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this is bbc news with me, christian fraser. the shadow of the pandemic hangs over the thanksgiving celebrations, as president—electjoe biden urges the us to "hang on." in texas the number of people hospitalised with covid—19 has more than doubled since the beginning of october. we will speak to an a&e dr in austin who is working through the holiday. 23 million people in england will emerge from the lockdown next week to find themselves still in the top tier of restrictions. we will talk to two business owners who are battling to survive. and in argentina, thousands of people are on the streets to pay respects to diego maradona, as the footballer‘s coffin leaves the presidential palace. the coffin is now making its way through buenos aires. these are the live pictures.
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hello, it's me solo today because our washington colleagues are having a well—deserved thanksgiving break. in a normal year a holiday message from the american president in which he encouraged people to gather together at homes and places of worship, to give thanks, would hardly raise an eyebrow. but this, of course, is no ordinary year. and the president's thanksgiving message last night was in direct conflict with the advice issued by nearly every public health official, moreover the advice of his own wh task force, which has called for "a significant change in behaviour" by all americans. the concern amid spiralling infection is that this thanksgiving holiday will supercharge the spread of the virus. yesterday, hospitalisations hit record numbers for the 16th day in a row.
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earlier today the president elect joe biden issued his thanksgiving message, again reiterating the message that americans should follow his lead, and forgo a big family get—together this year. thanksgiving has always been a it'll also be a gift to the thousands of doctors and nurses across the country who don't have time or the resources to take a day off. and this is why — that line which represents the seven day average shows no sign
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of levelling off. across the country there are now nearly 90 thousand people being treating for covid—19 in hospital. and the two largest states — california and texas— they set new records on wednesday. in texas alone there are current 2,356 patients in intensive care beds. the governor said last weeek "we are not going to have any more lockdowns in the state of texas... so what does that mean? i'm joined now by dr natasha kathuria — an er dr at the austin emergency center. thank you very much for being with us. thank you very much for being with us. i know you are about to get on your shift so thank you for spending some time. we reflect on the words of the governor and the words of the president last night, urging people together in homes and places of worship, how does it make you feel?
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we are very terrified here in texas. we are very terrified here in texas. we became the first state in the country to surpass i million cases, not that long ago, and now we have surpassed 1.2 million cases. we've already had over 20,000 peoplejust in our state already had over 20,000 peoplejust in ourstate die already had over 20,000 peoplejust in our state die of covert. these times are extremely desperate times and thanksgiving is our most family scented holiday in america. —— die of covid—19. families get together, extended families, big dinners, arguably more so than christmas in oui’ arguably more so than christmas in our country and we are very terrified that if we continue to allow indoor dining and things like that to occur in cities where we have catastrophic outbreaks like in el paso, we might be in for a very grim december holiday season ahead of us. we are very terrified. we still have some ppe issues, there is a national glove sorters right now
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and our hospitals are doing a great job to do what they can buy cities like el paso that are being devastated and our state, not much more we can do. that's glove shortage. we are already sending er physicians from across the state to do search staffing and help what i see you coverage and help with the covert unit coverage. that search staffing. but there is a shortage of staffing. but there is a shortage of staffing in every level of the hospital, from nurses to people helping with the morgues, ten mobile morgues on site at the national guard is already on the ground to try and help with the fatality issues. it is really a devastating time for our state. we are very nervous that what is to come. tell me about you. what is your we can bend light? i know you just had a bit asleep and going back on shift. what does the rest of the day have an prospect for you? for me, i'm going to try to get on a zoom call with my family because i can't visit my family for the holidays. not only because i'm working but because we
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are constantly treating patients. any point in time i could be in a systematic area of the virus. for me, the holidays are very virtual and i'm hoping that it's like that for everybody. i will go back into work tonight, and again the next night and hope that our cases don't continue to rise but there is really no end in sight right now. the cases are going to have become a hospitalisations are going up and we are doing the best that we can to protect ourselves and protect all of oui’ protect ourselves and protect all of our other patients. when did you last have a day off? i had one day off this past weekend. that was nice. but it is pretty constant for us. nice. but it is pretty constant for us. what about the mental toll that ta kes us. what about the mental toll that takes on you and the people you work with? we don't talk about that a lot but it is not like a normal crisis, is it? not only are you watching people die, but you live with the fear that you might contracted and pass it onto own family. exactly.
