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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. and if you want to get in touch on any of today's stories, please do. you can tweet me @reetacbbc or with the hashtag #bbcyourquestions. indonesian investigators believe the boeing 737 that crashed on saturday was destroyed when it hit the sea, which could rule out a mid—air breakup. democrats seek the removal of donald trump from office. they want vice—president mike pence to take over until the end of the presidential term. and coming up this hour — as millions of children are once again studying at home, the bbc is today launching the biggest ever education programme in its history. england's chief medical officer, professor chris whitty, is warning that the next few weeks are going to be worst
weeks of this pandemic, with its peak still to come. he is urging people to double down, follow lockdown rules and minimise contact with people outside their households. it comes as ministers discuss ways to improve enforcement of the current lockdown measures and as the first seven mass vaccination centres are opening today in england. around 2 million people in the uk have now received their first dose. that includes a third of people over the age of 80. the government aims to immunise 15 million people in the priority groups by the middle of next month. these groups are... care home residents and their carers, the over—70s, frontline health and social care workers and poeople who are clinically extremely vulnerable. the government's target is to vaccinate every uk adult by the autumn. the vaccination centres are in bristol, birmingham, london, manchester, newcastle, stevenage and epsom racecourse in surrey. let's hear now from england's chief medical officer, chris whitty, who has been speaking
to the bbc this morning. the peak we had back in april last year, we had about 18,000 people in the nhs. we currently, as of yesterday, have over 30,000 people in the nhs. and a week ago, all the four chief medical officers for england, scotland, wales and northern ireland said, this is going to bea northern ireland said, this is going to be a significant crisis for the nhs, unless we take evasive action. and this new variant is really pushing things in a way that the old variant, which was already very bad, was not able to. so, we have a very significant problem. here in london, for example, one in 30 people currently have this rotavirus, according to the office for national statistics. across the country as a whole, it is one in 50, and it is rising in every part of england. so what we need to do, because the next few weeks are going to be the worst
weeks of this pandemic, in terms of numbers into the nhs, what we need to do, before the vaccines have had their effect, and it will be several weeks before that happens, is, we need to really double down. this is everybody‘s problem. any single unnecessary contact you have with someone unnecessary contact you have with someone is a potential link in a chain of transmission that will lead toa chain of transmission that will lead to a vulnerable person. so you have absolutely got to, we have all got to, as individuals, help the nhs and help our fellow citizens by minimising the amount of unnecessary contact. that is the england chief medical officer, chris whitty, who has been speaking to us on the bbc this morning. as we've been hearing, more than 600,000 people aged 80 or over are being sent letters this week, inviting them to book an appointment at one of england's new mass vaccination centres. they open this morning in bristol, manchester, london, birmingham, newcastle, stevenage and at epsom racecourse in surrey. nhs england says these new sites mean thousands ofjabs will be
delivered every week, as our health correspondent jim reed reports. from today, this will become one of the largest vaccination sites in the country. ashton gate stadium in bristol has been converted into a huge vaccination centre. the south concourse will be open 12 hours a day, delivering thousands of doses a week, if there is enough supply to go around. it's one of seven mass vaccination centres being opened in england, from surrey to manchester, with more planned in the coming months. ok, here we are. 0k, go. to start with, locals over 80 years old, plus health and social care staff, will be contacted and asked to book an appointment. we do need to be vaccinating hundreds of thousands of people a day if we're going to get a grip of this pandemic within this country and across the world. so it's notjust a matter of a thousand people coming to the gp practice. it's about hundreds
of thousands of people. more gp and hospital sites will also open this week, as the government tries to hit its target of reaching 15 million of the most vulnerable by mid—february. that, after what critics say, has been a slow start to the vaccine roll—out in places. you may end up with a wee bit of a bruise. in scotland, more clinics should also start to receive the oxford—astrazeneca jab this week. and the welsh government is due to publish its new vaccination plan this afternoon. it comes as the pressure on the nhs shows no sign of letting up. a record 32,000 covid patients are in hospital in the uk, a figure that has doubled in six weeks. the most senior nurse in england posted this video online afterfinishing her shift at the weekend. these are tough times. please follow the rules. these nurses, and their colleagues, are working so hard, and thank you to each and every one of them. it's hoped the vaccine roll—out can start to relieve
some of that pressure. but with infections still rising sharply, nhs staff are still likely to have months of tough work ahead of them. jim reed, bbc news. more than 600,000 people aged 80 or over are being sent letters this week, inviting them to book an appointment at one of these new centres. speaking earlier on radio 4's today programme the vaccines minister nadhim zahawi explained that if the vulnerable couldn't travel to their nearest centre, they can wait for their gp to contact them instead. once we open up more centres next week, including the pharmacies, nobody should be more than ten miles away from a site.
