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the uk passes 80,000 deaths from coronavirus, as experts warn of the need for tighter lockdown measures than in the spring. with the pressure on the nhs forcing one hospital to move patients into a hotel, a call for even tougher action. if we were to achieve the same result as we got in march, we would have to have a stricter lockdown than then — and it's not stricter,
it's actually less strict. it comes as the government launched a new campaign urging people to act as if they have the virus. also tonight: a passenger plane carrying 62 people is feared to have crashed into the sea shortly after take—off in indonesia. president trump's democrat opponents say they'll move on monday to call for his impeachment, following his supporters‘ violent attack on congress. and not one but two extra—time goals ensured arsenal are through to the next round of the fa cup. good evening. ten months into the pandemic, the uk has passed another grim milestone, with the number of people dying within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test now over 80,000.
the figure was released as scientists advising the government warned of the need for even stricter lockdown measures than in march, because the new variant of the virus is much more infectious. as the vaccine continues to be rolled out for vulnerable groups, buckingham palace made it publicly known that the queen and prince philip have been vaccinated. here's our health correspondent katherine da costa. one, two, three... another dark day in this pandemic, and still the pressure builds for those on the front line — hospitals across the country are treating 50% more covid patients than during the first peak in april. and with 4,000 new admissions today, nhs staff say this year's winter pressure is off the charts. it really is unprecedented, in terms of the numbers of patients that require intensive care, being put on a ventilator at one time, and most hospitals have reached... ..have expanded their intensive care capacity to somewhere in the region of three
times their normal capacity. some trusts are urgently trying to discharge patients free up extra beds. this hotel in south london's working with king's college hospital, providing a stopgap for homeless or vulnerable patients while they wait for emergency housing. once more, we must all stay home... a simple, clear message in this new government campaign, reinforcing just how critical it is to keep your distance, wear a mask, 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. the sort of transmission that perhaps we were seeing during lockdowns last year, that level of transmission would now be 40% or 50% higher, so we're going to have to work that much harder to achieve the same effect. so the race is on to protect the most vulnerable —
this, the home of bristol city football club, now one of seven mass covid vaccination centres in england. from monday, trained volunteers will begin offering immunisations, joining hundreds of gp sites and hospital hubs around the country. they have been working genuinely day and night, and they're working all through weekends as well, to make sure that their populations get vaccinated. and it's not like flu clinics — this has been hugely complex. today, the queen and the duke of edinburgh, both in the 90s, received their first doses at windsor castle. vaccinations will eventually help to relieve pressure on the health service, but with new infections are 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 look now at the latest government figures in detail. there were 59,937 new coronavirus cases recorded in the latest
24—hour period. the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 59,660. there were on average 29,630 covid—19 patients in hospital in the last week. and there were 1,035 deaths. that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. it means on average in the past week 894 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 80,868. under the national lockdown, people in england must stay at home and only go out for essential reasons, and there are similar measures in place across most of scotland, in wales, and in northern ireland. but the guidance in england has come under scrutiny as derbyshire police said they would review their decision to issue £200 fines to two women who drove five miles for a walk. jon donnison reports.
the pandemic may be yet to peak, but on a beautiful winter's day, london's parks were busy. a stroll and a coffee as good as entertainment gets for many in these challenging times. but is the government's message to stay home being heard? it does feel very different to the first lockdown, where everything was sort of closed and quiet so... i think in general it feels... the vibe is different — i think people are kind of a little bit over it now, i don't know. that's what i feel like, as in i get the vibe that it's less restrictive. i'm happy with the rule set, and i know it's for the better, for the good of the population. i'm not sure what more they could restrict from people's lives, realistically. but are even tougher restrictions needed? some scientists say the vast majority of people are actually sticking to the rules.
the problem, they say, is that the lockdown is still too lax — in particular, too many people, they say, are categorised as critical workers, meaning schools and public transport are still busy. in snowdonia, hikers have been turned away after the authorities closed the car parks. uk government sources say there will be more focus on getting the police to enforce existing lockdown restrictions. but some scientists, including those advising the government, say it's the wrong approach. they're not providing the kind of support that's needed for people to feel that they're able to do the sorts of things that the government is now saying, "well, we're going to punish you if you don't do it." so they've got it all the wrong way round. it's really much, much more about support. and in a long winter, with things almost certain to get worse before they get better, people may well need it. jon donnison, bbc news.
