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the government sets out its plan to vaccinate the most vulnerable adults for coronavirus by mid february, all adults by the autumn. the rate of vaccinations is increasing — including a quarter of older care home residents. so far, across the uk, we've given 2.6 million doses to 2.3 million people. we'll be looking at the details of the plan and whether the government is likely to meet its target. also tonight. the hospitals seeing increasing numbers of younger patients in their 30s and 40s. covid is a killer. covid is real. fears restrictions may have to tighten further as some high streets and beauty spots remain crowded.
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running from the police moments after he murdered three people sitting in a park — khairi saadallah is sentenced to life. it can interrupt you without knowing because they don't know you are about the speak. and living with a stammer that's believed to affect 3% of the world population — including the next president of the united states. and coming up on bbc news. 13 player from celtic‘s first team are self—isolating after one positive coronavirus case was detected on return from their controversial training camp in dubai.
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good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the government has set out its vaccine delivery plan — our way out of this pandemic. the health secretary pledged that by the end of this month, the places offering vaccines will be dramatically expanded so that everyone in england will live within ten miles of one. matt hancock said a quarter of older care home residents have been vaccinated already and so far, 2.3 million people across the uk have been given a first dose of coronavirus vaccine. that averages out at just over 140,000 a day over the last week. more than 300,000 people need to be vaccinated daily in order to protect the 15 million people most at risk by mid february. but the rate of vaccinations is increasing and the health secretary insists they are on track. our medical editor, fergus walsh, has the latest. waiting in line. health care workers in newcastle. the over 80s in
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bristol. manchester, london and birmingham, among seven mass covid vaccination centres which open today in england. i've lot lost a lot of relatives so i needed to show people there is nothing wrong with the vaccine, it has been tested and we need to get it. grandchildren, great grandchildren and to not be able to see them is really hard.” grandchildren and to not be able to see them is really hard. i feel very relieved. i feel this is the way back, i really think that, i can't understand anybody you know, not wanting to have it. are you getting the astrazeneca or the pfizer? the prime minister in bristol said the uk had immunised more people than any country in europe but the sense of urgency is palpable with hospitals close to being overwhelmed by covid patients. it isa by covid patients. it is a race against time. because we can all see the threat that our nhs faces, the pressure it is under,
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the demand in intensive care unit, the demand in intensive care unit, the pressure on ventilated beds, eve ryo ne the pressure on ventilated beds, everyone the shortage of oxygen in some places. by some places. by the end of the month, the promise is every one in england will be within ten miles of a vaccination site. the vaccination programme is oui’ site. the vaccination programme is our way out of this pandemic but it won't have an effect unfortunately for a month or two. so in the meantime the nhs is under really intense pressure, our hospitals are filling up with people with covid, and we have to reverse that. these mass immunisation centres will be open from eight till eight, seven days a week, part of the biggest vaccination drive ever in the nhs. the aim is to offer a first dose of covid vaccine, to up to 15 million people by mid—february. that is all over 0s, front line health and social care worker, plus people who are currently shielding. a steady
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supply of vaccine is vital. this gp surgery near supply of vaccine is vital. this gp surgery near edinburgh is one of over a thousand in scotland now offering immunisation. in wales, where there has been some criticism of the speed of roll out, ministers say all over 50s will be offered a covid vaccine by the spring. fergus walsh, bbc news. fergus walsh, bbc news. many hospitals are still under intense pressure with the increasing number of covid patients arriving, and doctors say they are seeing more younger patients in the 30s and 40s compared to the first wave. 0ur health editor hugh pym — with camera operator harriet bradshaw and producer dominic hurst — have had access to film at croydon university hospital in south london. it is loud and clear. covid is serious. the numbers are definitely increasing and they are still increasing every day. i don't think i have ever
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known the whole system be as stretched as it is right now under pressure. this is a&e, but not as you know it. all staff are in full protective equipment. they know that most patients coming in have either tested positive or have symptoms. how are you feeling now? it's the breath that's the problem, and the cough. can i have a little listen, is that all right? this man is a consultant here. just sit forward for me a little and take a nice deep breath. and he is assessing this woman, who has just arrived in an ambulance. she is a2. she tested positive a week before, and her condition steadily got worse. i felt i was dying. i have been healthy, had no, any illness, nothing.
