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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm tim willcox. a surge in coronavirus cases sees restrictions re—imposed in america's most populous state. california's governor orders tens of thousands of businesses to close. restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theatres, family entertainment centres, zoos and museums, card rooms, and the shuttering of bars. in england, face coverings will soon be compulsory when visiting the shops. the world health organization warns that the pandemic will get far worse if basic health precautions are not followed. and in american football, the washington redskins say
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they will change their name after pressure from anti—racism campaigners. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. in a sign of how the us is struggling to contain the coronavirus outbreak, california's governor is ordering restaurants to close indoor dining and shutting bars and movie theaters. this comes as florida is seeing a record number of new infections. the virus is spreading across america, with more than 3.3 million recorded cases, and the nation's top infectious disease official is under fire from the white house. laura trevelyan reports. hello! you look wonderful!
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disney world in florida gave people something of a refuge from reality this weekend. the theme park reopened despite the record number of coronavirus cases. masks were required, though they aren't compulsory across the state. even as new infections surged in florida, some beaches were packed and police were called to this restaurant holding a rally by people opposed to wearing masks. chanting: don't shut her down! don't shut her down! america's sun belt is suffering. in arizona, where long lines for a coronavirus test are common, nearly 27% results are positive — the highest rate in the nation. cases are rising in more than 30 states in the us. and in chicago, bars must close earlier. the president wore a mask in public for the first time at the weekend after mounting pressure to do so. the white house says more coronavirus tests are being carried out and that's why there are more cases, and the death rate is lower than it was in the spring.
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we've done 45 million tests. if we did half that number, you'd have half the cases probably, around that number. if we did another half of that, you'd have half the numbers. everyone would be saying, "0h, we're doing so well on cases!" dr anthony fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, is now a target of the white house. officials have provided talking points to us media, attacking his past statements as inaccurate. but here's what the press secretary says in public. to the notion that there's opposition research and that there's fauci versus the president couldn't be further from the truth. dr fauci and the president have always had a very good working relationship. meanwhile, dr fauci was as realistic as ever about the coronavirus outbreak ravaging the us. we haven't even begun to see the end of it yet. despite everything, wall street began monday bullish. two experimental coronavirus vaccines being developed by a german biotech firm and pfizer have been given fast—track status by the us drug regulator. markets are betting that progress towards a vaccine will be swift, but news
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of california closing indoordining and bars because of surging cases rattled traders at the day's end. laura trevelyan, bbc news, new york. peter bowes is in los angeles. i spoke to him a little earlier andi i spoke to him a little earlier and i asked him if the rise in the cases there was alarming a lot of californians. yes, the order that's just been announced by the governor of california, gavin newsom, affects the entire state, and that is the closure of bars and restaurants — essentially, those indoor spaces where people are considered to be most at risk. cinemas as well. and then in the 30 most seriously affected states, that order is being extended to hair salons, to churches and to gyms as well, so it really feels as if we're going back two or three months in terms of the
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shutdown in this state. the governor describes it as flicking the dimmer switch as opposed to turning it off. nevertheless, there are people disappointed. equally, a lot of people agreeing when they hear about these statistics, and perhaps the most stark statistic that we've just heard about today is that positivity rate — that's the number of people who test positive as a percentage of all those people who are tested — is increased by 21% in the last two weeks. so, the number of cases really surging ahead. what about the number of deaths? the number of deaths has not surged as much as the number of cases, but the officials make the point that we may simply not be there in terms of the surge. the number of cases being reported and the number
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of hospitalizations, which is also up about 20% in the last two weeks, will inevitably over the next few weeks lead to more deaths, so they're trying to do is nip that situation in the bud, if indeed it isn't too late already, and try to get ahead of the kind of situation we saw in new york and the kind of situation that's looming in states like arizona and florida, where the health systems are on the brink of being overwhelmed. one remembers just a few weeks ago the big debate right across the united states, with a lot of people actually lobbying to get businesses open — they wanted to get the economy back on track. are those people still as vociferous as they were, say, three or four weeks ago? you still hear those voices, and certainly in the state of florida, we heard a lot of people over the weekend — where the situation is much worse, indeed, than california — people arguing about whether we should still be forced to wear face masks, a situation that still hasn't really been resolved in florida. here in california, you have to.
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but in terms of businesses shutting down, and especially schools, because also, within the last few hours, tim, we've heard from los angeles and san diego school districts — los angeles being the second—biggest school district in the country after new york city — that classes will not resume as normal from the middle of next month, which is when the new term is due to start, and that all education will go back online. it's interesting the response to that, especially from the education unions, has been favourable. a majority of teachers and parents believe it isn't safe to go back to normal schooling. peter bowes speaking to me a little earlier. wearing masks will be mandatory inside shops in england to help prevent the spread of coronavirus from july 24. the government will formally make the announcement on tuesday. face coverings are already compulsory in shops in scotland — but so far, wales and northern ireland have not adopted the policy. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports.
