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england is to trial covid passports, in a bid to allow the safe return of mass events and nightclubs. one pilot is the fa cup final. you'll need to show you've had a jab, a negative test, or have covid antibodies. not everyone is on—side. there is the thing about having your liberties taken away, which is really quite worrying. how do you make people safe and feel reassured, and how do you make sure we still have that freedom? we'll be asking what further details we can expect from borisjohnson�*s announcement tomorrow. also tonight: a socially—distanced choir at canterbury cathedral, as the archbishop calls for a better future for all, in the easter service. a political crisis injordan —
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the king's half—brother says he's under house arrest, accused of a plot to destabilise the country. petrol bombs and hijacked vehicles — in a second night of violent protest in a loyalist area of northern ireland. on home water, it is still theirs, cambridge have the victory! and it's a double celebration for cambridge, who win both the men's and the women's boat race. good evening. the government is to trial so—called covid passports in england, to allow the safe return of sports matches, major events and nightlife. they'll show if a person has been vaccinated, has had a recent negative test, or has developed antibodies after a previous positive test.
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the pilot will include the fa cup final, and will last until mid—may. critics — including more than a0 tory mps — say covid passports will be discriminatory. here's our political correspondent nick eardley. england's national stadium has been quiet for some time. but in the next few weeks, fans will be back at wembley, cheering on teams as part of pilot schemes. and this year's fa cup final will be used to trial covid passports, where you have to prove your status before you're allowed in. the key purpose of looking at this option is to see how it can enable us to open up getting back to the things that we want to do, if this can be at all to enable businesses to open sooner, because it could potentially mean that we can get rid of social—distancing sooner. then that could mean that some of these businesses can open sooner.
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and certainly, if they are open, then they can open more profitably. this isn'tjust for people who've had the vaccine. it could be a few months before all adults have had both jabs. but status certificates would allow you to prove that you've had the vaccine, a recent negative test, or that you have natural immunity based on having had the virus in the past six months. ministers have ruled out having to prove your status to get on public transport or to go to essential shops. and when pubs reopen, in the next few weeks, you won't need one either. the government believes that covid passports could be most useful for mass spectator events. if you've got to buy and take a ticket, why not an app as well that shows that you don't have the virus? but while you won't need one when these restaurants reopen in the next few weeks, ministers are still looking at whether they could be useful for reducing — maybe even removing — social—distancing. dozens of mps have expressed reservations, though, and some senior conservatives think widespread covid passports are unlikely.
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it's very different from anything we've done in britain outside wartime. you know, we are not used to presenting papers — or, indeed, the electronic equivalent — to go to the pub or to go to a football match. that's not what we think of as our freedoms. our freedom is a freedom to have a normal life. this outdoor cinema in liverpool will be part of test events in the next few weeks, looking at how to safely allow larger gatherings. the opportunity to get back to full capacity, i think, is something that is so prevalent at the moment and is underpinning so many of the hopes that the events and entertainment industry has. so, this scheme, we feel, is the right way to go. events will be tried out in sheffield later this month too. some here have reservations. there is the thing about having your liberties taken away, which is really quite worrying about the health passports, but i also sort of get it. how do you make people
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safe and feel reassured, but how do you make sure that we still have that freedom? the government will set out more details tomorrow. the reopening of society is continuing, but it could get more complicated. nick is with me now. what else can we expect tomorrow? the prime minister wheelchair cabinet in the morning and it is expected ministers will sign off on moving to the next phase of unlocking in england —— the prime minister will chair. from a week tomorrow, non—essential shops will reopen, pubs and restaurants allowed to serve outside and haircuts allowed again, there will be a press conference tomorrow to confirm that. there will be more information about foreign travel. don't expect firm dates all this of countries we might be able to go to, but we will get the framework, which will be a traffic light system. green countries, you won't have to quarantine on return to england. and
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the list countries, quarantine at home. red list countries, you have to go to a government approved hotel for your quarantine. to go to a government approved hotel foryour quarantine. in an for your quarantine. in an international context, foryour quarantine. in an international context, covid passports look pretty much inevitable. but as we know, they are far more controversial at home and borisjohnson�*s plans to go ahead with them are opposed by dozens of mps including many in his own party and he does face the prospect of a significant rebellion if he does proceed with the plans in the medium term. there is also scepticism among some of the devolved administrations, these plans offer england at the moment and it is not clear they would necessarily happen elsewhere in the uk. the trials of domestic certificates will happen in england next month for mass events. but ministers are not ruling out coming back to this to look at how to remove social—distancing later in the year in hospitality venues. and in that context, those covid passports are definitely being kept on the table more widely. thank you.