let's get more from our chief political correspondent adam fleming. well, in private, ministers and officials are more than worried, they are scared, that people are not following the lockdown restrictions, which are fairly similar to what we had last march, but they say adherents, in the jargon, in other words following the rules, is not as good as it was last year. and that is why today they have sent out professor chris whitty, chief medical officer for england, to just lay it on the line for people about the pressures facing the nhs. he says this is the worst weeks of the pandemic for the uk so far in terms of the number of people going into hospital and the pressure that puts on doctors and nurses and other patients. and that is why he was very clear that his message to people this morning is, you've got to follow the rules. i cannot stress this enough, is that what transmits
this enough, is that what transmits this virus is a large numbers of individual decisions taken by individual decisions taken by individual people, having unnecessary contact. and i think it is really important that everybody, in every interaction that they have every day for the next few weeks, thinks, do i really need to do this? sometimes people do because they have to work a from home for a particular reason, or essential reasons, like having to go to exercise which is really important for physical and mental health. but every unnecessary interaction is a serious problem because it provides a link through for the virus through to eventually a vulnerable person. effectively that is a bit of a guilt trip being laid on all of us, and the reason is, there is very little else the government can really do. they don't want to tighten up the measures that are in place at the moment, they think it is too early to see if they are working, and also they are not sure what else is available. they don't want to get rid of support bubbles, because they are very important for people who
live alone, or who are vulnerable, they don't want to stop people going out for exercise because that is important for your physical and mental health, and the prime minister doesn't like the idea of something dramatic like a curfew because he thinks it is a bit unbritish, it is not really what we do, and also it might not be very much practical use. and so then you are thinking, what other tools have they got available? can they toughen up they got available? can they toughen up enforcement? i suspect we might see some police forces doing what the met police in london did last week, which was to say they will now move much more quickly from the guidance phase to issuing fines to people who break the rules. and there was some talk overnight about could you get supermarkets to do more, because some officials are worried that supermarkets are a place where people are contracting the virus either could because people aren't wearing masks or they are using it as an opportunity to stop and have a chat with their friends? but then you speak to officials from other government departments and they say the supermarkets are already doing as
much as they possibly can to make them covid—secure much as they possibly can to make them covid—secu re environments. much as they possibly can to make them covid—secure environments. but i will leave you with chris whitty‘s most dramatic thought today, he said that this is the most difficult few weeks of the pandemic for the uk. many thanks, our chief political correspondent, adam fleming. our medical editor, fergus walsh, is at epsom racecourse in surrey, one of the new hubs. good morning. good morning, reeta, as you say this is one of seven mass vaccination centres opening in bristol today, the others being bristol, birmingham, manchester, newcastle, stevenage, london and here. so, seven centres, they are going to be open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, to try to ramp up this whole covid immunisation process. in addition there are 1000 other sites, gps‘ surgeries and hospitals. so, the aim is to offer a
first covid vaccine to up to 15 million people, all those over 70, frontline and health and social care workers and people who have been shielding. the first person here this morning to get theirjab was 88—year—old moore edwards. she came down with her daughter claire, she said she was delighted to get the vaccine and it brought her a step closer, she said, to being able to hug all of her family. closer, she said, to being able to hug all of herfamily. i think closer, she said, to being able to hug all of her family. i think that is something we can all relate to because it is the vaccine which is ultimately the exit strategy out of this pandemic, although the impact of vaccination will not be felt for a while. as we heard from adam fleming and the warnings from chris whitty, the nhs is really in a very dangerous, precarious place at the moment. fergus walsh, our medical editor, many thanks. chris hopson is the chief executive of nhs providers,
which represents hospitals trusts in england. good morning to you. we can't be under any illusions now about the pressure on the nhs. how would you characterise the situation that we are in? well, i think chris whitty summed it up. this couldn't be more serious as far as the nhs is concerned. i was speaking to a chief executive last week has been in the nhs for a0 years, he is the chief executive one of our outstanding trusts and he said, i've never seen pressure like this before. so, the nhs is under huge and enormous pressure. and that is why my message today has to absolutely echo chris whitty‘s, which is that each of us have got an individual decision here about what we do and how we behave, and as he says, we need to think about whether, when we step outside our front
about whether, when we step outside ourfront door, do about whether, when we step outside our front door, do we absolutely need to do that? and we need to reduce going outside the front door for unnecessary purposes to 0. we've got to really cut the number of unnecessary deaths, reduce patient harm and give the nhs the best chance that it needs to treat every patient that comes forward for care. and if we carry on like we are, we are not going to be able to do that. do you think the rules should be tightened? do you think the rules should be tightened ? because do you think the rules should be tightened? because it has been pointed out repeatedly that the rules are pointed out repeatedly that the rules a re if pointed out repeatedly that the rules are if anything more lax than they were last march, and yet we are told repeatedly that we are in a worse situation? well, that is the government's responsibility, they've got all the evidence. but what would you like to see happen? well, we have, but along that we think the rules need to be as tough as is needed to ensure that the death rate gets cut and that patient harm is reduced. i recognise the argument that we need a bit longer to see whether the measures that we have
