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this is bbc news broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the globe. i'm jane hill. our top stories... no new coronavirus restrictions will be introduced in england before the new year. but the health secretary says people should remain cautious — and that the figures are being monitored. we will watch the situation very carefully and shed, in the future, we need to act, of course, we will not hesitate to do so. a sharp rise in the the number of coronavirus cases in scotland — the highest yet — as new restrictions in bars and restaurants come into force. more disruption to the english premier league — with more games called off tomorrow as a record number of players and staff test positive. in new york, children aged 12
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and over now have to be fully vaccinated to enter indoor restaurants and leisure facilities, as infections rise in the city. and a warning that extreme weather events and natural disasters in the uk are having an increasingly severe impact on wildlife — we examine the impact. hello and welcome. the uk health secretary has confirmed there will be no new restrictions in england before new year. but sajid javid has urged caution, asking people who want to ring in 2022 to think about taking lateral flow tests, celebrate outside or ventilate indoor areas.
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the latest covid figures for england have been released — with 98,515 cases recorded today. meanwhile — scotland has seen its highest ever number of covid cases: 11,030 on boxing day. and today, just over 10,500. mrjavid also stressed the importance of getting a booster jab — let's here some of what he's been saying. well, yes, since we learned about omicron, our strategy has been to buy time, time to assess it and time to build our defences, and whilst there is still a lot of uncertainty around this new variant, we do know that our very best form of defence as vaccination. sadly, when we look at the latest hospital admissions, a disproportionate number of those people are unvaccinated. and when you look at those requiring the most intensive care, even more unvaccinated. we know that two vaccines aren't quite enough,
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but having three doses is an excellent protection. the nhs has done a fantasticjob, especially over the last few weeks. they are working with the military, with volunteers, offering more and more vaccinations across the country, over 30 million people boosted, 75% of eligible adults now boosted, that's more than any other country in europe, but we still need more people to come forward, and with that 1.5 million slots available over the next few days across england. it's never been so easy to go and get, whether it's your first vaccine shot or your second or your booster shots, so can i please say to people, please do come forward, get vaccinated, protect yourselves, protect your loved ones and protect your community. there was this big government push to get pretty much the country vaccinated by the end of the year. is that no longer possible, do you think, not enough people coming forward to get those people
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that should be vaccinated? as a country, when it comes to vaccinations, we've done very well. over 90% of adults have had at least one vaccine shot. our focus, because of this new variant, has been on booster shots over the last few weeks. and we said three weeks ago that we wanted to make sure that every adult in the country has a credible opportunity to get their booster shot by the end of the year, and that commitment will be met, so 75% of eligible adults are already boosted, but we want to get that to 100%, so we want people to come forward. there's plenty of slots, there's plenty of availability, and whilst the nhs is doing a brilliantjob, we need people to come forward and protect themselves and their community. we've been told today that the prime minister and yourself have been talking to people, getting the latest figures and the latest data. looking at restrictions in england, what is the latest on that? out, of course, we look at the data on a daily basis. that hasn't changed over the christmas period. but there will be no further measures before the new year. we won't be taking any further measures.
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of course, people should remain cautious as we approach new year celebrations and, you know, take a lateralflow test, that makes sense, celebrate outside if you can, have some ventilation indoors if you can. please, remain cautious. when we get into the new year, of course, we will see then whether we do need to take any further measures, but nothing more until then at least. why take that decision because the new year is a big time, a lot of people mixing, alcohol involved, you know, dangers of passing on a variance like this, we seen the restrictions in the other developed nations. why not in england? why take that decision? well, we look at the data on a daily basis. we get the very best advice from our scientists, our nhs friends and we put all of that together. whilst of course, yes, there is still a lot of uncertainty around this variant, it is growing fast.
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we think 90% of cases now across england our testing as the omicron variant, so it shows you just how quickly it has spread. we have had news in recent days that it is milder. now, that in itself isn't good news enough, that's good news, but we know that it spreads very rapidly. so we have to set that needs that, but we should all absolutely remain cautious. we don't think there's any need for further measures until the new year, but of course, we will keep that under review. uk health secretary sajid javid there. and we'll be taking a look at the situation across the rest of the world shortly, but let's stay in the uk for now. here's our correspondent simonjones. after the christmas festivities, tough decisions. borisjohnson will be poring over the latest covid data to see if he thinks new measures are needed in england, though no new restrictions are expected to be announced today. at this bar in bristol, they say they need clarity as they look ahead to the new year. he needs to get on with it, he needs to get on with it now, and he needs to help people now. people need to know now.
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they have got staff that they need to put in place, they have security that they need to book, they have stock that they need to order. he needs to tell people now, right now, so they know what they are doing. a key consideration is going to be hospital admissions, whether 0micron infections could lead to the nhs being overwhelmed. downing street said before christmas that it would not hesitate to act if necessary. but borisjohnson will face a battle to convince some of his mps that changes are needed. my view is that the government is going to sit tight and wait for more information, wait for a signal that 0micron, if it indeed is, is more severe in older people. whereas the devolved governments have decided to act sooner. yesterday in wales, social distancing measures were reintroduced. from today in northern ireland, there are new restrictions for pubs and restaurants. it will be table service only and a maximum of six people will be allowed to sit together. we try to be sensible and both protect ourselves and each other. i am slightly bewildered. i don't understand them.