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hello, i'm boris. off... on... off... and definitely on. this morning, very much on. face coverings and elbow bumps, to boot. thank you for what you're doing. thank you. but does the prime minister want you to wear a mask or not? basically, it's a mobile hospital, isn't it? when, in enclosed spaces, should we all get used to this? i do think that in shops, it is very important to wear a face covering if you're going to be in a confined space and you want to protect other people — and to receive protection in turn. yes, face coverings, i think people should be wearing them in shops. only yesterday, senior ministers said wearing masks in shops should not be compulsory and, at the start of the crisis, government scientists suggested
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they could do more harm than good. but that thinking's shifted. face coverings are already compulsory here on public transport. it's a real contrast to the advice across the uk at the start, as evidence has built of the virus spreading through the air. covering up in shops became compulsory in scotland seven days ago. i think we have gone in scotland from being pretty patchy, up until now, to, as of friday, compliance probably being quite close to ioo%. but no photo opportunities for politicians covering their faces in wales just yet. they'll only be compulsory on public transport in a fortnight. for the sake of simplicity and consistency, as well as being part of our plan to help reduce the risk of transmission while on public transport, where it is not possible to maintain a two—metre physical distance, it will become mandatory in wales. in other countries, covering up has become part of common culture, as the virus has made its way across the world. but after early doubts, progress has been more halting here. labour says the government should catch up. i think the issue here has been
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the lack of clarity. it's so critical with these issues — we've learned that from everything to do with this virus — that we need clarity of message, that people understand what is expected of them and when that's going to happen. again, rules are emerging in what feels like fits and starts. what ministers would call evolution of the guidance, others might call confusion, but coronavirus is still changing our world. in so many ways, it looks different now. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. our uk political correspondent jessica parker told us why in the past hour and a half, that news was confirmed by the mandatory wearing of facemasks, andi mandatory wearing of facemasks, and i caught up with our political correspondent, jessica parker. in fact, the labour party are asking that question this evening. they've accused the government of being slow on this issue, muddled on this issue and asking as well, "why wait tilljuly 24?" government sources are telling
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me, in answer to that, businesses, maybe even shoppers, need a bit of time to prepare. and actually, speaking to figures in the industry this evening, they have talked about how staff are going to need to be trained up on this. they'll need to prepare some signage as well. interestingly, in terms of enforcement, members of staff in shops, shop workers, will not be expected to enforce this. they will be asked to encourage it. police will be asked to enforce it and those who do not wear masks in england — in shops and supermarkets — could face a fine up to £100. jessica parker. the world health organization has warned the coronavirus pandemic will get "worse and worse" if countries do not follow the basics required to suppress the virus. the director—general said many countries were headed in the wrong direction and he called for an end to what he called "mixed messaging". our science editor david shukman reports.
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a grim assessment from the world health organization as new records keep being set. florida has had its worst day, 15,000 new cases, triggering yet another appeal to keep a safe distance, wash hands, stay at home. if the basics aren't followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go. it's going to get worse and worse and worse. the virus has spread around the world, but some regions are doing better than others. this line shows daily new cases in europe reaching a peak of 30,000 a day back in april and since then going through a steady decline. by contrast, north america began with a similar pattern, but has since seen a very rapid rise to nearly 60,000 new cases every day. basically double what europe saw when things were at their worst. latin america and the caribbean began behind the curve of the others, but have since gone through a very rapid rise, up to more than 60,000 cases a day. and bear in mind, all
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these numbers will be an underestimate of what's really going on. in some countries like bolivia, too many are dying for the government to cope. and there's a problem with the credibility of what's being said about the virus. this taxi driver says the truth is that people are just now realising that this disease really exists, because a lot didn't believe it. the who says world leaders must spell out the risks. mixed messages from leaders are undermining the most critical ingredient of any response, trust. these are nervous times. hospitals in central asia are overwhelmed, as in latin america. the best strategies to get out of this are very well known, but everyone needs to follow them. david shukman, bbc news. you're watching bbc news. let's
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catch up with some of the other stories. google plans to invest around $10 billion in india over the next five to seven years. their chief executive said the move reflected the us tech giant's confidence in the country's digital economy. he added he wanted to double india's internet uptake to a billion users — focusing on areas like electronic payments, education and health. police in california have confirmed the body they found in a lake earlier is that of maya rivera. the actress from the tv show glee went missing last week while on a boat with her young son. divers and teams had used sonar equipment in their search on monday. todd muller has resigned as new zealand opposition leader. he'd only taken on the job in may and had been expected to lead them into an election in september. but he's said it had become clear to him that he was not the best person for the job. opinion polls ahead of the election put jacinda ardern‘s labour party well ahead in the run up to september's poll. the chinese tech firm huawei is expected to be gradually
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excluded from the uk's new 5g mobile network, with ministers making the announement on tuesday. there's been pressure from the united states for huawei to be ditched because of claims that the chinese firm poses a threat to national security. huawei says there's no basis for the allegation. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: free press under pressure in malaysia. a news editorfaces prosecution over comments left by his readers online. after months of talks and missed deadlines, a deal has been struck to keep greece within the eurozone. the immediate prospect of greece going bust, in the worst crisis to hit the eurozone, has been averted. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worst floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed.