0ur political correspondent iain watson is here, and downing street is to try to reinforce the "stay at home" message in the coming days. it is, because the prime minister thinks, reeta, that the situation is more serious, thinks, reeta, that the situation is more serious, more thinks, reeta, that the situation is more serious, more stark than it was in spring, during the first lockdown, we have just heard that 80,000 people have died, and a number of people who have had positive covid tests has now exceeded 3 million since the pandemic began. basically, downing street isn't looking to impose more restrictions, despite what some scientists are calling for, but they are worried about compliance. so yes, public campaigns reinforcing the message, and there is going to bea the message, and there is going to be a tougher line on enforcement, and tonight the home secretary, priti patel, said the police would not hesitate to act against rule breakers. they are looking for them to move much more quickly from engaging with the public,
explaining, to actually issuing fines, penalties. but there are no new powers for police. they won't be able to enter people's homes. and there is confusion about what you can and cannot do. government guidance would so you can travel a short distance for exercise, but this is not written into law, there is no precise definition is low, so rank and file police officers have been calling for more clarity. 0k, iain, many thanks, our political correspondent iain watson there. a boeing 737 passenger plane carrying 62 people is believed to have crashed into the sea in indonesia. sea rch—and—rescue teams are trying to locate the sriwijaya airlines jet, which appeared to fall around 10,000 feet in less than a minute after taking off from the capital jakarta en route to pontianak. jonathan head has the latest. flight sji82 had only been in the airforfour minutes when all contact was lost. with no emergency calls from the pilots, indonesian officials are struggling to piece together what might have happened.
the flight—tracking app flightradar monitored the plane making an apparent plunge from 10,000 feet to near sea level before it vanished. friends and relatives at the flights destination in the city of pontianak are enduring a distressing wait with very little information. several boats were sent out to search for any signs of the missing plane. some found what they believed might be debris. 0ne fisherman told the bbc he saw what he believed was a large plane crashing into the sea, so close debris nearly struck his boat. but by nightfall the boats had returned to port, the search called off until morning. the plane disappeared close to where lion air flight 610 crashed two years ago. that disaster exposed flaws in the design of the brand—new boeing 737 max, leading to its eventual grounding. this flight involves a much older plane,
though its operator says there were no known problems with it. translation: based on the information i have, the plane was in a good condition when it was flown from pontianak, pangkal pinang, and this was the second route back to pontianak. there shouldn't have been any problem, and the maintenance report was also fine. at the port where the search operation is now based, they're setting up a crisis centre to process any debris that is recovered and to keep family members informed. a depressingly familiar scene in indonesia, where a rapid expansion in low—cost airlines has left worrying questions of aviation safety. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. democrats in the us house of representatives say they'll introduce legislation on monday urging the impeachment of president donald trump, following this week's violent attack by his supporters on the us congress.
let's speak now to our washington correspondent lebo diseko. how likely is it that mr trump will face impeachment again? well, reeta, it's almost certain that he will be impeached. the question is whether or not he will be convicted. the impeachment takes place in the house of representatives, and of because democrats hold a majority there. all it takes is a simple majority and it would make donald trump the first president to be impeached twice. conviction takes place in the senate, and it requires a two thirds majority and would need some republicans to come on board with that, and it's not at all certain that, and it's not at all certain that there is enough support for that. if democrats are successful in managing to push that through, though, it could mean a donald trump is barred from public office for the rest of his life. now, there is, of course, comes after the violence that we saw here on the capitol
grounds on wednesday, and there have been several prominent arrests since then. today a man named jacob chansley, who then. today a man named jacob cha nsley, who prosecutors then. today a man named jacob chansley, who prosecutors say was the man in the image dressed in a horned hat, bare—chested, running through the halls of the capitol, they say that that was him, and he has been charged. also, richard barnett, who has been named as the man pictured with his feet up on nancy pelosi's desk. both of them have been charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the capitol grounds. lebo, many thanks, oui’ capitol grounds. lebo, many thanks, our correspondent lebo diseko there in washington. let's take a look at some of today's other news. there's been a vast power cut across pakistan, throwing most of the country into darkness. officials say they are working on restoring the electricity supply but it could take hours in some areas. major cities, including islamabad, just about seen here, lahore and karachi, were suddenly cut off just after midnight local time. at least four people have died
