this is bbc news. the headlines at four. a warning of mounting pressure on hospitals and staff by the head of nhs england. 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. the adult population, entire adult population we want to have been offered a first jab 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 increase in universal credit.
most at risk 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, 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
correspondent, jim 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. 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. a state of emergency has already been declared in maryland, new mexico and utah. state—by—state, members of the national guard are being deployed overfears that extremists may infiltrate planned protests. 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. we have had the latest uk figures in for coronavirus. let me bring them to you now. 671 new deaths, that is down from 1295 yesterday. 38598 new cases, down a little again from yesterday, 41346, and the current vaccination total that has been figure that has been issued by the government is over 3 million. this of course is on the eve, though, of the roll out of another ten mass vaccination centre, which will be
opening at 8.00am tomorrow. the russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, is flying back to russia this afternoon — and is expected to land shortly — following his treatment for novichok poisoning in germany. seen here in boarding the plane earlier this afternoon, he is expected to arrive in moscow in the next hour or so. 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. he is travelling with his wife yulia, she has been supporting him while he was recovering in germany. he is expected to be arrested as soon as he lands in moscow, in terms of a suspended sentence. i think i can take you to moscow, according to navalny�*s support team, several members of the people, his friends
who were due to meet him in moscow have already been detained by the police. so there seems every chance that this 44—year—old activist will be detained as soon as he lands as well. he has been a leader, of several opposition parties, he was the leader of the russia of the future and progress party 2014 to 2018678 he is said to be the activist by the wall streetjournal, activist by the wall streetjournal, a man vladimir putin fears most in the world. putin never mentions alexei navalny by name. but as i say, has been chasing mr navalny in terms of his opposition to mr putin, and indeed, the mayor of moscow and other people against whom he has stood over the past few year, so
alexei navalny, five months after narrowly surviving a poisoning attempt, going back to moscow, to face another arrest again, now, but wanting to keep the pressure up as he would seeest own the russian leader. in the past few minutes it's been announced that the american music producer phil spector, the creator of the wall of sound, has died. he was 81. spector�*s records helped define the sound of the sixties and included hits for the ronnettes, the righteous brothers and ike and tina turner. but he was also convicted of murder in 2003. david sillito looks back on his life. #do # do you know what you did today?
# do you know what you did today? # baby do you o know... the final public chapter of phil spector�*s life was a court case, a conviction for murder. he appeared eccentric, troubled, lonely, a man mired in his own darkness. but what he leaves behind, are some of the mostjoyous masterpieces in the history of pop. # looked so quiet but my o my... # do i love you my oh my # river deep, mountain high # river deep, mountain high # you've lost that lovin' feelin' # you've lost that lovin' feelin' # whoa, that loving feeling # whoa, that loving feeling # you've lost that loving feeling # you've lost that loving feeling # now it's gone, gone, gone
# now it's gone, gone, gone # to know you # to know you # is to love, love him # is to love, love him # and i do... this was his first hit, here he is on the right aged 18 but there was a darkness always. this love song wasn't about a girl. it was about his dead father. it was not a happy — it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. _ it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. it _ it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. it wasn't, . it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. it wasn't, i | not a happy childhood. it wasn't, i mean when your father blows his head open, you know it is not funny, and it leaves a scar on you. # so won't you say you love he... his signature with was the wall of sound. it turned pop into a torrent of emotion. # every place we go # every place we go # imagine possessions leonard coen, tina turner, john lennon he produced them all. he could be brilliant 0ran sometimes he would pull a gun on you, for years he hid from the from
view. stories merged of his controlling abuse si behaviour. aren't you lonely in this big house? must be very lonely.— must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an _ must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an actress _ must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an actress lana - must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an actress lana clarkson| he invited an actress lana clarkson back home. a few hours later she was found, shot dead. phil spector said he wanted to turn pop into art. by the end, he aren't you lonely in this big house? must be very lonely.— must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an _ must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an actress _ must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an actress lana - must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an actress lana clarkson| he invited an actress lana clarkson back home. a few hours later she was found, shot dead. phil spector said he wanted to turn pop into art. by the end, he has this to say. "trust me, you wouldn't want my life. i've not been at peace. i have not been happy. not been at peace. i have not been happy- happy-"- 16 not been at peace. i have not been happy. happy.". 16 minutes past fourment our headlines. a warning of mounting pressure on hospitals and staff by the head of nhs england the american music producer, phil spector, who helped define
the sound of the 60s — and the creator of the �*wall of sound' has died in prison — aged 81. 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. good afternoon. what a game we have in store in the premier league at anfield in the next few minutes. the champions liverpool up against league leaders manchester united. it's the first time they've been top at this stage of the season since sir alex ferguson won his last title at united. and interestinglyjurgen klopp says he and sir alex actually message quite a bit. we have contact. he texts. i always get it, that is a big honour, i have this as my new number, i think wow.
tottenham are currently three points behind united, after beating bottom club sheffield united 3—1. tanguy ndombele scoring the pick of the goals, with this sublime flick. we will keep you updated throughout the afternoon. we will keep you updated throughout the afternoon. 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 the runaway 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, devante cole put his side ahead. the perfect start to the first home game in change for the new manager graham alexander. but that shocked steven gerrard's side into action. morelos so close to an eleventh goal of the season. just inches wide.
motherwell then spent the rest of the first half on the back foot but held out. after the break, more of the same followed. with devante the scorer saving his side's bacon. rangers' winning streak of 15 league matches was under threat. 0n came substitute cedric itten. try as they might, they couldn't add another, so a precious point for motherwell who move off the bottom. 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 2—1 up. earlier, manchester city thrashed aston villa 7—0. player of the match lauren hemp scored two and had a hand in two more. 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. now here's 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. now leach deceived shanaka. 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. dan lawrence on debut stood firm, watched and waited. the umpire saw bad light. england remain just three down, just 36 to win, the end is close, joe wilson, bbc news. 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. 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. from bristoljon kay reports. from bristol, jon kay reports. 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.
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. 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.
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. hello. there we have severe woernt the way for the week ahead, today's been fairly quiet. this evening we have thicker cloud bringing wet weather for a while across scotland and northern ireland before it turns showery again. some of that cloud will push 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 here and there. tomorrow we are left with this line of rain in southern scotland. to the north there will be sunshine, showers, wintry over the hills, bright enough start elsewhere, with the odd light shower but it will cloud over from the south—west, getting rain into the south—west, getting rain into the south—west, getting rain into the south—west, pushing into wales, west country in the afternoon. in the south—west it will turn misty later, temperatures may be making double figure, elsewhere a chillier five to seven. we have wet weather arriving over night whip the tuesday and wednesday across england and wales, that is likely to bring flooding. area most at risk and we have an amber warning from the met office is for the southern pennines and the northern peak district. hello. the 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 am not going to sugar—coat them. hospitals are under extreme pressure. and staff are under extreme pressure. the american music producer, phil spector, who helped define the sound of the �*60s — and the creator of the �*wall of sound,�* has died in prison, aged 81. mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow, as the foreign secretary lays out the government's targets for the rollout. the adult population, entire adult population we want to have been offered a first jab 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 increase in universal credit. iam back i am back in half an hour. now on bbc news global questions...