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our political — on the table more widely. thank you. our political correspondent _ on the table more widely. thank you. our political correspondent nick- our political correspondent nick eardley. let's take a look at the latest government figures on coronavirus — they don't include wales and northern ireland because of the bank holiday. but in england and scotland, there were 2,297 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period — the lowest number since september. that means, on average, 3,764 new cases were reported per day in the uk in the last week. there are 3,536 patients in hospital with covid—i9. ten deaths were reported in the latest 24—hour period — that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test. on average, in the past week, 35 deaths were announced every day, taking the total number to 126,836. on vaccinations, just over 97,000 people have had theirfirstjab, in the latest 24—hour period, bringing the total to just over 31.5 million people.
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and 5.3 million people have now had two doses. the traditional easter service has taken place at canterbury cathedral, but with no congregation, due to covid restrictions. the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, called for a better future for all as we emerge from the pandemic, urging private acts of charity and the maintenance of international aid. meanwhile, the pope, in his easter message, urged an end to vaccine delays and their speedy distribution to poorer countries. daniela relph reports. last year, at the height of the first lockdown, the easter service came from his kitchen table. today, the archbishop of canterbury, masked for the procession to the altar... christ is risen. ..brought easter back to canterbury cathedral. the choirs have been allowed to sing again, but the adults must
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be socially—distanced. those leading the service also had to abide by covid protocols. and the easter address drew on the experience of the past year. we can go on as before covid, where the most powerful and the richest gain and so many fall behind. but we have seen and known where that leaves us. or we can go with the flooding life and purpose of the resurrection ofjesus, which changes all things, and we can choose a better future for all. the overwhelming generosity of god to us should inspire the same generosity by us in everything from private acts of love and charity to international aid generously maintained.
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in rome, there were no pilgrims filling st peter's square on easter sunday. earily empty, in a country that has partially returned to lockdown. the pope took and gave his global easter blessing inside st peter's basilica to a reduced crowd again. he, too, focused on covid. translation: i urge the entire international community in a spirit of global responsibility to commit to overcoming delays in the distribution of vaccines and to facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries. for those who have not gone to church today, there have been online services, the way so many have worshipped over the past year. this is another easter sunday that feels so different. daniela relph, bbc news. the half—brother of the king ofjordan is being investigated for allegedly plotting with foreign
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parties to destabilise the kingdom. in a video sent to the bbc, prince hamzah bin hussein denied being part of any conspiracy, but he accused jordan's leaders of corruption and incompetence. our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, reports on this unprecedented crisis withinjordan�*s ruling family. a young prince at the heart of a major royal rift. hamzah, 41 years old, graduate of sandhurst in the uk, harvard in the us. now he says he's under house arrest. all my friends have been arrested. my security has been removed, and the internet and phone lines have been cut. this is my last form of communication. and in this video, passed to the bbc, rare public criticism from a jordanian prince. i am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, for the
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corruption and for the incompetence. today, on state tv, a dramatically different account. prince hamzah, and others, accused of plotting to destabilise the kingdom. translation: the - investigations monitored interference and phone calls, including with foreign parties, which discussed the appropriate timing to start steps to shake the security of our stable kingdom. king abdullah is being said to be trying to resolve this within the family, an effort failing so far. so much is so unclear. there have long been some strains between brothers. hamzah was called the favourite of their father, the late king hussein. there's a striking resemblance between them. but when the king lost his long battle with cancer in 1999, he
