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fresh advice to britons who've travelled to italy as more countries battle to contain the spread of coronavirus. as the number of global cases tops 80,000, people returning from northern italy are warned to self—isolate if they have flu—like symptoms. anybody who's been to italy north of pisa, should, if they have symptoms, flu like symptoms, should self—isolate, which means go home and try to stay out of contact with other people. with new cases in many parts of the world, we'll have the latest from our correspondents in affected countries. also on today's programme: life expectancy among some women has fallen for the first time in a century, a damning new report reveals. high profile politicians
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like sir cyril smith were protected, and a blind eye was turned to allegations of child sexual abuse, says the inquiry into abuse at westminster. warnings of a danger to life — parts of the midlands are expected to record their highest ever flood levels in the next few hours. and england's cricketing hero ben stokes receives his 0be after last year's world cup win. and in the sport at 1:30pm, tyson fury arrives back in the uk to a hero's welcome following his world heavyweight title win over deontay wilder. good afternoon and welcome
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to the bbc news at one. as the outbreak of coronavirus spreads to more and more countries, there's new advice from the government. people returning to the uk from the affected parts of italy have been told to stay at home for two weeks even if they don't feel unwell, and all travellers who've visited northern italy should self—isolate if they develop flu—like symptoms. hundreds of guests at a hotel on tenerife in the canary islands are not being allowed to leave the complex after an italian tourist tested positive for coronavirus. and there've been confirmed cases in croatia and austria. the number of cases globally is now more than 80,000 — but there have been only 13 in the uk. jon donnison reports.
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translation: everything has changed in the last three days. there is a surreal atmosphere. you see very few people. shops and businesses are closed. we have been ordered by authorities and our bishop not to celebrate mass. at least one school, in northwich in cheshire, has closed for a week after some peoples returning from a ski trip reported flu symptoms. meanwhile, at this hotel in la nza rote, flu symptoms. meanwhile, at this hotel in lanzarote, around 1000 people are now in quarantine after one guest, a doctorfrom northern italy tested positive for the virus. we have got to stay in the hotel, we have got to stay in the hotel. there isa have got to stay in the hotel. there is a cordoned around the hotel by the police. in iran, some hospitals
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are struggling to cope. at least 16 people have died and the deputy health minister has now been infected. this turkish airlines flight infected. this turkish airlines flight out of tehran was diverted after a suspected case among its passengers. several airlines in the region are restricting flights in and out of iran. in south korea, the government has ramped up efforts to contain a virus with the number of confirmed infections close to 1000. around two thirds of them are from one christian religious group. 200,000 of its members will now be tested. the crisis might be spreading around the world but, in china, there are signs it is beginning to be contained. the original source of the virus is thought to be from the sale of wild animals from this deserted marketing with an. news from the government that trade of such meat will be
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banned. —— wuhan. in a moment, we'll speak to our correspondent bethany bell in milan, but first, laura bicker is in the south korean city of daegu. bring us right up to date where you are, laura. there are nearly 1000 cases in this area. we have heard that 11 people have now died. the president of south korea arrived in what is known as the red zone. he met with medics and thank them for their hard work. there were a small number of protesters outside calling on them to save daegu. a lot of people are calling for more mosques to be delivered here. just as he was banking staff, and e—mail came from a leading doctor in the region he made an impassioned plea. ——
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mosques. he said one by one doctors we re mosques. he said one by one doctors were being put in quarantine after being in contact with infected patients and they were exhausted. he is calling on 5700 medics to help. here in milan, majortourist is calling on 5700 medics to help. here in milan, major tourist sites, like the duomo, the cathedral behind me, had been closed due to fears about spread of the virus. nothing like we have seen in the far east but these places have been shot here. today is mardi gras shrove tuesday. the venice carnival should be on its climactic day that is not happening because of fears about the disease. we had just come today from the exclusion zone, the red zone, the exclusion zone, the red zone, the towns which have been quarantined off, where people have been told to stay at home and the police are not letting them through
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for fear of spread, the atmosphere is very strange. people have been speaking to the bbc by phone. in towns round about, there is a real sense that pa rfaits towns round about, there is a real sense that parfaits are shut, businesses are closed and i were real fears that this disease will have a significant impact on the italian economy because northern italy is the powerhouse of italy in places like milan and the whole region are being affected by this disease and people hope that it will not spread any further. people have different views on this whole thing. some people say different views on this whole thing. some people say it is very important the government is taking these measures, others say, do not panic. thank 0ur health correspondent nick triggle jane to me, but first we will speak to our international business correspondent. the impact on businesses starting to show? there are big concerns about, we saw
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big shares in the —— full sender share market, the idea that this is a problem that will not go away, it could get worse. businesses in the uk and elsewhere in the world are very dependent on supply chains from china, chinese factories have been closed for much longer than they usually would be at this time of the year, there are few sailings of container ships from china and that would manifest itself as shortages of parts, of finished goods and so on. people can obtain supplies from elsewhere but others can't, so the bbc has heard from an electronics manufacturer suffering from a shortage of parts, therefore having to slow down production. that kind of thing will get more common the longer the disruption goes on, and there is no sign in some areas of there is no sign in some areas of the factories in china getting back to work. travel and aviation, all affected ? to work. travel and aviation, all affected? we have seen a very significant impact on aviation in
