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some milder air comes through with more outbreaks of rain on wednesday. i'm back with the latest from the bbc london in half an hour. now, though, it's back to dan and louise. bye for now. hello, this is breakfast with dan walker and louise minchin. it is 8:30am, monday morning. as millions of children are once again studying at home, the bbc is today launching the biggest ever education programme in its history. lessons aimed at primary and secondary pupils will be broadcast across tv and online. one of those behind the project is professor brian cox, who joins us now alongside the bbc‘s director general, tim davie. good morning, both. good morning. good morning, both. good morning. good money. thank you forjoining us. good money. thank you forjoining us. civilly parents and children waking up this morning thinking, here go again. it is intimidating,
isn't it, what is your recommendation? it is. if you remember back in march and april, the bbc had a primarily online offering which was tremendous. it is a place where it is very challenging for parents to become teachers. actually, it is impossible because teaching is a profession and most people are not professional teachers. this material is prepared with the help of teachers and a host of people. you mention myself. we also have heston blumenthal, marcus rashford. these are experts in our field. imagine april it was hugely popular but it was all online. people needed it and used it. the difference this time is that it is also on tv because what i think everybody has realised is there is huge problem with children and parents who do not have access to
fa st parents who do not have access to fast internet and laptops and so on. that has been remedied this time so there are lessons on cbc with all these people, as i said, who are teaching lessons —— on cbbc. and also on bbc two. this week we have one of my series, the planets and the reason we have that as it is linked to the curriculum. the key point is all of these lessons are curated by experts, teachers, educationists. it is notjust putting your children in front of the tv to keep them quiet. it should be seen as part of the home—schooling effort. be seen as part of the home-schooling effort. tim davie, you haven't been in the job too long but i'm sure you know how hard it is to sometimes get the big clocks at the bbc turning. as soon as lockdown three was instigated, was this part of the process to make sure the bbc
was involved in the huge educational programme? absolutely. one of the great things the bbc does is seven out of ten secondary children use services like bitesize. so we were not starting from a cold start. i think we could move pretty rapidly because we have lots of experience. brya nt because we have lots of experience. bryant described it beautifully in terms of all the various component pipes. build lessons as well as some of the programmes we have got. the critical thing is it is complementary is everything else going on. as a parent, i felt this, 1.7 million children, you know, they don't have access to a laptop or a pc. we have also got a lot of children struggling with basic mobiles or data packages. one of the bits of news today that is going to come through, which is great, as we have partnered with bt and they will
not be charging for data for people using it bitesize. so if you use ee services or a bt mobile or plus net, this is the first in what i hope is a numberof this is the first in what i hope is a number of partnerships. the bbc is all about getting the access sol have been pushing that this year.“ you call marcus rashford or heston blumenthal, do they say, "yeah! we are in!" one of the things about this crisis is often things that took a long time can get done very fast. people generally, ithink there is so much pressure on parents, so many demands on households. but you know most people wa nt households. but you know most people want to help, most people have a good heart, they want to lean in and do this stuff and the great thing is we are getting big numbers. before we are getting big numbers. before we started we had 1.2 million people per day coming to our bitesize services even before we started. as a parentl services even before we started. as a parent i know the battle with children when they are in front of a
screen, andl children when they are in front of a screen, and i would say is the person running the bbc, get them in front of this stuff because it is really educational. and i think it is what everyone wants to get help with. we have not had any problem with. we have not had any problem with people wanting to get involved. in terms of the education, professor, what is involved in your lesson? last time we spoke to you you were talking to some of your university students. what about those young get down the scale? yeah, the lessons i did were focused on, i suppose, the ten—year—olds. that kind of age group. basic physics. but also, as tim said, a key point is to... and i think this content does that... is to be exciting and entertaining and educational. that is the brief, informal, educating. this is not just programmes that have been thrown together. i think timpoint is very important. the years the bbc
