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tonight at ten — the uk is at the worst point of the pandemic so far and lockdown rules might have to be tightened further still. the warning comes as details are published of a mass vaccination programme, with seven major centres open across england. the next few weeks are going to be the worst weeks of this pandemic in terms of numbers into the nhs. we report from another hospital under sustained and significant pressure, amid warnings that next week will be even worse. so i don't know how much more we can do before it gets to, like, we literally, there's no more room, there's no more beds, there's no more nurses, there's no more space, there's no more anything. so yeah, i am quite apprehensive. more than 2.3 million people have now been vaccinated across the uk, but the government's under pressure to boost that rate. also tonight...
a failed asylum seeker who murdered three men in a park in reading last year is sent to prison for the rest of his life. after last week's invasion of the us capitol, donald trump is set to be the first president to be impeached a second time. and... people can, like... interrupt you without, not even knowing because they don't know that you are about to speak. and we talk about stammering and we explore the link with the next four years at the white house. and coming up in sport on bbc news, without their manager and 13 players isolating because of coronavirus, a severely depleted celtic side take on hibs in the scottish premiership. good evening.
the united kingdom is at the "worst point" of the pandemic so far, with hospitals under sustained and significant pressure, and the possibility that lockdown rules might have to be tightened further still. the health secretary for england, matt hancock, issued the warning as he set out the details of a mass vaccination programme, with seven major centres open across england, and more to come. so far, some 2.3 million people across the uk have been given a first dose of coronavirus vaccine. that's an average ofjust over 140,000 a day over the past week. more than 300,000 people will need to be vaccinated daily if the government is to reach its target and vaccinate the high priority groups by mid—february. the vast majority of deaths with covid are seen in those in the most vulnerable groups. experts say the uk is entering the "most dangerous time" of the pandemic, in the weeks before the vaccines can have a significant impact. 0ur medical editor fergus
walsh has the latest. waiting patiently in line. health care workers in newcastle. the over 80s in bristol. manchester, london and birmingham, among seven mass covid vaccination centres which opened today in england. i've lost a lot of relatives, so i needed to show people that there is nothing wrong with the vaccine. it has been tested and we need to get the vaccine. we have grandchildren, great 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 jab? astrazeneca. 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's a race against time, because we can all see the threat that our nhs faces, the pressure it's under, the demand in intensive care units, the pressure on ventilated beds, even the shortage of oxygen in some places. by the end of the month, the promise is everyone in england will be within ten miles of a vaccination centre. for now, some are travelling much longer distances and braving the cold, such is the demand to get protected. the vaccine 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. 0ur 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's all over—70s, front line health and social care workers, plus people who are currently shielding. a steady supply of vaccine is vital. this gp‘s surgery in midlothian is one of over 1,000 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. the latest government figures show there were 46,169 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means that on average, the number of new cases reported per day in the last
week is 57,851. 529 deaths were reported, that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. this number is usually lower after the weekend. on average in the past week, 926 deaths were announced every day. the total number of deaths so far across the uk is 81,960. there are 13,000 more covid patients in hospital in england today than there were on christmas day, bringing the current total tojust over 32,000. 0ur health editor hugh pym has been to croydon university hospital in south london, where doctors say they are seeing a greater number of younger patients in their 30s and 40s compared to the first wave. hugh filmed his report with camera operator harriet bradshaw and producer dominic hurst.