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i have come over from scotland, so everything is different. table service too has come in in scotland where alcohol is served. nightclubs will have to close for a period of at least three weeks. the scottish health secretary this morning visited a vaccination centre in perth. this is still going to be very difficult for businesses, but of course if we let this virus run out of control or get ahead of us, that would be even worse for the economy. as people wait to hear what further new restrictions might be needed for the new year, the government has insisted that no decisions have yet been taken for england. today's briefing by scientists is one of a series of regular updates given to the prime minister. borisjohnson has not yet called a cabinet meeting or announced a recall of parliament. simon jones, bbc news. as be reflected, sajid javid saying
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in the last two minutes that there will be no changes in restrictions to england before the new year. let's discuss all the latest developments from the chatham house global health programme. he formerly worked at public health england. a very good evening to you. ——joining me is dr brian mccloskey, from the chatham house global health programme; he formerly worked at public health england. your thoughts on the figures as we understand them, i know there are lots of caveats, there are delays and so on, but your thoughts about where we are right now in the uk. good evening. i think what we have seen so far is good news as far as it goes, but there are big caveats that we always knew that the number of cases will be lower over the weekend. these are cases that have tested positive and people will not have been tested over the same days. we haven't seen the important figure of hospitalisation. i'd say it's generally living in the right direction. i wouldn't want to place too much emphasis on it at the
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moment. he too much emphasis on it at the moment. ., moment. he mentioned hospitalisation. - moment. he mentioned hospitalisation. it's - moment. he mentioned - hospitalisation. it's interesting to look at the figures for london, for the capital, because of course, that is where omicron is at its most intense in the capital. we hear that for december the 27th in london, 2640 for december the 27th in london, 26110 people are in hospital with covid—19. that is up 45% week on week, and hospitalisation, of course, something that politicians really have to keep an eye on. how worrying is that figure for you? i think it is a concern. even if omicron is three times less serious than delta but we kept six times more cases, that means there will be twice as many cases in hospital. at the moment, it's notjust about the number of cases coming in, it's about the number of staff available. so both of those are important factors which to me say it's not the time to start getting less cautious. we should be more cautious at the moment, slightly more than we have
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been doing. moment, slightly more than we have been doin:. . v moment, slightly more than we have been doin:. . �*, , been doing. that's interesting because there _ been doing. that's interesting because there are _ been doing. that's interesting because there are some - been doing. that's interesting - because there are some restrictions in some uk nations, but in england, the health secretary is saying no change, no change before new year. i think the danger is that the messages are coming less and less clear to people. there's a difference across the default administrations. there's advice or guidance in england, but no requirement. i think that makes people uncertain with what is the best thing to do. i would've liked to see more clarity on that. it's always been the case that the market the messages is to understand what people need to do to protect themselves and their family and friends. ~ ., ., , ., themselves and their family and friends. ~ ., ., ~ ., ., friends. what would you do? what are ou friends. what would you do? what are you planning — friends. what would you do? what are you planning for— friends. what would you do? what are you planning for new _ friends. what would you do? what are you planning for new year's _ friends. what would you do? what are you planning for new year's eve, - you planning for new year's eve, let's say? you planning for new year's eve, let's sa ? �* , , ., ., , let's say? i've been planning a very auiet new let's say? i've been planning a very quiet new year's _ let's say? i've been planning a very quiet new year's eve. _ let's say? i've been planning a very quiet new year's eve. i _ let's say? i've been planning a very quiet new year's eve. i keep - let's say? i've been planning a very. quiet new year's eve. i keep coming back to the simple mathematical equation that the more people you meet, the more likely it is that you will get infected and spread the infection to your family and
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friends. the less people you see, the less likely it is, so people should think about who they really want to be in contact with over the next few weeks and stick to that small group. i don't think it's a time to go out and have parties, i don't think new year's eve is going to be... intimate to be dangerous in a sense that we think a lot of people well mixed. there will be alcohol involved. it's probably not exactly the right way to do things. really interesting to hear your perspective. thank you so much for your time. let's turn our attention to what's happening in new york city. it's made a compulsory for everyone aged 12 and above to be fully vaccinated against covid, in order to access indoor entertainment and sports activities. it has also become the first us city to require vaccines for all private sector workers; jabs are already mandatory for state employees. cbs correspondent courtney kealy is in new york and gave us the reaction to the new mandate.
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well, here in new york, people are adhering to that, but with this quadruple rate of children in hospital since the 0micron variant came here, a lot of those children are not fully vaccinated. in fact, between the ages of five and 11, none were vaccinated. so the department of health right now in new york city is really warning parents to make sure that their children are getting vaccinations. children over 12 have to have both vaccinations to enter public areas like restaurants. so each state and each city does do things differently. new york state has definitely been in the forefront. bill de blasio, the current mayor, has said he doesn't want to see new york go back to the dark days of the early pandemic when the city essentially shut down. so there is a definite surge, but there are all sorts of mandates and rules in place here in new york city.
