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this is bbc world news. our top stories... vigils will be held across france today to remember the teacher who was killed outside his school, near paris, on friday. police in england are to be allowed to access the details of people who've been told to self—isolate by the nhs test and trace system. britain's high streets under threat as a record number of shops close over the first six months of this year. in australia, easing of restrictions for residents in melbourne and the state of victoria after coronavirus cases fall, with people now allowed to travel up to 25 kilometres from their homes and the picasso pictures that show his passion for music — a new exhibition strikes a chord with art lovers.
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. vigils will be held across france today to remember the teacher who was killed near his school on friday. samuel paty, who was a7, was apparently targeted for showing cartoons of the prophet mohammed to his pupils during a lesson on freedom of speech. the attacker, a refugee of chechen origin, had been waiting outside the school and had asked pupils to identify his victim. he was later shot dead by police. from paris, lucy williamson has more. samuel paty was a 47—year—old teacher of history and geography who
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decided to use two cartoons of muhammad as part of a class on freedom of speech. investigators say it sparked a social media campaign by one outraged parent, and that there had been threats against the school. translation: now the priority is to look after the children because i think it was very hard for them and it still is. translation: memories are going to come back. he is going to say, my teacher is not fair. apparently there are photographs during a round of the scene. i hope they don't see those because i think they will already be affected for this —— buy this for life. flowers mark the places where lives are shattered. in france that list has grown longer this week. conflans—sainte—honorine now remembered alongside paris, nice and all the other places where hatred of french values has left a blot on the country's streets. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris.
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police forces in england are to be allowed to access some of the details of people who've been told to self—isolate by nhs test and trace. the department of health say requests will be dealt with on a case—by—case basis, but the british medical association has warned it might put some people off being tested. john mcmanus reports. the streets of the capital last night, as londoners spent their first evening under the tier two high alert restrictions. it was calm in dalston. but a few miles west in soho the scene was busier. mixing outside is still allowed here, as long as the rule of six is followed. and sitting behind the new alert levels is the test and trace system. it has now emerged that users' data may be shared by police if they are suspected of failing to self—isolate following a positive test for them or those they live with. the government says this will occur on a case—by—case basis, but it has brought criticism from the british medical association and the liberal
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democrats. their leader, sir ed davey, called it a huge mistake, adding that asking our already overstretched police service to take on this task is self—defeating and a serious misjudgment. meanwhile, the stand—off over which tier level the greater manchester region should be under, continues. mayor andy burnham has denied further talks have been scheduled for this morning. the government says it did reach out. whitehall wants greater manchester to join lancashire and the liverpool city region in the very high alert level. but mr burnham is insisting on financial support for businesses. i do think it is very good that he's holding out for better measures. we do need that. it hasn't been done enough. also there is a point where you cannot hold human lives as a leverage any more. i don't know how well tier three would work out. we have been in tier two for four months and it doesn't seem to have helped much.
