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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. a warning of mounting pressure on hospitals and staff by the head of nhs england. i think the facts are very clear and i think the facts are very clear and i am not going to sugar coat them. hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure. mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow — as the foreign secretary lays out the government's targets for the rollout. aduu adult population entire adult population we want to be offered a firstjab by september. and the government moves to head off a rebellion by backbench mps, who could support a labour proposal to extend the temporary £20 a week
good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the head of the national health service in england has warned the service has never been in a more precarious position. outlining the extreme pressures facing the nhs, sir simon stevens said a new patient was being admitted into hospital with coronavirus every 30 seconds. the good news is four times as many people are now being vaccinated in england as are contracting covid, with 140 people being given the jab every minute. in the last hour, the health secretary, matt hancock, tweeted that more than half of the over 80s have been given at least one dose of the vaccine. another ten new vaccination centres have been unveiled by the government, and will be
operational from tomorrow. speaking to the bbc, the foreign secretary, dominic raab said he hoped all adults in england would be offered a first dose of the vaccine by september. let's get the latest from our health correspondentjim reed. the pressure on hospitals this winter shows no sign of easing up. the person in charge of the nhs in england said the service is now in the most precarious position in its 72—year history. since christmas day, we've seen another 15,000 increase in the in—patients in hospitals across england. that's the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronavirus patients. and staggeringly, every 30 seconds across england, another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. new figures show of the 100,000 nhs workers off sick in england last week, half either had the virus or were self—isolating.
tomorrow, this vaccination centre at blackburn cathedral will open, offering thousands ofjabs a day to nhs staff, as well as care workers and those over 80 — all by invitation only at this stage. we felt it would be really appropriate to offer this space up as a place where people could come and feel safe and secure. a place that they know. it's one of ten new regional vaccination centres opening across england next week. as well as blackburn, sites are in taunton, st helens and bournemouth, and there's slough, norwich, wickford in essex, lincolnshire, york and wembley in london. theyjoin the existing seven sites already opened in places from manchester, in the north west, to surrey, in the south east. large vaccination hubs are already open across wales, scotland and northern ireland, with many more planned. it's part of a uk—wide drive to vaccinate the 15 million people most at risk from the disease
by the middle of next month, with all adults in england offered the jab by september. there are some early signs that lockdown measures might be working, and infections are starting to fall back in some places. it is more positive news, but will take time to be reflected in hospital admissions, meaning the pressure on nhs services is likely to continue for weeks to come. jim reed, bbc news. 0ne one of those centres is in wembley and that is due to open tomorrow morning and brent council's cabinet member is neil nerva. the governments was talking about thousands the of vaccinations being carried out over the next few week, what is your target, how many
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coming through, they will have to queue somewhere and is that going to be outside or inside? i queue somewhere and is that going to be outside or inside?— be outside or inside? i should say the building _ be outside or inside? i should say the building is _ be outside or inside? i should say the building is an _ be outside or inside? i should say the building is an open-plan - the building is an open—plan building, and, what might have been offices inside have been converted, it looks like a hangar inside and bookings will be staggered to allow social distancing, so if you are invited, don't arrive until five minutes before your appointment time. people who book in will find marshals on hand to help them get in the right place, we will be following social distancing. and there has been incredible take up by local volunteer organisations, by the local temple in neasden and mutual aid to make sure people are supported from the moment they walk in to the grounds of the building. which vaccines are you going to be using? which vaccines are you going to be usin: ? �* . . which vaccines are you going to be usin. ? �* ., ., , , , using? again i am the present £sill cabinet member— using? again i am the present £sill cabinet member for _ using? again i am the present £sill cabinet member for public - using? again i am the present £sill cabinet member for public health. | cabinet member for public health. details of the vaccine are for the nhs, but we understand they will be
