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the uk is about to go through the most dangerous time of the pandemic — the grim warning from england's chief medical officer. chris whitty urges people to avoid all unneccessary contact in the weeks before the vaccine roll—out has an impact. 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?" we'll be hearing from professor whitty who took some of your questions in a special programme this morning. also this lunchtime... the biggest vaccination programme in nhs history gets under way with seven new centres opening across england. i feel very relieved, i feel this is the way back. i really think that... i can't understand anybody not wanting to have it. pressure mounts in washington to strip donald trump of power after the violent storming
of congress last week. the pain in spain — how brexit has changed things for british pensioners retiring to the med. that's all from bite—size daily until tomorrow. the show is coming up until tomorrow. the show is coming up on cbbc are jam packed full of education. it is like a sardine tin and the sidings are education. the bbc delivers its biggest—ever roll out of education resources during this lockdown with new programmes across tv and digital. and coming up on bbc news: neil lennon and 13 celtic players are self isolating after a squad member tested positive for corona. plus, scottish football below the top two tiers is suspended.
good afternoon, and welcome to the bbc news at one. england's chief medical officer has warned that the next few weeks will be the "worst" for the nhs — as the number of covid patients in hospitals is expected to rise. professor chris whitty said everyone should ask themselves whether they needed to leave their home, or meet anybody they don't live with, to help prevent new infections. the warning comes on the dayjabs are being distributed at england's new mass vaccination centres. they're opening at seven centres across england, we'll have more on that in a moment. but any benefits are some weeks away and the warning from experts is that the situation in hospitals across the uk will get worse before it gets better. charlotte wright reports. as covid infection rates continue to rise sharply, this is the stark warning from the government. once more we must all stay home. a message that those on the front line say is now more vital than ever. the health service is very, very close to being overwhelmed
in a way that will affect the health care that we all need all the time. whether you have covid, whether you have something else, whether you are a healthy person who is unlucky enough to get hit by a bus, the health care that is available to all of us is not the same right now. it comes amid questions over whether enough people are complying with the current lockdown restrictions, prompting this intervention from england's chief medical officer. every unnecessary interaction is a serious problem because it provides a link through, for the virus, through to eventually a vulnerable person. so i really would stress to people the most important thing is the decisions each of us take on this. there may be modifications around the rules, that's for ministers, but issues around individual choices, that is a question for all of us. the rule say stay at home and only go out for limited reasons but there are concerns that that message isn't cutting through with streets and parks much busier than they were in the first lockdown last year, so ministers have been considering whether to tighten
the restrictions further or simply enforce the existing measures more strictly. people are beginning to flout the rules, they are beginning to think, "how can i get away with the rules?" we are stopping people, we are asking where people have travelled from, we are having to make a really difficultjudgment about what is reasonable and what is not. as some ministers say they are worried about compliance, reports suggest tighter measures are being considered too, including stricter rules for supermarkets and a ban on exercising with those outside of your household. the leader of the opposition says the government's existing restrictions could go further. i think there probably is more that we could do, an example is the question of whether nurseries should be open, there are other examples, and we may have to get tougher, but i think that the most important thing, if you like, is the message to people to stay at home.