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 known the whole system to 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? shubro is a consultant here. just sit forward for me a little and take a nice deep breath. and he is assessing hanifa, 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, have no, any illness, nothing. 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 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. i think for 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, in effect, causing inflammation in all parts of the body, potentially. so...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. almost half the beds at croydon university hospital are occupied by covid patients. since the start of the pandemic, they have treated nearly 2,000, 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's no more room, there's no more beds, there's no more nurses, there's no more space, there's no more anything, so yeah, 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 greater, 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. hanifa 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. 0nce once again 0nce againa once again a report on bbc news about the reality of life in some of these hospitals, hugh. first, your impression of the kind of pressure that staff are working under, and then, really, to help viewers with where we are tonight in terms of pressure in other parts of the nhs? 0ne impression i came away with from croydon university hospital was how adamant that staff are to get their message out to the public that this is real. as one of them said, this is real. as one of them said, this is not fake news. these are people seriously ill, critical care capacity, very busy, the hospital half full of covid patients. these are 30 and 40—year—olds who are seriously ill, coming in. yes, with the right treatment they will pull through, almost all of them but it
could leave them with long—term scars and difficulties with long covid. this is a reality, it is not just as characterised by some people who are a lot older with underlying health conditions. in fact, the 18-64 health conditions. in fact, the 18—64 year old group in england has risen faster for hospital admissions than other age groups since the first wave, although there is no firm evidence they necessarily get any sicker. what will happen in the next couple of weeks, that pressure will only intensify. critical care beds will fill up and then will have to be created in hospitals. elective surgery, to be created in hospitals. elective surgery, routine surgery, has to be cancelled. then the options get very limited. 0ne senior doctor in south wales has told us that at one point today, all high—level intensive care beds in critical care were full. it isa beds in critical care were full. it is a very difficult situation. in southend, southend hospital, there are problems with oxygen levels. they are having to reduce them for some patients and management say it
isa some patients and management say it is a critical situation, they are having to manage it because of high demand with covid patients. now case numbers may just be demand with covid patients. now case numbers mayjust be levelling off in london and the south—east but there is real concern in government about a sharp rise in merseyside among other areas, a doubling per 100,000 of population just other areas, a doubling per 100,000 of populationjust in other areas, a doubling per 100,000 of population just in the last week. of course, these new cases, some of them in due course will become more hospital admissions and that is in a couple of weeks' time. hugh pym, thank you, for your latest thoughts. as we've been hearing, leading scientists and advisers are concerned that lockdown restrictions might have to be tightened if people don't comply with the rules more fully. england's chief medical officer professor chris whitty has warned the nhs is now facing the most dangerous situation anyone can remember, and that everyone has a responsibility to take pressure off the nhs. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has the latest. the virus moves faster than the prime minister can get vaccines into arms.
more and more of the most vulnerable, like marion in bristol, are receiving the jab. hi, marion, how are you doing? but for boris johnson, this is 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, are not being properly observed, then we may have to do more. and with more patients in hospital, with covid than ever, it's not just 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 is a potential link in a chain of transmission that will lead to a vulnerable person. that reminder, because the streets are not as silent as the spring — whether shoppers in beverley and yorkshire, a road in dorset parked up with cars of walkers
all heading for the beach, data suggests we are out much more than back in march. this woman has had the first jab of her vaccine but 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 stall 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 bit of a contradiction. but could changing the rules again be part of the answer? we all want to see our loved ones, we all want to reclaim 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, real fear that we're alljust not sticking to the rules like we did
