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this is bbc news with the latest headlines "act like you have the virus." that's the advice in a new campaign in the uk urging people to abide by lockdown rules. a boeing 737, believed to be carrying more than 50 people, has gone missing after take—off in indonesia. donald trump is banned permanently from twitter because of concerns his tweets could incite more violence. us democrats reveal the draft of a new impeachment resolution against donald trump — the president elect accuses him of inciting an insurrection and endangering the security of the united states. he has been an embarrassment to the country. embarrassed us around the world.
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not worthy to hold that office. and snow in spain leaves hundreds of drivers trapped in their cars as roads are blocked and madrid airport remains closed. hello, very good afternoon to you and welcome to bbc news. scientists and senior public health officials are warning that tougher restrictions are needed in england to curb the surge in coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and deaths. their calls come as staff in one london hospital are preparing to move some patients to a hotel to free up capacity. more than 1,300 deaths from coronavirus were reported
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across the uk yesterday — the highest daily figure of the pandemic. our health correspondent katharine da costa reports. with many major hospitals in the capital under unprecedented pressure, there is an urgent need to free up beds. this hotel in south london is preparing to take on a small number of homeless or vulnerable covid patients from king's college hospital, while they continue their recovery. the first is expected later today. the hospital's lead for social care says it has been successfully used for non—covid patients. we know there is a demand for more of these hotel beds to be set up in order to ease the pressure on the nhs. we hope by starting small we can up scale in order to meet demands of the trust. london's declared a major incident. with more than 7,000 covid patients in the hospitals and admissions approaching 1,000 a day, staff say this year's winter pressure is off the charts. it really is unprecedented,
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in terms of the number of patients that require intensive care, being put on a ventilator at one time, and most hospitals have reached, have expanded intensive care capacity to somewhere in the region of three times their normal capacity. but it is very pressurised and the staff are doing their utmost, but they are being worn down by their pressure. once more we must all stay home. a simple clear message the government hopes will hit home in this new advertising campaign. it reinforces just how critical it is to follow the social distancing rules, to wear a mask, wash your hands and ventilate indoor spaces. but even with uk—wide lockdowns, experts warn the new variant spreads more easily, which is likely to make it harder to control. the more people who are out and about and in contact with each other, the more the virus will spread, and because we have the more infectious variant
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which is somewhere round 50% more infectious than last time round, in march, that means that if we were to achieve the same result as we got in march we would have to have a stricter lockdown, and it is not stricter, it is actually less strict. mass vaccinations will eventually help to leave pressure on the health service. but with new infections still at record levels, hospital admissions and deaths are expected to continue rising for several weeks to come. katharine da costa, bbc news. let's speak now to the labour mp and shadow home secretary, nick thomas—symonds. thank you very much for being with us on thank you very much for being with us on bbc news. you have a welsh constituency so you know the kind of intense lockdown there is in wales. what do you draw from the contrast of how the situation is in england at the moment with more serious tier
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for restrictions but not actually a welsh star lockdown as of yet. we do have tea rful welsh star lockdown as of yet. we do have tearful restrictions and we have tearful restrictions and we have been in restrictions now for quite a long time. —— tearfour restrictions. that is important. the government has now acted and put that into place. what is absolutely crucial was that we have people abiding by the rules. the very clear stay—at—home message is extremely important but it is also important that the government gets its communication rights and the uk government is clear about all the aspects of that lockdown and also provides a support that people need. the difficulty at the moment, as one council leader in london was telling me last night, he was saying that the knock—on effect of the large number of people who are now infected in his borough, significant
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figures, is sustaining the other services that ensure things like the enforcement of lockdown, like the police and so on, is becoming that much more difficult. police officers are getting it like everyone else is getting it and that gradual erosion of all the elements on which we rely makes enforcement that much harder. i have no doubt that is a challenge. clearly we have to now recognise the extraordinary sacrifice at our front line workers have made and extraordinary sacrifices that our police officers have made really throughout the past nine or ten months. that is why there is such an imperative for the vaccine to be rolled out as quickly as possible. we know that rolling out the vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel. we know there are vaccines that have been approved for use and are in use and there are more coming as well. but the national effort to
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roll out the vaccine is absolutely vital. we are asking again for people to make great sacrifices. they have made great sacrifices in the past but it is now imperative that the prime minister and the entire cabinet really do get the government machine focused on getting the vaccine out on every city, every town and every community so we can move city, every town and every community so we can move to city, every town and every community so we can move to a city, every town and every community so we can move to a stage where we can get to a point where the restrictions can be eased. until then, it is absolutely vital to follow the rules. i'm sure you are right in terms of getting the vaccine out, the difficulty is that period between now and when sufficient numbers have been vaccinated. we saw this week with a dispute in derbyshire, where some people had gone out and genuinely thought they weren't breaking the rules and were stopped by police, the police are now reviewing how
