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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. uk prime minister borisjohnson is to announce a shift in message on coronavirus later — with a new warning system and a roadmap for easing the lockdown in england. he's also set to unveil a new slogan — telling the public to "stay alert" rather than "stay at home". a government minister explains the new advice — criticised by some for being confusing. staying at home will remain an absolutely essential element of that strategy. but it will broaden out. and we'll encourage people to stay alert when they are going about their business. president trump's handling of the pandemic is called a ‘chaotic disaster‘ by his predecessor barack obama. south korea's president warns of a second wave of infection
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as a new cluster of cases is confirmed. hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. we're covering all the latest coronavirus developments here in britain and globally. first — the uk government is preparing to change its message on coronavirus, advising the public to "stay alert" rather than to "stay home". borisjohnson will make a televised address to the nation this evening, in which he will outline a roadmap towards easing lockdown restrictions in england. he's also expected to announce the creation of a coronavirus alert system, similar to the one used to describe the terror threat. the scottish first minister, nicola sturgeon, has
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insisted that "stay home, save lives" would remain her clear message to scotland at this stage. in other developments, some bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen in germany this weekend, with a further easing of restrictions set for monday. in the us the former president barack obama has strongly criticised donald trump's response to the pandemic, calling it an absolute chaotic disaster. it comes as the confirmed number of covid—19 cases worldwide passes 4 million, according tojohns hopkins university — the actual number is thought to be far higher. more on all of those stories coming up — but first this report from andy moore. as the sun shone, police in hackney in east london said they were fighting a losing battle to persuade people to stay at home. they said hundreds of people were out enjoying food and drinks. they tried to remind them that they should be
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only out for exercise. boris johnson will tonight outline how it will be eased, very slowly and very cautiously. first, there will be another meeting of the cobra emergency committee before his televised address at 7pm. he's expected to announce a scale of coronavirus alerts, similar to the system for terrorism. they will range from level five, red, to level one, green. we are said to be currently at level four, moving towards level three. there will be a new slogan, too. stay alert, control the virus and save lives. the government is emphasising that any changes to the lockdown will only be made with extreme caution. importantly, it's true to say that moving beyond covid will be a gradual process, not a single leap to freedom. so, when we do emerge, the world will seem quite different. yesterday, the government said another 346 people had died with coronavirus in all settings, bringing the total
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death toll to 31,587. a few days ago, the government said there were some problems with the lab system for testing coronavirus swabs. it's now emerged that 50,000 samples have been flown to america for analysis there. it's not known how long it will take for the results to come back. the uk has failed to reach the target of 100,000 tests a day for seven days in a row now. but the government said testing overall was at a much higher level than it had been. andy moore, bbc news. 0ur political correspondent, ben wright, joins us from westminster. increasing criticism now of this change of message from the government. we are going to hear from borisjohnson, government. we are going to hear from boris johnson, we government. we are going to hear from borisjohnson, we gather, from stay home, to stay alert? many people this morning believing that
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the message, the core message, has been muddied significantly by this decision. for seven weeks, the blunt instruction to the public has been stay at home, protect the nhs, save lives. 0nly leave your home is for essential supplies, one bit of exercise a day. when borisjohnson speaks to the nation later, we do not expect any loosening, or significant loosening of lockdown restrictions. at the core slogan has changed. the communities secretary robertjenrick has been explaining this morning what the government is trying to convey with this new message. so, stay alert will mean stay alert by staying home as much as possible. but stay alert, when you do go out, by maintaining social distancing, washing your hands, respecting others in the workplace and the other settings that you go to. this will be a cautious message, because the rate of infection is still high, and the public are understandably anxious. so, that is the government position.
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there has been criticism, as you mentioned, from the labour party, from scotland's first minister as well? yes, across the board, really. it's interesting, the last few weeks the main opposition party, labour, has said it is ready to work constructively with the government. but it is clear today that labour doesn't think this new messaging is very smart. this is whatjon ashworth, labour's health spokesman said this morning. when you are dealing with a public health crisis of this nature, you need absolute clarity from government about what the advice is. there is no room for nuance. and i think the problem with the new message is that many people will be puzzled by it. they won't understand what we mean by "stay alert". so, i hope we can get clarity from the government today as to what exactlt this new message means. because this virus really does exploit ambivalence and thrive on ambiguity. we need clarity at all times.
