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this is bbc news, the headlines at a:00... a third case of the omicron variant of coronavirus is discovered in the uk. with more restrictions in place from tomorrow, the health secretary insists ministers acted as quickly as they could. what we do know is much more about our own country and i think the speed at which we acted at, you know, it could not have been any faster. nearly 100,000 homes across the uk remain without power this afternoon after gale force winds created by storm arwen. properties in parts of scotland, wales and northern england are affected. european ministers, minus the uk home secretary priti patel, are at a meeting in calais to discuss how to stop migrants crossing the channel. sir frank williams, founder
and former team principal of the williams racing formula 1 team, has died aged 79. coming up this hour — mothers reborn, the story of a group of women in poland, where the fertility rate is low who are taking control and becoming mothers to fake babies. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. case of 0micron has been found in the uk. it case of omicron has been found in the uk. , ., ., ., the uk. it is an individualwho sent the uk. it is an individualwho spent time — the uk. it is an individualwho spent time in _ the uk. it is an individualwho spent time in west _ the uk. it is an individualwho spent time in west london - the uk. it is an individualwho| spent time in west london but the uk. it is an individual who - spent time in west london but has left the country. but the situation
now, anna collinson reports. the threat the variant poses is currently unknown but there are concerns its mutations mean it may spread more quickly. the south african doctor who first spotted 0micron said she found patients who tested positive at the new variant displayed mild symptoms, more no cough, more tiredness. you probably have it in your— cough, more tiredness. you probably have it in your country, _ cough, more tiredness. you probably have it in your country, you - cough, more tiredness. you probably have it in your country, you are - have it in your country, you are just not seeing it. what we are seeing in south africa, the epicentre, it is extremely mild cases. we have not admitted anyone. i have spoken to other colleagues of mine, the same picture. extra tarueted mine, the same picture. extra targeted testing _ mine, the same picture. extra targeted testing is _ mine, the same picture. extra targeted testing is taking - mine, the same picture. extra targeted testing is taking place in brentwood in essex, where one of the cases was located. expanding the booster programme is another part of the government's fight against any new way. the government's fight against any new wa . , , ., , ., the government's fight against any newwa . , , ., new way. there is every reason to believe the _ new way. there is every reason to believe the vaccines _ new way. there is every reason to believe the vaccines remain - believe the vaccines remain effective. and even if, by the way,
if it impacts them in a negative way, there will be a real purpose to getting vaccinated, than not been vaccinated at all. but that is why i have also, i asked as soon as i learnt about this variant, i asked the jcvi, a learnt about this variant, i asked thejcvi, a group of expert advisers in the vaccine, to give me urgent advice on broadening the booster programme. i have asked the nhs to prepare for a much greater capacity in our vaccination programme. from tuesday morning — in our vaccination programme. from tuesday morning it _ in our vaccination programme. from tuesday morning it is _ in our vaccination programme. from tuesday morning it is expected that mask wearing in shops and on public transport will be compulsory. bringing england in line with the other nations. anyone arriving in the uk will need to be tested and any 0micron contacts will have to be isolated. the government has stopped short of rolling out its plan b, with no vaccine passports or people advised to work from home. something advised to work from home. something advised by sage and which is in place in scotland. it is advised by sage and which is in place in scotland.— place in scotland. it is not a olitical place in scotland. it is not a political competition. - place in scotland. it is not a
political competition. i - place in scotland. it is not a political competition. i have place in scotland. it is not a - political competition. i have said all along my first and most important duty is to do what i judged to be correct and appropriate and proportionate to keep people in scotland say. the and proportionate to keep people in scotland say-— scotland say. the us company monderna _ scotland say. the us company monderna said _ scotland say. the us company monderna said it _ scotland say. the us company monderna said it should - scotland say. the us company monderna said it should know| scotland say. the us company i monderna said it should know in scotland say. the us company - monderna said it should know in the coming week if current vaccine should work against the 0micron environment. and if needed, and new jab could be available early in the new year. i jab could be available early in the new year. ~ . jab could be available early in the new year. ~' ., ,., new year. i think we have some exoeriments _ new year. i think we have some experiments that _ new year. i think