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the prime minister warns he will impose the tighest coronavirus restrictions on greater manchester to save lives if agreement can't be reached with local leaders. pubs and bars shut down tonight as lancashire becomes the latest region to enter the highest restrictions. boris johnson is urging greater manchester's leaders to follow suit. i urge the mayor to reconsider and engage constructively. i cannot stress enough, time is of the essence. with millions more people under tighter restrictions from this weekend, the prime minister says he will resist another national lockdown "if at all possible". a travel ban has just come into force on the welsh border. no—one from the uk's coronavirus hotspot areas is allowed in. a teacher in france who showed his pupils cartoons
of the prophet muhammad has been decapitated outside his school near paris. are we heading for a no—deal brexit? downing street says talks between the uk and eu are "over" and there's no point in continuing unless the eu softens its stance. the afghan baby who survived an attack on a hospital by the taliban that left her mother dead. and walk if you can — we meet the man who's mapped out thousands of paths between british towns and cities to help you get there safely on foot. and coming—up on bbc news, bristol take a very early lead against french giants toulon in their first european challenge cup final. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at ten. the prime minister has told
the mayor of greater manchester that he is prepared to intervene and impose the highest level of coronavirus restrictions on the region if they can't reach an agreement. the mayor, andy burnham, is seeking a bigger package of financial support for businesses that would be forced to close as a result. tonight he told borisjohnson that he and local leaders were ready to meet the government at any time. meanwhile, lancashire has agreed to impose the highest restrictions and join the liverpool city region, seen here in red, on very high alert. the tighest level of restrictions will come into force in lancashire tomorrow. it means no mixing between households indoors, or outdoors in certain settings like private gardens. pubs and bars will close unless they serve a substantial meal. and people should avoid nonessential travel into or out of the area. but there are differences. in lancashire, unlike liverpool, gyms and leisure centres won't have to close but soft play centres and car boot sales will from monday.
the mayor of liverpool says it's madness to have different tier 3 rules for lancashire and it is "sowing confusion". here's our deputy political editor, vicki young. it has taken days of negotiations, finally local leaders in lancashire and ministers in london have come up with a deal. more restrictions are coming across the county alongside millions of pounds in financial support. but some shoppers here in nelson want a different approach. i think they should have done it earlier, to be quite honest. but my mum's 87, you can't tell my mother to stop in because she won't! i think it's good, i think it needs to be tougher. i think the way the government has been coming across, they haven't been clear on the rules anyway. there is no transparency. total and utter confusion. borisjohnson has opted for a regional approach because many places have fewer covid cases than hot spots in the north of england but it has meant more talking, more wrangling over money, and more delay. no one wants to have
to implement these measures which damage local businesses, but these decisions were necessary because of the rate of increase not just of infections but also in hospitalisations and admissions to intensive care. but not every area has signed up. greater manchester's leader said tonight that closing pubs wasn't the only way to protect hospitals. they want other things, like shielding, to be considered, and tougher penalties for venues that flout covid regulations. they are demanding extra money for businesses that do have to close. don't you now have to make a quick decision about whether you impose those extra restrictions on places including greater manchester or give them more money to persuade them? which will it be and when? it is far better to do it together because we want the maximum local buy—in, the maximum local enforcement, and the maximum local compliance and that means local leadership. i hope that greater manchester will come on board. the national government must reserve the right to step
in and do what is necessary. for many cities, including nottingham, the uncertainty continues. cases and hospitalisations are rising quickly and additional measures could be on the way. one former prime minister says the government has to be more generous. at the very time that we are increasing the requirements on people not to do things, and denying people the chance ofjobs, we are reducing the economic support. now, if i was borisjohnson, again, you have got to be one step ahead, what he should be doing is calling the chancellor this morning, telling him that his economic recovery package is not going to work, get him to bring a new economic recovery package and i think you can build consent around that. borisjohnson says the situation is worsening with every passing day. there is real tension between westminster and some local leaders but decisions need to be taken very soon. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. pubs and bars have just closed
tonight in lancashire, and no—one knows when they'll be allowed to reopen. the only ones that can continue to serve customers are those that serve substantial meals as well. judith moritz has been guaging reaction to the sudden changes in lancaster. lancashire woke up to uncertainty and rumour. mid—morning, confirmation came. the county's soaring infection rates causing it to move up from the middle to the highest covid alert level. it means that today you could have a lunchtime drink in this lancaster bar. tomorrow, you won't be able to. along with other non—food pubs, when the doors close tonight, is not certain when they will reopen. is it two weeks, is it three weeks, is it three months? the information is passed so poorly. we've just not understood where we stand, really. and of course, our staff are asking us questions and we can't answer them. for lauren behind the bar, it means real worry about finances and the future.