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broadway is traditionally called "the great white way" by americans. but tonight, it's completely blacked out. it's a timely reminder to all americans of the problems that the energy crisis has brought to them. leaders meet in paris for a summit on pollution, inflation and third—world debt. this morning, theyjoined the revolution celebrations for a show of military might on the champs—elysees. wildlife officials in australia have been coping with a penguin problem. fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much, they could barely stand. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the governor of california,
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america's most populous state, has closed tens of thousands of businesses as coronavirus cases sore. wearing masks will become mandatory inside shops in england from july 2a — to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. comments that have been left by readers of a malaysian news site have put its editor in court. steven gan — who's now waiting for the ruling — is the latestjournalist to fall victim of vaguely—worded security and cybercrime laws. our south—east asia correspondent jonathan head reports. car horns beep two years ago, after voting out a party that had ruled for six decades, many malaysians thought they would get more justice, less corruption and a freer media. that now looks a bit too hopeful. malaysiakini is a pioneering news organisation. the first in this region to go online, back when the internet was in its infancy, the first to free itself from the shackles of
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government regulation. the new political era should have made its life easier. yet its founder steven gan has found himself in court, on trial over comments made not by his journalists, but by readers on his website, which, the malaysian government argues, threaten public confidence in the judiciary and are clearly aimed at tarnishing the administration ofjustice. that reasoning worries some legal experts. it makes any criticism of the judiciary dangerous. public debate and public criticism must still be allowed by the courts, and the courts must be strong enough to withstand these public criticisms and debates. you cannot go out and criminalise these types of expression. the malaysiakini case is just one of several prosecutions and investigations of journalists in malaysia recently. and the use, or abuse, of vaguely worded laws
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against government critics is rising across this region. this allows governments to claim that they are only following the rule of law, even whenjudiciaries are farfrom independent, and it ties journalists up in expensive and stressful court cases, even if they don't end up going to jail. i can sense that there is a pattern there, especially with this new government. there is a pattern there to intimidate, you know, everyone and they are, you know, singling out, you know, a few of us in order to send a message. so i think, you know, we are back to the old regime, in that sense. so we are back in our trenches. steven gan must now wait for thejudges to decide, joining a long list ofjournalists in southeast asia whose fate is determined by courts which don't often rule against governments. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok.
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one of the most prominent teams in american football, the washington redskins, has announced they are changing their name. native american campaigners say the term "redskins" is as offensive as the n—word is to black people. the black lives matter protests saw the team announce a review of its name and logo. major sponsors such as fedex and nike also called on the team to consider changing its name. amanda blackhorse was part of a group which won a legal battle against the nfl over the use of native american mascots. how important did she think the decision to drop the name was? this is definitely a monumental moment for native people in our fight to end and eliminate racist mascots and names. i actually never thought this day would come, so it's such a great moment. but also, i am celebrating
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with caution, because i read very closely the statement of the washington team and i did not see in there that they are going to rebrand with no native theme. and the reason why that is problematic is that they have alluded to the fact before that they would rebrand, but they also wanted to honour native american people. and at this time, native people are saying, "we want out of all of it. we don't want to be honoured in any way, shape or form," so although they are going to retire their name and logo, that doesn't mean that we're in the clear, that they will rebrand to something that is not native—themed. amanda blackhorse. tributes are being paid to kelly preston, the hollywood actress and wife of john travolta, who's died of breast cancer. the couple were married for almost 30 years.
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mr travolta said "she fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many." this report from the bbc‘s daniela relph contains flash photography. kelly would bring her girlfriends over to... in the often fickle world of celebrity, theirs was a relationship that endured. kelly preston and john travolta married in 1991. a close, private family, they had chosen not to go public with news of kelly's breast cancer diagnosis two years ago. she died yesterday morning. announcing the loss of his wife on social media, john travolta said... kelly preston was a model and actress, most well—known for her roles in the films jerry maguire and twins, alongside arnold schwarzenegger. ijust came by because she baked him a cake for his birthday. oh, i had a birthday too. oh, that's right.
