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it may well be more transmissible and the current vaccines that we have may well be less effective. the united nations says the deaths of 27 people who drowned trying to cross from france to england on wednesday could have been avoided if more legal routes were provided. australia sends troops to the solomon islands, after two days of unrest that is threatening to topple the government. and a chinese food odyssey — we meet the man who set out in search of his identity and ended up charting the rise of us—chinese food through the decades. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. scientists are warning
of a new covid—19 variant which may have properties that help the virus to evade the body's immune response. only 59 cases have been identified so far — in botswana, hong kong, and the majority in south africa. it has not yet been declared a variant of concern by the world health organization. but virologists in britain are describing it as a "deeply concerning" variant, and the uk has just announced new travel restrictions in a bid to halt any potential spread. here's the british health secretary, sajid javid. earlier today, the south african government held a press conference, and they talked about a new variant that they have found called b11529. i've been updated on this variant by the uk health security agency, and they have now designated it as a variant under investigation. the early indications we have of this variant is that it may be
more transmissible than the delta variant, and the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective against it. now to be clear — we have not detected any of this new variant in the uk at this point in time. but we have always been clear that we will take action to protect the progress that we have made. so what will be doing is, from midday tomorrow, we will be suspending all flights from six southern african countries, and we will add in those countries to the travel red list. for more on this, i am joined now byjohn nkengasong, who is the director of the africa centres for disease control and prevention. thank you so much forjoining us on newsday. it feels like we are back in familiar territory, growing concern about a new variant of
coronavirus — what do we know about this latest variant and how it mutated?— this latest variant and how it mutated? ., ~ , ., ., ., ., mutated? thank you for having me on our mutated? thank you for having me on your programme- _ mutated? thank you for having me on your programme. it _ mutated? thank you for having me on your programme. it sounds _ mutated? thank you for having me on your programme. it sounds very - your programme. it sounds very familiar with the reaction, as well. we know that this variant has a lot more mutations. it has already had seven mutations that we observed during the delta, beta, and alpha variants. in addition to that, it's had a whole series of permutations, about 50 mutations — some of those could be predicted, and the keyword is predicted, to be associated with increased transmissibility. for now, it is still under investigation. i'm pleased with the fact that the government of south africa has made it public with its findings, and we have to continue to be patient so that we understand three things — what is the effect of the variant on
the ability to diagnose... what is the ability to diagnose... what is the ability to respond, and what is the ability to respond, and what is the ability to respond, and what is the ability of this new variant with respect to efficacy of vaccines interest visibility? these are all questions we need to address now. you mentioned vaccine, and i think that's what a lot of people will be wondering, how effective they are and whether there are any differences between different brands of vaccines. , ., , ,., , of vaccines. yes, absolutely. if we look at the — of vaccines. yes, absolutely. if we look at the mutants _ of vaccines. yes, absolutely. if we look at the mutants or _ of vaccines. yes, absolutely. if we look at the mutants or variants - of vaccines. yes, absolutely. if we | look at the mutants or variants that have occurred so far, we know that the delta has had the most effect on breakthrough for vaccines. so as we speak today, which really don't know — remember, this is all happening quickly, the cases first cases were
identified on 25 november. we must recognise and appreciate the efforts of the government of south africa and these researchers in making available such findings very quickly. so it means we still have to follow—up the transmission patterns and the dynamics of the epidemic, on the evolution of the pandemic over the next couple weeks in order to be able to establish the effect on vaccine effectiveness and also diagnosis, and the severity of the disease. we also have to keep in mind that with any increase in transmission leads to the severity. the speed at which south africa identified those details has been praised by some — what's your reaction to, for example, the uk restricting travel once again? in the last two years, or close to two years that we've lived with this pandemic, we must admit that none of the restrictions that are put in place have actually helped anything,
