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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown, the headlines... a change of heart by the government on huawei. it bans the chinese company from britain's 56 network because of security concerns. the decision will delay 56 roll—out and cost £2 billion. shoppers in england will now have to wear face coverings from 24july to protect each other and retail staff. the death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher amongst men and 60% higher amongst women than in the general population. the economy shrank by nearly 20% in the three months to may, showing the impact of the lockdown. a warning there could be 120,000 new coronavirus uk deaths in a second wave of infections this winter.
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hi! hello. it's like a game of hide and seek. the duchess of cambridge marks the launch of tiny happy people, a bbc education initiative. louis doesn't understand social distancing. so he goes out wanting to cobble everything, even babies younger than him. the government has announced it's to carry out a u—turn and exclude the chinese company, huawei, from involvement in britain's 56 data networks over security concerns. it means the uk's mobile providers will be banned from buying new huawei sg equipment after 31 december, and they must also remove all the chinese firm's sg kit
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from their networks by 2027. the culture secretary said the decision would cost up to two billion pounds and delay the roll—out of 56 by 2—3 years. huawei says the move is ‘bad news for anyone in the country with a mobile phone — and threatened to put the uk in the digital slow lane." rory cellan—jones reports. 5g is on! it's the controversial chinese firm that the united states wanted its allies to ban. but injanuary, huawei was allowed to supply 35% of the new 56 networks which promised lightning fast downloads and will power everything from smart homes to self—driving cars. now, though, these huawei masts are going to have to come down. after a meeting of the national security council, the government has announced a u—turn. let me be clear.
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this requirement will be set out in law by the telecoms security bill. by the time of the next election, we will have implemented in law an irreversible path for the complete removal of huawei equipment from our 56 networks. so, what's changed since january, when gchq said the risks over using huawei equipment were manageable? first, new sanctions mean the company may not have access to us technology, seen as vital to the safe use of its kit. then, there's the politics. the security crackdown in hong kong and china's treatment of the uighur minority, have led to a revolt by tory backbenchers. we wanted china to mature into this responsible global stakeholder. but it's become a superpower without any of the responsibilities that a superpower should be showing. we are going through an enduring international emergency but there is no international leadership. what we are seeing with china is it's discreetly pressing its advantage. now at least the mobile
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phone companies know what they have to do — strip out huawei equipment and replace it with kit from nokia and ericsson. that will not make hitting the government's target of giving everyone either 56 or full—fibre broadband by 2025 any easier. and some technology firms wonder why the ban is needed. the justifications on security grounds are fairly tenous. the equipment that huawei supplies is very clever physics, but it's pretty much a dumb pipe in information technology terms. what is clear is that the days when the uk and china were supposedly entering a golden era for trade are over. a gulf is opening up in the technology world between china and america and the uk has chosen which side it is on. rory cellan—jones, bbc news. we've had some us government
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reaction to that decision by the government. the us ambassador to the uk has tweeted... so that's just in from the us ambassador to the united kingdom, just saying that brynn‘s decision to protect its national security by banning huawei from 56 is a win for fair trade and banning huawei from 56 is a win for fairtrade and human banning huawei from 56 is a win for fair trade and human rights —— britain's decision. we'll talking to lisa nandi in a short while of the labour party's view on the hallway decision. —— hallway decision. britain's decision to protect its national security by banning wearing face coverings in shops in england will be compulsory from the end of next week, after mixed messaging from the government over the weekend.
