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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a major u—turn by the uk government: security concerns mean chinese firm huawei will now be removed from the uk's 56 network. 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 network. us judges have scheduled the trial of ghislaine maxwell — the former girlfriend ofjeffrey epstein — forjuly 2021. she's charged with trafficking minors. ghislaine trafficking minors. maxwell pleads not guilty as ghislaine maxwell pleads not guilty as prosecutors say she is an extreme ﬂight as prosecutors say she is an extreme flight risk who shouldn't get bail. the court is about to hear from
maxwell's accusers. hitting reverse: millions go back into coronavirus restrictions around the world — including california, which shuts indoor restaurants, bars and places of worship. fewer green shoots than expected for the uk's economy, as restrictions are eased — with warnings that it may not recover from the pandemic until 202a. and a new study finds that andean condors — the world's largest soaring birds — can fly for up to 160 kilometres without flapping their wings. hello, and welcome to bbc news. the uk government has banned the chinese company, huawei, from its 56 networks, saying keeping the country secure has to be its top priority. earlier this year, borisjohnson had
said the firm would be allowed a limited role in the infrastructure of the next generation of mobile internet connection. 56 offers much faster data download and upload speeds. but the uk had come under pressure from the us to change course. today, following advice from the national security council, it was decided that telecoms firms in the uk will be prevented from buying new 56 huawei equipment after the end of this year. existing huawei technology will be stripped out of the uk sg networks by 2027. the culture secretary said the move could see the roll—out of 56 delayed for 2—3 years and cost up to two billion pounds. here's our security correspondent, gordon corera. sg promises to be the technology of the future, powering innovation and connecting everything around us together. but today, we learned that huawei will be locked out of that future in the uk, as the government announced a major u—turn on the role
of the chinese company. as facts have changed, so has our approach. that is why we have taken this decision that there can be no new huawei equipment from the end of this year, and set out a clear timetable to exclude huawei completely by 2027, with an irreversible path implemented by the time of the next election. critics claim allowing a chinese company to build these 5g phone masts is a security threat, risking data being stolen or services switched off. that's something the company denies, but pressure from washington has forced the uk to shift from its january decision to let the company play a limited role. i think it's clear today that this is a decision based on us trade priorities, and trade requirements, as opposed to a decision about security. you know, we are very disappointed by the decision from the government. we think it's bad news for the people of the uk, we think it's bad news if you use a smartphone or use the internet.
there are thousands of mobile phone masts all across the country, and the challenge is that huawei is already embedded in many of them, notjust 5g, but also 4g we've already been using with our phones, and even the network carrying data beneath our streets. the government has chosen a seven—year timetable for huawei's removal because, even though it will slow down 5g roll—out, they are hoping it will limit the disruption to the technology on which we all rely. there has been intense lobbying from the telecoms companies who use huawei. they had warned even of coverage blackouts, but, today, the chief executive of britain's biggest, bt, welcomed the plan. there is a little bit of re—engineering and moving huawei kit into different places, but, again, you know, what's so important for us is to have the time to deploy the right kit in the right place, and make sure not only are we delivering the service for our 2a million mobile customers today, but also building the new network, the new 5g network for the future.