using both the pfizer and the astrazeneca. i using both the pfizer and the astrazeneca.— using both the pfizer and the astrazeneca. ., , ., , ., ., astrazeneca. i only ask you that because of— astrazeneca. i only ask you that because of course, _ astrazeneca. i only ask you that because of course, the - astrazeneca. i only ask you that because of course, the pfizer i astrazeneca. i only ask you that. because of course, the pfizer needs to be stored at very low temperatures, and you got all the equipment in that building, to cope with that minus 70? yes. equipment in that building, to cope with that minus 70?— with that minus 70? yes, and i was in touch with _ with that minus 70? yes, and i was in touch with our _ with that minus 70? yes, and i was in touch with our local— with that minus 70? yes, and i was in touch with our local clinical - in touch with our local clinical commissioning group yesterday, and received assurance that we are not in a situation of vaccines being disposed of at the end of the day, and they don't waste vaccines round here. 0k. does that mean, though, that you will have a reserve list, so that people perhaps, who don't turn up, missed the appointment or whatever, do you have a number of people you will call on and say look we have more supplies we can do you now? we are more supplies we can do you now? - are going to be working with the local nhs to ensure what you said happens, it is vital that every single vaccine, the nhs has got available, is used and people receive. ~ ., , ., ., available, is used and people receive. ., , ., ., receive. who is going to be doing the “abs? receive. who is going to be doing the jabs? a _ receive. who is going to be doing
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be made available we will work with the nhs to have whatever hours are necessary, to ensure that the vaccine is provided as soon as possible, to our population. you will know from the pictures and the film which newsnight showed, how badly hit north—west london has been by covid and it is vital we can roll out the vaccine as soon as is practical. that means 24/7 so be it. so tomorrow morning, 8.00, as things stand, 8.00am to 8pm. yes. so tomorrow morning, 8.00, as things stand, 8.00am to 8pm.— stand, 8.00am to 8pm. yes, right. and don't turn _ stand, 8.00am to 8pm. yes, right. and don't turn up _ stand, 8.00am to 8pm. yes, right. and don't turn up unless _ stand, 8.00am to 8pm. yes, right. and don't turn up unless you - stand, 8.00am to 8pm. yes, right. and don't turn up unless you have i stand, 8.00am to 8pm. yes, right. l and don't turn up unless you have an invitation. ., ., ., ~' and don't turn up unless you have an invitation. ., ., , ., invitation. you took the words out of my mouth- _ invitation. you took the words out of my mouth. wait _ invitation. you took the words out of my mouth. wait for— invitation. you took the words out of my mouth. wait for that - invitation. you took the words out of my mouth. wait for that letter, from the nhs, inviting you to make a booking. mi from the nhs, inviting you to make a bookina. �* a booking. all right. look, good luck with that tomorrow, _ booking. all right. look, good luck with that tomorrow, let _ booking. all right. look, good luck with that tomorrow, let us - booking. all right. look, good luck with that tomorrow, let us hope i booking. all right. look, good luck. with that tomorrow, let us hope you get up tow the 4,000 a day as you hope to, as soon as possible. thank you very much indeeds. airports are to be offered financial support in england as the government closes travel corridors in the uk from tomorrow. up to £8 million will be available to help airports cover
costs such as business rates. here's our business correspondent katy austin. from tomorrow, nearly all arrivals to the uk will have to quarantine for ten days because the travel corridor system will be suspended. it's another blow for travel and tourism. last night, the aviation minister acknowledged the impact tighter restrictions would have and said a pre—planned grant scheme for airports in england will open within the next fortnight. the airports trade body says this was welcome, but with traffic still extremely low, more support would be needed. we understand that it will be a grant towards fixed costs such as business rates, and it will be equivalent to business rates, but up to about 8 million. so, very, very useful for a number of our airports. but clearly, for some of the very large airports, it's actually quite a small amount financially. heathrow, they pay 120 million a year in business rates.