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the new rule comes in on 2a july and will apply to shops and supermarkets. children under the age of 11, and those with certain disabilities, will be exempt, as is the case on public transport. those who do not wear a covering could be fined up to £100. the move brings england in line with scotland, germany, spain, and italy. 0ur political correspondent chris mason has this report. put that on... the masked politician has become a more regular sight in the last few days. the health secretary, the home secretary, the prime minister, as well. and in england from a week on friday, you'll need a face covering to go shopping. in recent weeks, we've reopened retail and footfall is rising. we want to give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops. both of these can be done by the use of face coverings. why will it take a week and a bit for this to become compulsory, though? shops will need to put up signs to remind us, but do we need that long
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to get ready? yes, i think it is important that we all have time to prepare — whether that's the retailers, they need to look at the signs that are being highlighted there to make sure that staff have had the right training, whether it's us all as members of the public who have got our stock masks at the ready. people who refuse to put on a face covering could be fined up to £100. but the police hope it won't come to that because... well, it would be a very difficult response from the police, as you can imagine. because we are talking about private premises. and what we need is shopkeepers to come on board fully and say quite clearly in their shop windows, etc, "no mask, no entry." it's as simple as that because for us to enforce what you're talking about, i would imagine will be nigh impossible. policy on face coverings in england is decided by the government here at westminster. but scotland, wales, and northern ireland make their own decisions. in northern ireland,
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you have to wear one of these things on public transport, but not in shops. in wales, you don't have to wear one in the shop either, but you will have to on public transport from a week on monday. but in scotland, it's been compulsory since last friday to cover your nose and mouth in shops, as well as on public transport. labour say the change in england is well overdue. the evidence not just from the experts, but from experience around the world, scotland, germany, spain, italy, vietnam, other countries across europe and the globe shows this can make a difference. another thing to remember, then, when you head out — your keys, your phone, your money and your mask. chris mason, bbc news. in the last few minutes, the latest data on coronavirus in the uk has been released. there have been 138 additional deaths in all settings and 398 new confirmed cases of coronavirus.
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in total, 44,968 people have died with coronavirus. we can get some reaction from westminster and talk to the foreign secretary lisa nandi. what is your view of the government's decision? it is a welcome, long overdue stuff that we've been asking the government to ta ke we've been asking the government to take for some time. we've said for a year now that there is a problem with the reliance on high risk vendors in our national infrastructure. and obviously over the last few months, what we've seen isa the last few months, what we've seen is a significant hardening of the position that the uk government has taken in relation to the chinese government, particularly because of their actions in hong kong and
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against the weaker people it's been clear that the foreign 0ffice it's been clear that the foreign office has been taking a much more robust stance on foreign security, human rights and the rule of law. and the other parts of the government have been handing over parts of our key infrastructure to chinese companies backed by the chinese companies backed by the chinese government. so we are pleased the government is taking this step, but what we were expecting to see today was an actual plan for how they were going to remove huawei from our 5g network. in instead what we got was an announcement, more consultation, a delay to legislation, and no real strategy at all. we simply cannot go on like this when our own national security services are saying that this compromises britain's national security. the government must come forward with a proper strategy and show how it will safeguard our national interest. so broadly you support the government's decision.
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but what about the labour party's former luminaries, peter mendelson? he says this isn't about national security at all, it's about the trade war between the united states and china, and by doing this britain is just taking america's syed? and china, and by doing this britain isjust taking america's syed? peter isjust taking america's syed? peter is right that the uk is caught in a trade war between the us and china. what changed the government's mind todayis what changed the government's mind today is the fact that the us has applied sanctions to china, which has meant that it's withdrawn its participation in the 5g network and key parts of the technology will now be run by the chinese rather than by the united states. but the answer to thatis the united states. but the answer to that is not simply to hand over our national security to china or the united states and face that choice. the answer to that is for britain to have our own home—grown technology and to work with other democratic countries across the world to pool technology and resources and make sure we have an alternative. that's