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they enforce the rules but we are going to see a lot more of this, aren't we? because of it genuine relu cta nce aren't we? because of it genuine reluctance to enforce or oblige to fine and press people because they are under so much pressure already and yet the real pressing need that the health officials are telling us that this lockdown has got to be taken more seriously, even in last yea r‘s taken more seriously, even in last year's was. inevitably we will see a greater deal of enforcement because we have a more intense lockdown but really there are two points here. firstly, the police have used the four es approach, to engage, to encourage. . . four es approach, to engage, to encourage... but secondly we need clarity of messaging from the government. here in wales it is very clear that exercise has to begin and end at home. that is less clear in england as to the distance you can
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travel for exercise and i would say to the prime minister and the cabinet to really be clear about that because that clarity of messaging which frankly has been a problem over the last nine or ten months in uk government is absolutely vital. anyone living in wales is absolutely clear because it has been relentlessly reinforced and sadly for people in wales they have had longer in these restrictions and many people in london and southern england, for example. given that experience, what would you say the welsh government has done... may be people in wales are just naturally more compliant than people in southern england and london, i don't know! but what has the welsh government done to help that message and reinforce that message would you think the uk government, which is responsible for england, can learn from. firstly, the welsh government
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has always tried to act in a timely manner and we have seen that throughout the pandemic. 0n the messaging, the first minister of wales has always been very clear. the question we should all be asking ourselves isn't what we can do or can possibly do but what should we be doing? that is a really important message. it is also about clarity in the guidance itself. that is important alongside the law. i think the exercise example is one that should be of concern because here in wales we had that clarity to where you start and finish exercising. really, the uk government for england needs to learn from that as well, i think, england needs to learn from that as well, ithink, which england needs to learn from that as well, i think, which would make life a lot easier, notjust those who are making sacrifices but for the police we re making sacrifices but for the police were being asked to enforce the lockdown as well. thank you very
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much for being with us this afternoon on bbc news. the authorities in indonesia say a boeing 737 passenger plane is suspected to have crashed shortly after taking off from jakarta. 62 people were on board. the sriwijaya air flight was en route to pontianak in west kalimantan province. a fisherman told the bbc he saw the plane plummet into the water, and that debris nearly hit his vessel. flight tracking websites suggest the boeing 737‘s altitude dropped by nearly 10,000 feet, before disappearing from radar. the jet is not a 737 max, the boeing model involved in two crashes that killed more than 300 people in indonesia and ethiopia. rebecca henschke is asia editor for the bbc world service. rebecca, what is the latest? we are
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hearing that the authorities are sending rescue teams into the areas around the bay of jakarta, a sending rescue teams into the areas around the bay ofjakarta, a bay that has thousands of islands. it is believed that the plane may have crash there because debris has been found in those waters. we have also spoken to a fisherman who was in those waters around the time the plane lost contact. he told the bbc he saw a plane crash into the sea. he said it felt like lightning, that there was an explosion in the water and the bits of the plane, he said, nearly hit his vessel. he was terrified and they went back to the island. that is where the search and rescue is taking place for this plane that had 62 people on board, including a number of children and babies. those families that are
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waiting for those people to arrive, we are seeing them gathering in the airport in borneo. 0ne we are seeing them gathering in the airport in borneo. one man said that his wife and three children were on board so he was distraught and looking for any information and spoke to us through tears. we are seeing pictures of a news conference taking place in jakarta. seeing pictures of a news conference taking place injakarta. we don't have an english translation of what is taking place at the moment but presumably an update of what limited information there is. the circumstances with a crash into the water, presumably this is a recovery operation as much as it is a rescue operation. that is right. what we're hearing from eyewitnesses is that this was an intense impact in the water. authorities are still searching for the exact point they
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believe the crash happened but it is still a search and rescue operation until we have any further information. this plane is an sriwijaya air 737 but it is not the same model as the one that crashed in indonesia in 2018 which killed over 180 people. this sriwijaya aeroplane is a low—cost airline but it did have the top level of safety. but these scenes in this pain from this —— the pain from the families, this —— the pain from the families, this is a common scene in indonesia, i have already covered several plane
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crashes and there will be questions about how this has happened again. thank you very much for that update. allies of president trump have condemned twitter‘s decision to close his account as an attack on free speech. the firm said it had removed his profile because of the risk of further incitements to violence following the storming of the us congress on wednesday. 0ur north america correspondent, david willis, reports. the most powerful man in the world no longer has access to one of his most valued assets — twitter. donald trump's preferred platform for picking fights, settling scores and promoting conspiracy theories has blocked him for good, citing what the company called: "the risk of further incitement of violence". president trump has been blamed for fomenting the protest that led to the death of five people at the us capital on wednesday and twitter believes his continued use of its platform could stoke further violence in the run—up tojoe biden‘s inauguration in 11 days' time.
