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this is bbc news, i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at two: millions of people are now facing tighter coronavirus restrictions in england — with lancashire in the north west entering the highest alert category and household mixing banned indoors in london. but there is still stalemate over greater manchester. but there is still stalemate over greater manchester. and coming up in 15 minutes, we'll be answering your questions about what you can and can't do in yourarea. stay with us for that. the french prime minister says his country will react with the greatest firmness after a school teacher was beheaded in a suburb of paris. in new zealand jacinda ardern is re elected with a landslide victory — she was widely praised for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. thank you to the many people who gave us the vote, who trusted us to
continue with leading new zealand's recovery. hundreds of people have been queuing at a hospital in eastern china — where a covid—19 vaccine is being offered to the public for the first time. new laws are being put forward to make it illegal to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving. good afternoon. millions more people have seen covid—19 rules tighten, as areas including london and york have moved up england's new three—tier alert system. there's still stalemate between local politicians in greater manchester and the government over the introduction of stricter
coronavirus measures there. downing street says its arranged a call with the mayor of greater manchester, andy burnham, tomorrow morning. meanwhile, northern ireland is in its first full day of a four week "circuit—brea ker" lockdown, with all hospitality venues closing, except to provide take—aways. daniela relph reports. this is one of preston's oldest pubs. it doesn't serve food, so under the new restrictions, it will now shut. if you see how many cases are only linked to hospitality, we are not the biggest problem. yet, for the second time, we are the ones that get punished first. it's the same story across lancashire. as well as pubs closing, there is now also a ban on households mixing indoors, in private gardens and most outdoor venues. from monday, lancashire faces further restrictions, including the closure of betting shops and soft play areas. but gyms stay open. in contrast to the liverpool city region where gyms have been forced to close.
that sense of confusion and contradiction was felt by football fans in northern ireland last night. the players from coleraine and ballymena were warming up, some of the limited crowd were in. but with the game about to start, no one was sure what the rules were. i'm waiting on guidance from our head of police here, he was busy waiting on guidance from his boss as well. and we are keeping people outside the gate, which is not safe at this moment in time. northern ireland has already introduced its own form of circuit break. the half term holiday has been extended by two weeks to the 30th of october. hospitality and beauty businesses have also been shut for the next few weeks. at the royal liverpool hospital, staff believe these tougher restrictions in their city and others are the only answer. this time last month, the trust was looking after 33 patients with covid. today, that figure stands at more than 300. we are overwhelmed. and it's not winter, it's not even winter yet. and look at us. it's...
it's just really tiring. and really upsetting. across the uk, millions are now adjusting to changes in their communities. frustrating for many, but vital and necessary, say the government, to control the spread of this virus. daniela relph, bbc news. the mayor of liverpool, joe anderson, has announced that his brother has died after contracting coronavirus. on twitter, mr anderson said despite the efforts of all the intensive care staff in hospital in the city, his brother died last night. he thanked them, and asked people to "stick together, support each other and win this battle". if you want more details on what restrictions are in place where you live, our website — has the details. just enter your post code to find out more. and in a few minutes' time,
we'll be be getting answers from our experts to some of your questions about the new covid tier restrictions. france is in shock today after the murder of a teacher in the outskirts of paris. the man was beheaded near the school where — earlier this month — he had shown his pupils cartoons of the prophet mohammed during a discussion about freedom of expression. the killer — an 18—year—old of chechen origin — was shot dead by police. nine people including his parents have been arrested. the french prime minister jean castex has tweeted that "france will react with the greatest firmness, so that the republic and its citizens can live free". he says "we will never give up, never." lucy williamson reports. the horror of this attack spread slowly through the quiet streets of conflans last night.
the story of a history teacher whose lesson on freedom of expression ended with a playground full of police. the suspect, thought to have been an 18—year—old chechen man, decapitated his victim in a nearby street and posted an image on social media before being shot dead by police. police sources have confirmed to us that the motive may have been a lesson given by the victim to pupils at his school here. it was reportedly a lesson on freedom of speech, and he showed them cartoons of the prophet muhammad, the same cartoons, we think, that were reprinted by the satirical magazine charlie hebdo. parents say the lesson had caused some concern and that complaints on social media had sparked a debate. translation: he asked muslim students to raise their hands and to leave the classroom. my son said he didn't do it to discriminate or offend, but explained that he was going to show cartoons of muhammad and didn't want to shock them.
