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tonight at ten: an emotional memorial service in minneapolis for george floyd, the black man killed at the hands of four white police officers. one speaker said his death was the result of a "pandemic of racism and discrimination." george was somebody who was always welcoming and always made people feel like they were special. everybody wants justice, we want justice for george. he is going to get it. applause. thousands also gathered in new york, to remember a man, whose death has shone a light on american policing. three of the ex—police officers accused of aiding and abetting murder, have appeared in court for the first time.
also tonight: german prosecutors say madeleine mccann is presumed dead, as a convicted sex offender is investigated on suspicion of murder. face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in england from the 15thjune. non—compliance means you can't travel or you could be fined. the shortage of pickers to bring in this seasons harvest, because of the coronavirus. and making music once again, the world—famous abbey road studios reopens, after the lockdown. and coming up on bbc news, premier league teams will be able to make five substitutions in a game as clubs approve new rules ahead of the planned restart later this month.
good evening. amidst emotional scenes, the first of several memorial services have been held in the american city of minneapolis, to remember the life of george floyd, the 46—year—old black man whose death at the hands of four white police officers has sparked several days of protests across the us and around the world. a lawyer for mr floyd's family, said his death was the result of a "pandemic of racism and discrimination." it comes as three of the former minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting murder, appeared in court for the first time, not far from where the memorial service was taking place. let's go live to our correspondent in minneapolis, barbara plett—usher. the service ended a short while ago andi the service ended a short while ago and i think it really set the tone for the other memorials that are too calm but also for the direction in which activists want to build the
momentum, take the momentum that has been building since george floyd's death. a reverend was speaking, he said george freud had not died in vain. he said this was the time to deal with racism in the criminal justice system. he said it was the time he said to take your knee off oui’ time he said to take your knee off our necks. this is the beginning of official mourning for george floyd but not the end of his story. a pause for breath after ten traumatic days. the u nrest breath after ten traumatic days. the unrest that has shaken the country in the wake of his death seem to demand a collective display of grief despite the risks of the coronavirus. # amazing grace. # amazing grace.
# how sweet the sound. one by one members of mr floyd's family remembered what he meant to them in life. every day he walked outside, just like when we came in, wanted to greet him and wanted to have fun with him. he had a way with words, he could always make you ready to jump he could always make you ready to jump and go all the time. everybody loved george. he was this great big giant and when he would wrap his arms around you, you would feel like you were everything, any problems you were everything, any problems you had, any concerns you had would go away. but this service was even more about what george floyd's death means to the nation, but another black man in a list of so many killed in police custody. about beginning to shape the massive movement for racialjustice beginning to shape the massive movement for racial justice it ignited. i saw somebody standing in front of a church the other day that
had been boarded up as a result of violence. held the bible in his hand. i have been preaching since i was a little boy, i have never seen anyone hold a bible like that but i will leave that alone. the civil rights veteran reverend al sharpton delivered a attack on the president's recent controversial photo op but he was blistering about the violence of structural racism in the violence of structural racism in the country. what happened to floyd happens in this country in education, in health services and in every area of american life! it's time for us to stand up and say, get your knee off our necks! let us stand still. you that believe in faith bow your heads. they were silent for eight minutes and 46
seconds, at the time that mr floyd spent with a knee on his neck. that number has become a symbol of police brutality for protesters. in new york another memorial. seeking to build on momentum for change. promising that this time will be different. in minneapolis, streets by the scars of the dark days that followed george floyd's death. residents hunkered down trying to protect their livelihoods as protests turned violent, laying waste to hundreds of businesses. but the community has rallied strongly, created a safe space to support each other, uniting against the forces that would divide them, determined to lead the country in pushing for lasting change. so it can finally be the land of the free. this been a seminal moment for america to take a look at itself and ask in which
direction it is going. a very moving service but the immediate focus after these memorials isjustice for immediate focus after these memorials is justice for mr floyd and charges have been increased against one of the offices, new charges were issued against the three other officers who were involved in the arrest. they appeared in court today for the first time with bail set at $1 million each. the family called this a step along the road to justice but said they were aware there could be a long journey between an arrest and a conviction. they also called it a bittersweet moment and that is what the state itself has been for them and for others, a bittersweet moment. in the uk, several thousand people have gathered in the centre of birmingham for a black lives matter demonstration, over the death of george floyd. the authorities said the event's location had to be moved to accommodate the large number of people expected to attend. the organisers also asked those attending to observe
social distancing rules. 13 years after she vanished, prosecutors in germany, say they believe madeline mccann is dead. a 43 year—old german national has been identified as a murder suspect. known only as christian b, he's currently in prison for sex offences and was living in portugal near the resort of praia de luz, in the summer of 2007, when the 3 year old dissappeared while on holiday with her family. our correspondentjenny hill reports now from the city of brown—shweig, in north—eastern germany. they have looked everywhere for madeleine mccann. it's 13 years since she went missing during a family holiday in praia da luz. herfamily have never given up hope that they'd find her, but today, investigators in germany announced they had opened a murder enquiry. they believe a german man killed madeleine mccann. translation: we are assuming that the girl is dead and the suspect, we are talking
about a multiple sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and is serving a long sentence. the suspect has been named, though not officially, as christian b. his full surname has been withheld in line with german privacy law. in 1995, he left germany for portugal where he lived until 2007. for some of that time he used a house between lagos and praia da luz. police say he was in the resort and made a call from his mobile on the night that madeleine mccann disappeared. he is now serving time in a german prison for drugs offences and what police describe as a sex crime. that, reports suggest, was the rape of a 72—year—old american woman, attacked in praia da luz two years before madeleine's disappearance. so what you have now is you have an individual with a history of sexual offending that spans girls through to older women.
