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welcome to bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. our top stories: the white house doctor says president trump is no longer a transmission risk to others, but hasn't said whether he tested negative for covid—19. his rivaljoe biden says he's tested negative and tells the president to encourage mask wearing and social distancing. the main city in nagorno—karabakh comes under shell fire, hours after a ceasefire between armenia and azerbaijan takes effect. in brazil, more than 150,000 thousand people have now died from covid—19 — the second highest number after the united states.
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hello and welcome to the programme. in the last hour, the white house doctor, sean conley, has said president trump took a covid—19 test on saturday which showed that he is no longer a "transmission risk to others". a statement said that tests show there is no longer evidence "of actively replicating virus". let's speak to our north america correspondent david willis, who's in los angeles. david, so it is another statement. first of all, talk us statement. first of all, talk us through what's in it. well, the white house hadn't actually said, lewis, that president trump had tested negative for the coronavirus after he was diagnosed with it just the coronavirus after he was diagnosed with itjust over ten days ago. well, now we have that confirmation and they say in the statement that "he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others",
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it says from day ten, from symptom onset, fever free for well over 2a hours, and all symptoms improve, the assortment of diagnostic tests obtained shows there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus. medical speakfor replicating virus. medical speak for he is replicating virus. medical speakfor he is in the replicating virus. medical speak for he is in the clear. that is a statement from doctor sean conley, president trump is my personal physician. that basically clears the president of another hurdle, because he was intending to go back on the campaign trail with some bigger next week, beginning in the swing state of florida and then going pennsylvania and iowa. interesting, david, lots of people have just been wanting the white house to say when was the white house to say when was the last negative test and they would like to know that donald trump had tested negative, but thatis trump had tested negative, but that is not the wording that is used in this memo. it's not. and it would, i suppose,
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used in this memo. it's not. and it would, isuppose, be argued that this amounts to the same thing, but it is a sort of clea ra nce same thing, but it is a sort of clearance that sean conley has given, a sort of cover he has provided for his very special patient over the course of donald trump's diagnosis, really. the personal physician saying, of course, rather conveniently, that it would be 0kfor conveniently, that it would be ok for donald trump to go back to public engagements from today, which was an opportunity that mr trump seized upon. he had that gathering today at the white house, but 400 or so people on the south lawn, many wearing masks, but very few, of course, social distancing. and this is all against the background of a president who has been very restless while he has been very restless while he has been very restless while he has been confined to quarters. he hasn't liked the fact he has had to sit on the sidelines and
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watch his democratic rival, joe biden, out on the campaign trail. he has issued a series of tweets, he has given a number of interviews to conservative new media outlets here. but trailing in the nationwide polls, little doubt that donald trump has been champing at the bit to get out there, now he has the cover he needs, if you like. 0k, great stuff. thanks for that, david. dr syra madad is an infectious disease epidemiologist. she was featured in the netflix series pandemic and shejoins us now from new york. thanks so much for coming on the programme. giver having me. first of all, straightaway, we have only had this within the last hour or so, this news, what you make of this note from donald trump's doctor? well, there are a couple of things, first i do not think it gives him clearance in terms of him not being infected covid—i9. they are not explicitly saying whether he is negative. and on top of that there are a few
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problems. if you actually read between the lines of what this letter stating, it is stating that he is actually positive because they are referencing the cycle threshold time, that is something we look at from a pcr standpoint. it seems as if he is still positive, but, based on the indication of how the letter is being worded, it is not negative and so, clearly, there is this vagueness and this cryptic message that is being sent out to the public and when we talk about the cdc guidance in and of itself, he is stating that president trump meets the guidance for discontinuation of isolation precautions. if you actually look at president trump's clinical course of the disease and the treatments he has been given, he should in fa ct has been given, he should in fact isolate for up to 20 days. so there is still a lot of vagueness, a lot of cherry—picking of the data. and feeding the public of what they seemingly want to hear but may
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not be what is actually happening. interesting, so to be clear on that, despite the fa ct be clear on that, despite the fact he is not, basically, essentially now able to infect other people according to his doctor, you think you should still be in isolation for, what, possibly another ten days? that's correct. based on his clinical course and based on his actual case in and of itself, he has been provided some very strong itself, he has been provided some very strong medications and if we look at the reasoning of why these medications have been provided, you know, he falls more under the severe to critical range of a covid—i9 case and based on the cdc guidance, individuals who weigh in that type of severe to critical range should be isolating for up to 20 days. so even with the result of his testing, which clearly is not saying it is negative, i think there is still a lot of room for interpretation. 0k, there is still a lot of room for interpretation. ok, but doesn't amount to the same thing? clearly if it was a negative test i'm sure they would have said that, that is