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what we've been pushing the government to do for months now, and still there is no clear strategy in relation to our engagement with china, no clear strategy about home—grown alternatives, no clear strategy about working with democratic allies across the world in order to give us that strategic independence that we need. and we simply cannot go on like this. national security has been an afterthought over the last decade as we've chased growth and trade across the world. the government must take it seriously now and we are determined to hold them account del account over decisions they've made long—overdue. account over decisions they've made long-overdue. what about britain's nuclear power programme, they got a big slice of that? will you kick them out as well, or would you like them out as well, or would you like them to be kicked out of that as well was yellow that's one of the things that's nonsense about how the government has approached this, there is no consistent approach across departments. the chinese government is quite good at these crosscutting issues, they set up
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strategic groups that are usually chaired by the premier in order to approach foreign policy issues with consistency. 0ur government has done exactly the opposite. different departments have taken a different approach. at the current time, the government is handing the macro considering handing over info on our nuclear technology to china even as they seek to ban them from the chinese network. —— 5g network. we have no strategy at home, we have no strategy abroad. and that really must change. there is no global problem that can be solved without the input of the chinese government, whether it is covid—i9 or climate change. so we need constructive engagement with the chinese government. and we have a strong relationship with the chinese people as well, cultural exchanges, university collaborations — these things are important to us. but we also need far greater strategic independence so we can stand up for
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our interests. we've seen in recent weeks what it means when we don't. when we took action over what is happening to the people in hong kong, the chinese government threatened retaliatory measures. so we need strategic independence across the board. we have to have a strategy for how we will engage with china. lisa nandi, thank you for your time. ghislaine maxwell, the british socialite and ex—girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein, is due to appear at a bail hearing in new york by videolink in the next couple of hours. ghislaine maxwell is facing charges of trafficking underage girls for the convicted sex offender who died in prison on 10 august last year. maxwell faces up to 35 years if convicted. she denies all the charges. we're joined now from los angeles by gloria allred, who's representing i7 ofjeffrey epstein's victims. thank you very much for being with
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us. thank you very much for being with us. do you think elaine maxwell has got any chance of getting bail at today's hearing —— ghislaine maxwell? i think it is a close call, and the reason is that the government argues that she is a flight government argues that she is a flight risk. the defence argues that she is not a flight risk, that she should be, because of covid—i9 and other reasons, under house arrest with strict conditions like she can't travel, she must live in new york, not in new hampshire where she has a home, and that she has not tried to flee in the last year or at any time, she knew she was under criminal investigation has not tried to flee. i think it will be a close call because she has no prior criminal history. under the bail reform act, she has an argument that she should be released. 0bviously
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many of the victims do not want her released, they do want her to be in custody, they do want her to be able to face charges against her. and they are very concerned that she might infact they are very concerned that she might in fact be released, and that might in fact be released, and that might flee. maxwell cosmic lawyers have said, as part of the plea that she should get, they say she has a risk of getting coronavirus if she is detained in new york. what do you make of that? there have been a number of inmates who have been released on account of covid—i9, which spreads through correctional institutions. so that is an argument. 0n the other hand, i think the prosecution would argue she's not ina the prosecution would argue she's not in a high risk group because of her age, and therefore that is not a
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good argument for her to be released. she's willing to turn in her passports, she is a citizen of the uk, of france, and a naturalized citizen of the us. she indicates that she would post bail and would not flee. so we will have to see what thejudge decides. not flee. so we will have to see what the judge decides. there are good arguments on both sides. in terms of the people you represent, the victims ofjeffrey epstein, what do they think about prince andrew and the us authorities saying they wa nt to and the us authorities saying they want to speak to him, there is an impasse between the two. what do they make of that? is really hard to say why there is an impasse. most of the victims, of course, are very concerned. they want truth, they wa nt concerned. they want truth, they want justice — they've concerned. they want truth, they wantjustice — they've had neither. many of my clients have set for interviews with law enforcement and