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but covid just struck me down, just like that. the sickest patients need to be in intensive care, and staff have to be on constant alert, because patients can take a rapid turn for the worse. it's a very, very sudden thing, and you just have to respond and reassess. and actually that patient looks like whatever the problem was, we have sorted. staff have noticed that compared to the first wave, the age of covid patients in intensive care is lower. for example, right here now, there are two people in their 30s with no underlying health conditions. the chances of someone under a0 needing intensive care for a coronavirus are much smaller than for those who are older. the number of younger patients may be more noticeable, because cases have risen across all age groups. doctors are clear, no one is safe.
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i think if there is someone who says it is a myth or it won't affect me, then come and see the 30 and 40—year—olds in intensive care with no guarantee that we are going to be able to get them out. that is the bottom line, that is how serious it is. you have seen some in that age group dying, have you? yes. covid is a multisystem disease, causing inflammation in all parts of the body. potentially. we think it affected his heart. alex, who is 32, suffered heart failure after going down with the virus. my chestjust felt like it it was getting squeezed very, very hard. i was very surprised that it can do so much damage. i could never think of covid being that dangerous. i am quite a healthy young man, quite active, play a lot of sports, go to the gym, so i was actually quite shocked. i'm lucky to be alive.
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almost half the beds at croydon university hospital are occupied by covid patients. since the start of the pandemic they have treated nearly 2000, but in their catchment area in the south—east of england, numbers are predicted to rise even further. i don't know how much more we can do before it gets to literally there is no more room, there is no more beds, there is no more nurses, there is no more space, there is no more anything, so i am quite apprehensive. fatigue and stress for staff is more acute and they say that takes its toll both professionally and personally. when we came out of the first wave, i don't think any of us thought that we could do this again, and yet we are doing this again. it feels that the pressure is more sustained and i do think that patient numbers are brighter, and i think we are in for patient numbers are greater,
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and i think we are in for the long haul actually. across the hospital i have seen people struggle. they are tired. but i am just proud, actually, to see how flexible people have been and adaptable to a rapidly changing situation. staff know whatever happens in the weeks ahead they will have to be there for patients, coping with whoever comes through the doors. this woman did not need to go into intensive care. she has been recovering in hospital. she and those who treated her have one clear message for the public. covid is a killer. covid is real. please, out there, be careful. be careful, take the precautions seriously. very, very serious. hugh pym, bbc news, croydon.
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numbers are usually lower a the weekend. mints the number of new cases reported per day is 57851. our medical editor fergus walshjoins me now — a vaccine plan amidst some bad figures. clearly desperately needed when we hear the statistics and see the scenes in hospital. absolutely, vaccination is the way out of this pandemic, but the top four groups, the over 70s and those clinically extremely vulnerable. they account for almost nine in tenko individual deaths and we have five weeks to reach the government target of partially protecting them with the first dose. that will mean 2.5 million vaccinations a week. then the ‘50s and the 60, those with underlying health conditions, the target to reach those by april. they account for a big proportion of
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people you have seen in hospital. but the protective effects won't filter through into hospitals for a couple of months, until then as we have seen in huw‘s piece, we have got this really difficult period, really intense pressure on the nhs, and average of 926 daily covid deaths in the past seven days. thank you. as we've been hearing, the government is concerned restrictions might have to tighten if we don't all comply with the rules. the prime minister has added to the warnings, saying "the worst thing now would be for the vaccine programme to breed any kind of complacency". 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has the latest. virus moves faster thebe the prime minister can get vaccines into arm, more an more of the most vulnerable are receiving the jab. how are you doingst for boris johnson, this is
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not the time to relax. this is a very perilous moment. now is the moment for maximum vigilance, maximum observation, observance of the rules, and of course, if we feel that things are not, you know, not being properly observed we may have to do more. and with more patients in hospital, with covid than ever, it is notjust doctors and nurses that have a job. the next few weeks are going to be the worst weeks of this pandemic. 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. that reminder, because the streets are not as silent as the spring. where the shoppers in beverley and yorkshire, a road in dorset parked up yorkshire, a road in dorset parked up with cars of walkers heading for the beach. data suggests we are out much more than back in march. this