extremely dangerous, he is not a preferential offender, he is someone you know that, from what we're told, he will offend across a range of ages. also with a history, we are told, of burglary, so fits the profile. the man is believed to have driven around the algarve in this camper van. police have released the picture as well as that of the man's jaguar in the hope that somewhere someone will remember something. they are also focusing on two houses. he is known to have spent time in both of them. one is close to a site which attracted the interest of detectives six years ago. they scoured this area of waste ground in 2014. it is just inland from praia da luz. there have been so many searches, so many supposed sightings, so much disappointment. for madeleine's family, the wait, the hope, the longing unimaginable. of all the thousands of leads and potential suspects that have been mentioned in the past or discussed in the media,
there has never been something as clear—cut as that from, notjust one but indeed now three police forces, so it does appear to be significant. still, so many questions, so much anguish but finally perhaps some answers. jenny hill, bbc news, brown—shweig. our europe correspondent gavin lee joins us from praia da luz in portugal. do we have any more details on the suspect, christian b? we are getting more of a picture of the suspect from locals who lived here. some say they knew him for 20 years and one says she was contacted by german police years ago. she said she often heard him shouting with his girlfriend. another said he would do odd jobs, that he always had no money that the media here talk about
a life of criminality, drug dealing, burglary. it is not clear whether portuguese investigators knew about the convictions for child sex offences but to date there has been no sign of an investigation. the portuguese police saying this is about targeting tourists, thousands who are here in may 2017 who might have seen something, perhaps taking a picture with the suspect in the background by chance and the police saying they have had more than 200 calls and e—mails with information to the incident room. they said there is a £20,000 reward for anyone with information about the disappearance of madeleine mccann from the ocean club hotel which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. gavin, thank you. from june 15th face coverings will be made compulsory, for anyone using public transport in england. non compliance means you won't be allowed to travel and you could be fined. the government says people should try to start wearing them now.
here's our transport correspondent, tom burridge. it is advice now, it will be an order soon. covering your face is to become compulsory on public transport in england. the move popular for those out and about in warrington this afternoon. you don't want to catch anything or be ill. you don't want anyone in your family to get anything. so, i think it will be a great idea. you're in an enclosed space on a bus or on a train, or anywhere else like that. so i think, yeah, it probably should be compulsory. at certain times in certain places, during the pandemic, social distancing hasn't been easy. although, on the whole, our public transport system has been very quiet. major stations still almost deserted. but they expect more people to be
travelling to school or to work in the coming weeks and so, as it gets busier, you will have to cover up when you board a service. the new measure will be enforced from june the 15th. is it possible that people will be fined if they do not cover their face on public transport? it is a condition of travel, so you cannot travel unless you're wearing the face covering and we will have people there to remind you, there will be posters it will be quite a visual thing. there will also be other powers, so ultimately it could lead to fines. i very much hope we will not be in that situation. but train companies say the detail over how it will be policed is still being worked out. wearing a face covering in either a train or a station, should give customers the confidence that they can make that journey safely, but obviously this policy hasjust been announced and we have to work with government to ensure that it is implemented properly.