regardless of what is legislated, the authorities say our individual behaviour will be crucial in the coming weeks. charlotte wright, bbc news. our political correspondent chris mason is in westminster. considerable pressure now for the government to do something to toughen the restrictions but how likely is that? good afternoon. there is worry, even a sense of being frightened within government, at the way things are going and concerned that people, not enough people, are sticking to the rules as they are. that is why we saw professor chris whitty out and about on the tv and radio this morning, why you might have seen him half the weight through coronation street the other night as well. while plenty of people might not have wells of crust in our elliptical leaders, they may be compelled to listen to the scientist. expect to see plenty more of them in the coming days. as you touch on there, it is quite striking that the government isn't, at this
stage, cranking up the rules even further. nursery schools for insta nce further. nursery schools for instance are still open. you can go and geta instance are still open. you can go and get a takeaway. playgrounds are still open. you can still do a house viewing. the government says it keeps these rules under review but at the moment they are not shifting to harden them up will stop whilst keir starmer was saying this morning it is extraordinary that some of these rules haven't been tightened, he wasn't explicit about saying that they must immediately be tightened. the vaccine is the big hope of course for the government. we will hear more from matt hancock this afternoon at 5pm but bluntly that is their median turn hope. the short term reality looks bleak. thank you very much. and we'll be hearing more from professor whitty later in the programme when he responds to your questions on a range of subjects related to covid. the vaccination programme is described as the biggest in nhs history — with the aim of offering jabs to most care home residents by the end of january —
and the most vulnerable by mid—february. the new vaccination centres, which nhs england said were chosen to give a geographical spread, are in bristol, manchester, london, birmingham, newcastle, stevenage and at epsom racecourse in surrey. our health correspondent jim reed reports. another milestone in the battle to vaccinate the most vulnerable. 88—year—old moira edwards became the first person to receive herjab here at them new mass vaccination centre in surrey. i feelvery at them new mass vaccination centre in surrey. i feel very relieved. at them new mass vaccination centre in surrey. i feelvery relieved. i feel this is the way back. i really think thata... feel this is the way back. i really think that a... i can't understand anybody not wanting to have it. this site at epsom racecourse is now open 12 hours a day. if there is enough supply of the vaccine, it should be able to reach thousands of people every week. those over 80 years old, plus health and social care staff, will be contacted and asked to book
an appointment. we have had a huge response to the booking options. immediately the bookings went live, those booking slots were filled so i think people are really keen to get vaccinated. epsom is one of seven mass vaccination sentence being openedin mass vaccination sentence being opened in england with more planned soon as the government tries to meet its vaccination target. in the south west, bristol's ashton gate football stadium is being used. anyone who doesn't want to travel to one of the new centres will still be able to get vaccinated at a site closer to where they live. this is really a race against time. once we open up more vaccination centres next week in the week after and the community pharmacies, nobody should be more than ten mile radius of the site. every pa rt than ten mile radius of the site. every part of the uk is now trying to accelerate the vaccination roll—out under what critics say has been a slow start in some places. we only have 2 million people that have
been vaccinated and that is not enough to get a handle on this pandemic. hopefully with these hopes opening, it will be so much better. the government says around 2 million people have now received their first dose of a vaccine. that includes a third of those over 80. ministers wa nt to third of those over 80. ministers want to immunise 15 million people in the top four priority groups by the middle of next month. that would include all care home residents and their carers, those over 70, front line health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable. the vaccine programme is our way out of this pandemic but it won't have an effect, unfortunately, for a month or two. won't have an effect, unfortunately, fora month ortwo. in won't have an effect, unfortunately, for a month or two. in the meantime, the nhs is under a really intense pressure. you might end up with a wee bit of a bruise. applause in scotland, the health secretary has that the most vulnerable should now get their first vaccinations by the start of february and the welsh government has pledged all adults should be offered the job by the
autumn. it is hoped centres like this can boost the vaccine roll—out and relieve the pressure on hospitals but with new infection still at high levels, nhs staff are certain to have months of hard work ahead will stop jim reed, bbc news. our medical editor, fergus walsh, is here now. it isa it is a huge task, this. is it on track? that is the big question. i was down at epsom racecourse this morning, a real positive attitude they're both from the vaccinators and the largely over 80 to be immunised. a massive take up. the big question is will they reach those 15 million people in the top four groups by those 15 million people in the top fourgroups by mid those 15 million people in the top four groups by mid february? it is a very ambitious target. the prime minister has said the current total is 2.4 million people who have received their first dose. it's not going to have a sudden impact on nhs
hospitals because it takes awhile for the protection to come through. but those top four groups account for 88% of all deaths. 0k. thank you very much. on that theme... the arrival of the 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 outjust how it's affecting people's lives. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 fatal for 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. a 51—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the deaths of two men at a house in east london in the early hours of yesterday morning. police were called to
