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coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with more than 120,000 new infections. european countries reported record numbers of cases with italy, greece and spain introducing mandatory face coverings outdoors, but 0micron appears to result in less serious illness than delta. millions around the world face travel disruption over christmas as the surge in 0micron variant cases sees 2000 flights cancelled due to staff shortages. united airlines says it's contacting impacted passengers before they arrive at the airport. china and the us are the worst affected countries. christmas celebrations have taken place in bethlehem, including an annual procession led by the head of the roman catholic church in the region. the events culminated in a mass at the church of the nativity, built on the spot where it's believed thatjesus was born.
ladbaby has made chart history by becoming the christmas number one for a record fourth consecutive year. proceeds from the parody track sausage rolls for everyone, will go to the trussell trust food banks, and the single features appearances from a few well—known faces, as our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. ed sheeran! and eltonjohn! ed sheeran! and elton john! two of music's _ ed sheeran! and eltonjohn! two of music's biggest names helping ladbaby cover one of their songs and helping them make history with the fourth christmas number one in a row. it's amazing that once again the great british publisher have backed us this year and oursong have backed us this year and our song and raised an incredible amount of money and shone a light on the trostle trust and the food banks of the uk and ijust, thank you, i cannot believe it, that we've been able to do it again, it's incredible —— the trussell trust. incredible -- the trussell trust. , , , trust. the trussell trust provides _
trust. the trussell trust provides hundreds - trust. the trussell trust provides hundreds of. trust. the trussell trust i provides hundreds of food puzzles every day to people living in crisis. they will receive all the profits from the single, something that started in 2018. when ladbaby and his wife had the idea of giving the famous song is a sausage roll themed makeover for charity. we sausage roll themed makeover for charity-— for charity. we built this city on sausage _ for charity. we built this city on sausage rolls. _ for charity. we built this city on sausage rolls. they - for charity. we built this city i on sausage rolls. they continue the ear on sausage rolls. they continue the year after — on sausage rolls. they continue the year after that. .. _ on sausage rolls. they continue the year after that. .. i - on sausage rolls. they continue the year after that. .. i love - the year after that. .. i love sausage — the year after that. .. i love sausage rolls. _ the year after that. .. i love sausage rolls. put- the year after that. .. i love sausage rolls. put another| the year after that. .. i love - sausage rolls. put another one in the oven, baby! ﬁnd sausage rolls. put another one in the oven, baby!— sausage rolls. put another one in the oven, baby! and the year after that- _ in the oven, baby! and the year after that. don't _ in the oven, baby! and the year after that. don't stop _ in the oven, baby! and the year after that. don't stop me! - after that. don't stop me! meeting! _ after that. don't stop me! meeting! sausage - after that. don't stop me! meeting! sausage roll- after that. don't stop me! - meeting! sausage roll feeling! it's christmas time, sausage rolls and wine.— it's christmas time, sausage rolls and wine. now ladbaby has exceeded the _ rolls and wine. now ladbaby has exceeded the record _ rolls and wine. now ladbaby has exceeded the record of- exceeded the record of consecutive christmas number ones that he shared with the spice girls and the beatles. and at the same time, he has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for those most in need. �* , , ., , lizo mzimba, bbc news.
now on bbc news, our world: lockdown in london. filmed from the start of the first lockdown, this intimate portrait shows how the residents of one london street coped with the pandemic. boris johnson: the coronavirus is the biggest threat this - country has faced for decades. if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the nhs will be unable to handle it. from this evening, i must give the british people a very simple instruction — you must stay at home. 0h, hello. hello! hello. hello! hi. hello! hi! hi.
thanks very much. hiya. hello, hi. sound, um...brain's not working. couldn't work for two weeks. welcome to oxford gardens. i wake up in the morning, see the blue sky, sun out, and i think "wow! "what a beautiful day!" and it doesn't take me long. i look out the window, open up my blinds and i see people walking with their masks, then it hits me. it doesn't feel real.