pressure from conservative backbenchers was vital in forcing a tougher line. 0ne leading critic of huawei today cautiously welcomed the new plan, but said he wanted to be sure it was followed through. i'm hoping this is going to be a slow goodbye to huawei, a high—risk vendor, but it could be that they double down, they try to sell as much kit in the next few months as possible, and people are still putting, legally, high—risk vendor kit into our 56 network in three, four and five years' time in the hope that policy or the government changes. so it's not without its risks. today's decision may not be the end. huawei is due to disappear from the uk's 5g in seven years, but, just as washington piled on the pressure for a change of direction, now it might be beijing's turn. gordon corera, bbc news. the chinese ambassador to the uk has given his reaction
to the country's decision on huawei. he's just tweeted to say... 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is at westminster. this is a big, big political decision. is the government in opposition —— and opposition on the same page? i think what's interesting here is the uk has been under pressure from so many different sides, clearly being dragged into this virtual trade war between america and china. the unders pressure specifically from this latest band by the americans, and they felt there was nothing they could do then have a review, and it meant they could no longer say the security services hear from meant they could no longer say the security services hearfrom huawei equipment will be safe. so their hand was forced by those american sanctions, but there was a pressing
parliamentary problem to. that's because dozens of conservative mps have been speaking out forming different groups, a wreck and they had the numbers to defeat the government on all this before comes before the house of commons in 0ctober. so the british government really had no alternative but to ta ke really had no alternative but to take this action. but they say this is not and should not be read as some message to the chinese that their investment is no longer welcome here. they say that all these different issues, whether it is hong kong, this issue of huawei — these are all separate issues that will be treated separately, and the british government will speak out when it feels it has to. that may not be the way beijing views it, obviously, in terms of that decision on 2027, that's when the government says huawei will be stripped out completely. but there is a body of opinion that wants to fast—forward
that. how likely is that? there is, although interestingly today listening to the conservative mps who have been calling for that, i think they are probably happy that this is going in the direction they wa nted this is going in the direction they wanted it to go in. now what they do wa nt wanted it to go in. now what they do want is a much broader reassessment of the relationship between china. they don't see this as just about telecoms, they wanted to go beyond that. they really feel the british economy is far too reliant on chinese reliant — £50 billion over the past ten years. the chinese companies were wooed by david cameron when he was my minister, even going down to the pub to welcome the chinese president when he was here. conservative mps want a reassessment of how far boris johnson's government is willing to go. johnson is made it very clear, saying he is not a xenophobe, and he still wa nts saying he is not a xenophobe, and he still wants to be able to speak out about human rights abuses. but they
are not saying that is the end of chinese investment in the country. thank you very much, vicki. globally there are now more than 13 million confirmed coronavirus cases, and the number of countries re—imposing lockdowns and restrictions is also rising. in india, 120 million people will be forced back into their homes, in the state of bihar. in hong kong, schools are shutting. in america — california has closed bars, indoor restaurants, shopping malls, and places of worship a second time after a 20% rise in confirmed cases injust two weeks. but in florida, where cases are also rising, there have been no new restrictions. i've been speaking with dr andrew pastewski, the icu medical director at florida's, jackson south medical centre — who told me about the strain on medical workers there. we have gone a little over a month, we have gone from eight patients in our covid unit, and we are at about 100 right now.
and we are a 200—bed hospital, so half of our beds are used just for covid patients right now. looking at my list today, i have 15 patients in the er waiting for their covid tests, and we have nowhere to put them. i'll come back to capacity in a moment. but tell us more about the types of people you've been seeing? i know you've been distressed in the last few days when you hear people say it's no big deal, all of this? yes, yesterday i had to intubate three people who failed about ten days of therapy, trying to avoid them being intu bated. days of therapy, trying to avoid them being intubated. and obviously when they get intubated, there is a very high chance they don't come off. we saw 85 patients yesterday, about 25—30 of them are on high levels of oxygen. another 25—30, we are watching them daily, seeing if they are going up or down in their oxygen requirements.
then we had a group of patients came in for a broken leg and they are covid positive, and they are just sitting around because there is no where to go. i know you've had family members come in, a mother with her grandmother — one ends up leaving the hospital. just on a human level, how distressing is that, dealing with that sort of thing virtually every day? yes, the success stories are not as helpful as the bad stories that you keep thinking about. i had a father, son passed. i lost a 22—year—old the other day. every day you come in and hear about another expiration that you really hoped would make a turn for the better. it is taking its toll, you can see it on people's faces. another person died that you put a lot of time and effort into it, doing everything you can think of.