sadly. if there's one lesson that we can learn over the last 2a months, it's just that. we all heard about the delta variant, for example, in india, and a lot of restrictions we put on travel. but as you and i know, the delta variant has spread all over the world. the restrictions imposed always make it difficult to co—ordinate a response. it makes it difficult to collaborate, and it makes it difficult to co—operate. it helps in no way the eye can imagine, it's never hurt or reduce the spread of the variant across the world. what we should be reminding ourselves is the following — that all these variants can be prevented by doing effective public health measures, that is wearing masks especially during this period, washing hands, avoiding crowds and implementing basic measures that are
effective against the variant. i think that's what we should be promoting. think that's what we should be promoting-— think that's what we should be promoting. think that's what we should be ”romotin. . ~' . ., promoting. thank you so much for “oininu us promoting. thank you so much for joining us on _ promoting. thank you so much for joining us on newsday _ promoting. thank you so much for joining us on newsday today. - the united nations says the shocking deaths of 27 people who drowned in the english channel on wednesday could have been avoided. the un refugee agency warned that closing off legal routes to people applying for asylum would lead to more dangerous attempts to reach safe countries. earlier, britain and france called for stronger international coordination on human trafficking. our correspondent lucy williamson reports from calais. waters that claimed at least 27 lives lay still today. their empty beaches a battleground between smugglers and police. translation: yesterday the tragedy hit calais, - it was a tragedy that was dreaded, that was foreseen, and we have sounded the alarm on this several times, saying that the smugglers are becoming more and more careless. this tragedy stopped two
nations in their tracks. but on the channel today, it was business as usual. arrivals in kent this morning were loaded into a british double—decker bus. fearjust isn't enough to slow a trade greased by profit and fuelled by hope. the boats they came in on as flimsy and dangerous as the one that capsized yesterday. any puncture on boats like this can be fatal. the one found yesterday had deflated, the french interior minister said, like a child's paddling pool. there are questions here now about whether it may have been hit by a container ship. this is where the boat is thought to have set off from on its journey to the uk yesterday. a local mayor told us the people smugglers here have become much more violent over the past year, and the turf wars between them more vicious. some, he said,
are now carrying guns. what happened yesterday was a dreadful shock. it was not a surprise, but it is also a reminder of how vulnerable people are put at peril when in the hands of criminal gangs. there is also no quick fix. but could this tragedy have been stopped? in the uk today, suggestions that the french police should be doing more. france sent the message straight back. translation: we are asking for an increased involvementl from the british because i would like to remind you that we are holding the borderfor the british in a way, and all these women and men do not want to see them in french. we offer it to them, and all those that they are processed in centres around dunkirk and calais. and we will reinforce the means of rc rescue operations. five suspected smugglers thought to be linked to the crossing have been arrested.
france says it's dismantled more than a0 networks since the beginning of this year. so why isn't it having an effect? the chief smuggler lives in london, and they invest the money. i make one accusation to the english government. i say, why you don't control the money of these gangs? in calais and dunkirk tonight, people gathered to remember those who died. the cold a reminder of the conditions they faced. many migrants say they are still planning to cross. 27 people died here yesterday, but the business that killed them lives on. lucy williamson, bbc news, calais. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. the german chancellor, angela merkel, has said the european union needs to be united in dealing with what she called the weaponisation of migrants against poland. speaking alongside
the polish prime minister, she said germany fully supported poland's stance — adding that where possible the migrants should be repatriated. the european union accuses belarus of manufacturing the crisis on its borders with eu members. reports from russia say 52 people are now known to have died in a siberian coal mine where a fire broke out, trapping dozens underground. some of the victims were rescuers. about 50 people were injured, with some in critical condition. rescue efforts had to be suspended because of the risk of explosion from high levels of methane gas. still to come a bit later in the programme: beijing prepares for the winter olympics. but first, australian peacekeepers have arrived overnight in the solomon islands after the country's prime minister appealed for help quelling violent unrest that threatened to topple his government. several buildings were burnt down in honiara, when over 1,000 rioters
stormed the chinatown district. unrest broke out on wednesday, when protesters besieged the parliament, calling for the pm's resignation. people on the island have long complained of neglect by the government and have strongly opposed the country's decision to sever ties with taiwan and align itself more closely to china. joining me now from the capital honiara is local journalist, gina kekea. thank you so much forjoining us. if you can tell me the latest and whether there's been any reaction to australia sending peacekeeping troops? australia sending peacekeeping troos? . ~ australia sending peacekeeping troos? ., ~ australia sending peacekeeping troos? . ~ ., australia sending peacekeeping troos? . ., , troops? thank you. for us in honiara. _ troops? thank you. for us in honiara, chinatown - troops? thank you. for us in honiara, chinatown has- troops? thank you. for us in| honiara, chinatown has been troops? thank you. for us in - honiara, chinatown has been burnt down. but i think for instance, honiara, that's where all the mayhem is taking place and it's still happening now as we speak. people are still continuing to burn down