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provided everything they know. and it is hard for them to understand why prince andrew is making so many excuses and declines to do so. now his attorneys apparently said they can't somehow get in contact with the prosecutors office, and they've said recently upon the arrest of ghislaine maxwell that they still wa nt to ghislaine maxwell that they still want to speak with prince andrew in person. it may be that prince andrew's legal representatives are indicating they would provide him quite dramatic written questions but not an quite dramatic written questions but notan in quite dramatic written questions but not an in person interview. but they wa nt not an in person interview. but they want the in person interview, whether it is the uk or the united states. in other words, whether it is the uk or the united states. in otherwords, if whether it is the uk or the united states. in other words, if it is written questions, he can have his attorneys quietly and secretly advise him on how to answer those questions. but if it is in question, he will have to look at the fbi
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agents and prosecutors in the i and a nswer agents and prosecutors in the i and answer those questions fully and truthfully. he seems as though he is very reluctant to do that, and is not explained the reason why. but mech that's gloria all red, the lawyer representing 17 ofjeffrey epstein's victims. the headlines on bbc news... the chinese tech company huawei is banned from britain's 5g networks over security concerns, delaying roll—out and adding billions to the cost. ministers say making face coverings compulsory in shops in england will help to protect retail staff and restore the confidence of the coronavirus lockdown. scientists have warned that the uk could see around 120,000 new coronavirus deaths in a second
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wave of infections this winter. their report, requested by the uk's chief scientific adviser, sir patrick vallance says the virus can survive longer in colder conditions, and is more likely to spread when people spend more time indoors. larissa kennelly reports from the south coast on what's being done there to get ready. a cold pint, fresh from the tap. a welcome sight for pub goers in hampshire. but as national lockdown eases, councils are coming under increasing pressure to spot local outbreaks before they spread. they have been working with their local emergency services, nhs trusts and the military to plan their covid—i9 response. and confidential planning documents linked to hampshire and the isle of wight show that they have been studying predictions for a larger second wave to come for several months. their worst case scenario warns that almost half the area's 2 million people could become infected
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with coronavirus, with deaths peaking at over 90 per day. at the height of the crisis in april, deaths reached 30 per day. the figures contained in these documents tally with the national modelling done by the academy of medical sciences. but both the local and national predictions are worst—case scenarios. this means they don't take into account containment measures such as future lockdowns or potential advancements in treating the virus. we are using these modelling figures to prepare for anything we need to do to mitigate that. so, how we put prevention measures in place, or manage outbreaks as they appear, and we know we've had outbreaks in the first wave, looking at in care homes and other settings, so we are really looking at that and making sure we can mitigate anything going forward. inside this warehouse just outside portsmouth, the council have been stockpiling gloves and masks, should the worst happen.
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there was ten between 30—40... but for those shielding, the prospect of a second wave is difficult after months inside. 0rla brady has a rare blood cancer and has been at home since march with her nine—year—old daughter, megan. i'm increasingly thinking that an autumn—winter lockdown might well be on the cards. and that's quite a daunting prospect. i actually can't see in my mind a way to being out and about and back to normal for myself before that happens. the focus of the covid—i9 response is shifting. the government have said they don't want blanket national measures again. instead, they are banking on councils preventing outbreaks locally and, when they do happen, containing them there. larissa kennelly, bbc news, in hampshire. british charities have launched a new appeal to raise funds to fight coronavirus in refugee camps
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and poor communities in some of the world's most vulnerable countries. the government has pledged to match the first £5 million in donations made by the public to the disasters emergency committee. donations will be spent on providing food, water and medical care to people in countries such as syria, yemen, and south sudan. virgin atlantic has announced plans for a private refinancing package worth £1.2 billion to secure its future. the airline's chief executive shai weiss described the last six months as "the toughest the company has faced in its history." and he said the restructuring will ensure the company can "continue to provide vital connectivity and competition to consumers and businesses". the duchess of cambridge has said she believes there's a "massive gap" in the support given to parents between the first few months of a child's life, and when they start school. she was speaking to louise minchin as part of her involvement
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in the bbc‘s new "tiny happy people" initiative, which will provide video and social media content to help parents develop children's language skills. hi! hello! it's like a game of hide and seek in the woods. in the grounds of sandringham, the duchess of cambridge is meeting three families with young children as part of the bbc‘s tiny happy people initiative. at its heart, a simple message — talk to your children from as early as possible. i didn't realise just how important it is. you know, some of the science behind all of it is extraordinary. 90% of our adult brain grows before the age of five and itjust shows what a precious time this is and what an amazing opportunity us as parents have got to really nurture their minds and really put them in the best possible position for their future lives. dada, dada.
