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good afternoon. president trump has issued a video from the hospital where he's being treated for covid—19, saying he is feeling much better, but that the "real test" will come in the next few days. mr trump — who was given oxygen before being taken to hospital — admitted he had not been feeling well when he arrived on friday. overnight, his doctors warned the president
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was not yet out of the woods. peter bowes reports. trump donald at work, but from hospital, after a day of confusion and concern over his health, with mixed messages from his doctors and the white house. the president himself sought to set the record straight, with an update on his condition. i came here, wasn't feeling so well. i feel much better now. we're working hard to get me all the way back. i have to be back because we still have to make america great again. we've done an awfully good job of that, but we still have steps to go and we have to finish thatjob. when he addressed reporters outside walter reed medical center earlier, the president's personal physician said mr trump's symptoms — a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue — were now resolving and improving, but he was vague on whether the president had needed oxygen at any point. has he ever been on supplemental oxygen? right now, he is not on oxygen. i know, you keep saying "right now", but shall we read into that that he had it previously?.
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yesterday and today, he was not on oxygen. so, he has not been on it during his covid treatment? he's not on oxygen right now. it later emerged that mr trump had received oxygen at the white house, before he was admitted to hospital. there was further confusion when the whitehouse chief of staff, mark meadows, indicated to reporters at the hospital that the president was still not on a clear path to a full recovery. there is a consensus that the next few days will be crucial. the president's doctor says he's not out of the woods yet, but that his health is improving. i'm starting to feel good. you don't know, over the next period of a few days, i guess that's the real test, so we'll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days. mr trump also sought to explain his decision not to shelter at home from the virus. i had no choice, because ijust didn't want to stay in the white house. i was given that alternative. stay in the white house, lock yourself in, don't ever leave,
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don't even go to the oval office, just stay upstairs and enjoy it. don't see people, don't talk to people, and just be done with it. and i can't do that. with the president in hospital, there's growing concern that more members of his inner circle are also testing positive for the virus. many of them attended what's been described as a super—spreader event at the white house last weekend, where mr trump named his nominee for the vacant seat on the supreme court. they include the former governor of newjersey, chris christie, who's checked himself into hospital with a slight fever. this is a crisis that's engulfed the trump administration — less than a month before the election. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. here, the prime minister has warned of what he called "bumpy months" ahead, with the prospect of a very tough winter for everyone because of coronavirus. borisjohnson also told the bbc he wanted people to behave "fea rlessly, but with common sense". labour's accused the government of having "lost control of the virus".
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here's our political correspondent, nick eardley. his report contains some flashing images. asign of a sign of the strange times. the prime minister arriving at the bbc wearing a face mask. getting his temperature checked. coronavirus has changed the way many others live, but also how he governs. boris johnson's strategy is increasingly under scrutiny. it was put to him that some are furious. they are furious at me and furious with government. they are. but, i have got to tell you, in all candour, it is going to continue to be bumpy through to christmas and it may even be bumpy beyond. there was more optimism about spring. but for now, mrjohnson admitted local restrictions, like those in place in liverpool, could be frustrating. the testing regime, he said, was not perfect, but he insisted balance was needed to protect health and the
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economy. fearlessly, but with common sense, fearlessly, but with common sense, fearlessly, but with common sense, to follow the guidance. whether national or local. get the virus done. but allow us as a country to continue with our priorities. the prime minister, whose —— who has faced questions about his own health, brushed off suggestions he was suffering from long—covid. no, not in my case. questions about strategy are getting louder, some are unhappy about the power the government has used. louder, some are unhappy about the power the government has usedlj louder, some are unhappy about the power the government has used. i am a freedom loving tory, i don't have to impose measures like this. are you crazy? this is the last thing we wa nt to you crazy? this is the last thing we want to do. but i also have to save life. labour have questions, too. claiming today the government has lost control of the pandemic and calling for clearer plans. we need a strategy, we need a plan for those areas that are in lockdown. leicester is still in day 95 of