but you know it's real because you've got the letters in your hand telling you you must stay at home. well, i've been here 25 years. we've got a range of people. people who are obviously quite wealthy. there are quite a lot of people renting, privately, and also social housing. and it's a wonderful mix. you cannot tell by walking down the street what type of accommodation. i don't know the very posh houses, the £12 million house, i wish i did. next door, they're multimillionaires and we're housing association, this block. i think all children's entertainers are big kids at heart. schools closed on that friday and i thought, "gosh. "well, that's it! "i'm not going to be doing any entertaining." i was talking to my friend,
helena, saying "oh, this this is awful. "everything's ended." and she goes, "why don't you do it online?" it looks like a rat's nest! i actually thought it would never go virtual. i really used to say to people it can never be anything other than doing it in real life! and look at me now! 'cause i did a party for a little girl in south africa the other day — how awesome is that? so now, i'm a global children's entertainer! hello, is there anybody out there? the first few that i did, when i saw all the kids in their little boxes and not meeting and playing together, i nearly cried. ijust wanted them all to be together and be able to be kids and run around and touch. you need to un—mute yourself! it sort of brought home those implications of lockdown where kids really aren't running around the playground together.
that's my aim and my ambition, is to bring them together. and how old are you, are you ten? five and my little sister's two! - the kids still need to play. the kids still need to have that outlet. and i'm 18! and how many more have you got booked? boo! i've none! that was my last one! so, i'm sad, but i'm not worried. i think that there's a market for what i do. all i can do is what i feel i was put here to do which is to bring love and joy to kids — that's all i can do! i can only tend my garden. and everyone's got a garden they can tend, they can bring, and i reckon if we all do that, that is our answer. give yourselves a clap! well done, that was wonderful dancing, everybody! we're rather lucky not to be alone in a house. so, in total, we're 17 in the whole house. i don't think many of my friends have all their cousins
living in the same house in the middle of london. it's actually really fun 'cause it feels like christmas every day. and people who lived through war always say it is the happiest time of my life, and i never really understood that. that's true, my family... for the moment, for us, it's one of the happiest moments of our lives. it's pretty bad to say that, i know, because a lot of people are suffering, but actually, it is. reporter: in the uk, - the number of dead has risen by 684 in one 24—hour period. that brings the total number of deaths in hospitals - on the disease to 3,605. matt hancock: we cannot relax our discipline now. . stay at home and then, you will be doing your part. we are losing so many brilliant, beautiful people. just yesterday, i was told by my mum that a next—door neighbour who got the virus in a care home, she passed away. that really hit me.
i've got to stay at home completely. i'm severe asthmatic but if i ever, ever got coronavirus, it would basically kill me. i'm just so grateful i've got somewhere that i can actually go and sit down, cup of tea, maybe a naughty slice of cake. that's my little piece of england, you know? especially this time, there's so much anxiety. i've actually had some neighbours say, "what a "lovely —— i've actually had some neighbours say, "what a lovely garden, it brightens up my day. "thank goodness you're still doing it". i do get my love of gardening from my mum. every summer, it's a tradition where i would go with my mum to a garden centre and i will help her do all her hanging baskets. i can't wait for this coronavirus thing to be finished and i can get back and see her. i'm worried about my mum and dad. they're 85 — 86 in the summer.
just recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. the sheer thought that something could happen to them, that is what frightens me most. i got really, really scared and i was praying, every day, "please, god, protect them". we need to realise how vulnerable we all are. we're not invincible. and i think we need to, once we get over this, look at how we live. reporter: breaking news coming into us within the past few - seconds — the british prime minister borisjohnson has been taken into intensive in hospital with coronavirus. his office says his condition! worsened during the course of this afternoon, and - on the advice of his medical team, he was moved to the intensive care unit. | it may very well be a wake—up call for him. he underestimated the severity of it. whether that will give
him another perspective on it all, yeah, it could do. but my main concern was if something really happened to him and he didn't survive through, the alternatives were not terribly auspicious. hi. i've lost count of the weeks, i really have. people can't come in and i can't go out. i don't go very far now really._ it's i like the hospital and the doctor and the shop. what's wrong with you, if you don't mind me asking? i've got emphysema and i've got follicular lymphoma, which is a form of cancer. i'm missing cuddling my grandson and my son. i can't even touch them. can come round here as a mercy mission, but with him working and that...