we have some experiments that need - new year. i think we have some experiments that need to - new year. i think we have some experiments that need to get i new year. i think we have some - experiments that need to get done. this is a dangerous looking virus, but i think we have many tools in our armoury now to be able to fight it. so our armoury now to be able to fight it. ., our armoury now to be able to fight it. so i am optimistic. the government _ it. so i am optimistic. the government believes - it. so i am optimistic. the government believes its l it. so i am optimistic. the i government believes its new it. so i am optimistic. the - government believes its new rules are proportionate and will protect christmas. it is also hoped it will buy scientist valuable time to investigate whether the 0micron variant is more severe, spreads more easily and how the vaccines will cope. anna collinson, bbc news. just to confirm the news, according to the
uk health security agency, they confirmed a third case of 0micron has been detected in the uk. this is somebody who has linked to travel in southern africa. they were at some point, in the last few days, in westminster in london but they have now left the country. according to the chief executive, jenny harries, our advanced sequencing capabilities allowed us to take rapid action to stop onward spread. it is very likely we will see more cases in the coming days and we increase detection through contact tracing. 0ne detection through contact tracing. one of the thing the world health organization said on friday, this particular variant has a genetic difference to the other variants we have seen before. there is a signature in the dna of this virus thatis signature in the dna of this virus that is absent in this one, but was present in all the other variations. that means it is possible to detect quite quickly once you have the sample to hand. let me give you the
latest figures on coronavirus. 37,681 new cases reported in the s2 saturday. and there were 51 deaths recorded in the same period, people who tested positive in the last 2a hours. i'm joined now by the shadow foreign secretary lisa nandy. thank you for being on bbc news this afternoon. i was speaking to the south african tourism minister on friday and she was saying the decision to ban all flights from south africa was premature and potentially counter—productive, what do you think? i potentially counter-productive, what do you think?— do you think? i think it is difficult _ do you think? i think it is difficult for _ do you think? i think it is difficult for any _ do you think? i think it is difficult for any country l do you think? i think it is i difficult for any country that do you think? i think it is - difficult for any country that has borders close to them. i know for britain when many of the borders were closed to us when we had very high rates, people found it incredibly difficult, lots of representations about the length of the travel ban from the united states. but the truth is, this is a very fast—moving situation, it is right for the government to take
action quickly. we don't know enough about the omicron variant to know whether vaccine is less resistant, less effective, so it is absolutely right to take action, as difficult as that is for other countries. the duty of any government is to keep its own citizens say. you duty of any government is to keep its own citizens say.— duty of any government is to keep its own citizens say. you are happy this has been _ its own citizens say. you are happy this has been the _ its own citizens say. you are happy this has been the approach - its own citizens say. you are happy this has been the approach from i its own citizens say. you are happy. this has been the approach from the delta variant or spreading? i am concerned _ delta variant or spreading? i am concerned that _ delta variant or spreading? i —n concerned that although the government has moved relatively quickly with these announcements this weekend, that we appear to be repeating some of the mistakes the government has made for 18 months. 18 months ago when they decided to close the borders, there were real problems with a lot of people coming back into the uk from overseas, not been tested before they got onto aeroplanes, getting off aeroplanes without any guidance, any regulations and travelling back to their homes on public transport. when i spoke to the health secretary
and the deputy chief medical officer last night, it appears we are back in that same situation. for all the new rules we still have these great big holes in our defences and when the prime minister comes to the house of commons tomorrow we need to hear urgent action to rectify that. one of the things we have been talking about with a travel writer who was asked questions, she said the pcr tests are not being checked, are you surprised to learn that? i am not surprised, the government has been warned about this for several months from labour, from the chairman of the home affairs select committee and from a number of others, including a number of bbc reports about the issue. not only are pcr tests not being checked by the government, the day to tests people are asked to do when they arrive back into the country, but a number of people report not getting those tests through at all and if they do get the tests through, they're not getting the results through from the providers. those have all been reported to the
