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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a £700 million plan for improvements to british border controls at the end of the brexit transition period. the critical thing about our new border infrastructure is that it is there both to allow us to trade with europe but also to make it easier to trade with the rest of the world. as the united states posts another daily record for new coronavirus cases, president trump finally wears a face mask in public. i think it is a great thing to wear a mask. i have never been against masks but i do believe they have a time and a place. thousands of israelis protest against economic hardship
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which they say is the result of the government's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. india reports a record spike in coronavirus cases, forcing authorities to reinforce strict lockdowns across the country. a scottish airline pilot who contracted covid—19 in vietnam — and was given just a 10% chance of survival — is now on his way home. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — do stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. the british government is to spend more than £700 million on increased security and border checks, in preparation for the end of the brexit transition period at the end of the year.
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there'll be 500 new staff, and new inland border posts where existing ports have no room to cope with the extra checks that will be required. here's our political correspondent iain watson. dover is the busiest channel port. it will be on the front line of new customs regulations from the end of the year. when the brexit transition period comes to a close, new customs checks will be necessary, and where existing ports are too cramped, new facilities will be built inland. the uk will phase in its new system over six months. but eu countries will begin checks on our exports from january the 1st. getting ready for life outside the eu customs union doesn't come cheap. the government will spend £470 million on new customs facilities such as border control posts, and a further 235 million on it and staffing, including the recruitment of 500 more border force staff. but government ministers haven't said exactly when the new facilities will be ready. in a leaked letter,
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the international trade secretary, liz truss, has expressed concerns about a lack of necessary infrastructure at uk ports, and she wants assurances from government colleagues that a new customs system here in the uk won't be delayed any further than july next year. labour is accusing ministers of being complacent in their post—brexit preparations, and the party claims there's a growing sense of chaos in government. but government ministers argue they are making an unprecedented investment to keep our border secure. iain watson, bbc news. let's get more on this from a political correspondent nick eardley whojoined us political correspondent nick eardley who joined us now. political correspondent nick eardley whojoined us now. £700 million but we re whojoined us now. £700 million but were still waiting for the detail on this? that is right. today seems to be primarily about the money. from that 700 about 400 million will be for infrastructure to prepare for places where there could be checks after the transition period ends. the rest of the money is for a new
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it system for border staff, for the personnel that you need to make these checks. i think a lot of people will be wondering what the specifics are, how exactly this system is going to work, what exactly it is going to mean for businesses and for people coming into the uk from the european union from the start of next year. there is concern from the start of next year. there is concern among some from the start of next year. there is concern among some in the political world and business community these plans aren't as advanced as they should be with six months ago. it was a point that was put the cabinet office minister michael gove this morning. he was askedif michael gove this morning. he was asked if borders will be ready. i'm absolutely certain that everything that we do is compliant with the law, indeed is designed to ensure that we can not just comply with law but keep people safe, but also facilitate trade as well. because the critical thing about our new border infrastructure is that it's there both to allow us to trade with europe, but also to make it easier to trade with the rest of the world with the new trade deals that liz is leading on, and also it's part of a process of making sure our points—based
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immigration system can come into. that leaves you heard referred to there is liz truss, the international trade secretary. she has been part of this story because a letter she wrote to michael gove expressed some concerns about not having infrastructure ready in time. we know that the government here isn't going to introduce full checks from the start of next year, they're going to do it over a period of six months so by this time next year. she raised concerns that could lead to an increase in smuggling or there could be challenges from the world trade organisation about the way the uk is conducting its checks. labour reckon this is all a sign that the government isn't on top of this, it hasn't got things ready times. have a listen to the labour shadow cabinet minister rachel reeves. i think it is too little too late.
