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this is bbc world news, i'm ben brown. our top stories: thousands of people will gather 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. it comes as a stalemate continues between leaders in greater manchester and the uk government over restrictions, with the region's mayor calling for greater financial support. any wear could end up in tier 3 this winter. in fact, any wear could end up in tier 3 this winter. infact, i any wear could end up in tier 3 this winter. in fact, i would say people are places —— places are likely to end up in tier 3. therefore it is eve ryo ne end up in tier 3. therefore it is everyone because my concern would protect the lowest paid and are community. and he has a choice, is he going
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to put public health and the economy of the people of greater manchester first? if he is, then we can secure agreement today. in australia, easing of restrictions for residents in melbourne and the state of victoria after coronavirus cases fall. and we report on the cutting edge genetic detective work which can teach us how the coronavirus is moving around, and who is spreading it. hello and welcome to bbc news. thousands will gather in cities across france in a few hours, to remember the teacher who was killed near his school on friday. the death of samuel paty has horrified the country. mr paty was apparently targeted for showing cartoons of the prophet muhammad to his pupils during a lesson on freedom of speech.
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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 teacher of history and geography who 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: the priority for us 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 will say, "my teacher is not there", and there are photographs going around of the scene, apparently. i hope he does not see those because i think they are already affected by this for life. flowers mark the places where lives are shattered.
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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 bloat on the country's streets. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. a little earlier i spoke to our paris correspondent hugh schofield, and he told me more about the reaction across france. well, 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 after the charlie hebdo shootings five years ago. though the one in paris brought out a million, a million i doubt it will be like that. that said, there is no question the killing has affected people more deeply maybe than other killings. i mean, every killing that comes along is bad enough, but because this was, the symbolism
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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 that because he did that and used a certain tool, which was the cartoon of prophet mohammed, but it did so warning about its possible effective nature and muslim students could look away, the fact he was killed for doing that, doing hisjob and perpetuating and spreading the republican educational message, that, i think, republican educational message, that, ithink, people republican educational message, that, i think, people find very, very shocking indeed. that was why president macron was there so swiftly at the scene on friday. no, this will not be forgotten quickly. hugh schofield. police forces in england are to be allowed to access some of the details of people who've been
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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 democrats. their leader, sir ed davey, called it a huge mistake, adding that asking our already
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overstretched police service to take on this task is self—defeating and a serious misjudgement. meanwhile, the stand—off over which tier level the greater manchester region should be under, continues. the region's 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. 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. but 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 already been in tier two for four months and it doesn't seem to have helped much. 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
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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. jonathan, what is the latest on this continuing row about whether they should be increased restrictions in greater manchester? the two sides are, it seems, talking again, at least. andy burnham has said this morning he is expecting to speak to the prime minister's senior adviser, sir edward lister, on the phone. we will see, what, if anything, sir edward lister, on the phone. we will see, what, ifanything, comes of that. he is trying to mount a national challenge to the government approach, suggesting in an interview
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this morning that pretty much everywhere in england may well find itself under the strictest form of restrictions, tier 3, at some point of this winter, and the government needs to change its approach from what he describes as doing side deals with individual councils, to offering a fair financial framework. he said that he does want to move towards a resolution and step back from the war of words, if you like. there are a lot of negotiating tactics at play. but speaking on the andrew marr programme this morning, the mayor of greater manchester called on the government to change their approach. the places they are trying to close in tier3, these the places they are trying to close in tier 3, these are places where people are on low wages. and what we are saying is you cannot take away their place of work and not give them support. an 80% for a lot of them support. an 80% for a lot of the kind we had back in march. think of the taxi drivers, the people who work on the doors in these pubs,
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many of them self—employed, 80% self—employment support scheme, this is notjust greater self—employment support scheme, this is not just greater manchester's fight, andrew, this is everyone because my concern. everyone could end up in tier 3 during the course of this winter. what i would say to everybody is, support us in this. i would ask your viewers to contact theirmps to would ask your viewers to contact their mps to support us. it is about taking the country fairly through a very challenging winter. no indication the treasury is about to change its policy and go back to paying 80% of wages as it did during the furlough scheme during the national lockdown in the early stages of the pandemic. but andy burnham is clear he wants more financial support for his region. the government has been arguing against that. michael gove, the chancellor for the duchy of lancaster, again this morning saying that andy burnham's argument is incoherent, pointing out that he does not accept the restrictions are needed or make sense, but would happily accept if the