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maybe the circuit breaker might be a better thing to try. across the uk, 16,171 new cases of the virus were recorded in the latest 24—hour period. 150 new deaths were also registered in the same time. and amid all the other political wrangling the prime minister is reluctant to order england into a nationwide lockdown, something he fears would put the brakes on any recovery. john mcmanus, bbc news. our political correspondent, jonathan blake, is here. how much of a surprise is it that police do potentially have access to this test and trace information? well, not hugely. it is a legal requirement now in england for people to self—isolate if they test positive for coronavirus or have come into close contact with
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someone who has and are contacted by the test and trace authorities. so on one level this is a case of the police simply enforcing the law. nevertheless there does seem to be some concern about what level of access police have to the data which could inform them of whether people have been flouting the guidelines and in effect breaking the law. if we go back to thursday this week the home secretary, priti patel, was asked about this during an interview, whether police had access to test and trace information to see whether people had been flouting the rules, and she said the answer is yes. they had been working on that basis for some time. to be clear, this is not a blanket access that police have to test and trace data. the department of health make that clear. there is an agreement to make sure information shared with appropriate safeguards and in accordance with the law. no testing health data is shared in this process. meanwhile, a new
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twist in the growing row about whether to increase the restrictions in the manchester area? yes, some conservative mps representing parts of england were cases of coronavirus are much lower, took it upon themselves yesterday to write a joint letter to keir starmer, the labour leader, and andy burnham, the labour leader, and andy burnham, the labour elected mayor of greater manchester, peeling for them to engage with the government and agree to restrictions for their region. —— appealing for them. but they have angered conservative colleagues representing constituencies in greater manchester, many of whom have been giving their tacit approval and support to the labour mayor of greater manchester in holding out against restrictions and trying to secure extra financial support for the region. there was a bit of a backlash online against this last night. conservatives criticising their colleagues. christian wait for it, the mp for bury south, said since
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thursday we have been united in opposing tier 3 in its present form, saying this intervention was needed wonthe —— would want it or helpful. in private they are being far less polite. thank you, jonathan blake. let's ta ke thank you, jonathan blake. let's take a back to our top story and news that visitors will be held today to remember the teacher killed on friday. hugh schofield joins us with the latest. such an horrific story. what has been the national reaction across france and how is that going to be bodied today in terms of these vigils we are going to see?” to be bodied today in terms of these vigils we are going to see? i don't know how much these will be mass gatherings. i very much doubt they will be on the same scale as, for example will be on the same scale as, for exa m ple after will be on the same scale as, for example after the charlie hebdo shootings five years ago. the one in paris, that brought out
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a million, a million i doubt it will be like that. but that said, there is no question the killing has affected people more deeply maybe than other killings. every killing that comes along is bad enough. the symbol —— the symbolism attached to it was so clear, it has moved people in an additional way. the fact this was a history teacher teaching about freedom of expression and because he did that and used a certain tool, which was the cartoon of the prophet mohammed, but it did so warning about its possible infectious nature. the fact he was killed for doing that, doing hisjob and perpetuating and spreading the republican educational message, that, i think, republican educational message,
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that, ithink, people republican educational message, that, i think, people find very shocking indeed. that was why president macron was there so swiftly on the scene on friday. this will not be forgotten quickly. many thanks indeed. hugh schofield in paris. more than 100 days after being plunged back into lockdown, australia's second most populous city, melbourne, will see a further easing of restrictions, while regional victoria will also enjoy more freedom. here's the premier, daniel andrews, discussing the changes which come into effect at midnight local time. there will be no time limit on leaving your home for exercise or for socialising. the travel distance from your home will move from five kilometres to 25 kilometres. 0utdoor gatherings will increase to ten people from two households. following will be open subject to conditions from midnight. retail will open back up. hospitality, a
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maximum of 20 people inside and 50 people outside will reopen. beauty and personal services will return. we can go over to melbourne now and talk to rachel cary, who is a journalist with sbs australia. good to have you with us. what is the response among people there to news restrictions are being eased? good morning. well, it's been a very long lockdown. we were anticipating that perhaps we wouldn't —— would come out of this lockdown tomorrow, as we were expecting to be announced today. we have learned today that lockdown will continue for another two weeks. most of us have been in lockdown since july two weeks. most of us have been in lockdown sincejuly nine. initially we we re lockdown sincejuly nine. initially we were told that lockdown would last for six weeks, then half through that lockdown we were told a stricter lockdown would come into force and that would go for another six weeks. we are now about 1k weeks into this lockdown. and while
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the premier was talking there about the restrictions that will be easing, most of them will still be in play. we will still need to carry a permit to go to work. we will not be allowed visitors into our households. what has it been like after so long with heavy restrictions? it has been challenging. initially the first wave, for instance, all of australia was involved. as the second wave is very much a victorian problem. it came, we believe, from our hotel quarantine system. all the states around victoria have effectively closed their borders to us. all the problems we're experiencing are very much in victoria and mostly in melbourne. a lot of businesses have had to close as a result. and today, one of the main reasons people come to melbourne is for our hospitality and our nightlife, and something that has been closed since mid—july.
