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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6: the mayor of greater manchester accuses boris johnson of exaggerating the spread of coronavirus in the area in a bid to persuade local leaders to accept tougher restrictions as he calls for increased financial support. the figures have been falling in manchester itself in the last few days. across greater manchester, up slightly, but certainly not doubling every nine days. andy has a straightforward choice. is he going to put public health and the economy of the people of greater manchester first? if he is, then we can secure agreement today. the government says there's been nearly 17,000 more cases of coronavirus in the uk reported in the last 2a hours and a further 67 people have died. vigils and rallies are held across france in a show
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of solidarity with the teaching profession following the killing of a teacher on friday. a convicted murderer, who helped stop last november's terror attack on london bridge, is to be considered for release from prison ten months early. and no bail—out required for spurs as harry kane scores twice to give tottenham a healthy lead against west ham with gareth bale watching on from the bench. sportsday is in half an hour. the labour mayor of greater manchester, andy burnham, has continued to clash with the government over lockdown restrictions for the region. mr burnham wants greater
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financial support if the strictest measures are imposed and he accused borisjohnson of exaggerating the severity of coronavirus in the area. his words were echoed by the senior conservative mp sir graham brady, whose constituency is in the region. the cabinet office minister michael gove accused mr burnham of inconsistency in his approach. here's our deputy political editor vicki young. waiting for work and waiting to find out what is coming next for greater manchester. taxi driverjohn says, for months, the tighter rules here compared to many other parts of the country have meant fewer passengers. he is worried about the possibility of even more restrictions. we need help up in the north. if you want to bring the things in, you know, we need financial backing otherwise it is going to be even worse again. this has been going on for a long time now and nothing seems to be resolved. i know covid is not going to disappear overnight
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but people who work, whether it be in pay—as—you—go unemployment, self—employed, businesses, they'll need help, otherwise... they still have bills to pay. four days, politicians here and in london have been trying to reach an agreement, and the region's labour mayor, andy burnham, has a gives the government of exaggerating manchester's rise in covid cases there is more restrictions must mean more financial support. what we need is a fair financial framework if the government are going to insist on tier 3. at the moment, they are doing side deals with individual councils and that isn't good enough for me. let's remember, the places they are trying to close in tier 3, pubs, bookies, gyms, these are places where people are on low wages. what we are saying is you cannot take away their place of work and not give them support. mr burnham says he has not seen any scientific evidence that extra measures would work but ministers insist action is needed
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soon. the fundamental incoherence of the position of andy burnham is that, on the one hand, as i say, he says, "actually, the virus is not spreading at a rate that merits these restrictions", and then he is saying, "actually, i will have them if i have the money". if he were being truly concerned about public health, then he would say, "let's have these restrictions now". and 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 further damage to the economy as well as to public health. it is notjust labour politicians who are sceptical. some conservative mps in the area have also been speaking out. manchester is pretty united. certainly, the members of parliament of both parties, the council leaders of both parties and the mayor of greater manchester have been resisting a move to tier 3 on the basis that we simply have not
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been given the evidence that it would be effective. rising cases are forcing politicians everywhere into action. welsh government ministers have met this afternoon to discuss options for a further tightening of restrictions across wales. the first minister has said that a short, sharp lockdown could slow the spread of the virus. vicki young, bbc news. let's take a look at the latest government figures — they show there were 16,982 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 16,959. 67 deaths were reported — that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. that means on average in the past week 117 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total
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number of deaths so far across the uk to 15,616. well, those were the nationalfigures, and our health correspondent, dominic hughes, has been looking at the figures for coronavirus cases in greater manchester. 0n on friday, the prime minister described the situation in manchester is great and worsening. he said cases were doubling every nine days but this morning andy burnham told the bbc, that was an exaggeration, so exactly what is going on here in manchester? if we look at some figures, since the beginning of september, we can see the infection rate in the city of manchester rose sharply for the first few weeks to exactly around the same time as thousands of stu d e nts the same time as thousands of students returned to the city at the starting university but in the days leading up to october its decline. 0ver leading up to october its decline. over the same period the wider
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region of greater manchester, including nine other boroughs, again saw a steady rise, a few peaks and troughs, but then showed signs of levelling off in recent weeks, and if we look at infection rates in manchester for the week ending the 12th of october, manchester was running at a58 infections per 100,000 people. in comparison nottingham was 880 while derry and strabane nottingham was 880 while derry and stra bane in nottingham was 880 while derry and strabane in northern ireland was more than 1000 but it many ways it's not the number of infections that matter but how many people full seriously ill with a corona and end up seriously ill with a corona and end up being hospitalised so if you have a big group of students are otherwise fit and well, if they get ill it will not have a massive impact on the health service, but if the infection spreads to those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions, that situation can change very quickly. what the two sides do appear to be