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that was the latest from cbs news. an israeli hospital has begun giving a fourth shot of the coronavirus vaccine, in a clinical trial to find out if it is safe and effective in containing the spread of covid. the trial in tel aviv includes about 150 health care workers who received their third shot no later than august this year. israel is considering approving a fourth dose, or second booster, for vulnerable people as 0micron infections surge despite a comprehensive vaccination programme. there have been more covid—related flight cancellations today with more than 1,400 flights cancelled around the world. destinations in the united states and china have been the worst hit, with us airlines saying the disruption is due to crews testing positive or isolating. in all, since christmas eve, more than 8,000 flights have been grounded, more now on covid in the uk and the english premier league has announced
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103 new coronavirus cases among club players and staff — the highest weekly number recorded since testing figures were first circulated in may last year. the league has also confirmed it has reverted to emergency measures following a raft of top—flight postponements. let's bring in bbc sport's chetan pathak. of course, we have at cancellations, lots of testing, explain exactly where we are but the premier league. i suspect no one will be too surprised by the rise in cases. it reflects what's happening in the country. it does emphasise just how tough things are for most of the teams in the leak at the moment. that primarily could have come to a pause, but the clubs met last monday to discuss the busy fixture list
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which has already seen a number of postponements in december, but it was decided to keep going, even though some managers were against that. the rest of the major european football leagues are all in the usual winter breaks at the moment. we have seen the primary ship brought forward because of covid. it started after yesterday's matches. spectator numbers have been capped. wales has imposed restrictions. nothing in england, the premier league is trying to continue as normal, despite as you say record premier league players and testing positive for covid including boxing day. the liverpool manager was asked about this earlier before tomorrow's trip. he's long placed his frustrations about the number of games traditionally play during christmas and new year, but given that the coronavirus is cases, he says it's not right that so many games are being played after boxing day, especially when i mean some teams are playing just 48 hours after their last game. it’s
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teams are playing just 48 hours after their last game.— teams are playing just 48 hours after their last game. it's a great fixture. everyone _ after their last game. it's a great fixture. everyone loves - after their last game. it's a great fixture. everyone loves it, - after their last game. it's a great fixture. everyone loves it, it's i fixture. everyone loves it, it's great — fixture. everyone loves it, it's great for— fixture. everyone loves it, it's great for the people and players. good _ great for the people and players. good for— great for the people and players. good for everybody. we do not stop discussing. — good for everybody. we do not stop discussing, because if we don't discuss it. _ discussing, because if we don't discuss it, it stays like this, but the players _ discuss it, it stays like this, but the players need help and help needs to come _ the players need help and help needs to come from other areas, this case, the coach _ to come from other areas, this case, the coach and — to come from other areas, this case, the coach and players, we have to deal with— the coach and players, we have to deal with all of this, which is why we are _ deal with all of this, which is why we are pretty clear about that. captain — we are pretty clear about that. captain jordan we are pretty clear about that. captainjordan henderson we are pretty clear about that. captain jordan henderson voiced we are pretty clear about that. captainjordan henderson voiced his frustration saying that he didn't think player welfare was being taken seriously enough. in the end, liverpool a playing two games in two days, because the game was called off. , ., days, because the game was called off. , . . . days, because the game was called off. , . ., ., ., ., , days, because the game was called off. , . ., ., ., ., off. chelsea manager thomas to the has echoed those _ off. chelsea manager thomas to the has echoed those frustrations - off. chelsea manager thomas to the has echoed those frustrations they l has echoed those frustrations they haven't played for over two weeks following a break in their squad, they said today they are in a mad moment having only held one full
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training session over a fortnight and played west ham tomorrow. goodness. we will be talking about this again, i'm sure. thank you so much from the bbc sport centre. thank you. a week of events are starting in south africa — to commemorate the life of the anti—apartheid leader archbishop desmond tutu. he died on sunday, aged 90. the bells of cape town's st george's cathedral will toll for ten minutes a day every day at noon until friday. people have also been gathering outside the city's st george's cathedral and also outside his home, ahead of his funeral on the first of january. 0thers laid wreaths and lit candles in soweto. and these pictures show the south african president cyril ramaphosa arriving at the archbishop's residence earlier today to offer condolences to his widow leah
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and other family members. peter storey was president of the south african council of churches at the time when desmond tutu was the general secretary. he shared some of his recollections of theirfriendship. my first experience of him was, if you like, characteristic of his whole life. i was in nairobi for a conference and sharing a room with some delegates. and when i woke up at four in the morning, somebody else had joined the room. and i saw an apparition, a sort of white apparition in the corner. it was somebody that had covered himself with a sheet and who was praying in the muslim way, with his face right down on the floor. and the next morning, i discovered that it was desmond tutu. i said to him, "you gave me one heck of a fright last night." and he cackled the tutu cackle. and he said, "i'm desmond tutu." that first moment of
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seeing him at prayer was characteristic of his whole life and our relationship together. whether we were travelling in dangerous places, on aircraft, in airports, when the time came for him to follow his discipline of prayer, he simply opened his prayer book. remembering archbishop desmond tutu who has died at the age of 90. climate fuelled—disasters which have devastated lives — have also cost the world tens of billions of dollars this past year. that's according to christian aid, which tallied up the damages based on insured losses. let's take a look at some of the most costly events. hurricane ida struck the united states in august and is at the very top of the list at $65 billion. it was the fifth—strongest hurricane to make landfall in the country, and killed dozens of people.