government, yet very little has been done. this is the government's big plan for keeping the variant out of britain and from spreading in britain. it seems there are some major problems here that have to be rectified. ,., , , rectified. even so, it is still worth doing _ rectified. even so, it is still worth doing the _ rectified. even so, it is still worth doing the pcr - rectified. even so, it is still worth doing the pcr test i rectified. even so, it is still. worth doing the pcr test even rectified. even so, it is still- worth doing the pcr test even if you are unhappy with what is happening to them, because at least it tells you if this variant is present in the person who has tested? it is worth doing _ the person who has tested? it is worth doing for _ the person who has tested? it 3 worth doing for two reasons, first of all because if you do the pcr test when you get back, you are complying with the law. you are doing your bit to making sure you are not putting friends, family and others at risk. but it is also worth doing because the government is able to sample those tests and to work out more about how this new variant works. that is the way thatjenny harries, the deputy chief medical officer put it to me and other mps last night. i think for that reason and that reason alone, it is incredibly important people do follow the rules and do their bit.
what we are asking is the government do their bit as well. aha, what we are asking is the government do their bit as well.— do their bit as well. a number of unions representing _ do their bit as well. a number of unions representing shop - do their bit as well. a number of| unions representing shop workers do their bit as well. a number of - unions representing shop workers and transport workers have said they are very unhappy with the new announcement on face mass. not so much the people wearing them, but they feel they are put in the situation they were put in less time, they bear the brunt of public anger when they are trying to do theirjob, but also ending up effectively policing the regulations? i effectively policing the regulations?— effectively policing the reuulations? ~ ., , , , . regulations? i think mainly public sector workers _ regulations? i think mainly public sector workers and _ regulations? i think mainly public sector workers and front - regulations? i think mainly public sector workers and front line - sector workers and front line workers on our railways, and our buses have been put in a near impossible situation. the government has given them the impression facemasks don't matter, the prime minister has been wandering around hospitals without one and on the labour benches, people are wearing their face mass, labour benches, people are wearing theirface mass, on the labour benches, people are wearing their face mass, on the tory benches it is rare to see a tory mp wearing one and there is virtually no social distancing. this has created real confusion in the minds of the public. the guidance has always said
it would be advisable to wear a facemask in crowded spaces, now these new rules are coming back in as of tuesday, we have got to make sure people understand them so it doesn'tjust sure people understand them so it doesn't just fall to sure people understand them so it doesn'tjust fall to people on the front line to enforce them. that is what we will be looking for from the prime minister tomorrow when he addresses the house of commons. we have pushed for an advertising campaign, we have pushed for politicians to lead by example. we need to note that this is now going to be taken seriously, otherwise the repercussions, notjust for christmas, but for the nhs, public health and all of the things that are to keep a say.— health and all of the things that are to keep a say. what about the meetin: are to keep a say. what about the meeting in _ are to keep a say. what about the meeting in calais _ are to keep a say. what about the meeting in calais this _ are to keep a say. what about the meeting in calais this afternoon, | meeting in calais this afternoon, which is part of your briefer shadow foreign secretary. it looked understandable for all kinds of reasons, but it looked odd for the french president to cardiff and invite the british secretary didn't it? he might not be happy with what
borisjohnson does, but this is a humanitarian crisis and it was only days since 27 people drowned, surely we want britain to be represented at the highest level? it we want britain to be represented at the highest level?— the highest level? it shows how ludicrous the _ the highest level? it shows how ludicrous the situation - the highest level? it shows how ludicrous the situation has - the highest level? it shows how. ludicrous the situation has become and how appalling the consequences are because of it. the french are playing the blame game with the british government. the british government are playing the blame game with the french. we are having a war of words over twitter and meanwhile, children are being allowed to drown off our coastline. this is our collective problem. it full to the british and the french to work together and then list the help of global partners in order to sort this out. not only do we need to make sure we disrupt the people smugglers, we arrest those responsible, we provide safe and legal routes to undercut their business model and prevent them from profiting from human misery. but the global asylum system has completely broken down and the countries people are coming from, syria, afghanistan being the top two. we have got to
