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this is bbc news. i'm tim wilcox. the headlines at four: the head of nhs england calls on the government to put in place plans to adequately fund the social care system within a year. after at least two decades of talking about it, we do not have a fair and properly resourced adult social care system with a proper set of workforce support. police say the vast majority of people who enjoyed their first night out in england since lockdown had done the "right thing" and acted responsibly, but there are concerns about social distancing. lockdown is reimposed in the australian city of melbourne as thousands of residents are told not to leave their homes for at least five days.
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and lewis hamilton leads the majority of the 20 formula one drivers in taking a knee before the start of the season—opening austrian grand prix. the chief executive of nhs england, sir simon stevens, has called for plans to adequately fund the uk's social care system to be in place within a year. speaking on the bbc‘s andrew marr show, he said that covid—19 had shone a "very harsh spotlight" on the resilience of the system and that the pandemic should provide an opportunity to properly resource and reform social care. our political correspondent jonathan blake has more.
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a show of support for the nhs last night. now, more than ever, so highly valued. but the wider picture of social care needs urgent attention. politicians on all sides agree. now a challenge to the government to act. the head of the nhs in england says after two decades of debate, change must come quickly. i would hope that by the time we are sitting down this time next year on the 73rd birthday of the nhs, we have actually, as a country, been able to decisively answer the question — how are we going to fund and provide high quality social care for my parents‘ generation? in his first speech as prime minister, borisjohnson made a big promise to reform how elderly care is provided and funded. we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared. cross—party talks and plans
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to pass new laws this year were delayed as the government was consumed by coronavirus. today, a promise that money will come for an nhs under strain, but answers on how to fund social care in the future will have to wait. we protected the nhs during the peak of this crisis and we will protect the nhs in the future. and even just last week we put another 1.5 billion in. so, we are constantly ensuring that the nhs has what it needs and just the sums of money that the treasury have put into the nhs over the last few months have been unprecedented. labour say more support from the state is needed now for private care providers on which the system heavily relies. we certainly need to see much, much more responsibility from the government for that sector, no question about that, but in the short term, what we need to see from the government is a stepping up to the plate to protect those different large
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swathes of the social care sector that look like they could be set to go bust unless action is taken. on wednesday the chancellor will set out his plans to help the economy recover from the coronavirus crisis. the comments of simon stevens may help ensure that social care reform is not forgotten, even in the midst of a pandemic. jonathan blake, bbc news. our health correspondent, anna collinsonjoins me now via webcam. when you look at social care reform and that report, which dates back nearly a decade now, it almost came into being back in 2014, so we have been close, but has never gone over the line, had it? yes, is right. it comes about in what we are hearing today. there has been a lot of criticism that earlier this year, ed will delete patients were being moved from hospitals into care homes and they were not been tested for coronavirus. —— elderly patients. 0ne
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coronavirus. —— elderly patients. one of those issues at the time of testing. there was just not the capacity to test everyone in hospitals and care homes, so public health england had to prioritise, and they focused on those who are in intensive care. another issue facing the government and the nhs, which was what the health secretary pointed out, as he claimed this was made particularly difficult because people who had the virus but did not have symptoms, so were unknowingly spreading the virus. he told the bbc this morning, we did not know about asymptomatic transmission at that time, surround march, but risks were being flagged as early as january, so being flagged as early as january, so it is fair to say we do know a more 110w. so it is fair to say we do know a more now. simon stevens says, u nfortu nately more now. simon stevens says, unfortunately the elderly are the most at risk of this virus and there has been a similar pattern in care homes across europe. speaking to andrew marr, he said the coronavirus has shone a very harsh spotlight on the care system and that he hopes that this will lead to the reform that this will lead to the reform thatis that this will lead to the reform that is the industry desperately needs. the department of health says
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it will bring forward a plan for reform. they were talking specifically about covid—19 this morning, butjust looking at the wider issue of reform, scotland does it differently, northern ireland does it differently, the funding of ca re does it differently, the funding of care homes in england is done differently depending on which counsel you fall into. yes, there is a lot of difficulties facing the government, a big concern with things to do with care homes when it comes to the amount of people who work zero—hour contracts, the number of people coming into care homes, it isa of people coming into care homes, it is a real problem facing the industry and it is really coming to light during the coronavirus and thatis light during the coronavirus and that is why it has become the epicentre of the crisis. but there isa cap, epicentre of the crisis. but there is a cap, or a proposed cap, isn't that, on fees for social care homes? yes, that is right. as i say, the department of health is now looking into what they can do more to improve the system going forward.
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all right, 0k, thank you very much indeed. children under 12 in scotland no longer have to follow social distancing rules outdoors, allowing many to hug their grandparents for the first time since lockdown. however, the social distancing rules still apply for everyone else. speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr show this morning, the health secretary, matt hancock, was asked why the same hadn't happened in england. actually, the whole uk went into lockdown essentially together and is coming out essentially together and the difference of a few days makes very little difference, so i would look at the substance of what's happening rather than necessarily what the first minister always says. professorjason leitch is the scottish government's clinical director, and says that relaxing the social distancing rules for children under 12 in scotland is a risk worth taking. there is no risk—free route out of this pandemic, not one. there is no path that we can take. so actually, the public health
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advisers like me, deep in our hearts, we'd say lock everyone up, send food with drones, send people their medicines, but do not let anybody out until we have got rid of this thing, there is no virus at all and then we can all go back to normal. that is preposterous. i mean, we have had people out working 30, 40% of the population running our public transportation, oui’ emergency services, our oil and gas, our electricity, so we have taken risks the whole way along. now, we have had about, in the last few days, maybe ten, 11, 12 positive cases a day across the whole country in amongst the testing regime of about 4000, three and a half thousand tests a day, so we think it is now appropriate to take that risk. but it is not risk—free. and in all our communication we have said to parents, grandparents and to kids, this is not a free for all. it is still three households at a time of maximum. it is still eight people at a time maximum and hand washing, physical distancing
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of adults, so we are still cautious. we are not rushing into this, but we think it is a risk worth taking. scotland's clinical director speaking a little earlier. in response, the department of health and social care in england says that "devolved nations will take the approach that is right for them, at the right time, and people should follow the guidance issued by the relevant administration". people across england have enjoyed their first night out in pubs for more than three months, after a major easing of the coronavirus lockdown. the uk chancellor is hoping that this further reopening will help boost the economy. in a statement on wednesday he's expected to announce more measures to tackle fears of rising unemployment caused by the pandemic. our business correspondent katie prescott has more. the morning after the night before. cleaners mopping up after drinkers in england once again filled these long empty streets. people out and about, having a good time and crucially spending money.