a girl stayed behind and chose not to leave the room. that is where it started. president macron, arriving from a government crisis meeting, said the attacker would not succeed in dividing the nation. translation: i want to tell all the teachers of france tonight that we are with them, that the entire nation will be there, at their side, today and tomorrow, to protect them, to defend them. to allow them to do theirjob, which is the most beautiful there is, to make free citizens. the education minister tweeted that unity and determination were the only responses to what he called a despicable assassination. france's national assembly stood in silence to honour the victim yesterday, a man who, just before the attack, had wished his pupils a happy half—term, with a joke. one parent said his daughter
was devastated, asking, "how can i explain to her the unspeakable?" lucy williamson, bbc news, conflans sainte—honorine. i want to bring you a quick covert update. you remember we were telling you at the top of the hour of stalemate between local politicians in greater manchester and the government. and it was over the stricter introductions of coronavirus measures. downing street, has we have been reporting has said that they have arranged a call with the mayor of greater manchester tomorrow morning. our political correspondent is now saying that a spokesperson for the mayor of greater manchester has said that and i quote nothing has yet been arranged in response to downing street's call. our political correspondent goes on to say the
mayors unlikely to respond today. some confusion as to whether there will be a meeting tomorrow between the government and the mayor of greater manchester. we will obviously try and get to the bottom of that for you. new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, has won a resounding general election victory. with nearly all of the votes counted, her centre—left labour party looks likely to be able to form a single party government — something not seen in the country for decades. shaimaa khalil reports. let's keep moving! a big victory in tough times. there was very little doubt that jacinda ardern was going to get a second term. the question was how big she was going to win. and by anyone's standards, this was a remarkable night for her and her party. labour now has enough seats in parliament to form a majority government without a coalition.
an unprecedented achievement in new zealand politics since 1996. we will not take your support for granted. i can promise you, we will be a party that governs every new zealander. the opposition national party leader judith collins conceded it was a tough battle and promised her party would be a robust opposition. three years will be gone in a blink of an eye. and i say to everybody. we will be back. things are going to be different for the young and charismatic leader. despite her popularity, this promises to be a difficult second term, with new zealand now in recession for the first time in 11 years. the labour party has been criticised for not having a clear covid—i9 economic recovery plan.
and miss ardern made it a point to address that in her victory speech. this has not been an ordinary election and it is not an ordinary time. it has been full of uncertainty and anxiety and we set out to be an antidote to that. in her first term, jacinda ardern successfully led new zealand through a terrorist attack, a natural disaster and a global pandemic and has done so focusing on kindness and compassion. but like many leaders around the world, the big test for the triumphant prime minister will be turning the economy around with the pandemic still looming large. bbc news, sydney. in china, for the first time, a coronavirus vaccine is being sold to the public. although it's not yet completed clinical trials,
it's being offered to residents in the eastern city yiwu for the equivalent of £45. robin brant reports. it hasn't been fully tested, it hasn't been approved yet. but they came running to get a place in the queue for the vaccine. this is a first in this community hospital. anyone can turn up, pay the fee and get the jab. here and now. it's worth it, this businessman told us. he wants to travel again. his firm in west africa is losing money every day. now, it wasn't that long ago that people were queueing for covid—i9 tests. but now, it's the vaccine. this isn't part of a clinical trial, what's happening here in china is that it's being rolled out to the public. you turn up, pay your money, get your number and then over there can get in the queue. in the next few hours, that clinic is going to open and people are going to get the vaccine. the queue stretched a couple
of hundred people long. it was first come, first served and this isn'tjust china rolling out a vaccine. this is the communist party with this medical first. but how do we know it's safe? for safety, i think it's very fine because i heard... the government published some news that the vaccine is very safe and it can save you from covid—i9. everyone had to sign a form, acknowledging the risks of taking this unapproved vaccine. it is made by sinovac, a state—owned firm. this woman smiled nervously when i asked if she trusted the doctors. inside, she was shown the box. then, it was her right arm which got the jab. afterwards, a sight many outside of this country will find almost unbelievable. a pile of used vaccine packs in the rubbish bin. she was relieved, putting it