crops, despite some of the areas in the central part of honiara being secured, because it mainly people from the western side of honiara have come out, as well, and are trying to protect the city. so that's what's happening. currently 23 officers from the australian defence force arrived last night, and we are expecting more troops to arrive today. this morning we thought that things would quite and it down a bit, but they did not. we have information that they are still burning and looting in the eastern side of honiara, where most of the demonstrations are taking place now. opposition though to its closer ties to china, as opposed to taiwan isn't exactly new — what actually triggered these leaders democrat latest protest? last triggered these leaders democrat
latest protest?— triggered these leaders democrat latest rotest? . , ~ ., , latest protest? last week there was a ceremony — latest protest? last week there was a ceremony held — latest protest? last week there was a ceremony held by _ latest protest? last week there was a ceremony held by the _ latest protest? last week there was a ceremony held by the people - latest protest? last week there was a ceremony held by the people who | a ceremony held by the people who were not in with the government. so they did have a reconciliation ceremony last week, and unfortunately only two of the national members of parliament, mainly to from the opposition side, were able tojoin mainly to from the opposition side, were able to join them at the reconciliation ceremony whilst the rest of the other members of parliamentjoined them and that ceremony. following parliament sitting this week, that's when they decided they would come down to parliament. so that's really what happened. they felt that the members are not listening to them, so they came into the city and tried to make them listen to them, and also asking them listen to them, and also asking the prime minister to step down because they've been talking about so many issues but they felt that they were not being listened to. thank you so much forjoining us on
newsday this morning. thank you so much for “oining us on newsday this morning._ you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: egypt puts on an elaborate ceremony to mark the reopening of the ancient path of god in luxor. president kennedy was shot down and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster for the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world — the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number ten to see the queen, she told her cabinet, "it's a funny old world." angela merkel is germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the majority she needed. attempts to fly a hot air - balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, _ but nobody seemed to mind very much.
as one local comic put it, "it's not hot air we need, it's hard cash." l cuba has declared nine days of mourning following the death of fidel castro at the age of 90. castro developed close ties with the soviet union in the 1960s — it was an alliance that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with the cuban missile crisis. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi in singapore. our headlines... britain has banned arrivals from six african countries amid warnings over a rapidly—spreading new coronavirus variant. the united nations says the deaths of 27 people who drowned trying to cross the english channel on wednesday could have been avoided if more legal routes were provided.
with just a few months to go to the winter olympics, china is holding test events for ski and snowboard cross. but despite repeated calls from the olympic committee not to politicise the event — some countries are considering boycotting the games, in light of china's human rights violations and the recent concerns over the well—being of chinese tennis star, peng shuai. our china correspondent stephen mcdonnell has been to the venue, to see how the country is getting ready to the olympics — despite all the controversies. the way to see if you're ready to host the olympics is with test events. and beijing is holding them right now. beijing wants spectators at the games and has already tried this out at the sliding centre. but tennis star peng shuai sent shock waves through the preparation process when she accused a former government leader of sexual abuse. there's also the recent
coronavirus outbreak, straining this country's zero—covid strategy. precautions are high at olympic venues. so, i'm getting off a dedicated media bus here, just to show you that we're part of a, kind of, media bubble, quite separate from the athletes' bubble. here you have to have your facemask on, and this is the media hotel. so i come up here, this is checking my temperature... that says i'm ok. these are the various health checks and some hand sanitiser. we can only talk to the athletes remotely. we're told there's been a lot of covid testing. just had to do pcr tests on arrival, then on arriving to the hotel — and every day from there onwards. if that's what we have to do to not quarantine, then so be it. the games will be held in a freezing, mostly dry area.