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this is definitely the hardest year i think this is definitely the hardest year ithink in this is definitely the hardest year i think in my career and i would say most er physicians. we are co nsta ntly most er physicians. we are constantly having to fear getting this virus and we have never, no physician has ever had to fear thy by treating a patient. we treat heart attacks, strokes, traumas, everything, and we neverfeared heart attacks, strokes, traumas, everything, and we never feared that i'm going to get with what the patient has. until now. it is difficult. we are constantly worried, especially to my older collea g u es worried, especially to my older colleagues who have lots of risk factors. the air worry committed tremendous. we cannot close our doors. as er physicians, our doors are constantly open. it is a never ending revolving door patients. when you manage to stop today, what will you manage to stop today, what will you give thanks for? my family. i will give thanks for my family for
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initially supporting me through this and my husband, who was also an er physician, and wherefore to have him go through this entire pandemic with me. “— go through this entire pandemic with me. ——i go through this entire pandemic with me. —— i am thankfulfor him. it is difficult to stay isolated from your family and friends this long. and still going every day and have that fear. we've had great news, immunisations, vaccines, hopefully will be coming soon to hospital workers in america, and we are so grateful that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we just can't wait. i'm very grateful for all of the health care workers in the sizes and all of our epidemiologist who are working so ha rd tirelessly epidemiologist who are working so hard tirelessly behind—the—scenes to really help us out. yes. we're all for that. doctor, take care of yourself and have a great thanks giving. you too. —— thanksgiving. in one of the first major rulings sincejustice amy coney barrett
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joined the court, last night the supreme court sided with religious groups in new york, and ruled against attendance limits on places of worship in areas hard hit by coronavirus. in a 5—4 ruling, the court found that the cap violated rights to religious freedom. here's the opinion from justice gorsuch. i want to show you this picture that have gone viral of a wedding that took place recently in brooklyn. organised by a group from the ultra orthodox jewish community. thousands of people in a hall, without masks or any social distancing. the governor of new york called it "a blatant disregard of the law". let's bring in friend of the programme and former adviser to president george w bush, ron christie. hgppy happy thanksgiving. thank you,
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christian. good evening. let me pick up christian. good evening. let me pick up with what justice christian. good evening. let me pick up with whatjustice course it says. there is no world, no world in which the constitution tolerates colour—coded executive edicts. —— gore six. no world it was the first amendment can be part while we get a handle on this virus? christian, i think if you look at what is happening in the united states, are founding for the last hundreds of yea rs, founding for the last hundreds of years, looking back at the pandemic in1918 in years, looking back at the pandemic in 19 18 in 1919, the united states has never elected to look at how and heated by a governor and government officials say that if you have ten oi’ officials say that if you have ten or 25 people or 50 people in your house of worship you are no longer allowed to assemble. —— edicts. that the rights enshrined amendment of the rights enshrined amendment of the constitution of allowing people to have the freedom of religion and expression of their religion and more importantly, that the government shall not infringe on the
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establishment of a religion. so yes, we are in a very difficult time here in the us and around the world, but the constitution is clear in the constitution has never been a friends that people regardless of their religious preference should be shut out of the houses of worship due to the government. —— never been infringe. interesting how the composition change in the court house yielded a result. he sure is. if you look at the chiefjustice john roberts, who sided with the minority in this case, we have nine justices in the american supreme court. this was a 5—4 decision. who is that fit the vote? who is that essential vote that cast broke the tie but amy coney barrett has been on the best part of a month and so while many conservatives around the united states were plotting her key vote, i think it is important for us to realise that the government shall not and should not and must not infringe on the establishment and
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the free exercise of religion here in the united states. you must've just heard the doctor on the front line there in texas, what do you make of the past few days and the tone we've had from joe biden and what we've had from the outgoing president? what do you make of all of this? christian, we gather here in the united states at a time at thanksgiving, this to be a time of giving thanks and being thankful for where we are as america and i think that the atonement is so strident between the two of my president trump on the way out the door seems to defiant of wearing masks in defiant of having people gatherings. we get the vice president in the clip that we heard, struck the right tone. yes, he would love to go to nantucket. i would love to go to nantucket. i would love to go to nantucket and be with my relatives this thanks giving. but my wife and i made this decision we want to stay home and stay safe so we can get through this on the other side