put place are having that ever desired effect. there is the beginnings of, it looks like the rate of increase in london and the south—east is beginning to start to slow down, but the problem for the nhs is that it is about somewhere between 10—1a days before the infection rate starts to drop, and you see the impact on hospital admissions. so there is ten days to two weeks more at least we think of pressure on the nhs, at a point where we will really struggle with that pressure. that is why i keep coming back to the basic point, which is that everybody has got a really important individual decision to make here about what they do in relation to their own personal behaviour. i wanted to ask you about a specific piece of news that has come to attention from southend hospital in essex, where we have been told that their oxygen supply has reached a critical situation and that the hospital is having to
reduce its use of oxygen, argue over where of this and are you aware of this going on elsewhere within the nhs? 50, this going on elsewhere within the nhs? so, what we know, reeta, is that because a key part of treatment of coronavirus patients is giving them extra oxygen to help people to breathe more effectively, we know that this is putting huge pressure on oxygen systems. and there were a number of places in the first phase of coronavirus where the systems came under a huge amount of pressure. we know there have been other hospitals over the last few weeks, as we have had more and more covid patients coming in, where some of the things have happened. but exactly as in the first phase, this is the kind of problem that chief executives are having to solve, and trust leadership teams, day in, day out. and if you push your oxygen to a critical level, what you can't do is have that system breakdown, so what you will do, and we know there have been a couple of instances of
this in the first phase, and a couple recently, effectively you need to dial it down, in which case you will probably have to transfer patients to the nearest neighbouring hospitalfor a short patients to the nearest neighbouring hospital for a short period of time. but it also gives me a great opportunity to tell you, i cannot tell you how much work has been done over the summer and in the autumn to ensure that people have been prepared for this. i have been talking to a bunch of chief execs who spent a lot of time over the summer making sure that their oxygen systems were in an appropriate state because they knew they would come under pressure if there were to be further waves, as has now proved to be the case. thank you so much, chris hopson from nhs providers. we can chris hopson from nhs providers. we ca n co nta ct dr mike tildesley from the university of warwick is a member of the sage subgroup, the scientific pandemic influenza group on modelling — known as spi—m. the group provides advice on epidemiology and infectious disease modelling to
the uk government. we have been hearing from the chief medical officer, chris whitty, who says we are not yet at the peak of this pandemic. can you give us more detail about where you think we are? well, i mean i think i would have to concur with chris in that probably the next couple of weeks are really crucial. we have seen over the last week or so the number of cases being reported for covid—19 has plateaued, but is not really starting to go down. as you have been discussing, it takes a week to two weeks before we see any change reflected in hospitalisations and deaths. sadly, we are unfortunately seeing a record number of daily deaths compared with where we were back in april, and sadly i would expect that that might increase for the next week or two, at which point hopefully we will start to see the impact of the current lockdown. but of course we are worried, as you have been discussing, about the levels of adherence and whether we are going
to see the same adherence as we saw backin to see the same adherence as we saw back in march and april. and that is a real concern, we really need to tighten that up, otherwise the fear is that even with full lockdown, we will not be able to get that our number below one. so, unlike last march, there are now two main weapons, there is lockdown but there is also the vaccine. at what point are enough people vaccinated in order to reduce that pressure on the nhs? well, of course there is an awful lot of uncertainty around this at the moment because it really depends upon how many doses we can get out there, how many people we can be vaccinating per day. so, over the christmas period, in december, we we re the christmas period, in december, we were looking at about a few hundred thousand people per week we we re hundred thousand people per week we were able to vaccinate. my understanding from what the health secretary has been saying is that that has been significantly ramped up that has been significantly ramped up with the roll—out of the oxford vaccine, such that they may be vaccinating about 200,000 people per day. now, we do need to go further
than that. if we want to meet the government's pledge of everyone in the top four priority groups vaccinated by the middle of february, we really need to be looking at 2 million—plus people vaccinated per week. so, we still have a way to go. if we can achieve that, then a few weeks after that, we should start to see hospital occupancy hopefully coming down and the number of deaths, which is the first indication that we are starting to get immunity in those high—risk groups. starting to get immunity in those high-risk groups. so, a few weeks after the middle of february. so, if all goes to plan, that would be sometime in march. do you think that plan to vaccinate 2 million—plus people a week is realistic? well, yeah, this is a really big if. if we can get to those levels, then by the middle of march, early to mid—march, we should start to see it decreasing. whether it's realistic, well, as i said, there is a huge uncertainty, we are moving in the right direction, certainly the
