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high noon in manchester — and still no news on a deal noone in manchester and still no news. all eyes on the prime minister, who's holding a briefing in downing street later this afternoon we'll be getting the latest live from manchester and asking, "what happens next? " also this lunchtime... the number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus across england and wales rises by a third in just seven days. some passengers flying from heathrow will be the first to have the option of paying for a 20—minute covid test before checking in. a witness tells the manchester arena inquiry he confronted bomber salman abeidi 20 minutes before the attack, and reported him to security staff.
after the chaos of the first us election debate, organisers ensure the next one will be a bit quieter — by turning the mics off. and coming up on bbc news, a crucial 2a hours for rugby union as wasps will find out whether whether they can take part in the premiership final after seven positive coronavirus tests on their squad. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. a deadline passed an hour ago for local leaders in greater manchester to reach a deal with the government over moving to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions. so far, after ten days of talks, there's no news. local leaders, including the mayor andy burnham, want a minimum of £75 million in financial support
from central government if the area is put into the very high alert level. that would mean shutting many pubs and big restrictions on households mixing. without agreement, all eyes are now on the prime minister borisjohnson, who's hosting a briefing in downing street later this afternoon. our correspondent dan johnson is in manchester. done? yes, some people will say this isa done? yes, some people will say this is a failure of politics that there has been no agreement and an unacceptable delay in the meantime which may well have put more lives at risk, but there is a lot at steak here and there was agreement that extra measures in some form have been needed for the city but also is a major sticking points as to what they should be and what sort of package should come with them. that midday deadline has been and gone and people still do not have an answer. this city has been waiting for
an agreement under the restrictions that has eluded politicians and left people wondering what is to come and when. a decision needs to be made today, because in baghdad? nobody knows where they are going. surely local politicians will know best. -- a decision needs to be made today, are we closing? local politicians have been waiting for more money to support workers and knowledge that the restrictions will be affected. health is about more than controlling the virus. if we leave people in a tier 3 lockdown which could go on to the winter, where people cannot go to their normal place of work, i think we could have a mental health crisis. a song of freedom for a city locking down once more, because people here are suffering. trevor's sister, a nurse, is his in hospital
with the virus. she sounded quite poorly yesterday but i hope she is recovering like she says. he worries about the way the possible implications. she says. he worries about the way the possible implicationsm she says. he worries about the way the possible implications. it seems to be getting worse, people getting angrier across—the—board, to be getting worse, people getting angrier across—the—boa rd, as to be getting worse, people getting angrier across—the—board, as far as ican angrier across—the—board, as far as i can see. it could lead to trouble. this greengrocer‘s has 100 years of history and mark relied on the trade of local restaurants. i can understand where andy burnham is coming from because of the local businesses suffering at the moment. will people accept government restrictions? i think so, will people accept government restrictions? ithink so, ithink people are fed up and want to get it done. but don't underestimate the bitterness left by the toing and froing. kirsty works at the university. there has always been a divide between the north and south, i hope they can put differences aside and decide what will be the best for the
north. you almost feel like has been evacuated. this street is like a ghost. listen to amanda in the caribbean cafe next door, where patients is running low. part of me wants to know which tier we are in full search and so we can have clarity, because there is no clarity at the moment anyway, is there? surely we should have had an answer? tempers have been tested in parliament. last night the communities secretary of the just £22 million for a city region of 2.8 million people, less on the £25 million people, less on the £25 million granted to his own centre. white is this government hate greater manchester? greater manchester is being treated exactly the same as every part of our united kingdom, these are national support schemes to help the most vulnerable. he raised a number of questions, there are national schemes to