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deadly floods that swept across western and central europe in the summer came in second, causing $43 billion in damages. more than 200 people died. torrential rains in china's central henan province caused huge floods injuly, leading to $17.6 billion in damages, and leaving more than 300 dead. cyclone yaas lashed coastal areas in india and bangladesh in may, and cost $3 billion injust a few days. it also forced more than a million people to evacuate. most of the countries on this list are richer nations — where it's easier to measure financial losses, because people are more likely to have insurance. dr kat kramer is the report's author. she explained more about what she found. we looked at the top ten most expensive extreme weather events and occurrences that were climate—related this year, and i think it's important to say that they can't be directly ascribed
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to climate change, perhaps, but a number of them have been studied by attribution scientists, and this is a new area of science that is looking at seeing how much more likely an extreme weather event is, or how much more powerful an extreme weather event is because of human—caused climate change. so we looked at the top ten in terms of the economic costs, because, as you say, there is the data to do that, but we also looked at five additional devastating events which occurred, which maybe didn't have necessarily the same financial impact, but also were important for the numbers of deaths of a number of people displaced that they caused. also trying to put that focus on the losses and damages being suffered by developing countries. the national trust has published its annual reckoning of uk wildlife "winners and losers" though the year. some species have flourished while others have been hit by weather events. 0ur climate editor
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justin rowlatt reports. this is one of this year's wildlife winners. the first beaver family was released onto national trust property in 2020, and this year, it produced its first kept. that baby beaver was born injune. but uk's change in weather patterns brought losers too. some seabird populations were hit by the storms that swept the country. 0ther were hit by the storms that swept the country. other birds suffered from the unseasonable cold spells and frequent heavy rain in the summer. i've come to newark park estate in gloucestershire to find out more about how our change in climate is affecting the national trust's landscapes and the wildlife that cares for. look at this wonderful place. i tutor hunting lodge with, look over here, the most incredible views right out across to
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the hills. taste incredible views right out across to the hills. . ., incredible views right out across to the hills. . . ., ., ., ., the hills. we have had to remove all of our ashtrays, _ the hills. we have had to remove all of our ashtrays, unfortunately, - of our ashtrays, unfortunately, because they've succumbed to a fungal disease.— because they've succumbed to a fungal disease. this disease that affects adult _ fungal disease. this disease that affects adult trees _ fungal disease. this disease that affects adult trees is _ fungal disease. this disease that affects adult trees is now - fungal disease. this disease that i affects adult trees is now common across britain. taste affects adult trees is now common across britain.— across britain. we are finding that the moist conditions _ across britain. we are finding that the moist conditions that - across britain. we are finding that the moist conditions that we - across britain. we are finding that the moist conditions that we get, | the moist conditions that we get, wet and warm, are really great for these things to spread in our current climate stop at the national trust lost thousands more trees in storms. ,, ., . trust lost thousands more trees in storms. . ., ., . trust lost thousands more trees in storms. ,, ., . . , , storms. storm are wind, which ripped throu~h storms. storm are wind, which ripped throu . h the storms. storm are wind, which ripped through the north _ storms. storm are wind, which ripped through the north of _ storms. storm are wind, which ripped through the north of the _ storms. storm are wind, which ripped through the north of the country - storms. storm are wind, which ripped through the north of the country in i through the north of the country in late november was particularly destructive. some properties, like this stretch of the dorset coast, where changed forever. this land slept caused in part by extreme dry and wet spells took a great bite out of the cliffs at thornton beacon. the regular withering of the seasons are kind of drifting away and we are now getting this new normal, which is pretty unpredictable and has some really big extreme weather events. all of that has a massive impact on
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our wildlife. all of that has a massive impact on our wildlife-— our wildlife. this year's wildlife losers include _ our wildlife. this year's wildlife losers include spring _ our wildlife. this year's wildlife i losers include spring blossoming trees in the south of england, which suffered a series of late frosts. some seal populations flourished, with record numbers of seals recorded on some suffolk beaches. the warm and settled autumn produced spectacular shows of colour across the country. and help some grassland fungito the country. and help some grassland fungi to thrive. the trust warns extreme weather is increasingly becoming the new normal but says it is possible to strengthen ecosystems against climate change. just in rolex, bbc news, newark park estate in gloucestershire. to remind you of our main story, there are to be no more covid restrictions brought in to england before the new year. new york city has brought in a vaccine mandate, meaning anyone 12 or over has to have had a vaccine to access many indoor events. you are watching
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bbc news. hello there. we've had some big contrasts in the weather today, much of the time for england and wales has been rather grey with some low cloud, some mist and fog outbreaks of rain and drizzle pretty widely as well. but it's not been like that everywhere. in scotland and northern ireland, and places, we have seen something a bit brighter with a few glimmers of sunshine. now, in the week ahead, that everywhere. in scotland and northern ireland, and places, we have seen something a bit brighter with a few glimmers of sunshine. now, in the week had committed a cab 90s that the weather is going high as 17 celsius in marriage compared with the december average of eight. 17 actually isn't far off the uk time december temperature record, which currently stands at 18.7. back to the weather we are expecting overnight. well,
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there will be extensive got around him outbreaks have been particularly for england and wales, some of that pushing into northern ireland and southern scotland. murky with some fog patches, particularly in scotland where they will also be patches of frost, otherwise, a frost free and mild night. quite a when he started the day, then, for the coast sandhills of wales in southwest england. cost of around 40 had 50 mph and rain pretty widely. the rain across eastern england will be reluctant to ease that will become a little bit later and patch year, at least into the afternoon. coming a bit brighter and western areas, but once we have lost the early morning mist and fog patch is committed scotland and northern ireland that will have the best chance of seeing some sunshine. for the middle part of the week, that's when we see this surge of south—westerly winds dragging up that exceptionally mild air. now, there will be weather friends around, supper wednesday, we start out with rain pretty widely. the rain will become more confined to western areas, really, as the day goes by, and could see an occasional break in the cloud across eastern areas. 0n the whole, it stays pretty
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cloudy. temperatures, though, will be coming well above average, ten in glasgow, 13 in belfast, that's well above average, but 16 in london, that's getting pretty crazy, and if anything, thus temperatures rise even further as we look at the forecast chance for thursday. again, heavy rain for wales, western areas of england, particularly because sandhills and turning wet and northern ireland later in the day. but it's the temperatures that take centre stage, reaching heights up to seven celsius into norwich.
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no new coronavirus restrictions will be introduced in england before the new year. but the health secretary says people should remain cautious and further considerations will be made in the new year. they will watch the situation carefully and shed in the future we need to act of course not hesitate do so. a sharp rise in the the number of coronavirus cases in scotland — the highest yet — as new restrictions in bars and restaurants come into force. the government is showing "nowhere near enough urgency" in finding a solution to rising gas and electricity prices, one energy boss tells the bbc. south africa has begun a week of events to commemorate the anti—apartheid leader archbishop desmond tutu. and england's hopes of an ashes comeback are fading rapidly in a dramatic second day
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of the third test in melbourne. good evening. the health secretary, sajid javid, has ruled out any new coronavirus restrictions in england before the new year. it comes after the prime minister met his scientific advisers today to discuss the latest covid data and the impact that the omicron variant is having on cases, hospitalisations and deaths. the health secretary urged people to be cautious with new year's eve celebrations, saying he couldn't rule out further measures next year. tighter restrictions have come into effect today in northern ireland and scotland — which yesterday recorded more than 11 thousand covid cases in a day — a new record.