on the 80%, i was in the red already. you know what i mean? i was having to pay out more just for bills and things like that than what i was bringing in, so it's going to make that even worse, like, with it going down to the two thirds. there were late—night negotiations between regional and national government. some local leaders said they had won a good deal, others said their hands have been forced. unless you agree to go to tier 3 and thereby accept the deal, if you don't, you won't receive any monies and you won't get the support and it felt like being bullied, blackmailed to me. ten reps of five on each side. though gyms in liverpool have closed, in lancashire, under the same alert level, they have been allowed to stay open. provided we are sticking to the rules and the sanitising and the one—way systems, i don't see why they shouldn't be open. i think it's a bit strange, really. if it's safe in one area,
surely it must be safe in the other. the gym owner believes local leaders lobbied for her industry to keep going. they provided us that lifeline now to keep trying to drive our business forward. if it had gone the other way and gyms had closed, i think we would have really struggled. downing street insists that local leaders have made their own decisions about which businesses to close but the mayor of liverpool was critical. people will look at this and say, are we seriously being told that gyms in lancashire and the people who use them have acted more safely than the people who use gyms in liverpool? and so we have ended up with a tier 3a structure and a tier 3b structure. it is really confusing. high energy here, back at the lancaster gym, but others say their blood pressure is rising with all the changes and a feeling that what is allowed in one
place may be forbidden a short distance away. although some might not like it, the people of lancashire and the liverpool city region go into the weekend knowing their areas are on the highest alert level. not so here in greater manchester. still in limbo and whilst local leaders and national government cannot agree on how to take this area forward, so people can live and work it must wait for a resolution. new stricter coronavirus measures have come into effect in northern ireland this evening. many pubs, and restaurants are closing their doors with only take away services allowed for the next four weeks. hair and beauty salons also have had to shut. business leaders have warned that a financial support scheme set up by the devolved government is inadequate. and from midnight london is going into tier 2 — the ‘high alert‘ level of restrictions. tonight londoners enjoyed socialising with friends before the new rules prevent people from different households meeting up
in any indoor setting. people from areas of the uk with high levels of coronavirus, including tier 2 in england, are now banned from entering wales. some parts of wales were already closed to visitors. but from tonight no—one from hotspot areas outside wales is allowed to cross the border. our wales correspondent hywel griffith reports. a divide defined by roads and rivers, the welsh border meanders north to south for 160 miles. now it is a new front in the fight against the virus. anyone living outside of wales in a covid hotspot is barred unless they are travelling for work, education, or to provide care. i haven't even been on the bus, i'm too frightened to go on the bus! for sistersjulie, sue and janet, it is welcome. they are wary of visitors to monmouth, a town which last week recorded zero cases of covid. because they are not doing the rules in where they are coming from, and you look on the telly and they are all mingling and...