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lockdown, for goodness' sake. we need a plan, we need to strategy and we need to give those families and businesses affected in those areas reassurance that the government have got a reassurance that the government have gota grip reassurance that the government have got a grip and a plan to drive these infections down. nobody could have predicted some of the challenges boris johnson's predicted some of the challenges borisjohnson‘s government predicted some of the challenges boris johnson's government would face, but there are many more to come. in south—eastern france, the army is helping to tackle severe flooding that's been caused by the worst storm to hit the region for more than 60 years. an elderly couple died as their house was swept away in roquebilliere, in the french alps. dozens of people are missing after floodwaters destroyed bridges and roads, leaving communities isolated. parts of northern italy have also been badly affected. the cinema operator cineworld is expected to temporarily close all its sites in the uk. cineworld has been hit by delays in the release of big—budget films,
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putting nearly 5,500 jobs at risk. staff are being asked to accept redundancy, in the hope of rejoining the company when cinemas open again. hundreds of muslims are being welcomed back into saudi arabia's great mosque in mecca to perform the pilgrimage of umrah, after a seven—month pause because of coronavirus restrictions. the numbers will be limited, but saudi nationals and foreign residents will be allowed to perform the ritual. millions of muslims from around the world would normally arrive in saudi arabia for the pilgrimage. now, in unique circumstances and pouring rain, the london marathon has been taking place. there was a shock result in the elite men's race, with the world—record holder defeated. the women's event went to script. watching it all was joe wilson. brigid kosgei, of kenya. 7:15, try not to shiver. so began london's first autumn marathon. it's also the start
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of this year's race. covid changed everything and changed nothing. no mass gathering, the course was contained. just laps of saint james' park. but it was still 26.2 miles and, in this weather, it required more endurance than ever. brigid kosgei wins the 2020 london marathon. well, long before the closing lap, we knew who had won. the outstanding kenyan brigid kosgei, class of her own. it wasn't the time which mattered, it was the occasion. the marathon prevailed. so, it's very, very tough, yes, because it rained all the way, even our legs are freezing. by late morning, the elite men were doing their lapse here. were doing their laps here. while the mass participation was happening everywhere. 16,000 during their marathons, wherever, however they could. the miles still mattered.
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the money for charity still counted. maybe more than ever. and here is the greatest, the quickest, eliud kipchoge. but brushing his sleeves, rivals. the men's elite race was a race. with two laps to go, we were suddenly watching the unthinkable. kipchoge off the pace. there was a chance for someone else. this was a marathon and a sprint. the long stride of vincent kipchumba, but the determination of shura kitata won the race in the final metres for ethiopia and for the event. it took so much to make this marathon happen. that finish made it all worthwhile. joe wilson, bbc news. in central london. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5:20. bye for now. have a good afternoon.
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hello, i'm jane dougall with your latest sports news. it was a sprint finish to a very different 40th london marathon with ethiopian shura kitata just pipping vincent kipchumna of kenya to the line in a time of two hours, five minutes and 41 seconds. brigid kosgei won the women's marathon earlier. jonny mellor was the first briton across the line. our correspondantjoe wilson is on the mall. not great weather for it but a new winnerfor not great weather for it but a new winner for the not great weather for it but a new winnerfor the men? not great weather for it but a new winner for the men? absolutely and i think when the organisers, who went to such great lengths to make this happen, planned it, what they would have hoped for is a sprint finish coming round the end of the 19th lap. they and we would have anticipated eliud kipchoge being involved in that but in the end he was back in eighth place when shura
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kitata and dreich completed that incredible finish. shura kitata eventually crossed the line —— shura kitata and vincent kipchumna. huge credit to him. eliud kipchoge said he was struggling with various issues, blocked here, crump, hip problems, he did not blame the weather but it has been tough for everybody. —— cramp. the women's race began at 7:15am, barely light and rain even them. you can get an idea of the layoutjust i9 and rain even them. you can get an idea of the layoutjust 19 laps of st james' park and idea of the layoutjust 19 laps of stjames' park and everything contained. mass gatherings are a huge issue at this time of course. nobody wanted huge crowds turning up. the women's race went to script with bridget kosgei in a class of her own and winning quite easily in the end. time was just under two hours 19 minutes, a long way off her world record but it wasn't about the times today, very much the occasion.
