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this is bbc news. i'm tim willcox. the headlines at 6:00. fresh warnings that the nhs — under increasing pressure — could soon be overwhelmed by coronavirus cases. the health secretary says people should all play their part in helping stop the spread amidst calls from some that the rules are not tough enough. we can all do something to help, which is to stay at home, because every time you try to flex the rules, that could be fatal and we all have a part to play. we have had mixed messages, i'm afraid, for the past nine months which is why we have a problem. i would like to see the prime minister out there every day with a press conference making sure that message is getting through because that is the most crucial thing. as tens of thousands of people over
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the age of 80 are invited to book a covid vaccination — the government promises that everyone over the age of 18 will be offered one by autumn. search teams recover the black boxes of the passenger plane that crashed yesterday off indonesia, killing 62 people. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the health secretary, matt hancock has warned that every time people "flex" the lockdown rules it "could be fatal" and has urged everyone to follow government restrictions. but the labour leader, sir keir starmer says the current rules may not be tough enough. in the latest 24—hour period, the number of people who have tested positive for covid—19 is 5a,940 with 619,91”
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virus tests conducted overall in the same period. the latest number of people who have died — within 28 days of a positive test - is 563. and the number of patients admitted to hospital in the last 2a hours stands at 4,066. this report from our political correspondent nick eardley contains flash photography. central london this morning as quiet as you will ever see it, with shops shut, pubs closed. some parts of the country are deserted again. but there is also real concern in government that not everybody is following the new lockdown and the strict stay at home message. the government rules only are one part of this. what really matters is what every single person does, because that is how the virus spreads. we can all do something to help, which is to stay at home. because every time you try to flex
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the rules, that could be fatal. the health secretary didn't rule out taking extra measures, to limit mixing, because there is concern among experts about the health service and its ability to cope. we will go over on three. one, two, three. these images from london's university college hospital give a sense ofjust how much strain hospitals are under. england's chief medical officer is warning that if the virus continues to grow, many hospitals will face real difficulties soon. members of the government's virus group agree. it was bad in march — it is much worse now. we have seen record numbers across the board, record numbers of cases and hospitalisations, record numbers of deaths. we are now in the eye of the storm, so to speak, and people need to take this very seriously. there are differences between the stay—at—home message
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now and the one from last spring, some people can form support bubbles, and in some parts of the uk places of worship and nurseries are open. that has led to some scientists advising the government to say there is too much room for activity, but the main concern in government is that people are not being as strict with the rules now as they were last year. labour has said the government should have acted sooner, and its leader warned further measures may be needed, possibly closing england's nurseries, for example. he had this to say on the current restrictions. they are tough and they are necessary. enough? they may not be tough enough, but in a sense i think the most important thing is for people to get that message about stay at home, and it is up to the government to put that message out there the whole time. the health secretary said this morning that around 2 million people have now had a vaccine. by autumn, he is pledging every adult in the uk will have been offered one. but for now, the message is that
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following the rules is more important than ever. nick eardley, bbc news, westminster. so, as we've just heard the health secretary says every adult in the uk will be offered a coronavirus vaccine by the autumn. it comes as people over 80 in england are being contacted to get a coronavirus vaccination at new nhs centres opening up this week. they're in bristol, surrey, london, manchester, stevenage, birmingham, the north east and yorkshire. 0ur health correspondent dominic hughes has more. this is our best hope of escaping the coronavirus pandemic — mass vaccination on a scale the country has never seen before. at this centre in stevenage, local nhs staff are among the first to receive the jab. everybody‘s been struggling, you never know whether you're going to work and what you're finding, so by having this, we just know that we can start to work together and really make a difference in terms of everyone