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what they would like to say, they obviously couldn't say that at this stage. but by using this phrase that no longer transmissible, can't go around infecting other people, is that essentially the same thing? no. because there is no such as a test that is looking for infectiousness. that is where there is also display on terminology, so first there is no test to tell you whether you are infectious or not, you look at the pcr, it is pcr testing with you a negative or positive, there referencing what we call the cycle threshold. what they're mentioning is he is still positive are based on the threshold value he is not infectious. but that is not quite accurate. as someone obviously with a medical background, is it frustrating for you to have these memos on these details released in this semi— cryptic form. by no journalists have been pretty exasperated throughout this process , exasperated throughout this process, that very basic factual issues haven't been raised. that's absolutely correct. i am still baffled at
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the poor risk communication thatis the poor risk communication that is happening at the federal level. the american people only will have a right to know is actually happening with the commander in chief, given, you know, an appropriate amount of data, not cherry picked data, not hearing what we wa nt picked data, not hearing what we want to hear, and giving him clea ra nce we want to hear, and giving him clearance by no grounds. so it is extremely unfortunate. as you know, here in the united states a number of cases is continuing to increase. 57,000 cases being locked in any fuss 24 hours. we are very much still on ourfirst 24 hours. we are very much still on our first wave, heading into a third pig. this isa heading into a third pig. this is a consenting time for the united states and we absolutely need more transparency and more risk communication happening, better, faster, and more reliably. before alan sugar, just a couple of things that have come out of the white house doctor's wording and phrasing, say no fever for well over 24 hours. that suggest to you that symptoms went away,
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came back in between him leaving hospital and the white house, why would you pick 24 hours if it had been well over that? that's exactly right. what it is telling you, if you are reading between the lines, is he was symptomatic and they sang within the past 24 hours, potentially, his symptoms have resolved. that is a very clear indication that we were not given the full picture of the burden of illness that president trump is experiencing and, so, it's going back on some of the previous information that has been provided. so clearly he was symptomatic and just right now as the lead is indicating, within the past 24 hours, he is no longer symptomatic. 0k, great avenue you want. thanks very much for talking to us, dr syra madad. thanks for having me. renewed shelling has been reported in the main city of the disputed region of nagorno—karabakh, just hours after a fragile ceasefire came into effect between armenia and azerbaijan, who've been fighting over the territory. at least 400 people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced in the past
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two weeks of violence. nagorno—karabakh, here in red, is governed by ethnic armenians who broke away from azerbaijan in the 1990s. but their administration is not recognised internationally. the bbc‘s 0rla guerin is on the frontline in azerbaijan. distant explosions the countdown to the ceasefire. shelling till the last minute. both sides have been hit hard in the past two weeks but here in azerbaijan many don't welcome the truce. like this man, who has been fighting on the front line. he can't bear to enter his house but wants us to show what happened inside. well, this was a busy family home. 0n the table there is still a pair of glasses
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and the accordion and the clock is still ticking. over here on the counter, the dishes are still out. the attack happened in the evening. maybe the family was preparing a meal. but five lives were lost here in an instant. now missing from this group, his parents, his wife, his niece, and his son. his son was the accordion player and a keen footballer. translation: they were innocent. they had nothing to do with this. i'm serving in the military, and it would have been fine if they'd killed me, but not them. he believes ethnic armenian forces will use the truce to regroup. translation: they will take advantage of the ceasefire to get more weapons and power and they will cause the same sorrow to our people again. sirens
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but the sorrow, destruction, and death are mirrored across the frontline. this was the scene in nagorno—karabakh just before the ceasefire. for ethnic armenians here, azerbaijan is the enemy. "we don't trust them," says this man. "they will shoot again, so we are on our guard "and we are not afraid of them." generations have been blighted by this conflict. the folk memory on both sides is of hate and mistrust, a hard backdrop for a ceasefire. 0rla guerin, bbc news, azerbaijan. the headlines on bbc news: the white house doctor says president trump is no longer a transmission risk to others, but did not say whether he tested negative for coronavirus. and there are reports of shelling in nagorno—karabakh's main city just hours after a ceasefire came into effect between armenia and azerbaijan.