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the president's son donjr on his twitter account said: "free speech no longer exists in america". and called the ban "orwellian". in a tweet swiftly deleted from his official white house account, mr trump said he was now looking into the possibility of creating his own social media platform. facebook, having already banned donald trump for the remainder of his term in office, the president is looking increasingly isolated. facing multiple resignations and with members of his own party deserting him, some are concerned about what he might do next. in the final tweet before his account was closed, he said one thing he won't be doing is attending his successor swearing in, breaking with a tradition stretching back more than 150 years. joe biden said he was fine with that and called mr trump a national embarrassment. he has been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world,
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not worthy to hold that office. there are those who believe the president should also be denied access to the nuclear button. the house speaker nancy pelosi is actively seeking his removal. democrats plan to introduce an impeachment resolution on monday. sadly, the person running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the united states. and with only a number of days until we can be protected from him. more than a dozen people have now been charged in connection with wednesday's protest, among them this man, richard barnet, who was pictured with his feet up on nancy pelosi's desk. but, after a week of unprecedented turbulence, it is difficult to know what will affect donald trump's fortunes more — impeachment, if it happens, or the lack of access to the social media soap box that's been so effective in building and rallying his mass band of supporters. david willis, bbc news, los angeles.
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the headlines on bbc news... "act like you have the virus" — that's the advice in a new campaign in the uk urging people to abide by lockdown rules. a boeing 737, believed to be carrying more than 62 people, has gone missing after take—off in indonesia. donald trump is banned permanently from twitter because of concerns his tweets could incite more violence. the number of children being referred to the nhs with series mental health problems has reached a record high. the royal college of psychiatrists says school closures, cancelled exams and lockdowns have threatened a mental health crisis that could pague young people for years to come. that could plague young people for years to come. let's speak to dr bernadka dubicka, chair of the child & adolescent faculty at the royal college of psychiatrists. thank you very much for being with us on
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thank you very much for being with us on bbc news. let me ask you first of all, the work you have done looking at the state of child and adolescent mental health over the last year or so in particular, what kind of cumulative impact do you fear it is having? we have to remember that even before this pandemic hit our children and young people we had a huge mental health crisis. back in 2017 the government published a survey showing that mental problems were increasing and there was shocking figures about older teenage girls who more than half of those with mental health problems were self harming or trying to ta ke problems were self harming or trying to take their own life. that was backin to take their own life. that was back in 2017. we also know that children living in circumstances of financial hardship were twice as likely to have a mental health problem. so it doesn't take a huge lea p problem. so it doesn't take a huge leap of imagination to try and work out what the impact of this pandemic could be. back in october, research
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by the government showed that mental health problems had gone up from one in nine to one in six young people who have mental health problems. we have long—standing disinvestment in mental health for young people compounded with this pandemic. now i have the onslaught of the pandemic. what we are seeing on the grounds, my colleagues are reporting increasing referrals and more crises. in the area where i work, we seeing more and more young people with severe mental health problems presenting really late you then need to be detained under the mental health act. a year or two ago those insta nces health act. a year or two ago those instances were quite rare but now they are all too commonplace because we are not able to access these children earlier on. 0ver we are not able to access these children earlier on. over the pandemic they have not had the same
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support from schools, from social ca re support from schools, from social care and from other organisations which they would have had. we could have picked up those problems much earlier. we can stream really —— we are extremely concerned about what we're seeing the moment. what can be put in at this stage? i know there isa put in at this stage? i know there is a different debate about longer term support. but what can we do in the short—term to provide the support? a lot of these people won't be visible for services at the moment because people aren't going into hospitals and outpatient support are not going to school. what can we do to try and bridge some of those gaps? just to say here that mental health services are open and we are seeing patients. i really need to get their message out there.