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that's out there and hopefully get out of this pandemic that we're in. i'm happy and excited that i got it, cos i know that i'll be protecting not only myself but the people i work with. as well as the centre in stevenage, this one in manchester and five other hubs will start offering vaccinations this week. it marks a big acceleration in the vaccination programme, and it's needed if the government is going to hit its mid—february target of offering the jab to 15 million people, including some of the most vulnerable and health and care workers. in scotland, the 0xford—astrazeneca vaccine will be more widely available through 1,000 gp practices and centres. wales and northern ireland have each administered more than 70,000 vaccines. long—term ambitions go further — an announcement this morning that all over—18s could receive the jab by autumn. but that seems a long way away while a combination of soaring hospital admissions and staff sickness is creating a crisis that is entering
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uncharted territory. we are seeing hospitals having to divert patients because they're too full, and that's having a knock—on effect on other hospitals, who then also become too full, and we're concerned that this will be a situation that could spread to other parts of the country. so the situation is quite desperate. in a bid to break the transmission chain of the virus, this week will also see the start in england of regular rapid lateral flow testing for people who can't work from home. the tests can be turned around in 30 minutes and aim to catch those people not displaying any symptoms. but that's unlikely to ease the pressure is the health service faces right now and over the weeks to come. dominic hughes, bbc news. and, professor chris whitty, england's chief medical officer will be taking your coronavirus questions in a special edition of your questions answered on the bbc news channel and bbc radio 5 live
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tomorrow morning at 8:30. you can get in touch via your questions at or via twitter with the hashtag #bbcyourquestions. in other news, shoppers in northern ireland have been facing bare shelves at some supermarkets since ist january, following the uk's trade separation from the eu after brexit. the new arrangements now mean it's become more complicated for businesses to ship food over the irish sea from britain, and some lorry loads have faced delays. the government says traders and hauliers need to make sure they are complying with the new border rules. here's our ireland correspondent, emma va rdy. january may be the time some of us want to consume a little less, but shoppers in northern ireland have found the shelves noticeably bare. i was in tesco, and there was lots of empty shelves today. it was mostly the frozen food as well. i was looking for, like, fish and stuff, and i was wondering why there was no food. there is very little vegetables in that store, and pure orange juice
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is completely wiped out. sainsbury‘s, tesco's and asda have all said some products have faced hold—ups or are in limited supply due to the new post—brexit rules. m&s, meanwhile, has taken precautionary measures, after seeing competitors' lorries delayed at ports. marks & spencer's has temporarily withdrawn more than 300 from sale in northern ireland — that's about 5% of what you'd normally see in its stores — while it gets to grips with the new paperwork. it includes more specialist items like sushi and some cheeses. since ist january, food crossing from britain to northern ireland has needed new paperwork and checks, because northern ireland has remained within the eu single market while the rest of the uk has left. it means that an entire lorry—load could be held up at ports like belfast, even if only one item onboard doesn't have the correct customs declarations filled out. i've got a lot of examples this week where even some of the big supermarkets haven't been prepared
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for the additional paperwork, but that's only part of the issue. in addition to that, a lot of companies are aware of the additional requirements and made a business decision to cease supply to northern ireland in the short term until all the teething issues are sorted out. supermarkets say they will get the full range of products back up for sale as they adapt to the new arrangements, but because of some stockpiling over christmas, freight will only begin to return to normal volumes next week. and the government is warning the most difficult period is yet to come. we're working with supermarkets in order to ensure that northern ireland consumers can have an uninterrupted supply of the products that they're used to enjoying. we said that there would be some initial disruption, we're ironing it out, but the situation will get worse before it gets better. agreeing the special arrangements for northern ireland was always one of the most contentious parts of the brexit process, and for now, at least, the reality of introducing a new trade border within the uk is
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becoming plain to see. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. you're watching bbc news. a 28—year—old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after two men died at a property in east london. police were called to an address in ilford, to reports of a disturbance. two men were found seriously injured inside the property, and both died at the scene. our correspondent lisa hampele sent this report. the house here has been cordoned off, as you can see, and forensic teams have been here since early this morning. it was at about 4:30am this morning that police and paramedics were called. they were called because of a disturbance and when they got here they found two men had been seriously injured and they died here at the scene. we were told that police and paramedics tried to do all they could, but the men were pronounced dead here. they also arrested a 28—year—old woman. she had been injured and she was tasered as she was being