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woman has had her vaccine and is going out every day to get the paper. this is my walk because it drives me crazy to be at home all the time. lewis is opening his food store because he still has to pay for his pitch. in terms of the message of please stay at home, we encourage them to come out so it is a big contradiction. but could changing the rules again be part of the answer? we all want to see our loved ones, we all to we claim our lives but we have a job to do first. do you think the government should tighten restrictions still further? 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. there is anxiety in government, realfear that we are alljust not sticking to the rules like we did back in spring. there have been cop verisations in westminster about
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tightening the regulations still further, wiesing the advice on ta keaways further, wiesing the advice on takeaways or changing how we shop but there is no big political appetite or drive for another clamp—down. 0ne senior minister told me we have gone as far as we possibly can, in terms of shutting things down. so the plea instead you will hear again things down. so the plea instead you will hearagain an things down. so the plea instead you will hear again an again, from scientists, government doctors the and politicians, stay at home, follow the rules, to make a difference to this disease. but in scotland, ministers will talk about even stricter rules tomorrow, for many weeks we will be living with glimpses of life outside. with glimpses of life outside. latest figures indicate the biggest rises in covid—i9 cases are now happening outside the south and east of england. in knowsley on merseyside, the rate has gone from 455 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to december 30 to 1,263 per 100,000 in the seven days to january 6th. that's the biggest week—on—week rise for any local authority area in england.
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morrisons will bar customers who refuse to wear face coverings from its shops amid rising coronavirus infections. from monday, shoppers who refuse to wear facemasks offered by staff will not be allowed inside, unless they are medically exempt. the announcement comes amid concerns that social distancing measures are not being adhered to in supermarkets. head teachers are calling for limits to the number of pupils in school during lockdown in england, with attendance rates surging to 50% in some places and staff reporting streets packed with parents during drop off. the department for education has widened the categories of vulnerable and key worker pupils who can attend and insists they should be able to go to school. more from our education correspondent elaine dunkley. at parkinson lane primary school in halifax, teachers are struggling with the numbers. during the first lockdown 13 pupils attended. today there are more than 17 classes. i mean, you say lockdown but it
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doesn't feel like a lockdown. teachers are having to split their time, they are not only teaching the children that are coming to school but then you have also got the vast majority that are trying to get online. we have had children go home with covid and pass it onto grandparents who are living with them and there was grandparents have passed on. more than 600 pupils here are eligible for a school place. according to the government's criteria, a child only needs one parent who is a key worker to be in school, and the government has expanded the offer of a school place to children who lack devices for remote learning and who don't have a space to learn at home. sangita is a teaching assistant and iram is a school receptionist. both are key workers but have come to different decisions on bringing their children into school. my child is at home, because me and my husband have had to make the decision because of the infection rates and because the government told
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us schools are closed. i have the younger one here because i can't leave her on her own. my husband works, he is a key worker as well. so this time round, of course the infection rates are higher, but what the feeling is that social interaction, the mental health side is more important. just down the road at ash green community primary school classrooms are full. the government says all children who can stay at home should, but the head teacher says parents are being given mixed messages. to have advice like last week coming from the secretary of state for education, who said children without laptops should report to school is extremely unhelpful and massively there is going to have to be things that come in place, possibly looking at whether it is both parents being critical workers, possibly whether that list needs less ambiguous and needs to be slimmer. the government says it expects schools to work with families to ensure all critical worker children are given a police but some schools fear unless there is a limit on school numbers, the lockdown will do little