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it's important, because more than one in four children starting primary school in england don't reach the required level of literacy development, and it's a similar picture right across the uk. have you learnt anything new from being part of tiny happy people that perhaps you didn't know before? you don'tjust need all these toys. you canjust use something simple, like a tree, or, you know, a bit of paper rolled up. and just a pen to paper is the best way for them to learn. so he's the same age, isn't he, as prince louis, then? yeah. i was just saying, louis doesn't understand social distancing. so he goes up wanting to cuddle everything, and particularly any babies younger than him. the duchess of cambridge has been involved with tiny happy people for some time. much of her work now focuses on the early years. look at you, so many words. injanuary, she launched a uk wide survey called five big questions, aiming to spark a national conversation about early childhood. she's very chatty!
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she is. she learns a lot from us, she copies a lot. how do you interact with a newborn baby and what is it you should be doing? not perhaps in the first few months, when there is a huge amount of support from midwives and health visitors and things, but from then onwards, there is a massive gap before they then start school. and it's that bit that i think you really need the support. ryan, i'm really interested in what you said that you noticed she has five different cries. 0ne cry is if i, say, need to get a drink, there's like a fake cry. so it's like, "why are you not here, show me attention. " some of the things with the parents today, you know, ryan at the beginning, saying how his baby has got five different cries, he has learnt a huge amount from tiny happy people, and it's information like that i wish i had had as a first—time mum, but for so many parents,
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its gold dust, really, for families to be given those tips and tools to be able to use, particularly in those first five years. the duchess of cambridge talking there to louise minchin. the street artist banksy has unvelied his latest artwork on the london underground, focussing on the current debate arounds face coverings. posting on his instagram page, the video, entitled "if you don't mask, you don't get", shows some of his hallmark rats sneezing and using face masks in a variety of ways. it ends with the slogan, "i get locked down, but i get up again". now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. hello. weather—wise, it's all taken a turn for the rather gloomy the next few days. the reason being all this cloud piling in from the atlantic.
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it's actually a warm weather front that will push some rain this evening and overnight across northern ireland into western scotland, and into the small hours, into northern england, wales, and the southwest of england. lots of moisture in the air, a lot of humidity, so misty and murky across the hills and around the coast. 0vernight lows ii—i3 celsius. best chance of any brightness on wednesday, probably across eastern england before we see that weather front moving in here, bringing much rain with wetter weather to the north. it dries up for the afternoon, but it keeps that solid cloud. brightness at a premium, temperatures backed by a couple of degrees typically for the time of year. on into thursday, slightly better chance of seeing brightness across england and wales. the same story for friday, look out for some rain in northern ireland to end the week.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. a change of heart by the government on huawei — it bans the chinese company from britain's 5g network because of security concerns — the decision will delay 5g rollout and cost 2 billion pounds shoppers in england will now have to wear face coverings from the 24th ofjuly — to protect each other and retail staff. the death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher amongst men and 60% higher amongst women than in the general population. the economy shrank by nearly 20 per cent in the three months to may — showing the impact of the lockdown a warning there could be a hundred and twenty thousand new coronavirus uk deaths — in a second wave of infections this winter. the duchess of cambridge
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marks the launch of tiny happy people, a bbc education initiative louis doesn't understand social distancing. so he goes out wanting to cobble everything, to cuddle everything, even babies younger than him. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, pep guardiola says his club, manchester city, should receive an apology after the court of arbitration for sport cleared them of breaking football's financial fair play rules. their ban by uefa from the champions league was overturned yesterday, though they were still fined 10 million euros. if we did something ring or by doing something wrong, we accept our band. if we did something ring or by doing something wrong, we accept our ban.
