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but equally, away from the showers, there should be more in the way of sunshine, and we are heading tojuly, so that sunshine will of course feel warm. the end of the week looks like this. another area of low pressure spins in off the atlantic. again, fairly strong winds really working their way across the country friday and on into the weekend. it's friday we'll see outbreaks of rain crossing the country, followed by showers as we had through the rest of the weekend. really beyond that, if we look at the jet stream pattern, it looks like it's going to be quite a mobile pattern. there will be some showers around, particularly across northern areas. perhaps the driest weather further south, and perhaps turning a little bit warmer as well. but it doesn't look like the weather will be settled for very long across the north. that's your latest weather. bye for now.
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tonight at 10:00pm, a leading scientist advising the government says the uk is "on a knife edge," as lockdown measures over coronavirus are eased in england. the warning comes as the government considers targetted lockdowns in areas where infections are on the rise. the virus hasn't changed and come the winter, come the reopening of schools, which is absolutely critical, we can anticipate to see rebounds and second waves. it comes as global infections from coronavirus, top 10 million. also tonight... deaths have gone past 500,000. the uk's top civil servant is stepping down ahead of a major
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reorganisation of whitehall. spain's tourist attractions prepare for visitors, including from britain. holiday makers warned to expect some coronavirus restrictions. and could the holders, manchester city, overcome newcastle to reach the semifinals of the fa cup? as global deaths from coronavirus pass half 1 as global deaths from coronavirus pass half1 million... a leading scientist advising number 10, says the uk is "on a knife edge" in the pandemic, and he expects a rise in cases in the coming weeks. professor sirjeremy farrar, who's a member of the government's sage advisory committee, also told the bbc
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he expects a second wave of infections in the winter. the number of people recorded to have died with coronavirus in the uk rose by 36 in the last 2a hours. that takes the total number of deaths to 15,550. it comes as the home secretary, priti patel, says the government is considering imposing a localised lockdown in leicester, after a surge of coronavirus cases in the city. our health correspondent, catherine burns, has the story. great to have you back, for now at least. it almost looks like normal, but about a quarter of all the coronavirus cases leicester has seen have happened in the first two weeks of this month. so, just as this city is opening up, there are reports about it locking back down again in some way. people are heading home after a busy weekend in the shops, but there are real questions to be asked about what leicester is going to look like next weekend. so we know that the city council is working with public health officials, going through data on the new cases and asking, are they some kind of cluster, and if so, is it time to bring in new restrictions? the local authority and health
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officials are meeting tomorrow morning and the top priority will be to map out exactly where the new cases are happening in the city. we need the data. we, and you, need to know what is happening on the ground in leicester and it's not helpful really just to talk about outbreaks or to suggest that it needs a citywide lockdown. we need to know what the real situation is on the ground here in our city. at the end of the day, if they say they are going to do a lockdown for leicester, what's it going to mean? what about people that commute and stuff? work outside of leicester that live in leicester? what's going to happen to people like that? it's my dad's birthday next weekend, and we fully plan to see him. obviously not seen him for months and months. the fact that just for one city, it'sjust our luck, isn't it. i would be gutted, to be completely honest with you. you know, people are looking forward to starting to get their lives back to normal. we need to go out, but if we have to, we have to, don't we? and all this as across the uk pubs and bars will open up over the next few weeks.
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the main advice for people is to stick to social distancing, stay at home where possible and to wash their hands regularly. officials in leicester say the new cases could be partly explained by more testing and that there's been no increase in hospital admissions or deaths. but as lockdown eases, we still have no vaccine or cure for coronavirus, and so a warning not to be complacent. we're on a knife edge. it's very precarious, the situation, particularly in england at the moment, and i would anticipate we will see an increase in the coming weeks. the next three months are absolutely critical. the numbers are lower but the virus hasn't changed and come the winter, come the reopening of schools, which is absolutely critical, we can anticipate to see rebounds and second waves. lockdown is a blunt tool, easy to start but infinitely harder to come out of. we can possibly expect more local outbreaks and so more difficult decisions in places across the country in the months ahead. catherine burns, bbc news.