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sooner through this on the other side sooner rather than later. self—sacrifice is not something we've heard from president trump on his way out the door and i think thatis his way out the door and i think that is what president electjoe biden is trying to set the tone that we heard earlier today. we give thanks you are at home and happy to come talk to us. i'm not sure jennifer would agree. but we send the happiest thanks giving wishes to you both. thank you for coming on. now time for the turkey. thank you. go and enjoy. here in england the national lockdown will be coming to an end on wednesday but by thursday morning 23 million people — or 40% of the population — will find themselves still living under the highest restricitons of tier 3. not as onerous as the full lockdown. but not exactly the freedom many had dreamed of. mrjohnson said the tiering of towns and regions will be reviewed every 1a days. so what do these restictions look like? the two highest levels still impose restrictions on bars and restaurants. in tier 2, restaurants and bars can open, as long as they serve a full meal with drinks, but there remains no mixing
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indoors between households. while in the highest level bars and restaurants are shut — unless they offer ta keway. the difference between tier 2 and tier 3 could quite obviously be the difference between survival and closure for many businesses. so let's contrast and compare with two restaurants. i'm joined now by tahir iqbal, general manager of the aagrah in shipley who are in tier 3 and from liverpool which is in tier 2 — nisha katona, owner of indian restaurant mowgli street food. very good to have you both with us. you should come you are there in liverpool, you have been a tier 3 for a long time. —— nisha and, you are. talk to us about the impact in recent weeks with the rapid testing in liverpool and what a difference that has made. goodness, yes. we have been one of the most beleaguered cities. we feel as though we have a lockdown forever.
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cani though we have a lockdown forever. can i tell you that when we went into that tier 3, would immediately happen is for restaurants, our sales went down by about 3k limit 30 to 40% of what they had been. you are just taking over and barely making any money. that point that many of our sister restaurant there went under and close the doors forever. we are now open and it is a great moment for liverpool and a great endorsement of the fact that there was the testing and people fled into the testing and went and he had the visibility in terms of the art number going down. a real credit to the way the city has operated. but we are in tier 2 and we are grateful to be open at all. it is not in the nature of restaurants to live on hand—outs. we have 3.2 million people in this industry. we want to keep them employed. the fact we can trade in tier 2 meetings the world and that that the opening hours are
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until 11 o'clock, what that means is seismic was that we get an extra turn at the tables in potentially it means that we will survive and we can survive. it is a test here. we would rather be in tier1 obviously. -- it is would rather be in tier1 obviously. —— it isa would rather be in tier1 obviously. —— it is a tough tier. things like the household mixing, that needs to be looked at. people come out to eat with friends. we understand this has got to be done safely. restaurants are completely covid security. when the government leaves us open committees to endorse this with a messaging that these places are safe to eat out if you can and we had never needed you more. precisely so. if people can't heat out, going to support local restaurants and bars. tahir, for you, it is the opposite side. still in the tier 3 restrictions which means you're limited to takeaway. yes. depressing news for us today. especially we
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spent so much time and effort to make our restaurants covid say. at this time of the year, christmas, out this time of the year, christmas, our sales peak and we can pay our bills and obviously, the times over here... we can't do that. the support you are getting come of this that help you? that this eu to the other side? the prime minister said today tier 3 is not your destination and they will review it every 1a days. the financial support has been massively great up till today. the furlough scheme, the cash grants, and the business rates reduction. but it is not enough. we need more to survive. more funding is needed. we don't know if we can get up to easter. very quickly, looking at the numbers, the rapid testing, 240,000 test and the caseload is reduced by two thirds into a half weeks. that
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is phenomenal. you're looking at tahir in shipley and i suppose the m essa 9 es we tahir in shipley and i suppose the messages we can't get the rapid testing out quickly and after this tier 3 areas. you're absolutely right. that is right. you could encourage a population more then by reducing the tier to go out have that testing. this is the care and has a right from the report away. we complied, and it paid off. that's karen has a right. he needs rolling out and people need to comply because that is the only way we can loosen those tears start climbing out. that frequency of review is critical every two weeks is right. the sooner we can critical every two weeks is right. the sooner we can move critical every two weeks is right. the sooner we can move down the better. the sooner the testing is brought out the better. the future is bright we just need to start pedaling towards and a bit quicker. we wish you both the best of luck. thank you very much for your time.