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talking again, the mayor of greater manchester andy burnham said this morning it was due to have a call with the prime minister's senior advisor. edward lister, so we will see what, if anything, comes of that. meanwhile, in an attempt to up the ante again on the government, mr burnham has written to the prime minister and other party leaders at westminster, calling for an urgent debate and vote in an attempt to create a cross—party consensus and break the impasse, as he puts it, over the possible introduction of new restrictions in greater manchester. i doubt very much that that is going to happen because it would need the government to make time in parliament or perhaps labour could possibly engineer a debate which would not necessarily result in a binding vote, but you can see what he is trying to do here. it's to push the issue at a national level and make the argument that the government should change its approach and provide more financial support across the board for areas facing higher restrictions. it is interesting because it's notjust a government opposition issue either. you have some tory mps united with andy burnham. where does
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labour stand on this? bceause andy burnham, of course, is a former cabinet minister, labour cabinet minister. he is, a one—time candidate for the labour leadership as well, we shouldn't forget. this is an issue which crosses many fault lines, notjust national versus local government, conservative versus labour, north versus south as well. many conservative mps representing constituencies in greater manchester, as you suggest, are in agreement with mr burnham that tier 3 restrictions are either not needed or, if they are to be brought in, furtherfinancial support is necessary. labour's position is, as we heard, sir keir starmer set out earlier in the week, a short, time—limited, tightening of restrictions at a national level in england is needed to slow the spread of the virus, during which time perhaps the test and trace system could be improved to a level to more efficiently keep the virus under control
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and perhaps the situation would improve but, as we heard, rachel reeves, the shadow cabinet minister pressed on the andrew marr programme this morning, the circuit breaker routine may have to be repeated time and again to keep the virus under control. the government could, of course, just impose this? it could. michael gove said that again this morning and the prime minister said it in his press conference earlier this week. he said, if there is no agreement, he may need to intervene and impose restrictions, which the government absolutely can do. it would create a very difficult and awkward situation politically, though, leaving the people of greater manchester perhaps wondering who, whose orders they were following, who they should be listening to and arguments about how those rules would be enforced or not, which is why we saw the police intervening earlier in the week, so it's a political headache that both sides want to avoid. a record number of shops have closed on britain's high streets during the first six months of this year as the coronarivus lockdown hit many stores hard. according to research, more than 11,000 chain store
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outlets have closed their doors, as katy austin reports. the way we shop was already changing before the pandemic. 0nline sales rising, many physical stores struggling. those trends have accelerated. researchers who track retail and leisure sites, and services like bank branches, found that over 11,000 chain outlets closed in great britain since january, only about 5,000 opened. that adds up to a net decline of 6,000, about twice as many as the similar period last year. the total could end up higher. 0utlets that have not yet reopened after lockdown weren't counted, nor were independents. according to the research, where there have been openings, they've tended to be in categories like grocery and value retail, local tradespeople setting up shop and also takeaways. 0ne retail expert told me the way we use town centres has changed for good. i think what's happening to our streets, and it's been happening for a while, is we do not need as much space dedicated to retail as people
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are shopping more online. so our high streets really need to be more about work, rest and play and just not about shopping, but about eating, about working and about services. recently, local high streets have benefited from people working from home more. however, the big picture is that retailers and hospitality chains are expected to cut more stores and thousands ofjobs to survive. katy austin, bbc news. rallies have been taking place in a number of french cities to express outrage over the beheading of a teacher in a suspected islamist attack. samuel paty was killed near paris on friday after showing pupils cartoons of the prophet mohammed during a lesson on freedom of speech. 0ur paris correspondent, lucy williamson, reports. applause. once again, around the figure of marianne, a sea of
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defiance. this statue, this square, a homing point for a nation whose values have come under attack. since his death on friday, samuel paty, like others before him, has become a symbol of france itself. translation: it's important to be here today to show our collective strength because that's what can help us follow our principles during tough times. the prime minister, jean castex, arrived in place de la republique with a mask printed with the french flag. his message on twitter today read, you won't scare us, we are france. the newest slogan on posters here, "i am samuel" or, simply, "i am a teacher", an echo of the rallying cry sparked by the attacks on charlie hebdo five years ago. this sombre rally is a show of unity in the wake of samuel paty‘s death but it's also proof of the power of social media to deliver a message and bring people together. the same power that enabled a one—man campaign against a local teacher to spiral
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out of control. samuel paty was killed by a man who knew him only through social media, the result of an online campaign launched by an outraged parent and spread quickly outside the area. across france, tens of thousands of people have joined the rallies in his name. a man who stood for the values of the nation, remembered today by a nation standing with him. the headlines on bbc news... the mayor of greater manchester accuses boris johnson of exaggerating the spread of coronavirus in the area in a bid to persuade local leaders to accept tougher restrictions. the government says there's been nearly 17,00 more
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cases of coronavirus in the uk reported in the last 2a hours and a further 67 people have died. vigils and rallies are held across france after a teacher was killed close to his school in a paris suburb on friday. a convicted killer who helped stop a terror attack near london bridge last november is to be considered for parole ten months early. steven gallant was on day release when he intervened to end usman khan's attack, which left two people dead. daniela relph reports. running from fishmongers' hall, where he had just killed two people, this was usman khan on london bridge. in the group pursuing him was steven gallant, himself a convicted murderer out on licence for the day. he was one of the group to wrestle the attacker to the ground before khan was shot dead by armed police. steven gallant had been working with jack merritt, one of the victims, on a prisoner rehabilitation programme.
