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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. netherlands starts a tough new lockdown, as the new coronavirus variant spreads fast across europe. the uk health secretary warns he can't rule out new measures and warns people to be cautious. in hong kong, a record low turnout in the first elections since china tightened control. setback for president biden as a key senator says he won't support his flagship legislation. and in sport, liverpool are held to a draw by tottenham in a controversial premier league clash.
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. several european countries have introduced tough new restrictions to tackle covid, as the omicron variant spreads rapidly across the continent. a month—long lockdown has come into force in the netherlands and several other countries look set for tough new measures as we head towards christmas. the number of omicron cases is doubling in 1.5 to three days in areas with community transmission, according to the world health organization. in germany, government advisors have urged fresh measures to fight the surge in the omicron variant. ireland, switzerland and denmark
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are all stepping up restrictions. there have been protests, however, with belgium, spain and italy among the countries seeing demonstrations. our first report is from anna holligan on the start of the netherlands lockdown. silent high streets. a wholly locked down society. last christmas, the dutch thought covid would be under control by now. instead, the netherlands has become the first country in europe to lock down in response to the highly contagious omicron variant. now, it feels like it's starting all over again, to be isolated and, yeah... it feels really bad. we're used to going to the cafe, to a bar and with this lockdown, it's impacted me a bit. so, yeah, it's going to be difficult. so, tomorrow i'm working just to throw away a lot i of fresh food, lots of... basically, everything - that we can't sell any more. so that's...uh... the dutch prime minister said
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the lockdown was an unavoidable response to the omicron variant, but the government's critics argue this covid crisis is partly of their own making. the slow response to the delta strain and the slow roll—out of the booster vaccination programme have meant that hospitals have no extra room to deal with an impending surge of omicron cases. across the border, germany is battening down the hatches. from this evening, most travellers from britain will be banned from entering the country in an effort to stall the spread of omicron. german nationals and residents will still be allowed to arrive from the uk. they must have a negative test and quarantine for two weeks. france has already introduced similar restrictions, as infections in britain swell. for many people this christmas, coming together will be harder and riskier than anyone would have wished. anna holligan,
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bbc news, in the hague. the uk health secretary says he can't rule out further covid restrictions in england. sajid javid urged everyone to be cautious in the run up to christmas. more than 82,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the latest 24—hour period. so far 12 people have died having contracted the omicron variant. here's our medical editor fergus walsh with the latest in the uk. # driving home for christmas...# this christmas, the hot ticket for many is not to see a football match but to get a boosterjab. wembley stadium had 10,000 vaccines available today and many were keen to get them before heading home to the family. i would prefer to have it done before christmas. i've got an elderly grandfather, who's 90 years old, so i want to be able to see him. i am getting booster vaccination and my family members have already got the vaccinations,
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but i think it is best to be as contained as possible. so, it's the booster versus the variant. omicron infections are thought to be doubling every two to three days. the epidemic is growing so fast, the health secretary could not rule out fresh restrictions before christmas. there are no guarantees, in this pandemic. i don't think... at this point, we just have to keep everything under review. he urged people across the country to be cautious in the days ahead. if i'm going to see my mum, for example, who's elderly, like most very old people, she's more vulnerable than young people, i will take a test. i might, you know, just not have the usual amount of hugs i get from my mum! just take a bit of caution and that's a sensible response. but the most sensible thing anyone can do right now is to get boosted. ministers have been given a stark warning by sage, the scientific advisory group on emergencies, that without further intervention,
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the scale of hospital admissions due to omicron would almost certainly lead to unsustainable pressure on the nhs. the scenarios for curbing omicron are an echo of lockdown controls from earlier this year, including closing indoor hospitality and limits on mixing of households. i think the longer we wait, the more problematic this is going to be. we have learned from previous experience, surely, that if we dither and delay, we get ourselves into more trouble. the problem here is, of course, we don't fully understand the implications of the omicron pandemic and infection in this country, in terms of severe disease. and that is the dilemma for ministers — do they wait until the threat from omicron becomes clear and hope to avoid lockdown measures, or act now as a precaution and risk the wrath of many in their own party and beyond westminster?