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southeast asia, fighting china, flights to and from china, british airways has cancelled its flights to and from shanghai and beijing. a weeks to come. that has extended to the middle east, all sorts of pantries in that region have banned flights to iran, bahrain has said it will stop flying to and from dubai because lots of iranian people live in dubai and there are flights from dubai to tehran, so this is all starting to grow. and then there is south korea, flights to and from south korea, flights to and from south korea. the impact will get greater. we have already heard from the international transport association, it could mean nearly £23 billion this year. thank you, theo. nick, we have heard from matt hancock, how broadly would you assess the department of health is worried? how great is the worry? matt hancock has said he is still hopeful a pandemic can be avoided if the countries where we are seeing these fresh outbreaks take the right
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precautions. has always maintained there is robust planning the intern in the uk, the nhs is very prepared to —— the government has always maintained. we have only seen 13 cases here, each has gone to one of the five specialist hospitals that treat respiratory failure, but there are another 19 regional infectious disease hospitals on standby to take inpatients, but in the uk we are a long way from that. thank you, nick triggle and theo leggett. now the rest of the day ‘s news. a damning new report says health inequalities in england have increased to a shocking degree over the last ten years, representing a lost decade for the country. the upward trend in life expectancy has stalled for the first time in a century, and among women in the poorest areas, it has fallen. dominic hughes reports. dear future me, by the time you read this letter, 20 years will have passed. you will have grown up and primary school will be a distant memory... at richmond academy primary
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school in 0ldham, pupils are casting their eyes to the future. what do we want to be in 20 years' time? encouraging this kind of ambition in one of the most deprived parts of greater manchester is a vital element in the school's mission, working with the whole family so they have options in the years to come. we encourage our parents to be as... so they can be healthy too, so they can have a healthy mindset and a healthy body. the school makes a point of looking at the bigger picture, how education is linked to health, housing, work and family. many of our families have gone on to achieve gcses now, they're in paid employment. it's a route not only for the children but the families, the whole family is the centre of our school. today's report on health and inequalities in england suggest this kind of approach is needed more than ever. it says life expectancy has stalled over the past decade, with a growing health divide
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between rich and poor — the more deprived the area, the shorter the life expectancy. and it blames austerity, which it says has taken a significant toll on the health of the nation. if health‘s not improving and health inequalities are increasing, something's going wrong with society. society is not improving, and inequalities in society are increasing. some areas are trying to make changes. coventry decided to implement the recommendations of sir michael marmot's original report, published a decade ago. so this mother and baby group called mamta helps mums from more deprived areas of their children the best possible start in life. i've got my sisters and my friends and everything, but sometimes that's not enough, and if you're feeling like really low in yourself and you want to talk to someone else, there's someone there to hold your hand, if that makes sense. the government acknowledges there is a long way to go but says it is determined to narrow
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the health gap by levelling up access to health care across england, and it has plans to improve children's health. but this is a report that makes for uncomfortable reading, highlighting a decade of missed opportunities and worsening health. dominic hughes, bbc news. the political establishment in westminster repeatedly failed to deal with allegations of child sexual abuse, covering up claims and protecting high—profile mps including sir cyril smith and sir peter morrison. those are among the findings of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse — our correspondent tom symondsjoins me. explain more about these findings, tom? this inquiry began in the wake of the cell —— savile scandal and also in intervention by labour mp john watson at the time who said he had heard of evidence that said
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there was a powerful paedophile network connected to number ten. this inquiry‘s first conclusion was that that was not true, there was no such network, but it says that when isolated examples of prominent people potentially being involved in child abuse came to light, the political establishment effectively did not do enough to deal with them. it says there was deference towards politicians and others when these concerns were raised, there were differences in treatment of wealthy and well—connected people and also a failure by almost every institution to put the needs of children first, and the safety of children. we are talking about isolated cases, in particular one, the liberal mp cyril smith in the 1960s was investigated by the police, accused correctly of abusing children in rochdale. the liberal leader in 1979, david steel,
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110w liberal leader in 1979, david steel, now lord steel, was told about this by cyril smith, believe the allegations but did not act on them, the inquiry said it was an abdication of responsibility by a political leader. sir peter morrison became permanent private secretary to margaret thatcher, the prime minister in the 1980s, concerns about him not acted on by that party. there are not many recommendations on here but one is that individuals who are knighted but are found to have abused children later, they should lose their knighthoods. ministers from the eu have decided the basis for their post—brexit trade talks with the uk. the government here will publish its position on thursday. it means negotiations can begin shortly. in a moment, we'll talk to our assistant political editor, norman smith, in westminster. but first, our correspondent adam fleming is in brussels. what we have had today, is it fair to say, gibson is a sense of where the pressure might come in the coming months? that's right, there