and now, we've got an enemy you can't fight. you can't fight an enemy you can't see. even muhammad ali couldn't box this one to the ground, could he? if he couldn't see it, he couldn't have knocked it down, could he? i do worry for the future — i think everybody, mum, gran. just because you have little kids and they're babies and they grow up, you don't stop worrying about them. when they're six foot five, they're still your babies and you still worry. your mum probably worries about you, kid. people are thinking we're gonna be all so different afterwards. maybe for a while, but it'll be like christmas — it will come and go and then, they'll be back to their normal grumpy selves. did you listen to the queen's speech on the radio? no, i missed it. did you want to hear it then? go on then, let's see. let me see if i can get it on my phone. the queen: i am speaking to you at what i know -
is an increasingly challenging time... clapping and banging on drum. ..a time of disruption in the life of our country. cheering and clapping. a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all. i want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable. i hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge... cheering and clapping. ..and those who come after us will say the britons of this generation were as strong as any. car horns beep. many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones... banging on pots and pans. ..but we know deep down that it is the right thing to do. we should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. we will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again. bless her cotton socks, eh?
car horn beeping. clapping. i'm very proud of her majesty, the queen. her words made me so emotional and it really helped me. i'm so, so proud of her. so proud. and this might sound a bit ridiculous, but i always send her a christmas card, i always send her a birthday card. so... it's something i always do. people laugh, but i do. boris johnson: the virus is a spreading even faster. -- boris johnson: the virus is spreading even faster - than the reasonable worst—case scenario of our scientific - advisors. we must act now to contain this autumn surge. - we're not going back- to the full—scale lockdown
of march and april but, i i'm afraid, from thursday, the basic message is the same — stay at home, protect l the nhs and save lives. having the world stop was actually magic to my ears because that's what we all need to do. covid for me personally was a unique opportunity. so, i produce films and you get very caught up in everything that you need to do to make these films. all of my work came to a crashing halt and i had nothing to do except survive and look after my children. that was what needed to change. and i was like, the most important thing! yeah. we gotta go. it's 2:50. yeah, yeah. wait, it is 2:50. and i said, yeah. 2:50? 2:50! i gotta go work! what you think about those people who live in the big houses further down 0xford gardens? do you feel they've got it easy compared to you?
a lot of the wealthy people have left the city to live in their country home, because they've got more money and they've got more freedom that way. my father's an investor and my mum's a lawyer, so like, because the house is pretty big, like sometimes we don't even cross paths that much. there's a living room with a tv, there's another living room, and then here it's like a media room with, like, a projector. a gym. but those things that i probably have that they don't, from being...from not having much money. like what? i don't know. laughter. bad attitude? yeah, i'lljust take it. i definitely feel very privileged to have everything that we have. during the lockdown it has definitely brought that to light. some barely have even a balcony to step out on, and we don't take it for granted. like, i'm very grateful for that. yeah. reporter: the house of commons has approved the four week - lockdown in england. people can't mix with other households in homes- or in private gardens, . but meeting one person from another household -