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here in the uk, mayors representing four areas of northern england have demanded that the government increases financial support for their regions before tougher coronavirus measures are announced next week. on monday, the british prime minister will set out a tiered system of restrictions with areas facing different rules, depending on how quickly cases are spreading. here's our political correspondent chris mason. eating out in 2020 hasn't been straightforward. working in hospitality has been incredibly tough. those employed at this pizzeria in the northern quarter in manchester are worried... it's just difficult. i don't know how long it will be going on for. i don't know how long i will be able to get by on it. 0bviously, we've got a lot of money going out all the time but not enough coming in. gas, electric — all of it.
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it's — and obviously, being at home all the time, it's going to be more, rather than me being out of the house at work. yesterday, the government said those who worked for businesses forced to shut because of new coronavirus restrictions will get two thirds of their wages paid for by the government. but this afternoon, four labour mayors in the north of england said that wasn't good enough because... to say to us, on a friday evening, that it's non—negotiable, that some of our lowest paid workers will be pushed into hardship, it's non—negotiable that they'll be in debt as they're going into christmas. well, i'm sorry, but i'm not accepting a statement of that kind. when the state says, you know, "you may not go to work, you may not trade", then people should be getting 100% compensation. being paid two thirds of yourwages, especially if you're on minimum wage, is not acceptable. the mayors of the sheffield and liverpool city regions made a similar argument, and they're not alone.
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today, almost 30 conservative mps from the north of england have set up a new group to press their case. the government has to continue to back business until the end of this pandemic, however that may look. because if we don't do that, frankly, all the money we've spent already has been wasted. but levels of the virus vary widely. this is belford in northumberland, where the proportion of people testing positive is below average for england. but like much of the north—east of england, people here are living under tighter restrictions than many. what we think have now we think is about right. we think it's working. i think to bring in anything more in some areas of the county would be wrong and it would not be adhered to. back in manchester, conversation about the pandemic and any coming restrictions is never far away. there doesn't seem to be any basis for it. we don't know what the government is asking us to do,
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we don't know why it's happening. it's a bit of a mistake, personally, i think, to close the pubs. the people who aren't following the rules are going to continue to not follow the rules. i think the government, to be honest, have done quite enough to help people out, because no matter what people do, it's never good enough. questions about health, the economy, accountability and blame are everywhere, and uncertainty stalks the future. chris mason, bbc news. across much of europe, the coronavirus appears to be taking hold once more. there have been a record number of cases in both france and poland. madrid is now in lockdown, and new or tighter restrictions are being introduced in several countries. the bbc‘s tim allman assesses the renewed spread of covid—i9. in berlin, closing time is now that little bit earlier. a new curfew has been introduced. restaurants and bars will have to shut at 11pm. germany, for so long a shining example of how to deal with this pandemic, is seeing what's been described as a worrying jump in cases.
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"i have just moved to berlin," said this woman. "it's a pity there is this curfew, because i was looking forward to partying. but, on the other hand, it's also very good because you shouldn't underestimate the coronavirus." "because of the measure, the world is watching berlin," said this bar owner. "i don't understand how the mayor can destroy the largest economic sector of his city. it's unbelievable. " in france, the situation is even worse. the country has seen nearly 27,000 cases in a single day — the highest figure since the pandemic began. a similar story in poland — a record number of infections has been recorded there forfour days in a row. masks must once again be worn in all public places. spain's prime minister has pleaded for unity after the far—right vox party
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threatened legal action against the partial lockdown imposed on madrid. translation: we have always put public health above any other consideration to save lives. we ask all governments to do the same, to think of the sick, health professionals who face covid again, to think also of victims and their families. some say these measures are too strict, while others say they're not strict enough. it seemed europe had, for the most part, got the virus under control. the fear is, that may no longer be the case. tim allman, bbc news. the brazilian health ministry has confirmed that the country has passed 150,000 coronavirus deaths, just two days after confirmed cases passed 5 million. the country is the third worst hit for infections, after the us and india. gail maclellan reports.