face coverings are recommended on public transport in scotland and northern ireland. the scottish government is thinking about making them compulsory. the chief medical officer in wales has called it a matter of personal choice. transport bosses are nervous about how to manage larger numbers when more people move about. so, the message is, if you have to travel, please use any type of face covering. tom burridge, bbc news. dozens of countries already have rules in place on the wearing of face masks and coverings in public places. our science editor david shukman, explains the thinking behind the new guidance, here in the uk. inside a train, we can't see for real how the coronavirus could be spread, so this animation simulates what might happen. how someone who's infected but maybe doesn't realise can pass it on just
by talking to the passenger sitting close to them. it's in confined crowded situations like this that face coverings could make a difference. scientists have studied how a cough travels through the air and could carry the virus with it, and how wearing some kind of mask can reduce that flow. the science is clear that being out of doors is safest of all because of all the fresh air and how it's easy to keep two metres apart, but indoors, of course you can't do that, especially on a train or bus. in which case, if everyone wears some kind of mask, even something that's home—made, that will reduce the chances of them passing the virus to you and of you passing it to others. for several weeks now, masks have been mandatory on the paris metro. more and more governments have looked at the evidence
and they have decided that, although face coverings are no guarantee against infection, they can help reduce it. many scientists say the benefits are clear. if you put your hand in front of your face and cough, you can feel that it gets wet, you can feel that something in front of your face will stop those droplets, and i think the other thing that has changed is what we call natural experiments. country after country which has introduced face coverings has seen a subsequent decline in the transmission of this terrible virus. on face masks, we are guided by the science and the government position hasn't changed. so we are now seeing a big change. for months, the uk government had been against the public wearing any kind of masks. not least because the most important thing people can do is the social distancing, as opposed to the weak science on face masks. but the contrast with countries like germany became more striking.
for some time there, on public transport, masks have had to be worn. the big worry here was that medical staff would lose out. that's why home—made face coverings were suggested to help the public without harming the hospitals. david shukman, bbc news. our chief political correspondent vicki young is at westminster. some have wanted compulsory face coverings for many weeks now, why has the government relented now? that is right, the labour mayor of london started calling for this almost two months ago but a bit like the criticism yesterday over the quarantine measures, the government seemingly against it but gradually moving to a different position and lots of people saying, what took them so long? i think at this point after some criticism over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, they do want to be seen to be doing everything they can to stop reinfection rates, even as they had
on this, it will only have maybe a small impact. the timing is coincided to the reopening of shops and people wanting to go to the shops and get back to work but i think it is also about giving anxious people some confidence that it is safe to get back on the buses and get back on the trains and i think to a large extent the science has not changed, but may be the politics has. thank you. the number of people dying in the uk after testing postive for the coronavirus, rose again today to almost 40,000. in the past 2a hours, the deaths of another 176 people have been registered. 39,904 people have now died since the beginning of march. our health editor, hugh pym is here. 40,000 likely to be reached by the end of the week. yes, late april it was 20,000 deaths and now very nearly 40000 and in so many ways, a shocking statistic. let us look at
the detailed data presented in the downing street media briefing and you can see here, the number of daily reported deaths across the uk, people who have tested positive, has continued to fall and that solid line is a seven day rolling average, the trend, and that is now pointing downwards. in terms of hospital data, that is patients who have gone into hospital, new admissions with covid—19, it is more ominous, the top chart you can see in england, the case numbers, have not really come down and they have started pointing back up, a little bit of concern there possibly. the lower chart is the number of patients on ventilators in intensive care across the uk and that has continued to fall to 600 from a peak of more than 3000 in early april. in conclusion, things are broadly moving in the right direction but you can see why scientists and health advisers are still saying, this is a dangerous situation. thank you. the business secretary,
alok sharma, says he's tested negative for the coronavirus. he became unwell yesterday, while speaking at the despatch box, in the commons. south korea is using new technology, to try to track down people infected with the coronavirus, in less than an hour, as it attempts to clamp down on those breaking quarantine rules. the country has had one of the most successful strategies in the world for dealing with the virus, with fewer than 300 people having died. our seoul correspondent, laura bicker, has more details. each gasp for breath. each drop of blood painted an alarming picture. do you have any cough? no cough. headache? wan yu from wuhan, china, was south korea's first coronavirus patient. her scans revealed she had been ill for days before showing symptoms. doctors realised then that carriers could infect others without knowing they were sick.
at the peak of the outbreak, hundreds of contract tracers were mobilised, lessons south korea learned from previous epidemics. she is allowed to ask personal questions and record private details because of special laws brought in to combat infectious diseases. tracers then hit the streets to seek out cctv footage. they will look at phone and bank records to get the most accurate information. the details are sent out as emergency messages across the country. this was my team and i in daegu in february. alarm sounds. that's the kind of thing. are we getting another one coming? tracking down covid—19 carriers once took days. after gaining access to even more data, it now takes less than an hour.