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his courage that day and his behaviour injail mean he will now be considered for parole ten months early. the ministry ofjustice said the decision had been made in recognition of his exceptionally brave actions at fishmongers' hall, which helped save people's lives despite the tremendous risk to his own. steven galla nt‘s case is likely to come before the parole board next year. daniela relph, bbc news. with little more than two weeks to go to the us presidential election, donald trump has been campaigning in the battleground states that will decide this contest. one of the most important is pennsylvania, which unexpectedly became trump country four years ago. the state lies in the old industrial heartland which is home to many of the president's rural and rust belt supporters. nick bryant reports now from the state that could decide the election. an ugly american election is being fought amidst this beautiful american landscape. what often feels like a shared continent occupied by warring tribes.
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this is the trump house in rural pennsylvania. a site of pilgrimage for a political base that often exhibits a near cult—like devotion, a shrine decorated with the iconography of the modern—day american right. its owner, leslie rossi, points to how the republicans have registered more than twice as many new voters in pennsylvania as the democrats, a portent of victory. they love what president trump has done, that he kept his word, that he kept his promises, that he did all the things he said, or tried to. he is, you know, the people's president and they get that. this is the post—industrial landscape that provided the seedbed for the trump presidency. the rusting steel works became echo chambers for the slogan "make america great again". but this year, he has not come up with a ringing phrase that has reverberated through these valleys. the 2020 election is not a
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rerun of the 2016 election. donald trump is not an insurgent, he is the incumbent. he has a record to defend. and then there's that question that often decides presidential contests — is the country better off now than it was four years ago? some plants have seen new investment, but the steel industry now employs almost 2,000 fewer workers than it did four years ago, largely as a result of the trump trade war. this is not coming back. places like this will never come back. this style of manufacturing that existed throughout the 20th century is gone. has donald trump revived these communities? no, not in the way these communities wanted to be revived. manufacturing has not come back. steel has not come back and it won't. the political rationale
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forjoe biden's candidacy was that he was the democrat best placed to win back white voters in the rust belt, former trump supporters like chuck. in 2020, i think it is a perfect storm for joe biden because i think people were tired. they want to see normalcy back in this country. they want to see decency. they want to see this hatred stop. they want to see this country united, and i think all of that together is going to bring joe biden the presidency. many voters here still cling to the nostalgic nationalism that donald trump offers and view him as a president of american resurgence. but are there enough of them in these broken communities to win him four more years? nick bryant, bbc news, pennsylvania. the 98th archbishop of york has called for the church of england to change during his enthronement
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this afternoon. the most reverend stephen cottrell takes overfrom drjohn sentamu. he told the bbc of his deep sorrow at the church's failings around child abuse and talked about the role of faith in the pandemic. stephen cottrell became the church of england's second most senior clergyman during a service of evensong at york minster, from where luxmy gopal reports. i. i, by divine providence... an occasion steeped in centuries of tradition delivered in a modern way. the enthronement of the most reverend stephen potter was steamed live online, sign of the times in which the 98th archbishop of york assumed his post. it's a great honour and also quite daunting and at such a time when the whole world is in such darkness and difficulty, i feel the world more than ever
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need a message of hope, which is myjob to share and deliver. may god be thy father and the angels of god protect the. the covid secure service had limited numbers and social distancing. i world away from his predecessor's ceremony. today's service comes predecessor's ceremony. today's service comes two predecessor's ceremony. today's service comes two weeks after an independent inquiry found that the church of england had failed to protect children from sexual abuse. the archbishop says it saddens him. we have made terrible mistakes and terrible failings and people have been hurt and abused. we need to fall on our knees in penitence but we also need to rise up determined to change things, and i'm determined to change things, and i'm determined to be someone who leads on the changes that are needed. lord, god, who knows all hearts. in a pandemic that has kept people
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parts, christian faith can be shown by being covid say. the most important thing to do through this is that we love each other. and there are tangible ways we can do that. so wearing a mask is a sign of love, keeping a distance as a sign of love. a message that will remain important in the months ahead. 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
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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 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 over the weekend or on a day if it's busy. 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's 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 in as soon as we can and within 2a hours we hope to have the answer.