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stay with us on news, still to come. we'll be live in buenos aires , as maradona's casket has just left the presidential palace where he's been lying in state — mps have accused amazon and apple of dodging their environmental responsibilities by failing to help collect, recycle and repair old tech products. the environmental audit committee wants companies to be banned from intentionally shortening the life span of electronic devices. apple says it's surprised and disappointed by the report, while amazon said it's helped recycle 10,000 tonnes of electrical products in the uk over the past decade. the bbc has learned that a convicted terrorist, who's refused to co—operate with the public inquiry into the manchester arena bombing, is to be released from prison this week. lawyers want to ask abdalraouf abdallah about his links to the suicide bomber, salman abedi. 22 people were killed in the attack in may 2017. the danish actor, mads mikkelsen,
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is to replacejohnny depp in the third film of the harry potter fantastic beasts series. mr depp stepped down from the role as the dark wizard gellert grindelwald, after losing a libel case over a sun newspaper article which called him a "wife beater". the ethiopian government says it is distributing aid to people displaced by the fighting in the region of tigray, hours after it launched its final offensive against the dissident leadership there. nearly 50,000 civilians are now gathered on the border between ethiopia and sudan. ethiopian government troops have been seen stopping people attempting to find refuge in sudan. from the border, anne soy reports. a new day away from home. but for these refugees, it is a big relief to have made it to sudan. most of them used this border crossing point.
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it has been the busiest road, with atleasr 1000 people passing here daily. but now, things have changed. we spotted ethiopian troops stationed on the other side of the border. they have been discouraging people from fleeing the country we were told. 0ur request for comment from the authorities were not answered. more than 40,000 refugees are now in sudan. many families have been separated. but at this camp, a father and his 11—year—old daughter are luckily reunited. translation: i was with my grandmother when i started hearing gunshots. when they intensified, i asked her to flee with me but she said no, she's too old to run. so i fled alone. i had to spend a night in a bush. i was frightened. i had no extra clothes and no money. but i was able to cross the border and then i asked someone to call my father.
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for all the people here, this brings back bad memories. this man is 75. he is becoming a refugee in sudan for the second time in his life. he was a teenager when he first fled. now he wants a resolution to the current conflict, but thinks it will not come easy. translation: they will not agree on anything unless the world intervenes. but if they are left alone, they will not agree. now there is war and death. things cannot be solved that easily. if it happened before the death, there might have been a chance. but now only god knows. these people hope this situation is temporary. they want to go back home and continue with their lives. the federal government promised a short offensive but there are fears that the conflict could persist and potentially destabilise the horn
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of africa region. girl sings. this is a song for peace. it encapsulates the hopes for many here. they have lost touch with those who they have left behind. their lives are in limbo as ethiopia's former and current rulers fight. thousands of people have been paying their respects in buenos aires to the legendary footballer diego maradona — who's lying in state in the presidential palace. maradona died on wednesday — from a suspected heart attack — he was 60. tributes have poured in — with some heartfelt messages from his fellow countrymen. the former spurs manager mauricio pochettino, who once roomed with maradonna, said he was "broken with pain" man city's sergio aguero, who had a son with maradonna's daughter, said "we will neverforget you, you will always be with us". these are the live pictures
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from buenes aires. it isa it is a little bit calmer. you might have thought that the coffin appears to have been moved from the presidential palace. let's go to buenos aires and speak to our correspondent natalio cosoy who's outside the presidential palace we know where the coffin has gone to? yes. the situation ecumenically change from the last time. now it is a bit, but i'm surrounded by people here. they are saying thank you. i look calmer. i'm going to move a bit if you don't mind. while they followed me, i'm sorry to be doing this. you carry-on. nowl am followed me, i'm sorry to be doing this. you carry-on. now i am saying it was calmer. it was calmer, as most of those guys have already left the presidential palace area because the presidential palace area because the coffin as you are saying had already left the presidential palace
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where the public wake was taking place. it was on his way to the cemetery where his body will rest with those of his parents are buried for resume cemetery a few minutes about an hour away from the city of buenos aires west of the city. no more lying in state? that is a? yes. it was a bit problematic. the family wa nted it was a bit problematic. the family wanted it to be sure to finish by 4pm argentina time. they negotiated with the government to say that they will extend the time till seven p:m.. in the end, without any problems happening outside, people trying to climb into the defences of the presidential palace, the family got worried and they decided to cut it short, close up the presidential palace and decided to start moving the coffin to a cemetery. thank you.