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fergus walsh, bbc news. martin mckee is professor of european public health at the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine. he gave his reaction to the rising infection numbers in the uk and his view on the restrictions in europe. the data reported today that many of these cases will have actually been detected earlier, so if we look back, even as far back as last monday, we are still seeing that 55,000 were reported that day, but since then we have had a backfilling in the numbers, and they are substantially higher, so that figure, will in due course, turn out to be much greater than we are seeing today. so, would that then match this expected scenario of the doubling? yeah, we have got lots of data to show that the omicron variant is doubling every two days or less at the minute, so, yes,
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that is exactly what's happening. we have got to remember that it does take time to get the tests back to get the data recorded into the system and there is inevitably a lag and that has been the case the whole way through, despite the fact that we have an excellent reporting system. in terms of public health, there is talk of a circuit breaker, perhaps in the new year, would that work? well, it is too late, really. for the reasons i have given, you know, the figures we know are going to be higher than what we are getting at the minute and with a variant that is spreading as rapidly as this one, we really should have been acting before this time, we should have been acting last week instead of leaving it until the new year. it is going to be the repeat of what we have done so often before, we are going to be acting late and then we are going to have to do much more than we would have done if we had acted earlier, unfortunately. what do you make of the measures that some european countries have ta ken? the latest that we have been talking about, of course, is the netherlands, they have gone into lockdown there,
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there have been restrictions put on some travellers heading from the uk into some european countries. i am less enthusiastic about the travel restrictions, because the challenges are really within the country, but i think what we are seeing is that they are adhering to what the regional director for europe for the world health organization has said, which is that we need a vaccine plus strategy, not a vaccine only strategy, which is the way that we have been going in the united kingdom and in fact that was a very clear statement that came out today from the council that is advising the german health minister, who himself is an academic, public health professional. i wonder if i could justjump in, really quickly, by vaccine plus, could you just summarise for us what that means? that means that you do everything possible to roll out the vaccine as quickly as possible, particularly the boosters, they are really important. we got off to a good start in the uk, with the basic vaccination programme, although we have stalled a little bit. we are doing really well
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with the booster programme, compared to france and germany at the minute, but we need other measures, so you need to restrict mixing, you need to restrict the ability of people to transmit the virus amongst each other. dad was professor martin mckee. —— that was. the uk foreign secretary liz truss is to become the chief uk negotiator in talks with the european union. it comes after the former brexit minister, lord frost, resigned over the introduction of further covid restrictions. she will continue to run the foreign office alongside her new task of finding a solution to the trade status of northern ireland. at least 169 people have reportedly died after a powerful storm struck the philippines on thursday. super typhoon rai sent some 300,000 people running for safety when it hit the country's south—eastern islands. rescue teams have described some areas as looking "like they were bombed worse than world war ii".
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there have been reports of sudanese authorities firing heavy tear gas at protesters outside the presidential palace in the capital, khartoum. hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets around the country to denounce the military and to mark the third anniversary of protests that led to the overthrow of omar al—bashir. turnout in local elections in hong kong has officially been announced as the lowest ever in its electoral history. officials say only 30.2% of voters took part in the first election for the legislative council since china increased its control over the territory. our correspondent danny vincent explains why the turnout was so low. the authorities here pushed quite hard to try to encourage people to vote during this election.
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the electoral reforms mean that only candidates that are vetted by beijing and seen as patriotic can stand in this election. controversially, many of the very popular and prominent pro—democracy candidates that have won seats in years gone by, many of them have been imprisoned and many of them have fled the city and the remainder decided, essentially, not to stand in this election at all. many didn't even put their names forward, even though they would have been vetted by beijing. so, many critics say this is another example of the erosion of the political rights that hong kong was granted. many people say there's is no longer an election. many people say this is no longer an election. it's more of a selection process. and regardless of who wins, really, it's the establishment, the pro—beijing side, that will be victorious. to chile now — people are voting for a new president in what is the most polarised run—off since the end of military rule over 30 years ago.