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the government have had for years to put in place to procedures we need to explore the free flow of goods and services across the border. we left the european union injanuary this year and the transition period comes to an end at the end of this year. so that is labour's view. six months ago into the transition period ends. not much is really changed. the transition means the rules are changed. the transition means the rules a re pretty changed. the transition means the rules are pretty much been kept the same. the changes coming beginning of january could be a pretty significant one. however brexit talks actually going? we haven't heard much about them. long gone are the days where it felt like we used to speak about brexit all day. it has been rumbling on in the background and the talks have been ongoing throughout the coronavirus crisis. they have started meeting face—to—face recently. there are still hurdles in state aid and the role of the european court of justice in the future relationship between the uk and the european
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union. there is concern in some parts of the eu that there isn't clarity and there hasn't been a breakthrough yet. this morning we heard from ilan‘s new taoiseach. i think we need an injection of momentum into the overall talks between the european union and the united kingdom in relation to brexit. i do that i had a very fruitful discussion with the prime minister borisjohnson after i took up office. i think we both agreed that it's in everybody's interest, particularly in terms of businesses and giving them certainty and securing employment into the future, that we get a good, comprehensive trade deal between the uk and european union that can be tariff—free, quota—free and that would facilitate smooth future relationships. both sides still trying to figure out what that will look like, ben, but the crunch and that is coming soon. i think we will be talking about brexit a lot more. the uk
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government has made it clear that it wa nts to government has made it clear that it wants to solve one way or another, deal or no deal, by october. all right, nick. thank you very much. nick eardley there are political correspondent. president trump has appeared in public for the first time wearing a face mask, during a visit to a military hospital in maryland. the visit comes as the us declared a record 66,000 cases of infections in one day. mr trump had previously refused to wear a mask in front of cameras. john mcmanus has the latest. an unexpected change of direction — president trump wearing a face mask in public for the first time. although he recently said that he thought he resembled the lone ranger when he donned a face mask, he originally refused to wear one. i think wearing a face mask as i greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — i don't know. somehow, i don't see it for myself. the president's change of heart comes as covid—i9 tightens its grip on the us.
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so far, there have been 135,000 deaths from the virus. with 3.2 million cases, the us is the worst—hit country, and the numbersjust keep on rising. florida is one of those states struggling to contain the virus. after attempting to open in may, the state ordered bars to close again at the end ofjune. in arizona, there has been a steady rise in the use of artificial breathing machines in intensive care units. its bars and clubs have also been closed again. while in texas, several hospitals say their coronavirus wards are at or near capacity. but in orlando, disney world reopened two of its four parks on saturday — magic kingdom and animal kingdom. decisions over face coverings are contentious in the us. many of donald trump's own supporters regard it as a personal choice and not something to be imposed by the state, meaning their president is trying to tread
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a fine line. i think it's a great thing to wear a mask. i've never been against masks, but i do believe they have a time and a place. other world leaders are already leading by example, some more reluctantly than others. all eyes will now be on mr trump to see if his mask will be a lasting feature. john mcmanus, bbc news. meanwhile in england, the cabinet secretary michael gove says he does not think it would be neccesary to make it compulsory for people to wear face coverings in shops in england. there had been speculation that the government was considering making them mandatory in shops — as is the case in scotland. here's what mr gove said on the matter this morning. i trust people's good sense. now, of course, the government at all times, you know, does look at the emerging evidence about what the best way to control the disease is. if necessary, and if tough measures are required, as we have seen in leicester — obviously a very different situation — then tough measures will be taken, but on the whole, my view
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is that it is always better to trust people's common sense, to give them a clear sense of what is wise, and i think the individuals and businesses are responding well to that lead. michael gove. thousands of israelis have taken to the streets of tel aviv to protest against the government's economic handling of the coronavirus pandemic. among the grievances — claims that too little has been done to help business owners, and when money has been promised, it's been too slow to arrive. rachel stanton reports. they turned out in their thousands in rabin square, known for its political rallies, wearing masks, but without observing social distancing. unhappy with the government's economic handling of the coronavirus pandemic, many say they have been left without financial aid. i have a catering company that has been closed four months ago and i didn't have any event in the past four months. my catering company is working in the big corporate events
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and for the last four past months, i haven't had one event and i need compensation from the government. unemployment in israel has soared to 21% since march. the government promised to help those in need, but some feel it has been too slow. i came to protest against the israeli government that doesn't give us the money. we didn't work for four months during coronavirus. we didn't get any money. i closed my business, i fired all my workers, and we are all sitting at home without any money. and daily infection rates are soaring again. a partial lockdown in march crushed the curve of infection, but since reopening there has been a new spike. prompting prime minister benjamin neta nyahu to reimpose a series of restrictions. the government says those affected will get their money this coming week. it's not a minute too soon for those whose livelihoods have been put on hold.