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arrested and she is now being treated in hospital. now, i have spoken to neighbours here and one of them in particular told me that he heard screaming just before the police and the ambulance crew arrived. he said that he heard her saying, "help me, help me." a woman in the house, coming in and out of the house was screaming, "help me." lisa hampele reporting. the online supermarket, 0cado, has warned there could be shortages of some products over the next few weeks because of staff problems in its supply chain. 0cado says the number of workers off sick or sick—isolating because of covid means that some food producers are reducing the number of products they offer. the online retailer warned that supply chain issues could lead to a higher number of substitutions as well as missing items on customer orders. officials in indonesia say they've located the black box flight recorders from the boeing 737
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airliner that crashed yesterday. 62 passengers and crew were on board the jet, which disappeared from radar screens over the sea, four minutes after taking off from the capital jakarta. 0ur south east asia correspondent jonathan head reports. better weather allowed a small flotilla of ships to make progress in the search for flight sj182 in the sea north of the capital, jakarta. the boeing 737 crashed just four minutes into its journey. the location was quickly identified, allowing teams of divers to locate wreckage on the sea floor and, they believe, signals from the flight recorders. translation: there are two signals coming from the black boxes. these can be continuously monitored so we can mark their coordinates. hopefully we can retrieve them soon and identify the cause of the crash. throughout the day, they brought back debris clearly identifiable as from the missing plane,
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confirming that something catastrophic happened to it in the last minute of flight before it plunged into the sea. in this wreckage there were personal items belonging to the passengers, and the authorities say they've recovered some human remains as well. relatives have been coming in to give dna samples in the hope that some of those remains can be identified. friends and neighbours visited the home of the plane's captain afwan to offer their condolences. both pilots were experienced flyers. captain afwan spent many years with the indonesian air force. "he was a good man," says his nephew, ferza mahardika. "he often gave us advice and was a prominent figure in the neighbourhood, well known for his kindness." the pilots gave no distress calls, leaving no clue as to what went wrong. the continued recovery of wreckage will hopefully provide some answers and shed light on whether the safety
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flaws which have long dogged indonesia's aviation industry were a factor here too. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. just coming up to 6:15pm. the headlines on bbc news. as coronavirus admissions to hospitals rise, the health secretary says flexing the lockdown rules could be fatal — while some warn the measures are not strict enough. the government promises that every adult over 18 will be offered a coronavirus vaccine by the autumn. as we just heard, search teams recover the black boxes of the passenger plane that crashed yesterday off indonesia, killing 62 people. the outgoing us vice president, mike pence, will attend the inauguration ofjoe biden on january 20th. donald trump has said he won't be at his successor‘s swearing—in, breaking with tradition. democrats in the house of representatives say they'll start impeachment proceedings
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against president trump on monday. they've accused him of inciting his supporters to storm the capitol building in washington. meanwhile, a prominent follower of the baseless conspiracy theory qanon has been charged over the riots. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports. the images that shocked america and the world. video and photographs that are now being scrutinised by the authorities to bring those responsible to justice. this man, dressed in a bearskin headdress and carrying a six—foot spear, was among those that stormed the us capitol and gained access to the senate chamber. prosecutors say he is jacob chansley, a prominent follower of the baseless conspiracy theory qanon, now in custody for charges that include violent entry and disorderly conduct. adam johnson was pictured carrying the lectern used by the house speaker, nancy pelosi. he is now in custody in florida. hello, patriots. protests for and against donald
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trump have continued this weekend. heavily armed supporters of the president gathered in minneapolis... we want donald trump to resign! ..while in chicago, opponents of the president rallied outside the city's trump tower. in washington, there is now intense security. the national guard is on patrol around the capitol, wherejoe biden will be inaugurated as the nation's next president in ten days' time. donald trump has said he won't be there, but the vice president, mike pence, and his wife, do plan to attend the ceremony. in the meantime, democrats plan to move forward with a second impeachment of the president, starting on monday. it was an act of sedition that was incited and encouraged by donald trump, and that is why he must be held accountable to the full extent of the law. the claim in the draft articles of impeachment is that donald trump's behaviour "gravely endangered the security of the united states."