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it's stay with us here. we will talk toa it's stay with us here. we will talk to a couple who found 66 bottles are prohibition whisky and the walls of their new york home. hello there, there was some sunshine around today, but where we have the clear skies today, the fog is picking up and developing more widely. weatherfronts moving in, this one heading toward scotland and northern ireland bringing more cloud. this one sitting on the southeast bring some cloud and patchy rain. in between, we have those clear skies, no wind, some moisture. we are seeing that fog develop cross england, into east wales as well. cloud coming to scotland, northern ireland. keeping frost away from most areas of scotland. it should be generally frost—free in the extreme south—east of england, patch of frost around elsewhere. freezing fog patches too. more fog tomorrow morning, that will be very slow to clear as a result,
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it will be a cold day. this is the area more likely to have fog that will linger through the morning. this is where we have the yellow fog running from the met office. that fog slow to left, lifting into low cloud by the afternoon. sunshine across other parts of england and northern wales, in the south as well. they sure as running through the english channel, some through the irish sea and cloudy skies with patchy rain for scotland and northern ireland. fog is very slow to clear, it will be a cold day. temperatures could be no better than three or 4 degrees. into the weekend, for many of us, it will be a cloudy weekend, but it will be milder. that is because pressure will be following. we will get a bit more please. we will get a bit more breeze. that breeze will be coming in from continental europe, pushing the cold air towards the north and allowing milder air to push out from the south. a messy start, lows of low cloud, dampness.
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a frosty start in scotland in particular, best of the sunshine probably here. some sunshine coming through in southern parts of england, milder air here so 11 or 12 degrees without any colder in scotland, temperatures are no better than five or six in some places. second half of the weekend, grey and gloomy. lots of low cloud around, mist and patchy fog. cloud coming into northern ireland, western scotland. the best of the sunshine will be in the north—east of the country. temperatures in the afternoon typically eight or nine celsius.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. brexit talks are hung up on the same sticking points — the eu tells the uk it must make concessions if they're to reach a deal on trade before the transition period ends. millions of americans are traveling and gathering for thanksgiving despite dire and urgent warnings from doctors, nurses, health authorities and hospitals no to do so. the oxford university/astrazeneca vaccine is coming under increasing scrutiny — as an error forced the them to switch dosing regimens — leading to its headline 90 percent efficacy in the trial. plus, the new york couple who found a stash of 1920s prohibition whiskey during their renovations — we'll talk to them later about the find.
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at the start of the week, the mood music around the brexit negotiation, sounded fairly positive. but the reports this morning were that the two sides still remain far apart on the three outstanding issues; namely fish, the ‘governance' of any future deal, and fair competition. the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier has been in quarantine, which ends tomorrow. his first port of call is supposed to be london. but he warned his opposite number lord david frost that he is postponing the weekend trip unless the british government makes some serious moves. so, deal? or no deal? professor anand menon is the director of the uk in a changing europe thinktank and joins me now. of the programme. good to see you.