number of doses we are getting out per day is much greater than it was a couple of weeks ago, but we need to keep doing this, we need to keep ramping up the number of doses we get out there. if we can achieve that, then yes, hopefully, and i say hopefully, by the middle of march we should start to see those worst effects of the virus going away. but we really need to keep following that trajectory, otherwise u nfortu nately we that trajectory, otherwise unfortunately we will see these measures in place for some time to come. we have had lots of questions and from us this morning and one question which has been coming up is, why aren't young people being vaccinated first as they are more likely to be carriers, more likely to meet friends and more likely to pass covid on? right, so, there is a really important point here, which is that the effectiveness of the faxes nations that has been published has been in terms of developing symptoms, it has not been in terms of the ability to transmit the disease. so, there is still a lot of uncertainty around whether if
you are vaccinated it actually reduces your ability to transmit the disease. given that uncertainty, what the priority is, is to those that are most honourable. because what we know is, if people have the vaccine, it reduces the possibility that they will develop symptoms. so that they will develop symptoms. so thatis that they will develop symptoms. so that is why we are targeting it towards the vulnerable rather than towards the vulnerable rather than towards those that are most likely towards those that are most likely to transmit the disease, because it gives the levels of immunity in those most honourable members of the population and reduces the likelihood that they will be admitted to hospital. thank you very much indeed for that, dr mike tildesley from the university of warwick, who is a member of sage. thanks so much. southend hospital's oxygen supply has reached a critical situation, according to an internal document shared with bbc essex. the hospital is having to reduce its use of oxygen to treat patients. let's speak to our reporter on this simon dedman. on this, simon dedman. simon, just give us more details on
this? well, this internal document that i've seen, that wasn't sent to southend frontline staff at the hospital, says that oxygen supply has reached a critical situation. and they are now having to efficiently and safely restrict the usage. so, they are now giving oxygen, trying to keep patients in an oxygen saturation range of 88% to 9296, an oxygen saturation range of 88% to 92%, a healthy range would be above 9a%. and what gps have told me is that if a patient had oxygen levels at 92%, that is when they would be sending them to hospital to receive oxygen. but in this internal document, it states that patients with an oxygen saturation of above
9296 with an oxygen saturation of above 92% will be weaned off oxygen, and this is because they do have a supply problem. last night, we got this statement from the managing director of southend hospital, who said... we are experiencing high demand for oxygen because of the rising numbers of inpatients with covid—19, and we're working to manage this. many thanks, simon dedman. the bbc is to deliver its biggest ever roll—out of education resources during this lockdown in new programming across tv and digital platforms. they will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on cbbc, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on bbc two. it's in response to the move to online classes for many schools, and will offer support for curriculum—based learning to help pupils and teachers. bbc radio one presenter katie thistleton is fronting bitesize daily for secondary schools — shejoins me now.
good morning to you. so, rather different from your dayjob. good morning to you. so, rather different from your day job. what are you doing and what information are you doing and what information are you doing and what information are you providing? so, back in the first lockdown, if you can cast your mind back to that, it feels like five minutes ago and also five years ago, we started filming these shows called bitesize daily, so we did really long days in the studio trying to get something together the first time the school is closed. and it involves a primary school programme, and a secondary school programme, and a secondary school programme, i present the secondary school show and it is split into three different age groups, and we have real teachers on with us delivering little mini lessons, and we also have a section where celebrities read from a book that is on the curriculum, we have a mental health and well—being strand as well, with doctors and influencers giving well—being advice. so it is a show that has a little bit of everything in it, just to keep kids and teenagers topped up while they are not at school. and the great
thing about now is that it is going on tv whereas previously it was only online. it is called bitesize daily, how long is it? the shows are half an hour long but they are split up into different sections. so, bitesize is the key, which is what is quite nice about it as well, i think. ifeel like i take in more information when you do them in those little bite sized chunks. and then after each little mini lesson we will say, if you want to know more about fractions, you can go to the bitesize website, so people have got a ccess the bitesize website, so people have got access to that to go on and do quizzes and get more information afterwards. wide the take-up was last march? yes, we do. we had the best viewing figures and visits to the website that bitesize has had ever, possibly, in a very long time anyway. and it feels like this time around there is even more focus on it. my phone is going crazy
co nsta ntly a nd it. my phone is going crazy constantly and people are messaging me about it. i don't know whether thatis me about it. i don't know whether that is because there has been a real focus on education this time around, maybe because students have already missed so much, and may be because we need all the help we can get at this stage of the game. so i think this time around it is going to get even more viewers, and yes, it is on right now so hopefully lots of people are watching it on cbbc right now. we do need a little bit of hope, don't we, and we need to stay connected to each other, and this is another means of doing so, as well as learning? definitely. my nephew is homeschooling and he has got his lessons on his computer and his friend on face time on his phone so that it feels a bit like he has got his mate in the classroom. you're so right, that is a really important part of it as well and i hope it gives young people that little bit of normality, that connection and that structure and routine that we are missing. yes, indeed, very good luck with it,