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rachel stanton, bbc news. the run—off vote in poland's presidential election is under way in a contest which is likely to shape the country's future and its strained relations with the european union. the conservative incumbent, andrzej duda, is running against the more socially liberal candidate rafal trzaskowski. more than 100,000 poles living in the uk voted in the first round of the election two weeks ago, according to the polish electoral commission. the headlines on bbc news... a $700 million plan for improvements to british border controls at the end of the brexit transition period. period ——has been outlined as the united states posts another daily record for new coronavirus cases, president trump finally wears a face mask in public. thousands of israelis protest against economic hardship — which they say is the result
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of the government's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. india has reported a record spike in coronavirus cases, forcing authorities to reinforce strict lockdowns across the country. in the last 24 hours alone, more than 27,000 people were diagnosed with the virus — bringing the national total to more than 800,000. a high—profile bollywood star, amitabh bachchan has also confirmed he is suffering from the illness. freya cole's report starts in the country's most populous state, uttah pradesh. and a warning — there's some flash photography. alarm. authorities sound their warning — "stay indoors to stay safe". busy roads have been closed, the usual bustle of business has come to a standstill. it will come at a great economic cost, but many agree another round of lockdown is needed. translation: we have
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to live with coronavirus. we must exercise precautions like wearing masks, maintain space of 18 square feet around ourselves, using sanitiser. we have made all kinds of arrangements in the shops. prime minister narendra modi has held urgent talks with health officials. the goal is to implement regional lockdowns where the infection rate is high. india is the third—worst affected country behind brazil and the united states. early lockdowns helped keep the virus at bay, but as soon as restrictions eased, cases have soared. bollywood star amitabh bachchan is the latest high—profile celebrity to test positive for the virus. he told his fans he's in hospital, and his son has also been diagnosed. he broke the news to his 43 million twitter followers. it's been shared at a rapid pace and the well—wishes have poured in.
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bachchan is one of the country's best—known film actors. he's been involved in 200 films. his diagnosis will help raise awareness of covid—i9. face masks are mandatory in many parts of the country. this diamond—studded option has a price tag of almost us$2,000. it's fashion, but in the name of public health and safety. freya cole, bbc news. one of the big unknowns about covid—i9 is how much long—term damage it can do to the body. there are concerns it could cause pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that permanently damages the lungs. but scientists at anglia ruskin university here in the uk are working on new drug combinations that could help fight the disease. here's our science correspondent, richard westcott. most people who end up in hospital with covid—i9 to recover, with covid—i9 do recover,
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but there is still a big question mark over the long—term health problems they might face. one of the worst could be fibrosis, which is scarring of the organs, especially the lungs. and here at a lab in essex, they are trying to find drugs to treat it. wound healing in general is geared towards being a quick fix rather than a very good fix. so it's like slapping on some duct tape onto something rather than actually properly fixing something. and if that process gets out of control, you can imagine it is pretty bad. early scans suggest up to 30% of hospitalised covid patients could have permanent lung scarring. it can also damage the heart and kidneys, yet despite the fact that fibrosis already kills more people than cancer, there are almost no drugs to treat it. how bad could this get? we are not certain yet, but we can estimate that
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a significant proportion of those patients who are hospitalised for covid—19 infection may develop some sort of fibrotic condition and this may be in the numbers of hundreds of thousands, which may require long—term rehabilitation. in a unique approach, this team is blitzing the fibrosis with thousands of existing drugs. we take all the weapons we can and just test as many as quickly as possible. we are more focused on — do the drugs work? rather than how they work and tackle the underlying mechanisms. if they can find one to help stop it early before it takes hold, covid patients could be spared a lifetime of health problems. richard wescott, bbc news, chelmsford.