has this infrastructure, the bitesize infrastructure, access to the expert. my programme that planets was made in collaboration with the open university so there is this network across which can be mobilised very quickly. that is what has happened. one of the highlights for me, i have an 11—year—old, and horrible histories is on all this week. that is a perfect example, i think, of a genuine programme because it is entertaining. my 11—year—old knows a lot more about history than i do and it comes from watching that programme in particular. thank you very much, professor brian cox and tim davie. battle starts from 9am this morning. iam sure battle starts from 9am this morning. i am sure we will be speaking to many of the people involved in a special lessons over the next few weeks. now let's talk to sally about summer weeks. now let's talk to sally about
summer sports, particularly dan is very excited. some sport?! crawley! so micro i have to fill the next 20 minutes with crawley town. we have nothing else to do, keep going with crawley town. dan is very happy. crawley town delivered one of the fa cup third round's "most emphatic upsets" yesterday as the team beat marcelo bielsa's leeds. the score was crawley town 3—0 leeds united. striker tom nichols, and mark wright — who signed for the league two side for a second time in december — join us now. good morning to you both, gentlemen. tom, ifi good morning to you both, gentlemen. tom, if i can come to you first of all. what an incredible achievement. just describe to me what the last 24—hour as have been like for you as the penny drops and you realise what you have done. it'sjust crazy. an unbelievable win. like you said, it was emphatic, really. if you beat a
premier league team, not that you do very often, you score early and hang on... but the boys were unbelievable. probably could have wol'i unbelievable. probably could have won by more, which is quite weird to say! a great day. i think you could have won by more. did you believe, going into this game, that you could win? absolutely! the graphic set us up win? absolutely! the graphic set us up with the game and said you have to believe in yourselves, the way of playing. we pressed them and i think we probably had more shops than them and definitely more clear—cut chances so we definitely believed we could win the game —— back in s. mark, i watched you come right down at heron mark, i watched you come right down at her on right at the end. how does this feel for you, like a second chance at a football career for you? yeah, certainly feels like that. i only came in for a couple of minutes but that wasn't really the
highlight. the highlight was sat back watching the team that i have been training with the three months. the boys were absolutely sensational stop everybody from top to bottom. it was such a pleasure to watch and say i am now a crawley player and playing with the boys that i smashing leeds to pieces. it wasn't even close. normally these upsets come with a last—minute goal or a penalty shoot out but this was kind ofa3—0... penalty shoot out but this was kind ofa 3—0... it penalty shoot out but this was kind of a 3—0... it was just penalty shoot out but this was kind of a 3—0... it wasjust an unbelievable performance from start to finish by the boys stops ijust explain to everybody why you have a bit of a point to prove when it comes to your football career. i have a point to prove to myself what people are going to doubt, people are going to look at it and think, what is happening here, just because i do what i do off the field andi because i do what i do off the field and i would be the same. i would be
thinking, like, what's all this about? i worked side to get back to the fitness level i have had to get back to and i understand why people doubt it and whatever but i love proving people wrong, doing what i wa nt to proving people wrong, doing what i want to do and i have this kind of "don't let anyone tell me what i can't do" attitude and that is what i'm doing here and i'm going to keep training with crawley and working height and if i get my proper chance i will do my best to prove myself right. tom, the attitude mike is describing i think probably reflects the whole rest of the team. we are of course looking forward to the draw for the next round. tom, i don't know if you are still there. you might be able to tell us... in fa ct, you might be able to tell us... in fact, no, tom has gone. tom, who —— mark, who would you like to play next? i mean... who would i like to play next? anyone, really. there is
one part of me that would like the boys to play someone who we can definitely beat, but on the other hand to play another premier league side would be incredible. west ham for me, boyhood club, or even totte n ha m , for me, boyhood club, or even tottenham, where i started my career. either of those would be great. tom, who would you like to play it next? i'm not sure if you read my question. i would asking you would like to play in the next round three i would like to play spurs away at the new stadium. looks like an unbelievable stadium and i think that would be the one. joe is a —— jose would be there. that would be the one for me. i'm going to stop because we have a crawley town fun in the review was to ask a question. ijust in the review was to ask a question. i just wanted to say well done! i remember it crawley won in the third round, played torquay and had an amazing fifth round tie at old trafford when it came to an end.
