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hello welcome to bbc news. in a few moments will be rejoining bbc one for a moments will be rejoining bbc one fora summary of moments will be rejoining bbc one for a summary of the national and international news. before that, scientists and senior public health officials are warning that tougher coronavirus restrictions are needed in england now. it comes as the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the uk has exceeded 3
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million since the outbreak began last year. today the uk reported a further 59,937 cases since saturday. there are a further 1035 deaths. there are a further 1035 deaths. there was a people who died within 28 days of receiving a positive coronavirus task. the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic is now 80,868. earlier i spoke to a professor at university college london who was a member of the sage group. she said, hospitals simply can't cope with the number of patients coming through their doors. it isjust really bad news. the thing with hospitalisations is that we have seen, especially in london, the nhs is already overwhelmed. the people need to go to hospital of the next
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ten days already have coronavirus. we know that because case numbers are going up, that number will keep going up every day. we had one small snapshot of what this means in a very simple way, which is a hospital in south london which is now moving its coronavirus patients who don't necessarily need intensive care but do need to be properly monitored, at least indoors, some of the homeless patients are now being moved to a hotel in order to free up some precious capacity. i think on your twitter feed, you've put precious capacity. i think on your twitterfeed, you've put up precious capacity. i think on your twitter feed, you've put up some kind of graph which gives us a sense. perhaps you can help us interpret what people can see on the screen at the moment? you mentioned king's college hospital which is trying to relieve capacity that way. that is one of the biggest hospitals in london. it has got 960 beds.
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london admitted 997 patients with coronavirus on saturday. in one day across london. with a medium sized hospital, london has been admitting that many patients for weeks now. that will keep going. we don't have more staff. that is where the pressure is. we can find more space, we can do things like find space in hotels. but what we can't do is find more qualified nurses or doctors. leg a couple of other things that people have talked about, it's anecdotal, but staff talking about things like nurses who might be dealing with one patient in normal times, having to spread their attention to three or four patients the same shift. we can't bring the graphic full screen, but we have a shape that and that is growing. the
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timeframe is the end of september until the beginning of january. timeframe is the end of september untilthe beginning ofjanuary. 6th of january untilthe beginning ofjanuary. 6th of january last. wright sewed the the part where it goes up sharply is what period?
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good evening. scientists and senior public health officials are warning that despite the lockdown, even tougher restrictions are needed in england to curb the surge in coronavirus cases, hospital admissions, and deaths. in the last hour, official figures have shown that since the pandemic began, more than 80,000 people in the uk have died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. our health correspondent,
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katharine da costa, reports. the race is on to protect the most vulnerable. there is the home of bristol city football club, now one of seven mass vaccination centres. final preparations are being made ahead of monday when it willjoin hundreds of gp sites and hospital hubs across the country. they have been working genuinely day and night and working all through the weekend as well, to make sure their populations get vaccinated. it is not like flu clinics, this has been hugely complex. more than 32,000 patients are currently being treated for covid across the country. 11,000 more than during the first wave in the spring and with new admissions 110w the spring and with new admissions now at 4000 a day, nhs staff say busier ‘s winter pressure is off the charts. really is unprecedented, in terms of the numbers of patients that require intensive care being put on ventilator at one time and
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most hospitals have reached... have extended intensive care capacity to something like three times their normal capacity. there is now an urgent need to free up some beds at hospitals. this hotel in south london is preparing to take on a small number of homeless or vulnerable patients from king's couege vulnerable patients from king's college where they continued their recovery. a simple and clear message in this new government campaign, reinforcing just how critical it is to follow the social distancing rules, where a mass, wash your hands and ventilate indoor spaces because even with the uk wide lockdowns, experts warn the new variant spreads more easily, which is likely to make the virus much harder to control. because we have the more infectious variant, which is somewhere around 50% more infectious than last time round in march, that means if we we re round in march, that means if we were to achieve the same results as were to achieve the same results as we got it much, we would have to
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have a stricter lockdown and it's not stricter, it's actually less strict. vaccinations will eventually help relieve pressure on the nhs. today, the queen and duke of edinburgh received their first doses but with new infections at record levels, hospital admissions and deaths are expected to continue rising for several weeks to come. katharine da costa, bbc news. well, let's take a look now at the latest government figures in detail. there were 59,937 new coronavirus cases recorded in the latest 24—hour period. and there were 1,035 deaths — that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. it takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 80,868. a boeing 737 passenger plane — carrying 62 people — is believed to have crashed into the sea in indonesia. search and rescue teams are trying to locate the sriwijaya airlines jet, which appeared to fall around