mildly, after she emerged. the uk was in the queue in one way. when the vaccine gets the formal go—ahead though, china has pledged to help developing nations first. likely the ones most favoured by this country. robin brant, bbc news, eastern china. a loophole which can allow drivers to escape punishment for taking photos or playing games on their phones is to be closed. the department for transport is consulting on updating laws so that phone calls and texting are not the only functions banned when behind the wheel. our transport correspondent tom burridge reports. it is dangerous, but a lot of drivers do it. in fact, new research found that on 765 journeys, phones were used 662 times. only 38 of those were on hands—free. but the law right now means that only phoning or texting
at the wheel is illegal. someone taking a photo or browsing the internet can avoid a fine. next year, that will change. it will mean any driver who touches their phone could face a £200 fine and six points on their license. however, ministers have decided not to make it illegal to use your phone at the wheel if it is on hands—free. tom burridge, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. millions of people are now living with tighter coronavirus restrictions in england — lancashire moves into the highest alert category, but there's still
stalemate over greater manchester. the french prime minister says his country will react with the greatest firmness after a school teacher was beheaded in a suburb of paris. in new zealand jacinda ardern is re elected with a landslide victory — she was widely praised for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and now on the bbc news channel, it's time for bbc your questions answered — and you've been sending in your questions about the tighter rules that have come into effect for many people across england. i'm delighted to say the word joined bya i'm delighted to say the word joined by a consultant neurologist from the university of cambridge. we also joined by a senior clinical lecturer at university of exeter medical school. very well welcome to you both. good to have you with us. we have a lot of questions so i will get straight to it stop chris, if i can get straight to it stop chris, if i ca n start get straight to it stop chris, if i can start with you, this is from alison baker. she lives in london but her mother lives in wiltshire.
alison was due to visit her mother next weekend for her 80th birthday but says she is confused, like so many, as to what she can do. wiltshire is not in tier 2, which of course london is, am i allowed to travel to see her? course london is, am i allowed to travelto see her? hello course london is, am i allowed to travel to see her? hello alison. the person inherits the risk according to the area they are from. if you are from an area that is in tier 2 which isjudged are from an area that is in tier 2 which is judged high are from an area that is in tier 2 which isjudged high risk, this means that you are yourselfjudged high risk. if you were to go to an area of low risk, you do not become low—risk, you have to continue to print practice the rules as though you're still in home area. the a nswer you're still in home area. the answer is that you can still go and see the person you want to visit, but you would have to adopt the outdoors rule of six because you should not be meeting other households inside if you are from a
high risk area or they are coming to you ina high risk area or they are coming to you in a high risk area. just to clarify, alison could go to see her mother, celebrate her mother as long as they were outside? that is right, oi’ as they were outside? that is right, or if alison provides care to her mother and her mother needs input in that respect, care is also exempted. if you are a caregiver or you are travelling for work or educational reasons, dolls are also exempted. if it is just reasons, dolls are also exempted. if it isjust a reasons, dolls are also exempted. if it is just a social visit for an area that is high risk, you can still meet but it is rule of six outside. you cannot combine households indoors stop ok. outside. you cannot combine households indoors stop 0k. forgive me for not using your full titles. let us explore this a little bit further. denise wants to know if she can continue to provide childcare for her grandchildren whilst their pa rents for her grandchildren whilst their parents work. they are in two different family groups, one is in tier 2 different family groups, one is in tier2 in different family groups, one is in tier 2 in essex and the other is in
tier 2 in essex and the other is in tieri in tier 2 in essex and the other is in tier i in thurrock. tier 2 in essex and the other is in tieri in thurrock. i'm not sure those tears are right but we understand the question, don't we? yes, we do. important point is as chris hasjust said this is providing care and providing care is allowed. having said that i note the question also says that i am the grandmother. i infer that question also says that i am the grandmother. i inferthat she question also says that i am the grandmother. i infer that she may be in an olderage grandmother. i infer that she may be in an older age group and as you grow older you of course pick—up pathologies. my first concern would be for the grandmother, are you in a fit and healthy state? do you have any other existing medical conditions etc? ask those questions first and secondly, yes she can't because she is providing childcare. but first of all make sure you are 0k to do so. in other words, there are other considerations sometimes as well as the guidelines themselves. chris, ithink as well as the guidelines themselves. chris, i think you as well as the guidelines