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you mentioned nicola sturgeon, the first minister of scotland. number 10 had been clear throughout this that it wants to have a four nations approach to dealing with the coronavirus crisis. this is devolved. what borisjohnson announces tonight will apply to england only. the four nations have been on the same page for much of this crisis. but that seems to be fracturing. this morning, nicola sturgeon has tweeted twice, saying first of all she did not know about this change of messaging until she read the newspapers this morning, and tweeting that the stay at home message would absolutely continue to apply in scotland, and the welsh cove na nt has apply in scotland, and the welsh covenant has made it clear the stay at home as it will also continue there as well. clearly, tensions between the nations of the united kingdom on this message in question. thank you very much indeed, ben wright, our political correspondent. and coming up we'll be answering your questions on on the impact of lockdown on your mental health, and how to cope in the current circumstances. get in touch with the hashtag #bbcyourquestions on twitter, or you can email
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yourquestions@bbc. co. uk. well, let's take a look at some of the other developments around the world. daily death tolls are continuing to drop in some nations, including spain, but there's concern that easing lockdown restrictions could lead to a "second wave" of infections. france has recorded its lowest daily number of coronavirus deaths for more than a month, with 80 deaths over the past 2a hours. the authorities are preparing to relax restrictions from monday. but the picture is worsening in russia, which has recorded a rise of 11,00 new cases in the past 2a hours. over 200,000 people there are confirmed to have the virus. for the latest on the situation in germany here's damian mcguinness from berlin. all shops are now open in germany, regardless of whatever size. until now, it's only been smaller shops. also, over the next week, cafes and restaurants will start to open for guests inside. so, already in germany people could buy food and drink and to go,
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or to eat elsewhere. now they are going to be able to eat and drink inside. exactly when that happens depends on which particular region. and that comes with certain rules and challenges. so, that would involve wearing a mask when you walk into a cafe, for example, or when you go to the toilet even. you can take the mask off when you sit down, when you have a drink, when you eat. but then as you walk out, you're going to have to put the mask back on again. and this is the sort of commonality we are seeing across europe. while we are seeing these restrictions, we are also seeing new rules that we're really seeing across european countries, some sort of ideas developing about the best way of doing this. one of them does involve cloth masks to stop infecting other people. the other challenge, of course, for businesses is that part of these rules is that they have to have fewer people. so, hotels are going to start opening up again across germany. but, again, with fewer people. cafes, restaurants, fewer tables.
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now, these businesses often already run out quite small margins. so the challenge is, how do you actually make it financially viable to stay open, employ people, pay the rent etc, while at the same time sticking to those tough hygiene rules? the other challenge is, of course, whether consumers themselves might be a bit nervous about going into a cafe or restaurant, sitting there for a few hours, a few metres away from other people, still in the same room as other people. so, those two challenges mean that while we still have the health emergency, really, going on across europe, we are also thinking about economic problems. how can these businesses although they are opening, how can they stay viable? and that's why we are probably going to see some sort of government support carrying on, even though the economy, particularly here in germany, is getting back to work again. the trump administration has defended its handling of the coronavirus outbreak after the previous president, barack obama, described it as an absolute, chaotic disaster. the white house press secretary said donald trump's response to the pandemic had been unprecedented and had saved american lives. the us remains the worst—hit
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country, with over a quarter of confirmed cases and a third of deaths. rich preston has this report: the former president's comments were made during a conference call involving 3,000 former colleagues. mr obama said the pandemic would have been bad with the best of governments but that it's been an "absolute chaotic disaster" when a mindset of, "what's in it for me" and "to heck with everyone else" is operationalised in government. he said selfish, tribal and divided impulses had become part of american life and would be part of this year's election campaign. these are uncharacteristically strong words from the former us leader, who has remained largely tight—lipped on his successor‘s presidential style. the white house didn't respond directly to the comments but said
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president trump's coronavirus response had been unprecedented and had saved american lives. it comes after reports that two top us officials are placing themselves in quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for covid—19. robert redfield, the director of the centres for disease control and stephen hahn, the commissioner of the food and drug administration. dr anthony fauci from president trump's own coronavirus task force has also said he will take precautionary measures. the us accounts for more than a quarter of worldwide coronavirus cases and a third of all deaths, adding another 1500 fatalities in the last 2a hours. in new york, by far the worst affected area, the governor criticised the lack of support from the federal government. where's the funding? 0h, there's no money, just applause. you want to say thank you? provide the funding, not just the applause.