crawley town then went on the non—league side. i wonder, going into training this week, it is going to be such a real buzz considering the team are also in a good position in the league, as well. yeah, the mood is really good in camp and that is only going to help. we have the league for now we have to look too and keep going. there is no point winning the third round and then falling away in the league. back to business and we look forward to who we get in the draw and focus on the league until it comes round again. mark, you said you were a spectator for most of the game and that is one thing we have missed in the third round, having fans as an occasion like that would have made such a difference because it would have been packed and bouncing for the whole game. line it would have been incredible but in a way that would have helped us because that is what lee's rise to more than others. the boys were buzzing to be there
knowing it was on tv, knowing we we re knowing it was on tv, knowing we were against a premier league side. it was a massive buzz for the boys and gave us a spring in our step and the boys that started, you can see that from the minute go. there was no giving up to leeds, they wanted to get to the next round and that is what they have done. being a spectator, sat there watching the game, especially when you are assigned to the club that are playing that well, it was a moment that i will never forget, it was incredible. mark, tom, well done to both of you. thank you very much indeed. i love that attitude, just get back into it, thomas aiken. no celebrating, crack. yesterday on the radio, mike wright was described as a very nifty left back on 5 live. he was giving himself down. tottenham are interesting because that is where it might as a young man and i know there is a documentary. it is
really interesting because he was a talented footballer, went away on holiday as a young man, put on a stone and a half and when he came back he was thrown away from totte n ha m back he was thrown away from tottenham and he wishes he has to ha rd tottenham and he wishes he has to hard work ethic he has now back then and he is trying to resurrect his career. that must have been a special moment. you now got a point to prove, i asked him, special moment. you now got a point to prove, iasked him, and he said only to myself right thank you.“ is coming up to 8:45am and carol can tell us all about the weather. hello. good morning. quite a lot going on today. a lot of cloud to start with across many areas. the other thing is it will be mild for most of us compared to earlier. we see some blues across the far north of scotland. the weather front producing some rain, heavy and persistent in the north—west as the cold airdigs in. persistent in the north—west as the cold air digs in. we will see some snow. five to ten centimetres of snow. five to ten centimetres of snow down to 300 metres, one to two
centimetres at sea level. the rest of scotland, all of england, wales and northern ireland, cloudy. one or two brighter breaks, summer rain, some drizzle, but mild. temperature eight to 10 degrees. the blue areas represent where it will be coldest in scotland, hence the snow. the other thing in the forecast are gusty winds, particularly in the west on the coasts and hills. through this evening and overnight, the whole band of cloud and rain since south was the hill snow with it across the hills of the southern uplands and also the pennines. behind it, clear skies, wintry showers down to sea level, and a northerly wind. a cold night. northern england, scotland, northern ireland, with frost and the risk of ice on untreated surfaces. not so as we can further south. seven to 9 degrees. tomorrow we still have a lot of cloud across southern england and also wales. we have the rain extending across the south—west,
injury wales and into northern ireland. for many of us, by the odd shower in the north—east it will be a sunny day. that doesn't mean it will be one because it will actually be cold. these are our temperatures, 48 degrees and clear skies, but where we have the cloud and rain we are looking at up to ii. where we have the cloud and rain we are looking at up to 11. as we head into wednesday, the same weather front this time will be pushing northward and eastward, taking rain with it. as it engages with the cold air, we see snow mostly on the hills. all this rain pushing in across the cold air in northern england and also scotland. that results in the snow with brighter skies ahead of it and then behind it for more northern ireland, wales and south—west england, still a lot of cloud, still some spots of rain, and temperatures deal ten or ii cloud, still some spots of rain, and temperatures deal ten or 11 degrees. compare that to further west and north,... further east, i should say. getting them mixed up. threes
and fours and also fives. as for thursday and into the weekend, well, it is looking more unsettled. it will turn wetter and it will turn when as well. i'm off to sort out my colours and my east and wests, see you tomorrow. never eat shredded week, carol. nina has just wandered in and was listening to your weather report and said, thank goodness for carol during all of this. you have kept a lot of us going. thank you so much. laughter nina is here because we are talking about millions of people who feel they have been left behind with the government has financial support schemes since the beginning of the pandemic. we are looking at that because there is good news. there is a bit of help. things feel a bit normal but millions of people literally feel like they have been left out of government support schemes and it