back in spring. there have been conversations in westminster about tightening the regulations still further, whether squeezing the advice on takeaways or changing how we shop, but there's no big political appetite or drive for another clamp—down. 0ne senior minister told me, "we've gone as far as we possibly can, in terms of shutting things down." so the plea instead you will hear again and again, from scientists, government doctors and politicians, stay at home, follow the rules to make a difference to this disease. but working out the dos and don'ts isn't always easy. two walkers who got in very public trouble last week for driving five miles for a walk in derbyshire had their fines dropped today. the prime minister, known for his love of cycling, has raised labour eyebrows going for a ride in the olympic park on the other side of london, seven miles from downing street. number ten is adamant tonight he did nothing wrong, but whoever and wherever
you are, it's not always straightforward to get a glimpse of life outside. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. headteachers have called for limits on the number of pupils in school during lockdown, with attendance rates surging in some areas and staff reporting streets packed with parents during drop—off. more from our education correspondent elaine dunkley. at parkinson lane primary 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 doesn't feel like a lockdown, does it? teachers are having to split their time, not only teaching the children that are coming to school, but also you have then the vast majority that are trying to get online. we have had children go home with covid and pass it on to grandparents who are living with them, and those grandparents
sadly have passed on. more than 600 pupils here are eligible for a school place. according to the government's criteria, a child 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 for those without a space to learn at home. sajida 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 actually at home, because me and my husband have had to make the decision because of the infection rates and because the government told us schools are closed. i have got the younger one here because i can't leave her on her own. my husband works, he's 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 just extremely unhelpful, and there's going to have to be things that come in place, possibly looking at whether it's both parents being critical workers, possibly whether that list needs to be less ambiguous and it needs to be slimmer. the government says it expects schools to work with families to ensure that all critical worker children are given a place, but some schools fear unless there is a limit on numbers, the lockdown will do little to stop the spread of the virus. elaine dunkley, bbc news, in halifax. at the old bailey, a failed asylum seeker who murdered three men in a park in reading injune last year has been given a whole—life sentence for his crimes. year has been given a whole—life the three friends were sitting
in a park when they were stabbed by khairi saadallah in a brutal attack. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports on the case. police, emergency. a load of people have been stabbed in forbury gardens. we need police and ambulances. yeah, iunderstand... all the ambulances you can get. 0n the phone to the 999 operator, roger smith had just witnessed what thejudge has ruled was a deadly terrorist attack, the speed of it caught on cctv. the attacker, khairi saadallah, was hunted downjust moments later by unarmed police. in the park, three friends lay dying. history teacherjames furlong, research scientist dr david wails, and pharmaceutical managerjoseph ritchie—bennett. all were gay, but it's not thought the attacker knew that. he then moved on to another group of men, first running at andrew cafe. that image of him charging towards me shouting, "allahu akbar!"... it's something that i have to sometimes consciously shut down in my head.
james furlong's father welcomed the life sentence the killer received with no possibility of being released, remembering the night the family learned of his death. to see my wife crumpled on the floor... it's, you know... it's a nightmare that will haunt me forever. the family wants to know why khairi saadallah, a failed asylum seeker with a long, violent criminal record, was not still behind bars. originally from libya, saadallah fought in the civil war as a teenager before fleeing to britain. 0nce here, he served several prison sentences, coming outjust two weeks before the attack. the secretary of state needs to tell us why this guy wasn't put into some form of detention centre, before they could deport him. he was not safe to be released back on the street. he was one of those people who gave me that impression... tony bloomfield, who was in jail with him, told me he was known
for hisjihadi views. he said a few times that he would love to kill people, erm, "i'm a murderer", and people used to laugh at it as a joke because he was kind of a bit of a clown in prison. i'm not in trouble, am i? the evening before the attack, saadallah was visited by police. his brother had called them, concerned about his mental health. how are you feeling in yourself? i'm all right. they left after he reassured them. saadallah's brother aiman told the bbc his warnings had not been taken seriously enough. from what we saw, the police were there for two minutes. 2a 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 as he could. daniel sandford, bbc news. in the us house of representatives, democratic leaders have put