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here's our correspondent simonjones. after the christmas festivities, now it is decision time for the prime minister. borisjohnson will be poring over the latest covid data to see if he thinks new measures are needed in england. they will be no further measures before the new year. people should remain cautious as we approach new year's celebrations and take a letter of protest if that makes sense and celebrate outside if you can and have some ventilation indoors if you can. when he and cautious. we have lost a key trading period. next month it will have little impact because it's a quiet time of year anyway. the impact because it's a quiet time of year anyway-— year anyway. the government will continue to _ year anyway. the government will continue to look _ year anyway. the government will continue to look at _
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year anyway. the government will continue to look at hospital - continue to look at hospital admissions although early findings last week suggested people with on the goon were less likely to be admitted along with staff absences and later the nhs things it's being overwhelmed. and later the nhs things it's being overwhelmed-— and later the nhs things it's being overwhelmed. covid-19 is having a siunificant overwhelmed. covid-19 is having a significant impact _ overwhelmed. covid-19 is having a significant impact on _ overwhelmed. covid-19 is having a significant impact on staff- overwhelmed. covid-19 is having a significant impact on staff and - significant impact on staff and other emergency departments. the most common figure coming back at us is that the apartments are reporting 25% of their staff because of covid—19 related reasons. that's a really big deal for emergency. yesterday, such distancing measures very interesting rails. from today in northern ireland there were any restrictions for pubs and restaurants. it would be cable service only at a maximum of six people will be allowed to sit together. we people will be allowed to sit touether. ~ ., , , , , together. we tried to be sensible and protect _ together. we tried to be sensible and protect ourselves. _ together. we tried to be sensible and protect ourselves. i- together. we tried to be sensible and protect ourselves. i am - together. we tried to be sensible i and protect ourselves. i am slightly bewildered — and protect ourselves. i am slightly bewildered. i— and protect ourselves. i am slightly bewildered. i don't _ and protect ourselves. i am slightly bewildered. i don't understand - and protect ourselves. i am slightly l bewildered. i don't understand them. i bewildered. i don't understand them. i came _ bewildered. idon't understand them. lcarne over— bewildered. i don't understand them. i came over from scotland so everything is different.- everything is different. table service where _ everything is different. table service where alcohol - everything is different. table service where alcohol is - everything is different. table i service where alcohol is served,
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nightclubs will have to close for a period of at least three weeks. this cottage health secretary visited a vaccination centre in perth. 0ver christmas card and recorded the highest number of daily covid—19 cases since the start of the pandemic. cases since the start of the pandemic-— cases since the start of the pandemic. cases since the start of the andemic. , , , ., ., , pandemic. this is still going to be very difficult _ pandemic. this is still going to be very difficult because _ pandemic. this is still going to be very difficult because this - pandemic. this is still going to be very difficult because this is - pandemic. this is still going to be very difficult because this is if- very difficult because this is if you let this virus run out of control i get ahead of us that would be worse for the economy. downing street said it _ be worse for the economy. downing street said it will _ be worse for the economy. downing street said it will not _ be worse for the economy. downing street said it will not hesitate - be worse for the economy. downing street said it will not hesitate to - street said it will not hesitate to act if more restrictions in england are needed in the future. today's briefing by scientists is one of the series of regular updates given to the prime minister. for now, it's a call for caution the new year celebrations are set to look very different in different parts of the uk. 0ur political correspondent iain watson is here. a record number of new cases on christmas day in england. but england is still on a very different path to the rest of the uk. ads, england is still on a very different path to the rest of the uk.- path to the rest of the uk. a very diveraent path to the rest of the uk. a very divergent paths _ path to the rest of the uk. a very divergent paths from _ path to the rest of the uk. a very divergent paths from the - path to the rest of the uk. a very divergent paths from the other. divergent paths from the other nations in the uk in the sense that
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are no new restrictions being imposed but no new restrictions between now and the new year. the pie minister was briefed by his scientific advice is today and his sources say he did not see anything in the data that made him push the red button to have restrictions in england. by rooting out those restrictions is also willing of the recall of parliament and promised to do that if there was going to be new restrictions and speaking to 100 mps that rebelled against his covid—19 past measures this month they were saying he would face an even bigger rebellion and if he could not produce hard and fast data with the nhs and england is ready to be overwhelmed. political opponents will suggest that was why he was taking that path but it is a big effort for boris johnson because taking that path but it is a big effort for borisjohnson because if you manage to keep the economy open and if the nhs is not overwhelmed than he will get far beyond his own party and if hospitalisations
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increase sharply in the media his opponents will say he's putting politics ahead of health. well let's look at the latest government data now — there are a lot of figures that still aren't available because of the holiday period. but what we do know today is that there were 98,515 new infections recorded in england alone in the latest 24—hour period. and more than 100 thousand cases a day were recorded in england on christmas day and boxing day. 143 deaths were recorded in england, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive test. in total nearly 32—and—a—half million people have had a booster — that's 56.5 per cent of the uk population, aged over 12. so no new data from wales or northern ireland over christmas. but scotland has today published its figures for the last three days — which confusingly haven't yet been included in the uk totals. but what they do show is a record rise in new cases in scotland over the christmas break.