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there were a lot of businesses hoping for a little bit of relief today. now it is at least one or two weeks away. do people broadly support the restrictions? do they see the need for them and understand what the authorities are doing? definitely. when we look to the rest of the world and we see what is happening in the uk, for example, there are a lot of people in melbourne that can appreciate that. then you look to the other states around australia where there hasn't really been any community transmission. it is all happening in melbourne. unless you are watching international news, you can't appreciate that this lockdown is working at least from a health sense. there are around 700 cases a day back in mid—august. this morning there were only two. so it is working. rachel, thank you. a journalist with sbs australia. millions of europeans face tough new coronavirus restrictions as governments step up their efforts
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to slow the surge in infections. it comes after the world health organization reported what they describe as a "very concerning" 44% rise in european cases over one week. aruna iyengar has this report. last orders in lyon. and a nightcap in paris. these cities, along with seven others in france, are now under a 9pm to 6am curfew, after virus cases have surged. many are not happy at the hit businesses are having to take. translation: this measure is quite unfair. there are the ones worst hit since the start of the pandemic. it shows a serious lack of consultation with the workers unions. elsewhere in europe there is a partial lockdown in poland after the country recorded over 8000 cases in one day. here in warsaw and in half
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the country there are new restrictions. secondary schools have shut, weddings are banned. cyprus has hit a new peak of over 200 daily infections. and in italy the northern region of lombardy, worst hit by the first wave in february, has ordered all bars to shut at midnight. in germany it is a similar message. stay—at—home. translation: meet far fewer people other outdoors or at home. give up any travel that is not necessary. any celebration not necessary. please stay at home. in your place of residence as much as possible. the netherlands too has had tough restrictions imposed after a surge in cases. however, that did not stop the dutch royal family from taking a trip to greece. it didn't go down well with the dutch public. the family returned after a day.
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in a statement, the king and queen said they had been affected by the intense criticism. italy has been removed from the uk's travel corridor meaning holidaymakers will now have to quarantine for two weeks on their return from the country. let's talk now to professor giacomo grasselli senior government health official who, at the height of the pandemic in italy, wrote a letter warning doctors of the pressure the pandemic would put on intensive care units. professor, thank you for being with us. professor, thank you for being with us. what is the situation now in italy in terms of the number of cases and the number of people in hospital? the situation in italy is basically let's say a couple of weeks behind france and the uk. we are ina weeks behind france and the uk. we are in a phase of exponential rise of cases. yesterday i think there was more than
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10,000 cases. and a number of people admitted to hospitalfor number of people admitted to hospital for symptomatic disease, admitted to the icu. this continues rising. basically this time, compared to the past, it is more widespread in the country, so in different regions. unfortunately here in lombardy we are still very, very in big difficulties. the health system is under certain pressure. and also the intensive care units are coming under pressure. we now see the effect of the infections that there were like seven to ten days ago. so we are certainly going to see a surge in the request for icu admissions in the next few weeks. what's different from the previous wave is that at least for 110w previous wave is that at least for now elective procedures have not
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been discontinued, we have to take ca re of been discontinued, we have to take care of non—covid—19 patients. they are coming. we are going to reduce a lot all the elective procedures in order to be able to take care of the covid—19 patients. order to be able to take care of the covid-19 patients. given that the situation, do you think the restrictions that in italy are enough? no. no, definitely not. we are trying to write letters and state m e nts are trying to write letters and statements to the government of the region and to the national government, because clearly we don't wa nt government, because clearly we don't want like another let's say lockdown, especially for schools. but for sure we need to implement more restrictive measures and people have to understand that if we don't
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do this, if we let the number of cases increase exponentially, we will get to a point where our health ca re system, will get to a point where our health care system, basically like every other health care system in the world, will never be able to take ca re of world, will never be able to take care of the number of patients. so in some way we will have to stop this. unfortunately, the information is not very clear and there are still people claiming that the coronavirus does not exist, or has died, or that people in icu and hospital have another disease. but it's not true. the patients are exactly the same. so we know better how to take care of them, of course. now we can admit them to the icu a little bit earlier than before. this is feasible until the number of patients can be sustained. the solution for this is not increasing continuously the number of icu beds. it is to reduce the number
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of patients who need icu admission, because otherwise, at a certain point, we will never be able to take ca re of point, we will never be able to take care of all those people. ok. very good to talk to you. thank you for your time. a senior government health official —— senior health official in italy. there was a record number of shop closures in great britain in the first six months of this year, as coronavirus takes its toll on the retail industry. the figures show that more than 11,000 outlets closed between january and june. here's our business correspondent katy austin. shopping habits were already changing before the pandemic hit. 0nline sales on the up, many physical stores struggling. those trends have accelerated. researchers who track retail and leisure sites, as well as services like bank branches, say their data showed over 11,000 chain outlets had closed in great britain since january.
