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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. people are urged not to attend anti—racism protests — amid fears they might spread coronavirus, after the number of deaths in the uk hits 40,000. a u—turn from the bosses of american football — admitting they were wrong to ban players from protesting against police brutality. black lives matter protesters in the australian state of new south wales win an 11th—hour appeal to rally. the world health organization now says face masks should be worn in public — as nhs trusts in england say they weren't consulted on a decision to make all hospital staff wear them.
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in the uk there are fears that thousands of small businesses could miss out on coronavirus grants because of rising demand. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. people are being urged to stay away from mass—protests against racism this weekend, over fears they could increase the spread of coronavirus. there have already been large demonstrations in australia and japan over the death of george floyd in the united states — and rallies are planned across the uk later. in a tweet, the uk home secretary, priti patel urged people to stay away ‘for the safety of all of us‘.
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the warning to avoid large gatherings comes as the world health organization changes its advice on face coverings, saying they should now be worn in public to help stop the spread of covid—19. here in the uk, some scientists are concerned the ‘r' number is increasing, meaning the virus may be starting to spread again, especially in the north—west and the south—west of england. ourfirst report this morning is from our correspondent, jon donnison your silence is racism! mass public protest while social distancing is a difficult ask. and after a week which has seen several uk demonstrations over the killing of george floyd in the us, the government here is asking people not to take to the streets this weekend. the reason that it's vital that people stick to the rules this weekend is to protect themselves and their family from this horrific disease. so please, for the safety
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of your loved ones, do not attend large gatherings, including demonstrations, of more than six people. in the united states, the protests are on a scale not seen in decades. but there, too, there are concerns about what impact they might have on the spread of covid—i9. black lives matter! here, some of those demonstrating have tried to keep two metres apart. but on twitter the home secretary, priti patel, also urged people not to attend, saying coronavirus remains a real threat. last night the world health organization changed its advice on the wearing of face masks. in light of evolving evidence, who advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission, and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops, or in other confined or crowded environments.
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in england, it will be compulsory to wearface masks on public transport from the 15th ofjune. the government hopes such measures will keep infection rates down, although some argue the advice has come too late. and the uk has passed another grim milestone, with more than 40,000 people having now died from covid—i9. the number of new deaths in all settings confirmed yesterday was 357. and there are concerns about the r rate, the number of people each infected person passes the virus onto. one computer model shows that in most areas of england the rate is thought to be just below the key figure of 1.0, except in the north—west and south—west, where it is estimated to be right on 1.0.
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a different study says scotland, wales and northern ireland are on 0.8. all right, then, off we go. so as children continue to return to school in many parts of england, the infection rate remains on a knife edge. too much so for tameside council in greater manchester, which is now strongly advising its schools not to reopen on monday. let's go back to the question of attending or not attending anti—racism protests. joining me is former met police superintendent, and one of the founders of the black police association, leroy logan. thank you very much forjoining us. will you be attending the protest today? no. i won't will you be attending the protest today? no. iwon't be. i did go will you be attending the protest today? no. i won't be. i did go on wednesday and walk with them from hyde park to the square and i thought that was a good experience even though it was very challenging in terms of social distancing and the lack of facemasks, so i felt thatis
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the lack of facemasks, so i felt that is enough for me. what is your thinking about today's protests, then? obviously, we have seen conflicting advice. some are urging their friends conflicting advice. some are urging theirfriends and conflicting advice. some are urging their friends and family to go on these matches because they see it as an important moment to protest on this issue, others including the home secretary are urging people to stay away, saying there is too great a risk of spreading the virus.” think it is about how the matches are being conducted. if it is done in an orderly fashion with proper stewa rd i ng to in an orderly fashion with proper stewarding to ensure that people keep as much social distancing as possible and there is good dialogue with the police, then i think it is something that can be managed. what i saw on wednesday was there was a dense crowd, there was hardly any social distancing to speak of, there was no stewarding, and there was no police liaison to ensure that things we re police liaison to ensure that things were conducted in an orderly
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fashion. fortunately there were no injuries, i know there were one or two arrests, but it was a relatively positive event. i think in solidarity people should attend because it is a worthy cause not just about george floyd and the whole of the black lives matter campaign but also about what is happening over here in the uk and making sure that we have safer and more secure society. when you say what is happening over here in the uk, you mean also... are you saying that there is a question of institutional racism that still needs a blessing in the uk? absolutely. i mean, my, my cells, and a couple of other colleagues in the black police association, gave evidence at the macpherson enquiry in 1998 to say that the police were institutionally racist and there was not much evidence to say that they are not. unfortunately there are still the disparities. —— i, my
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colleagues. even the covid five is finds, you're more than twice as likely to be fined if you are black and if your whites the disparities are still there, and we need to make sure we address these issues, and there have been cases very similar to the george floyd case of airway is being blocked and a person dying, obviously the officer in the case was not convicted, but we're not totally spotless in this issue and we need to address these learning points just as we need to address these learning pointsjust as much we need to address these learning points just as much as the us. we need to address these learning pointsjust as much as the us. many of our viewers will be thinking about whether or not they should attend protests today. would you say the onus is on them if they attend to observe social distancing, to wear face coverings to help to steward of their own protest events, 01’ steward of their own protest events, or do you think that is something where the police should also be stepping up and helping cooperate