katie thistleton, thank you so much. now it's time for a look at the weather, with carol kirkwood. hello again. for many of us, it's going to be a milder day today than it has been in the last few, but it's still fairly cloudy with some rain and gusty winds, especially in the west. now you can see where we've got the heavy and persistent rain. we could have five to ten centimetres of snow, down to about 300 metres in the highlands and grampians, one to two centimetres at lower levels and a lot of cloud across england, wales and northern ireland, as well as southern scotland. that's helping maintain the temperature level at eight to ten for you. now through this evening and overnight, what you'll find is all of this cloud and rain will move southwards, producing some snow in the hills of southern scotland and also northern england. clear skies behind with some snow showers even at sea levels in the north of scotland. so a cold night with the risk of ice and also some frost, but comparatively milder further south. but it's tomorrow in the south and southwest, we hang
hello, this is bbc news with reeta chakrabarti. the 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 worst — 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, thinks, 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
indonesian investigators believe the boeing 737, that crashed on saturday, was destroyed when it hit the sea — which could rule out a mid—air breakup. democrats seek the removal of donald trump from office — they want vice—president mike pence to take over until the end of the presidential term. as millions of children are once again studying at home, the bbc is today launching the biggest ever education programme in its history. sport and time for a full round up from the bbc sport centre. here's sally nugent. good morning. the upsets keep coming in the fa cup. 62 places separate crawley town and leeds united but you wouldn't have known it last night, crawley winning 3—0 at their broadfield stadium. nick tsaroulla set them on their way — he was playing only his seventh game in senior football. he suffered serious injuries in a car crash three years ago and he was released
by the tottenham academy not long afterwards. and jordan tunnicliffe scored number three for crawley, who are into the fourth round for only the third time, having spent most of their 125—year existence in non—league football. i kind ofjust lost myself in the moment there. it's been a long, hard road for me and this is a great moment, so i'm really proud. i'm getting a bit emotional now. yeah, it's been a tough road. it means a lot — that goal, and that win. the draw for the fourth and fifth rounds is at 7 o'clock tonight on bbc two and at 8 it's the last of the games in round three — stockport against west ham — with commentary on radio 5 live. marine's dream run came to an end, though — they were well beaten by tottenham, who are 160 places above them in the football pyramid. lucas moura scored from an equisite free kick. aand carlos vinicius scored
a 13—minute hat—trick. but the biggest smile of the night came from 16—year—old substitute alfie devine, who became tottenham's youngest ever player and then scored on his debut. a great occasion for him and for marine, who generated some much—needed income with the sale of over 30,000 virtual tickets. we can be very proud of the cup run. you know, we've had an eventful week in terms of, you know, press and media — everyone's been here because of the tie. as you say, you know, the football community — and in particular, you know, the tottenham hotspur supporters have been incredible. you know, to sell over 20,000 tickets, you know, for our football club in a very tough time. you know, non—league in particular — we're not playing at the moment, football's suspended and there's many non—league clubs currently, you know, struggling financially. so this for us is, you know, is nice. rangers are a massive 22 points clear at the top of the scottish premiership,
after winning 2—1 at aberdeen. alfredo morelos scored either side of the break, making it 15 wins in a row for rangers — they haven't lost in the league all season. with the women's super league fixture list down to just one game because of covid—19, chelsea made up for it with a stunning performance against reading. they beat them 5—0 — england striker fran kirby scoring four of those, against her old club. that took them to within three points of the league leaders manchester united, with a game in hand. oli hoskins helped rescue a dramatic draw for london irish against harlequins in rugby union's premiership. quins had led 17 points to 7 at one stage but hoskins forced his way through to score a try with just two minutes left. london irish were back in action after missing three weeks due to a covid—19 outbreak. cricket australia have promised to "act strongly"
against any spectators found to have racially abused visiting india players during the third test in sydney. they're investigating after mohammed siraj‘s complaint led to the ejection of six fans from the sydney cricket ground. on the pitch, india salvaged an unlikely draw. they needed to bat out the final day, going in 308 runs behind — and they managed it, thanks to some missed opportunities — australia captain tim paine dropping three catches as well as hanuma vihari and ravi ashwin staying at the crease for nearly four hours. this thrilling series now goes to a decider in brisbane. trump national golf club in bedminster has been stripped of the us pga championship in 2022, as organisers felt using the course would be "detrimental". the new jersey club is owned by current united states president donald trump — and the pga of america said their reputation would be tarnished by playing there. they're looking for a new venue
for the second major of the year. that's all the sport for now. thank you. us democrats have laid out their plans to either get president trump forcibly removed from office this week, or start the process of impeachment. the speaker of the house of representatives, nancy pelosi, is again urging the vice president mike pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment of the us constitution, to declare mr trump unfit to hold office. if that fails, there could be a vote on articles of impeachment, accusing the president of inciting last week's violence at the capitol building, by mid week. our north america correspondent peter bowes reports. president trump has been widely blamed for inciting the violence behind last week's assault on the us capitol, egging on his supporters, an insurrection at the heart of american democracy. mr trump has one and a half weeks of his term in office remaining.