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chose his eldest son, abdullah, to succeed him — hamzah became crown prince. 2004 was a pivotal yearfor the prince. he got married and was stripped of his royal title. the king made his own son second in line. prince hamzah has expressed veiled criticism before, but nothing like this. this crisis in a quiet corner of a volatile region has rattled neighbours, including other arab monarchies. they've rushed to back the king. the kingdom already worried about discontent over an economic crisis made much worse by a painful pandemic. now there's uncertainty over whether this is a family crisis, or one which goes much further. lyse doucet, bbc news. let's take a look at some of today's other news. police divers are involved in the search for a student who has been missing for nearly two weeks. richard okorogheye's family hasn't heard from him since he left his home in west london. the 19 year old was last
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seen in cctv footage recorded near epping forest. more than 100 people were arrested in central london yesterday during protests against the government's police, crime, sentencing and courts bill. thousands of people took part in demonstrations across england, despite covid restrictions. in bristol, seven people were arrested, after a large crowd was ordered to leave the city centre. two dogs which carried out an attack on an 85—year—old woman in rowley regis have been humanely destroyed. police said specialist advice had established the dogs could never be re—homed, due to the violence of their act. lucille downer, a great—grandmother, died after being attacked by the dogs, which got into her garden through a hole in the fence on friday. police in northern ireland have described a second night of violence in a loyalist area as "orchestrated", with cars being set alight in order to draw officers in. they were attacked yesterday with petrol bombs during disturbances near belfast.
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on friday, 27 officers were injured, after violent protests in belfast and londonderry. from belfast, our ireland correspondent, john campbell, brings us this report — a warning, it contains distressing images. the police say this violence was orchestrated, with masked men hijacking cars in order to draw them into the area. as officers responded, they were attacked with stones, bottles and petrol bombs. and this is the moment a rioter was engulfed in flames, as he seemingly prepared to attack a police vehicle. the fire was quickly extinguished and it is not yet clear if the man was seriously injured. tension has been simmering in some loyalist communities for weeks. they are deeply unhappy at the northern ireland part of the brexit deal. it creates a new trade border with the rest of the uk, and they say that undermines their place in the union.
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in a separate development last week, northern ireland's public prosecution service decided not to prosecute senior sinn fein members who had attended a large funeral, in apparent breach of coronavirus regulations. that provoked outrage among unionist politicians, and some of that sentiment now appears to have spilled onto the streets. some nationalist politicians say unionist rhetoric has added to community tensions. a senior unionist rejects that. the violence has to be deplored and it needs to stop. and i know, for example, we have local councillors, local community workers are trying to do what they can to calm fears, to try and get people to go home, to get parents to take responsibility and to get the mostly younger people to disperse. on friday night, 15 police officers were hurt when a loyalist protest in south belfast turned violent. seven people have been charged
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with riot in connection with that incident — the youngest, a boy ofjust 13. the signs of last night's trouble have been cleared away. police and politicians are hoping there will be no repeat. john campbell, bbc news, belfast. more than a week after a deadly attack in mozambique by militants linked to the islamic state group, many hundreds of people remain missing. it's the latest atrocity in a series of brutally violent attacks in the last few months. it's thought a british man is among dozens killed in the raid in palma. thousands were forced to flee by boat to pemba, from where the bbc�*s vumani mkhize sent this report. this man hasjust gotten off the rescue ferry at pemba harbour. his tears are for his dead father, his brother is still missing. all morning, they arrived, a steady procession of over 1,000
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survivors grateful to be alive, but in shock. they spoke of decapitations, bodies on the streets, and fleeing through dense fires from the gun—wielding insurgents. this distraught woman lost two sons during the attack. translation: it hurts a lot. every day, we saw mothers crying. three, four of their children, they don't know where they are. it's too painful. isis—linked insurgents began the coordinated attack on palma just over a week ago, killing indiscriminately and displacing thousands. the official death toll is still not yet known and, according to the un, tens of thousands of people have been displaced. among those missing is british man philip moore. his family fear the worst. as victims made their way out of the besieged town, doctors struggled to keep up with the wounded. we could not help everybody. i mean, the need was huge there.