forward a resolution demanding that the vice—president, mike pence, and the rest of the cabinet, deprive donald trump of his presidential powers. it could be voted on tomorrow. if that fails, democrats have warned that they'll move to impeach the president for a second time. mr trump has been accused of inciting his supporters to attack the us congress last week. let's talk to our north america editorjon sopel, who's at the white house. from what you gathered today, what is likely to happen here now?|j think is likely to happen here now?” think on wednesday the house is likely to vote on a single charge of incitement to insurrection, that that will get passed. there may be a delay before it goes to the senate because joe delay before it goes to the senate becausejoe biden will delay before it goes to the senate because joe biden will want delay before it goes to the senate becausejoe biden will want to get his feet under the table before any trial pictures up. there is a risk for democrats that at the moment donald trump is seen as the villain. i'm sure his supporters will try to
posit it that he is the victim in all of this. that will play out over months, but what's really interesting that has unfolded today isa number of interesting that has unfolded today is a number of the huge corporate have come out and said they are no longer going to give money to republicans who voted against the certification ofjoe biden as the next president. and money is what lubricates american politics. 0ne other thing, the fbi have issued a bulletin saying they expect more armed protests in washington and potentially in every state house across the country between now and inauguration. last wednesday doesn't seem inauguration. last wednesday doesn't seem to have been a one—off. inauguration. last wednesday doesn't seem to have been a one-off. jon sopel seem to have been a one-off. jon sopel, many thanks again. the decision by twitter to close president trump's account has led to renewed debate about how the social media platforms and the big tech companies are regulated. chancellor merkel of germany said the decision was problematic, and other european leaders said that interfering with freedom of expression was a matter for official regulators, not the big tech
companies themselves. it's part of the ongoing debate about the online world, and whether it's essentially a publisher or a platform. 0ur media editor amol rajan is here with his analysis. in america, the media, the system of public information and communication, is broken. fixing it, and making sure the same thing doesn't happen here, depends on understanding where power lies today. fearing regulation that will spook their investors, the data kings of california have for years resisted the idea that they are publishers. that era is over. a grand de—platforming of donald trump and many of his supporters is under way. twitter‘s boss jack dorsey has deleted president trump's account. facebook has suspended him. and now amazon's web services, and apple, with its app store,
and also google have said they will no longer host parler, a free—speech network where extremism has flourished. these were human decisions, not algorithmic, and there are arguments against them. first, double standards. if trump is banned, why isn't iran's supreme leader, who has used twitter to incite violence against israel, and promoted conspiracies about vaccines as recently as last week? and libertarians say all ideas are better debated in the open, and that such bans merely convert trump into a free speech martyr. that was precisely the argument of these data kings... until the past week. they are the editors of the internet, and they have more power than any politician orjournalist in history. the question that matters is not, "have they made the right editorial call?" the question that matters is, "is it right that a handful of californian billionaires should hold such sway over the 21st century public domain?"
amol, thanks. tomorrow, just a few days before he leaves office, president trump is expected to allow the execution of the first female inmate in a federal prison in nearly 70 years. lisa montgomery has been in prison for 16 years for the murder of a pregnant woman, bobbiejo stinnett, in the state of missouri. montgomery's lawyers and campaigners against the death penalty argue she's mentally ill, and a victim of abuse who deserves mercy. 0ur correspondent hilary andersson travelled to the scene of the crime. a warning, her report includes distressing details of the crime and the background of the woman who committed it. it was midwinter, and midday, 2004, as lisa montgomery drove to the town of skidmore through the desolation of western missouri. in herjacket, a rope and a small knife. in this house lived 23—year—old bobbiejo stinnett.
she was heavily pregnant. lisa had come for her unborn child. bobbiejo's motherfound her body. lisa had strangled bobbiejo, cut into her womb and extracted the baby. witnesses still struggle to speak of it. this case haunts those of us that worked it. this is a devil come back to... earth in disguise as lisa montgomery. this was meticulously planned. lisa had studied c—sections on the internet. she had come prepared with a syringe and clamp.
the baby survived. so, this is it, where she is buried. bobbie jo's friend karen, like many americans, wants no mercy. when lisa was sentenced to death, how did you feel about that? yes! you want to see her put to death? yes, i do. yes, i do, in fact, if i could pull the switch, i would do it. but is lisa montgomery evil orjust a broken woman? lisa grew up in a child's hell. her mother, judy, beat and abused her. she would duct tape her mouth shut if she was too loud or annoying or for any form of punishment. it would repeatedly happen. lisa's new lawyers say the abuse went even further. at 15, in a trailer, her stepfather, they say, began to sell her for sex to friends and repairmen. lisa was gang raped.
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