just isn't fair. if we go back to the time the pandemic was struck there were people who were working and in many cases had been working for many years slipped through the cracks of the support schemes. is help coming for some of them? let's remind ourselves of the help that has been available. the biggest measure has been the furlough — orjob retention — scheme where the government pays up to 80% of the wages of those usually on payroll. that scheme's supported more than ten million jobs and been extended until april. for those who are self—employed — so who do their own books — the government also offers up to 80% of their average annual profits. between the two schemes, almost 60 billion pounds has been spent. businesses can also apply for grants and loans. and universal credit is available to everyone. but is the system fair? it's thought there are around three million working people who aren't eligible for the support schemes. it includes those newly self employed, those who'd just started a job,
but also company directors. their income often comes from dividends — chunks of cash taken out of their business. but because sometimes dividends are also paid to people who don't work for the business — investors, for example — the government said it was impossible to work out a fairscheme. so people like kate — who runs an events business and whose work has dried up — feel abandoned. we see ourselves as a self—employed but we are not. once we incorporated oui’ but we are not. once we incorporated our businesses and became a my my husband is 37 with motor neurone disease. how will we be sure vulnerable patients are by mid—february? vulnerable patients are by mid-february? thank you so much and i'm so sorry to hear about your relative. thank you. the key thing
here is what we need to do is accept that getting safely, vaccinations to people, is obviously more difficult than people who are able to go to centres, to go to their gp, go to a pharmacy. but the new astrazeneca vaccine which is a lot easier to use outside centres, because the first version of the vaccine is being used, the pfizer vaccine, had to be done largely in hubs because it had to be kept at incredibly low temperatures until the country is vaccinated. the new vaccine is a lot easier to use and i think this is something for you to discuss with yourgp at the something for you to discuss with your gp at the point they invite them for vaccination but i would encourage people not to phone and say when is it happening for me or my relatives, just wait until you are contacted and work out what the
practical way of doing this is. but we are intending to prioritise people who are the most extremely vulnerable, they are clearly one of the most important groups for us to get vaccinated early on. thank you, professor. jess, we wish you and your husband all the best, clearly a very difficult situation. nicky. karen in manchester, how are you? hello, how are you? i am good, thank you. professor whitty is ready here. what is your question. hello. my father is waiting for an urgent hip replacement but it has been delayed several times over which is now affecting his overall well—being. when will operations like this be able to take place again? the issue which i think everyone realises is the situation at the moment is that the situation at the moment is that the nhs is able to do all the emergencies it needs to do, notjust
for covid but also things like heart attacks, strokes, and really urgent treatment and that is really important that people realise that, if you had those kind of conditions, you absolutely should be coming forward for emergency treatment. but because of the enormous pressures on the nhs, these extra 30,000, more than 30,000 people in nhs beds at the moment with covid, things which we routinely would have been able to do underordinary we routinely would have been able to do under ordinary circumstances has had to be pushed back in time and thatis had to be pushed back in time and that is very distressing for people and if they are in a lot of pain, which can often be the case with something like hips, it's obviously extremely distressing for the person involved but at the moment, the priority for the nhs has to be to do this for the people who got the greatest emergency needs and also, to do so ina greatest emergency needs and also, to do so in a way that is safe for people because just going back to the statistic i gave at the moment, one in 30 people at the moment in london have covid. what we would not
wa nt london have covid. what we would not want is for anyone to be recovering from an elective hip operation, less urgent, and then to catch covid because that would be a bad combination and that is true for quite a large number of other conditions. right on the money without one, karen. you. professor, if we had gone ahead with the five—day easing over the christmas period, how much worse would things be now? i think because of the new variant, i think we were all, and i think this is probably true for most listeners, very relieved that with new information, a new approach was taken on the easing because the easing would have brought even more people together who currently have not met together so, you know, over christmas, but now over this period of time, the key thing is to minimise the numberof of time, the key thing is to minimise the number of contacts we have and i willjust loop it can be said too often or forcefully. at