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our health editor hugh pym joins me. how worried is the government over places like leicester? there is concern at high levels in the department of health and public health england about what they are seeing in leicester. in the last few days, more cases than they would expect and more than what was reported then ten days or so ago when there was a large number of cases in the leicester area. it's not entirely clear whether this is localised or not, it seems it possibly is and could possibly be linked to the food processing industry. we have seen links between virus outbreaks and factories in other areas of the country. certainly local politicians and officials want to know what the data is and they have this meeting tomorrow with public health experts tomorrow with public health experts to discuss it. i think we are talking about localised outbreaks here, so what sort of measures are going to be considered? no decisions
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yet i'm told. unlikely to be a widespread lockdown. it could be very localised targeted initiatives like closing shops in certain areas, possibly schools, cafes. it could be a public information campaignjust focus on leicester's particular issues. the point being made is, this data was picked up by the test and trace system which has been rolled out nationally across england. that's what it's therefore, to spot these localised outbreaks so action can be taken. but certainly there is a challenge here and sir jeremy farrar of the welcome trust, we heard a minute or so ago saying we heard a minute or so ago saying we are living on a knife edge now with the virus still circulating. hugh pym, thank you. the uk's top civil servant, who also advises borisjohnson on national security matters, is stepping down. sir mark sedwill is leaving in september, in what's being seen as a big shake—up of the civil service. more on that in a moment, but first the prime minister says
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the uk will "build" its way out of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with infrastructure projects for schools, hospitals and transport. he's to give a speech outlining his plans on tuesday, as jessica parker reports. fighting fit, borisjohnson doing press ups, as he also tries to get the economy into shape. speaking to the mail on sunday about coronavirus, he said... and to do it, harking back to some familiar themes. we are going to unite and level up. again, the idea of levelling up, tackling inequality, with a promise of new schools, hospitals and transport schemes. ministers are trying to motor the economy along — hospitality opening up next weekend in england. there's been a great deal of work across government in terms of investing in the hospitality sector, so, pubs, restaurants, bars, to get them reopened. it's all part of the road map
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that the government has outlined. as lockdown‘s eased, borisjohnson, it seems, is trying to get his political agenda back on track. a big speech this week, a new task force called project speed to deliver on infrastructure projects, a bid to revitalise the economy, and after a challenging few months where downing street has at times been on the back foot, perhaps a bid to revitalise his administration as well. but labour says some businesses will need more support, warning that without it unemployment could reach levels not seen since the 1980s. the prime minister — he is very good at words. he's very good at the big, grand promises. the world beating test and trace system that was going to be in place byjune ist. all of the other promises he's made. the problem is, there is a grand canyon between his rhetoric and the reality. big projects mean big money, and so, an economist says, more borrowing. the absolute priority is to support the economy and ensure it starts
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growing properly again. where they are going to get worried is if in three or four years' time we are still borrowing very large amounts and at that point they are going to have to rein in the spending or increase the taxes to bring it under control. supporting the economy through covid has already cost billions. i think we ordered four of everything on your menu! borisjohnson and his chancellor don't appear afraid of big numbers, but ordering something... marinara, margherita... ..can be easier than making it happen. well, let's get more on the uk's top civil servant and national security adviser, sir mark sedwill, who is about to step down. jessica parker is in westminster. what's behind this? 0ne one man goes so what does it all mean? it will fuel the idea that downing street is determined to shake up whitehall, everything from how decisions are made to the kind of people recruited to make them.
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people get much more important around here than sir mark sedwill. —— people don't get much more important. he was recruited by theresa may. he will stay in post until late september when he moves into another role. but there has been a lot of speculation about his position. the way the story spilled out, it has been criticised by the union that represents senior civil serva nts union that represents senior civil servants who say sir mark has been undermined and described the situation is corrosive. so mark sedwill has another role, as national security adviser, and he will be replaced by david frost, the uk's chief negotiator with the eu on trade talks. whether it's a whitehall rejig up or big spending projects on infrastructure, they are replaced by the pandemic recently, but now big ideas, relatively easy to talk about but a little harder to make them a success. jessica parker
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at westminster, thank you. the full list of countries which will no longer be subject to coronavirus quarantine restrictions is expected to be confirmed by the government this week. it's likely to include spain, which is the number one destination for uk holiday makers. but travellers are being warned they will have to observe some coronavirus rules, as damian grammaticus reports now from the costa del sol. 0n the costa del sol, the sardines are sizzling, ready on the barbecue. but there are no people packed into the sunbeds. not until travel restrictions go. rosio gonzalez is a nurse. now spain's covid—i9 cases have declined, she is helping in the family restaurant for the summer, hoping british tourists will be back soon. translation: the costa del sol is all about tourism, everybody knows that. it's what we live off. we want them to come, we are really, really keen. the opening of air corridors will allow those in the uk who really want a holiday to have one, and resorts here, which are so dependent on tourism, to salvage something of the summer.