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with them? well, i think it is both. i think everyone has to do their own sort of risk assessments, making sure that they have proper safeguards, even gloves as well as facemasks, and keep social distancing. and, of course, challenge to those who are not doing likewise and i would like to think that the police can be very high profile. i found on that the police can be very high profile. ifound on wednesday's march they were standing well back, they weren't controlling the junctions, and they were leaving people to their own devices, so i think you need to have police are raising their game as well as the public to ensure that everyone is a safe and secure as possible. leroy logan, chairman of the black police association, thank you so much for talking to us this morning. in the united states, the nfl has responded to the anger about police brutality and racism, by saying players should be allowed to drop to one knee in protest during the national anthem. the league had previously
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banned them from doing so, and president trump had said protesting players should be fired. our north america correspondent, david willis, reports. it is the national conversation: racial inequality, police brutality, injustice in america. unity in the cause symbolised by a simple gesture. police and protesters dropping to one knee. all that started with this man, back in 2016. san francisco quarterback colin kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem in protest at the racial injustice of the time. a single—minded act that led to him being mocked by president trump and ostracised by the league. kaepernick‘s contract was not renewed, and he has not played professional football since. four years on, the sentiments he expressed than have come into sharp relief following the death of george floyd,
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prompting kaepernick‘s former colleagues to join the growing chorus for change. how many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players? what will it take? for one of us to be murdered by police brutality? what if i was george floyd? if i was george floyd? some of the league's biggest names took part in this video calling on league officials to reject racism, and admit they were wrong back then in preventing the players from protesting peacefully. president trump, who four years ago called on team owners to sack players who took the knee, has re—entered the fray, taking to twitter to echo his previous refrain: "no kneeling. " and while 75% of nfl players are black, the majority of team owners are white, many of them supporters of the president. the league's commissioner would normally be expected to support mrtrump, but these are different times.
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admitting they had made mistakes, he instead backed the players. without black players, there would be no national football league. and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff. we are listening, i am listening. from the inner cities to the corridors of one of the most popular sports in the land, the calls for change are echoing in every corner of american life. nhs trusts in england say they weren't consulted before the government announced that all hospital staff will be required to wear surgical masks. nhs providers said they had been left ‘in the dark‘ about significant changes in policy, and accused minsters of making last minute decisions ‘on the hoof‘. it comes as the world health organisation changed their advice
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on face masks, saying they should be worn in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus. saffron cordery is from nhs providers — she expressed concern she told me it was not clear how many mass would be needed or whether they would be available. what we need to be clear about is whether we have a sustainable supply of type one and type two staffs to ensure that day in, day out, supply our 1.1 million stacks with the masks that they need, so it is this balance between supply and intention of the policy and we don't think we have that in place yet. —— 1.1 million staff. of course, if staff are asked to wear masks, they will rightly expect to have them when they need them, and we will get to a point if
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them, and we will get to a point if the supply of masks runs out, and we know that worldwide stocks of ppe are not necessarily flowing with the ease that we would like to see, so if staff are seeing a situation where one day they have a mask in the next day they don't that is going to get incredibly challenging. it also puts them in a position where they are not in line with the rules, so it is notjust challenging, it puts them in a very serious political problem ? absolutely, and so that is why we would have liked to see a longer period of time to discuss this with the government and for them to consult front line leaders about what is the right way to go on the hills, and for us to work this out together with the government. if we are all in this together to fight the pandemic then the government has to work very closely with the front line and with organisations like those who represent the front line so we can those who represent the front line so we can get to the right solution, a solution that is right for staff and for patients and for the
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publics. the other big mask story todayis publics. the other big mask story today is a global one. as we've been hearing, the world health organization has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus. we can speak now about this to professor sian griffiths, emeritus professor at the chinese university of hong kong. she co—chaired the hong kong government's investigation into the 2003 sars epidemic. thank you very much forjoining us. are you believe that this decision it has now been taken by who? having spent many years in hong kong, in hong kong mask wearing hasjust been pa rt hong kong mask wearing hasjust been part of the approach to reducing the spread of covid and the community since the very early days and there hasn't been this debate and some of the scientific research in hong kong has emphasised that wearing a mask is to protect others, you know, since sars, people who have had other respiratory tract infections have won masks to stop spreading
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them to other people. now, the research is not that good, the randomised controlled trials haven't necessarily shown conclusively that you can reduce the spread of covid, but the who is now convinced that if we add mask wearing into hand washing and social distancing, then that does help to reduce the spread of disease, particularly since we 110w of disease, particularly since we now know that many people who have the disease may not have any symptoms. we are now in june, many people have been saying this since january, february, march, are you frustrated it has taken so long for the who to turn it ship around? many people have already taken it into their own hands and own their own masks. you see many people on trains, although we have onlyjust made it mandatory in the uk, to wear masks on trains, many people have already been doing that because they have been convinced that it will add some value and above all do no harm.