protect businesses, employees and provide support to his local authority. the next move is delicate, these are serious questions of liberty, health and how we keep people safe from the virus and its wider impacts. these are tough decisions, a test of his sets the rules and how best to make sure they are followed. this is serious stuff and you cannot fail to be struck by the strength of feeling. there are people gathered outside the library and the town hall to see whether there will be any news on their future, what restrictions they will live under. there has been no agreement to date. this is a tense and confusing time, different figures have been bandied about about what the financial settlement should be, what the intensive care capacity numbers are, people are losing track of who and what to believe, but we understand that borisjohnson has spoken to andy
burnham, the mayor of the city region, and unless a last—ditch deal, paul lies firmly in the course of the prime minister. 0ur political correspondent chris mason is in westminster. tempers are getting frayed, there is real pressure on the politicians at the heart of this? as a deadline passed one hour ago, the prime minister was speaking to andy burnham, the mayor of late —— of greater manchester, suggesting there is still a desire at the last minute on both sides to secure a deal is possible. the numbers can be hard to comprehend. there is a baseline accepted figure of £8 per head of population for those going into tier 3 restrictions, around £22 million, for improving tracking and tracing and enforcement of help for troubled people. the row is over the next
chunk of economic support money, if manchester got a similar amount per head to lancashire and liverpool city region, our calculations suggest around 56 million p would be going the way of greater manchester, on top of that £22 million, which comes to about 75 million p, which is what sources did greater manchester say is the minimum they would accept. those are the numbers in the mix as we wait to see whether a deal has been done, with the prime minister and two senior clinicians addressing the country at a news conference at five o'clock this afternoon. and we'll have a special programme with coverage of the prime minister's press conference here on bbc one and the bbc news channel — that's from 4:30 this afternoon the number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus across the uk has gone up by more than a third in the space of seven days — and now stands above 400. 0ur health correspondent laura foster is here with the details. what are these figures
telling us? they are from the office for national exam they record the death happening in hospitals, care homes and in people's homes, where covid—19 is written on the death certificate. 11,339 people died in the week of the 9th of october, a74 the week of the 9th of october, 474 had covid written down, by 38% in a week and roughly double what it was the previous few weeks and quadruple what it was a month ago. on this chart we can see the total number of people who have sadly died because of this i was, 58,164 is the figure from the 0ns. i'll be back to what we we re from the 0ns. i'll be back to what we were in the spring? we need to put these figures into context. everything red is a death caused by coronavirus, if you look to the far right, where it says october, that little bit of red is not nearly as high as during the peak of the pandemic, the week of the
17th of april, where we experience 9495 deaths in a week, but the numbers are growing up. this is the third consecutive week we had seen an increase in people dying with covid—19, which is what is concerning the government right now. thank you, laura. the irish government is reimposing some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions in europe. for six weeks from midnight tomorrow, all nonessential shops will close and people will have to stay close to home. the irish prime minister said that if everyone pulled together, the country would be able to celebrate christmas "in a meaningful way." from dublin, emma vardy reports. ireland readies itself for another stretch, looking down the freedoms of everyday life. the tipping point came after a dramatic increase in infections over the past fortnight. this time, schools will remain open, but once again all nonessential shops will close and households will be forbidden to mix. lockdown is all well and good, but, unfortunately, it's the health service is the issue.
cos they can lockdown everything down to try and suppress the numbers, but if the numbers keep growing, unfortunately, they haven't invested enough in the health service. do you think it's the right decision? yeah. why's that? i had treatment for cancer earlier this year, i'm a diabetic with respiratory problems, so the less people that are out and about, the better. and i'm going home now. well, this is one of dublin's busiest shopping streets, which will soon become empty. meanwhile, the irish government is considering a number of measures to help enforce its second period of lockdown restrictions, such as fines for anyone who breaks the rule of exercising beyond the limit of five kilometres from the home. last night, there was a grave address live on irish television from ireland's prime minister, the taoiseach, micheal martin. the government has decided that the evidence of a potentially grave situation arising in the weeks ahead is now too strong. therefore, for a period of six weeks from midnight on wednesday night,