themselves. chris, ithink you have a nswered themselves. chris, ithink you have answered this question but given that people have taken the trouble to get in touch with us it is good to get in touch with us it is good to a nswer to get in touch with us it is good to answer people's individual question. this is sophie cook, i am in tieri and my boyfriend is in tier 2. are we still able to see java? well, again, you are taking a household from one area and seeking to mix it with a household in another area and there is a different risk. if you both lived alone, then you could form a social bubble together and that is still a cce pta ble bubble together and that is still acceptable because social bubbles across all the tears are exempted, it doesn't matter what tier you are in if you have a social bubble and they are remembered for house of single occupancy, you can bubble up. that might be one where you can still meet. but cast your mind back when our deputy chief medical officer was asked a similar question at the beginning of the lockdown and somebody asked what happens if i do not live with my partner? in her art was now is the time to test the strength of your relationship by either moving in together and testing it that way, or saying if
you can stay together without seeing each other. it sounded like she was making out of it and it is a serious point and if you are part of two different households by the rules, you should not actually be meeting indoors if one of those households is in tier2, indoors if one of those households is in tier 2, the higher risk category. chris, you mention social bubbles. can you just remind us again what the rules are if you're in single household? how many people can be in your bubble? if you're in a single occupancy household, then people in a sort of situation might be lonely, they might have special needs for support, they might have been bereaved and the government recognises that. they have made special provision for people who are in the situation and all sorts of households can attach themselves by merging their mini bubble to another household, a bigger bubble, and you arejudged as household, a bigger bubble, and you are judged as though you're one household even though you may live in two separate locations and into separate venues in two separate locations and into separate venues and in fact in two different risk areas. social bubbles are unlike the majority of the
population, immune to the risk level and you can continue to meet under those circumstances across those divides and all those the restriction. 0k. divides and all those the restriction. ok. i think divides and all those the restriction. 0k. ithink the divides and all those the restriction. ok. i think the key word here but you may pick up on is great stop this is a question from colin lives in wolverhampton and wa nts to colin lives in wolverhampton and wants to know whether his four—year—old great granddaughter can visit him from newcastle and stay for a few days. again, those are two people into different alert levels, aren't they? living in two different areas. both newcastle and wolverhampton are in tier 2 high category and so in tier 2 you do not wa nt category and so in tier 2 you do not want to be mixing with different households, that is the whole point of keeping your social distancing and your interactions with other groups of human beings. ideally, you do not want to be interacting from a
tier2, do not want to be interacting from a tier 2, which is high, do not want to be interacting from a tier2, which is high, a do not want to be interacting from a tier 2, which is high, a tier 2 again hi and mixing up together because the key point here that you do not know the bubble of the granddaughter and how big it is. you do not know the bubble of the grandparent and how big their bubble is. therefore, it is riskier to start coming together to meet up. 0k, start coming together to meet up. ok, and this follows on, chris, can two people from different households but both living under the same restrictions in tieri spend time together including, and this is a slightly different element of the question, staying in a hotel in a tier 2 area? that is from cathy. this is slightly more complicated. if you have two people from tier i, then their risk is judged to be tier 1. then their risk is judged to be tier i. so were they to stay at home they
could comfortably meet each other in their own homes because the rules allow for that at the moment. if you we re allow for that at the moment. if you were to travel to a tier 2 area, actually you are bringing the risk with you which is a low risk. were you to stay together in a hotel in tier 2, hotels and other venues must have bylaw have implemented a covetous or have bylaw have implemented a covetous oi’ virus secure environment. this should not change your situation. you're not exposing yourself to any more risk and i would say that my interpretation would say that my interpretation would be that it is reasonable for you to go and stay in your hotel together because you are not bringing any additional risk with you or engendering any further as to yourselves by being there as long as that venue are complying with the rules. it might be worth phoning in advance because their views are now required to collect information and they may not be completely familiar with who is coming and what rules to apply to those things. so rather than create difficulty, it might be