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there are two candidates — here is the former student protest leader gabriel boric casting his vote. the other candidate is far—right lawyerjose antonio kast — who's been likened to donald trump. the country has traditionally been viewed as the region's most stable economy, but it's seen widespread protests in the past two years. so who will chileans pick? katy watson sent this report from santiago. just a few days ahead of the vote, there was a political earthquake. the death of general pinochet�*s widow was for many a celebration. 30 years after the return of democracy, this was a moment many people had been waiting for. this man's brother was one
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of the disappeared. translation: today, the wife | of a dictator, a tyrant, has died. there is no doubt she had a big influence in his life. so those of us who suffered are celebrating the end of a dynasty. chile has become used to protest these past couple of years. an economically stable yet deeply unequal country, it's been shaken up by demands for change. and this is the candidate trying to forge a new path for chile. a former protest leader turned politician. determined to turn the page on the country's woes. there is no way we can make the country stable if we try to impose one vision over another. politics cannotjust be for professionals, likejust for, you know, these old guys with a tie
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and talking in different language in offices. but not everyone is convinced of his politics. andreas shows me his cafe that was ransacked by protesters. overnight, 70% of his business was destroyed. "i came down here and cried, ten years of work destroyed in a matter of hours," he tells me. and it took eight months to return. so traumatised and fearful of what had happened. it's this fear that far right candidates have capitalised on. and help one specific to win the first round, a man who has spoken fondly of the country's military past, he is being compared to jair bolsonaro and donald trump. in the crowds, there were plenty of symbols of the american far right. including a trump hat.
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translation: he was the best. president in history, he represents me, the same right—wing politics. president in history, he represents translation: he was the best. president in history, he represents the past few years of protests and calls for change, a new direction for chile, but the people here order and stability is more important. if that means voting in any man who is praised a dictatorship then so be it. it is and still haunts people. these elections have brought fear to the fore, making them remember the past when having to decide the country's future. the headlines on bbc news... netherlands is starting a tough new lockdown, as the new coronavirus variant spreads fast across europe. in the uk, the health secretary has warned he can't rule out new measures.
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sajid javid warned people to be cautious. in hong kong, there's been a record low turnout in the first elections since china tightened control. the white house has sharply criticised a democrat senator, who says he will not support president biden�*s flagship investment bill. senatorjoe manchin, who represents the conservative state of west virginia, told fox news, he wouldn't vote for the multi—billion dollar legislation, known as the finely balanced composition of the senate means president biden cannot afford to lose a single democratic vote. our correspondent in washington, nomia iqbal, explains why this bill is so important to president biden. this is his top domestic priority, it is the cornerstone
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of his legislative agenda, he campaigned on this build back better, it is this huge ambitious social spending bill which involves programmes for climate change, as well as boosting health care subsidies, giving free child health care, there is so much in this bill and no republican backs this bill, because they believe that it will basically make inflation even worse. it is at an all—time high here in america, and it will hurt the economy, so president biden has had to rely on pretty much all the support of his democratic party members, because the democratic party has a very narrow hold in the senate, so every vote counts. as you mentioned there, senatorjoe manchin, he has been a key holdout throughout, he has said that he just does not like the size of this bill, he is worried about the impact of it and he and president biden have been negotiating for months now and mr biden has scaled back on a few parts of the bill, which has really upset some of the progressive members of the democratic party,
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but he did that in the hope that eventually he could secure his vote and now he has come out to say that he will not support it and because no republican will back this bill, mr manchin has become this really powerful figure. by saying that he will not vote on it, it pretty much means that this bill could sink. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mark edwards. well unfortunately the majority of sporting fixtures were affected by covid at the weekend, but the top three were all in action in the english premier league on sunday. the late kick off saw tottenham hotspur and liverpool play out a thrilling 2—2 draw in london. antonio conte's spurs side opened the scoring through harry kane, his first in seven matches. liverpool though hitting back through diogo jota and andy robertson with 20 minutes left. son heung min then equalised for the hosts for his 3rd in 3,