we don't want it, do we? we have been trying to protect ourselves right the way through a lockdown as we can and like you say, we have been lucky here. the police federation says the new rules are unenforceable... thanks now, goodbye. ..but extra patrols have been promised with this warning. if you do travel to wales, we will engage with you, we will encourage you to return to your home area and anybody who is deliberately flouting the law will be issued with fixed penalty tickets. the border ban is largely to protect rural communities. most of wales is already closed to visitors because of local lockdowns and next week the whole nation could be told to stay at home as part of even tougher restrictions. a decision on a so—called firebreak will be announced on monday. the situation is so serious that we have no option but to look at new and different ways to keep
wales and to keep you safe. doing nothing is not an option. but doing what exactly, and for how long? further down the border in chepstow, mandy says she is willing to close, if it means saving christmas trade. it's not going to go away but we need to control it. i am hoping that the two week, three week, is going to see all the numbers go down. everyone is going to settle down and we just have to learn to live with it. there is no doubt the tide has turned, we are heading towards harder times, which may test everyone‘s limits. hywel griffith, bbc news, caldicot. our deputy political editor vicki young joins me from westminster. there is a lot of pressure on greater manchester to accept these new tier 3 rules but you can see the tension between government and local leaders? that's right, it is not just different proposals in
different countries in the uk, within england you have this regional approach. it's not like the spring lockdown where it was brutal but a simple message to stay at home. now it is evolving and tailored to each area and of course that means a more complicated picture. it also means it has become more fractious. if you involve more people in decision—making, firstly it takes longer and that is causing some consternation, a lot of businesses in many parts of england sitting and wondering whether they can even be open next week or the week after. i think also there are risks on both sides point of the government has been accused of not stumping up enough cash to help people who might lose livelihoods and some local leaders have been accused by the government of delaying decisions they think are essential and i think there is another possible problem. you have local councillors, tory mps, labour mayors, lots of them questioning whether these measures are really necessary and the danger is it
undermines the health message and in the end, people mightjust question those rules themselves and not adhere to them as closely. vicki young, thank you. if you want more details on what restrictions are in place where you live, do go to our website — bbc. co. uk/news and search using your post code. the latest government figures show there were 15,650 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week, week, is now 16,228. 773 people are being admitted to hospital on average each day over the past week. this number doesn't include scotland. 136 deaths were reported, that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test. that means on average in the past week, 107 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total number of deaths
so far across the uk to 43,1129. the prime minister says until a vaccine has been found "mass testing" for coronavirus will be the solution to reopening the economy and society. borisjohnson says several kinds of rapid tests are being looked at, some that can provide results injust 15 minutes. it comes as a new survey shows that the number of infections in england rose by more than 60% last week. our health editor hugh pym reports. getting test results can take time. boris johnson said new technology would allow faster turna rounds and more frequent testing, starting with nhs and care staff. right now the virus is spreading. the office for national statistics does random testing, including those without symptoms who aren't reported in the daily case figures. the latest ons survey covered community infections in the week to october the 8th, though not including scotland. it showed in england there were nearly 28,000 new cases each day, up more than 60% on the previous week.
that's about one in 160 of the population with the virus. in wales, infections also went up with about one in 390 with the virus. the proportion in northern ireland was one in 250. the situation is deteriorating and we need to brace for it. we also need to be aware that even any actions that we take today is going to need two or three weeks before having an effect. it might actually be a good effect only in four to six weeks. we're under a lot of pressure every day now... as more people pick up the virus a certain proportion will need hospital treatment and this video put out today by liverpool city council aims to warn the local population of the consequences. but doctors say outcomes are better. health service journal estimates that the death rate for hospital covid patients fell by 50% between april and september. an intensive care specialist told me
what had changed with the care of very sick patients. we became better at recognising the disease early, therefore implementing treatment early. it's always better to prevent deterioration rather than to treat things after the event. and of course we saw development in terms of potential drugs that may have a benefit for patients. more patients are pulling through, but it takes time for them to recover. some have ongoing symptoms after leaving hospital, and as more beds are occupied, there's a chance others will miss out unless urgent treatment and operations. hugh pym, bbc news. downing street has said that brexit trade talks are over and "there is no point" to negotiations continuing unless there's a fundamental shift in the eu's position. borisjohnson says britain should get ready for leaving without a deal on january 1st,
after an eu summit in brussels concluded it is the british who should be making concessions. here's our europe editor katya adler. eu leaders had lots on their mind at this summit — the covid crisis first and foremost. but eyes and ears here were also very focused today on downing street. how would borisjohnson react to their demand that the uk must give way first if a trade deal is to be agreed? the answer — not positively. it is clear from the summit that, after 45 years of membership, they are not willing, unless there is some fundamental change of approach, to offer this country the same terms as canada. and so, with high hearts and with complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative and we will prosper mightily. downing street's clear message — trade talks are over unless the eu changes its tune.