the government has said the enforcement of quarantine will now be stepped up. temporary stricter self—isolation rules have been in place before. early last year, some travellers returning from wuhan in china were housed in nhs hospital facilities after police escorts. today, the foreign secretary was asked if the government would now require arrivals to quarantine in hotels. i think there is a challenge in its workability, its deliverability, but we need to look at that very carefully, you're right, based on the experience of other countries. i don't accept that we've been too slow in this. we're broadly the same pace in terms of canada and germany. obviously, we'll keep other potential measures under review, but they've got to be workable. a requirement for travellers to show a negative covid test before travelling to the uk also kicks in tomorrow. the travel industry accepts the public health need for tighter rules, but it says a pathway out of the crisis needs to be mapped out. katy austin, bbc news. a group of business leaders has written to the treasury and the department for transport calling on the government to offer
financial support to eurostar, which has been threatened by a large drop in passenger numbers. the international rail service has transported more than 190 million passengers between the uk and mainland europe since 1994. eurostar has said without additional funding from government there is a real risk to the survival of the service. the government says it has been engaging extensively with eurostar since the beginning of the pandemic, and will continue to support the safe restart of international travel. all 50 us states are on alert for possible violent protests this weekend, ahead of president—electjoe biden's inauguration on wednesday. members of the national guard are patrolling the streets around the capitol in washington, following the storming of the building by supporters of president trump. so far, there have been none of the mass protests that had been feared. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports.
america on high alert like never before. the nation's capital has been turned into a fortress, with security worthy of a warzone. the national guard has been deployed to try to ensure a smooth transition of power whenjoe biden is inaugurated on wednesday. in the meantime, there's concern that armed supporters of donald trump may try to stage more protests, still refusing to accept the result of the election. the capitol building, which was stormed by a mob earlier this month, is now surrounded by a high fence, and the city is under lockdown. it's a place in our history that i'm sad that we've come to. american troops should not have to be armed against their fellow americans. but what we saw was an unprecedented attack on our democracy in the cradle of that democracy. by wednesday, 25,000 troops will be in the capital to try to keep the peace. the goal is to try to prevent
a repeat of the attack that led to mr trump being impeached for a second time, on a charge of incitement of insurrection. he now faces a trial in the senate. the fbi has warned police agencies around the country that state capitals could be the target of further protests in the coming days. in minnesota, armed guards are stationed at the state capitol, which has already been descended upon by protesters. in california, near the capital city sacramento, riot police are patrolling outside the home of the state governor, gavin newsom. in some cities around the country the post office has removed letterboxes from the streets as part of the security clamp—down. away from the fray, for now, as he prepares to take office,
joe biden has been to church and it has been revealed that within hours of moving into the white house, he will sign executive orders to reverse some of donald trump's key policies. they include rejoining the paris climate accord and scrapping a travel ban on several predominantly muslim countries. but this is a nation on edge, holding its breath for the days ahead. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. let us take you live to dc. we have a long shot of the capitol itself, but as you can see, here, the huge military presence, a lots of people are describing it as war zone after that attack and muriel bowser the mayor has implemented a state of emergency to the day after the inauguration, january 21st, much of
it boarded up. national mall spans that from congress, the lincoln memorial closed. fences round the capitol. normally at this time of the year, a lot of people are coming in to dc, for inauguration parties, this year, a lot of people have left, or have actually been told they simply won't be able to take part. the russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, is flying back to russia this afternoon, following his treatment for novichok poisoning in germany. seen here in boarding the plane earlier this afternoon, mr navalny is expected to arrive in moscow in the next hour or so. it is five months after he very nearly died. it is five months after he very nearly died. he was taken ill on a flight
from siberia to moscow in august, and doctors in berlin subsequently found he had come into contact with the nerve agent. mr navalny is expected to be arrested upon his arrival in russia for breaching the terms of a suspended sentence. this is him and his wife there, yulia, we are getting reports from some of his people on ground in moscow where he is expected to be detained some of his supporters have already been detained, he is 44 and according to the authorities, a 2014 court case means he will be detained on his arrival in moscow as well, according to the european court of human rights, this was a political case which had been drummed up by the russian authorities. the wall streetjournal incidentally describes alexei navalny and the man who vladimir putin most fears. he never actually uses his name in
public. he never actually uses his name in public. the headlines on bbc news... a warning of mounting pressure on hospitals and staff by the head of nhs england. mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow, as the foreign secretary pledges every adult in the uk will be offered a first dose by september. the government moves to head off a rebellion by backbench mps, who could support a labour proposal to extend the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit. sport, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. it's been a fascinating day's cricket between england and sri lanka on the fourth day of the first test in galle. it looked like england would coast towards a straight—forward victory, but there's been a sting in the tail, asjoe wilson reports.