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are three new potential flash points and one old one in this document we saw today. the three new ones, this idea of the uk being asked to uphold existing common standards and a whole load of policy areas with existing eu rules as a reference point. does that to uk ears sent too much like britain being asked to carry on following uk rules? number two, the eu wants to uphold the existing access to british fishing waters that european fishing boats have now, and thirdly they want a limited role for the european culture of justice in limited role for the european culture ofjustice in managing the relationship in the future. the uk does not want any role for the ecj at all. these are all things apple had to be worked out very quickly in the next few months if there is to bea the next few months if there is to be a trade deal. —— that will have to be worked out. the irish deputy prime minister simon coveney, arriving for the meeting, said the chances of the free trade deal being
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agreed will go down a lot if the uk does not start putting in place the infrastructure for the potential new checks on goods going from great britain to northern ireland, agreed as part of the brexit deal. thanks, adam. norman, what is there in that long list from adam that will worry the government? if you are a fan of boxing you might enjoy these negotiations, one government minister this morning said we are heading for an almighty punch—up within days, and that is before the talks have got going. the reason is because of one tiny but critical word, and that word is controlled. the position of the british government is they will not agree to anything they believe gives control to brussels, because they want to ta ke to brussels, because they want to take back control, meaning they will not agree to eu demands for britain to abide by eu trade rules and regulations, they will not agree to a role for the european to justice, however small, they will not agree
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toa however small, they will not agree to a role for british fishing waters and they will not agree to any new ban on the british government being able to help struggling british industries. you might say it is bluff and bluster before talks get under way, a bit like a pre—match face—off between two pugilists going toe to toe, i too live. the british government say not so, that this is for real. this is a principle. this ain't no independent country could agree to somebody else setting their rules, they believe it would flow to the whole point of brexit, taking back control. that will alarm some in the business community but clearly ministers have decided to put delivering brexit before protecting business. norman, thanks very much. the time is 1:19. our top story this lunchtime: as the number of global cases of the coronavirus surpasses 80,000,
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people returning from northern italy are warned to self isolate if they have flu—like symptoms. and coming up... a visit to the palace for ben stokes, 0be. coming up in the sport on bbc news: frank lampard says he's got faith in his young chelsea squad, as they prepare to face the german champions bayern munich in the last 16 of the champions league. president trump has announced a large military deal with india, on the second day of his visit to the country. mr trump held talks with the indian prime minister, narendra modi, in delhi, but his visit has been overshadowed by some of the worst rioting seen in the city for decades. seven people have been killed in the violence, about a controversial new citizenship law. rajini vaidya nathan reports. tensions ignited on the streets of the indian capital. a vision of delhi, which has
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overshadowed president trump's trip to the city. deadly riots between hindus and muslims, sparked by protests over the government's citizenship act, which critics say marginalises muslims. "they surrounded my father and i, and asked us to shout hindu slogans," this muslim told the bbc. one man took off my helmet and another hit me on the head with a rod. they were only attacking muslims after identifying us by our names. the violence continues. in this hindu area, mobs were on the streets, chanting, as they carried sticks and stones. there have been victims of both faiths. at least six deaths, including a policeman and more than 150 injured. the worst religious violence delhi has seen for years. just a few miles away, a display of unity as the us president was hosted by the indian prime minister.
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all smiles but this is deeply embarrassing for mr modi, whose hindu nationalist bjp party has been blamed for stoking the tensions. as the two leaders addressed the media, prime minister modi made no mention of the violence as the pair agreed a defence deal. at a solo press conference later in the day, president trump said he didn't raise the riots with his counterpart. he did talk about religious freedom and i will say the prime minister was incredible on what he told me. he wants people to have religious freedom, and very strongly, and he said, "in india, they have worked very hard to have great and open religious freedom." but a cloud still hangs over this visit. despite calling for calm, the government has been accused of not doing enough to quell the violence, which looks set to continue. speaking at the news conference,
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president trump also said he welcomed the rape conviction yesterday of the hollywood film mogul, harvey weinstein. i think that, from the standpoint of women, it was a great thing, it was a great victory and sends a very strong message — a very, very strong message. the former egyptian president, hosni mubarak, has died, at the age of 91. he ruled egypt for three decades and was a hugely influential figure in the arab world during his years in power. but he was forced from office in 2011 during the wave of protests known as the arab spring. an internal metropolitan police investigation has found it credible that one of its former undercover officers, who's now a conservative councillor, had a relationship with a teenage animal rights campaigner. andy coles, a member of peterborough city council, denied that he'd had an inappropriate relationship with the woman when he posed as an activist in the 1990s. june kelly reports.
