this is bbc news. the headlines: the us military has carried out a drone strike killing a member of the islamic state group in afghanistan, following thursday's deadly attack by the militants at kabul airport. a spokesman said the first indications are that no civilians were killed during the operation. the us embassy has renewed its appeal for citizens to avoid travelling to kabul airport, because of security concerns. senior taliban leaders say they've taken up positions inside the airport and are ready to take control as soon as the americans leave. a us intelligence report has concluded that covid—19 was not developed as a biological weapon by china, but officials were unable to provide a more definitive explanation for its origin, and blamed beijing for hindering the global investigation. china has rejected the accusation.
plans to ban single—use plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups in england have just been announced, as part of proposals to tackle what ministers say is "the unnecessary use of plastics that wreak havoc with our natural environment." the measures will be considered in a public consultation this autumn, with scotland, wales and northern ireland having similar plans. here's our political correspondent, nick eardley. this is our bamboo set... is this the future of eating on the go? paris sells bamboo cutlery across the uk. we are still working with bamboo and hemp. sustainable items which he hopes are part of the answer to reducing plastic consumption. what do you think about the idea of banning plastic cutlery? yeah, i would vote for anybody who will ban it. i think plastic is everywhere. we cannot get rid of plastic completely, but there are definitely certain areas where we can improve.
this is the problem — plastic in oceans around the world, deadly for a number of species. campaigners have been urging the government to act. the reality is that we are really facing an environmental crisis. our oceans are full of plastic and they are killing marine life and damaging our ecosystem. banning these items is going to contribute to stopping plastic pollution. we need the government to go much, much further. we are facing a plastics crisis and we need to turn off the tap. and this is what ministers want to ban, single—use plastic cutlery and plates. it's all part of a strategy from the government to try and get rid of what it calls avoidable plastic waste by 2042, but so far anyway there is no mention of things like this, plastic coffee cups, and some want ministers to go further. there will now be a consultation, but it could be another 18 months before a ban becomes law.
friends of the earth say faster, more radical action is needed. we need government to take an overall approach, to say that what we are going to do is bring an end to all plastic pollution and what we are going to do is drastically reduce the amount of all single—use products, notjust a fork followed by a spoon followed by a cup. we are trying to be sustainable... paris hopes increased awareness and reduced cost will make alternatives to plastic more popular. if we came to your house for dinner, we'd all be eating with bamboo cutlery? i will give you bamboo cutlery — no plastic in my house. nick eardley, bbc news. now on bbc news, our world. boris johnson: the coronavirus is the biggest threat this - country has faced for decades. if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the nhs will be unable to handle it. from this evening, i must give the british people are very
i wake up in the morning, see the blue sky, sun out, and i think wow, what a beautiful day. and it doesn't take me long. i look out the window, open up my blinds and i see people walking with their masks, then it hits me. it doesn't feel real. but you know it's real because you've got the letters in your hand telling you you must stay at home. well, i've been here 25 years. we've got a range of people. people who are obviously quite wealthy. there are quite a lot of people renting, privately, and also social housing. and it's a wonderful mix. you cannot tell by walking down the street what type of accommodation. i don't know the very posh
houses, the £12 million house, i wish i did. next door they're multimillionaires and we're housing association, this block. i think all children's entertainers are a bit kids at heart. schools closed on that friday and i thought gosh, well, that's it. i'm not going to be doing any entertaining. i was talking to my friend and saying oh, this is awful, everything's ended, and she goes, "why don't you do it online?" it looks like a rat's nest! i actually thought it would never go virtual. i really used to say to people, it can never be anything other than doing it in real life. and look at me now! 'cause i did a party for a little girl in south africa the other day. how awesome is that? so now i'm a global children's entertainer! hello, is there anybody out there? the first few that i did, when i saw all the kids
in their little boxes and not meeting and playing together, i nearly cried. ijust wanted them all to be together and be able to be kids and run around and touch. you need to unmute yourself! it sort of brought home those implications of lockdown where kids really aren't running around the playground together, that's my aim and my ambition, is to bring them together. and how old are you, are you ten? five and my little sister's two! - the kids still need to play, the kids still need to have that outlet. and i'm 18! and how many more have you got booked? i've none! that was my last one! so i'm sad but i'm not worried. i think that there's a market for what i do. all i can do is what i feel i was put here to do which is to bring love and joy
to kids, that's all i can do! i can only tend my garden. and everyone's got a garden they can tend, they can bring, and i reckon if we all do that, that is our answer. give yourselves a clap! well done, that was wonderful dancing, everybody! we're rather lucky not to be alone in a house. so, in total, we're 17 in the whole house. i don't think many of my friends have all their cousins living in the same house in the middle of london. it's actually really fun �*cause it feels like christmas every day. and people who lived through war always say it is the happiest time of my life, and i never really understood that. for the moment, for us, it's one of the happiest moments of our lives. it's pretty bad to say that, i know, because a lot of people are suffering, but actually, it is. reporter: in the uk, - the number of dead has risen by 684 in one 24—hour period.