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about 5000 had opened. that adds up to a net decline of 6000, about twice as many as a similar period last year. the total could end up being higher. 0utlets that have not yet reopened after lockdown were not counted, no independents. according to the research, where there have been openings they tended to be in categories like grocery and value retailer —— value retail, and also ta ke retailer —— value retail, and also take a ways. one retail expert said of the way we use town centres has changed for good. i think what's happening to our streets has been happening to our streets has been happening for a while, is we do not need as much space dedicated to retail as people are shopping more online. high streets really need to be more about work, rest and play and not just about be more about work, rest and play and notjust about shopping. at about working —— eating and drinking. the big picture is that retailers and hospitality chains are
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expected to cut more stores and thousands of jobs expected to cut more stores and thousands ofjobs to survive. katie austen, bbc news. we're all familiar with the idea of tracing who you are related to through dna. well you can do something similar with the coronavirus and scientists have already used the technique to clamp down on outbreaks. uk labs are leading the way in this genomic detective work which can teach us how the virus is moving around and who is spreading it. 0ur science correspondent richard westcott has visited one of the labs behind this research, at the quadram institute in norwich in the east of england. to keep control of the coronavirus you need to spot and then clamp down on outbreaks as soon as possible. and here is the small device that is helping scientists do it. viruses have jeans, just like humans. helping scientists do it. viruses havejeans, just like humans. a few yea rs havejeans, just like humans. a few years ago you needed a big machine to look at them. today you can do it with something this tiny. and here it is, this is the genome of the coronavirus being read. alex
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is part ofa coronavirus being read. alex is part of a team that spent months doing genetic detective work, comparing the genes of hundreds of virus samples from sick people. now it has really started ramping up. we go to right a week, ten a week, sometimes ten a day. if a group of people in the same hospital or workplace have an identical version of the coronavirus with the same genetic code, they almost certainly caught it from each other. that is an outbreak. if the genetic codes are different, they all caught it elsewhere. they will get in touch with us, say what they are looking for, we will get those samples and as soon for, we will get those samples and as soon as we can and for, we will get those samples and as soon as we can and within 2a hours we hope to have the answer. is itan hours we hope to have the answer. is it an outbreak, the same thing moving around, or have there been multiple introductions from outside where different people are brought in? they have tested more samples in the east of england than most countries around the world. finding 100 different genetic types or lineages in norfolk alone.
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most traceable back to italy, spain and france, not asia. and they have investigated potential outbreaks at a hospital in ipswich at a chicken factory in norfolk. in the chicken factory in norfolk. in the chicken factory all the viruses were exactly the same. that meant the virus was moving from one person to another in the factory or within the community that works in the factory. when we looked in the hospital what we found was that there were multiple different types of the virus, different types of the virus, different lineages of the virus in the hospital. they were similar to the hospital. they were similar to the lineages that we saw in the ipswich community. that meant those viruses were coming in with the people who were sick with them and they were not transmitting in the hospital. that meant the infection control measures were working appropriately at the hospital didn't need to worry. uk labs are leading the world in this gene on work. as the world in this gene on work. as the virus springs back, it would be a key weapon in fighting outbreaks. richard wescott, bbc news, norwich.