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but some republicans think the process could fuel further unrest. 0thers argue there simply isn't enough time. i've got enough decisions to make about things that can happen rather than to spend time on things that can't happen. if the house of representatives votes to impeach the president, the earliest the us senate could begin a trial of mr trump is january 20th — the day he is due to leave office. peter bowes, bbc news. no president has ever been impeached twice before. i asked our correspondent in washington lebo diseko the timeline about the current action. we have just had an update from a prominent democrat, the majority whip in the house of representatives james clyburn, and he said he thinks the house could vote on those articles of impeachment as early as wednesday. but when it comes to presenting them
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to the senate they are willing to wait around 100 days. now, you probably know that once the senate receives those articles of impeachment, it has to prioritise them and can't do anything else. the worry forjoe biden had been that if this started on january 20th, he might not be able to get his cabinet confirmed and do all the other things he says are priorities for him, so, looking at the pandemic, the vaccines, and also the economy. he wouldn't have been able to look at those until this trial was done. so, very interesting to hear james clyburn say, look, we understand the game here and we are willing to wait this out but we will get our trial in the senate. just to be clear, you don't have to be a serving president to be impeached, you can be impeached afterwards and that would affect the president's right to security, pension and everything else, and more importantly, prevent another attempt at standing? apparently so.
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i mean, we are in kind of uncharted territory at the moment, we have calls in to several constitutional lawyers trying to work all of this out. but what we do know is that yes, donald trump would be the only president to be impeached twice, and that whatever happens the democrats will have achieved that. and depending on what the ruling is when the senate rules on the trial and if they were to find him guilty, they can rule that, yes, donald trump could be barred from holding public office for the rest of his life. it's very interesting because on the one hand you hear people saying, what is the point in this because republicans are unlikely to vote for this in the senate. to vote for this in the senate? but many people who support the democrats are saying that they need to show that there are consequences for behaviour, and not doing anything kind of sets a very bad example, that there is no consequence whatsoever. mike pence says he will attend the inauguration, donald trump when he was still allowed to tweet,
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said he wasn't going to. where is he going to be? that we don't know but i don't think anybody was surprised to hear that donald trump would not be attending that inauguration. it seemed very clear from his words and what he was saying over the past few weeks. if anything, the surprise was hearing joe biden saying essentially, "good, i'm glad he's not coming," he said that's the one thing that we agree on. it was quite interesting to look at the kind of olive branch he extended to mike pence, saying that he would be pleased if he attends. we know thatjoe biden is somebody who really values the kind of traditions around lawmaking and the traditions that have been set. so that was very interesting to see. yes, as far as we know mike pence and his wife will be attending on the 20th.
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lebo diseko speaking to me from washington. let's get more now on the uk lockdown. the home secretary has defended the way police have been handing out fines for people who've allegedly breached the rules, saying there is a "need for strong enforcement". priti patel said the number of cases and deaths recorded last week means that officers are right to stop giving repeated warnings to repeat offenders. earlier i spoke to professor susan michie — health psychologist at university college london, and a member of spi—b, the behavioural advisory group of sage — on the issue of getting people to obey the guidelines and the law. i think we have to look at what's the nature of the rules and what are the nature of the restrictions. this is very different than march. the current restrictions allow non—essential tradespeople, cleaners, nannies, estate agents to go in and out of each other‘s houses. they allow mass gatherings in terms of places of worship, nurseries being open, all sorts of non—essential things like heritage sites, garden centres, etc. and this all means there is many
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more people on public transport and so there's more people who are in contact with each other and transmitting this very transmissible virus to each other. so really, that's what we have to look at primarily because we are in a situation where, given, compared to march, we have a 50—70% more transmissible variant of the virus, we have the cold weather which means the virus will last for longer, and more people are indoors enabling more aerosol transmission, and we have the nhs in absolute crisis now. for all these reasons, we ought to have more rather than fewer restrictions than march. so itjust doesn't make sense, it is completely illogical that we have got a much more lax set of rules. so before we begin blaming people yet again and blaming people for not adhering to rules, let's look at the rules themselves.