that brings the total number of deaths in hospitals - from the disease to 3,605. matt hancock: we cannot relax our discipline now. . stay at home and then you will be doing your part. we are losing so many brilliant, beautiful people. just yesterday, i was told by my mum that a next—door neighbour who got the virus in a care home, she passed away. that really hit me. i've got to stay at home completely. i'm severe asthmatic but if i ever, ever got coronavirus, it would basically kill me. i'm just so grateful i've got somewhere that i can actually go and sit down, cup of tea, maybe a naughty slice of cake, that's my little piece of england, you know? especially this time, there's so much anxiety. i've actually had some neighbours say, "what a lovely
garden, it brightens up my day. thank goodness you're still doing it". i do get my love of gardening from my mum. every summer, it's a tradition where i would go with my mum to a garden centre and i will help her do all her hanging baskets. i can't wait for this coronavirus thing to be finished and i can get back and see her. i'm worried about my mum and dad. they're 85, 86, in the summer. just recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. that sheer thought that something could happen to them, that's what frightens me most. i got really, really scared, and i was praying, almost like every day, please, god, protect them. we need to realise how vulnerable we all are. we're not invincible. and i think we need to — once we get over this — look at how we live. reporter: breaking news coming
into us within the past few - seconds, the british prime minister borisjohnson has been taken into intensive care in hospital with coronavirus. his office says his conditionj worsened during the course of this afternoon. and on the advice of his - medical team, he was moved to the intensive care unit. it may very well be a wake—up call for him. he underestimated the severity of it, whether that will give him another perspective on it all, yeah, it could do. but my main concern was — if something really happened to him and he didn't survive through, the alternatives were not terribly auspicious. hi. i've lost count of the weeks, i really have.
people can't come in and i can't go out. i don't go very far now really, chuckles, it's like the hospital and the doctor and the shop. what's wrong with you, if you don't mind me asking? i've got emphysema and i've got follicular lymphoma which is a form of cancer. i'm missing cuddling my grandson and my son, i can't even touch them. can come round here as a mercy mission but with him working and that... and now we've got an enemy you can't fight. you can't fight an enemy you can't see. even muhammad ali couldn't box this one to the ground, could he? if he couldn't see it he couldn't have knocked it down, could he? i do worry for the future, i think everybody, mum, gran. just because you have little kids and they're babies and they grow up, you don't stop worrying about them — when they're six foot five, they're still your babies and you still worry. your mum probably worries about you, kid. people are thinking we're gonna be all so different afterwards. maybe for a while, but it'll be
like christmas, it will come and go and then, they'll be back to their normal grumpy selves. did you listen to the queen's speech on the radio? no, i missed it. did you want to hear it then? go on then, let's see. let me see if i can get it on my phone. the queen: i am speaking to you at what i know - is an increasingly challenging time... clapping and banging on drum. ..a time of disruption in the life of our country. cheering and clapping. a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all. i want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable. i hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge... cheering and clapping.
..and those who come after us will say the britons of this generation were as strong as any. car horns toot. many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones... banging on pots and pans. ..but we know deep down that it is the right thing to do. we should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. we will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again. bless her cotton socks, eh? car horn tooting. clapping. i'm very proud of her majesty, the queen. her words made me so emotional and it really helped me. i'm so, so proud of her. so proud. and this might sound a bit ridiculous but i always send her a christmas card, i always send her a birthday card. so... it's something i always do. people laugh but i do.