in a public space is allowed. boris johnson: as prime . minister, when i'm confronted with data that protects deaths in the second wave potentially exceeding those of the first, i'm not prepared to take the risk with the lives of the british people. i've never known a time where we could alljust agree that for the sake of preserving lives we are happy to give up so much, so quickly. at the moment, we're putting saving lives first which is absolutely right, but, if this goes on for much longer, i think there will have to come a point where we think, 0k, some of these freedoms that people are foregoing at the moment, they're too precious. there are certain industries that are face—to—face, entertainment and performers and things like that, they're all out of work. there's no end in sight. it's so hard for people in the jobs that need to be done face—to—face. and i do think there will come a point where people willjust get, you know, they lose
their patience with this. i've been a bit low this week because i've had no work. i'm owing on all my bills at the moment. last week been announced that back to six people gatherings, because i'd just just started getting real—time parties again. it's all been taken away. i've got to accept where i'm at and not let it get me down too much. you have to face your own inner demons, in a way, and a lot of internal fears, actually, that i've really had to start acknowledging. 'cause i had a quite unhappy childhood, actually, i think that's why i do what i do because it's a way of reliving my own childhood and doing better this time around. i want to give children joy because i think it's really important, and i didn't have as much of that as i would have liked. but...so i start crying. reporter: there were 33,470 new coronavirus infections - recorded in the uk in the latest 24—hour period. that's a record number. the average number of new cases per day in the past week
is now 23,857. i like worrying about things and i started up this worry when the apocalypse comes, the zombie apocalypse, and i keep on thinking that i'm gonna be just with my friends and we're gonna have to raid all the malls, take everything we need. it was really hard for victoria to get his head around a concept of something that made everybody so ill, and, notjust ill but dying every day, "who's dying?" "how many people have died?" being afraid of dying and this concept of something that's in the air, that's everywhere we touch, that we can't see but is deadly, and it's such a bizarre concept for us to get our heads around. now all he talks about are pandemics and apocalypse and what he can do. like, we'll have to go and live on the top floor because the zombies will come,
because he is worried about everything, he's worried about the house falling down, about the—, which is not normal. but their imagination is — is so wild. it's made some people really scared. i do actually remember thinking at the beginning of this, i've had my life more or less and if it came to it and i was given a choice and it was saving somebody younger, i would actually say, yeah, i've had my life. everything'll fall to bits, i think we're like cars, you know, my big end might drop off and my steering wheels may go, my tyres may puncture, but as long as the motor keeps running, which i think of as my brain, and i'm hoping i'll get there. i want to hug my family, and just feel close to them again. just sad to miss touch. it's got to be physical contact and everybody, well, lots of us will be missing that. ifeel like my son has been taken off me.
and i hope i'm going to get christmas! i think people are all waiting to be told what to do and i think the powers that be are afraid to say the wrong thing. boris johnson: given - the early evidence we have, it is with a very heavy heart i must tell you we cannot continue with christmas as planned. those living in tier four areas should not mix with anyone outside their own household at christmas. i know how important it is for families to be together. we're sacrificing the chance to see our loved ones this christmas so we have a better chance of protecting their lives so we can see them at future christmases. i was with mum and dad l and they were having a bit of an afternoon tip. boris comes on and i woke them gently and i said "do you want. the bad news or do- you want the bad news?"