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to stop the spread of the virus. elaine dunkley, bbc news, in halifax. our top story this evening... 2.3 million people have already received the covid vaccine — but calls not to get complacent, and still comply with the rules. and still to come — joe biden is to become the first president who has a stammer. we look at what it's like to live with the condition — that also affects around 1.5 million adults across the uk. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... golf distanced itself from the us president donald trump, as the pga of america strips his course, trump national in bedminster, of hosting the pga championship in 2022. a failed asylum seeker who stabbed three friends to death as they sat together in a park on a summer's day has been sentenced to life in prison. khairi saadallah shouted "allahu akhbar!" as he fatally stabbed james furlong, david wails
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and joseph ritchie—bennett in reading onjune 20 last year. the 26—year—old had only been released from prison a fortnight earlier. here's our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. police, emergency. a load of people have been stabbed in forbury gardens. how many people? we need police and ambulances. yeah, iunderstand... all the ambulances you can get. 0n the front of the 999 operator... roger smith had just witnessed a deadly terrorist attack. the speed of it could on cctv through the trees. the attacker, khairi saadallah, was hunted down just later by an armed police. in the park, three friends lay dying. inspirational history teacherjames furlong, leading research scientist david wails, and american pharmaceutical manager joseph richie—bennett. all our gay but he doesn't seem to have targeted them for that. that image of him charging towards me shouting,
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"allahu akbar!"... it's something that i have to sometimes consciously shut down in my head. with the bereaved families sitting in silence mrjustice sweeney said because of the degree of planning and because of the religious motivation and because of the number of people killed, we would sentence saadallah as a whole life order, meaning he will never be released. the families welcomed the sentenced but now want some answers. when the fa cts but now want some answers. when the facts of this case that are now serious questions that need answering. most notably how the killer was ever in a position to commit these horrific acts. khairi saadallah was a failed asylum seeker, who'd never been deported. he was originally from libya, where he fought in the civil war aged just 15, before fleeing to britain. here he was in and out of prison for a string of violent offences. he was briefly brought to the attention of m15 as someone who
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might travel to syria but he was discarded as a threat. he walked free from his last prison sentence just two weeks before the attack. he was one of those people who gave me that impression... tony bloomfield, who was in jail with saadallah, told me he was known for hisjihadi views. he said a few times he would love to kill people and that he is a murdererand it kill people and that he is a murderer and it was taken as a joke but he he was kind of a bit of a clown in prison. saadallah's brother aiman feels his warning had not been taken seriously enough. 24 hours later saadallah left his flat for reading town centre, finding a quiet spot to hide a carving knife in his shorts before heading out to kill as many people
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as he could. daniel sanford, bbc news. the chancellor says we should expect the economy "to get worse before it gets better". rishi sunak explained that even with support from the government, 800,000 people have lost theirjobs since last february. it comes as a report by the resolution foundation, a think tank focusing on people on lower incomes, says that the pandemic has widened the gap between rich and poor in the uk. our home editor mark easton has been speaking to two people who have struggled to make ends meet. right, hello there, my name is shirley widdop. i'm a disabled lone parent from keighley in west yorkshire. while lockdown has seen the rich saving money on transport and hospitality, for those on the lowest incomes it's another story. people like shirley have seen their spending increase during the pandemic, because they spent very little going out before covid, while their heating and food costs have gone up since the restrictions came into force. when i was able to go to the supermarket, usually, i like to go for to the yellow stickers, the reduced section, but now because everyone's
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struggling financially you find there are crowds of people waiting for the reduced items to go. because i can't actually physically get to the supermarket now, i miss out on being able to do that. shirley's carer is her 16—year—old son, jack. i went shopping for my mum, and because this virus was completely new to everybody, and we were under prepared, panic buying had cleared out shelves, especially of all the cheap items. i'm caroline rice. i'm a single parent. i'm self—employed as a registered child minderand i rely on universal credits, to top up my income on a weekly basis. in northern ireland, caroline struggles to afford the printer ink and data for her nine—year—old's daughter's home schooling. here in rural county fermanagh, staying at home in mid winter means keeping the heating on, another extra cost.