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an airline pilot from north lanarkshire in scotland, who contracted covid—i9 in vietnam and spent more than two months on life support in a hospital in ho chi minh city, is on his way home. doctors gave 42—year—old stephen cameron a 10% chance of survival, in a country that has recorded no official coronavirus deaths. alexandra mackenzie reports. he had only recently arrived in vietnam to work as a pilot for vietnam airways. stephen cameron is thought to have contracted covid—i9 on a night out in ho chi minh city at the end of march. the case attracted much media attention because in vietnam, the number of coronavirus cases is below 400, and there were no registered deaths. the 42—year—old from motherwell spent more than two months on a ventilator. there were few critical patients, so he was treated by the country's top clinicians. but stephen, whose face has been blurred in this hospitalfootage, had multiple complications. my friend craig was told
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by the foreign commonwealth office i had a 10% chance of survival, so he planned for the worst. so he gave up my apartment. he started to do things that you would expect somebody to do if i was coming home in a box. however, after ten weeks, doctors woke him from the coma and he dared to think about home. the odds say that i shouldn't be here, so i can only thank everybody here for doing what they have done, and i go home with a happy heart because i'm going home, but a sad one because i am leaving so many people here that i have made friends with. stephen is on the road to recovery. he lost weight and muscle strength and suffered fatigue and depression. there was also a debate about who would pay the medical bills. but he is now on his way home and an emotional reunion is expected with friends and family in motherwell. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news, glasgow. china has raised its flood response alert to the second highest level,
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after days of heavy rain caused a number of rivers to burst their banks. lakes are at historically high levels, and officials in one town have appealed for every available adult to help reinforce the flood defences. tom santorelli has the details. guangxi province in south—western china. now a drowned world. this is what happens when you get nearly 15% more seasonal rainfall than expected. pummelled by torrential rain, rongshui county has been almost completely overtaken by the river with which it shares a name. these holiday—makers had to check out of their hotel by rescue boat after water levels surged five metres above warning levels. but it's notjust the water you can see that's a threat. further north in sichuan province, authorities cleared this stretch
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of highway after they were warned rising water levels could saturate the ground beneath the road. the landslip made the highways impassable. and the race is on to shore up flood defences around china's largest freshwater lake in jinangxi province. lake poyang hasn't been so full in over 20 years. four cities along the yangtze river have now declared severe flood warnings. nearly 300,000 people have been evacuated in the eastern provinces of anhui and jiangxi as homes have been destroyed, roads blocked and many left without food or electricity. the chinese government has allocated about us$45 million for disaster relief in flood—hit regions of the country, but with nearly 34 million people at risk, and more rains expected in the coming days, that
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figure is sure to rise. tom santorelli, bbc news. for generations, scouts have spent their summers camping outdoors, toasting marshmallows on fires and canoeing across lakes. sadly during the pandemic, groups across the world are missing out on the things they enjoy the most. not to be defeated, the scouts have tried to recreate the fun with a huge, digital summer camp this weekend. 0ur correspondent robert hall has more. friends shared experiences and the great outdoors, the thread which i’u ns great outdoors, the thread which runs through scouting, particularly at this time of year. summer 2020 has a very different feel. camp sites and buildings are empty and silent, scout meetings suspended, friends forced to part. but this weekend they are pitching their tents again rather closer to home.