the entire country will move to level five of the framework for living with covid—19. business groups have been told the lockdown measures may last even longer for pubs and restaurants. unless the outlook improves, many believe they could have to remain closed to serving customers indoors even over christmas. emma vardy, bbc news, dublin. heathrow has become the first uk airport to offer coronavirus tests to passengers. people flying to hong kong will have the option of paying £80 for a rapid test, giving a result in around 20 minutes. some countries are demanding proof of a negative result before they allow people in. 0ur transport correspondent tom burridge reports. covid tests at a uk airport. initially it's for staff at heathrow and passengers heading to hong kong. it was thought italy would accept the type of test being used here too, but negotiations with the italian authorities are
still ongoing. for lynne, who travels to italy a lot, a test in the airport before she travels is a much better option. i don't really want to wait until i get to italy and then have a test in an italian airport and then maybe something might not be right, and whether i have to go back on a plane, go into a hospital, whatever it might be, i need that reassurance for me and my family to know that i am 0k. more people heading out of heathrow face restrictions when they get to their destination, because more countries classify the uk as a risk. the facility here is privately funded so it has no impact on nhs testing capacity. you'll come to this facility before you check in. hopefully you will have booked your test online and paid your £80. the type of test they are using here
means that the sample you give can be analysed on location. a result is guaranteed within an hour. the methodology is different to the pcr test, which is widely used in the nhs. these tests are incredibly accurate, the test we are using here has been developed by the university of oxford. they work very similar to the pcr test that you've talked about where they take out the viral matter, and they are very quick which means that, actually, it's a small inconvenience coming to the airportjust an hour before and then moving on yourjourney as you would have done normally. the testing now available at heathrow is only for people departing the uk. it will have no impact on the two week travel quarantine for those arriving. but aviation bosses say it's an important first step. we're going to be living with covid for perhaps many years to come. we need to find a way in which the economy can thrive, but we can keep people safe. and testing is the answer to doing that. this is really crucial for me. destiny, a model, needs a test. without these papers, i can't get in at this point.
so at this moment i'm just waiting to get into the test centre. but it was unclear whether the type of test at heathrow would get him into japan. it's why airlines want a common international standard to make it safe and simple to travel. tom burridge, bbc news, at heathrow. a man's told the manchester arena inquiry how he confronted the bomber salman abedi 20 minutes before he exploded his bomb asking him what was in his rucksack. 0ur north of england correspondentjudith moritz is following the inquiry. yes, we heard this morning in coach from a couple, christopher wilde and his partnerjulie wakeley, who were at the arena to collect their daughterfrom the at the arena to collect their daughter from the ariana grande concert, and they decided to wait, they had arranged to meet her on the mezzanine area of the cyaa. we now know that is where the bomber, salman abedi, was loitering before
his attack. they came across him, they did not know who he was but they did not know who he was but they say they were very suspicious because he was hiding and it stuck out to them at a children's concert to see somebody like that. christopher wild decided to speak to the man with a rucksack and he said to him, it doesn't look very good, you know, what with bombs and things like that, you with a rucksack, what are you doing? and he told the court that he was worried about things that he was worried about things that happened in the world at the time and he felt that was what drove him to speak to the man he saw. did he get any reply from salman abedi? he apparently stared at him and asked him repeatedly for the time. julie whitley told the court they could see he was wearing a watch and they were worried enough that they wa nted they were worried enough that they wanted to alert somebody to him. christopher said if ever any police officers in the room at the time he would have found them, but there was
not any, so he found a security steward until the court that when they had a conversation with that stupid that he felt fobbed off, he was not interested and nothing was done —— a conversation with such stewards. but he told the court he does not want that man to be blamed for what happened and we will hear evidence from that stupid later in the inquiry. our top story this lunchtime: the midday deadline on a deal with manchester for lockdown measures passes. the prime minister will hold a news conference in downing street later this afternoon. and coming up, the care home residents taking to tiktok to help pass the time during lockdown. coming up on bbc news, the champions league is back. manchester united are in france to face paris saint—germain, while chelsea take on sevilla.