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see how much oil there. there's no savings. there just is no savings. it's day—to—day. how difficult is it for you? i'm managing. it's the mental stress, it's the drain, you know, the fatigue of constantly — you check your bank every morning to see what you have in it. at the end of march, the government is due to end the emergency £20 a week uplift to universal credit. for caroline, the welfare top up has been a lifeline. if our government is serious about supporting families on low income, they need to look at universal credits. the £20 uplift needs to be sustained and needs to be kept with people and families. the government insists it's delivered an unprecedented package of support for people like shirley and caroline. ministers are being urged to keep that help going. mark easton, bbc news. democrats in the us house of representatives have introduced articles of impeachment against president trump,
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after some of his supporters stormed the capitol building in washington on wednesday. they accuse mr trump of "incitement of insurrection". the disorder caused the deaths of five people. the president's term in office will end when joe biden is inaugurated next week. next weekjoe biden will be become the 46th president of the united states. he will also become the first president who has a stammer. it's a condition that's believed to affect around 3% of the world population. felicity baker, who has a stammer herself, reports on what it's like to live with this often hidden disability. hi, my name's shelby, and i'm 11 years old, and i have a stammer. it was obvious from a young age shelby was having problems speaking. he says school was difficult at first, but now his friends have got used to his stammer, although it can still be frustrating.
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it's sometimes quite annoying when people try to, like, guess what i'm trying to say, because people can, like, interrupt you without not even knowing. this is me when i was 25, trying to say my name. felicity... ..baker. i've had a stammerfor as long as i can remember, along with an estimated 3% of the uk population. it's something i've worked hard to deal with throughout my life. ten years later, i now work here at a producer in the bbc news room. i've never spoken about my stammer. most of my colleagues will have no idea. over the years, i've learned various techniques to help me manage it, but i still don't like speaking on the phone, and there are plenty of words i will go out of my way to avoid saying, including my own name. the national deficit is not rising, is rising, it is not... former labour cabinet minister ed balls knows all too well what it's like to have a stammer
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in a high profile public role. once i became a cabinet member in charge of all the schools in the country, it was very exposing. i stammered, and then behind me i heard a labour voice say really loudly, "he's supposed to be secretary of state and he can't even get his words out." when i was told "you should be public", i said "i can't be public, i can't admit a vulnerability like that, i'm a cabinet minster, it's not what people expect." i felt quite worried about that, that it might be seen as weak, a failure. joe biden will be the first president of the us with a stammer, or stutter, as they call it in america. vice—president biden, your response please. my response is look, there isn't about, there's a reason why he's bringing up all this malarky. it's barely noticeable now, but he spent his whole life learning to control his speech. i learned so much from having to deal with stuttering, it gave me insight into other people's pain.
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other people's suffering. for children like shelby, joe biden's openness about his stammer is inspiring. it's very encouraging to see people with probably disabilities worse than me, thrive with what they're doing today. felicity baker, bbc news. let's ta ke let's take at look look at the weather with louise lear. some brief glimpses of sunshine today was as good as it got but it was milder for most of us. eight or nine celsius. some rain on its way through the night tonight and it has still been pretty cold in the far north of scotland, here we have seen snow diagram. that rain continues to sink steadily south that this is where the mild air is sitting. through the night tonight it will stay incredibly mild. the exception for the north under those clear skies across scotland, northern england, temperatures will fall away. it
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could be quite icy first thing in the morning. the temperatures first thing, a mild start for many. 0utbreaks thing, a mild start for many. outbreaks of rain to continue but slowly through the afternoon across south wales and south—west england, the cloud and rain will linger. elsewhere we should see more sunshine coming through. temperatures will be quite contrasting. 10 or 11 down to the south—west. four or five further north. still on the cool side. that could be an issue through the middle pa rt could be an issue through the middle part of the week. we have got these weather fronts pushing part of the week. we have got these weatherfronts pushing in from part of the week. we have got these weather fronts pushing in from the west and behind these fronts is where the mild air is sitting, originating from the south—west. is that which is into that cold air, the further north and east you go, on the leading edge we could see some sleet and snow. it looks likely it will be chiefly to higher ground but there are still the possibility of it affecting lower levels were a time so keep watching the forecast for wednesday. round following on behind and here we still keep it on the mild side. 10 or


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