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and it has not finished yet, there are other categories to be completed? yes, the men's and women's wheelchair races. david —— david weir goes in that. but refreshing to talk about an elite sports person was born in the 1970s! i feel your sports person was born in the 1970s! ifeel your pain! thank sports person was born in the 1970s! i feel your pain! thank you very much. to football now and in the premier league two matches are under way at the moment in the early kick—offs. west ham are 2—0 up against leicester after goals from michail antonio and pablo fornals. at st mary's, southampton have gone a goal up against west brom. moussa djenepo scoring just before half—time. in scotland, both sides of the old firm are in action today. celtic have the chance to go top of the premiership with a win over stjohnstone in perth. after 57 minutes it's still 0—0. celtic level on points with rangers, who host ross county later.
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in the women's super league, american superstar alex morgan was left off the tottenham teamsheet again. many hoped she would make her debut for spurs against manchester city. it's 1—0 in that match at the academy stadium, chloe kelly scoring for city. in the other early game, third—placed manchester united are playing fourth in the table brighton. it's 1—0 to manchester united after ella toone scored from the spot. top seed simona halep has been knocked out of the french open by a 19—year—old in a match lasting just over an hour. it took polish teenager iga swiatek 68 minutes to beat the two time grand slam champion in straight sets, 6—1, 6—2. the 19—year—old had only managed to win one game when she met halep at the same stage of roland garros last year. swiatek is now through to the quarter—finals. that's all the sport for now.
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you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's thank you very much, we will see you soon. cineworld, the world's second biggest cinema chain, is reported to be on the verge of closing all its sites in the us, the uk and ireland — a casualty of the coronavirus. last month cineworld announced half—year losses of $1.6 billion. more than 5,000 jobs are at risk in the uk. the industry has been starved of blockbusters to lure audiences back to the cinema and it was recently announced that the new james bond film will not be released until next spring. i'm joined now by the film criticjason solomons to discuss this further. this is devastating news for moviegoers. they own so many cinemas. was the delay in the james
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bond movie the final nail in the coffin? it certainly is and ifjames bond isn't brave enough to go into the movie houses, nor is black would do well wonder woman, what hope do we mere mortals have? people are scared of going back to the cinema which is a dreadful shame and nobody knows whether to blame the studios for not giving us the blockbusters that would get us out back into cinemas, or do we blame the whole tent pole culture where we have three orfour big movies tent pole culture where we have three or four big movies and tent pole culture where we have three orfour big movies and if tent pole culture where we have three or four big movies and if they don't fill up the cinemas, the whole of cinema culture collapses? we have got to this very difficult moment in the cinema industry because of covid and you can understand the studios and you can understand the studios and big producers who make james bond films, they want people to go to cinemas. but when they do finally open bond, now and next april, will there be any cinemas left on which
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to show their movies? cineworld are talking about major be making staff redundant in the hope they can come backin redundant in the hope they can come back in when cinemas reopen, implying that they will do at some stage but do you think we can say that with any confidence? surely cinemas will notjust disappear off the planet? no but will be ones, the multiplex cinemas we have got used to since the mid—80s which sparked a revival in the cinema itself, will that change the cinema of cinema, getting rid of those flea pits that clocked up the centre of town and moving to out—of—town multiplexes which have been the model for generations of cinema goers. right now they will lie there, hulking beasts growing mouldy moby over the six or seven months it takes to get people in. —— growing mouldy. it is
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more about selling popcorn and pick and mix and you don't want to be sticking your hands into pick and mix at the moment. it looks like a difficult to sustain model with this new streaming world with the likes of netflix, amazon, iplayer, all of these art making people think, i might as well stay at home. it is not so noisy, doesn't smell of hot dogs, people aren't late, i can watch things when i want to so why should i drive out to a multiplex? that's the big problem facing cinema now and people like james bond.“ anyone can get out of it, he can! what is the implication for the whole movie industry? the big production companies and movie companies, actors and the hollywood industry, the london film industry? what are the wider implications? they have so much money that they will be all right, they need to reduce their budget and stop making