in the worst snowstorms to hit spain for up to half a century. storm filomena has blanketed parts of the country in heavy snow, closing roads and the main international airport in madrid. weather warnings have been issued, with temperatures forecast to hit minus 12 later in the week. with all the sport now, here's 0lly foster at the bbc sport centre. evening to you, reeta. there were 20 ties in the fa cup third round today. there are a lot of goals coming up on match of the day after the news, but here are a few of the key results — if you want them. the only goals in the all premier league tie between arsenal and newcastle came in extra time, with the gunners going through, as joe currie reports. the emirates, home to some of arsenal's finest fa cup moments in recent yea rs. arsenal's finest fa cup moments in recent years. 1a times they've lifted the trophy, code mikel arteta match last season's success? well, first he'd have to lead the defending champions past newcastle, who didn't make it comfortable from
the start. pierre—emerick aubameyang got on the end of a quickly taken free kick and tested united keeper martin dubravka. he was equal to it, whilst willian wasted the rebound. into the dying moments, and newcastle could have won it, firstly through elliot anderson then andy carroll. there was still time for emile smith rowe to see red only for the card to be overturned after a nervous check of var. and that decision proved vital. in extra time, the arsenal youngster showed composure to finally break the deadlock. it is a brilliant finish by smith rowe! aubameyang made sure with a tap in. 2-0, aubameyang! alight they left it late, but last season's winners safely through to the fourth round. non—league chorley are through to the fourth round after beating a covid—hit derby county 2—0. the championship side had to field mostly youth team players. # it isn't over...
chorley play in the sixth tier and, as has become customary during this season's cup run, they celebrated with a rendition of their favourite adele song. west bromwich albion were knocked out by league one blackpool on penalties. captain chris maxwell made three saves in the shootout. it was his first game back after testing positive for coronavirus over christmas. european rugby competitions could be put on hold after the french government advised their clubs not to face british opposition because of the surge in covid cases here. that would affect both exeter chiefs and bristol bears, who met in the premiership today. semi radradra scored bristol's second try against the champions, as they won 20—7 to move to the top of the table. the welsh national went ahead two weeks later than scheduled. chepstow racecourse was waterlogged over christmas, and today's race was in doubt because of the freezing conditions, but 18 runners went to post, and the heavy favourite, the welsh trained secret reprive,
came home three lengths clear under jockey adam wedge, who had fallen in two earlier races. lots more on the bbc sport website, including the news that the world number one, judd trump, will miss the masters snooker that starts tomorrow — he has tested positive for covid—19. reeta. thank you, 0lly. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. that's all from me. goodnight. jacob chansley, jacob cha nsley, lectern
for at a neonatal unit in bhandara district general hospital when the fire broke out in the early hours. the cause of the blaze is unknown. india's prime minister narendra modi described the incident as a heart—wrenching tragedy. 0ur reporter, anbarasan ethirajan, has more. it is a four—storey building, government hospital in the district of bhandara in central india. in fact, it is exactly district of madhya pradesh. and according to local officials, one of the hospital staff, they saw smoke coming out of the new neonatal unit where 17 babies were kept, and they raised the alarm and then the fire spread very quickly, particularly smoke, they couldn't say, that is why... very few people would normally work during the night shift so they tried to move their babies as quickly as possible and when they came back to rescue the others, they couldn't, and sadly, ten babies have died and as you mentioned,
they were from a few days old to the oldest being three months. and also it is very difficult to move these babies when these were being kept in the icu, the emergency unit where they are connected to oxygen and other equipment in the hospital so they found it, it was a bit of a struggle for them to remove them and then take the babies out. and it was a very heart—wrenching story. the parents were crying. the pictures show that, you know, the soot all over this building. and also the patients from other wards, they were moved to safety. it happened early in the morning so they wouldn't have had much help at that point, but then the fire crew came but then this tragedy happened. more now on the blackout in pakistan. power has been restored to some areas of pakistan after large parts of the country lost its electricity supply. major cities, including the capital islamabad, lahore and karachi, were suddenly cut offjust after midnight local time.