no chance, retorted france's emmanuel macron. translation: we are always aware that it is the united kingdom that wanted to leave the european union, that is leaving the european union and that needs an agreement even more than we do. after months and months of eu and uk negotiators shuttling backwards and forwards between london and brussels, both sides are fed up. the key sticking points still in talks — the rights of eu fishermen to fish in uk waters after brexit, competition regulations — known as the level playing field — and how disputes should be resolved if a trade deal is agreed. angela merkel said today the eu's chief negotiator would head to london on monday to launch intense last—ditch talks but this evening, the government said no, as things stand, there was no point. this flexing muscles and ultimatum giving by the uk and the eu is hardly surprising at this stage but is it the end of the road
or political posturing before difficult compromises are reached? concessions are going to be needed by the government and the eu if a deal is to be found and for those who really believe in this deal, tonight feels like a case of so near and yet so far. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. our political correspondent iain watson joins me from westminster. are these talks really over?|j are these talks really over? i think if you are to listen to the rhetoric coming out of downing street, you could assume the door to further trade talks has been slammed shut. we had from the prime minister saying we can prosper without a trade deal and his official spokesman went further and said the trade talks were over because the eu would not change its negotiating position. and tonight, lord frost spoke to michel barnier and in effect told him it was not worth his crossing the channel for any future
talks at this stage. but it turns out that both men have agreed to stay in communication, probably by phone earlier next week. so the door to future trade talks remains slightly ajar, but the consistent complaint from downing street is the eu simply hasn't got its collective head around the idea of the uk becoming an independent state. it is looking for a big, perhaps looking forward too big a change in attitude from brussels. tonight, labour urged the government to pull back from the brink of no deal and i think that is where we are, very much on the brink, but not passed the point of no return. thank you. a teacher who showed his pupils cartoons of the prophet muhammad has been decapitated outside his school in france. he was attacked by a man at around 5pm this afternoon in a suberb north of paris. the french president, emanuel macron, visited the scene tonight and called it an islamist terrorist attack. lucy williamson is in
conflans saint—honorine. what more can you tell us about what happened this afternoon? the victim was a teacher at this local middle school behind me. as you say, he was attacked this afternoon by a man with a large knife who decapitated him and posted an image on social media, we are told, before being confronted and shot dead by the police. a police source has told us they are working on a theory the attacker was an 18—year—old chechen man and the motive was that lesson you mention, the victim had given a class to his people is where he had shown them cartoons of prophet muhammad, the same ones printed by charlie hebdo. president macron has been speaking at the site in the past hour and said it was an act of islamist terrorism. somebody wanted to destroy the republic, he said. they will not succeed, we will stick
together. but tonight there is a pa rt together. but tonight there is a part of france that is coping as the new focus of presidential solidarity, national outrage and local grief. lucy williamson, thank you. balancing public health and the wealth of the nation is a major conundrum for the politicians during this pandemic. the national lockdown earlier this year had a huge impact on the uk economy. restrictions announced in recent days are intended to protect lives, butjobs and livelihoods will be hit hard again. our business editor simonjack reports. welcome to the florist arms in east london, which will bejoining other parts of the uk in the tier 2 high risk category from midnight. a ban on households mixing indoors will drive another nail into trade already weakened by early closing at 10pm. pub manager emma tarbard would usually have up to 100 people on a weekend night. now she thinks 15 would be a push. we are roughly around 20—29% down each month compared to last year. considering the new restrictions
with the no households mixing, that would then mean that our capacity would lower. we have seven staff employed, that's including two chefs. but at this rate, i can't see us being able to... how we can afford to keep the amount of staff on without any further furlough help. it's hard to quantify the cost of these new measures. if you look back to april when we had a national lockdown, that hit the economy by 20%, £400 billion plus. it is estimated a mini lockdown, a two—week circuit breaker, could cost between £15 billion and £20 billion and although there is little data on the tier system yet, hospitality chiefs say the rule of six and the curfew had already hit sales by 25% and these new measures could put 750,000 jobs at risk. pubs in tier 3 which cannot open are eligible for government support to help pay staff wages. pubs that can open are not. we are in a position with trading where the restrictions that are being put in place on the industry and on individual
pubs is really affecting the level of trade and therefore, you know, we are losing viability in those pubs without the support that the tier 3 pubs are getting. the rules apply to restaurants, too. if you are not in the same household or a support bubble, you cannot be served indoors. the effect on this restaurant in york was severe and quick. it has had a massive impact. almost immediately we had cancellations through and we have had to ring and proactively reach out to people as well. it is the equivalent for us of about £3500 worth of takings over this weekend coming. usually we go through maybe 20 or 30 boxes of strawberries on a saturday. i've got about five or six in for tomorrow. just down the road and behind the hospitality front line, suppliers like simon baynes feel their pain is not always recognised. just turns up his van, doesn't he, in the morning, before anybody gets up and stuff usually so they are kind of hidden and maybe kind of forgotten about that way.