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bloated blockbusters. it might be a good thing to. if you are an art house cinema or a fan of the slightly smaller budgets, british films for example, they might start flourishing in this new scenario and it might be that we see the end of the blockbuster culture. and the franchise culture, where every marvel movie makes money put it we might get people going to be cinema for other types of movies. if you areafan for other types of movies. if you are a fan of that sort of cinema, it could be good for grassroots, a good corrective for oli wood which is under threat right now. —— for hollywood. it is not the biggest player in the world, movies are not the big thing, tech is, netflix, those sorts of platforms have eaten into what we see as the old glamour model of hollywood. they might have to get back movies does come they might be the reason to go again, to see movie stars rather than big computer graphics or franchises that
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we are relying on. we are seeing a big shift at the moment and cineworld closing, they are very big and could just shut down and open up again. what will happen to the culture ? again. what will happen to the culture? we are all on bated breath and we want it to survive. i would have thought that bond could have been brave. if there is one person who could do it, bond could have been the only show in town in cinemas across the world for a november, december, the christmas period, i think he could have done it and helped us survive. i'm a bit surprised that for the second time they decided to turn the aston martin around and beat a retreat. fond bottles it may be! i suppose the point is that they invested so much money in it, they need to get it back —— bond bottles it. much money in it, they need to get it back -- bond bottles it. that's it, they are not taking chances but the cinema is a risky business, especially james bond. maybe the cinema is a risky business, especiallyjames bond. maybe they should not have put so much money into it. i think they now have time
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to go away and reshoot some scenes and put something in where they say, that virus was a bit difficult! you are going to watch it at easter and we will not forget all this, they have to make reference to the fact that he has twice been laid low by the virus, surely they will refer it, surely wonder woman will. i want to at least see some reference to the virus i'm hoping bond can make a joke of it and i'm hoping he can beat it. maybe we will see him in a mask. thank you very much for being with us and analysing the future of the cinema industry. more now on our top story. donald trump's doctor has said the president has made "substantial progress" since his coronavirus diagnosis but that he's "not yet out of the woods". mr trump himself recorded a video message from hospital, saying that the next few days would be the real test, but that he was "starting to feel good" and would be back at work soon. i came here, wasn't feeling so well.
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i feel much better now. we're working hard to get me all the way back. i have to be back, because we still have to make america great again. we've done an awfully good job of that, but we still have steps to go, and we have to finish thatjob. and i'll be back — i think i'll be back soon. and i look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started and way we've been doing, and the kind of numbers that we've been doing. we've been so proud of it. but this was something that happened, and it's happened to millions of people all over the world, and i'm fighting for them, notjust in the us. i'm fighting for them all over the world. we're going to beat this coronavirus, or whatever you want to call it, and we're going to beat it soundly. so many things have happened. if you look at the therapeutics which i'm taking right now, some of them, and others are coming out soon that're looking like, frankly, they‘ re miracles, if you want to know the truth. they're miracles. people criticise me when i say that, but we have things happening that
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look like they're miracles, coming down from god. so ijust want to tell you that i'm starting to feel good. you don't know — over the next period of a few days, i guess that's the real test, so we'll be seeing what happens over the next couple of days. i just want to be so thankful for all of the support i've seen, whether it's on television or reading about it. i most of all appreciate what's been said by the american people, by almost a bipartisan consensus of american people. it's a beautiful thing to see, and i very much appreciate it, and i won't forget it — i promise you that. i also want to thank the leaders of the world for their condolences. they know what we are going through. they know, as your leader, what i have to go through. but i had no choice, because i just didn't want to stay in the white house.
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i was given that alternative — stay in the white house, lock yourself in, don't ever leave, don't even go to the oval office. just stay upstairs and enjoy it. don't see people, don't talk to people and just be done with it. and i can't do that. i had to be out front. and this is america, this is the united states, this is the greatest country in the world, this is the most powerful country in the world. i can't be locked up in a room upstairs and totally safe and just say, "hey, whatever happens happens" — i can't do that. we have to confront problems. as a leader, you have to confront problems. there's never been a great leader that would have done that. so, that's where it is. i'm doing well. i want to thank everybody. our first lady is doing very well. melania asked me to say something as to the respect that she has for our country, the love that she has for our country. and we're both doing well.