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0ur correspondent catriona renton in glasgow. it isa it is a big leap in cases? that is right. as you've been hearing the restrictions were introduced here in scotland today on hospitality and indoor public venues. just as those new figures were released for the last three days in the provisional figures peaked at 11,030 cases reported yesterday on boxing day. that compares with just over 7000 on christmas eve and the figures appointed for a christmas day and today were also higher than any other time in the pandemic as well. the first miss is whining that figure is likely to be higher due to the lag in reporting time and nicola sturgeon said they expected wave of cases fuelled by the omicron variant was materialising. the new restrictions introduced today
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include distancing of a metre in pubs and table service in pubs and distancing of a metre in other inside public venues. yesterday limits on the crowds were introduced to the large—scale public events will be cancelled as a result of that. the restrictions are due to be reviewed on the 11th of january but looking at those big rises in case number is the question will be what happens to hospital admissions and that, no doubt will inform what happens next year. and in northern ireland, where new restrictions have also come into force, our correspondent louise cullen is in dungannon for us. from today it is strongly rep —— recommend that that people limit their mixing in private homes and they continue to work from home. there are changes to the laws of on face coverings with some exemptions no longer accepted. and people having to prove if they have a medical exemption. the main focus is on hospitality. it's a return to table service and pubs, cafes, restaurants and also a return to the
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rule of six. people are high schools at a table. to support the hospitality industry there's been a £40 million package announced but that's only these measures in the finance minister has said there is additional money available should additional money available should additional restrictions be required and the power—sharing executive will meet on thursday to review what's already in place and see if anything else is needed. there were warnings that significant interventions will be required after christmas according to health professionals. they'll be making those decisions based on figures that have not yet been published and we will find out here in northern ireland on wednesdayjust here in northern ireland on wednesday just exactly what effect omicron has had on ourfigures over the christmas period. the business secretary, kwasi kwarteng, met today online with representatives of large energy suppliers and the regulator 0fgem to discuss the impact of high global gas prices, which reached record levels last week. it's understood representatives of the treasury and 10 downing street also attended. people within the industry have urged the government to take action amid warnings that household bills are set to rise
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dramatically in the spring. theo leggett reports. the cost of gas on european wholesale markets has been hitting record levels. and suppliers as a consumer is here would end up paying a heavy price. energy companies themselves have already been badly hit. more than two dozen have gone out of business since the summer. and my casualties are expected. that is because so far they had to absorb most of the extra cost themselves. it's a situation that will not last. if we don't find a solution in the coming weeks we are certainly going to be locking your consumers into more and more expensive energy for years to come. more and more expensive energy for years to come-— years to come. people within the industry say _ years to come. people within the industry say ministers _ years to come. people within the industry say ministers could - industry say ministers could consider cutting the environmental crimes and social levies that energy consumers have to pay. taste
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crimes and social levies that energy consumers have to pay.— consumers have to pay. we will rethink listening _ consumers have to pay. we will rethink listening to _ consumers have to pay. we will rethink listening to the - consumers have to pay. we will rethink listening to the industry leaders to see what they recommend would be an important thing to do before february and february is when they meet to decide what its price is going to be for the domestic consumer on the 1st of april. labour wants it to — consumer on the 1st of april. labour wants it to be _ consumer on the 1st of april. labour wants it to be removed. _ consumer on the 1st of april. labour wants it to be removed. today's - wants it to be removed. today's meeting is unlikely to be the last. the government says talks will continue over the coming days and weeks to ensure uk consumers are protected. west mercia police have sent a written apology to the relatives of the former premier league footballer, dalian atkinson, six months after an officer who tasered him and kicked him in the head was jailed for manslaughter. west mercia's chief constable pippa mills said she was "deeply sorry" adding that a police uniform did not grant officers' immunity to behave unlawfully. south africa has begun a week
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of events to commemorate the anti—apartheid leader archbishop desmond tutu, who died yesterday aged 90. 0ur correspondent nomsa maseko is outside st george's anglican cathedral in cape town. we are here outside the cathedral here in cape town and this marks where the majority of events are going to be taken place in honour of desmond tutu. he was a man of small stature but with a very big heart and this is what south africans are going to remember about him after all he was the man chosen by nelson mandela to head the south african reconciliation process and it was not an easy process but he did continue with that. there are going to be a number of memorial services that are going to take place not just here in cape town but in many other parts of this country. there's going to be an internet service as well that will be held amongst his
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closest friends on thursday and the archbishop is expected to lie and stayed here at this cathedral on friday night for one night and saturday morning his funeral service will be held here and this is where his ashes are going to be entered. the report from the national trust says weather events like star marlin are proving a challenge to many of britain's species which are already in decline. england cricketers are sliding towards a defeat. australia are already two—nil up in the five match series and could retain the ashes tomorrow as our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. england's players were unsure for a while if they'd even be allowed in the ground. four covid cases amongst the support staff and their family. but after the tests, the test continued. and yes, england prospered.
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marnus labuschagne batting, ranked world number one, out for one. success for mark wood. and what about steve smith? well, here comes james anderson. 0h, he's got him, bowled him. england quickly dismissed australia's most esteemed batters. hey, we're in this! maybe? marcus harris persevered for australia. not always pretty, but past 50. and that feeling of optimism, it was sneaking away from england. as so often, they needed anderson. captain's grateful hands and harris was gone. but a late flourish helped australia build their lead. when their innings finally ended, they were 82 runs ahead. and in the last hour, the true context of the day's play — england batting again, zak crawley out for five. the very next ball — dawid malan — lbw. haseeb hameed couldn't last. faint edge, he was gone. so jack leach was sent in to defend and defy.