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what is more beneficial? deal or no deal? —— friend of the programme. it's not for me to say but the calculation for me is this, if he gets a deal, guy who has pulled a deal out of the hat for the second time, doing at this time last year with all agreement, and heading off criticism from the labour party about his competency because he can say he delivered what he said he would. on the other hand, because a deal will lead to disruption at borders and have economic impact, the flip side is, if you go for a new deal, you can blame your will be the responsibility therefore that all this responsibility has occurred, so these are the kind of calculations i imagine being in downing street at the moment at which way they will go as anybody was ‘s guess. which way they will go as anybody was 's guess. as they consider those, what would be on the other side of no deal was my goal sorry, i don't understand. if they decided that it has gone too late and they cannot make the concessions they ask for, and they just cannot make the concessions they ask for, and theyjust need a deal to be
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done? something would have to happen on the other side because each side will dig into their trenches, so what point? if you think about the fund —— what happens past that point. if you think of the fundamental differences, what would happen ina fundamental differences, what would happen in a no deal would be the two sides, who have acrimonious relationship and they would point the finger. we would have significant disruption because you would not do anything to help us out for political reasons, both sides would be loathed to be the first to go back to the negotiating table so we would end up with an unfortunate stand—off that would increase the disruption and make it very hard for us disruption and make it very hard for us to deal with the european union, not just us to deal with the european union, notjust on us to deal with the european union, not just on these us to deal with the european union, notjust on these negotiations but on other situations regarding the environment, security and things like that, so quite a tense diplomatic stand—off would be my guest. there was also a deadline, as you and i well know, that comes and goes. why is this weekend seen as a
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pivotal moment? it is seen as one because transition ends by eu law at the end of december, and to get a deal done, the two sides need to agree on the outstanding points, the treaties have to be written up, gone over by lawyers, crucially it has to be translated into all the eu official languages before the french government said it is willing to consider them in the european council and then the european parliament has to consider the deal and vote on it so timing and it's getting very tight. you are from yorkshire and as a lancastrian, i don't hold that against you, but i noticed you tweeted the comments today of the guardian's north of england editor who said the chancellor's cuts to a rusty aid went down universally well in the north and particularly the idea you have to look after yourself first. i suppose you would have to be on them again in non—covid times to see how they feel about sending money abroad but it struck me given that we look
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both ways across the atlantic on the show. does it say something broader about the mood surrounding brexit, about the mood surrounding brexit, about multilateralism and globalisation? and do the leaders on both sides of the atlantic have to start taking that into account? absolutely. if you look at the united states and the midwestern states that president biden won, on the back of having flipped pennsylvania, there is very little prospect that he will embrace globalisation because actually a lot of those voters were very concerned about the impact of globalisation on their livelihoods and jobs, and it's their livelihoods and jobs, and it's the same here. you see a wonderful tension between the global written language of some of the leaders of the brexit campaign and the rather different approach to, will politics into globalisation for many of those brexit voters who, in a sense, wa nted brexit voters who, in a sense, wanted less of the outside world because they associate it with job losses because of competition from foreign powers, so very much so,
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this is a moment or people rethink their approach is to the outside world into globalisation in particular. good to talk to you. thanksgiving in the us has coincided with a huge surge in coronavirus cases. wednesday saw more than two thousand new deaths reported across the country, the highest daily toll since june. but against advice, tens of millions of americans have travelled for the holiday, including more than six million who have travelled by air since friday — the highest numbers using american airports since the pandemic began. aleem maqbool reports. there won't be a thanksgiving gathering this year for this lady, she's lost six members of her family to coronavirus, including her uncle. he was a man that was dedicated to his family. he was dedicated to his family, to his children, to his wife, he was just an example of what
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a wholesome family unit looked like. there's been a dramatic surge in new cases across the us and the health official advice had been not to travel for thanksgiving but on the eve of the holiday, us airport saw their busiest day since mid—march. there were still many feel the risks have been exaggerated. what will you be doing differently this year? nothing. i'm not doing anything differently. for me, it's going to be the same as any other thanksgiving. less travel, less people getting together, will slow the spread of the virus, do you agree with that? i agree that, yes, mathematically, statistically speaking, if no one travels, no one will get it, but this is the united states of america, this is not some country ruled by despots. that