the property in ilford after neighbours were woken by screaming. a 28—year—old woman was arrested at the scene and has been released under investigation. it is coming up to 1:15pm. our top story this lunchtime. the uk is about to go through the "most dangerous time" of the pandemic — the grim warning as england's chief medical officer urges people to avoid all unneccessary contact. we'll be hearing more from england's chief medical officer, as professor chris whitty answers questions from viewers and listeners in a special yqa. coming up on bbc news, government ministers are looking into alleged breaches of social distancing protocols in football. in particular, there are concerns about celebrations at lower league clubs such as chorley in the fa cup. in the us, the speaker of the house of representatives nancy pelosi has stepped up pressure on the vice—president mike pence to invoke the 25th amendment and declare donald trump unfit for office following the violent
scenes in the capitol last week. his strongest critics want him forcibly removed from office in the next few days and say if he isn't, they'll start the process of impeachment. here's our north america correspondent peter bowes. 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 quit of his own accord. i think the best way for our country, chuck, is for the president to resign and go away, as 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 some time 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 trip 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 get more from our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue. and there is one person at the centre of all of this, and we haven't heard from him? he has been absolutely silent, hasn't he, since
that second video message last week, after the storming of the capitol. we understand that he is going to head to texas possibly tomorrow to inspect the border wall, as part of some kind of reprieve of what he sees as his achievements of the presidency. meanwhile in congress today they are going to start this process , today they are going to start this process, simon, of firstly putting pressure on the president to invoke the 25th amendment, which allows the vice—president and the cabinet to remove donald trump. that is unlikely not to go very far. but secondly, democrats looking at impeachment, a second historic impeachment, a second historic impeachment of this president. it might not come to a trial in the senate, impeachment is just a charge, remember, but he would be the first ever president to be impeached twice. that may not matter in terms of timing and removing him, but it could mean that down the line he is prevented from holding public office ever again. gary, thank you very much.
a huge search operation is continuing in indonesia after a boeing 737 aircraft plunged into the sea on saturday. divers are hoping to recover the plane's black boxes to help identify the cause of the crash, which happened minutes after take—off. there were 62 passengers and crew on board. the social media platform parler has gone offline after amazon withdrew its web hosting services. amazon says it took the action after the app, popular with right wing conservatives in the united states, failed to remove posts inciting violence. let's speak now to our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones. a clampdown on extremism, say some, but a clampdown on freedom of speech, say others? yes, simon, pa rler speech, say others? yes, simon, parler has long described itself as the free—speech platform but it has been a haven for those who are chopped off mainstream sites like facebook and twitter for crimes like race crimes, hate speech or inciting violence. first of all, google and
apple removed it from their app stores saying they were unhappy with the level of moderation on the site, and then there was this much more serious action by amazon, which hosts the site, on its computers, amazon web services, and that effectively removed it altogether. what amazon said was that there was ample evidence of people actually using the site to threaten violence, possibly organised violence, and it is widely thought to have been used in the run—up to wednesday's riots at congress, to do that. it is going to be very difficult for it to get back online. the chief executive has warned its users thatjust about everybody who he works with, from the companies or lawyers, to the e—mail service, have ditched it. so it is probably the end for parler, certainly in the short term, and its users are already finding other sites to share their views. rory, thank you very much.
more than 50,000 britons living in spain have now applied for residency there, but the post—brexit migration process is more complicated and more expensive. but many brexit voters have welcomed tighter rules for eu immigrants coming to the uk. our europe correspondent gavin lee has been looking at the effect changes are having on britons on spain's southern coast. things are changing in spain. the new year has 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 are 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 hands 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. 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 £24,000 a year or have the equivalent in the bank, and british driving licences must be changed for spanish ones. eric has a second home in lanzarote. covid rules mean he can't travel at the moment, but when he can, it will be for a much shorter period.|j the moment, but when he can, it will be for a much shorter period. i feel a bit badly let down because we paid the mortgage for 20 years to have a holiday home and it is just not going to be possible now. it is 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 is spanish and 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 is 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 a newspaper for brits living on the coast. the owner of the newspaper says the deal will have a profound effect on people is lives. pension is quite happy here living off their pension, a little bit of savings, having the menu of the day, feeling a little bit like it is little britain. some people have been coming here for 32 yea rs, people have been coming here for 32 years, she has got a little van, he does a few removals, some handiwork, he has been part of our landscape. now, no, you have got to make a