you go home and try to forget about it forjust one you go home and try to forget about it for just one night, you go home and try to forget about it forjust one night, then you come back and that room is empty. it's distressing, it is. i can see that distressing, it is. i can see that distress even on your face as you try and describe that to me. tell me a little bit more about your family? because i know that when things eased up and lockdowns restrictions we re eased up and lockdowns restrictions were eased, your family met up eased up and lockdowns restrictions were eased, yourfamily met up in a number of you ended up getting covid—19. tell me more about that. we allowed a family member to come visit, i made him get tested the day before he came down to make sure he was negative. he was a cousin, he stayed in the guest room of my brother's for two nights. five days later, they both had fevers. my brother was positive, he gave it to my wife a few days later, and when my wife a few days later, and when my wife's test came back positive, i tested myself and that came back positive, and our kids had fevers. so the house had it. fortunately we all had very mild cases, i never even had a fever or major issues
myself, i just had even had a fever or major issues myself, ijust had to quarantine for ten days and i was able to go back to work from home, which was important to me because i was right in the middle of the surge. the kids just had a fever for a little while. they did 0k, everybody is fine now. ajudge in new york is deciding whether to grant bail to ghislaine maxwell, the former girlfriend of the late convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. she's been charged with trafficking young girls for him. she is appearing right now, via video link. 0ur correspondent laura trevelyan is in new york. in the last while we've had a plea entered from ghislaine maxwell, and also thejudge entered from ghislaine maxwell, and also the judge mapped entered from ghislaine maxwell, and also thejudge mapped out entered from ghislaine maxwell, and also the judge mapped out the timeframe for when this will happen? that's right, maxwell has pleaded not guilty. thejudges that's right, maxwell has pleaded not guilty. the judges said her child will take place injuly 2021. today the arguments were all about whether she gets bail heading into
that trial, as she wants. but we've been hearing rather dramatic testimony from ghislaine maxwell's accusers. two written statements, one in person. any farmers being to the court said that maxwell is a sexual predator who groomed and abused her in calculus —— and cou ntless abused her in calculus —— and countless others. she's never showed remorse, she's lied under oath, and this victim imploring the court to keep her detained until the trial. so prosecutors are saying that maxwell was a key part of epstein‘s scheme to sexually abuse young women, but it was the job of maxwell to identify underage women, to recruit them, groomed them, sometimes even to participate in the abuse herself. and we've had maxwell's accusers telling the judge exactly what happened to them and why they think that means they don't think she should get bail. on that point about bail, they are considering that now. take me
through the arguments both from the prosecution and defence on that. the prosecution and defence on that. the prosecution are saying that maxwell isa prosecution are saying that maxwell is a flight risk because she has so much money, because she's got multiple passports, because she is facing these serious charges which could land her with 35 years injail if she is convicted. details also coming out this afternoon that when she bought that house in new hampshire where she was arrested on the 2nd ofjuly, she and a male with a british accent were posing as people seek privacy. she puts journalist giving a false name. but the realist... how can you possibly trust her as somebody who should be allowed out on bail? they found her mobile phone wrapped in tin foil in the new hampshire home, she was trying to evade law enforcement. so these are all the reasons the prosecution says you shouldn't get bail. but her lawyers are saying, how can she prepare for her defence
from jail? should get covid—19, and most importantly from her lawyers, they are saying she is notjeffrey epstein, she's being scapegoated for all his crimes, where he killed himself a year ago and never faced the music. you mentioned at the charges, just take us through because there are a number of charges, aren't there? yes, there are six indictments against her, two of them are for perjury, lying under oath to prosecutors about what she knew about intimate details of what jeffrey epstein was supposed to have done. and prosecutors have concluded that she was flat out lying, which is what victims have also alleged in court today. then she faces these crimes essentially of assisting jeffrey epstein in recruiting and selecting underage women who were then sexually abused by him. so there are four different counts relating to that crime too. if we get a decision on bail in this programme, we will return to you.
thank you for updating us from the courthouse in new york. let's get more reaction to our top story the uk banning huawei from its 5g network. jamie metzl, a former us national security council official specialising in asian affairs, told me — how this is being seen in the us. i think it's the only decision for the uk, not just i think it's the only decision for the uk, notjust because of us sanctions, but also because it's really impossible for a country like the uk to trust a company like huawei to play such a central role in its network infrastructure. not because there's anything that huawei is doing now, but i think we need to assume that any major chinese corporation is ultimately, when push comes to shove, an arm of the chinese communist party. are you sure about that? because that is the charge, huawei assists they are simplya charge, huawei assists they are simply a tech company. imagine you are wide—awake and you are doing something that the chinese government doesn't like. —— huawei.