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this population is really in need of medical care, protection, and evacuation, and food. i'm at a local community sports complex that's been converted into a makeshift shelter for survivors of the deadly attack in palma. now, these are some of the victims who have come here seeking shelter and refuge, following the horrors that they encountered at the hands of the insurgents. the people that made their way off the boat are the lucky ones. thousands remain scattered in the forest surrounding palma. many will not survive. and with reports of an ongoing conflict in palma, mozambique will struggle to keep up with the escalated humanitarian crisis. vumani mkhize, bbc news, pemba, mozambique. with all the sport now, here's lizzie greenwood—hughes, at the bbc sport centre. hello, thank you. good evening. cambridge have won both the men's
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and women's university boat race, continuing their dominance in the famous — event which was staged outside london for the first time since the second world war. our correspondent katie gornall reports. it's one of sport's most traditional showdowns but, this year, nothing about it looks familiar. gone is the river thames lined with fans. in its place, a landscape devoid of all the usual landmarks. here on the banks of the great ouse, the crews had to make their own atmosphere. go! the pandemic — and the closure of hammersmith bridge — had forced the change of scenery, giving cambridge a home advantage. and yet, the women's race was nervily close. sudden movement and clashing, and this can cause all sorts of problems. on a straight course, oxford — on the right — almost veered into cambridge's path, but the light blues fought back and found their rhythm to win for the fourth successive time. and they have that feeling now,
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cambridge across the finish line! they wore white ribbons to show support for sexual assault victims after allegations recently emerged from oxford. history had been made before the men's race even started, as sarah winckless became its first female umpire. go! under her watch, both teams kept their distance to make a powerful start. without the twists and turns of the thames, this felt like a sprint to the finish. cambridge edged in front and, while oxford pushed them, they failed to reel them in. on home water, it is still theirs. cambridge have the victory! a double victory, then, for cambridge, in a year unlike any other. time to toast a new chapter... in this event's storied history. katie gornall, bbc news. match of the day and sportscene in scotland follow the news, so don't listen if you want to wait for the football results, because they are coming now. it was a day of comebacks in the premier league — manchester united beat brighton 2—1 at old trafford, but they're still 1a points behind leaders manchester city. elsewhere, tottenham
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drew with newcastle. fulham lost at aston villa. and southampton beat burnley. rangers will play celtic in the last—16 of the scottish cup. they beat the league one side cove rangers a—nil in the third round to set up the old firm tie. chelsea women remain top of the wsl, after another huge win — this time, 6—nil against birmingham city, in which sam kerr scored her third hat—trick of the season. chelsea are going for an historic quadruple. only two british sides will feature in the quarter—finals of rugby's european champions cup. sale willjoin holders exeter in the last eight, after they thumped scarlets 57—14 — aj macginty scoring 32 of those points for a club record. edinburgh and bristol were both knocked out today. back to you. thank you. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. now on bbc one, it's time
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for the news where you are. goodbye. hello. this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. during the pandemic we've brought you lots of stories about the nhs staff working tirelessly to keep us safe, but we rarely talk about who is caring for them. a charity has now been set up to do just that, and so far almost 2,000 nhs staff have signed up for free counselling sessions. james waterhouse has been to meet some of the people involved.