the power minister said the cause of the blackout was being investigated. 0ur pakistan correspondent secunder kermani has more from islamabad. i've been in pakistan reporting here for four years and certainly at midnight local time cat —— powers cat. the power minister has appealed to —— for calm. he said it had been because of a drop in frequency and he said officials have been working on restoring services. this has been a nationwide blackout with residents from every province talking about power outages in their areas. we are getting reports that in some places, power is being restored but officials have said it could take several hours for services to be fully restored right across the country. i'v
been in pakistan reporting here for four years and certainly we've never seen anything like this. power cuts are not uncommon, definitely not on this scale. often what you would see at the height of summer when a lot of people are using fans and air conditioners because of the heat would be a couple of hours or a number of hours of power cuts but certainly something like this has really taken people by surprise. there is concern, of course, about what the impact could be on hospitals for example but because power cuts, even if they are not on this scale, are not uncommon, places like hospitals, places like airports, even many individual better off families have diesel powered generators which can provide electricity for a period of time, so i have been speaking to some airports and some hospitals and they say for the moment, they're all ok but if this continues for a lot longer, concerns would be rising. for the moment, though, people seem to be fairly calm. there is a wedding happening down
the street from me and that has been continuing despite the power cut. around 100 migrants have reached the uk today, by crossing the channel by boat. the home office says, that 69 people on 5 boats, were brought to dover and that another boat with around 30 people on board was taken to eastbourne. they also say that the french prevented 3 boats with 26 people on board, entering uk waters. earlier, the ‘minister for immigration compliance and the courts', chris philp said, "people should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, and not risk their lives making a dangerous and illegally facilitated crossing." saudi and qatari airlines have announced that they'll start flying between their two countries once again following the recent deal that ended a long—running regional dispute. qatar airways and the saudi carrier, saudia say their flights
will resume on monday. the land border between the twocountries was also re—opened. it follows a breakthrough earlier this week where diplomatic relations have been restored between qatar, and 4 arab states, that imposed an embargo against it, three and a half years ago. the world's oldest living olympic champion is celebrating her 100th birthday. the hungarian gymnast, agnesh kellerti, won ten medals in the helsinki and melbourne games in the 1950s, nine of them gold. she escaped the holocaust and has a new book about her life. the hungarian gymnast, agnesh kellerti, won ten medals in the helsinki and melbourne games in the 1950s, five of them gold. she escaped the holocaust and has a new book about her life. she'sjust turned 100, but agnes keleti's bubbling energy and enthusiasm has no bounds. celebrating her birthday with close family, she says of her remarkable long life that it so far has passed by in a flash. translation: 100 years seemsjust like 60 to me, really.
i love to live and i wish for health and there it is! i like to live and i live well. what else is better? i'm healthy and i like my life very much. in her elegant apartment in budapest, this feisty 0lympian and holocaust survivor is surrounded by mementos and medals of her life story, which include adventures and great achievements, but also heartbreak and tragedy. herfirst love was music, but inspired by her father's love of rowing with the family on the danube, agnes swapped her cello for a leotard and took up gymnastics, winning several national medals. in 1940, during the second world war, she was barred from taking part in any of her country's sporting activities because of herjewish background. after the nazi german occupation of hungary in 19114, she skipped deportation to a death camp by assuming the identity
of a maid and went into hiding. her father and several relatives were killed in auschwitz. her mother and brother escaped to sweden. she made her mark as an 0lympian, winning five gold medals in the 1952 helsinki games, and at the 1956 melbourne games, which were won after she turned 30 and was competing against gymnasts half her age. when the soviet tanks crushed the hungarian revolution in 1956, she stayed first in australia and then moved to israel, only returning to hungary in 2015. the queen of gymnastics! and now, to mark her centenary, there's a new book about her life, and the energetic spirit of hungary's most successful gymnast remains intact. translation: am i 100 years old? let's blow those candles out! jatinder dhillon, bbc news. time for a look
at the weather with chris fawkes. hello, there. saturday was a cold day for most of the uk, but the weather will be milder for many of us over the next few days. 0vernight tonight, we've got clouds and rain moving into scotland, that will tend to sink a little bit further southwards with time so turning damp for northern ireland and northern england. further southwards, we've got some fog patches that will reform, re—thicken across parts of east anglia in southern england, visibility down to 100 metres in places. and with a widespread frost, there's a risk of some icy stretches as we start off sunday. now, sunday is going to be a milder day for all of the uk, really, the mist and fog clearing to give bright skies in the south. further north, we've got cloud and rain, particularly so across western scotland with rain particularly persistent here. milder for many of us, temperatures around six or seven degrees celsius, but still cold enough for snow showers in shetland. monday, another mild day for most of us, if anything, a bit milder, but we've got cloud and rain around as well. the exception to the mild theme, again for northern scotland, where it could be cold enough to see some further falls of snow. but for many of us, temperatures
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