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the call has gone out and well over 100,000 scouts have answered it. in countries around the world they are setting up camp inside and outside their homes, a virtualjamboree with online challenges to match. this is my stay—at—home jungle club where we will be sleeping this week. ben and annabel has pitched their tent in theirjersey annabel has pitched their tent in their jersey front annabel has pitched their tent in theirjersey front garden. they, like thousands of other young people, have experienced the stresses of lockdown. people, have experienced the stresses of lockdownlj people, have experienced the stresses of lockdown. i haven't been able to see my friends. i spend a lot of time outdoors though it has been weird being in the house a lot. i have really missed seeing lots of people. it has definitely been tough going from seeing people every day and scouting nearly three times a week to not seeing anyone at all. it has been even harder because my
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workload from school has increased. hey, guys. their grills, chief scout here. i'm so proud to welcome you to the great indoors weekend. i'm anton. i'm from victoria, australia. the key to this is a feeling of mutual support. scouts may be thousands of miles apart but there are new friends to be found. thousands of miles apart but there are new friends to be foundlj thousands of miles apart but there are new friends to be found. i have made a campfire to roast yummy marshmallows. never play near a fire. along with help and advice. it is so good that we can all get together like this and take part in his activities. i know for a lot of years it has been hard staying indoors and away from our friends. if the lows outline the highs then ask for help. it is not a weakness. we all need a hug and help carrying out we all need a hug and help carrying our worries from time to time. i've spent a long day and i'm sitting with my electric campfire warming up. the virtual campfire is over, the tents and duvets are being
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packed away but those scouting threads have been rediscovered just when they were most needed. robert hall, bbc news, jersey. and you are watching bbc news. now, the weather with darren bett. hello there. there's more sunshine to come through the rest of the day, and it's probably going to be a warmer day than it was yesterday. for much of the country, we've got high pressure still in charge, keeping it fine and dry. the fly in the ointment, this weather system coming in from the atlantic to bring some rain towards more north—western parts of the uk. but most of the cloud that we'll see today may well be high cloud, a bit like this. there may be some patchy fair—weather cloud here and there developing as temperatures continue to rise. we've also got more cloud across the northern isles of scotland. sunshine turning a bit hazy for northern and western areas with that high cloud coming in and the cloud thickening from the west to bring some rain in from the atlantic into northern ireland during this afternoon.
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temperatures here probably making 19 celsius, though, towards the east coast and 20 around aberdeenshire and the murray firth. temperatures 23, possibly 24 towards the south—east of england where it'll end dry and sunny. but we've got that thickening cloud coming in to bring some rain, notjust into northern ireland, but into scotland early in the night. that will then tumble its way down into northern parts of england and north wales. a lot more cloud around tonight, so it's going to be quite a bit warmer than it's been for the past couple of nights, temperatures typically 11 or 12 celsius. but tomorrow's weather could look rather different. there's much more cloud coming in for a start. this patchy rain mainly running into the hills of north—west england and wales, perhaps heading a little bit further south. to the north we've got quite a cloudy air stream, some showers around too, but some sunshine here and there, particularly eastern scotland, 19 or 20 celsius should feel quite pleasant, actually. the higher temperatures are towards the south—east of england and east anglia, where we'll start to see a bit of rain towards the end of the afternoon. that, of course, on that weather front there, that will clear away by the time we get to tuesday morning. by which time there'll be another
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one sliding in from the atlantic, heading towards northern ireland. for most of us, though, in between two weather fronts, it's going to be generally dry. the air is going to be cooler and fresher, mind you, temperatures will be lower. we've got a few showers here and there, probably not very many, mind you. the sunshine may be rather limited, a fair bit of cloud around on tuesday and the cloud thickening to bring some rain and drizzle towards northern ireland, especially later on in the day. and temperatures are back down to where they were at the start of the weekend in scotland, northern ireland, 16 or 17. high this time of only 20 celsius in the south—east. it won't get an awful lot warmer over the week ahead, but there's really very little rain at all, most places will be dry. limited sunshine, a fair bit of cloud. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... a £700 million plan
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for improvements to british border controls at the end the brexit transition period have been announced. the critical thing about our new border infrastructure is that it is there both to allow us to trade with europe but also to make it easier to trade with the rest of the world. as the united states posts another daily record for new coronavirus cases, president trump finally wears a face mask in public. i think it is a great thing to wear a mask. i have never been against masks but i do believe they have a time and a place. thousands of israelis protest against economic hardship — which they say is the result of the government's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. india reports a record spike in coronavirus cases, forcing authorities to reinforce strict lockdowns across the country. a scottish airline pilot who contracted covid—19 in vietnam and was given just a 10% chance of survival is now on his way home.
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now on bbc news — dateline london. hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week: is yours a v, an l, a w or an entire new alphabet? we talk economic recoveries in the time of coronavirus. and them or us? how business is navigating the threat of a zero—sum game between the us and china. my guests... 0n socially distanced screens, stephanie baker of bloomberg news, and isabel hilton of the website china dialogue and here in the studio at a safe distance
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is the bbc‘s business editor, simonjack.


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