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meanwhile, across the us, several states continue to ease lockdown restrictions, from the beaches and boardwalks of maryland... watched as local residents have been social distancing, they have been wearing masks, they have been making sure they don't congregate in crowds of more than six to ten people. we thought it was the right time to take that next step. ..to the hiking trails of los angeles... it has been really good to get back out and just be in the outdoors again. ..and san francisco's skate parks. rich preston, bbc news. we will hear from borisjohnson, we will hearfrom borisjohnson, the british prime minister, a little later on today. some controversy over that apparent shift in message we are going to hearfrom over that apparent shift in message we are going to hear from stay home, to stay alert. but we have just had a tweet from the prime minister,
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saying everyone has a role to play in helping to control the virus by staying alert and following the rules. this is how we can continue to save lives as we start to recover from coronavirus. and he has the hashtag there, #stayalert. that is very much the new government message, stay alert. some criticism, as you are hearing from ben wright earlier on, coming from people like scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon. also, the labour party, the opposition labour party, saying that they prefer the original stay home message to the government's new message, which is a stay alert. that tweet just in from message, which is a stay alert. that tweetjust in from borisjohnson, eve ryo ne tweetjust in from borisjohnson, everyone has a role to play in helping to control the virus by staying alert and following the rules, this is how we can continue to save lives as we started to recover from coronavirus.
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here in the uk, more than 70 public figures have signed a letter to the prime minister calling for a full public inquiry into why coronavirus affects black and minority ethnic communities more than the white population. the british government says it has commissioned urgent work to understand why the virus is having a disproportionate effect on some groups. our health correspondent lauren moss reports. many lives have been lost, including healthcare workers on the front line. and there is no clear explanation why people from bame backgrounds appear to be disproportionately affected by covid—19. elizabeth henry advises the church of england on race and ethnicity. she's one of dozens of people who have written to the prime minister, saying the pandemic has directed a spotlight on race health inequalities. it is alarming. i also have to think of many, many people in this country who, on hearing that, we'll be experiencing and suffering additional fear to what i'm sure
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all of us have at the moment in relation to covid—19. taking into account geography and broad measures of education and wealth, the office of national statistics found that, compared with white people in england and wales, black men and women are 90% more likely to die if they become very ill with covid—19. this is slightly lower for those from bangladeshi and pakistani origin, at 60—80%. it found people with indian heritage are 30—a0% more likely to die. public health england is examining thousands of medical records to explore how different groups are affected by coronavirus, and a report is due at the end of the month. but the letter to boris johnson is calling for other things to be considered, including how healthcare workers have been exposed to covid—19 and funding in areas where there is a significant bame population. there is a signal around black and minority ethnic groups. no—one, i think, is trying to brush that under the carpet or say it's not there.
