock on, for police and fire services, if the health service is not functioning as you would hope. what are your concerns about the winter that lies ahead for london, in maintaining now, we hope, in hospital beds, enough spaces for covid—19 patients, but all the other interconnected emergency services and the health and well—being of people who are either living or working in london? firstly, can i thank all the londoners who have made way more sacrifices over the last seven months, keeping the walls that are there from the government,
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but also the nhs and care services, that have done an amazing job. in london at the moment, we have sufficient headroom to treat covid—19 sufferers, but we don't wa nt to covid—19 sufferers, but we don't want to see is people needing cancer treatments or needing a hip replacement not going to the doctors because they are worried about capacity. i was then going on early is better, which is why i say to the government a few weeks ago to follow sage's advice to have a short circuit breaker. they delayed and here we are with one month of lockdown. i think it is the right thing to do. the virus numbers are going up in london, the bad news is viruses going up, emissions are going up, but i say to anybody watching please don't avoid your appointment because you're worried about lack of capacity. there is capacity there. one of the things we have to do is make sure that the appointment that happened in march or april or may, which is non—covid—19 patients suffering as a
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result of the nhs nearly being overwhelmed. and finally, sitting where you are, just wonder what keeps you awake at night as mayor of london in the middle of a pandemic? because there are all kinds of things that people don't know about thejob, which things that people don't know about the job, which resembles things that people don't know about thejob, which resembles resilience, involves a role in public safety at a national level because —— it involves resilience will stop police, national terrorism, all those kinds of things, but now perhaps what keeps you awake at night may not be different —— that may be different to what more do a few ago? yes, it is all about public safety, whether it is from terrorism, this pandemic, violent crime. 0ne terrorism, this pandemic, violent crime. one of the most important response abilities i have a mayor, the police have got enormous response abilities i wanted to say to londoners is don't break the rules and distract the police away from doing more important stuff around violent crime and terrorist, so for example the regulations from the government they will publish also process shouldn't be happening.
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they are dangerous because the virus passes on. we know the nhs can't treat people other than covid—19 patients and what they should be doing, so to work with london the police... we are on the same side. don't treat us as our adversaries with suspicion. we want to help the government get this right. what we don't want to see any deaths that we re don't want to see any deaths that were preventable. sadiq khan, the mayor of london, thank you very much for talking to us this lunchtime. barack 0bama is out on the campaign trail withjoe biden. he's been in michigan, where 0bama was handed a basketball — and can he make a three pointerfirst time? to paraphrase one of his own campaign slogans, yes he can! that's what i do! i think even in retirement, barack 0bama is doing a bit more than pushing basketballs
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into hoops, but pretty impressive stuff! wisely, joe biden didn't try to emulate him. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. good afternoon to you. another windy one for most of us, a new area of low pressure sweeping in, bringing gales to the north and the rest of the uk and further heavy rain at times, so for some of us this afternoon it will be a bit of a wet and windy wash—out. as we head on through the day, you can see the satellite picture shows this area of low pressure, which contains the re m na nts of low pressure, which contains the remnants of what was hurricane zeta. that is going to bring very strong winds, 80 mph gusts there. this weather front will bring rain to northern ireland, scotland and much of england and wales, particularly across the hills overnight, and it will be a windy night, fairly mild in the south, chilly any more. that eventually clears away to the south—east, so sky brighten up here, but introducing cooler air, lots of
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showers piling in, some merging to produce longer spells of rain and it would be cool in the north, but againfairly mild would be cool in the north, but again fairly mild in the south, but not as mild as it has been cooler and cooler in the afternoons. high pressure will build on through the week, becoming drier, less windy, with increasing sunshine, but it will be colder, both by day and night.


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