scientists in london plan to infect a group of healthy volunteers with coronavirus to help the search for a vaccine. experts at imperial college say it'll be the first such study anywhere in the world. dozens of young people would take part in the ground—breaking human challenge trial, which could get under way early in the new year. 0ur health correspondent richard galpin reports. in bleak times of restrictive measures, genuinely positive developments are rare. but today a glimmer of hope. the announcement trials are due to start in this volunteers are deliberately infected with the virus will be a key step forward. they will be the first in development of covid vaccines, which are so vital for finally bringing our lives back to normal. we need
to have ways of comparing vaccines head—to—head, seeing what they do in terms of triggering the immune system, in terms of defence against infection, and it's really only with studies of this sort that you can do that very quickly in the sort of agile and rapid manner. the trials would involve 90 healthy volunteers, aged from 18 to 30, being infected. the scientists first tried to discover the smallest amount of virus that leads to a person becoming infected. then how vaccines work in the body to stop or prevent covid—19. safety is crucial, but some people are already preparing to volunteer. it's not something that i really wa nt volunteer. it's not something that i really want to do, i wish we had no pandemic, but we have a pandemic, so we can't ignore the situation we are in. and to me, i would regret it if ididn't in. and to me, i would regret it if ididn‘t do in. and to me, i would regret it if i didn't do all i can to take this risk on, because of the
extraordinary benefits it could potentially bring to other people. this kind of study, known as a challenge trial, provides faster results because it only requires that most of a few hundred volunteers, rather than the thousands of people usually brought in to take part in these studies. and these results should help researchers establish which of the many vaccines being developed around the world are most likely to succeed. china is making significant progress. today, officials saying they may be able to make over1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses next year. richard galpin, bbc news. a charity is warning that many carers are exhausted and desperate for extra help because of the pandemic. nearly two thirds of those who responded to a survey by carers uk say they're worried about the impact of more restrictions over the winter. the government says it recognises the vital role played by unpaid carers and it's working to support them. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holt reports. let me just stand up. the start of another long
day for elaine kenyon and her partner, ian gore. he has multiple sclerosis and needs constant support. he used to spend five days a week at a day centre, but the pandemic meant that closed. so now elaine provides most of his care on her own. like many of the family carers in today's survey, they're worried about how they'll cope as covid restrictions tighten again. how's your day been, ian? boring! why has it been boring? cos i'm stuck in this house! what do you miss about being at the day centre? all my pals, all my friends. what else do you feel about today? what's today been like? it's not very good for you, is it? why? cos you're doing everything. i can't do anything. come and walk in my shoes for a week, or a day. just see how it feels. cos it isn't good. you're isolated. you've nobody... you know, i sit and cry
some nights, and then i think, "why are you doing this? pick yourself up!" but it's hard to pick yourself up. nearly 6,000 family carers answered online questions from the charity carers uk. 81% say they've had to provide more care since the pandemic, and nearly two thirds say their mental health has deteriorated. a similar number say they haven't had a breakfor six months. my fear is that carers are teetering on the brink right now. their physical and mental well—being is really struggling. and what you have to remember is that if a carer becomes ill, the health and social care system has to look after two people — the person they care for and the carer. so it's really short—term not to support carers at the moment. there are 13.6 million people caring behind closed doors at the moment, and they really need some recognition and some support. for ian, elaine and others, the hope is that more day centres and support services will find ways to reopen safely to provide them
with vital support. alison holt, bbc news. almost half of secondary schools in england had at least one pupil self—isolating last week after coming into contact with a coronavirus case in the school. new figures from the department for education show that overall attendance of secondary pupils across the country was down to 86%. president trump and his democratic rival, joe biden, will have their microphones muted for part of their next election debate on thursday. the first debate was marked by ill—tempered exchanges and frequent interruptions. 0ur correspondent gary 0'donoghue is in washington. muted but for only part of it. yes, so for each segment, there will be six on different topic areas, the candidates get two minutes each to start those segments. for that two minutes, the other candidate's microphone will be muted, simon,
although they will still be on the stage, 12 feet away, so if they start yelling, you're going to hear it, and my feeling is that the human ear will strain to hear that even more than it does if you just talk over someone normally. so it may be some kind of destruction in its own right, even though there microphone is muted. 0k, gary, thank you very much. it's a unique opportunity to see restoration work being carried out at salisbury cathedral, but to do it you're going to need a head for heights. climbing high up onto the roof, people are seeing the work of stonemasons preserving parts of the 800—year—old structure, as john maguire reports. its spire stretches 123 metres into the heavens, just above 400 feet, making it the tallest in britain. it dominates the city of salisbury and the surrounding countryside. but it's only up close that you gain a full appreciation of this building and the people who created it. we're climbing the scaffolding on the among the parapets tour,
covid—secure, of course, but a chance to see the scale of the task at hand. well, this building is 800 years old. the restoration work that's been going on for the past 35 years or so has seen the replacement of around 1% of the stones. so, as you can imagine, there's still quite a lot of work to do. they were built for a smaller workman in those days. clambering beneath the east end roof into a loft that for centuries was a workshop for the stonemasons, gary shows me how much of the traditional way of working still continues today. everyjoint there is soldered. so it's all lead, and we actually cast our own lead canes on site. so this is what we call a two—pin lewis. it's split in half, if you like. and when you put them both together and then you put them in the hole like that, when you lift up the hook, it literally grips and holds the weight of the stone.