what stood in galle between england and victory? first, thirimanne. sri lanka's batting was the story of the morning. thirimanne made it to 100. here is a significant moment. not simply because the ball squeezed through safely to the boundary, those four runs took sri lanka into the lead, five wickets down. there's england's bowler, there's sri lanka's dressing room. was there much turning? hang on, sharp catch from buttler, yes, dom bess. dickwella was gone. leach deceived sha na ka. clean bowled. hasaranga was the eighth to fall. the match, within england's grasp, wasn't finished yet. angelo mathews, experienced, defiant and scoring — while he remained, sri lanka's lead increased. leach lured him to the edge, his fifth wicket and sri lanka were all out. now england needed 74 to win. hold your nerve, win the test — oh dear, sibley gone.
three for one. next, crawley caught, 12 for two. still, there was the captain — no, there wasn't. joe root in a scrambling tangling dash for a run which he did not make. check the mood. faces of stone. nerves in tatters. well, the umpire saw bad light. england remain just three down, just 36 to win, the end is close, joe wilson, bbc news. in the premier league, all eyes will be on anfield later on as champions liverpool host leaders manchester united in a huge game. in the match under way at the moment tottenham lead 3—1 at bottom club sheffield united. later, manchester city take on crystal palace. rangers winning run of 15 successive scottish premiership matches has come to a surpirse end, as they were held to a 1—1 draw by stuggling motherwell. jim lumsden reports.
bottom against top. with a runway premiership leaders looking to widen the gap over celtic to 23 points. motherwell took a surprise early lead at ibrox in december, before eventually losing, and after 20 minutes today, cole put his side ahead. the perfect start to a first home game in change for the new manager. but that shocked gerrard's side into action.— side into action. inches wide. motherwell — side into action. inches wide. motherwell then _ side into action. inches wide. motherwell then spent - side into action. inches wide. motherwell then spent the i side into action. inches wide. i motherwell then spent the rest of the first half on the back foot but held out, after break more of the same followed. with the scorer saving his side's bacon. rangers winning streak of 15 league matches was under threat. 0n came substitute eton. try as they might they couldn't add
another so a me husband is point for motherwell who move off the bottom. rangers still a hefty lead at the top still unbeaten. rangers still a hefty lead at the top still unbeaten. the top two in the wsl are going head to head at the moment — with chelsea hosting manchester united. chelsea currently 1—0 up. earlier, manchester city thrashed aston villa 7—0. player of the match lauren hemp scored two and had a hand in two more — city are fourth in the table as it stands. 72 players will be confined to their hotel rooms ahead of the australian open, after a positive coronavirus test result on a third flight bound for the tournament. those already in quarantine, including kahzak player yulia putinseva here, have been coming up with creative ways to prepare for the first grand slam of the year, which organisers say will still go ahead as planned on february 8th. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website, and follow the latest from the final of the masters snooker betweenjohn higgins and yan
bingtao. higgins currently leading three frames to two. i will have more throughout the afternoon. the government is moving to head off a rebellion by backbench mps, who could support a labour proposal to extend the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit. (tx the chancellor introduced the rise last april, the chancellor introduced the rise last april, as the pandemic hitjobs and family finances, but it is due to run out in march. conservative mps have been told to abstain on labour's vote tommorrow. the foreign secretary has said this morning that the government will always look at how to protect the most vulnerable communities. cornwall has been chosen to host the leaders of some of the world's biggest economies for the g7 summit injune. the seaside town of carbis bay will be the venue for discussions on debt, climate change and post—covid recovery. incoming us presidentjoe biden is expected to attend the event, along with leaders from canada,
japan and the eu. the government is planning new laws to give protection to historic statues in england. the communities secretary, robertjenrick, says monuments which have stood for generations shouldn't be — in his words — "removed on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob". the legislation would require planning permission for any changes and a government minister would be able to veto the move. it was one of the key moments of 2020. in bristol, the toppling of edward colston's statue last summer. a 17th—century slave trader thrown into the city's harbour. as the figure was recovered and restored, a debate ensued across the uk about how we memorialise controversial figures from our past.