work together to resolve these major, long lasting conflicts which is the reason people are moving. my message to the french and british government and stop the posturing, stop the blame game, get around the table and sort it out. we stop the blame game, get around the table and sort it out.— table and sort it out. we have a coule table and sort it out. we have a couple of _ table and sort it out. we have a couple of interviews _ table and sort it out. we have a couple of interviews which - table and sort it out. we have a couple of interviews which we l table and sort it out. we have a - couple of interviews which we must get onto, but can ijust ask couple of interviews which we must get onto, but can i just ask you, lisa nandy, the dutch and the british discussed this at a meeting, priti patel spoke to the dutch migration minister and they both agreed there was a need for returns agreements, people will take back a people who are not able to get to britain, is that something labour would support?— britain, is that something labour would support? yes, we had returns agreements — would support? yes, we had returns agreements when _ would support? yes, we had returns agreements when we _ would support? yes, we had returns agreements when we were - would support? yes, we had returns| agreements when we were members would support? yes, we had returns. agreements when we were members of the european union. they expired in january. injanuary, the government was pressed on this and said it would negotiate bilateral agreements with other european countries to ensure we could safely return people to countries that they had passed through en route to britain. if they
were able to climb a there. it is the government's in action and ability to do its own job that is the reason that 11 months later, we are still in a situation where they don't have the ability to do so. this morning the health secretary said they were legislating to make it happen. it is an absolute nonsense. you cannot legislate to make it happen, you need an agreement with those countries that you can return people safely to them to have their asylum claims process. my to have their asylum claims process. my message to priti patel and boris johnson, stop writing letters for twitter and get on with doing your job and play your part in setting up a safe system that undercuts those appalling people smugglers and stops the situation from persisting. lisa nand , the situation from persisting. lisa nandy. thank _ the situation from persisting. lisa nandy, thank you so much for your time. well from tomorrow — shoppers and transport users in england will have to legally wear face coverings once again. we can speak now to doug russell, national health and safety officer for the usdaw union.
thank you for holding on to speak to us this afternoon. we always knew plan b would involve face mass, we are told it is not plan b, it is an interim stage as a precautionary measure. presumably you will be pleased as anyone else that people will have their masks and, because they are protecting the people they deal with, they are protecting the people they dealwith, including in shops? they are protecting the people they deal with, including in shops? titer? dealwith, including in shops? very much so. dealwith, including in shops? very much so- we _ dealwith, including in shops? - much so. we regretted the fact the government decided to get rid of the rules on face coverings when they relax all the other precautions against the virus in the summer. it added to the confusion. the fact in scotland, wales and northern ireland they still have to wear face coverings and they don't in england, it was the cause of confusion in stores, on buses and public transport. it stores, on buses and public transport-— stores, on buses and public transort. ~ ., , , transport. it is awkward because --eole transport. it is awkward because people are _ transport. it is awkward because people are legitimately - transport. it is awkward because people are legitimately exempt| transport. it is awkward because - people are legitimately exempt from wearing face mass and there are people who just don't want to wear facemasks. somehow your members shop owners, other sectors like public transport, have to administer that. but to be clear, they don't have enforcement powers so they cannot
enforcement powers so they cannot enforce it. it is down to the public to behave responsibly. those people who don't want to wear face mass, it is a question of social responsibility. the reason you wear a facemask is not to protect yourself, but to protect others. in terms of the experience, what problems did your colleagues have during the period when masks were required? the during the period when masks were reuuired? , .,, , , required? the problem is, every time the government _ required? the problem is, every time the government changes _ required? the problem is, every time the government changes the - required? the problem is, every time the government changes the rules i required? the problem is, every time the government changes the rules on | the government changes the rules on what precautions have to be followed in public places, it increases the potential for conflict between members of the public and the staff in the store. the levels of violence since the pandemic have started have more than double. the last survey we did, 90% of shop workers said they had been verbally abused and one in ten had been physically attacked, purely because they were reminding people that should be taking precautions to protect themselves and others as they went around the stores. i and others as they went around the stores. ., , ., , , ., stores. i went in a shop in devon earl in stores. i went in a shop in devon early in the _ stores. i went in a shop in devon early in the year _ stores. i went in a shop in devon early in the year when _ stores. i went in a shop in devonj early in the year when somebody walked in without a facemask and the