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moments before robertson was sent off for a reckless tackle. the draw extends antonio conte's unbeaten league start at tottenham to five games, while liverpool lose ground in the premier league title race. that's after leaders manchester city recorded an eighth successive epl victory as they swept aside struggling newcastle 4—0. goals from ruben dias, joao cancelo, riyad mahrez and raheem sterling mean city will be top of the premier league at christmas. they're three points clear of liverpool. but covid hit chelsea slipped further behind leaders city — they're now six points behind as they were held to a goalless draw at wolves. their request for the fixture to be postponed was rejected on sunday — manager thomas tuchel said they were "a bit angry" with the decision. six of the premier league's 10 weekend matches were postponed due to covid. we travelled together three hours in a bus, we have dinner together, we
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have another positive test for jorginho. people are worried because they are on the same bus, they were at the same dinner. but obviously, there was not enough to postpone the match, so we had to play. but you cannot demand 100% focus, otherwise it would be stupid to normally focus if you can do this without being calm. it was everything else but karma. real madrid are in action at home to lowly cadiz in la liga right now and they're on the hunt for their 11th straight win in all competitions. they've won their last seven in the league, and started the day 5 points clear of second placed sevilla at top of the table ahead of the winter break. currently goalless at the bernabeu earlier there were wins for athletic bilbao, getafe and granada. over in germany substitute kevin schade scored late as freiburg leapfrogged bayer leverkusen into third after beating them 2—1. while anthony modeste scored a late winner as cologne ended the year in eighth place and dumped stuttgart into the relegation play—off spot.
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finishing our tour of the european leagues — dusan vlahovic equalled cristiano ronaldo's record for most league goals in a single year after netting his 33rd of 2021 in fiorentina's 2—2 draw at home to sassuolo. the big game in italy on sunday evening is takes place at the san siro — second—placed ac milan and napoli — who sit fourth — go head to head with napoli leading currently 1—0 with around ten minutes left. celtic have won the scottish league cup after coming from behind to beat hibernian 2—1 at hampden park. hibs took the lead early in the second half through paul hanlon but two goals from kyogo furuhashi, the second a wonderful lob from the japanese player secured a first trophy for celtic manager ange postacoglou and extended their unbeaten run at hampden park to 18 games. cricket now, and australia are firmly on top of the second ashes test in adelaide. england captainjoe root was out in the final over of the penultimate day as his team closed on 82—4.
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that leaves the visitors needing to bat out the final day for a draw, having been set an unlikely 468 to win. england had lost opener haseeb hameed in the second over of their innings for a duck. dawid malan was trapped lbw for 20 and rory burns batted for 95 balls — .earlier, making 3a runs — his highest score of the series so far. earlier, despite losing three wickets for seven runs in a bizarre first session, australia moved from 45—1 to 230—9 before declaring an hour before tea. that's all the sport for now. the world renowned architect richard rogers, who was behind some of the most striking buildings of the past half century, has died at the age of 88. he gained international attention in the 1970s with the pompidou centre in paris, and other works included the millennium dome in london. our correspondent david sillito looks back on his life. it's hard to exaggerate what a shock this building was.
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the pompidou centre's facade with its confusion of pipes, ducts and external corridors was revolutionary — the work of renzo piano and a young british architect called richard rogers. the building itself is inside out. in other words, what you usually see inside, which are those long, dank, dark corridors which you have in big institutional buildings — and it is an institution, theoretically, though i dislike the word, it's an institution — there's long, dark corridors on the outside. they're actually the fun. the inside out design made the interior airy and open and equally important was the public space outside. this was �*60s egalitarianism, inspired by the piazzas of his home town, florence in italy. his parents had arrived in britain in the �*30s. the young richard rogers struggled at school, he was dyslexic, but he got into art college and then trained as an architect, where he met another future superstar of british architecture, norman foster.