but democrats, and some senior members of his own party, want him out now. the house of representatives is to vote on a resolution urging the vice—president, mike pence, and the cabinet, to declare president trump unfit for thejob. i like the 25th amendment because it gets rid of him, he's out of office. but there is strong support in the congress for impeaching the president a second time. the impeachment process could start by the middle of the week. and there's little doubt it would be passed by the house, which is controlled by the democrats. but speaking to nbc‘s chuck todd, the republican senator pat toomey said mr trump, who he once supported, should leave of his own accord. i think the best way for our country, chuck, is for the president to resign and go away. soon as possible. i acknowledge that may not be likely but i think that would be best. a trial in the us senate could start
the day mr trump is due to leave office but some democrats say there are bigger problems to tackle right now, and the upper house of congress should focus on working withjoe biden to get his new administration working on the coronavirus response and reviving the economy. let's give president—elect biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running and maybe we'll send the articles sometime after that. whatever the timetable, the backlash against donald trump is intense. this, from the former republican governor of california. with hisjob hanging in the balance, mrtrump is planning a visit to the border with mexico on tuesday. he'll visit a stretch of the wall
that he promised to build in texas, on what may be the final official trip of his presidency. there are nine long days ahead, and america is holding its breath. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. let's speak to cbs correspondent debra alfarone. what are we expecting today? today, we are expecting house speaker nancy pelosi to come together for a resolution that she will then present to vice president mike pence in the cabinet to ask them to please invoke the 25th amendment and basically take a president trumped out of office. we haven't heard from vice president p on whether he would agree to that are not, she's giving him 2a hours. it isn't looking likely, we haven't heard anything about what he's going to do but the rumour is that he is not interested in moving forward with that and so, nancy pelosi says what she will do is introduce
articles of impeachment, there is already a bunch of house democrats who want this done and now, as she heard earlier, there is republicans as well, pat toomey, another republican who has really supported the president in the past stop this is such an about—face, you never know what's going to happen from day to day, but that is what we know is on the agenda today and again, we are on the agenda today and again, we a re really on the agenda today and again, we are really holding our breath to find out what will happen next. thank you so much. divers will try to retrieve the data recorders of a sriwijaya airjet that plunged into the java sea on saturday. 62 were people on board when it crashed minutes after take off from jakarta's main airport. reports say the boeing 737 broke apart as soon as it hit the water and that debris found so far has come from a relatively small area. mark lobel reports. with painstaking precision parts of flight sj 182 are brought back above ground.
laid out piece by piece at this port injakarta, rescuers now think at least the positioning of the wreckage offers a crucial clue as to what may have happened. one indonesian investigator speculating it ruptured when it hit the water, casting doubt on a mid—air explosion. translation: so far we are focused on narrow areas, but we may expand. we employed around 30 ships, so going forwards, 53 ships will be directly involved in the search and rescue operation. the fate of the missing 62 people on board is now theirfamilies' burden, including this 23—year—old crew member. watching for news about her is her brother, who, along with her father, still doesn't understand why she didn't make her regular call to her mother before flying. translation: we really appreciate everyone is doing their best. we can only pray that everything
goes smoothly so that the plane and the people inside can be found. the mystery remains. why did the aircraft drop 3000 metres in less than 60 seconds, just four minutes after take—off? hopes are now tied to what flight data and cockpit voice recordings, the plane's black box might uncover, with its recovery said to be imminent. translation: there are two signals coming from the black boxes. these can be continuously monitored, so we can mark their co—ordinates. hopefully, we can retrieve them soon and identify the cause of the crash. meanwhile, over 2500 people are now working flat out to help find more of the debris and, rescuers admit, victims, from the shallow waters in which they now sit. mark lobel, bbc news. at least a quarter of a million small companies could collapse this year,
according to new survey. the federation of small businesses is warning financial help from the government has not kept pace with tighter restrictions. the group says its members will be forced to close without more help. the treasury said its schemes were designed to get help to firms which needed it most. i'm joined now by our business presenter ben thompson. good morning to you. there is a call today for more help to support the small businesses? yes, good morning to you. yes, you are right, this is a pretty stark warning from the fsb, saying up to a quarter of a million, 250,000 businesses, it could close their doors this year. they are predominantly small businesses, that is not because these businesses are not viable, because they are not successful, it is simply that the lockdown restrictions mean they cannot survive further closures because remember, firms still have to pay rent and rates, they may have to pay rent and rates, they may have to pay rent and rates, they may have to pay some of their staff, things like national insurance
contributions, for example, even if those staff are on furlough and the costs are mounting up, even though they have no viable source of income. and so this morning suggests those firms could go under. there are nearly 6 million small businesses across the uk so it would bea businesses across the uk so it would be a significant proportion of them and that is because simply they don't have as deep pockets or as many resources as larger firms to may write out some of the restrictions and the problems caused by the pandemic. and so, what the fsb is calling for is more targeted support for those smaller businesses. and it's worth remembering that many owners of small businesses are those that class themselves as excluded, those who fall through the gaps of government support schemes. and that is perhaps because they are directors of a limited company. they are excluded from those payments for self—employed workers. and there are other caveats, maybe they are earning more than the threshold and therefore don't qualify. and that is