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we regularly offer appointments. 0ne of the things that has happened in the nhs because of the pandemic is that we have adapted to the way we are delivering services so we can see people face—to—face but we can also do things remotely and it is very important for people to know that. what can be done immediately? 0ne that. what can be done immediately? one of the concerns is the extra support that children have three charities, a lot of those have been struggling. the government has promised that every school will have a mental health team in the next ten yea rs a mental health team in the next ten years but we said at the time that is far too slow so we need to speed that process up and make sure that schools can also reach out to children and young people. then really im porta ntly for children and young people. then really importantly for far too long government after government have just not put children at the heart of their economic policy and all of their policies and we saw that back in march. it is so important that governments think about children and young people when they are thinking
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about new policies and what the impact might be. and the workforce is important, we have had huge problems with recruitment. there are around 50% vacancies for child psychiatrists. the same goes for mental health nursing as well. there is an opportunity to try and encourage people to come into these fields and build up those mental health resources as quickly as possible because it is an incredibly rewarding profession to bn. the next thing that is important is that we have seen how children protested at the exams last summer. we do need to put well—being at the heart of our education system and think about how young people can thrive in school. that is so important. we know that out of 2a european countries, the uk is at the bottom in terms of
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well—being and education concerns we re well—being and education concerns were some of the foremost worries, there were also the foremost worries for suicide victims. perhaps the concern but also the grounds for optimism, if young people receive support when they are experiencing mental crises, which is a terrifying thing for anybody, adult or child, to experience, what are the chances with the right support that the child can manage their mental health issues and live a productive and relatively happy life? that is such an important point but i want children to be reached before they fall into crisis. this problem that has been escalating for recent years is that the services are tied up. we're trying to manage young people they fall into crises. but thousands of centres have been shut down in
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the last few years. in the early yea rs the last few years. in the early years we need to help young children and parents and then we need to make sure that we have crisis support 2a seven, seven days a week but u nfortu nately seven, seven days a week but unfortunately that support is still very patchy. we need to make sure that we invest across all those areas. doctor bernadka dubicka, thank you very much. in spain, the heaviest snowfall for decades has already left hundreds of drivers stuck and forced the closure of madrid airport. snow is also forecast for parts of italy, turkey and greece, as mark lobel reports. coronavirus victims remembered in spain's capital, madrid, as a different storm sets in. parks were closed early. translation: for those who don't work, it is great. for those who work, it is a little more complicated. translation: i came to madrid and i was surprised,
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as it is not snowing in berlin. it must have to do with climate change. the snow in spain stopping people getting to their plane. real madrid's footballers among many stuck on the tarmac for hours at barajas airport. operations here suspended at times. storm filomena struck these houses on the portuguese island of madeira. translation: i am 66 years old and i had never seen so much rain and water like i saw yesterday. i have never seen anything like this. rescuers were on hand after this ferry ran aground in the canary islands. translation: we were afraid for the baby. as a blanket of snow covered eastern spain, lorries reach the end of the road. translation: we have remained in monreal del campo where we are stuck. things look bad. after high tides here in malaga, in spain's south, and a month's
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worth of rain in just two days in gibraltar, heavy weather alerts have been issued for italy, turkey, greece and the balkans. in between the fun, spaniards are being urged to avoid nonessential travel. many now bracing themselves for a white weekend like no other they have ever seen in their own backyard. mark lobel, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello there. it was a very cold start to the weekend, a widespread frost, some ice around, also some freezing fog patches and some low cloud across southern areas which could linger throughout the rest of the day. we will see some sunshine around though and across the north, this thick cloud is actually rain bearing cloud thanks to a weather front pushing in off the atlantic, so it will be quite wet for the north and west of scotland. some of that rain turning to snow over the high ground as it pushes its way further inland, but for much of northern ireland, southern scotland, england and wales, it should be dry with some sunshine although it
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could stay quite grey, some further freezing fog across the south and south—east. if that happens, temperatures really will struggle but it will be a cold day away from the north—west of scotland. tonight that weather front across scotland moves further southwards into northern england and pivots back round pushing more rain into western scotland, some of it could be quite heavy at times. another cold night to come particularly in the south where we have clear skies. not as cold as what we have seen in the last few nights. still cold enough for any rain falling on freezing surfaces to give an ice risk across eastern scotland, north—east england first thing tomorrow, sojust watch out for that. stays breezy and wet for the north—west of scotland, a bit of wintriness across higher ground again but for northern ireland, much of england and wales, should see the cloud tending to break up to allow some sunny spells around. not a bad day in a store and look at those temperatures, a degree or so up particularly across northern and western areas. as we move out of sunday into monday, we've got higher pressure to the south. to the north, these weather fronts will bring some pretty wet weather to north—western areas.
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notice the isobars on the chart, so a slightly breezy day right across the board, that wind coming off the atlantic from the west or south—west, feeding in lots of cloud, outbreaks of rain, lots into northern and western areas. and this rain could be quite heavy at times with colder air still looming close to the north and east of the country. some rain will fall as snow certainly over higher ground but a milder day to come across the board, 7 to 9 degrees. best of the sunshine across south—east england. that rain spreads across the whole country as we head through tuesday and then we will see a run of northerly winds for a while. a battle of the air masses as we move through the new week, colder air always looming to the north and east, then another wedge of milder air trying to push on from the west to bring further rain at times. generally next week there will be less coldness than of late, there will be rain at times moving in off the atlantic, some of this will turn to snow, particularly on northern hills.
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