boris johnson: the virus is a spreading even faster. than the reasonable worst—case scenario of our scientific - advisors. we must act now to contain this autumn surge. - we're not going back- to the full scale lockdown of march and april, but, . i'm afraid, from thursday, the basic message is the same. stay at home, protect i the nhs and save lives. having the world stop was actually magic to my ears because that's what we all need to do. covid for me personally was a unique opportunity. so i produce films and you get very caught up in everything
that you need to do to make these films. all of my work came to a crashing halt and i had nothing to do except survive and look after my children. that was what needed to change. and i was like, the most important thing! yeah. we gotta go. it's 2:50. yeah, yeah. wait, it is 2:50. and i said, yeah. 2:50? 2:50! i gotta go work! what you think about those people who live in the big houses further down oxford gardens? do you feel they've got it easy compared to you? a lot of the wealthy people have left the city to live in their country home, because they've got more money and they've got more freedom that way. my father's an investor and my mum's a lawyer, so like, because the house is pretty big, like sometimes we don't even cross paths that much. there's a living room with a tv, there's another living room, and then here it's like a media room with, like, a projector. a gym. but those things that i probably have that they don't, from being...from not having much money. like what? i don't know. laughter. bad attitude?
yeah, i'lljust take it. i definitely feel very privileged to have everything that we have. during the lockdown it has definitely, like, brought that to light. some barely have even a balcony to step out on and, like, we don't take it for granted. like, i'm very grateful for that, yeah. reporter: the house of commons has approved the four-week - lockdown in england. people can't mix with other households in homes- or in private gardens, . but meeting one person from another household - in a public space is allowed. boris johnson: as prime . minister, when i'm confronted with data that projects deaths in the second wave potentially exceeding those of the first, i'm not prepared to take the risk with the lives of the british people. i've never known a time where we could alljust agree that, for the sake of preserving lives, we are happy to give up so much, so quickly. at the moment, we're putting saving lives first which is absolutely right, but if this goes on for much longer, i think there will have
to come a point where we think, "0k, some of these freedoms that people are foregoing at the moment, they're too precious". there are certain industries that are face to face — entertainment and performers and things like that. they're all out of work. there's no end in sight. it's so hard for people in the jobs that need to be done face to face and i do think there will come a point when people willjust get, you know — they lose their patience with this. i've been a bit low this week because i've had no work. i'm owing on all my bills at the moment. last week being announced that back to six people gatherings, because i'd just just started getting real—time parties again. it's all been taken away. i've got to accept where i'm at and not let it get me down too much. you have to face your own inner demons, in a way, and a lot of internal fears, actually, that i've really had to start acknowledging. �*cause i had a quite unhappy childhood, actually —
i think that's why i do what i do because it's a way of reliving my own childhood and doing it better this time around. i want to give children joy because i think it's really important, and i didn't have as much of that as i would have liked, but... ..so i start crying. reporter: there were 33,470 new coronavirus infections - recorded in the uk in the latest 24—hour period — that's a record number. the average number of new cases per day in the past week is now 23,857. i like worrying about things and i started up this worry when the apocalypse comes, the zombie apocalypse, and i keep on thinking that i'm gonna be just with my friends and we're gonna have to raid all the malls, take everything we need. it was really hard for victoria to get his head around
a concept of something that made everybody so ill — and notjust ill but dying every day. "who's dying? how many people have died?" being afraid of dying and this concept of something that's in the air, that's everywhere we touch, that we can't see but is deadly, and it's such a bizarre concept for us to get our heads around. now all he talks about are pandemics and apocalypse and what he can do. like, we'll have to go and live on the top floor because the zombies will come. because he is worried about everything — he's worried about the house falling down, about the — which is not normal. but their imagination is — is so wild. it's made some people really scared. i do actually remember thinking at the beginning of this "i've had my life, more or less". and if it came to it and i was given a choice and it was saving somebody younger, i would actually say, "yeah, i've had my life". everything'll fall to bits. i think we're like cars,
you know — my big end might drop off and my steering wheels may go, my tyres may puncture, but as long as the motor keeps running, which i think of as my brain, and i'm hoping i'll get there. i want to hug my family and just want to feel close to them again. just sad to miss touch. it's got to be physical contact and everybody — well, lots of us will be missing that. ifeel like my son has been taken off me. and i hope i'm going to get christmas! i think people are all waiting to be told what to do and i think the powers that be are afraid to say the wrong thing. boris johnson: given - the early evidence we have, it is with a very heavy heart i must tell you we cannot continue with christmas as planned. those living in tier four areas should not mix with anyone outside their own household at christmas.
