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because of the increase come about because of the increase in french steak haitians, nine out of ten people said they would beast spending theirsummer of ten people said they would beast spending their summer holidays in france, truth be told, more french people, probably because they have got great speeches, and a lot of other really great places to go to, more french people are usually spending theirsummers more french people are usually spending their summers there, but france is the most visited country in the world, and paris the most visited city in the world, so tourism is absolutely pivotal. we have seen all over europe these dilemmas around the extent to which you encourage tourism, both economically, but also as we were alluding tojust now, one other aspect of health as mental health and well— being and having aspect of health as mental health and well—being and having a break enjoying some sun is part of that. there have been incredible scenes in
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mallorca involving german tourists floating every aspect of social distancing and brits and dutch too, so distancing and brits and dutch too, so it's difficult dilemma for those countries with the great summer traditions, spain, italy, france, greece, to manage these problems. olivia, looking at the metro, we have got a report, i think it's the home affairs select committee open border lead to covid killing more, so border lead to covid killing more, so whilst we've gone into quarantine for certain countries and talking about widening the net, this committee is suggesting that initially, our open borders created more deaths. i think that's right. i think we've got the right idea, you know, we've definitely got the right idea now. ithink know, we've definitely got the right idea now. i think it's great that we've got this quarantine exemption list, and as soon as there is a spike you know it's logistically very difficult and had a horrible impact on people coming back from spain, buti impact on people coming back from spain, but i think it's the right
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decision tojust be spain, but i think it's the right decision to just be immediately crossing a country off when there is a spike in outbreaks, but we didn't get there quickly enough. again, perhaps in hindsight, obviously, we didn't know exactly what the virus was doing back in march. it might have seemed extreme, you know, the government was obviously very relu cta nt to government was obviously very reluctant to tell people that they couldn't leave the country or that people couldn't come into the country. but i do remember there was that very strange time when we were seeing on the news every night these horrific scenes from italy with you know, open air morgues, yet people we re know, open air morgues, yet people were flying in. there were hundreds of flights a day still coming in from rome and florence in bologna. and you just kind of, i think eve ryo ne and you just kind of, i think everyone in the country thought that seemed very strange, the lodges didn't quite seem to be matching up, the guidance didn't seem to match up with the law, you know, private aviation countries —— companies weren't sure whether to follow the guidance or the law or what, it was all very confusing. it basically came down and comes down now to government
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medication. john, quickly. olivia i think you're being generous and benign the government. if not in the start of march, then certainly by the middle of march, a couple of weeks earlier, it was abundantly clear, and those countries that did just slam shut their borders, they we re just slam shut their borders, they were the ones that did not see their horrific spikes and horrific death tolls. our prime minister and our government was chronically and culpably asleep on the job. not necessarily the case though with the us, john. let's put that to one side, because they put down their borders. limit migration is different with the exception of mexico. ok, let's go to the telegraph. quite a few to look at. closed pubs and shops to reopen schools. now, this is the commissioner repeating what chris whitty had to say, john comments went to be a difficult choice.
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no, it's not. it's an absolutely simple choice. again, my german friends said to me, more in sadness than anything else, what does it say about your country that you are desperate to open your pubs at eight o'clock in the morning on so—called super saturday so people can get legless first thing in the morning, then you care about opening your schools. but just then you care about opening your schools. butjust on that point, john, those pubs that could open where only the pubs that had licenses to open in the morning. so it wasn't all the pubs, you know, who said here you go, 2a hour drinking. no, but what our school system was in the whole question of how you deal with the easing of lockdown, it was almost seen as an afterthought, so—called retail and entertainment was giving a higher priority and what does that say about our nation's priorities? olivia, prime ministers said that schools are a national priority, he didn't say the national priority, he didn't say the
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national priority, he didn't say the national priority, when i was asking about the difficult choice commits the balance between the economy and educating a whole generation of children, isn't it? yes, but in this case, children obviously do have to come first. i think teachers have been brilliant through lockdown, but i think a few of them in militant left—wing teaching unions made it very very difficult for the government, the government wasjust difficult for the government, the government was just having to fight every step of the way to try to get schools open. it is definitely true that kevin williams and a relatively inexperienced young education secretary was left to fight on their own, not really given the supports of anyone else in government. it does feel a little bit like, you know, we don't know what the effect is going to be on very young children who have had 6—7 months without a teacher, perhaps without seeing any other children. we don't know what that's going to do to development. you know, this country has made leaps and bounds over the last few years with closing fee socioeconomic divide in life chances
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between britain's poorest kids in britain's richest kids, and this is just going to set us back so long. we will have middle—class children whose parents are working at home and, you know, they've got a little bit of time on their hands, they are able to chat to them, read with them, bake with them, etc, probably quite a good education, then you have kids whose parents have got to go out to work, perhaps don't have multiple laptops in the house for every child. they are going to be left behind. sol every child. they are going to be left behind. so i think children really do have to come first, but i think we're going to get onto a story in the new york times which is quite alarming. i will bring that up now. in terms of priorities, the risk of infection, because these children are obviously older, more people are going to be attending school, picking them up, whatever, the new york times, john, warning from israel on schooling. talk us through this. they had a lower number of credit versus cases, and they open school and they say it didn't go that well. absolutely. this is the great dilemma. i agree,