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10,000 feet in less than a minute after taking off from the capital jakarta en route to pontianak. jonathan head has the latest. the flight had only been in the air forfour the flight had only been in the air for four minutes when all contact was lost. with no emergency call from the pilots, indonesian officials struggled to piece together what might have happened. transport minister describing the aircraft is veering off course before disappearing from the screen. the tracking radar recorded the plane making a plunge of 10,000 feet to sea level before it vanished. friends and relatives were left waiting at it's destination in the city of pontianak but there was no information to give them. the authorities are now setting up a crisis centre for them in the
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capital, jakarta. a depressingly familiar scene in indonesia which has a poor aviation safety record. several boats were sent out to search for any signs of the missing plane. some reported finding what looked like debris but by nightfall, the search had to be called off until morning. the plane disappeared close to where lion air flight crashed two years ago. that exposed flaws in the design of the brand—new boeing seven 307 max. this flight involved a much older plane. sriwijaya air said there was no known problems are dead. the airline is one of dozens that have proliferated in indonesia in the last 20 years, giving access to air travel for the first time but raising worrying questions about safety. at least four deaths have been reported in the worst snowstorms to hit spain for up to half a century. storm filomena has blanketed parts of the country in heavy snow, causing disruption and travel chaos. the capital madrid was one
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of the worst affected areas. the third round of the fa cup saw the non—league lancashire side chorley up against the championship club derby county. a covid outbreak left derby without their entire first team squad, leaving chorley in with a real chance. jo currie was watching. derby county fans would have struggled to put anyone out of chorley‘s line up but also their own — after a covid outbreak saw their first team replaced with under 23s and 18—year—olds and kept boss wayne rooney at home. for the non—league hosts, an opportunity like no other to reach the fourth round for the first time. commentator: and chorley have scored! and their label of underdogs didn't last long. a set piece, county unable to clear their lines, scrappy, but connor hall won't care. will tomlinson with the opportunity to make it two before the break, hooking this audacious effort towards goal. a change of ends but no change of pace for the home side.
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derby's inexperienced defence getting caught out, a clever back heel and hall on target again. derby were in danger of getting mullered, as chorley kept on coming. and then the killer blow. calveley‘s close range volley beating yates to put the game out of sight. non—league chorley into round four of the fa cup! and that was enough. # it isn't over...#. chorley‘s fa cup journey continues. jo currie, bbc news. we're back with the late news at 10. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello. this is bbc news. allies of president trump have condemned twitter‘s decision to close his account as an attack on free speech.
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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. our 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. 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. facebook, having already banned donald trump for the remainder of his term in office, the president is looking
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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, 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.
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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. let's talk to dr leslie vinjamuri, director of the us programme at chatham house. thank you for being with us. we have talked to you so much over the course of this year. give me your perspective on the events we saw on wednesday and what might be the longer term indications of that?|j think longer term indications of that?” think they were deeply disturbing. watching them in real time, many of
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us were watching them in real time, many of us were stunned. not because we didn't expect protests and some might turn violent, but nobody imagined quite what we would see. it was also difficult to tell what was happening. in the days since, we have seen video clips from inside the capitol. we have seen the scales of violence. there were many elements gathered in the mall and in the capital. some were supporters of trump but were peacefully protesting. then there was a disturbing deep far right using violence and inside the capital. now, we have seen people having to ta ke now, we have seen people having to take a clear view as to whether they will, not only disassociate themselves from the violence on capitol hill, the insurrection, but whether they will continue to support the president or whether they will directly link him to inciting that violence. we'll come
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to the democrats in a moment. the dilemma for the republican party? i have talked to a number of republican politicians. on one hand, we had activists in alabama saying it will —— he will follow donald trump wherever he leads. i had another republican saying that he was done with donald trump. if the republican party disavows him, i will be back in the republican party. then you've got republican politicians who are trapped in the headlights who don't quite know what to do to navigate from now, with trump as the leader of the republican party, to whatever the future is. you have captured it perfectly. we are in a very uncertain period of time. we have 12 days left with a sitting president is continuing to stoke violence.