based on previous earnings rather than the earnings for this year. and so, for those reasons, it could be that they fall through the gaps and are forced to close their businesses. and so, the fsb says there needs to be more targeted support from the government, to help these businesses that are the lifeblood of many of the high streets, many of us rely on small and medium—sized businesses and so they say without additional support from the government, those firms could go under. and remember, they are warning this is just the start of what could be further job are warning this is just the start of what could be furtherjob losses down the line, the longer these restrictions go on. we already know there are some pretty severe warnings about the number of people who could be out of work by the middle of this year. and a large proportion of them could be employed in small and medium—size businesses. the fsb says was targeted help, between 700000 and 1 million individuals could be helped by targeted support. but so far, we've heard nothing from the government, we expect there may be an announcement about help for the
small businesses in due course. thank you very much for that update. ben thompson. the headlines on bbc news... 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 worst — as the government looks at improving enforcement of the current lockdown measures. seven mass coronavirus vaccination centres — capable of injecting thousands of people a week — are opening across england this morning indonesian investigators believe the boeing 737, that crashed on saturday, was destroyed when it hit the sea — which could rule out a mid—air breakup. the arrival of the covid vaccine has also offered fresh hope to thousands of care home residents. and as the roll out continues for those at the top of the priority list, john maguire has been finding out how it's been going. people living in care homes have been among the most vulnerable in this pandemic. visits from families, normally such a vital part
of daily life, have been under heartbreaking restrictions. just before christmas, rapid testing meant that brendan black could be with his wife joan for the first time in nine months. it was such a relief, i can't tell you. but it's now been stopped again and it's horrible. it's horrible again, you know, but we're getting near the end now. the end game's coming, and that's all i can look forward to doing, because what's happening now, john, is that, erm, because of the lockdown, the home's locked down, the window visits are back. and my wife's so frustrated now because i have to look at her through a window, she walks away, because she just keeps saying, "let him in, he's my husband, he's been in, let him in." brenden's now had his two vaccination jabs, and joan is scheduled to have hers later this week.
for the first time in a long time, there's real hope. the end is nigh, as they say! not my end, i'm glad to say! but i'll be so chuffed. yeah. ican't, erm... when i talk aboutjoan, i choke and, erm, it's just horrible. last spring, here in somerset at court house in cheddar, staff made the selfless decision to move into the home in order to throw a blanket of protection over their residents. they stayed for three months. and now, with infection rates rocketing, they're doing the same once more. things have got quite scary out there again now. massive transmission in the community, sedgemore is really, really up, and the local community, very, very high rates.
so i took the decision to move in. one of the reasons was i didn't want to risk bringing it from the outside. the other reason is that i decided to test the staff very rigorously. so i need to be here every dayjust to ensure that that is done properly, and it's very time consuming. but here, too, there's optimism with the arrival of the oxford—astrazeneca jab. every second counts. if someone offered to come in the middle of the night to give our vaccinations, our doors would be open, our arms would be ready. have you had any vaccinations in the last seven days? no. although staff and elderly residents are at the very top of the priority list, the relative delicacy of the pfizer vaccine saw a reluctance to take it to care homes, preferring vaccination centres instead. scotland, though, used a different approach. the pfizer vaccine was taken to care homes from the beginning. we worked out with pfizer a work
around, which enabled us to pack down the large sizes of the doses into packages which could be transportable under appropriate measures to care homes. and as a result of that, the majority of the vaccinated individuals and care homes in scotland have been vaccinated using the pfizer. and we're, you know, we are continuing with the oxford and astrazeneca. but our hope would be that within the next two to three weeks, all those who are able to be vaccinated in care homes as residents, will be vaccinated. the pandemic has been isolating, terrifying and all too often fatalfor our care homes. but now there is a way out. vaccination is happening and there's not a moment to spare. john maguire, bbc news. british people with homes in spain are getting to grips with new rules following the end of the brexit transition period. there are differences to how long
you can stay in the country, and how much money you'll need. gavin lee takes a look at what's changed. things are changing in spain. the new year's brought storms to the costa del sol. and there are new rules for british citizens living here, or wanting to. it's been a christmas odyssey from warrington to malaga for lifelong friends jan and sonia, who arrived days before the brexit transition period ended. they're now living together, with their husbands and five pets. it could be enough to make us fall out forever, couldn't it? yes! but we've not. i think it forced our hand, certainly with putting up the houses for sale and making that decision. it's a big decision. you're going to give everything up at home to come and do this. and we did a lot of talking and a lot of thinking about this. for anyone arriving here now as a british citizen, there are some big differences to consider.