how much security do you have? how can you know under any assurance from the chinese, his party will be realised? we seen from hong kong that major clinical commitments made by the chinese government can be invalidated in moments. ijust think it's not realistic for us to think of these big chinese state champion companies as companies like an american company or a british or european company. they are playing bya european company. they are playing by a different set of rules and we need to treat them as such. joining me now is the chief executive of the china—britain business council, matthew roose. the council published a report today on china's impact on ukjobs. welcome to the programme. first of all, your basic reaction to today's decision? it's very disappointing for our members, because it is difficult to see how this decision makes sense when compared to the very different steps ta ken makes sense when compared to the very different steps taken only six months ago. it does not seem to hang
together in national security terms and, after all, if the point is to prevent huawei from supplying problematic components, why ask bt and vodafone to strip out all the existing kit? the real impact of this decision would appear to be handed a duopoly to huawei's two competitors, so it is very difficult to make sense of this other than as a result of us pressure. the us claimed china use huawei to steal from the us. but he's been speaking openly today, along with a lot of conservative mps saying it was right for the british government to stand up for the british government to stand up to china, saying it no more — they were taking control of our rickety world order to pursue their agenda. if you control data, you control the way we live. in their
view, things are fundamentally changed with china? view, things are fundamentally changed with china ?|j view, things are fundamentally changed with china? i hear those state m e nts changed with china? i hear those statements as you do, but i don't really understand why anybody would wa nt to really understand why anybody would want to say no more to the best technology available at the best price. but i'm not here to make a commercialfor huawei, price. but i'm not here to make a commercial for huawei, there are other companies from whom this kit is available. but huawei is externally competitive, they have very good equipment, and i think that british homes and businesses will be poorerfor this that british homes and businesses will be poorer for this decision today. conservative estimate is that it will cost £2 billion, possibly upwards to strip us out of the uk's national network by 2027. and one must question whether this is the right priority and choice for scarce resources at this time. want to ask about the consequences. do you think they go beyond the cost you just mentioned or the delay on 5g?
they go beyond the cost you just mentioned or the delay on 56? it's very difficult to make predictions. i truly hope huawei themselves and others in china will make a proportionate response to this decision. after all it is only one aspect of our commercial relationship. but you must understand that assurances were given back in january understand that assurances were given back injanuary when a very different decision was taken, that the uk had a settled decision to allow huawei controlled access to uk networks, mitigated where there were security risks. now that policy has been ripped up only six months later. and it will take time to build trust. you talk about assurances — exactly the same flip argument exists when you look at hong kong and the british view that china simply ripped up the agreement. so in a sense, it works both ways. so where do you see the
potential of relations, doesn't go potentially into the deep? i'm no lawyer and it has been many years since i've worked on the hong kong issues. so i don't want to go into the specifics of that situation. but the specifics of that situation. but the china and britain council has a lwa ys the china and britain council has always urged cooperation in the... because we think it makes sense for british companies to have their fair share of the chinese market. we will continue to take that very pragmatic approach, encouraging and helping companies with the practical challenges of their working in a difficult market. and if we continue to do that, then i'm confident we will continue to see an upside. we must leave it there, but thank you for joining must leave it there, but thank you forjoining us on the programme. thank you. the uk economy showed signs of a modest recovery, as the strict lockdown conditions began to be eased in may, though it was smaller than economists expected. the economy grew by 1.8%, from april.
the independent 0ffice for budget responsibility has warned that the uk economy might not recover from the coronavirus crisis until 2024, and has says the uk is on track, to record the largest decline in annual gdp for 300 years. 0ur economics correspondent dharshini david reports. flourishing, but not quite back in full bloom. like other garden centres, this one reopened in may, but it's yet to make up the money lost during lockdown. normally, we would have a start—up in march, steady progress in march, a big april and a big may. that didn't happen in april, it was really difficult. may has been phenomenal, the second half of it, and june has also been quite phenomenal. not just here, but for the whole garden industry. we've made up quite a bit, of course, thankfully, but we are still behind for the year. all of this is about sowing the seeds of a recovery. in the weeks after lockdown, the economy lost about a quarter of its output, wiping out 18
years of gains. as other sectors also reopened, manufacturing and construction, only a tiny bit of that was recovered in may, disappointing hopes of a full and rapid bounce back. it is not enough to open the doors again. customers have to have the confidence and the money to return. and then there's businesses who have yet to reopen, like this maker of exhibition stands. their takings have dwindled from £4 million last year to almost nothing since march. they're desperate to know when the conferences they serve can restart. we're looking towards a very bleak autumn if we don't hear very soon, and, sadly, we've already made people redundant, and if we have no information from the government and no help from the government in the very near future, we will have to look at making more people redundant, which is not what we want to do. how are you? i'm 0k, mate, you? very nice to see you.