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hm, 31 for4. and australia will be back for more. joe wilson, bbc news. we're back with the late news at ten. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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ifour, three, two, one!. what could possibly go wrong? that's the best handwriting. you have to come with me to the christmas market. come this way. i recognise that it's nick. merry
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christmas. what on earth have you got? this is the worlds first artificially intelligent smart perfume. it's very strong. that may it's1—size—fits—all because the last thing you want is on christmas day when you open up and you don't make this man of a to this this thing you can choose what you want it to smell like. you can show it to the bluetooth connected app. how does that work? inside there are three different canisters. each with its own unique sense and depending on what you select it makes it to create your own weeks and it can create your own weeks and it can create up to 100 different combinations for every canon. fortunately this is just a prototype and will not be hitting the shops
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until next spring.— and will not be hitting the shops until next spring. what are you here for then? i — until next spring. what are you here for then? i tell _ until next spring. what are you here for then? i tell you _ until next spring. what are you here for then? i tell you who _ until next spring. what are you here for then? i tell you who would - for then? i tell you who would absolutely love a place like this. he loves christmas and he loves buying the christmas presents. this year he is really done something special and he seems to be in germany. i am on the hunt for that perfect christmas gift for you both. you might have got something a bit sparkly but did not quite seem right. and i considered it a new look for you. but ultimately i wanted to sniff out something that might surprise you both. and with a bit of science behind it too. and my nose brought me here but not to the shops around here but to a startup thatis shops around here but to a startup that is creating this. it's a water
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bottle with interchangeable nozzles and they have different scents so you can have mango, cola, or watermelon and makes the stuff inside the bottle kind of taste a bit... befriend. but what is inside isjust plain tap bit... befriend. but what is inside is just plain tap water. christmas magic? according to the founder of the company now. the magic? according to the founder of the company now.— the company now. the product is a body hack- — the company now. the product is a body hack. because _ the company now. the product is a body hack. because we _ the company now. the product is a body hack. because we copied - the company now. the product is a body hack. because we copied how the company now. the product is a - body hack. because we copied how our favourite perception worked for a certain part of it and let me taste something real will taste our basic favours through our tongue or over our tongue but the rest of it through our analysis and it makes 80% of our favourite perception so it's a large part and desperately copy with our product so when you drink out of our bottle you will drink out of our bottle you will drink water and scented air and a scented air will let your brain think it's drinking something with flavour even though it spare water
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without any additives or calories or sugar or anything. without any additives or calories or sugar oranything. i without any additives or calories or sugar or anything-— sugar or anything. i know that may seem quite — sugar or anything. i know that may seem quite a _ sugar or anything. i know that may seem quite a lot _ sugar or anything. i know that may seem quite a lot to _ sugar or anything. i know that may seem quite a lot to swallow- sugar or anything. i know that may seem quite a lot to swallow so - sugar or anything. i know that may seem quite a lot to swallow so i i seem quite a lot to swallow so i have sent a couple of these bottles back to you guys in london to do a taste test. and i know it's unlucky to see chairs with just plain water but it's all names in the best possible taste. merry christmas. merry christmas. we have got a couple of these bottles here. i think you need to try one. what fruits does _ think you need to try one. what fruits does that _ think you need to try one. what fruits does that taste _ think you need to try one. what fruits does that taste like? - think you need to try one. what fruits does that taste like? it's. fruits does that taste like? it's peach. fruits does that taste like? it's each. ~ ., ., , , , fruits does that taste like? it's each. ~ ., ., , ,, a peach. well done, i am impressed. as ou 'ust peach. well done, i am impressed. as you just tasted — peach. well done, i am impressed. as you just tasted it _ peach. well done, i am impressed. as you just tasted it smells _ peach. well done, i am impressed. as you just tasted it smells of _ peach. well done, i am impressed. as you just tasted it smells of fruit. - you just tasted it smells of fruit. can you tell what kind of fruit? ida can you tell what kind of fruit? no idea. i hate fruity. it's— can you tell what kind of fruit? no idea. i hate fruity. it's all- can you tell what kind of fruit? no idea. i hate fruity. it's all in - idea. i hate fruity. it's all in this matter and _ idea. i hate fruity. it's all in this matter and not - idea. i hate fruity. it's all in this matter and not in - idea. i hate fruity. it's all in this matter and not in the l idea. i hate fruity. it's all in - this matter and not in the taste. while we are in the festive mood i have a game for us to play. pictionary is probably my favourite
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game as you know. but i can't draw which is the irony. the technology does not help with that. this is called the ree paper and you can use any pencil by attaching this identity end of it or you can use the pain that comes with it and you don't need a piece of paper but it connects to a smartphone. let me draw something for you. it has gone wrong already. not a banana. i've got this wrong having die? there you go. i5 got this wrong having die? there you 0, , ., got this wrong having die? there you go. is it a nokia phone that was never launched _ go. is it a nokia phone that was never launched because - go. is it a nokia phone that was never launched because it's - go. is it a nokia phone that was never launched because it's the | never launched because it's the worst design in the world? that is it. it can worst design in the world? that is it- it can be _ worst design in the world? that is it. it can be used _ worst design in the world? that is it. it can be used for— worst design in the world? that is it. it can be used for a _ worst design in the world? that is it. it can be used for a sensible i it. it can be used for a sensible purpose. like work.— it. it can be used for a sensible purpose. like work. which this is neither of them. _ purpose. like work. which this is neither of them. this _ purpose. like work. which this is neither of them. this is - purpose. like work. which this is neither of them. this is the - neither of them. this is the remarkable _ neither of them. this is the remarkable seeing - neither of them. this is the remarkable seeing as - neither of them. this is the remarkable seeing as it's . neither of them. this is the i remarkable seeing as it's the neither of them. this is the - remarkable seeing as it's the more professional purposes i will hand it