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for any departments, fifa, uefa, we are here. but we can defend ourselves, and after yesterday was a great day forfootball, not a bad day, because we played, the same rules, all the clubs, the elite clubs in europe, can play. because it would have been the complete opposite, next season, could not play interchangeably, but we can because what we have done was right. it was proper. but some other premier league managers have questioned the process. it is a disgraceful decision, because if manchester city is not guilty of it, i think to be punished with some million is a disgrace, as a decision. if you're not guilty, you are not punished. by the other way, if they are guilty, they should be banned.
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so it is also a disgraceful decision, so in any case, the decision is a disaster. chelsea manager frank lampard wants his players to take more responsibilty as they look to close in on a top four finish and a champions league spot. they host already relegated norwich in the premier league later. and after their 3—0 loss to sheffield united last time out, lampard says he wants to hear more from his players on the pitch this evening. chelsea are third, one point ahead of leicester with three games to go. we have a few games now that we want to win and see if we get the european champions league, i was never pending my hopes on it being may be an extra team god and are not. we worried about ourselves and now we can get into the champions league. west brom and fulham are in action right now. it's a key game in the battle for promotion from the championship
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to the premier league. a win for fulham would put them within two points of second placed west brom with two games to go. half an hour in it. some key games down at the bottom later. hull and luton need wins to climb out of the relegation zone. former great britain cyclist jess varnish has lost her employment tribunal appeal against british cycling. varnish has spent years in a legal battle since being dropped from team gb in the lead up to the 2016 olympic games. the former european team sprint champion claimed she should be considered an employee of the governing body orfunding agency uk sport. she lost her initial case injanuary last year and her appeal has now been dismissed after a two—day remote hearing in may. 0lympic bronze medallist, amy tinkler, says she made a formal complaint to british gymnastics last december about her "experiences as a club and elite gymnast".
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in a statement the 20—year—old said she is "no closer to having any feedback or outcome". she also revealed she felt she had no option but to quit gymnastics due to negative experiences. british gymnastics said tinkler‘s case is "at an advanced stage", and that she has been kept "fully informed" and given "appropriate support". joe root is back training with england's cricketers as they moved their bio—bubble to manchester ahead of thursday's second test against the west indies. the england captain missed the defeat in the first test as his wife was having their second child. he will come straight back into the line—up as they look to turn the three test series around. we'll have more for you in sportsday at 6.30pm. lets get more on the news that face
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vcoverings will be mandatory in supermarkets and shops in england from 24th july. paul hunter is a professor of medicine at the university of east anglia. he also advises the world health organization of the use of facemasks. do you think these face coverings are going to make a significant difference when that is brought in next friday? i think it must be said that the evidence on the value of community and facemasks is still not absolutely clear, but certainly some evidence is wearing a face mask the laboratory can stop the shedding of the virus but the evidence from its use in the community is not great but that does not necessarily mean that they do not work. but i think
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facemasks do have a role to play, particularly enclosed spaces like public transport. in shops it is little less certain of what is important is that we should still continue to do the other things that you're doing like social distancing when you go shopping. if you're going to be made to wear facemasks, i believe we do need more education because one of the reasons why facemasks might not of work as well as they have is the could've done is because people are not wearing them properly, they are using the wrong types of material, they are not designed well and people are always taking them on and putting them off at inappropriate times, so i think, yes, it is probably a step forward but it has to be backed up with more education on how to wear facemasks
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safely at. we are a few months into this pandemic and people think and i'm sure that people think facemasks to work but the science, as you say is inconclusive and ifind it strange that presumably there are lots of research projects all around the world trying to work out whether facemasks actually work but we do not really have a conclusive answer. now and that's because the different types of studies have come up with very different conclusions. the court standard is the randomised controlled trials in the generally followed the value and when you look at people who were sick and whether or not they have won facemasks before they got sick, tend to suggest that facemasks and face coverings have value but they may be subject to problems with people who wear facemasks and other things that