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government a cts happily accept if the government acts offers up enough money. he is suggesting a deal can be done, comparing the greater manchester situation to neighbouring lancashire and the liverpool city region, which have accepted a package of financial support from the government and agreed to stricter restrictions being put in place. here is what michael gove had to say. the fundamental incoherence and the position of andy burnham is that on the one hand, as i say, he says, actually, the virus is not spreading ata actually, the virus is not spreading at a rate that merits these restrictions. and then he is saying, but actually, i will have them if i have the money. if he were being truly concerned about public health, he would say, let's have these restrictions now. the other thing is the earlier we have the restrictions, in those areas where there is high instance, the better for the economy of those areas, because we stop the infection spreading in a way which will do
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further damage to the economy as well as to public health. this row continues to play out in public. it is worth noting though that it public. it is worth noting though thatitis public. it is worth noting though that it is not quite as simple as the government versus the mayor of greater manchester. there are a number of conservative mps representing constituencies in that region who are also holding out against the specific restrictions the government may want to impose and also agree that extra financial support is needed. brexit, michael gove was talking about that as well this morning. time is running out to get a trade deal? yes, a big move by the government this week saying that talks with the eu in a future trade agreement after december this year, and the transition period coming to and the transition period coming to an end, are over. michael gove was askedif an end, are over. michael gove was asked if he thought that was the case this morning. he said of the eu has effectively ended talks by saying they will not change their approach. so not saying outright that those talks are over. he said at the door was slightly ajar and that he hoped the eu
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would change their position. again putting the pressure on brussels to make the next move, but certainly there is still room for dialogue and progress in that process. we will keep tabs on that one as well. thank you, jonathan blake, our political correspondent. millions of europeans face tough new coronavirus restrictions as governments step up their efforts 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.
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the sectors affected 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 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 whether 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
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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. in a statement, the king and queen said they had been affected by the intense criticism. earlier i spoke to professor giacomo grasselli, a senior government health official in italy, who explained where the county currently sits compared to others in europe. in italy, we are a couple of weeks behind france and the uk. we are experiencing an exponential rise in cases. the number of people admitted
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to hospitalfor cases. the number of people admitted to hospital for symptomatic disease and admitted to the icu continues to rise. basically this time, differently from the past, its more widespread in the national... in the country. so in different regions. u nfortu nately country. so in different regions. unfortunately hugh and lombardi we are still very, very in big difficulties. —— here in lombardy. the health system is under certain pressure and the intensive care units are coming under pressure. we now see the effect of the infections that there were like seven, ten days ago. 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 now elective procedures have not been discontinued. so we have to take
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ca re of non—covert discontinued. so we have to take care of non—covert patients, this new way of covert patients who are coming. —— this new wave of covid patients who are coming. given that situation, do you think the restrictions that are in force in italy and where you are, are they 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 another lockdown, especially for schools. but for sure we need to implement more restrictive measures and then people have to understand that if we don't do this, i mean, if
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we let the number of cases increase exponentially we will get to a point where our health care system, basically like every other health ca re system basically like every other health care system in the world, will never be able to take care of the number of patients. so in some way we'll have to stop this. and u nfortu nately, have to stop this. and unfortunately, the information is not very clear and there are still people claiming that coronavirus does not exist or has died, or that people in the icu or in the hospital have another disease. but it's not true. the patients are exactly the same. so we know better how to take ca re of 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 visible until the number of patients can be sustained. —— feasible. the solution for this is not increasing continuously the number of icu beds, it is to reduce the number of patients who will need icu
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admission, because otherwise at a certain point we will never be able to ta ke certain point we will never be able to take care of all those people. that was a senior italian government health officials speaking to me earlier. let's bring you some live pictures from bangkok. thai anti—government protesters are gathering despite a ban. these pro—democracy protests have been continuing for months in the thai capital. the youth—led protest movement wants the prime minister to resign and reform of thailand's powerful monarchy. on saturday tens of thousands of people joined rallies at different locations across the city. road closures and the suspension of public transport failed to prevent the gatherings. demonstrations also took place in several other cities and on a beach at the tourist resort of pattaya. let's look at some of the day's other news.