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is it an outbreak, all the same thing moving around, or have there been multiple introductions from outside where different people have brought it 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. most are traceable back to italy, spain and france, not asia. and they have investigated potential outbreaks at a hospital in ipswich and a chicken factory in norfolk. we found that, in the chicken factory, all the viruses we sequenced 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
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with them and they were not transmitting in the hospital. that meant the infection control measures were working appropriately and the hospital didn't need to worry. uk labs are leading the world in this genome work. as the virus springs back, it will be a key weapon in fighting outbreaks. richard wescott, bbc news, norwich. 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. 0ur reporter ian haslam joined some of the hundreds of fans who turned up to watch. i'm vengeance. 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? um, batman. i'm just going to the shops for now and then i will come back and have a little watch.
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let's hope he does not pop out while you are gone. i know, 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 liver building. but he's not easy to find. i have not seen batman, have you? i have, yeah! i've seen every one. i thought everyone had seen batman! not the film, the actual batman, here in liverpool? no, not yet. i thought it was him earlier but it was a security guard. tough break. he has been spotted in places including anfield cemetery. but for fans, spotting a stunt man is one thing, seeing new batman star robert pattinson is a bigger deal altogether. yeah, i saw robert pattinson yesterday. he was filming the walk down scenes there. what was that like, to see a hollywood actor? i don't know, i didn't really think much of it. but whether the old tv series is your favourite, or one of the many movie versions, the much—rebooted 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.
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there's not really that much going on. but if they are looking for a leading man over there, even though i am dressed in active wear, probably not the best impression to give, lam available... ..if you are watching. 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. but not everybody is happy with it. it is an inconvenience because everywhere is blocked off now. i can't go my normal route. maybe if it was a different superhero, maybe i wouldn't be upset. but it's batman, i'm not really the best fan. he will not help you if you need him. he doesn't really even help anyone in general. he'sjust driving around in his... anyway, i'm a batman hater! the movie is due for release in march 2022. ian haslam, bbc news, liverpool. a county durham man has followed in the footsteps of king harold in 1066, walking in a suit of armour,
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the 300 miles from stamford bridge near york to the famous battle site of that year near hastings. lewis kirkbride made the 19—day walk in more than four stone of armour, raising money along the way for a mental health charity. ian reeve reports. it was quite a feat. lewis walked 310 miles from new york to near hastings. the same route taken by king harold and his men, heading for the famous battle in 1066 and over that same time period, 19 days in september and october. back home, eight children's mental health charity walked for is more than £20,000 better off.|j charity walked for is more than £20,000 better off. i had a few struggles of my own a few years ago, and my hobbies got me through. but i wa nted and my hobbies got me through. but i wanted to prove a few things and i thought that harold's march
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of 1066 was a good physical challenge and along the way lots of people came out to help and i wanted to prove how kind people can be. aside from the distance, what made the walk more gruelling was wearing a.5 stone of chainmail helmet and authentic thick garments. it was wet, windy, horrible and some days i was walking on busy a road so it was scary in places but i spent months preparing and training, getting used to all the gear and preparing for this. his neighbours gave him an enthusiastic welcome home on wednesday night in all of his achievement. did you think he would do it? yeah, a few times i thought he was biting off more than he could chew but i think he could, he had the determination and commitment. king harald of course met his death in the battle of hastings. but 950 years later lewis's walk is helping to give the spectre of male mental
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health problems the eye. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. autumn weather is waking up again, wind and rain heading our way. spreading across northern ireland and scotland as the night goes on, parts of northern england, the further north you are. south of that a few breaks in the cloud, if you mist and fog patches around and temperatures are lower than this in some spots for 10 degrees in belfast to start the day tomorrow. a brief lull in the day early on but more heavy rain will come on quickly in the morning and then spread across scotland, parts of northern england, north west england, that rain into the afternoon. elsewhere in england and wales, hazy brightness. the wind picks up, turns mother in the southerly wind as well, but for the northern ireland and scotland and particularly western scotland it
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