how are you feeling? pretty tired, actually. i've come from south carolina. technology is used at the border too. and you have no symptoms? luckily not. this woman is taught how to download a quarantine app on her phone. she won't be allowed to switch her phone off or move from her quarantine address for 14 days. this foreigner is told he will be deported if he doesn't comply. but this woman feels this is right. i'm so grateful that i can be on this territory. nothing i can describe better. i'm just so glad. few have complained about any intrusion in privacy. it's been seen as a price worth paying. track and trace has kept this country out of lockdown. meanwhile, hugs from dad at the arrival gate are replaced by hosing down with hand sanitiser,
an act of love in itself in these extraordinary times. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. borisjohnson has hosted a global summit on vaccines, at a time when innoculation programmes around the world, have been severely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. in south east asia, it's estimated more than 34 million babies have missed routine vaccinations, while both nepal and cambodia are facing significant measles outbreaks. across africa, it's estimated almost 23 million babies haven't been immunised, with ethiopia, for example, currently fighting measles, cholera and yellow fever outbreaks. recent research suggests disruption to these kinds of services, could result in as many as 6000 children dying every day. our global health correspondent, tulip mazumdar reports new mums trying to do the best for their young babies
in the midst of a pandemic. this clinic in niger's capital, niamey, is usually packed, but restrictions on movement, a shortage of healthcare workers and the fear of catching covid—19 have kept many families away. i was so scared to come here because of the virus. health workers have told me it is very important to come for my baby and what to do to stay safe, like wearing this mask and washing my hands all the time. many countries were advised by health officials to suspend vaccination campaigns to avoid the spread of coronavirus. but now there's a stark warning about the longer—term impact of this disruption. measles is on the rise, diphtheria, cholera, and what is now threatened is all of those gains in the last 30 years,
that we will wipe them awayjust because children are not getting immunisations. so has some damage already been done here? are we going to see children die because of this? we will lose children. we know it, it is right here, it is at hand. medical staff around the world are working tirelessly to make sure as many children as possible are vaccinated. here in bangladesh, immunisation clinics are reopening under a new normal. these types of clinics will be crucial when it comes to rolling out any eventual vaccine for covid—19. the university of oxford is one of around ten coronavirus vaccines already in human trials, but there is no guarantee any of these candidates will actually work. at today's summit, oxford's pharmaceutical partner, astrazeneca announced it can make 2 billion doses of the product available as part of efforts to ensure poorer countries have equal access to any future vaccine. we want to have vaccines quickly,
we should be doing and producing them at risk, scaling up to large quantities and then making sure that those are available for some vertical subgroups. here in colombia, health workers go door to door trying to protect children against viruses that can be prevented. almost £7 billion was pledged to that fight today, so that these life—saving campaigns can continue. tulip mazumdar, bbc news. a charity that advocates on behalf of the homeless, is warning of the worsening problem of rough sleeping right across britain. the charity, crisis, has contacted scores of other similar organisations in england, wales and scotland, and more than half reported a rise in people seeking help during the lockdown.. june kelly has more from birmingham.. hello, matey. you all right? they form part of birmingham's front line team in dealing with the homeless. are you ok? we're a rough sleeper team. do you need any help
with accommodation? the gentleman bedded down, i've never seen him before. he doesn't want to go in. with these outreach workers from two organisations, trident and st basil's, is councillor sharon thompson. normally you would see them in doorways, and... she is birmingham's homelessness lead and she knows what she's talking about. she was homeless herself in the city at 16. homelessness is more than a house, it's a whole life and creating a home. it's more thanjust simply giving them a key to a door. like other councils, birmingham has worked with the government from the start of a lockdown to try to get people off the streets. sully and sam are among those who have been housed in a city centre hotel. because i'm sleeping in a nice bed, with nice things around me, looking at a nice tv, things that make you feel good. you feel like you are a different race on the streets. you do feel like that.
it's horrible to feel like that because you feel invisible as well. if it can be done this quick, why hasn't it been done before? why has it took so many people dying from a horrible disease for people to be basically forced off the street? money is one reason and birmingham is now looking at its budget and all its new post—pandemic demands. for birmingham, we have spent £272 million responding to covid—19. of that money, the government has only given us back £70 million. i was in that one up there. back at the place where she was housed, sharon thompson knows there is a particular concern about young people as the city experiences a rise in numbers. it allowed me to apply for uni, which is where i hope to move to next. connor, like others receiving help here, was homeless. because you don't think you have any support or help, you think what are you going to do
in the future? how will you survive when you are 30, 40? council leaders say they need to know what practical support they will get as lockdown eases. the government says it's committed to ending rough sleeping and is planning 6,000 new homes. june kelly, bbc news, birmingham. britain's mass market vegetable and fruit growers, are appealing for people to help harvest their crops. the coronavirus pandemic prompted the government to launch it's ‘pick for britain' initiative, hoping many would step in to help, but there's still a significant shortage of workers, needed to bring in this season's harvest. claire marshall has more, from worcestershire. a plea has been made for a land army to help pick british crops. on one of the largest farms in england, there's one already at work. everyone in it is from eastern europe.
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