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by the way with olivia's last assessment that one of the great tragedies, notjust in the uk, but in many other countries about the inability to... the fact that children could not go disco for many months will be a huge reversal of good progress that has been made on removing inequalities. so, yes, it's an incredibly difficult. the situation. israel has had is one of those countries and i know in our list of papers, we will come to the philippines as well, which is the highest in southeast asia, and it is curious still, and we still haven't got to the bottom of why it is that some countries have had particular spikes, whereas quite often, neighbouring countries haven't had that same experience. there is still so much we don't know about this virus. let's move onto the straits
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times, quickly, olivia, philippines likely to become southeast asia's coronavirus hotspot. asjohn was saying, we don't really know why from this piece in this article, do we? no, it's not clear at all. no huge demographic differences between philippines and neighbouring countries, and it's obviously very worrying because unless these borders are slam shut, which we know of course is a huge logistical nightmare and it really turns people against their government, people being trapped on holiday really, really don't like it and the government doesn't want to annoy its voters. but unless these, you know, quarantines are voters. but unless these, you know, quara ntines are imposed voters. but unless these, you know, quarantines are imposed very strictly, then you get a spike in the philippines and that spreads out to the rest of southeast asia. and we get back to where we were in april, that's not what we want at all. just finally, john, looking at japan times, hospital beds filling up japan times, hospital beds filling up amid by research. this is when japan really thought they had, if not beaten it, certainly control debts, and unlike our go out and
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have a half—price lodge on the chancellor, they've been offering these tokens for half—price domestic travel. now they have had to withdraw that from the people of tokyo because of the spike there. yes, and we are seeing that in one of the reports just yes, and we are seeing that in one of the reportsjust before the paper review. you and peace from australia, police seeking to clamp—down further in the state of victoria, and people refusing to exceed the restrictions. this is one of the great difficulties. in some ways, countries that have done well will be victims of their own success because the public's tolerance of continued lockdowns where they can't see massive suffering and death and destruction makes them doubt the public messaging. but nobody is talking any more about if the second wave will happen in country a or country become everybody knows that
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in some places, it's already happening, in some places it's around the corner, and in some places, it's a couple of months away. the on the question is whether it's the uk or anywhere else is how severe it will be and will we be in better shape this time around to cope than we were when we were completely untried and untested in march — april. completely untried and untested in march - april. olivia, and a few seconds, will that whack a mole strategy is number ten likes to describe it, will that work, do you think we're looking at a potentially much wider lockdown which would be even more catastrophic economically? well, i think the likeable strategy could work really well. i think it makes a lot of sense, it seems to be balancing suppressing the virus, keeping it contained with trying to give the rest of the economy going. i think it will be a real nightmare for businesses if they all had to close across the country again. we don't want to w shaped recovery. we still really want to get this be if we possibly can. sorry think the whack a mole strategy is probably the best one for now. i may not be saying that six months' time. they
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we re saying that six months' time. they were really suggesting it will be at avin the were really suggesting it will be at a v in the last 12 hours. if you're in the uk, olivia and john will be back in just over half an hour to look at more of the stories being covered that's our first look at the papers. hello. there's been quite a lot of rain around today, but not across the southeastern corner of the uk where, once again, it's been dry, and here we've seen the best of the sunshine. elsewhere there's been a lot of cloud, strong winds, and some heavy rain particularly across northern england, northern ireland and scotland. and there's more to come through the first part of the night. eventually, that rain starts to ease across scotland, becoming more confined to the western side, turning dry across a large swathe of england and wales, but some heavier rain settling into north wales, the north midlands and northern england through the early hours. it'll certainly be a muggy night for all of us. now, through wednesday, we still have this front lingering, bringing further spells of rain initially across parts
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of northern ireland, northern england, north wales. this will slowly push its way northwards through the morning, and then we start to see a second area of rain clearing eastwards through northern ireland and pushing into southern scotland, northwest england, parts of wales, the midlands, a few showers across southwest england. driest the further south and east you are, once again, it's a breezy day for all of us. and it'll still be feeling quite cool the further north and west you are, but across east anglia and south east england, where it's dry, with the best of sunshine, temperatures at 25—26 celsius. now, as we go through wednesday evening, our area of rain continues on its journey north and eastwards, and this starts to clear away into the north sea. it's still tied in with this frontal system, but on its journey eastwards, it's running into this area of high pressure. so, most of the rain tends to disappear. by the time we get to thursday, what we're left with is a fair amount of cloud first thing, maybe 1—2 showers, they will soon go. for most on thursday, it is a dry day with increasing amounts
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of sunshine after a cloudy start. it will be feeling warmer, particularly across scotland, northern ireland and northern england, where it's been cool and cloudy, with outbreaks of rain, and warmer still across east anglia and north east england. by the time we get to friday, we could see temperatures of up to 34—35 celsius. so, once again, some warm or hot weather to end the week. as we look ahead into the weekend, we start to see pressure building from the south and the west, so that's going to settle things right down as we go through to saturday and sunday. across the uk, we're looking at some fine, dry conditions. still very warm, if not hot across the southern half of the uk, turning a bit cooler by sunday.
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