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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7: 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. huge crowds have rallied in france, showing solidarity and defiance after the islamist murder
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of a teacher outside paris. 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. calls from the new archbishop of york for the church of england to change as he tells the bbc of his deep sorrow at the church's failings around child 00:01:20,1000 --> 00:01:21,871 abuse. and a hammer blow for tottenham as they see a 3—0 lead slip against west ham, who score a last—gasp equaliser to secure a draw. sportsday is at 7:45pm. the labour mayor of greater manchester, andy burnham, has continued to clash with the government over lockdown
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restrictions for the region. mr burnham wants greater 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's 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's worried about the possibility of even more restrictions. we need help up in the north. if you want to bring these 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. for days, politicians here and in london have been trying to reach an agreement, and the region's labour mayor, andy burnham, has accused 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 soon. the fundamental incoherence of the position of andy burnham is that, on the one hand,
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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's not just 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 number of deaths so far across the uk to 15,616.
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well, those were the national figures, and our health correspondent, dominic hughes, has been looking at the figures for coronavirus cases in greater manchester. on friday, the prime minister described the situation in manchester as grave 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 students returned to the city at the start of university, but in the days leading up to october it declined. over the same period the wider region of greater manchester, including nine other boroughs, again saw a steady rise, a few peaks and
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troughs, but then it 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 at 880 while derry and strabane in northern ireland was at more than 1,000 but in many ways it's not the number of infections that matter but how many people full seriously ill with coronavisurs 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. vicki joins me now. any signs out of this impasse? it has been going on for several days and there have been more talks today there have been described as constructive on both sides but that is pretty much all we are
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getting. it's worth remembering why we are here, because the government does not want a national approach or another national lockdown. i don't think lots of areas of england require that so that is why they are trying to do these more tailored regional approaches. the problem with that is you then have to negotiate with many more people so it makes a decision a bit harder and as we have been hearing downing street say they want to work with local leaders there in the same way as they have with lancashire, liverpool, where they have managed to do liverpool, where they have managed todoa liverpool, where they have managed to do a deal, but of course it does involve money, so i do suspect at the end of this it will mean the treasury coming up with more cash for greater manchester. interesting that andy burnham talked about parliament deciding if a region is put into circle tier 3, that top level of restrictions, they should know what to expect in terms of financial support. i don't think that will happen, but it has piled
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pressure on everyone to try and get some kind of resolution to this because ultimately, as the prime minister said on friday, the national government can intervene and impose these restrictions on an area if they decide to actually the need for it is so great. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the chief sports reporterfor the sun, martin lipton, and the economics commentator grace blakeley. 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 may stores hard. according to research, more than 11,000 chain store 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,
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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 had not yet reopened after lockdown weren't counted, nor were independents. according to the research, where there have been openings, they 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 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
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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. more than 60,000 coronavirus tests have had to be rerouted after issues with a uk government lighthouse facility in glasgow. the scottish government says there's a testing capacity issue and is urgently trying to establish with the uk government what's caused the delay but say it's mainly due to demand from outside scotland. the department of health has been contacted for comment. gillian sharpe reports. today's coronavirus figures are 316 positive cases but the scottish government said it does not reflect the real situation. it said it was notified last week about a testing capacity issue with a facility in glasgow and that means around 64,000
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tests from across the uk, including scotland, will have been re—routed this weekend to other testing sites in the uk. they add that the majority of those tests will still be within the 24—48 our timeframe for results but they do expect to see an increase in positives on monday and tuesday when the results are reported. the uk government has set upa are reported. the uk government has set up a network of laboratories to doa set up a network of laboratories to do a brand—new test for a brand—new virus at an unprecedented scale, so i don't blame the uk government or my colleagues in these labs who are working 24 hours a day, but occasionally that balance of demand and supply lets us down a little and we need to spend a bit of time catching up. that doesn't mean it will be three or two weeks but it just mean some of the glasgow test might have to go to belfast or milton keynes to allow us to redistribute and catch up. as part of efforts to combat the spread of the virus, we have already become used to face coverings in many
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public settings like transport and shops. and on friday workplace camp teensjoin the shops. and on friday workplace camp teens join the list. from tomorrow that will expand to include other communal workplace areas like corridors, the idea is to stop any potential transmission. temporary transmissions are due to expire in less tha n transmissions are due to expire in less than a week but already the first minister has warned it will not be back to normal anytime soon. —— restrictions. 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 muhammad during a lesson on freedom of speech. 0ur paris correspondent, lucy williamson, reports. applause. once again, around the figure of marianne, a sea of defiance. this statue, this square, a homing point for a nation whose values have come under attack. since his death on friday,