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but some worry that allowing thousands back in untested could bring the virus back. those who come will find masks have to be worn. they are compulsory anywhere you can't keep 1.5 metres from other people. you can be fined 100 euros if you don't have one. on arrival, tourists will have to give hotel and contact details but they won't have to have blood tests to show they are covid—free. just take a temperature check at the airport. professor eduardo martinez believes that's not sufficient to protect spain. translation: in my opinion, the checks at the airport are not good enough. an antibody test to show you are not infected would be better. it could even be done when you book your holiday. inland, almost empty too, is the alhambra palace. it's one of spain's biggest attractions. distancing and masks
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are a must here as well. we found just a trickle of visitors. among them, jose antonio. the alhambra palace is just for me! it's an incredible feeling, but at the same time i'm feeling a little bit sad because this is the consequence of a terrible pandemic. and it's a sadness that won't be lifted until spain is filled with visitors and life once more. damian grammaticas, bbc news, in southern spain. in india there's growing anger over the deaths of a father and son in police custody, in the southern state of tamil nadu. relatives say the men, who are christians, were beaten and tortured after arrest, accused of violating a curfew imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. allegations of police brutality against minorities aren't new, but following the killing in america of george floyd, some indians say it's time to take a stand. this report from our south asia
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correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan, contains distressing images from the start. heavy—handed tactics as officers enforce the country's coronavirus curfew. police brutality is a fact of life in india. the poorest and most vulnerable usually the target. father and son jaya raj and beniks died this week, they were arrested after officers claimed their mobile phone shop was open beyond the evening curfew. the family says they were brutally tortured in custody. two officers have been suspended but no arrests have been made. translation: at the station, so many police officers hit him. my brother was so badly beaten, he was unrecognisable. hundreds gathered for their funeral. christians in a hindu majority country. it is religious minorities who are often the victim of police violence. there have been some local protests over these latest deaths
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but no national outrage, like america saw after the killing of george floyd. yet in 2019 alone, around five people a day died in custody in the country. in india, like america, the police is accused of bias. a national survey of more than 12,000 officers found that half feel muslims are naturally prone to committing crimes. in february, as riots broke out between hindus and muslims in the capital, delhi, police were accused of profiling. 23—year—old faizan was viciously beaten by officers. in this video, he is seen with four other muslim men as police force them to sing the national anthem to prove they are indian. bloody and unconscious, faizan died two days later. four months on, no arrests have been made. delhi police told the bbc the case
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is being investigated by a special team in a nonpartisan manner. but as faizan‘s mother awaits justice, she wonders what it will take for indians to start a mass movement like in the us. translation: here in india, there is no outcry because he was a muslim. muslims are scared in india. no hindus are ready to stand up or fight for us. in america, people stood up for minorities. it took the brutal death of george floyd to spark change in america. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories... the family of a man shot dead by police after he stabbed six people in glasgow say they're shocked and saddened by what happened. according to a sudanese charity based in glasgow, badreddin adadlla adam's mental health had deteriorated, while he was staying in the park inn hotel, reserved for asylum seekers,
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during the coronavirus pandemic. a police officer was among the people he injured. donald trump has retweeted a video showing one of his supporters loudly shouting "white power". in the tweet, which was later deleted, the supporter was among a group of people taking part in a pro—trump rally at a retirement complex in florida. the footage showed opponents as well supporters of the president trading abuse. three people have been charged with public order offences and assault following violence at an illegal street party in south london. 27 police officers were injured during clashes at an "unlicensed music event" involving an estimated 400 people in brixton on wednesday night. in the fa cup, match of the day follows this programme, so if you don't want to know who's made it to the semifinals, look away now. manchester united will face chelsea, while arsenal take on manchester city. they knocked out newcastle united with the help
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of a brilliant goal from raheem sterling, as katie gornall reports. st james' park empty, its stands eerily silent. without its passionate toon army behind them, newcastle's challenge felt even greater. manchester city's grip on the premier league may have ended but they remain fa cup holders and seemed in no mood to linger on the disappointment. in such a one—sided half, city really didn't need any help but fabian schar‘s push brought kevin de bruyne to the spot and a goal their dominance deserved. whilst it remained 1—0, newcastle were in with a chance. theyjust had to take it. saint—maximin pulls across. oh, that had to go in! dwight gayle making even an empty stadium sigh in disbelief. minutes later they were reeling at the other end as city, through sterling, sauntered to a second. and that is raheem sterling all over. newcastle's best cup run in 1a years was coming to an end. city now have a wembley date with arsenal.
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katie gornall, bbc news. back to the economy now and the prime minister's plans for a post—lockdown recovery. the challenge is immense, unprecedented in peace time, with current levels of debt unthinkable just a few months ago and unemployment set to rocket. our special correspondent, allan little, now compares the challenges ahead to past economic turmoils. new methods to meet new needs. it needs time, forethought, money. and a lot of hard work. we have to go back to 1945 to find a comparable economic challenge. the answer then was a dramatic expansion in the role of the state in the economy and in our lives. the chancellor of the exchequer, mr hugh gaitskell, comes to open the largest steel plant in europe. the government nationalised heavy industry, expanded welfare, created the health service. it took power away from the market and gave it to whitehall. bigger government was
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the result — much bigger. public spending grew from 15% of gdp at the start of the century to around 40% by the 1960s. another example of british craftsmanship and ingenuity at its best. are we now in another 1945 moment? for now the state is again extending its reach. or should we look to 1979? you're all dressed up looking lovely! this is the moment when margaret thatcher began to roll back the frontiers of the post—war state and looked instead to market forces to generate wealth. can monetary policy, the rules margaret thatcher established, rescue today's economy? they've already got interest rates pretty much at zero. you've just had a massive, another go of quantitative easing. that has helped the stock market recover but doesn't createjobs in my view.