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a landslide in central vietnam has buried at least 22 soldiers, leading to a frantic search for survivors. rocks fell down on the barracks of a military station in quang tri province. heavy rain has pounded the region for more than a week and at least 64 people have been killed in floods and landslides, with concerns mounting that waters could rise further. armenia and azerbaijan have accused each other of violating the latest humanitarian ceasefire over the disputed territory of nagorno karabakh, within minutes of the truce coming into effect. azerbaijan say armenian artillery has continued its bombardment. armenia has meanwhile accused azerbaijan of carrying out artillery and rocket strikes. 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
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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, november 1st. retail will open back up. hospitality, a maximum of 20 people inside and 50 people outside will reopen. beauty and personal services will return. rachel cary is a journalist with sbs australia, based in melbourne. she told us about how it has been for people there these past few months. it's been a very, very long lockdown. we were anticipating that perhaps we would come out of this lockdown tomorrow, as we were
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expecting initially to be announced in the press conference today, but we effectively 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. initially two weeks. most of us have been in lockdown since july. initially we we re lockdown since july. initially we were told that lockdown would last for six weeks. halfway through that lockdown we were told a stricter lockdown we were told a stricter lockdown would come into force and that would go for another six weeks. we are now at 1a weeks into this lockdown. while the premier was talking there about some of 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 won't be allowed visitors into our households. what's it been like after so long with such heavy restrictions? it's been challenging. initially the first wave, for instance, all of australia was involved. the second wave is very much a victorian problem. it came, we believe, from our hotel quarantine system and all the states
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around victoria have effectively closed their borders to us. so all the problems we are 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 that is something that has been closed since mid—july. there were a lot of businesses that were hoping for a bit of relief today. but now that is at least one to two weeks away for them. 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's happening in the uk, for example, there are a lot of people in melbourne that can really appreciate that. but then you look to the other states around australia, where there hasn't really been any community transmission. it's all happening in melbourne. so u nless it's all happening in melbourne. so unless you are watching
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international news you perhaps cannot really appreciate that this lockdown is working at least from a health sense. we hit our peak in august. they were around 700 cases a day back then. this morning there we re day back then. this morning there were only two, so it is working. rachel kerry. 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. richard westcott has visited one of the labs behind this research. 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 genes, 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
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the genome of the coronavirus being read. alex is part of a team that's 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 two 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. public health experts will get in touch with us, say what they are looking for, we will get those samples and as soon as we can and within 2a 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.
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finding 100 different genetic types or lineages in norfolk alone. 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 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 lineages of the virus in 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. --g —— g work.
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as the virus springs back, it would be a key weapon in fighting outbreaks. richard wescott, bbc news, norwich. you're 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 in liverpool for this week at least. this is st george's hall, the movie set. anybody in particular you are looking out to see? batman. i'm just going to the shops for an hour and then i will come back and have a little look. i'll have to be dead quick. the caped crusader has been caught on camera a few times. here he is on top of the library building. he is not easy to find.
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i have not seen batman, have you? i have, yeah! i've seen every one. not the film, him? no, i've not. i thought it was him earlier but it was a security guard. tough break. he has been spotted in anfield cemetery. but for fans, spotting a stunt man is one thing, seeing batman star robert pattinson is another thing. i saw him yesterday. he was filming the walk down scene. 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, 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's literally a cast of hundreds. i've not seen batman yet. there's not that much going on. but if they are looking for a leading man over there, even though i am dressed in active wear, i am available if you are watching.
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come and get me. it is not liverpool's first time as a hollywood set and who knows, with the new sound stage being built at what was littlewoods, there could be more to come. not everybody is happy with it. it is an inconvenience because everywhere is blocked. i can't go my normal route. maybe if he was a different superhero i wouldn't be upset. he doesn't help anyone in general. he's just driving around. i'm a batman hater! the movie is due for release in march 2022. ian haslam, bbc news, 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. but for the most part it is going to stay cloudy. where that cloud is at its thickest it will produce some spots of light rain. this is how the forecast looks for the rest of the
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day. you can stay extensive cloud across the map. 0ne day. you can stay extensive cloud across the map. one or two spots of rain. some breaks in the cloud, some brighter spells, even a little bit of sunshine. the winds will be light but it will be cool, particularly in northern areas. seven or 8 degrees in northern scotland. 13 to 15 in southern england and south wales. this evening and tonight outbreaks of rain in northern ireland and scotland, north—western end as well. further south, predominantly dry with clear spells. further west it would be pretty mild. it is going to turn on settled for the start of the new working week. 0utbreaks turn on settled for the start of the new working week. outbreaks of heavy rain towards the north—west and it will turn increasingly windy.
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