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to you. professional purposes i will hand it to ou. , , professional purposes i will hand it to ou. , , to you. this is an e paper. it feels like paper- _ to you. this is an e paper. it feels like paper- l'm — to you. this is an e paper. it feels like paper. i'm realising _ to you. this is an e paper. it feels like paper. i'm realising now- like paper. i'm realising now that i'm just as awful as you. i'll tell you what, paper is cheap and i'm guessing this is not.— guessing this is not. that's very true. it guessing this is not. that's very true- it is _ guessing this is not. that's very true- it is a _ guessing this is not. that's very true. it is a sock. _ guessing this is not. that's very true. it is a sock. water, - guessing this is not. that's very true. it is a sock. water, water| guessing this is not. that's very . true. it is a sock. water, water and stocks. true. it is a sock. water, water and stocks- this — true. it is a sock. water, water and stocks. this may _ true. it is a sock. water, water and stocks. this may have _ true. it is a sock. water, water and stocks. this may have something i stocks. this may have something to do with the fact that chris asked us for our dirty laundry.— for our dirty laundry. which is not as weird as _ for our dirty laundry. which is not as weird as it _ for our dirty laundry. which is not as weird as it sounds. _ for our dirty laundry. which is not as weird as it sounds. doing - for our dirty laundry. which is not i as weird as it sounds. doing laundry is a time drain at the best of times especially at christmas when there's so much else to do so i'm helping to team that there is. but i will not watch this myself. it will go to a startup that hopes to change the way we wash. according to the way we do our laundry at home it is wasteful but by stepping up lots of little innovations they can make the process more equal friendly. innovations they can make the process more equalfriendly. there are several ways this is supposed to
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be more equal friendly. are several ways this is supposed to be more equalfriendly. the are several ways this is supposed to be more equal friendly. the first is over here and heavily stained clothes get blasted with compressed air or water. clothes get blasted with compressed air orwater. so clothes get blasted with compressed air or water. so you're not using loads of chemicals in the wash and the close call entities standard washing machines and the secret and told is using old water so you are not wasting loads of energy heating up not wasting loads of energy heating up the water. how do you get clothes clean with cold water? you use a special detergent and it's automatically doused from these bottles and that creates ozone which externalizes the quality and the final extra step is around the back there's a filter to take out any micro plastics and fibres that come off the close so that does not go down the drain. to put the service to the test i've got this wine —soaked tablecloth and a gravy stain runner from the table and a pair of stinky trainers which are all off to go to the wash treatment. washing is only half the story. the drying white sheets and towels go through
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this he had roller and folder which can dry sheets in seconds using less energy but at the moment the company still uses some fossil fuel powered tumble dryers which he hopes to remove from the process. one thing i have to show you is this japanese close steaming robot and make sure your clothes don't have any creases in them or don't shrink in the wash. this is why i worry this creased jumper before any of your comment on it so let's get this here. that goes over the dummy and it spins around and to make sure the shoulders are right we enterjim mode and beef up. beef up the shoulders. good. and then... that is me after christmas. here we go. release this letter.
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ready—to—wear. it's so warm. there you go. i need to get one of these. i went to meet the company founder kyle grant who after getting tired of washing his rugby team uniform at oxford university decided to start the company. it's about £25 a month for a wash that going to work are cheaper to use their washing machine at home? ~ , ., cheaper to use their washing machine at home? ~ i. ., ,, ., cheaper to use their washing machine at home? ~ .,~ ., at home? when you take into account the washing — at home? when you take into account the washing machine _ at home? when you take into account the washing machine you _ at home? when you take into account the washing machine you have - at home? when you take into account the washing machine you have to - at home? when you take into account the washing machine you have to buy| the washing machine you have to buy an energy— the washing machine you have to buy an energy that goes into it it does work— an energy that goes into it it does work out — an energy that goes into it it does work out about ten to 15% cheaper. the big _ work out about ten to 15% cheaper. the big savings in the time. you don't _ the big savings in the time. you don't have — the big savings in the time. you don't have to do it yourselfjust take _ don't have to do it yourselfjust take that — don't have to do it yourselfjust take that pile of laundry and get rid of— take that pile of laundry and get rid of it — take that pile of laundry and get rid of it. ., ._ , take that pile of laundry and get rid of it. ., ., , . take that pile of laundry and get rid of it. ., ._ , ., ., , rid of it. two days later and my laundry arrived _ rid of it. two days later and my laundry arrived and _ rid of it. two days later and my laundry arrived and i _ rid of it. two days later and my laundry arrived and i can't - rid of it. two days later and my laundry arrived and i can't fault it, it really did come out very clean especially the shoes. they came out almost like brand—new. the challenge for this company will be convincing people to give up the convenience of washing their clothes at home. especially for those unexpected christmas spills when
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everyone had a few too many. that's it for this short _ everyone had a few too many. that's it for this short cut _ everyone had a few too many. that's it for this short cut of _ everyone had a few too many. that's it for this short cut of critics - it for this short cut of critics 2021. if you want my stuff it's waiting for you on the iplayer. you can find that _ waiting for you on the iplayer. you can find that team _ waiting for you on the iplayer. gm, can find that team on social media or youtube, can find that team on social media oryoutube, instagram, or can find that team on social media or youtube, instagram, or twitter. thank you for being with us throughout 2021 and have a merry christmas. we had some big weather contrasts across the country today. england and wales, great weather. rain and
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drizzle as well. it was not as murky as this everywhere. across parts of scotland and northern ireland, we had some of sunshine coming through but also wanted or show his as well. low pressure in charge tonight and it will get more active and outbreaks of brain turning heavy across england and wales breaching parts of northern ireland and scotland and mist and fog patches further north and scotland along with patchy frost but otherwise it will be a mild night. it's a windy start to the day across wales in southwest england with gusts reaching 40 to 50 mph and ran will be pretty reluctant to ease off across eastern england where it will turn patchy as the day goes by. the weather improving further west but the best of the sunshine ones we have cleared the fog across scotland and northern ireland again.
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