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but it is complicated. we are taking this incredibly seriously and we are determined to get to the bottom of it in a proper and scientific way. there are many questions about how the pandemic has taken hold in the uk. the answers won't be quick or easy to find. lauren moss, bbc news. the south korean president has warned of a second wave of the virus in his country. 3a new cases have been reported today — the highest daily number for a month. the small, but growing outbreak, largely emerged in an entertainment district of seoul, prompting the south korean capital to temporarily close nightclubs and bars on saturday. city officials have been tracking visitors to the area and are urging them to self—isolate for two weeks. president moonjae—in has urged the public to remain vigilant. translation: the infection cluster which recently occurred in entertainment facilities has raised awareness that, even during the stabilisation phase, similar situations can arise
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anytime, anywhere in an enclosed, crowded space. it's not over until it's over. we are keeping enhanced alertness to the end. we must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention. lets cross over now to hyong un kim, our bbc korea reporter in seoul. the president there, saying we must never lower our guard, but it does seem that, in this one district of seoul, there has been a new wave of infections. just tell us about that district and what is thought to have happened there? sure, the district is very close to where i live. it is at the centre of seoul. it's a very popular entertainment area. one of the recent cases turned out to be a
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man who went to several clubs in the area. health authorities believe there are more than 1500 people, up to 2000 people at those clubs in those hours. i have been getting alerts on my cell phone very recently, tell me if i was in the club, go and get tested. as we know, south korea has been very rigorous in terms of testing and contact tracing. we know that the seoul health authorities have reached out to hundreds of people who are known to hundreds of people who are known to be at those clubs in those hours. so, the fear is that they could be a second wave of infections, a second spike? that is true. actually, health authorities have only recently eased social distancing measures. it was wednesday that they phased out these social distancing
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measures. museum is reopened, parks reopened, and sports stadiums have reopened, and sports stadiums have reopened as well. so, people are really upbeat and uplifted. and we have had several zero case days as well. and on many days, the cases we re well. and on many days, the cases were in single digits. and many of the cases were imported, or related to overseas travel. at this man, in his 20s, he went to these clubs, health authorities believe that he has not been overseas. and it's unclear where he contracted the virus. 0k, thank you very much for that update. the fiancee of the murdered saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi, says the premier league should consider ethical values before signing off on a deal to sell newcastle united football club to a saudi—backed consortium. the takeover would be mostly financed by an investment fund chaired by the saudi crown prince, mohammed bin salman. he's suspected by western intelligence agencies of involvement in the killing of mr khashoggi
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at the saudi consulate in istanbul in 2018. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner gave us this update about what jamal khashoggi's fiancee has said. she has said in a letter that she has written to the premier league and also addressed to the owners of newcastle united, that to go ahead with the deal would be to somehow whitewash the saudi crown prince. she, along with many others, suspects saudi arabia's crown prince was personally involved in the murder of her late fiance, jamal khashoggi, something which the saudi arabian government and he has denied. but the un investigator believes he was involved. she says this is basically trying to rehabilitate saudi arabia's tarnished image — particularly that of the crown prince — and this would be a case of putting money and politics ahead of ethics. she has had a letter back from the head of the premier league,
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in which he has expressed his condolences to her and assured her that the process is very rigorous, but there is no offer in there to stall the deal, which she said would be very bad for english football. here in the uk, businesses say they are looking for more clarity about when lockdown measures might be eased, ahead of a televised address to the nation by prime minister borisjohnson in which he's expected to outline a roadmap towards lifting some restrictions. our business correspondent katy austin is with me. what is business expecting to hear from the prime minister? well, businesses expect there to be a gradual phased reopening of the economy. so, they are not necessarily expecting exact dates and exact instructions on how things will proceed, how the economy will reopen. what they do want to know some guidance, for example, clear instructions on what kind of safety
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measures they should be introducing, depending on their type of work place. because they got a plan for when they do reopen, know that when they do their employees and may be that customers can be sure that things are being done on the right way. there's lots of different considerations. if you got a factory, you will be thinking about safe working. maybe people can't stay two metres apart, but how can you do that? you have to think about if you're staff canteen can open, if you run a cafe, should there be plastic screens up and can customers come in? there are all sorts of considerations. that is what businesses want clues on. they also wa nt to businesses want clues on. they also want to think about the challenge of physically getting people back into the office. we had from the transport secretary yesterday that public transport will have extremely limited capacity when we have got social distancing measures in place. so, employers are having to think about whether they should be continuing working from home, or staggering shift times. there is a lot to plan. so, any guidance from the government, helping them to set out their own road map on returning