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pablo picasso was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. he was a painter, a sculpter, a printmaker, a theatre designer — a man of many talents. now, a new exhibition devoted to his work is opening in paris — but it's exploring the connection of his art to music, as tim allman explains. he was undeniably a master of the visual medium. pablo picasso's art was, in its own way, revolutionary. unlike anything that had come before. and he understood that art can be consumed not only with the eyes, but the ears too. this exhibition examines that creative link between sound and vision. translation: music, as he loved it, was a sensitive thing. we don't even know if he
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knew how to read music. evenif know if he knew how to read music. even if he could read it, legend has it picasso once said he didn't really like music, but musical motifs regularly appeared in his work. and he often drew notes and instruments in his sketchbooks. he had an attentive detailed mind, examining the shape of things, using them to help create his art. translation: he talked with violin makers because he characterised elements of the instrument. he was very interested in the structure of the object. the exhibition runs until the beginning of january. examining the exhibition runs until the beginning ofjanuary. examining the genius of picasso in a whole new light and genius of picasso in a whole new lightand a genius of picasso in a whole new light and a whole new sound. tim 0ldman, bbc news.
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you are watching bbc news. liverpool has been transformed into gotham city, as filming gets underway for the latest batman movie. the city centre has been taken over by a huge hollywood production team, in spite of the coronavirus restrictions. ian haslam joined some of the hundreds of fans who turned up to watch. batman is back and once again protecting gotham city from its criminal underworld. gotham city and liverpool for this week at least. this is saint georges whole, the movie set. anybody in particular you are looking out to sea? batman. i'm just going to the shops for an hour and thenl just going to the shops for an hour and then i will come back and have a little luck. i'll have to be dead great. the caped crusader has been caught on camera a few times. erie is on top of the library building. he is not easy to find. i have not seen he is not easy to find. i have not seen batman, have you?” he is not easy to find. i have not seen batman, have you? i have, yeah!
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i've seen everyone. not the film, him? no, i've not. ithought it was him? no, i've not. ithought it was him earlier but it was a security guard. he has been spotted in and cemetery. but for fans, guard. he has been spotted in and cemetery. but forfans, spotting guard. he has been spotted in and cemetery. but for fans, spotting a stu nt cemetery. but for fans, spotting a stunt man is one thing seeing robert pattinson is another thing.|j stunt man is one thing seeing robert pattinson is another thing. i saw him yesterday. he was filling —— mark mike thermally while dancing. what is like to see a hollywood actor? i don't know, i didn't really much of it. whether the old tv series is your favourite, much of it. whether the old tv series is yourfavourite, or one much of it. whether the old tv series is your favourite, or one of the movie versions, the batman franchise is as popular as ever. i've never seen a hollywood film set in person before. there was literally a cast of hundreds. i've not seen batman yet. there not that much going on. but if they are looking for a leading man over there, even though i am just an active wear, i am available if you are watching. come and get me. it is not liverpool's first time as
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a hollywood set and who knows, with the new sound stage being built at what was littlewoods, they could be more to come. not everybody is happy with it. it is an inconvenience because everywhere is blocked. maybe if he was a different superhero i wouldn't be upset. he doesn't help anyone in general. i'm a batman hater! the movie is due for release in march 2022. ian haslam, bbc news, liverpool. batman and liverpool. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. there is a little bit of brightness around in places today. for the most part it is going to stay cloudy. where that cloud is at its thickest it will produce in some spots of light rain here and there. this is how the forecast looks for the rest of today. extensive cloud across the map. some spots of rain. equally there will be some breaks in
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the cloud, some brighter spells, even a little bit of sunshine. the winds will be like but it will be cool winds will be like but it will be cool, particularly across northern areas, seven to 8 degrees in northern scotland, 13 to 15 across southern england and south wales. through this evening and tonight figure cloud will bring rain across northern ireland and into scotland, north—west england as well. further south and east predominantly dry with clear spells. lowest temperatures across the far east and the far north, further west are pretty mild. it is going to turn on settled for the start of the new working week. some outbreaks of heavy rain towards the north—west and it will turn increasingly windy.


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