i know how important it is for families to be together. we're sacrificing the chance to see our loved ones this christmas so we have a better chance of protecting their lives so that we can see them at future christmases. i was with mum and dad l and they were having a bit of an afternoon tip. boris comes on and i woke them gently and i said "do you want . the bad news or do- you want the bad news? there's no good news. christmas is effectively cancelled." _ she got quite emotional. it didn't really hit her. 86 years old. she just wants her family with her at christmas, i like everyone elsel wants their family. now we're beginning - to really see what the word sacrifice really means. everybody�*s christmases are just done for, aren't they? the fact that we're in tier
four, whatever the heck that is, by this time next year, there's probably gonna be a tier ten. chuckles. sorry, it'sjust, like, appalling. the whole thing's appalling. i can't wait for this year to be over. it's like a never—ending dream. the best bit of news we've had so far are the hopes of the vaccine. the more people that get vaccinated, the better, and that is going to be the most effective way of trying to get that light at the end of the tunnel, because that's hope. i mean, full enough, i'm determined to enjoy christmas this year. i don't care. i've made my mind up! happy christmas. boris johnson: we're now rolling out the biggest - vaccination programme in our history. - the pace of vaccination is accelerating. - that will eventually i enable us to lift many of the restrictions we have endured for so long. -
it's behind me now. and it must have been bad because i want to forget it, i think! but you've had the vaccine? oh, yes! i'm glad i've had it. but it did give me a sense of "thank god for that!" iforced my grandson to give me a hug. chuckles. he's 14 and not happy being hugged by old grannies are they, when they're 14, for goodness' sake. it's like it never happened. it's kind of like the world paused. we became real buddies. it made you realise how nice it is to have gone l through the whole pandemic, you know, with somebody - who you actually really i enjoy, whose company... ijust got a bit bored of you. yeah, did you get bored of me? i had you for six months, then i had you for another year. i know. it's like, now he's. like, now i'm cringe. it's been an incredible journey, hasn't it? when we go from here? and that's a very, very valid
question we need to ask. we need to build up the confidence again. it's one thing that this epidemic has resulted in, is a lot of people are very timid and scared to go near other people. we need to rediscover that again, we need that human contact again. and this is — i've talked about them so many times, and this is my mum and dad. they're going to kill me for this, you know that. my mum, marcella, and my dad, guy. i had my second vaccine 7 april and so did my parents. just to have my family protected in this way is quite overwhelming, it really is. oh, my goodness me. i—ijust... it's been an absolute pleasure talking to you and meeting you and, you know, i — i just can't believe where the time has gone. it's gone quickly.
hello. the weather on the last weekend of august last year didn't cover itself in glory — a high ofjust 16 throughout the weekend in edinburgh, in birmingham and manchester. it is going to be warmer this weekend, at least to start with. it's going to be dry throughout the weekend with this area of high pressure that's going to last into next week as well, although as the weekend goes on,
there will be more cloud and breeze, so it will start to feel a bit cooler once again. and actually quite chilly as the weekend begins in rural spots, with temperatures into single figures. but in the sunshine, we're all going to warm up really quite nicely as the day goes on. there will be some areas of cloud in north—west scotland, some patches of cloud in eastern scotland and in england, though a lot of this will start to break up to allow some sunshine to come through, increasingly so in the afternoon. on the breeze, it's quite stiff in east anglia and south—east england. a stray shower can't be ruled out, and the breeze pushing into north sea coasts will keep temperatures right along the coast close to 16, 17 degrees. but for many, it's low 20s, and up to 23 in glasgow, so very pleasantly warm in some of that sunshine. and it will stay dry through saturday night, but notice how the cloud is increasing into scotland, north—east england and into northern ireland. here, temperatures will be hotting up compared with the night before.
so, as we start sunday, there will be more cloud across scotland, northern ireland, north—east england, pushing in across more of eastern england during the day. the lion's share of sunday's sunny spells will be in wales, parts of the midlands and southern england. and this is where the temperatures will be highest. whereas elsewhere, it will feel a bit cooler and the breeze is starting to pick up more widely as well, coming in from the north—east. as this area of high pressure just backs a little bit more towards the north—west of us, allowing more of us to feel that east or north—easterly breeze going through monday and into the week ahead. it may be a bank holiday where you are, there will be a lot of cloud around on monday, so only limited sunny spells. so you'll notice by then the temperatures have come down a few degrees. just towards the south—west of the uk, where we'll see most of the sunshine, breaking into the 20s. so, it will feel cooler next week. there will be a lot of cloud around, just occasional sunny spells coming through. and it's still dry, with that high pressure in control
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