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it does not do any harm to wear the mask and it can add to that this detection of the public. so i am pleased to see a greater emphasis. —— add to the protection of the public. you can wear your own mass, you can add your own cloth mask as members of the public and i think we need to see more people waving them, for example in situations where you might bump into somebody else, perhaps when you go shopping and we are going to have to wear them when you go shopping and we are going to have to wear them when we go to hospital now. it doesn't mean that you will have to wear a hospital mass, you will be of the way your own mask. i have my mask here and it has the three layers that are required by the who. now if you look on the department of health website you will see how to make a mask, you can see you can make it from tee shirts cloth, there are also many charity groups and community groups set up who are making masks and making them available, so i think i absolutely agree with saffron that we need to ensure that medical masks
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are available for those who need them, but it is also... you can make your own in the public and i think we should encourage mask wearing whilst we know that the level of disease in the community is as high as it is. professor griffiths, thank you. a day of protests in response to george floyd's death is under way in australia. many thousands are demonstrating against racism and police violence, under the banner of ‘black lives matter‘. they are also highlighting the treatment of indigenous australians, who are often marginalised in society, and disproportionately represented in prisons. in sydney, a rally went ahead, despite initally being banned by the local authorities. let's speak to elizabeth jarrett. she's the cousin of 26—year—old david dungay, an aboriginal man who died in prison in november 2015. guards stormed his cell after he refused to stop eating biscuits. david was held face down, saying 12 times that he couldn't breathe, before losing consciousness and dying.
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thank you so much forjoining us. that is obviously a very sad story and today must be a very resonant, difficult day for you. yes, thank you bbc for giving the dungay family a chance to have a voice. and yes, the whole last week seeing the footage of the innocent, beautiful brother george floyd and how he died has brought back so much trauma to my family to the forefront and in a way it showed a great strength and it brought reality to a lot of other australians out here who aren't aware that indigenous, black, deaths in custody happen right here in australia, not as many to what the usa kills african—american men and women over there, but today wrote to the forefront, but the parallels, like today one of our messages was same story, different soil. to the
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light between george floyd's... some of his last words were, i can't breathe, and then you can put the parallel to my cousin's dress, his last words under the force of hands and knees of police work, i can't read. —— the parallel to my cousin's death. one of the questions of status and rights in the us has been the question of holding those responsible for the george floyd's death, holding those accountable. have people been held accountable for your closing's death? we wouldn't. .. know. they for your closing's death? we wouldn't... know. they have not been. we have been through an inquest, we have been through two inquest, we have been through two inquest now, and the governor's recommendations, we are not happy with. you can turn on cctv footage and you can look up the name, david dungayjunior, for the world to see how this young man lost his life, and then you can through the process
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system of police investigating police, which is unfair to start with, so you know the answer was more 01’ with, so you know the answer was more or less going to be... there is never going to bejustice more or less going to be... there is never going to be justice for minority group against the white supremacy that is the state. so obviously, the death of george floyd has brought enormous scrutiny of police accountability, police behaviour, in the united states and you, as you have pointed out to us, see parallels in australia for the indigenous community. have you been heartened, though, to see the numbers of different ethnic groups andindeed numbers of different ethnic groups and indeed white australians, supporting and protesting today? oh, definitely! today, most of our family's pleas were to make sure that every non—indigenous person in the crowd was appreciated to be able to stand with us on australians soil and support indigenous black deaths in custody here to the element of supporting also solidarity be black
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brothers and sisters like george floyd, like eric garner, two young brothers over there whose last words we re brothers over there whose last words were i can't breathe that were another parallel to my cousin's here. and you will be more aware that i am that there are voices in australia is indeed there are in the uk who worry about the spread of virus, the difficulties of social distancing, in large protest marches, are you concerned about that? oh, definitely. today we made sure, we kept voicing over the megaphones and over the microphones instruct... that's appears we have lost elizabeth gabbert made answer that we have lost her connection, but i think if i understand her correctly she was making the point that precautions were taken on that syd ney valley that precautions were taken on that sydney valley in terms of a coverings, social distancing is far as that was possible and hand sanitiser, we will contact us sorry
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shortly. sydney rally. —— we will come back to that story shortly. it's being claimed that many care home residents have seen a steep increase in fees because of the extra costs of the coronavirus pandemic. the charity, age uk, says people who fund all, or part of, their care are having to pay well over a—hundred pounds a week more. it's estimated that more than half the 400,000 people who live in care homes in england fall into the self—funding category. our social affairs correspondent, alison holt, reports. for many years, care home residents who fund themselves has effectively subsidised the care system, paying far more for the support they need than someone who is paid for by their local authority. age uk says that on average, self funders are charged just over £850 per week. now some are seeing their fees rise by 15%. the charity said it is adding insult to injury that self funders find themselves picking up the bill for extra protective equipment and increased staff costs resulting from the pandemic.