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was the that president in his video message from the hospital where he is being treated. i have been getting some analysis. earlier sir christopher meyer, a former uk ambassador to the united states, told me whether he thought the president would gain sympathy from the public with his diagnosis. i think he is already the beneficiary of that. people revere the institution of the presidency as well as the person who occupies the job and i think he will benefit significantly from this, particularly if he recovers. if after ten days, two weeks, whatever, we discovered that he is getting back to normal, then i think he will be riding a wave of sympathy which he will be able to exploit in the election. and you think that wave of sympathy could swing the election for him? it might, it might not, i don't know. there are two things we don't know at the moment which you really do need to know. one is, how sick is he? we don't know.
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there are conflicting signals out of washington, from the white house, from the president's personal doctor, and also from the president himself. we don't know that. the other thing we don't know is, among the electors, those who still haven't cast their vote, how is this going to cut? which way is it going to go? we don't know that. all i am saying to you, as a hypothesis which needs to be considered, is thatjoe biden is not a shoe in as a result of this. trump could come back on a wave of sympathy and i can see him in some stadium somewhere saying, i confronted coronavirus and i won! that is the american spirit! that could take him a long way. of course, by the end of the week, he may be dead, but we just need not to jump to too many conclusions at the moment about what all this means. how doesjoe biden play this, do you think? i thinkjoe biden is playing this exactly as he should do.
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he has gone into the selection as the straight man, the decent man, the voice of the common people, someone is going to restore order and respect to the united states. he's not a flamboyant contenderfor the presidency, he is calm and quiet and i think the way he has reacted so far, sending a message of sympathy to donald trump and melania trump, is exactly the right way to play it. do you think many american voters will want to punish donald trump for the fact that he has been, frankly, a little bit careless in terms of his personal precautions against the virus, not wearing a mask and so on, but also people in the white house generally not very well socially distancing or wearing a mask? do you think all of that is a kind of an embodiment of the coronavirus problems the country has had and therefore he will be punished at the polls for that?
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well, he might be, that is why i said, one of the things we don't know at the moment is how this is going to cut with the american voters. we know from twitter and social media that there are millions of people, hundreds of thousands of people there who are saying to trump serves you right. you have been careless with our lives, careless with covid and now have been careless with yourself and your wife and you are paying the penalty. there will be people who will be convinced, if they were not convinced before, that biden is the man to vote for. all i'm saying to you is it will not necessarily work out that way and we have to have that in our minds. the former british ambassador to washington. at least two people have died and dozens more are missing after storm alex struck south—eastern france and northern italy, destroying bridges, blocking roads and leaving communities isolated. it's been described as the worst storm to hit the region for more than 60 years. mark lobel reports. catastrophic scenes
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for this french commune. yelling. an intense rescue effort to get out in time. roads, bridges and homes washed away. an elderly couple took refuge on the roof of this house but their home was swept down the river. translation: we tried to convince them to come out and unfortunately, we didn't succeed. the road manager managed to reach his hand out to the lady and tried to tell her to come out, but nothing. and in the end, the whirlwind crashed right through the house and the house floated away, and them with it. france's prime minister has announced financial support and deployed the army to help these crushed communities. "the priority is to find the victims," he says, "and provide accommodation for those affected, as well as restore
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the means of communication for those hardest hit." in northern italy, roads and bridges were swept away too. residents rescued from their roofs. but not everyone was so lucky. a firefighter lost his life, and a man in his 30s, whose car was swept into a river. beach clubs were flooded, towns destroyed. and on italy's coast, it was not business as usual. this woman says she has to laugh not to cry. this man says his food products are unsellable. and this woman says water came up to her knees, ripping down shelves. as calm follows the storm, they are left to count the cost of the clear—up. mark lobel, bbc news.
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mexico's yucatan peninsula is being battered by tropical storm gamma. the storm made landfall this weekend. more than 30 centimetres of rain is forecast to fall over the coming days. gamma is the 24th storm to be big enough to be given a name in this atlantic hurricane season, but so far it's not reported to have caused any injuries or major damage. a long—delayed barrier system to protect venice from high tides has been used for the first time. the network of 78 yellow barriers that guard the entrance to the venetian lagoon lifted from the sea bed as the tide, driven by strong winds and rain, started to climb. the multi—billion dollar defence system is nine years overdue. it's hoped it will help the historic city avoid the devastating floods it has seen in past years. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. it's only the 4th of october
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