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but the challenge of all of this is whether the health crisis can be kept under control as lockdown unravels. the chair of the police federation of england and wales said... the government will be watching closely to see just how this weekend's reopening has gone, and how much support that businesses, like bars and restaurants, will need over the coming months. measures to that effect are expected to be announced on wednesday in the chancellor's economic statement. their big concern isjobs. over the past few weeks, some of the uk's biggest companies have announced mass redundancies, and as the furlough scheme, the job retention scheme, comes to an end, there are fears that unemployment could spike. as a result, labour says they would like to see the furlough scheme continued. i do not think it is correct to be withdrawing support from that job protection scheme. of course, that is
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its original name. it needs to live up to it. nor indeed through the self—employed support scheme at the same rate right across the economy. we are seeing that withdrawal occurring, for example, for beauticians, who still cannot open, at the same time as for those parts of the economy that are already open. we need to have a more central approach to this, a more targeted approach. that links to jobs, because it means that people will not be becoming unemployed in these big waves that we are seeing feed through now. the chancellor is going to announce more support for job—seekers in his economic statement on wednesday, with thousands more job centre staff. and there are expectations he will try to protect young people taking their first steps into employment from the worst effects of the economic shutdown. there might be cuts to vat and national insurance contributions, targeting specific sectors. not a budget, the treasury says, but still a push to keep the economy moving. katie prescott, bbc news. the uk health secretary matt hancock says he's very concerned about some
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of the working practices at clothing factories in leicester. it's after an undercover investigation in today's sunday times found some paid its staff less than the minimum wage and were operating without social distancing measures in place. speaking to sky's sophy ridge on sunday mr hancock said very significant fines can be handed out, or businesses shut down, if employment laws and government guidance are breached. there's some quite significant concerns about some of the employment practices in some of the clothing factories in leicester. they're important problems to deal with but the number one problem that we've got to deal with is getting this virus under control. and so we've put in a huge amount of extra resource into leicester, working with the local council. the teamwork there this last week has been very effective and i hope that we see the results of that come
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through in the numbers and the testing. donald trump has declared the united states to be the "greatest and most virtuous nation in the history of the world", in a speech marking the country's independence day. president trump said the us is on its way to a "tremendous victory" over covid—19, despite a big surge in the number of coronavirus cases in several states. 0ur correspondent david willis has this report. on an independence day unlike any other, americans were urged to celebrate freedom by staying indoors. some ignored the call, despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases here. it is a beautiful scene, you can still have a drink in the park with your friends, still have a bite to eat across the street. well, we came here for a couple of days just to enjoy some free time and just some time away. but across the nation, thousands of events fell victim to the pandemic and on a day that celebrated america's founding,
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the country's divisions were once again sharply in evidence. all chant: shut it down! black lives matter protesters gathered just a short distance from the white house, as the president played host to a lavish 4th ofjuly fireworks party and once again took up the theme of american nationalism. those that are lying about our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who we are, are not interested in justice or in healing. their goal is demolition. our goal is not to destroy... ..the greatest structure on earth, what we have built — the united states of america. the event drew thousands to the national mall, despite repeated calls from health officials here for people to avoid
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the american rapper kanye west has announced he is running for president of the united states in 2020. the unlikely challenger to donald trump and joe biden chose american independence day to make the surprise announcement on twitter, triggering a social media storm. but with just four months to go before polling day in november, it's not clear whether any official paperwork has been filed for him to appear on state election ballots. this is not the first time that west has suggested he would run for the white house and he has been a vocal supporter of president trump in the past. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's gavin ra mjaun. we had a long wait, but the formula one season got under way in spectacular fashion in austria this afternoon with crashes, retirements and penalties aplenty, with lewis hamilton demoted
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to fourth and team—mate valtteri bottas taking the win nearly half of the field failed to finish, with one of the expected championship contenders max verstappen an early casualty with reliability problems. three safety cars kept the racing close, too close between hamilton and alex albon at one restart, the world champion penalised for this collision. it meant mclaren's lando norris had to finish within five seconds of the mercedes driver to pick up a maiden podium and as bottas led from start to finish out front, norris produced a flying finish to set the fastest lap of the race on the very last lap and snatch the podium away from hamilton. ferrari's charles leclerc finished second. west ham gained another point in their battle to beat relegation with a draw at newcastle. they took an early lead at stjames' park — michael antonio followed up his goal in the midweek win over chelsea with another, after a mistake from jamaal lascelles. but the home side equalised through miguel almiron. so the sides were
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level at the break. the hammers went in front again, as another midweek scorer tomas soucek, finshed well.
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