worth phoning ahead and clarifying the situation with them just to avoid that happening when you get there. that is good advice, chris. karen giles would like to know, are the people who are shielding last time being told to do it again? well, shielding by implication means that you are in a vulnerable state, you have got other illnesses, immune suppression whatever. my advice would be that anybody who was with that badge of shielding should take cover fiow. that badge of shielding should take cover now. be careful, be very careful. whilst the term shielding implies that we will get you food parcels and other support things which has not yet been fully clarified by the government, my empirical advice is that anyone in a shielding category should be extra, extra cautious now because the case numbers are going up and therefore please take all measures possible whatever the label. 0k,
please take all measures possible whatever the label. ok, that's useful, thank you. chris, this is a question from a person in essex. my daughter visits a different household, also in essex, teach their children foreign languages. this is paid work. is this allowed? that is from gavin. this is different from the caregiving that you have been talked about. it raises the question of several people have asked me? can people pullmclean are coming to work.“ you look at the government's advice you look at the government's advice you can find a category on the web andi you can find a category on the web and i know not everybody has easy access to the web. i will try to be clear here. if you look up the area for high risk on the page for high risk you'll see that it bounces meeting friends and family. what the exceptions are as well. the exceptions are as well. the exceptions include, as well as giving care which we have covered, they include work and also
education. i think therefore under two categories here you are providing a work service and you are providing a work service and you are providing an educational service to the other people in the household. so under those considerations it would be ok. but if you look further down the list it does advise people not to travel and to work from home where possible. my first piece of advice would be to ask the obvious question, is there any other way you can do this without having to visit at all? because that puts you and them in the safest possible position. if you cannot do this remotely, and by remotely i mean could you do your teaching online? which loss of schools are doing. if you can't, i think it would be legally appropriate for you to make those visits as long as they do not have symptoms, they are not aware of any outbreak that they can be exposed to i neither have you neither have the parties been asked to isolate or quarantine themselves. if possible, i would advise to try to minimise the travel and try to do it online if you can. thank you for that clarity. one question from
claire. she lives in tier 2, can she meet friends for a meal at a pub in tier i? meet friends for a meal at a pub in tier1? well, again, we have answered this. she takes her risk from tier 2, which is high, and she continues to have that high risk and you are going now to a place to have a meal with somebody from tieri which is medium risk. but we do not wa nt which is medium risk. but we do not want tier to mixing with tieri figures is a risk you take on the risk with you. ideally, i would say do not do it stop we have to leave it there and in fact we have got through most people question. apologies if we did not get for yours. some great answers there. thank you very much forjoining us we are grateful to you.
i want to bring you the latest coronavirus figures now. let us start with england. a further 86 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in england. that brings the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,900 and ten. a little bit of detail the patients we re little bit of detail the patients were aged between 44 and 99. all but two of those 86 people are aged between 62 and 79 had no underlying health conditions. scotland, meanwhile, has recorded 15 deaths of coronavirus patients in the last 2a hours. those are the latest figures from the scottish government will stop a further 15 deaths. this takes the death toll there again of people who tested positive for the virus
within the previous 28 days to 2609. a total of 1000... tested positive for the virus in scotland in the past 2a hours. let's pause now and catch up with the weather. hello there. it does look as though we are continuing on a cloudy note. just look at bristol an hourago, a blanket a cloudy note. just look at bristol an hour ago, a blanket of cloud. it is quite quiet and there are light winds out there and it's dry, so it could certainly be a lot worse but you can see you are not alone. the cloud is fairly extensive across the country, there are a few breaks and some sunshine stop the cloud to the eastis some sunshine stop the cloud to the east is thick enough for a spot of drizzly rain and that will be the story today. a week where the front moving down through scotland. for the rest of the afternoon, pretty much what you have at the moment is what you will tend to keep and those
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