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her marriage tojohn travolta made them one of hollywood's most well—known couples. they had three children — ella, benjamin, and jett — and had to cope withjett‘s death 11 years ago. he died after suffering a seizure during a family holiday to the bahamas. the couple said their long—held belief in scientology helped them through the dark times. ella travolta, the couple's 20—year—old daughter, has paid her own tribute to her mum. she said... "i have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you." daniela relph, bbc news. now, for many of us, just getting out of the house
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these days is a chance to stretch our legs after months in lockdown. well, runner kim collison has gone a tad further. he's raced up and down 78 peaks in england's lake district in less than 2a hours, setting a new record. kim's been speaking to the bbc‘s danny savage. saturday morning in the lake district, and kim collison has been running since 3am. his aim — to conquer as many peaks as he can, in under 2a hours. an extraordinary endurance run, over the most difficult terrain. kind of have this motto of every second counts, so it was, let's just keep moving, even though you're feeling tired or struggling, let's just keep pushing and don't stop. 78 summits were on his hit—list. they included well—known fells such as skiddaw, helvellyn and scafell, along with plenty of lesser known ones. the 96 mile circuit involved climbs which totalled more than 39,000 feet. this is kim touching just one of the peaks. go on, kim.
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he had pacemakers to help him keep going, and stop him from getting lost. without my team of supporters there, this record wouldn't have been feasible. i got an e—mailfrom the previous holder to wish me luck, and say, "it's about time this record was taken. good luck," sort of thing. and with just 15 minutes of the 2a hours' time limit left, he did just that. it's just pure joy. it's just that big smile that you get when you know you've achieved the best you can, and to come away with the record as well was just brilliant. not bad for a ao—year—old who hopes to inspire other fell runners to beat his record. danny savage, bbc news. puts us all to shame, doesn't it? that is it for this addition of bbc news. plenty more on the website. catch you $0011.
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hello. fairly quiet on the weather front out there right now, a lot of cloud across the country. a fairly mild morning too. how about tuesday? i think there'll be a sunny spells around. but on the whole, a pretty cloudy day ahead. and for some of us, quite a wet one, particularly in northern ireland. you can see all the cloud on the satellite picture. it's streaming our way. and i think the next two, three days will be quite overcast. the good weather, the high pressure is not far away. we've got to wait for that high—pressure to build across the uk, but it's not going to happen immediately. so, this is what it looks like early hours on tuesday. i said it's mild, around 15 or 16 degrees across the south and south—east. in aberdeen, around 12 degrees. so, a lot of cloud
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moving across the uk during the morning and afternoon. but notice — in northern ireland, grey and quite wet. in fact, some of this rain will hang around through most of the day, so in belfast, you'll need your brollies. but the rest of the country, i think let's call it cloudy at times with a few sunny spells. on the whole, not a bad day, i guess — particularly i think on the south coast, where the brighter spells could be a little more lengthy. so this is what it looks like on wednesday. i think wednesday could be actually quite an overcast day across the uk, with bits and pieces of rain or drizzle. so, grey for some of us, disappointing temperatures. whether you're in the north or the south, it'll be more or less the same, around 17 to 19 degrees. i mentioned that high pressure and the good weather. it is very slowly — at a glacial pace — building in towards the uk. and on thursday, low pressure to the north, high pressure to the south. where we're closer to the low pressure, you've got cloud and increasing breeze and some spots of rain there in the western isles, but in the south,
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that high is trying to build in, push the clouds away. so i think on thursday, it'll start to turn a little bit brighter. and you can see those temperatures are recovering, up to around 20 degrees there in belfast and also the northeast of england. and then friday and the weekend, watch these warm colours, these oranges, spread. that's the warmer air coming in from the south, so the thinking is that friday and the weekend, it will brighten up and it will turn quite a bit warmer. in fact, if you look at the south of the country, those temperatures by friday and saturday could be hitting the mid—20s. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news. the headlines:
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the governor of california has reimposed a sweeping closure of public spaces as the number of coronavirus infections soars. all indoor activities at restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues are required to shut, with immediate effect. wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in england is to become mandatory from 24july. the british government is set to announce that those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine. the world health organisation has warned, that too many countries are going in the wrong direction in dealing with the pandemic. the director general said, the situation would only get worse, if basic health measures were not followed. the washington redskins has confirmed, that it will change its name. it follows pressure from sponsors of the nfl franchise — to stop using a name that native americans have long condemned as racist.

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