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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 out of control. samuel paty was killed by a man who knew him only
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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 to try to persuade local leaders to accept tougher restrictions restrictions as he calls for increased financial support. the government says there's been nearly 17,000 more cases of coronavirus in the uk reported in the last 24 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
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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. 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
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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. 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 this afternoon. 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. the most reverend stephen cottrell takes overfrom drjohn sentamu and became the church of england's second most senior clergyman during a service of evensong
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at york minster, from where luxmy gopal reports. i. i, stephen, by divine providence, lord archbishop of york... an occasion steeped in centuries of tradition delivered in a modern way. cottrell 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 needs a message of hope, which is myjob to share and deliver. may god be thy father and the angels of god protect thee. the covid secure service had limited
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numbers and social distancing. a world away from his 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 some 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 be someone who leads on the changes that are needed. 0 lord, our god, who knowest all hearts. in a pandemic that has kept people parts, christian faith can be shown by being covid safe. 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
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a distance is a sign of love. a message that will remain important in the months ahead. a new, artificial ‘white sand' beach is sparking controversy in the philippines. environmentalists say the manila bay sands project, part of a wider twenty—million—dollar government plan to clean up manila bay, is damaging to the local ecosystem and hazardous to public health. despite this, thousands of manila's residents have been flocking to the beach to catch a glimpse of the city's hottest talking point. howard johnson reports. this is manila's new artificial white sand beach made of crushed dolomite rock. it's part of a wider governmant plan to rehabilitate the city's heavily polluted harbour. years of neglect resulting in a mix of oil and waste from nearby ports and residential areas. just 100 metres away from the white sand beach and you can see the real problem of manila bay — the waste that has accumulated from the 13 million people that live in this city.
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what you won't be able to detect is the awful smell of the water. the faecal matter in there is so high, it is currently unsafe to swim in, but the government are cleaning up the bay, as you can see at the moment, they are dredging with this big tanker over here. the beach was briefly open to the public in september and has already drawn thousands of curious onlookers. translation: this is super attractive for people and it feels that you are in a beauty spot. it is a waste of money and maybe, injust a month, this will fade away because of the storm and the weather. but the $600,000 beach project has been criticised by environmentalists who say the dolomite, extracted from a quarry in the south of the philippines, is detrimental to marine life. the dolomite has health hazards to people and health hazards to the wildlife living in manila bay. it may cause siltation to the environment and, of course, rehabilitation, if it is genuine
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rehabilitation, they shouldn't be putting white sand that is not natural to the ecosystem of manila bay. the department of the environment, which is currently investigating claims of environmental damage caused by the quarrying, insists not only is the sand safe, but a better looking bay can help nudge beach—goers to keep it clean. we dredge, we clean and then we added an added activity, we want to beautify it because what we are tapping here in the harbour is the behaviour of the public. so, if we put normal black sand there, so people will not really see whether whether there is improvement. with the project scheduled for completion at the end of the year, many have begun anticipating a day by the sea. but with water bacteria levels still dangerously high, swimming might not be an option. howard johnson, bbc news, manila bay. a county durham man has followed in the footsteps of king harold in 1066, walking in a suit of armour the 300 miles from stamford bridge near york
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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 near 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, a mental health 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. my my issues were quite close to home. but i wanted to prove a few things
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and i thought that harold's march 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 4.5 stone of chainmail helmet and authentic thick garments. it was wet, windy, horrible and some days i was walking on busy a—roads, so it was scary in places, but i spent months preparing and training, getting used to all the gear and learning how to do my boots. 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 harold 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 health problems an eye.
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it's been a great weekend for birdwatchers who have caught a glimpse of a bird that's not been seen in britain for 40 years. more than 100 twitchers gathered to see the rufous bush chat in norfolk yesterday. the bird, which usually likes warmer climates, was apparently heading for a tropical location but went the wrong way! now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. autumn weather is up again, wind and rain heading ourway autumn weather is up again, wind and rain heading our way as we go through the week ahead. spreading across northern ireland and scotland. as the night goes on, northern england. south of the brea ks northern england. south of the breaks in the cloud, a few mist and fog patches around and temperatures lower than this in some spots but 10 degrees in belfast. a brief lull in the rain early on but heavy rain will come in quite quickly in the morning and spread across scotland and parts of northern england, especially north west england, we
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can see that rain into the afternoon. elsewhere in england and wales, hazy brightness. the winds pick up, turning milder in a southerly wind as well but the northern ireland and scotland and particularly western scotland it will be a very wet day with rain continuing even into monday night. rain totals mounting here, a few impacts out and about. that is your forecast.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the mayor of greater manchester accuses boris johnson of exaggerating the spread of coronavirus in the area to try to persuade local leaders to accept tougher restriction as he calls for increased financial support. anywhere could end up in tier three this winter. in fact, i would say places are likely to end up in tier three. therefore, it's everyone's concern to protect the lowest


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