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hello, this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the headlines. with the us withdrawal due to conclude on tuesday, time is running out for afghans still desperate to leave. the flights are almost over? what are you going to do now? what about us? we are working with them, we support them. the last planes carrying uk troops home from afghanistan have been landing at raf brize norton. their arrival marks the end of britain's 20—year military campaign in the country. more explosions as the us carries out another air strike, this time in kabul. officials say an "imminent isis—k threat" has been stopped.
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hurricane ida makes landfall on the louisiana coast with wind speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. this is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane, _ a life—threatening storm. now on bbc news, our world. how did one london street make it through the last year? filmed from the start of the first lockdown, this intimate portrait shows how the residents coped with the pandemic. 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 a very simple instruction — you must stay at home.
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0h, hello. hello! hi. hello! hi! hi. hiya - hello, hi. sound, um...brain's not working _ couldn't work for two weeks. welcome to oxford gardens.
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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.
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next door, they're multimillionaires and we're housing association, this block. i think all children's entertainers are big 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
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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 un—mute 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 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
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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 - on the disease to 3,605. from the disease to 3,605.
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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.
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"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 is what frightens me most. i got really, really scared, and i was praying, every day, "please, god, protect them." you 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
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has been taken into intensive in hospital with coronavirus. his office says his- condition 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.
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chuckles. it's like the hospital and the doctor and the shop. 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
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and go again, then be back to their normal grumpy selves. no, i missed it. go on then, let's see. the queen: i am speaking to you at what i know - is an increasingly challenging time... ..a time of disruption in the life of our country. 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
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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. 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.
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boris johnson: the virus is spreading even faster i 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
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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 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. bad attitude?
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yeah, i'lljust take it. i definitely feel very privileged to have everything that we have. during the lockdown it has definitely brought that to light. some barely have even a balcony to step out on, and 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 protects 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, ok, some of these freedoms that people
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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 where 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 been 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 better this time around.
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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,
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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
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running, which i think of as my brain, and i'm hoping i'll get there. i want to hug my family, and just 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.
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we're sacrificing the chance to see our loved ones this christmas so we have a better chance of protecting their lives so 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 going to be a tier ten. chuckles. sorry, it's just appalling, the whole thing's appalling.
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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's 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 enable us to lift many of the restrictions we have endured for so long. it's behind me now,
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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. i forced my grandson to give me a hug. laughs. he's14 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 a real buddies. it made you realise how nice it is to have gone through the whole pandemic, you know, with somebody who you actually really 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 i know, it's like, now he's like, now i'm cringe. it's been an incredible journey, hasn't it? where do we go from here? and that's very, very valid question we need to ask. we need to build up
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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 just... it's been an absolute pleasure talking to you and meeting you and, you know, i — ijust can't believe where the time has gone. it's gone quickly.
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hello there. meteorological summer is almost at an end, and you may be surprised to learn that it's shaping up to be one of the warmest summers on record. you'll be particularly surprised if you live in the southeast of england, where it's been a poor summer. there's been more rain and less sunshine than normal. the higher temperatures have been more across scotland and northern ireland in particular, where pressure has also been higher. that's the situation we find ourselves in at the moment —
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high pressure centred to the north of the uk. the winds around it are feeding and a lot of moisture, a lot of cloud, but it's coming in off the north sea, so for many places, monday will again be cloudy. the best of the sunshine across more sheltered western areas such as west wales and the southwest of england, though, again, central parts of scotland could see some sunshine as well. get the sunshine and temperatures will be a pleasant 20 or 2! degrees. under the cloud, it will be a few degrees cooler, and it still could be dull, misty and maybe a bit damp in the northeast of england and southeast scotland. that cloud still around as we head into monday evening. looking beyond monday, there's our area of high pressure. it's not going anywhere just yet. the winds rotating around that and we may well find the winds a bit stronger for many parts of the country moving into tuesday. but a great deal of change in the weather on tuesday. still a lot of cloud heading our way. sunshine if you're lucky, rest of the sunshine towards more western areas once again. but generally, underneath the cloud, temperatures are not very exciting
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for this time of year — around 17—19 degrees or so. moving from tuesday into the middle part of the week, there's the high pressure. told you it wasn't going anywhere. still got quite a few isobars on the charts, so, again, stronger winds around the east coast of england and scotland, down into the southeast of england and through the english channel. feeding in more cloud again for england and wales, but maybe a change coming into northern ireland or particularly scotland, perhaps even into cumbria as well. more in the way of sunshine on wednesday, giving those temperatures more of a boost as well. moving into thursday, not a great deal of changes. we've got high pressure still there, but the pressure is tending to drop a little bit. it doesn't look like it's going to be as windy on thursday, so the winds are starting to ease. but otherwise, we're still feeding in a lot of cloud across england and wales. nearer the centre of the high pressure across scotland and northern ireland, a better chance of seeing some sunshine, and it'll feel reasonably warm in the sunshine, especially as those winds will be lighter as well. by the end of the week, the high pressure is starting to recede.
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it's getting nibbled away at the edges by low pressure over continental europe and low pressure coming in from the atlantic. so, the winds will be light on friday, but we've still got the same story, really, and maybe more cloud for scotland and northern ireland. some sunshine at times across the uk, fair bit of cloud, light winds and those temperatures around 17—19 degrees, so not that warm. now, looking further ahead, and we have to look at what's happening here across the other side of the atlantic. there's a lot of storm activity — hurricane ida, of course. that's going to miss the models up and complicate things as we head further afield. now, it does look like the high pressure is going to be pushing away and lower pressure will be heading our way on the atlantic. the details are likely to change because of all the disruption thrown into the atmosphere by all those storm systems on the other side of the atlantic. but there is a theme throughout the weekend, and next weekend and beyond, the weather looks like turning more unsettled with the chance of some rain across more of the country.
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