owner of the shop said, excuse me, you have to wear a facemask and the man said he was exempt. in that case, he said i will ask you to leave because other shoppers are wearing them and being exempt doesn't mean you are not infectious. people who have been vaccinated, we need all the precautions, social distancing, face coverings and isolating until you have been tested to control the spread of this virus. thank you for talking to us, good to have your perspective. and thank you once again for being so patient. thank you. once again for being so patient. thank you-— once again for being so patient. thank you. now it's time for the sort thank you. now it's time for the sport and _ thank you. now it's time for the sport and holly _ thank you. now it's time for the sport and holly hamilton. - thank you. now it's time for the sport and holly hamilton. sad . thank you. now it's time for the i sport and holly hamilton. sad news about frank williams? the founder and former team principal of the williams formula one team, sir frank williams, has died at the age of 79. one of the greatest f1
team owners in history, his team won nine constructors' championships and seven drivers�* titles. joe wilson looks back on his life. sir frank williams built a motor racing team which beat the world. commentator: seven wins for frank williams' team. i up to the chequered flag and past it goes alanjones. from 1980 onwards, williams won the formula 1 constructors�* title nine times. the drivers�* title, seven times. commentator: mansell finishes and he's world champion. - the car often seemed unbeatable. and yet williams remained an independent, family run business. i've had a wonderful life, wouldn't dream of changing anything, truthfully. well, the thought of retiring or selling the team or otherwise never crossed my mind. we're an exciting business, highly competitive, always something to worry about. which can be quite healthy, actually. no, wouldn't swap it at all, it's been very good to me. in 1977 it began in earnest in an old carpet warehouse in oxfordshire. frank williams here with engineer, patrick head.
theirs was a pivotal partnership. williams was obsessed with racing cars from boyhood. he didn�*t succeed behind a wheel himself. we shouldn't cruise too much because we want to sort this car out. get on the gas straight away, ithink, yeah? but as a team principal he guided the careers of the world�*s leading drivers. commentator: and damon hill wins the japanese grand prix _ and i�*ve got to stop, because i�*ve got a lump in my throat. ayrton senna was the driver frank williams idolised. in 1994, the great brazilian crashed and died while driving for williams. that piece of their history, the williams family describe as heartbreaking. it was a car accident driving to an airport in france which left frank williams unable to walk. inconvenient, was how he once described it. it did not stop him, most of the world titles came after the accident. sir frank williams dedicated his life to the team which bore his name and for years.
manchester united are off to chelsea this afternoon it�*s michael carrick�*s first league game in charge as temporary manager. and he�*s made one surprising omission from the starting 11... ..no ronaldo. he�*s on the bench for that game which kicks off in around ten minutes�* time at stamford bridge. earlier, ilkay gundogan and ferdandinho scored as manchester city beat west ham 2—1 at the etihad. city leapfrog liverpool to regain second place, level on points with leaders chelsea, at the moment. elsewhere, everton�*s poor run of form continues. they�*re seven games without a win now after they were beaten 1—0 at brentford. the only goal of the game came from a penalty, after this high boot from andros townsend. and ivan toney made no mistake from the spot. last season�*s leading scorer in the championship,
with his first premier league goal — to take brentford up to 12th. leicester city moved into the top half of the premier league after a 4—2 win over watford in what was a cold and snowy return forformer manager, claudio ranieri. james maddison got the ball rolling for the home side — howeverjosh king equalised from the spot, before jamie vardy scored twice to put leicester 3—1 up at the break. emmanuel dennis reduced the deficit before ademola lookman restored leicester�*s two goal lead to give brendan rodger�*s side all three points. in his first league game in charge — giovanni van bronckhorst�*s rangers won 3—1 at livingston in the scottish premiership. the visitors went ahead early after this nice finish from scott arfield and they never really looked back from there. joe aribo then doubled their lead before fashion sakala wrapped things up. that put them six points clear of hearts and seven ahead of celtic.