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is there an argument to say that for many people they are less frightened now about this virus than they were at the beginning of the lockdown last time? is there any evidence for that psychologically? no, there isn't evidence for that. and what we have seen throughout this pandemic is that when people can see that there is a really serious threat, when they can see that what they do can make a difference, and when they trust the leadership, the communication that's telling them what to do, they will adhere very well. the problem at the moment is, yet again, we have mixed messaging. 0n the one hand we are being told this is really serious, abide by the rules. but on the other hand we are being given a set of very lax rules. this is mixed messaging and this is exactly what undermines adherence. so we need to really look at this so the messaging
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of what we are being asked to do is commensurate with the seriousness of the situation. and yet we have professor chris whitty, for example, today making that appeal warning, i mean, dire warnings about the situation we are facing and it could get worse. the government, as yet, not actually confirming that it's going to raise the tier system further, but presumably chris whitty would be telling the government if he thought that was necessary. do you think there is something to be gained from him individually, personally, the man who is trusted with the science perhaps by many people, to make that personal appeal? well, it's not up to me to tell chris whitty how to do his job. but if you look at the data, if you look at the transmission rate, if you look at the figures that you just shared with us now, this is absolutely dire. and it is going to get worse, there is no way around it with this level of transmission, the level of increase in transmission. and so really it's just total logic. and of course, those who have got most influence, which includes
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professor chris whitty, are the ones, hopefully, who can persuade the government to do the right thing and ensure that there's more strict, not less strict, measures than in march. but these must be underpinned by good support for people. and that didn't happen last time. we need good support for those who are renting accommodation, good support for those who are in precarious employment, and freelancing etc, because if we don't give that kind of support along with the strict measures, we are going to have physical and mental health problems, we will have loss of livelihoods, and in the long term, that will harm the economy. that short—term investment in people and in theirjobs, and also in schools and workplaces, to make them safe, so the measures, the restrictions can be gradually lifted, people will be going back to
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safe transport, safe workplaces and safe transport, safe workplaces and safe schools. we haven't had that yet and that is absolutely urgent so that this will be the last lockdown we ever face. if that's not done, we risk another year of yo—yoing in and out of lockdowns. professor susan michie speaking to me a little earlier. we have been hearing about the shortage of staff in health care settings because many are suffering from the effects of covid—19 or self—isolating. now — scientists think robotic health care assistants could soon become a reality. a team at the university of sheffield in the uk are developing ways of using new technology in hospitals and care homes, as luxmy gopal has been finding out. this is benny the robot. he's in a home lab in sheffield, but he is being controlled in real time from manchester. through the technology, anyone anywhere can immerse themselves in the robot.
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i become the robot simply by putting on a vr headset. and now i can see everything the robot sees. and i can control its arms. robotics firm cyberselves has developed a versatile, more user—friendly programming system, so what robots can't yet do alone can be done with the help of human controls. they hope it will revolutionise health tech. there is an increasing use of robots now in health care, but the artificial intelligence that powers those robots isn't up to scratch and the programming is very, very hard, it requires incredibly specialist degrees to programme robots. so what we're trying to do is simultaneously make it easier to control robots and also to make up that gap for the artificial intelligence. so a robot moving around a hospital, say, cleaning a ward, will get stuck and won't know how to do a certain task. a human being can enter into it, perform the task and the robot can then learn in the future from that as well. the same system can be used to control any number of robots to perform a whole range of different tasks, from surgery to bomb disposal, or, for example, in care homes,
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as a way of having covid—safe company. no social distancing needed here. it's the closest to being with someone without actually being there and opens a world of possibilities. how are you today? i've got your medicine right here. thank you. the doctor could be hundreds of miles away, it could be some specialist that you would like to see a patient and they might be in new york and theyjust need to put on a vr headset and they could be in sheffield looking at this patient. can you look to the left for me, please? and now to the right? it's saying can you show me your leg and you can look at the leg you know looking at this patient. it is the naturalness that is going to make a difference and the spontaneity. the team's work is already making a difference. here in italy guiding people with limited mobility through tasks and drawing conversation from autistic youngsters who otherwise struggle with social interaction.
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they have now received government funding to explore new ways of helping health care through robots like benny here in a covid world and beyond. luxmy gopal... ..and benny, for bbc news, in sheffield. a look at the near future, perhaps! something happening quite soon, perhaps. still chilly but things are warming up. stav has the weather. hello there. we are starting to see some changes now to our weather after what has been a cold week both by day and by night, slightly less cold air will be pushing across the country through tonight, some heavy and persistent rain in northern and western scotland, drizzle over western areas further south. mainly dry with a few clear spells in the south—east. so away from here it's going to be a much milder night, and largely frost free for most. this upcoming week is looking a lot milder than the weekjust gone. there will be some rain at times, some of it quite heavy across the west. a little bit of snow mainly across the hills in the north. the pressure chart for monday shows these weather fronts across the north of the country thanks to low pressure. higher pressure towards the south, that westerly breeze pushing


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