and now the government's planning new laws to protect statues in england, with planning permission and public consultation required before they can be removed by local people or councils. writing in today's sunday telegraph, the communities secretary, robertjenrick, says... critics question whether changing the law like this would really make a difference, and whether it would stop impulsive moments of protest. in the last few months, the future of statues across the country has been challenged, from cecil rhodes in oxford, sir francis drake in plymouth, sir winston churchill in parliament square. the government's plans will be outlined inside parliament tomorrow.
jon kay, bbc news. winter in rome means starling season, when up to four—million birds gather in the italian capital on their migration from europe to africa. their murmerations in the skies are beautiful — but their droppings create a hazard, and the city authorities are trying new methods to move them on. here's our rome correspondent, mark lowen. in the roman twilight, nature's great dancers flock to the stage. the acrobatic twirls like wisps of smoke. a synchronised spectacle of breathtaking beauty.
the starlings migrate in winter south to africa. nesting at night in central rome for warmth, flying in formation to avoid predators. a murmuration, it's called, and this city of art marvels at the show. but beneath their charm, rome is rotting, and it's a hell of a mess. in the cold light of day, the other side of these gorgeous birds is clear, and for those unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's not exactly sightly, it can be a safety hazard, and i can tell you that even with the mask, the stench is rancid. "i slipped on the droppings when it was muddy", this man says. "the world has invented everything, just not bird underpants." beside the ancient forum, a new attempt to try and solve the problem.
city officials shining lasers onto trees, which the birds dislike, prompting them to move on. the project is focused on rome's tourist heart in a bid to clean up its image. translation: this doesn't cause the birds any stress. _ it is more like a nuisance for them. i do this work, but i'm actually a nature lover. we are not stopping them from sleeping. we are just telling them to find another location. and it works. this tree used to be completely full and now there are about 10% of what there were. even the starling fans seem supportive. i personally love to see them, like it's amazing, but as long as it is not hurting the birds, i think it's a good system. while the lasers are harmless, fireworks are not. this last new year's eve here, starlings were caught and killed by the firecrackers, pictures going viral. not managing the issue
can end in tragedy. in ancient rome, the starlings were seen to auger the gods�* wishes. centuries on, these dazzling creatures keep visiting. how man and nature can coexist is the eternal problem of the eternal city. mark lowen, bbc news, rome. now it's time for a look at the weather, with darren bett. precious point for motherwell who move off the bottom. rangers still a hefty lead at the top still unbeaten. i will have more throughout the afternoon. . hello. we have severe weather on the way, today has been fairly quiet, this evening we have thicker cloud bringing wet weather for a while across scotland and northern ireland before it turns more showery, some of that cloud and showers will push down into england and wales, a bit of a breeze overnight. shouldn't get too cold, to many places temperatures will be just above freezing, there is the risk of a few icy patches and tomorrow we are left with this line of rain in southern scotland, to the north of that there will be sunshine, showers, wintry over the
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