although celtic do have the chance to get back to four points behind with a win in their game against aberdeen — into the second half at celtic park and it�*s 1—1. great britain are through to the last eight of the davis cup, after coming from behind to beat the czech republic 2—1. dan evans had lost the opening singles match, cameron norrie won his. so it all came down to the doubles. and the british pair ofjoe salisbury and neal skupski came through in straight sets, beating jiri vesely and tomas machac 6—4, 6—2. great britain will play germany or serbia in the quarterfinals on tuesday. emma raducanu has won herfirst match on british soil since winning the us open. she beat elena—gabriela ruse of romania in the champions tennis exhibition at london�*s royal albert hall, 6—3, 7—6. it is pretty surreal.
i remember my birthday last year, i was at home, i think it was one of the lockdowns, if not i was just at home. i didn�*t really... i wasn�*t playing and it is pretty amazing how everything changed in one year. itjust shows if you keep plugging away at your own work and not looking around and staying focused, anything can happen. cardiff rugby have been unable to leave south africa after after two positive covid—19 cases were confirmed in their squad. cardiff were in the country to play in the united rugby championship, but all the tournament games over this and next weekend have been called off. the club confirmed one of the cases is suspected to be the omicron variant. $$$ great britain�*s charlotte bankes finished second earlier today in the first snowboard cross world cup of the season at secret garden in china — racing on the beijing winter olympics course ahead of the
games in february. don�*t forget the uk snooker championship continues in york. judd trump is currently up against chris wakelin , while ding junhui is playing sam craigie. there�*s live coverage now on bbc two and on the bbc sport website and app. i�*m marvelling at all that glorious sunshine at the livingston, rangers game. we are in the wrong place. 600 passengers were held for seven hours at amsterdam airport while they were tested for the new variant of covid. the country�*s health
minister said it is possible more cases of the new variant will be identified among those passengers. the netherlands is now the new variant hotspot in europe. more cases confirmed here than any other country. the dutch health minister has come in the last hour been updating people. 13 cases confirmed so far of the omicron variant, but they are still conducting sequencing tests, so they could be more to follow. they arrived in the netherlands on friday and 61 tested positive for covid. they have been taken into isolation. those flights are still arriving. one came in from johannesburg and another from cape town. that is causing a lot of concern here because the netherlands is already battling a record—breaking infection rate. in fact, new measures come into play, bars, restaurants cafes are
nonessential shops have to close by 5pm. this is to try to relieve pressure on the health service and the hospitals are overwhelmed. they don�*t have enough intensive care beds and operations are being cancelled. the boosterjabs have been slow to roll out here so it is the over 80s and health workers who are just being called forward for their boosters. now they have this new variant to contend with. more testing being carried out throughout today. testing being carried out throughout toda . �* ., ., ., ., today. anna holligan token to as early from _ today. anna holligan token to as early from amsterdam. - about 50,000 customers in the north—east of england are still waiting for the energy supplies to be connected because of storm arwen. the north of scotland are still on red alert as 115,000 homes and businesses there are without supply as 12,000 customers in dumfries,
fife and the lothian and borders areas. three people are known to have died across the uk as a result of damage caused by storm arwen. ross easton is from the energy networks. you represent the grid and those who play a part in the grid. what is the situation at the moment as you understand it? this what is the situation at the moment as you understand it?— as you understand it? this has been horrendous — as you understand it? this has been horrendous conditions _ as you understand it? this has been horrendous conditions we _ as you understand it? this has been horrendous conditions we have i as you understand it? this has been| horrendous conditions we have been seen from storm arwen. since friday we have restored about 800,000 customers who have been affected. they are back on power now, thankfully. but there are many customers without power and our engineers, thousands of them battling those conditions, snowy conditions, roads blocked, icy conditions, roads blocked, icy conditions to try and get power back on as quickly as possible for those customers. on as quickly as possible for those customers-— on as quickly as possible for those customers. , ., , , customers. presumably, there were safety considerations _ customers. presumably, there were safety considerations for _ customers. presumably, there were safety considerations for the - safety considerations for the engineers. it is fine for them to be out, but they can�*tjust do the