for tourists, you can stay here up to three months in a six—month period. you can'tjust come and go as you please. if you're coming here to live, you must be earning at least £2a,000 a year, or have the equivalent in the bank. and british driving licenses must be changed for spanish ones. i never thought the uk would ever leave the european union. eric anderson, an ex—shipyard worker from newcastle, has a second home in lanzarote. covid rules means he can't travel at the moment. when he can, it'll be for a much shorter period. ifeel a bit badly let down because this is not something out of the blue. we paid a mortgage for 20 years to have a holiday home and it's just not going to be possible now. it's pretty sad, really. the small town of marchena near seville is where tracy and herfamily have made their home. she left hereford 16 years ago. my husband's spanish, my son santi is spanish and british. and if we ever wanted to move back to the uk as a family,
i would be able to. i imagine santi would be able to take out a british passport, so it wouldn't be a problem. but enrique, who's a builder, would need to fit in either with the minimum income or the points—based system, which makes it almost impossible for us ever to live in the uk again. the latest edition of euro weekly, a newspaper for brits living on the coast. the paper's owner says the deal will have a profound effect on so many lives. pensioners have been quite happy living off thier pension, they've got a little bit of savings. feeling like it's a bit like little britain. joe bloggs, he's been coming here for 32 years. he's got a little van, he does a few removals, he does a bit of handiwork. it's all been part of our landscape. now, no, you've got to make a decision. you're either in one camp orthe othercamp. the storm passes and so too, the era of easy travel to spain. british people are no longer the biggest buyers of property on this coast.
the brexit effect is reshaping its population. gavin lee, bbc news on the costa del sol. greeks have flocked to the beach as the country was hit by unusually warm weather with temperatures topping 26 degrees. usual january temperatures range between zero and 10 degrees so many people took advantage of the heat to get out of their homes during the current lockdown. weather forecasters say hot air from africa has brought the heatwave — it's only the third time in 50 years that temperatures have hit such a high injanuary christmas was difficult for many of us this year, but for 77—year—old alan chamberlain it has been a particularly painful time. alan lost his partner of 55 years to dementia in april last year, and faced further heartbreak when his beloved dog penny was stolen from him just two days before christmas. kevin reide has been to meet him. this is two—year—old penny, a king charles spaniel,
cruelly stolen from her owner, alan chamberlain, just two days before christmas. she had managed to escape from their home in brownhills near walsall, after he returned from delivering christmas cards. penny was found momentarily by people in this grey car, but cctv captures a man in a red volkswagen golf arriving and persuading them the dog was his. he hasn't been seen since and the loss hit home on christmas morning. i was sobbing that hard and loud, i put a towel to muffle the sound so i wouldn't disturb the neighbours. it caps off an already difficult yearfor alan, as his partner of 55 years, margaret, died in a care home in april. he originally bought the dog for her. her having dementia, like, you know, she just broke down and was hugging the dog, like, you know. she's my family, now, like, you know, that's all i've got left. to the man who stole penny,
show a bit of heart. it wasn't a very nice way to end the year or to start the new year. a facebook page to try to track down penny has been launched. anybody with information can contact the family via there, or contact the police. that was kevin reide reporting. allen, clearly having a very hard time. now it's time for a look at the weather with carol. hello again. it's going to be a much milder day today for most of us than we have seen of late. cloudy day, blustery, gusty winds in the west, and even some rain and snow in the forecast. this weather front is what is producing some heavy and persistent rain in the north of the country, look at the yellows, representing milder air but we have blues representing the cold air digging in behind that. heavy and persistent rain especially across
north—west scotland. we got rain and drizzle across northern england, in through wales, sinking south as a weakening feature but as the cold airdigs in, we weakening feature but as the cold air digs in, we could see 5—10 centimetres of snow in the highlands and grampians, down to around 300 metres, potentially 1—2 centimetres at lower levels. temperatures today widely 8—10 , where we've got the blues, tells you it will be much colder. hence we are seeing some snow. this evening and overnight all this rain and cloud sinks steadily southwards, we see some hill snow across parts of scotland, the southern opulence, possibly northern ireland, and some further snow showers coming in across northern scotland, even to sea level. you see the temperatures indicating that there is some frost around, the risk of ice on untreated services and for england and wales, we are looking at milder conditions. tomorrow for england and wales, we have this weather front in the west, producing still some rain, a fair bit of cloud
but for the rest of the uk, largely dry, part one or two showers in the north and north—east. some sunshine, but look at the difference in temperature. for, five, possibly 8 degrees, but in the west, 11 degrees. on wednesday, this weather front in the west starts to push north eastwards and ahead of it, as it engages with the cold there, we see a period of snow. so here is all the rain across northern ireland, scotland, parts of england and wales, bumping into the cold air across scotland and northern england, once again we see some snow, most of which will be on the hills. ahead of it, some brighter skies, a lot of cloud behind it and still mild air behind it, ten and 11 degrees but look how cold it is as we push further north.
and around the world. a warning from the chief medical officer that the peak of the pandemic is still to come and the next few weeks will be worst 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 a large numbers of individual decisions taken by individual people having an unnecessary contact, and i think it's really important that everybody, in every interaction they have, every day for the next few weeks, thinks, 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.
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