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general election night 2019, and standing at the shoulder of the winning candidate in peterborough is andy coles, a conservative councillor and former police officer. this was him in the 1990s, when he was an undercover officer. he infiltrated protest groups and called himself andy davey. next to him here is a 19—year—old animal rights campaigner. now using the pseudonym jessica, she says they had a sexual relationship, and she described him as her first boyfriend. i think it would have been quite obvious that i wasn't very worldly—wise with regards to boys. andy coles has denied having an inappropriate relationship with her. it was his brother, the bbc radio presenter, the reverend richard coles, who first publicly revealed his past.
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in his 2014 autobiography, he wrote of his elder brother, "he had joined special branch and was undercover, living a double life." 2a years after she met andy coles, jessica learned his true identity. it was total shock. you obviously, you remember the things that you said to one another, the times you were intimate with them, and then think, "who was listening?" andy coles was one of many police spies, who posed as activists to gather information on protest movements. his unit, the special demonstration squad, is set to be investigated at the upcoming inquiry into undercover policing. an internal metropolitan police inquiry has resulted in no criminal proceedings and the police watchdog found no grounds to investigate andy coles.
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but the met said it is credible he had a relationship withjessica, and if he was still a serving officer, he would have had a case to answer for alleged gross misconduct. we asked andy coles for an interview, or a statement. in response, his lawyer said... if i'd have known who he really was, he wouldn't have got through the front door, and i certainly would not have had sex with him. i wouldn't have gone anywhere near him had i known he was a police officer, or that he was 32, or that he was married. it would never have happened. three years ago, jessica saw andy coles step down as cambridgeshire's deputy police and crime commissioner because of the controversy. she believes he should now resign
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as a conservative councillor. june kelly, bbc news. there are warnings of a danger to life, with parts of the midlands expected to record their highest ever flood levels in the next few hours. in shrewsbury and neighbouring ironbridge, the river severn is continuing to rise after more rain overnight. phil mackie sent this report. it's the world heritage site that's partly underwater. this is the second week of record flooding along the river severn, which is again a raging torrent. those blue barriers are holding it back for now, but if they're overtopped, dozens more properties will be inundated. it's already too late for vic — his and his neighbour's cottages don't have any flood barriers, and the water's still rising. how bad are things today compared to last week? they're slightly... they're getting worse, basically. we've lost all power in the downstairs of the houses now. we've got no water,
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because obviously the water's got nowhere to go, so we can't use the toilets or anything. and we've got no heating either now, so it's pretty grim. upstream in shrewsbury, the river is continuing to rise. this is the fourth time a hundred—yearflood event has hit the severn in 20 years, so the focus is now on the future. we really should be very careful about any new building on the flood plain. the clue is in the name — it's called a flood plain, it floods. we're not saying that there should be no new building, we recognise that homes need to built, people need houses to live in. what we are saying is that we should only consider building on the flood plain if there really is no alternative. well, back here in ironbridge, you can see things are steadily getting worse. another 16 centimetres, and the river severn will overtop the flood defences protecting all of those properties down there, and that could happen later on today. everybody down here has been given the option to evacuate, but some people have decided to stay in their property and see things out. the environment agency had
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predicted that the floods, the water would peak at some point this morning. that's now been revised to some point this evening or into tomorrow morning. all i can say is that the waters are already as high as last week, and they're on course to match if not surpass the levels from 2000, which would be unprecedented. this is the worst flood event here for 20 years, and the danger still hasn't passed. phil mackie, bbc news, ironbridge. the weather forecast in just a moment. the england cricketer ben stokes has been awarded an 0be at buckingham palace. joe wilson was there. 0ne one way of perceiving the whole honour system is that it represents ultimate recognition in british society. at the end of last year ben stokes was an aberdeen winning sports personality of the air. all
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of this after in 2018 when he was cleared of affray. stokes tends not to think about things in terms of personal redemption but it is perfectly possible to perceive it in that way. he was happy to pose for pictures. he did not give interviews and it is always up to an individual to make that judgment and it is always up to an individual to make thatjudgment after the ceremonies. i know stokes often feels embarrassed when he is part of a team sport. jos buttler was also here today, part of the winning team. 0ne here today, part of the winning team. one thing stokes will be aware of is that 2020 is a big year in a way for english cricket. they are launching a new domestic competition designed to get a new generation of fans. they want to become the best test tea m fans. they want to become the best test team in the world and england would love to when the world cup later in the year. is all of that feasible? we know, with ben stokes we re feasible? we know, with ben stokes were just about anything is
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