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the government has allocated £600 million towards helping care providers with the costs of infection control, as well as an extra £3.6 billion for council services generally. a sign that the lockdown is being eased around the world is the gradual return of professional sport. we've seen football matches being played in various countries — although usually the games take place behind closed doors. that's not the case in vietnam though — where the fans are also making a comeback. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. in nam dinh city, you'd think that covid—19 had never even existed. dozens of supporters showing their colours ahead of the big match. yes, masks are being worn, temperatures are being taken apart from that, everything seems, well, completely normal. "vietnam is always ready to fight the outbreaks," says the supporter.
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"the measures taken to fight the virus are very good. that's why our league was resumed in full, faster than other leagues in the world. and look at the crowd — no social distancing here. cheering and applause. people standing shoulder to shoulder. the authorities in vietnam took the strictest of measures to fight the virus — easy to do when you're a one—party state — but it worked. the country had little more than 300 cases and not a single death, which means a welcome return for the national sport. translation: we all know how much football needs spectators. matches at a stadium filled with fans are so wonderful. i'm not saying this to compare us with other countries, but vietnamese football has returned after the covid outbreak which shows how well we have fought the virus. it wasn't the greatest
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of results for the home fans — their team lost 2—1 — but the fact they were here to see it is the biggest victory of them all. tim allman, bbc news. now, the weather with darren. hello there. the weather was weekend is quite different from previous weekends. we are still stuck in the school has been well we have an unusually cool weather for early june. this was the picture earlier on across southern june. this was the picture earlier on across southern parts of england, the promise, perhaps, of a decent day ahead, well, the weather is changing and we have got this cloud curling around a levy of low pressure in the north sea and that is thinking it's weight southwards and it is taking that thick cloud southwards as well bringing a spell of rain. that will move down to southern parts of england and in the
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east of england there will be some heavy showers as well. across the south, but it will be windy, there will be some blustery showers blown on across the eastern side of england, the risk of sums blunder. some sunshine perhaps, although quite cloudy and damp and windy across northern ireland as in the north—west of scotland where it has been really quite wet so far today. across the south and east of scotla nd across the south and east of scotland the wind should ease though, sunshine coming out, temperatures could make 19 or 20 degrees in the central boat, nearer 14 degrees in the central boat, nearer 1a or 15 where we get there heavy showers. the the rain that was in the north of scotland move southwards towards the wash by the end of the night and we will see temperatures slipping down to eight 01’ temperatures slipping down to eight or9 temperatures slipping down to eight or 9 degrees. i mention the weather should improve for the second half of the weekend. we have an area of high pressure in the west, tantalisingly close but i think that is going to be where it will stay
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for the time being, still wind but it won't be as windy on sunday, by moving down across northern england into the middle and should become lighter and patching to the afternoon and showers fading away from scotland and in many places by turning upa from scotland and in many places by turning up a touch. more in the way of sunshine across southern england and south wales means a better day here, a warmer day, temperatures making on 19 or 20 degrees here. this ridge of high pressure which is moving a bit closer is going to be the more dominant feature, i think, during monday and tuesday. eventually this feature will bring rain into the north—west on tuesday, but elsewhere it will be dry, it will be a bit of cloud, and we will see the temperatures near normal for the time of year.
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hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week. it's nearly two weeks since george floyd's death on a minneapolis street. an unarmed, handcuffed, non—resisting black man killed by a white police officer?yet again. outrage over that death has driven a wave of protest across the united states and sympathy marches around the world.
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but not, it's worth noting, in authoritarian china. never a country to permit public protest itself, beijing has instead given ample news coverage to scenes of chaos in the us, drawing attention to what it portrays as the hypocrisy of a government that encourages protest in hong kong while suppressing it at home. clearly the untimely death of george floyd is being used for different messages in different places. my guests.. on socially distanced screens, henry chu of the los angeles times and isabel hilton of the website china dialogue. and here in the studio, observing the two metre rule, the bbc‘s clive myrie. welcome to you all. now henry, i want to start with you because you are from la, which is a town only too familiar with police brutality and the riots that triggers so for you, this must look like a return to a familiar narrative. well, it is a grim

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