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developments such as the lloyd's building in london were not to everyone's taste, but it didn't stop the commissions. it is what the prince of wales described as a carbuncle. but his moment had _ described as a carbuncle. but his moment had come. _ described as a carbuncle. but his moment had come. madrid - described as a carbuncle. but his i moment had come. madrid airport described as a carbuncle. but his - moment had come. madrid airport won the stirling prize. the millennium dome was signature richard rogers, again, innovative technology to create a huge, flexible space. but not all his plans were popular. the proposed transformational —— transformation of the south bank was fought off but it didn't stop politicians seeking his advice. fit, politicians seeking his advice. major part of my architecture is about trying to create a world in which it is infamous for the better through public space, through private space and so on. the welsh zenith, terminal— private space and so on. the welsh zenith, terminal five _ private space and so on. the welsh zenith, terminal five at _ private space and so on. the welsh zenith, terminal five at heathrow, l zenith, terminal five at heathrow, he was bold, colourful and has more
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than left his mark. the ridgers —— the richard rogers vision was of a city that was open, sociable, welcoming. richard rogers, who has died at the age of 88. you're watching bbc news. carlos marin, the singer from the classical group �*il divo' has died at the age of 53. it's reported that he was taken to hospital recently and spent a period of time in intensive care. in a statement on social media, the band said: il divo's international composition helped them achieve notable success across several worldwide tours. they sold more than 30 million records and had 160 gold and platinum discs across more
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than 33 countries. and just before the weather... the guardian has published a photo which says is borisjohnson pictured with wine and cheese alongside his wife and up to 17 staff in the downing street garden at a time of restrictions in may last year. we'll take a look at this story and many others tx gfx)at 10:30 and 11:30 this a spokesperson has said that work meetings often took place outside. on this occasion it was staff meetings following a press conference. we will be taking a look at the story in our press preview at half past ten and again at 11:30. the guestsjoining me half past ten and again at 11:30. the guests joining me tonight are olivia attlee, the assistant comment
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editor for the telegraph, and also lizzie buchan, who is the political correspondent for the daily mirror. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. earlier this morning, we had enormous temperature contrasts in scotland. in braemar, we had temperatures of minus nine celsius but it was 16 degrees warmer than that over the tops of the scottish mountains in cairnwell. the only difference was elevation. cairnwell is nearly a kilometre higher in the atmosphere and air sinks through the atmosphere and as it happens it warms up. this layer of warm air, the sunny conditions, pretty widespread across upland areas of the country whereas lower down, we are stuck under a lot of cloud and mist and that's what many of us have experienced today. overnight tonight, we'll keep those conditions. clearer skies across parts of scotland where it will turn cold. some deeper valleys may get down to —8. with the cloud elsewhere in most parts, frost free,
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but it may be misty and foggy for some as we start monday morning. monday, on the face of it, a cloudy day, but the cloud in eastern scotland and eastern areas of england will be more prone to breaking so it may turn out to be a brighter day somewhat. temperatures similar to the weekend, typically around 6 or 7 degrees. and this quiet spell of weather continuing into tuesday and wednesday with variable cloud, some sunny spells and some frost. after that, later in the week of the weather gets really interesting because the jet stream is going to split. one branch going up over the north of greenland, which is pretty unusual and then coming back down towards scotland. another branch of the jet stream crosses the atlantic and what we end up with later in the week is enormous temperature contrasts straddling the uk. cold air to the north. milder conditions to the south. that will bring potentially interesting weather our way later in the wake. across the north, some snow flurries from time to time. cold, dry weather and sunshine
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and in the south, cloud, with some rain, so quite grey and mild. in between, a risk of something a bit more disruptive. that risk may well be there on thursday across the pennines. but the boundary between the cold and the mild is a little uncertain. it could move a bit over the next few days but it's worth staying in touch with the forecast. there may be some issues as far as christmas travel plans go. hello this is bbc news. the headlines. netherlands starts a tough new lockdown, as the new coronavirus variant spreads fast across europe. the uk health secretary warns he can't rule out new measures and warns people to be cautious. foreign secretary liz truss will replace lord frost as the uk's
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lead negotiator with the eu in post—brexit talks following his resignation.


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