to rally us out through this crisis, the chancellor's doling out almost £200 billion, but some businesses have already failed, and his officialforecasters still think unemployment could hit 4 million. more help might be needed. inevitably, some people coming off furloughing are going to go into unemployment rather than returning to their previousjobs. what do you do to ensure that people's spells in unemployment are no longer than they need to be necessarily? because the longer they're out, the more likely they are to be detached from the labour market, to lose skills, and that's bad for the individuals concerned and also bad for the economy. more reopenings injune will have given the economy a boost, but history tells us it takes years, not months, to fully recoup what is lost in a crisis. there is no quick fix. to prevent the recovery wilting, it may require more tlc. dharshini david, bbc news.
backin back injust a moment back in just a moment talking about masks with jason leach, the scottish government's clinical director. that's here in a moment. hello. it's all looking a bit dull for the next few days. cloud piling into the uk, tempering beautiful scenes like these with a flat old layer of grey. the reason for the cloud? a warm weather front advancing from the atlantic. plenty of cloud to go around, there was some brightness across eastern scotla nd some brightness across eastern scotland in the northeast of england through tuesday, but i think during the next 2a hours, that front will basically spread cloud to all areas of the uk. and with the moisture coming in, it'll get pretty misty and murky around the coast, especially in the west and across the hills. 0vernight some rain for scotland, northern england and wales, and the southeast of england
with showers for northern ireland. 0vernight lows 10—13dc. perhaps early brightness across eastern counties of england, but as the front continues to advance eastwards, the cloud moved in here during the day. some further rain across the northern half of the uk, there may be the audit sharp shower across into the midlands wednesday afternoon. but donning the scene will be all that cloud, grey skies, temperatures down a few degrees on average for the time of year. thursday we have some better prospects of seeing some sunshine break in through across england and wales, and eastern scotland really favoured with a fern effect here. we could see temperatures in - spots could see temperatures in some spots up could see temperatures in some spots up to 23—24dc. to the west it is much grayer, wetter, and cooler. why is that? we have a cold weather front approaching. thursday night into friday, that will start to move into friday, that will start to move into scotland and across northern ireland. so for the end of the week, some quite wet prospects for western scotla nd
some quite wet prospects for western scotland and northern ireland. cooler weather coming in behind the weather front, but some cooler weather coming in behind the weatherfront, but some brightness as we look towards the western aisles. ahead of the weather front, some warmth further south, up to 26 celsius. but on into the weekend, it's the cold weather front that will win out, gradually making its way south. the timing is subject to question as to how quickly that cold front will lead its way across the uk. but it certainly looks like we will all be moving into that fresher air through the course of the weekend with some lovely brain around during the passage of that front. but next week, high—pressure to bill, it looks like sunshine for many of us.
this is bbc news — with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk — and around the world. a major u—turn by the uk government — security concerns mean chinese firm h'wawei — will now be removed from the uk's — 5g network. by by the time of the next election, we will have implemented in law, and irreversible path for the complete removal of a—way equipment from our sg removal of a—way equipment from our 5g network. ghislaine maxwell, the former girlfriend of jeffrey epstein, has pleaded not guilty in new york to charges that she helped him to abuse underage girls. hitting reverse — millions go back into coronavirus restrictions around the world — including california, which shuts indoor restaurants, bars and places of worship. fewer green shoots than expected — for the uk's economy — as restrictions are eased — with warnings,that it may not recover from the pandemic until 202a.
and — the flight of the condor — new research reveals, these astonishing birds can fly up to 100 miles without flapping their wings. in ten days' time — anyone going shopping in england — will have to wear a face covering, or risk a 100 pound fine. it's already mandatory in scotland. wales and northern ireland are still deciding. our health correspondent, sophie hutchinson, reports. millions of us are already choosing to wear face coverings in the uk, both inside and out. they are mandatory on public transport in most places, but now england is set to catch up with scotland
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