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to work, is what they are looking for. the trade unions have written a letter, or some of the big trade unions, saying that they are concerned about health and safety once there is a return to work, calling for a health and safety revolution in the workplace? that's right. some of the big unions, including unite, have written in the 0bserver, saying that there needs to bea 0bserver, saying that there needs to be a health and safety revolution. we need to make sure there is risk assessments in place and they are kind of looking for assurances that employers are going to really take this seriously, whatever guidance they get from the government, that they get from the government, that they will commit to really beefing up they will commit to really beefing up health and safety and making sure that they follow through on those rules. there is also an issue, thinking of specific challenges for specific sectors. we also think in a separate vein the aviation industry is kind of bracing itself for the possibility of a 1k day quarantine being introduced in the uk for visitors arriving from overseas, or
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people returning from holidays. that could pose a problem to their balance sheets, as people may be postponing their holiday that they might have been planning because they don't want a 1k day quarantine when they return. so, a big issue there as well that airlines and airports will really help to know more about today. they are having a meeting, the airlines? we understand a meeting has been taking place this morning between airline representatives and airline representatives and airline representatives on the aviation minister, because they heard this was coming. they say we want more detail and we need support from government. they will have had those discussions today, we think, and we could hear something from the prime minister setting out whether that would definitely happen and whether it would work. thank you very much indeed. katie austen, our business correspondence. that statement, that televised address to the nation from the prime minister at 7pm this evening, uk time. you are watching
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bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear, hello, expect a marked difference to the feel of the weather as we go through the week ahead. in fact, for some, it's already arrived. these we re some, it's already arrived. these were the temperatures first thing on sunday morning. as you can see, across scotland, temperatures in the low single figures. ahead of the weather front that is bringing the colder air, still relatively mild. that cold air will push steadily south as we go through the day. the wind strengthening as the cold front moves through. the gusts of wind could be 30 or a0 mph and that will make it feel quite cold out there, on exposed coasts. here is the weather front. the rain on exposed coasts. here is the weatherfront. the rain is not particularly significant. it means early morning sunshine will quickly cloud over for the rest of the day. behind it, across much of scotland and northern england, sunny spells and northern england, sunny spells and scattered showers. some of those on higher ground could feel with a
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bit of a wintry flavour mixed in. wind direction from the north or north—easterly, gusting in excess of 30 or a0 north—easterly, gusting in excess of 30 ora0 mph north—easterly, gusting in excess of 30 or a0 mph will make it feel chilly, especially on exposed coasts. temperatures are going to struggle for some, just the very best four or 8 degrees. we might see mid to high teens ahead of that weather front, but mid to high teens ahead of that weatherfront, but colder mid to high teens ahead of that weather front, but colder air is going to affect all through the night tonight and into tomorrow. so, our weak weather front eases away overnight. with clearer skies, the temperatures will fall quite rapidly. it will feel quite breezy down towards the south—east. yeah, not quite as cold. further north and west, expect a frost. gardeners and growers ta ke west, expect a frost. gardeners and growers take note. we could see low single figures quite widely, just below in some places. we start tomorrow morning on a chilly note. there will be lots of sunshine around, however. still quite windy, andi around, however. still quite windy, and i suspect monday will feel quite miserable for many of us. if you scattered showers across north sea coasts. more sharper showers running in from the far north of scotland later on in the day. temperatures
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down on where they should be for the time of year, with highest values of eight or 30 time of year, with highest values of eight or30 in time of year, with highest values of eight or 30 in celsius. as we move out of monday, and in fact for the remainder of the week, high pressure builds up into the north—west. we still keep this blue tone, which basically means we are in the colder air mass. the wind will start to ease just a touch. that means as we go through the week, it will feel a little less cold and temperatures will climb a degree or so, with plenty of dry weather around as well. take care.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: boris johnson will announce a shift in message on coronavirus later,
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with a road map for easing the lockdown in england. the uk government is also set to unveil a new slogan telling the public to "stay alert". it comes as parts of germany get back to business — some bars and restaurants opened this weekend, more will do so on monday. in spain, more restrictions will be relaxed from tomorrow. in the us, the former president, barack obama, has heavily criticised the trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic. mr obama called the management of the crisis "an absolute chaotic disaster". the south korean president has warned of a second wave of the virus in his country after 3a new cases were reported. the cluster has been linked to nightclubs in the capital, seoul. now on bbc news we look at the latest temperature tracking gadgets and explore whether they can help in the fight against

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