there's no good news. christmas is - effectively cancelled. she got quite emotional. it didn't really hit her. 86 years old. she just wants her family with her at christmas, i like everyone elsel wants their family. now we're beginning - to really see what the word sacrifice really means. everybody's christmases are just done for, aren't they? the fact that we're in tier four, whatever the heck that is, by this time next year there's probably gonna be a tier ten. chuckles. sorry, it's just appalling, the whole thing's appalling. i can't wait for this year to be over. it's like a never ending dream. the best bit of news we've had so far are the hopes of the vaccine. the more people that get vaccinated the better and that is going to be the most effective way of trying to get that light
at the end of the tunnel, because that's hope. i mean, full enough, i'm determined to enjoy christmas this year, i don't care. i've made my mind up. happy christmas. boris johnson: we're now rolling out the biggest - vaccination programme in our history. the pace of vaccination is accelerating. that will eventually enable us to lift many of the restrictions we have endured for so long. it's behind me now, and it must have been bad because i want to forget it, i think. but you've had the vaccine? oh, yes. i'm glad i've had it. but it did give me a sense of thank god for that. i forced my grandson to give me a hug. laughs. he's14 and not happy being hugged by old grannies are they, when they're 14, for goodness sake. it's like it never happened. it's kind of like i
the world paused. we became a real buddies. it made you realise how nice it is to have gone through the whole pandemic, you know, with somebody who you actually really enjoy, whose company... ijust got a bit bored of you. yeah, did you get bored of me? i had you for six months then i had you for another year. i i know, it's like, now he's like, now i'm cringe. it's been an incredible journey, hasn't it? where do we go from here? and that's very, very valid question we need to ask. we need to build up the confidence again. it's one thing that this epidemic has resulted in, is a lot of people are very timid and scared to go near other people. we need to rediscover that again, we need that human contact again. and this is, i've talked about them so many times, and this is my mum and dad. they're going to kill me
for this, you know that. my mum, marcella, and my dad, guy. i had my second vaccine 7 april and so did my parents. just to have my family protected in this way is quite overwhelming, it really is. oh, my goodness me. i just... it's been an absolute pleasure talking to you and meeting you and, you know, i — ijust can't believe where the time has gone. it's gone quickly.
hello there. merry christmas to you. some of us will see some snow during this christmas period, mainly across the hills of the northern half of the uk. further south, it'll tend to be milder, so any precipitation will be rain. and we've got areas of low pressure pushing into the south west, and they're weather fronts bringing outbreaks of rain. as these weather fronts slowly push north—eastwards into that stubborn area of colder air which is sitting to the north—east of the country, then this is where we're likely to see some of that rain turn to snow. so, we're starting christmas day morning off on a very cold, frosty note across scotland, the far north of england, but less cold, milder for northern ireland in towards wales and the south west. but here, we have more of the cloud, outbreaks of rain, which will be slowly spilling northwards and eastwards through the course of the day. quite a bit of cloud for most of england, but the far north of england, scotland off that cold, frosty start, will be dry and sunny throughout the day. maybe just the odd wintry shower around, some patchy
cloud, but it will be windy, particularly across the northern half of the country, as you can see here. these are the mean wind speeds. so, when you factor in the wind with that cold air, it really will feel chilly, colder than these temperatures suggest, 3—5 degrees in the north, seven to maybe 11 degrees across the south and south west. now, as we head through christmas day evening, it looks like the rain will start to push its way northwards and eastwards, and overnight, as it bumps into that cold air, we could see a bit of snow for north wales on the hills first, and then into northern england, central, southern scotland, mainly over the pennines, across the southern uplands and the higher ground of central scotland. quite a covering here, maybe even some down to lower levels for a time. you can see it's going to be another cold night here, less so further south and west. so, some places on boxing day starting off with that snowfall, across the north pennines, into the southern uplands, perhaps into central scotland, but through the day, any snowfall will become reserved to the hills of northern scotland as the milder air begins to push its way northwards. quite a lot of cloud generally across the country. we could see some brightness, a few showers pushing into northern ireland, wales and the south—west quadrant of england, where it'll be mild again. but still chilly across
the far north east. then, as we move out of boxing day to the run—up to new year's eve, we can see some really mild air starts to move in, and right across the uk on a south—westerly wind, pushes all that cold air well away from the uk. so, it turns milder even. very mild for a time in places in the run—up to new year's eve. but with that, it will be unsettled, some areas seeing some spells of wet and windy weather.
welcome to bbc news — i'm simon pusey. our top stories: millions of travellers face disruption over christmas, as the world—wide record surge in 0micron cases means cancelled flights and staff shortages. iam i am still worried about the variant but at the same time, you know what, let'sjust variant but at the same time, you know what, let's just go back a little bit. a christmas midnight mass at the church of the nativity in bethlehem — and a message from the pope calling for more solidarity with the poor. and the queen is expected to give a very personal christmas message this year — her first since the death of her husband prince philip. final preparations are under way for the launch of a space telescope that could transform our understanding of the
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