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0ut out for a ride in sao paulo state. and stopping for a quick selvey. without a mask and seemingly without a care. this is the president of brazil, jair bolsonaro, like the president to his north, bolsonaro has been playing down the seriousness of the virus. translation: if you catch it one day, don't worry. we try to avoid it, you know. iam 65 yea rs avoid it, you know. iam 65 years old. i did not feel anything, not even a little flu. the president who himself contracted the coronavirus is encouraging a return to normality to avoid the collapse of the economy, showing himself without a mask at official events or with his followers. despite initial criticism of his handling of the crisis, his approval ratings have actually risen, thanks to generous government handouts to around 60 million informal workers. deaths from coronavirus in brazil are second only to those
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in the united states. there may be restrictions in place but the beaches of rio and the cities are remarkably mask free. translation: the whole problem is that people do not respect the restrictions imposed by the country's public health system. people do not wear masks, gathering cards, and everyone is on the beach without wearing a mask. the absolute numbers of coronavirus is still far worse than in europe but shops, restaurants and some schools have reopened. translation: i think we are already done by the situation. we have been hearing bad things for so long that we have ended up for so long that we have ended up getting used to it. number can grow, people stay like this. in fact, the numbers of cases and deaths of brazil have been falling slowly but with confirmed cases well over 5 million and still 5000 fatalities a week, there is little room for complacency. gail maclellan, bbc news. residents of louisiana are assessing the damage
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after hurricane delta wreaked havoc across the region. it's weakened to a tropical depression since coming ashore, but many of the areas hit are still recovering from the devastation caused by hurricane laura in august. aruna iyengar has this report. widespread flooding of streets and riverbanks in creole, south—western louisiana. this, the result of delta — a category 2 hurricane with maximum winds of i60km/h. hundreds of thousands of residents were left without power, but it did bring out a few thrillseekers. many here in lake charles feel that delta has just added insult to injury. they were still reeling from the destruction wreaked by the more powerful hurricane laura which hit in late august. laura's winds damaged tens of thousands of homes, leaving roofs across the region dotted with protective blue tarpaulins and more than 6,000 people living temporarily in hotels.
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man, my kids and my wife, man, some of them were scared. they were scared, they may be scared. i was like, "oh, here we go again". — they were scared, they made me scared. delta dumped 40cm of rain, flooding homes and littering streets with trees and branches. there are so many houses that were not liveable after laura and, you know, most people hadn't come back before this hurricane hit, so that's why it seems like a ghost town. it's, like, you know — and probably will be like this for a while, because it's taking so long to get everybody‘s houses fixed. delta is the 10th named storm of the atlantic hurricane season to make a us landfall this year, and that eclipses a record dating back to 1916. aruna iyengar, bbc news. north korea has shown off previously unseen long—range ballistic missiles at a special military parade. the event in pyongyang marked the 75th anniversary
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of the governing party. laura bicker reports. each step must be marched with precision, each cry should be with fervent devotion. this small state is known for ostentatious military parades, but the choreography that went into this predawn display was unlike any other. leader kim jong—un emerged in a western suit and embraced his loyal followers. social distancing is clearly not required here. he claimed his country was free from covid—19. translation: let me take this opportunity to console the people all over the world who battled the disease caused by a malicious virus. i sincerely hope people can keep their health, happiness and smiles. above all, i feel very grateful for all our people being healthy and sound.