decision, now, no, you have got to make a decision ou're now, no, you have got to make a decision, you're either in one camp or the other camp. 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. the bbc will be showing three hours of curriculum—based primary school programming every day on cbbc and at least two hours for secondary school pupils. this report from an adams. what have you got on today? i'm doing geography. maps. it is a juggling act for millions of families trying to home—school their children and work at the same time. simon is scheduling his meetings around the online lessons for his two daughters —
lila is seven and millie is ten. he says these lessons could be a lifeline for him and his wife, who are both working from home. it is tough, hard work. myself and my wife work, and getting them ready for school and getting everything ready as well as our own meetings and other bits and pieces — we are blessed that we can work at home, but it is tough. having that additional resource where we can, in all honesty, plonk them in front of the tv, is actually quite handy because there are a lot of other things to juggle. these are some key words to do with things that we have learned today. primary school programmes in england will be on the cbbc channel from 9—12 every morning and secondary school pupils can watch from i—3 on bbc two. pupils north of the border can watch bbc scotland from ten o'clock. and there is bilingual support on the bitesize website for children studying in welsh. professor brian cox is one of the presenters. it is very challenging for parents to become teachers — it's actually not challenging, it's impossible. because teaching is a profession, and most people are not professional teachers. but this material is prepared with the help of teachers
and a host of people. you mentioned myself, we've got heston blumenthal teaching food science, marcus rashford doing pe. experts in theirfields. for primary children there will be a different bitesize subject every morning, and older children will be able to access programmes to the curriculum through tiktok and instagram. tim davie, director—general, said he hopes the programmes will help children struggling to access technology. 1.7 million children, they don't have access to a laptop or pc. we've also got a lot of children struggling with basic mobiles or data packages. now here's the triangles... while the lessons won't replace online learning, they will give many families a little bit of respite and some guilt—free screen time. anna adams, bbc news. as we've heard, england's chief medical officer professor chris whitty is warning that the next few
weeks are going to be the ‘worst weeks are going to be the worst weeks of this pandemic and is urging people to ‘double down, to follow lockdown rules and minimise contact with people outside their households. he's been responding to viewers questions on a special edition of your questions answered on radio five live and the bbc news channel. is it any coincidence that the rates of transmission and infection increased from september last year, when schools and colleges went back? are schools safe ? are they safe for children? and the answer is absolutely yes. in large part due to the fantastic work teachers have done, but the main reason is because children are at much lower risk of this virus than adults. the secondary thing is the risk to teachers, and teachers are at no this greater risk than others who go into work. this greater risk than others who go into work. but going into work does obviously carry a risk for many professions, but they are not a high—risk profession, like social care workers or nurses and doctors. but by mixing together,
children bring households together, and they can increase the risk of transmission, and because this new variant is so much more transmissible, we've had, unfortunately, to include education in this in a way that previously we did not have to do so. what is the plan for the likes of care homes who are facing constant lockdowns, cutting off relatives for extensive periods of time, when this virus constantly mutates? one of the good things that has happened is new vaccine technologies have been used for this, which are much quicker to actually be able to turn around. so, i am confident that if a new variant came in, that was significantly different and was able to get around the current vaccine, then we would be able to re—engineer it and re—vaccinate. and care home residents would be absolutely top of the list for that, as they are for the current roll—out. my dad is waiting for an urgent hip replacement but he 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? 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 under ordinary circumstances have had to be pushed back in time. and that's very distressing for people, and if they're in a lot of pain, which can often be the case with something like hips, that also is 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've got the greatest emergency needs, and also to do so in a way that is safe for people. would you say we're at the peak, professor whitty, what are your thoughts about that, professor? i don't think we're yet at the peak, i'm afraid. i think we will be at the peak
if everybody can double down and absolutely minimise their contacts. the point of the lockdown is to try and bring that forward, but it only works if everybody really thinks about every individual interaction they have and try and minimise them. that's what we need to do to actually bring this to its peak, but at the moment, the rates are still going up, the numbers of people going in to hospital are still going up across the country. time for a look at the weather, with louise lear. well, it is milder,, siam and, i am pleased to say, that is a phrase we have not used so far this year. for most of us it will be rather simon and grey. —— rather cloudy and grey. the wind will be stronger than we have seen so far this year. and this weather front up into the north is still the dividing line, the boundary, between the colder air... and that has been producing some