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twitter has taken him down and marginally disempowered him from reaching his followers. as you said, there are so many different elements of the republican party. the most recent poll by pbs, about 80% of republicans objected to what they saw on capitol hill. that is a very high percentage, but it gives 20%. a bill that normal caveats of getting an accurate view at this point in time, but it shows that there is still a hard core that will stay with the president whatever happens. that raises an important question of using the 25th amendment or pursuing impeachment to remove him. first of all, there is an powerful and important argument for pursuing impeachment, but it will have an impact on those who are very loyal to the president and some of those
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who are willing to use violence. if what we hear is true, there is a considerable risk of further violence in the days ahead. for the democrats, there is a political dilemma of if you pursued impeachment, if you can impeach, you can still do it even if he has left office. but then you're making a political martyr. is that what the democrats want to do? presumably, joe biden has to stand above all of this because he is the man who is trying to reunite the nation, even if he is a democrat. perhaps it is a good thing that it is notjoe biden‘s decision to make now. there isa biden‘s decision to make now. there is a clear, moral and real case for pursuing impeachment. it is difficult to say were not going to do anything about this. it is almost impossible to imagine being in a position of authority and allowing
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him to finish out his term, not least because of the short—term consequences, but the longer term consequences, but the longer term consequences for failing to sanction a president who has incited violence and continues to do so. it will have and continues to do so. it will have a consequence. the question of reuniting the country and working to heal those divisions is a real one. we could do that with moderate republicans. many republicans who supported donald trump don't support what happened. we could bring 80% of those voters who do not agree into the fold and impeachment could be one way to do that. regardless with what happens, those committed to extremism, to donald trump, aren't going to be changed in either direction based on what mechanisms are pursued. went brief last question, how serious stomach
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seriously will the authorities be taking security for inauguration day? we now know that there are a small number of people who believe that the election was stolen. they believe that they are defending the tradition and spirit of the republic, some think they are evoking the spirit of 1776. we have heard the words, even of the woman who was shot and killed as she was trying to force her way into the capital, saying it's a revolution. there is a very real concern about further violence, certainly around inauguration day. they will be taken great precautions, i assume, they will be scaling it back, even though it was already scaled back due to the pandemic. now there are very
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grave concerns, not only onjanuary the 20th, but the days leading up to january the 20th. we saw a failure of law enforcement, that's a very complicated story which is still being investigated. there will certainly be a different approach in the days ahead. thank you very much for being with us on bbc news. more how on coronavirus and 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. joining me now is stephen reicher, professor of social psychology at the university of st andrews, and a member of spi—b, the behavioural advisory group of sage. glitch to speak to you again. let me ask you, what do you make of what you are seeing at the moment in terms of the figures? i know there isa lag. terms of the figures? i know there is a lag. some of this is the
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consequence of that brief spurt of contact consequence of that brief spurt of co nta ct over consequence of that brief spurt of contact over christmas. can we manage it? can we contain it? we are ina real manage it? can we contain it? we are in a real emergency this time. a real emergency. you've heard all the figures. over 1000 people dying every day. 30,000 or so people are in hospital, way above the peak in april. in london, about one person in 30 is being infected. the figures are still rising. that's the point, they're still rising. we haven't seen they're still rising. we haven't seen the effect of loosening the rules over christmas, we haven't seen rules over christmas, we haven't seen the effect of whatever happened at new year. we are in a real crisis. when you get to a situation where you are taking people out of hospital and putting them into hotels, you know we are in an extraordinary situation. and yet the problem is, although we use the word lockdown, and i think we use it rather loosely, the restrictions are