routine things they would do on a calm, spring day? routine things they would do on a calm. spring day?— routine things they would do on a calm, spring day? absolutely. we are now into winter _ calm, spring day? absolutely. we are now into winter hours _ calm, spring day? absolutely. we are now into winter hours and _ calm, spring day? absolutely. we are now into winter hours and the - now into winter hours and the darkness which has set in across the uk, which makes that even harder. in daylight hours we have had helicopters up and drones to make thatjob a bit easier for engineers to actually find where the problems are across the network and get the global view. what our engineers are finding is when they get to the problem the problems are very labour intensive to resolve and that is what is taking the time to get customers back on power. ilirui’hat what is taking the time to get customers back on power. what are we talkin: customers back on power. what are we talking about? — customers back on power. what are we talking about? things _ customers back on power. what are we talking about? things like _ customers back on power. what are we talking about? things like broken i talking about? things like broken power lines or mass that have come over? , ., , ,., , ., over? yes, absolutely. one fall in aberdeenshire _ over? yes, absolutely. one fall in aberdeenshire we _ over? yes, absolutely. one fall in aberdeenshire we found - over? yes, absolutely. one fall in aberdeenshire we found ten i over? yes, absolutely. one fall in aberdeenshire we found ten polls| aberdeenshire we found ten polls that had been snapped. we are describing this in some areas as 25 days worth of falls in 2a hours.
that is the scale of it. your viewers will remember bees from the east in 2018, this is three times worse than that and some of the worst conditions we have seen for the electricity network in about 15 years. it is horrendous. that raises an interesting question for the future, because we have been told severe weather events will become more common, in part because of the impact of higher temperatures and all the disruption it causes in weather patterns in sea levels and all the rest of it. in weather patterns in sea levels and all the rest of it.— all the rest of it. in the light of that, what _ all the rest of it. in the light of that, what kind _ all the rest of it. in the light of that, what kind of _ all the rest of it. in the light of that, what kind of work - all the rest of it. in the light of that, what kind of work is i all the rest of it. in the light of| that, what kind of work is being done by national grid and others, by your members in the association to build in more resilience to a system thatis build in more resilience to a system that is not designed to deal with that is not designed to deal with that kind of intense damage on a regular basis?— that kind of intense damage on a reuular basis? ~ ,,., , ,, ., regular basis? absolutely. the storm arwen we were _ regular basis? absolutely. the storm arwen we were prepared _ regular basis? absolutely. the storm arwen we were prepared for - regular basis? absolutely. the storm arwen we were prepared for this i regular basis? absolutely. the storm arwen we were prepared for this in i arwen we were prepared for this in terms of getting 800,000 customers back on since friday. but more needs to be done in terms of investment that goes into our networks. the
innovation we can use to get round some of these challenges. in fact, our networks are�* members are looking at the next five years for their business plans and they are making sure that in those next five years we are setting aside plans to invest in their resilience side of things and take into account extreme weather, working with off gym, government and other partners. it is a aood government and other partners. it is a good start. — government and other partners. it is a good start, the use of the drones. ross easton, thank you for that update.
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