a mountain of snowmaking is required. but this can make for quick dynamic runs. speed, ithink, will be key, and that's the difficult bit. so yeah, it'll be challenging, for sure, to try and get the most out of the track, anyway. the athletes we spoke to said these sites will make for high—quality competition. and the drive to win in february is already taking its toll. in the mountains outside beijing, the test events are in full swing. games organisers will be hoping — despite the coronavirus headaches, despite the alleged human rights abuses, despite the allegations from a former chinese olympian, a tennis star, at that, involving a senior government official — that they can still produce a memorable winter olympics. for everyone here,
the clock is now ticking. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news. if you're in the us and thanksgiving food is not your cup of tea, my next guest can definitely point you in the direction of a good chinese restaurant. david r chan is in a league of his own, when it comes to chinese food. he's a 72—year—old former tax lawyer and claims to have dined at nearly 8,000 chinese restaurants across the us. each is archived in a spreadsheet that he has maintained for four decades, along with thousands of restaurant business cards and menus. mr chanjoins me now from los angeles. thank you so much forjoining us today. i understand you didn't eat a lot of chinese food as a child — so tell me why and how your food journey started?—
tell me why and how your food journey started? when i was a kid, there were — journey started? when i was a kid, there were not _ journey started? when i was a kid, there were not a _ journey started? when i was a kid, there were not a lot _ journey started? when i was a kid, there were not a lot of— journey started? when i was a kid, l there were not a lot of chinese here in los angeles or the united states because of the chinese exclusion laws. most chinese my age back then were american born or americanized. and it wasn't until i went to college, it was the beginning of the ethnic pride movement, and i was fascinated to learn that chinese americans had their own history in the united states. at the same time, the united states. at the same time, the chinese exclusion acts were being repealed and you started to see the first migration of immigrants from china in decades, from hong kong, from taiwan. and they brought an exciting new brand of chinese food in the united states. so it was these two forces joining at the same time that sent me on the road to eating at a lot of chinese restaurants. 50 i
me on the road to eating at a lot of chinese restaurants.— chinese restaurants. so i guess you were somewhat _ chinese restaurants. so i guess you were somewhat searching - chinese restaurants. so i guess you were somewhat searching for - chinese restaurants. so i guess you were somewhat searching for your. chinese restaurants. so i guess you i were somewhat searching for your own identity — but you've been doing this for 45 years, so why do you think people are interested in this now? �* , . think people are interested in this now? �*, ., ., 4' now? it's a case of, i think, if somebody — now? it's a case of, i think, if somebody tried _ now? it's a case of, i think, if somebody tried to _ now? it's a case of, i think, if somebody tried to talk - now? it's a case of, i think, if somebody tried to talk about | now? it's a case of, i think, if. somebody tried to talk about this 20-30 somebody tried to talk about this 20—30 years ago, it would've been a profile of a crackpot. as you've seenin profile of a crackpot. as you've seen in the last 10—15 years, food has really become important in society and culture. and it'sjust that food is the in thing now, you know, the younger people now, my nails, arejust know, the younger people now, my nails, are just so know, the younger people now, my nails, arejust so into know, the younger people now, my nails, are just so into food. know, the younger people now, my nails, arejust so into food. so i think itjust happened to be the right time, right place for the story to come out dashed millennialist. i story to come out dashed millennialist.— story to come out dashed millennialist. i guess in your lifetime you've _ millennialist. i guess in your lifetime you've gone - millennialist. i guess in your| lifetime you've gone through instances of racism and so on — do you think this interest in chinese food, has that improved things?