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considerably less than they were backin considerably less than they were back in march. although the figures are worse and we are dealing with a more virulent infection. there are all sorts of things we are allowing now, which we need to look at very carefully. we a re now, which we need to look at very carefully. we are allowing cleaners and tradespeople to go in and out of each other‘s houses. we are keeping places of worship open. it's true, we have closed schools, but at the same time, the definition of critical workers whose children should go to school or can go to school, is so broad that about one third of children are still going back to school. the point is, we have got to do something more. we have got to do something more. we have got to limit, in every way, our contact with other people if we are to get through this period and emerge, when the vaccines begin to get hold and more and more people are immunised. we are in the midst ofa are immunised. we are in the midst of a real crisis, a real storm, and we have got to battle down all the hatches. not just some we have got to battle down all the hatches. notjust some of we have got to battle down all the hatches. not just some of them, we have got to battle down all the hatches. notjust some of them, all
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of them. one in 30, approximately, in london have the infection. at the moment, they may not even know it. there was a statistic from the london borough of barking and taken them which said that as many as one in15 them which said that as many as one in 15 have it or had it now. i was done to a scientist last night and it raises the question of immunity. are we perhaps at the point where herd immunity becomes part of the story of how we overcome this infection? not the whole story, because we need this vaccination. but that could be part of it for the population. the problem is, people who have got it may get it again. places with a very heavy burden of infection, for example in brazil, where there was a high rate of
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infection, half dam at far higher than what we had at the moment, and waste dull had a second wave —— and they still had a second way. on one hand,it they still had a second way. on one hand, it is true that older people die, but 70% of them in intensive ca re are die, but 70% of them in intensive care are under70. die, but 70% of them in intensive care are under 70. if you let it rip, you will overwhelm the nhs. there is also the problem of long coronavirus. playbill get through this is to take other measures we can to suppress the infection and roll out the vaccine as quickly as possible. we have got to accelerate that. while the vaccine is critically important, it is part of the strategy, but not all of the strategy. we have got to do everything we can to make our environment safe, to limit contact with other people, to support
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people, to self—isolate. we need a coordinated strategy. we are not seeing it. one of the problems we are seeing is, in a sense, the government are taking away with one hand what it gives with another. yes, it is saying to people to stay—at—home, but it is broadening the definition of essential workers who can go to work to another level where that policy is completely undermined. today, i have had e—mails from people who say they are essential workers and they work with coffee machines and the like. the same issue is with schools. nobody wa nted same issue is with schools. nobody wanted it but it was necessary to bring the level of infection down. but the number of those being told to go back to school is so large that it undermines the policy. in the midst of such a crisis, such an emergency, we need systematic, clear, and consistent policies that get things under control. otherwise, we will begin to see these
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situations where people have to be moved out of hospital accelerating. people see our front line staff com pletely people see our front line staff completely overwhelmed in the nhs. thank you very much. the weather now. hello there. it's been a very cold start to the weekend, widespread frost and ice up and down the country and also some low cloud and freezing fog, particularly in the south, which could linger all day. best of the sunshine further north, but for scotland we have had a weatherfront pushing in, bring outbreaks of rain to northern and western areas. some snow on the hills as well, and that weather will push into northern england overnight, bringing a little bit of rain here. more rain pushing into western scotland and again there will be further snow on the hills. now, a cold night to come, but not as cold as it has been of late. but still cold enough where any rain falls on the frozen surfaces and we could see an ice risk for sunday morning, eastern scotland and north—east england favoured for that. further rain pushing
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into northern and western scotland throughout the day on sunday, but further south, for northern ireland, much of england and wales, we should see the cloud breaking up and we should get some sunshine for the afternoon. it will be a little less cold as well through sunday afternoon, 5—7 or 8 degrees out west. as we head through the new week, it looks like it will be a little less cold than it has been generally, but there will be further rain at times, with some snow on the hills, particularly in the north. hello, you're watching bbc news with me, shaun ley. the headlines: the latest coronavirus figures show there's been 1,035 more deaths in the uk, taking the total to over 80,000. that is since the pandemic began. there's also been nearly 60,000 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours. a new campaign in the uk is urging people to abide by lockdown rules. scientists and senior public health officials are warning that despite the lockdown, even tougher restrictions may be necessary. the queen and the duke of edinburgh have received their first covid—19 vaccinations.

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