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i think monetary policy is a busted flush and that we have to have fiscal easing, even if we have a lot of government debt. and i think we have to be quite radical. so i think there has to be a real sort of tearing up a bit of the rule book, even if it's only temporary. by fiscal easing, she means cutting taxes, but not cutting spending. the government was already moving in this direction. in the march budget they turned on the spending taps. now though, we are heading for levels of debt that would have been unthinkable even in march. many economists believe inflation will have to be part of the solution. that's what essentially enabled great britain and the united states after world war ii to " pay back" — quote, unquote — the debts of that war. they did indeed pay, they paid coupon, they paid interest, they paid on the principle, but the total real value of those debts was being eroded progressively by that moderate inflation we had in the '50s and '60s.
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economists will tell you that you have to think the sequel, and the sequel was that inflation gradually accelerated in the 1970s and reached double—digit levels. i would argue that even that kind of trajectory at this moment would not be the worst of all worlds. 1945 gave us an economy with the state at its heart. in 1979, margaret thatcher broke with post—war assumptions and wrote a new rule book. the coronavirus might now lead us to do the same. allan little, bbc news. that's it. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. but now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
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hello there. if you think back to whatjune has been like this year, you might immediately remember the hot spell of weather we had last week. and of course, temperatures at heathrow airport on thursday reached 33 celsius, the hottest
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day of the year so far. but as well as that hot spell of weather, actually, june's been pretty wet. now, for most of england, for wales, for northern ireland and for parts of scotland, it has already been wetter than normal, and that's before you factor in the heavy rain that's been around this weekend, and also the rain that we've still got left to come from the same slow—moving area of low pressure. this spiral of cloud you can see here on the satellite picture. so, the weather charts for monday look like this. low pressure for northern scotland and outbreaks of rain. fairly tightly packed isobars, it will be quite windy. and just to the west, this next area of low pressure waiting in the winds. all in all, this means the next few days are looking pretty unsettled with spells of rain around at times. it will be windy at times this week and nowhere near as hot as it was last week. it will be much, much cooler. so, for monday, the weather, broadly speaking, is going to look fairly similarto what we had on sunday. the northern half of the uk, outbreaks of rain. perhaps turning showery with time, but it will be another fairly blustery day.
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further south, there will be some dry weather here. some bright spells, but also a few passing showers. those wind gusts continue to run in at around 30—40 miles an hour, so a blowy kind of day, and the temperatures continue to be a little bit lower than normal for the time of year. highs between 16—19dc. a look at the weather charts towards the middle part of the week, and the next area of low pressure will be spending its way in off the atlantic. initially, it looks like it could be quite a weak area of low pressure, but by wednesday, we get a wave of developing on the front. these always open some uncertainty as to how far north they get, and that will have an influence on exactly where the rain's going to be, especially on wednesday. but on tuesday, it looks like it's going to be quite damp, some drizzle around, maybe if you mist and fog patches around the coastal hills to start the day. and away from the damp weather in the south, there will be a mixture of sunshine and showers further north, but some of the showers could be quite heavy at times for eastern scotland and northeast england. for wednesday, the main uncertainty is exactly how far north
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this band of rain gets. it could be further north, and if it is, we could see rain getting in across the midlands, wales, parts of northern england. but either way, even to the north of our main band of rain, there are still showers around. so, one way or another, it looks like it is going to be another unsettled day on wednesday. and that area of low pressure will work away to the near continent as we head towards thursday, but following, we've got troughing across the uk. what does that mean? it means we'll see a mixture of bright or sunny spells and showers, but with lighter winds, those showers will be slower moving in nature. so if you do get a shower, it could be with you for quite a length of time. but equally, away from the showers, there should be more in the way of sunshine, and we are heading tojuly, so that sunshine will of course feel warm. the end of the week looks like this. another area of low pressure spins in off the atlantic. again, fairly strong winds really working their way across the country friday and on into the weekend. it's friday we'll see outbreaks of rain crossing the country, followed by showers as we had through the rest of the weekend. really beyond that, if we look
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at the jet stream pattern, it looks like it's going to be quite a mobile pattern. there will be some showers around, particularly across northern areas. perhaps the driest weather further south, and perhaps turning a little bit warmer as well. but it doesn't look like the weather will be settled for very long across the north. that's your latest weather. bye for now.


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