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reduce their risks. but, if they do not work, it's because probably people have not been using them as effectively as the could've been and thatis effectively as the could've been and that is why if we're going to have this law, it does need to be made clear how they should put on the types of facemasks they wear. the world health organisation recommends a three layer facemask in the material you use should not have to loose a weave, at least one of the layers and they should be able to observe a certain amount of water so the facemask does not become wet when you're wearing it because of that happens, they lose their value and then you're starting to move it around a lot and can get contamination on your hands and potentially spread the infection. lot of public education needed. also cani lot of public education needed. also can i ask about the warning that we had today that there could be a
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second spike of coronavirus in the winter. it could lead to a worse case scenario of more than 100,000 deaths. what is your view on that now likely the thing that possibility is? i think it is quite likely in most of us have been commenting to say that it is likely that we are going to get a further spike in winter. i do not know how bad it is going to be and the reason for that is there is a lot of things we do not know, such as how long immunity lasts from the first peak and whether other types of infections might actually provide some easing during if you get them around the same time. there's a lot of things that we do not know that may actually make this worse or less worse but i think we're pretty certain that there be an increase in
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cases that we have seen this in europe where they may have been relaxing some of their control measures in a lot of countries and receiving case numbers increasing again that is almost certainly going to be bad once we get into 0ctober, november time. thank you so much. the uk economy shrank by nearly 20 per cent in the three months to may — a record drop —— as the impact of the lockdown was felt. may's gdp growth fell far short of the 5% rise expected by most economists — as andy verity reports. this party shop in andover is one of the millions of businesses trying to keep things cheerful and stay afloat in the midst of what the office for budget responsibility said this morning would be the biggest recession in 300 years. since may, some business has returned after two months of no income. we have got all our local customers back which is really nice, our regulars, and we have gained
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some new ones as well. so, optimistic, i think that's the best thing to say, but yeah, it did hit us, as everybody, really hard. the economy shrank by nothing less than a fifth in the three months until the end of may, nearly ten times the size of the worst three months of the global financial crisis. in the midst of the slump for bricks and mortar retailers, online shopping jumped to the point where this manchester based courier company says nearly every day has been like its busiest day last year. we did a 1.3 million parcel peak which was our peak day, which was black friday 2019, and we have seen 1.4 million parcels during that period of time so we are experiencing the same levels that we experienced over the christmas period. with more online shopping, the reopening of garden centres and some manufacturing and construction, economic activity started to increase again in may but it's not yet the bounce back some hoped for. normally economic growth of 1.8%
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in a month would be impressive but it is less of a bounce than most economists were expecting and then you look at it compared to what has happened, it is that little tick at the bottom of this sheer drop. the economy is still a full quarter smaller than it was before the pandemic and well below the level it was ten years ago. today the office for budget responsibility said the extra spending announced in rishi sunak‘s summer statement last week to try and supportjobs may boost economic growth next year but would also add £51 billion to the amount the government has to borrow to cover its spending. the government has to borrow borrowing this year could be anywhere from 190 billion to around £400 billion. if interest rates on that debt rose, it could become difficult to manage. given the consequences of the crisis in terms of the global increase in both public and private sector debt, that could be the sort of thing that you would expect to put upward pressure on the national rate of interest and therefore the rates of interest at which governments can borrow. the official prediction
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of what the 0br calls a central scenario is that unemployment will climb to 12%, over 3.5 million people, with the economy not recovering to its precrisis level until the end of 2022, two and a half years from now. johnny depp's libel action against the sun is continuing at the high court. the actor is suing the publishers over an article in which he was described as a "wife beater". 0ur entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, sent us this update. todayis today is the sixth day of his trial against the sun and we are going to be sharing from various witnesses giving evidence supporting johnny depp. it listen to malcolm was work withjohnny depp depp. it listen to malcolm was work with johnny depp for depp. it listen to malcolm was work withjohnny depp for many years. one incident in australia in 2015 while johnny depp was filming one of the
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parts of the caribbean films, there had been a confrontation between johnny depp and amber heard and he had arrived on the scene about half
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