but it's going to have a massive impact on the food supply chain, massive. the government has spent tens of billions of pounds in unprecedented job support schemes and grants but tonight the hospitality industry has written to the chancellor saying the particular challenges it faces means that, without more support, the food and drink supply chain could collapse which could impact schools, hospitals and care homes. simon jack, bbc news. the united nations is warning of a new wave of violence in afghanistan. tens of thousands of civilians have been driven from their homes by a major offensive by the taliban in the southern province of helmand. that's where british troops were mainly based while fighting in afghanistan. over a50 british service personnel were killed during a 1a—year period. now the fresh fighting is threatening fragile peace talks between the afghan government and the taliban. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports from kabul. helicopter fire over helmand again. the afghan military
pounding taliban targets. a week of all—out war after the taliban took more territory. another week of suffering for civilians. afghans escaping the violence, lives upended again, and it is notjust helmand. in eastern afghanistan, a classroom of empty spaces, of aching loss. two other boys, zaheer and adnan, used to sit here. a few days ago a truck bomb killed them. translation: that day is still in my mind. it goes round and round in my thoughts. when the explosion happened, there was a massive cloud of smoke. even people farfrom here heard the explosion. it was a very big and loud. this was the target — a security base. 60 civilians killed or injured. the bomber struck at midday,
as students headed home. in a province with both taliban and islamic state fighters, no one says they did it. we thought when the peace talks started, the war would end but look, i mean, even the talks are happening and the war continues right here. the violence in afghanistan now is an everyday kind of violence. afghans being killed as they leave their schools, as they go to work, when they are sitting at home. every afghan has a story of loss, on every side of this war, which has dragged on for decades. this public hearing in kabul is one of the only spaces where they can share their stories and say their voices must be heard, including at the peace talks. we are not hopeful about the future in this case because if they end this war, maybe another war starts after the peace they bring because the wounds are still open. and the wounds are not healed.
some day, little amina will tell her story, of her wounds. she was shot in the legs in may, just two hours old. her mother and others killed in the clinic after giving birth. an attack blamed on the islamic state group. bloodied blankets, a shocking symbol of this merciless war. but amina survived. doctor bina saved her legs and her life. she's perfect, you know. i'm really happy. definitely she is the symbol of resilience for all of us, for afghanistan, for kabul, for everyone. including her father. translation: if i tell you about the pain i have suffered, no one in the world should suffer like this. my wife was murdered two hours after she gave birth but despite this, if there is peace, my child
and my country will have a future. the hostilities in helmand have driven home how hard it will be to make peace. if the guns keep firing, even peace talks may not survive. lyse doucet, bbc news, kabul. walk if you can — that's what we're being told during this pandemic. now one man has come up with an idea to make it easier for you to ditch the car and public transport. he has created a slow map — a sort of vast map of 7000 paths linking towns and cities across the country. now he's looking for thousands of volunteers to test out his routes, as david sillito reports. we're in ledbury and sue and nina have, like millions of us, taken the government's advice to walk if you can. but while this is an area thick with footpaths... ..the suggested route on our phone to get