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as a psychologist, it's chloe's job to help look after the well—being of nhs staff. in a year like no other, there were a lot of people suddenly needing her support. so much so, she lost sight of her own mental health. i did have people around me, my husband, my friends saying, "i think you're not ok" and i would get, i would attack that and say that "i'm fine, you don't understand." i was definitely having a lot more wine and i remember it vividly, i was home on a rest day trying to rest and felt really anxious and just wired. like, really wired. it was 11 in the morning and i thought i needed a drink to help me calm down and i thought, oh, my gosh! i need a drink at 11 o'clock in the morning?! this is not right, this is not me. it was when she pointed someone else in the direction of help she realised
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she could benefit as well. so she got in touch with nicky, a psychotherapist, online and today they are finally meeting in person. i know it takes an awful lot for nhs professionals to seek help for themselves and i think, particularly, it is fair to say about you that you need a lot of reassurance. that you were allowed to come and talk to somebody like me, that it was ok and you were very unsure at the beginning. you were wondering if you were eligible, if it were 0k and i needed to say that this is your space and your sessions now. after eight sessions, chloe's situation started to get better. i am not 100%, i think there are still some things that trigger me and will probably trigger me for a long time to come. but i feel more on top of my mental health, i feel more in control. and nicky is part of the bigger picture. the british medical association surveyed 8000 doctors across england, wales and northern ireland.
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40% said they were currently suffering from a mental health condition being made worse by having to work during the pandemic. they were also asked whether they or any colleagues and had time off work because of it, a third said yes. the feeling for many nhs workers is that they have to put their own mental health to the side to be able to do theirjobs. after one intensive care doctor in south london realised he could not keep that up, he and his wife harriet decided to try and change things. i struggle with anxiety, that is my main issue. it's a pressure that i have always put on myself, to be the best at whatever i am doing, but particularly being a doctor. the reality of what you have to do as a doctor surprised me when i first started and my ability to be the best i could be was challenged very early on and i struggled. they both set up duty to care last year, a charity that offers free
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therapy to nhs workers. things are busier than ever since the second spike in coronavirus cases earlier this year. wellness and mental health and things is something that nhs workers put to one side until recently. it's much more of a focus now. there are still holes in the system and that's where we're thinking that duty to care is trying to bridge that gap a little bit, of being able to get immediate help. that's what i needed. thankfully, there are fewer people needing hospital treatment for coronavirus, but according to therapists, it's the people who have done the looking after, who now need to be the focus too. james waterhouse, bbc news. time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening. for most of us, easter sunday has brought sunshine and temperatures for some as high as 17 degrees. but if you're in the north of the uk, you will know the weather has been changing.
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that was the scene in shetland earlier on, with snow showers and very cold air, and that cold air is going to dig its way all the way southwards through tonight and into tomorrow. so, the start of the new week, some cold days and frosty nights in store. there will be snow showers quite widely, and blizzard conditions across northern scotland, the snow really packing in here as we head through the night. cold air coming in behind this cold front, bringing a band of cloud and patchy rain. in southern areas overnight, temperature staying above freezing but in the northern half of the uk, very cold indeed, —8 in parts of scotland, where it will be snowing in parts in the morning, especially in the north. a band of patchy rain will tend to break up and push southward but behind that, all of us getting the cold conditions with a mixture sunshine and showers. showers down the eastern coast, into northern ireland and perhaps wales and the south west as well, blowing on strong winds,
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particularly in northern scotland, gusts up to 70mph. so while the thermometer may read between three and nine degrees, it will feel subzero for some, “4 the feels—like temperature in aberdeen, and the snow keeps coming across northern scotland. some really poor travelling conditions here. monday night, widely it will be cold with a frost for most places and then getting into tuesday, another day of sunny spells and showers, most of the showers falling as snow or perhaps hail in places. mainly across coastal areas, though some developing inland in parts of england and wales across the afternoon. another cold—feeling day but a subtle change on the way as we head into the middle part of the week, courtesy of this frontal system developing out west. it is a warm front, bringing cloud and patchy rain but also something a little less cold. no heatwave but those
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temperatures will climb a little through the middle part of the week, double digits towards the south, but in northern areas, friday will turn cold again. hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment with parliamentaryjournalist tony grew and journalist and broadcaster caroline frost — first, the headlines. england is to trial covid passports, in a bid to allow the safe return of mass events. the fa cup final will be among the pilots. royal crisis injordan — former crown prince hamza says he's under house arrest. he's accused of being involved in a plot to destabilise the country. a 47—year—old man has been charged after last night's violence

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