easily 400 or 500 kilos. wind, rain, frost and pollution have joined forces to attack the cathedral‘s exterior. but step inside and the stonework looks as if it was created yesterday. we're looking straight down the scissor arches. perfect symmetry. they look almost like a teardrop. back on terra firma in the stonemasons' workshop, sarah's carving in the same way as her forebears have for centuries. and, like them, modern—day artisans create their own incredible detail in the stone. often their work will be placed hundreds of feet high, near invisible from the ground. traditionally, they've carved their unique signature, often initials, into the stone. it's known as a banker mark, as it ensured that they were paid. they can identify the stones that they've worked and everything. and it's kind of like an age—old tradition that goes back to the medieval masons. the money raised from the tours
will go towards the £2 million shortfall caused by covid, but salisbury cathedral is among those institutions that have survived even worse. john maguire, bbc news, salisbury. a danish inventer who murdered a journalist on a home—made submarine has been recaptured after attempting to escape from prison. peter madsen is said to have got out after threatening guards with a fake bomb and what's described as a pistol—like object. he was surrounded by armed police a few hundred yards from the jail. a review of the parole system in england and wales will consider whether victims and journalists should be allowed to attend hearings. it'll be carried out by the ministry ofjustice and follows several controversial cases which put the system under the spotlight. at the moment, victims can deliver a statement but must then leave. the review will also examine whether parole panels should be able to compel witnesses to attend. with routines being forced to change and visits from loved ones restricted, the last six months have been
a tough time for many care homes across the uk. now, as they've been exploring new ways of staying entertained, residents at one home in west yorkshire have made themselves social media stars. # tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen. # pour myself a cup of ambition... residents at this care home in 0tley may not work nine to five, but they've found a way of keeping themselves occupied. since the start of the pandemic, they've been engaging in one of this year's most popular trends — tiktok. # i've got to break free. # god knows... # god knows i want to break free... we felt like we needed a little bit of a boost in the home, i was a bit new to tiktok, so i didn't really know
what it was about. it's just stemmed from there, really, we started off doing a couple of birthday tiktoks, but now we have tiktok friday, we do them every week, and we all love them. # football's coming home. # it's coming home... the videos were initially used as a way for residents to show their families they were coping during a particularly difficult and isolating year. # wow, you can really dance! little did they know they'd end up going viral on tiktok, with one of their videos receiving more than 250,000 views. well, it was really fun. i mean, when we're stuck in here and we can't get out, things like that really do cheer us up. do you enjoy the tiktok videos that we make? of course! it occupies me where i wouldn't have anything to do. what do you think about the number of people that viewed? well, it must be wonderful for them, like it's wonderful for me. they've had a lot of views. have they? yeah.
was i on one of them? you're on one of them. oh, good. has it cheered you up through lockdown? oh, yes! yeah? oh, that's good. care homes closed their doors to visitors seven months ago, but those at teal beck house have assured their families there's no need to worry about them. # and then a hero comes along. # with the strength to carry on. # and you cast your fears aside. # and you know you can survive... # let's have a look at the weather with stav. we started the week with most of the rhine across scotland and northern ireland, but england and wales will now bear the brunt, windy at times. have a look at the radar and satellite picture, wet weather