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his people must prove their loyalty, but even the supreme leader admits this year has brought them more hardship. border closures to prevent the coronavirus means north korea is more cut off from the world than ever before and these soldiers have spent months clearing up after destructive typhoons. but the show must go on, and north korea had a point to prove. the finale featured an array of new missiles, including a long—range ballistic weapon, developed despite strict sanctions. "we are strong!" they shout, despite this country's obvious struggle. —— country's obvious struggles. donald trump once said he had solved the nuclear crisis with north korea. this parade is proof that he has not and, instead, the state has improved its nuclear arsenal. laura bicker,
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bbc news in seoul. to the french open now and an amazing success story. just a week ago, 19—year—old iga swiatek was unsure whether she would commit to tennis long—term or go to university. now, the polish teenager has become the country's first grand slam singles champion, and the achievements don't stop there. ranked 54 at the start of the competition, her win over american sofia kenin makes her the lowest—ranked woman ever to win the competition, and the youngest since monica seles in 1992. well, just proud of myself and i've done a greatjob. the last two weeks. i was not expecting to win this trophy so it is obviously amazing for me and it's like a life changing experience. congratulations to her. and for plenty more on all of our stories, and our top story with president trump at the white house, but our website, there is all kinds of
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background there. while you are there, you can get me also. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @lvaughanjones. i'm lewis vaughan jones i'm lewis vaughanjones and this is bbc news. goodbye. hello there. after the frequent showers across the uk on saturday, sunday is looking a lot drier and brighter across most parts of the uk, at least. a bit of a chilly start and a chilly day all in all — perhaps less so than saturday, given a bit more sunshine around. here's the big picture then to take us into sunday. low pressure is continuing to nudge away, taking the showers we had from saturday with it. not quite there yet, northerly winds still with us, and that means it will be a rather cold start where we've seen clearer skies through the night into the morning, particularly through central scotland into northern england. here, we could see a touch of frost in some rural areas but perhaps the best of the morning sunshine. a lot more in the way of sunshine across the board, though, on sunday. a few showers for northern ireland, wales, south—west and the north—west midlands to begin with. fewer of them during the afternoon, most avoiding them altogether. and across the north of scotland, still quite
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a few showers. and down those eastern coastal districts of england, the showers will continue, as will the breeze, making it feel chilly here. but come further west, where you've got lighter winds and, of course, a bit more sunshine around, it won't feel quite as cool as saturday did. then as we go into sunday evening with clear skies — central and eastern parts this time — and lighter winds, temperatures will drop quite markedly. a chilly night here. but in the west, after an initial dip in temperatures, cloud and rain spreads its way in and the temperatures will rise — double—figure temperatures for some in the west as we start monday morning. but whereas sunday, you've got the sunshine, monday, it's back to cloud and rain, these weatherfronts pushing their way eastwards. a stiffening breeze coming in from the north—west behind will start to add to the chill later. it will bring brighter conditions out towards the west later in the day after a cloudy, damp start. that cloud, outbreaks of rain, heaviest on the hills, erratically pushing its way eastwards, eventually arriving in east anglia and the south—east after a bright start here. butjust note those temperatures — 9 degrees in aberdeen and hull. it will feel distinctly cooler there. so another cooler day after a slight lift in the feel of things on sunday.
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and that weather front then gets tied up amongst the developing area of low pressure. it's just going to spin areas of rain and cloud around it through into tuesday. outbreaks of rain spreading southwards across england and wales. a developing and strengthening north—easterly wind which will bring something brighter into scotland and northern ireland as we go through, just one or two showers. but for all, it will feel cool, particularly where the cloud and rain sits across england and wales throughout. that breeze remains in place as we go into wednesday, particularly for england and wales but, if anything, more of you will turn dry and bright once again. see you soon.
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this is bbc news.
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the headlines: the white house doctor says president trump is no longer a transmission risk to others after he delivered a speech from the balcony in his first public event since being treated in hospital for coronavirus. the statement did not say whether he tested negative. hours after a ceasefire came into force in nagorno karabakh, there are reports that the main city has come under shell fire. the truce between azeri and armenian forces came into effect at noon local time, although some violations have since been reported by both sides. amid a rise in coronavirus infections across much of europe, new or tighter restrictions are being introduced in several countries. the spanish government has ordered a 15—day state of emergency to bring down infection rates in the capital. restrictions there will be enforced by the police.


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