this point, the worst point of the epidemic, what we need to be doing over the next few weeks is minimising the numberof over the next few weeks is minimising the number of unnecessary contacts minimising the number of unnecessary co nta cts we minimising the number of unnecessary contacts we have with people. thank you, professor. rita. we are going to hear from melanie you, professor. rita. we are going to hearfrom melanie now. from somerset. she works in retail. your question to the professor. good morning. i question to the professor. good morning. lam question to the professor. good morning. i am one of the thousands of front line retail workers, we have been there from the beginning, feeding the nation. as the government going to ensure we are also prioritised for vaccination and covid testing? i have looked at the document published by the joint committee on the 13th of december and there is no mention of us in there. thank you. this is, the first thing obviously, to say is all of us in society have relied on the extraordinary work of people who've ke pt extraordinary work of people who've kept essential services including
retail for essential goods, food and so retail for essential goods, food and so on, going. and i think all of us should thank you and your colleagues very much for that. in terms of the vaccination prioritisation, as i said in response to the question around teachers, and i think in a sense, the arguments have some similarities, the initial wave which is done by the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation, is all around the people who had the highest risk of dying, that is a clinical question, largely on age and to some extent on conditions and obviously, if someone falls into that, if they are an older person working in retail, or they have a health—care condition, they will be included in that. when you get down to people not in the more clinically at risk groups, ministers and society are going to have to make some choices about how the rest of the prioritisation happens but in the prioritisation happens but in the first wave, our priority is to make sure the people at the greatest risk of dying and greatest risk of
having severe disease and going to hospital are vaccinated as soon as possible and then i think we need to look at the rest of society which is in fact, the majority, and look at what the prioritisation should be. professor, can i ask you, are you collecting any data about the occupations of people who are contracting covid? yes. the office for national statistics is collecting the data very carefully, particularly around people who sadly died from covid and that is part of the data they collect and that is openly available, easy to find on the website. thank you. and melanie, thank you for your question. we've got margaret who sent this question. both my husband and myself tested positive for coronavirus. we have had it since the 20th of december, can you tell me please whether it's possible to enter a cycle of reinfection is 22 days later, we still have a temperature and cough.
at which point can be be considered non—contagious and able to stop self isolating whilst still following government guidelines? chris whitty. thank you. i think again, there are several questions in that and i will answer all three because i think they are all really critical questions. for people. the first of which is it is possible to be reinfected with covid, the risk of getting it a second time if you have a first are substantially reduced, probably between somewhere like 80 and 90%, at least over the first six months, we have data on that but we don't have data for longer periods, largely because the virus has not been around in large enough numbers for that time but we are confident it reduces the risk but it does not reduce it to zero, infection is a possibility in the same will be true after oxidation, reinfection will occui’ after oxidation, reinfection will occur but at a much lower rate. the second thing, except for people who have a very significant reduction in immune system, covid does not
usually last in terms of infection for very long periods of time. some of the symptoms which may be happening after the virus has already gone, can continue for a very long period of time, some of them like a cough canjust be prolonged but at a certain point it goes away and then this syndrome called long covid, and this is people who have long—term problems which will, most people do improve overtime, which will, most people do improve over time, but it can cause significant issues. we have to leave it there. but on that issue of long covid, something i know we have covered extensively and had a very powerful calls on, professor chris whitty, thank you so much for coming on. that's it from this special edition on your question is, radio 5 live, hopefully answered on the bbc news channel as well. thank you to all of you who got in touch with us on social media and thank you of course to professor chris whitty.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines... a warning from england's chief medical officer that the peak of the pandemic is still to come and the next few weeks will be worse, as the government looks at improving enforcement of the current lockdown measures. the most important thing, and i cannot stress this enough, is that what transmits this virus is large numbers of individual decisions taking by large numbers of people having unnecessary contact and i think it is really important that everybody in every interaction they have every day for the next few weeks, thanks, do i really need to do this? seven mass coronavirus vaccination centres capable of injecting thousands of people a week are opening across england this morning.