well, it has from my point of view. it gives me a platform to point out all the injustices that have been done to chinese—americans over the years, and how that has influenced greatly the current state of chinese food in the united states — from the exclusion act, which banned chinese from emigrating to the united states, to housing and employment determination that kept the population segregated. and today you see chinese communities, i won't say segregated come up but clustered rather than across the entire community. aha, rather than across the entire community-— rather than across the entire community. rather than across the entire communi . �* , , ,., community. a very interesting point - i do have — community. a very interesting point - i do have to _ community. a very interesting point - i do have to ask, _ community. a very interesting point - i do have to ask, you've _ community. a very interesting point - i do have to ask, you've tried - community. a very interesting point - i do have to ask, you've tried outl — i do have to ask, you've tried out 8000 restaurants, i understand, in the united states, what's your favourite?— the united states, what's your favourite? �*, ., ., , , favourite? it's hard to say because that's over — favourite? it's hard to say because that's over a _ favourite? it's hard to say because that's over a period _ favourite? it's hard to say because that's over a period of— favourite? it's hard to say because that's over a period of years. - favourite? it's hard to say because that's over a period of years. and | that's over a period of years. and one thing about chinese food is it
keeps evolving, keeps getting better. so you know, on an absolute basis, i like dragon ball in san francisco — even though i'm in la, otherwise they have the best chinese food in the country. but if you go back 30 years ago, there was a restaurant called abc in los angeles chinatown, which i thought was head and shoulders above anything around at that time. and shoulders above anything around at that time-— at that time. david, thank you so much forjoining _ at that time. david, thank you so much forjoining us. _ at that time. david, thank you so much forjoining us. and - at that time. david, thank you so much forjoining us. and of- at that time. david, thank you so l much forjoining us. and of course, you can read more about his food journey on our website as well, so do check that out, as well. thank you so much forjoining us on newsday. just time to bring you some pictures now from egypt, where a ceremony has been taking place, attended by the president abdel fattah al sisi, to mark the reopening
of the 3,000—year—old avenue of sphinxes in luxor to the public. it follows more than 70 years of stop—sta rt attempts to excavate the three—kilometre ancient walkway. the route, which will be lined with hundreds of sphinxes, connects the city's two greatest temples of karnak and luxor. the opening ceremony incorporates elements of a three thousand—year—old ancient festival which travelled down the walkway each year. -- 3000 —— 3000 —year—old ancient festival. that's all for now — stay with bbc news. hello. the first named storm of the season is approaching, and it's set to bring us some fairly disruptive weather over the next couple of days. storm arwen, as named by the met office, will be developing particularly later friday into saturday, bringing not only widespread gales, some sleet and snow mainly over the higher ground in the north — and it is likely to cause a bit
of disruption because of that combination of strong winds, the cold weather, and the sleet and snow we'll see over the higher ground. so for friday morning, then, we've got the cloud and patchy rain across much of england and wales, which pushes its way southeastwards. then we're left with sunshine and blustery showers in from the north — and across the north of scotland, those showers will merge into longer spells of fairly heavy snow over the higher ground, some sleet and snow, too, across parts of northern ireland. mainly rain showers further south — it will feel chilly, about 7—11 celsius — but when you add on the wind—chill, it will feel even colder than that. the winds will be a real future of the weather. we've got an amber warning in force for eastern scotland and northeast england, could see gusts between about 65—70 mph here, particularly later on friday and overnight into saturday morning. so through the overnight period, then, this area of sleet and snow, and rain at low levels pushes its way southwards and eastwards, followed by more wintry showers packing in from the north. overnight temperatures for most of our cities above freezing, but colder than that in the countryside.
so, as this storm arwen pushes out towards the southeast, we'll start to draw in these strong, cold northerly winds as we head through into saturday morning — gusts in fact quite widely 30—40 mph, around the coast, 50—60, or even higher than that. so we've got this area of rain, perhaps some sleet and snow over the highest ground, pushing eastwards across parts of eastern england on saturday. more of those wintry showers coming in across scotland, too. something a little bit drier for central and western areas, and it is turning colder — so temperatures about 4—9 celsius, but, when you add on the effect of that wind—chill, it will feel subzero for many of us through the day on saturday. so, cold and windy with wintry showers, too. heading into sunday, as storm arwen starts to clear to the east, things will settle down a little bit — so not quite as windy on sunday, but still more of those wintry showers packing in across the higher ground of the north of scotland, down the east coast of england, too. and quite a bit of dry weather elsewhere — but it certainly will feel cold
this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines... the headlines... britain has banned arrivals from six african countries amid warnings over a rapidly—spreading new coronavirus variant. 59 cases have been confirmed so far, many of them in south africa. the united nations says the deaths of 27 people who drowned in the english channel better international coordination could have been avoided. the un refugee agency says closing off legal routes to asylum—seekers leads to more dangerous attempts to reach safe countries. more people have arrived on the south coast of england in small boats,
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