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argument that american civil liberties are more important than locking down is frustrating for many who are nursing losses. it's a slap in the face for all of the people who died and the families that are suffering, and the people that are now not at the kitchen table or at the dinner table for us. more than 1000 hospitals across the us are once again reporting critical shortages in staff and resources because of the mass increase in coronavirus patients. a poignant holiday for so many who are already grieving promises to be a heartbreaking one for many more. grieving promises to be a heartbreaking one for many more. such tough times at the moment and the united states. the coronavirus vaccine being developed by oxford university and astrazeneca is going to be subject to a further global trial. the announcement came after the pharmaceutical firm revealed that some of their volunteers in the original trial were given the wrong dosage. oxford and astrazeneca stressed that the studies
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were of the ‘the highest standards‘, and they had informed the regulators of their work on the changes to the dosages. the uk government's top scientific advisor said the headline was that "the vaccine works". but what are the implications of the further tests. but given rising vaccine skepticism, could reports of a dosing errorfurther shake public confidence in the proccess. to discuss this i'm joined by dr helen fletcher, professor of immunology at london school of hygene and tropical medicine. good to have you with us. let me just read you a statement that astrazeneca has put out in the last hour, saying there were strong merit and continuing to further investigate the half dose, full dose regiment. they this would add to data from existing trials which are currently being prepared for regulatory submission, which is a bit of a head scratch because you think if they were ready to submit to the regular three bodies, they would already know what the results of that are going to be, surely. yes, andi of that are going to be, surely. yes, and i think what we have to bearin
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yes, and i think what we have to bear in mind is that they already have demonstrated a vaccine which has effect, so even at the two full doses, efficacy is 62%, 62% is a level of efficacy which both the w h 0 level of efficacy which both the w h o and the us fda have agreed is sufficient for licensing a vaccine. what we normally do in vaccine developed is when we have a licensed vaccine, we will continue to look at that vaccine and optimise the way that vaccine and optimise the way that we use it, and so, for example, the oxford vaccine group, headed their usually works in paediatric vaccines, and has taken paediatric vaccines, and has taken paediatric vaccines licensing in the past, and looked at different doses, looked at different regimens for improving efficacy, and i guess the difference
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this year that that process is happening much more quickly, so normally we would license the vaccine and we would then perhaps wait a couple of years and do more studies to look at how we could use it most effectively, and here there would be nothing stopping astrazeneca and oxford from licensing it and seeking to let right the mac license it with 62% efficacy and then doing this additional study and getting an amendment to be able to use the lower dose. is what the target would be that it should be over 50% anyway? so what chris whitty said today as the headline as it works which is the important point, but what seems to be emerging and this is what i find puzzling, is there was a higher level of effectiveness and a younger population and that the half dose they game in the first injection, which seem to increase the effectiveness, was given to people because of an error as if that wasn't supposed to be how it
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works, none of that was disclosed in the original statement. yes, and everything will be disclosed when we see the paper and we actually see the data, and i can understand that when you are releasing early trials, you try to convey information in the best way that you can, in a way that can be understandable and so we do really need to wait until we see the paper published and we see the full dataset, now, yes, perhaps those people who got the lower dose were also a younger age and all that can tell us is, at the moment, we don't know exactly why they had higher efficacy and we will see that information when the study is finished. 0k. lovely to talk to you. thank you for that.
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in six months svetlana tikhanovskaya's life has changed beyond recognition. the stay—at—home mother stood against bela rus' long—standing "dictator" alexander lu kashenka in this summer's elections after her husband was jailed by the regime. it's widely believed she won the vote, but when lukashenka declared himself victorious she was forced to flee. she now continues to fight for the freedom of her country from exile. our europe correspondentjean mackenzie has met her as part of the bbc‘s 100 women series. now one of the world's most guarded women, svetlana tikhanovskaya is exiled and wanted. this is where she and her team now plot the downfall of belarus's regime. i have to make it extremely difficult decisions every day. decisions that will make the moment of our victory closer. here, she's shown a video of a protester in belarus being beaten by secret police. how are you this morning? horrible. horrible?
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why? i think he will die. as lukashenko clings to power, his grip on his security forces is holding firm. these violent crackdowns are no longer a surprise, yet still they have the ability to shock. this regime, it seems that they don't have borders at all. as soon as he doesn't have money to pay riot police, they will refuse to serve him, they will come to our side. it's widely believed that tikhanovskaya won the election in belarus and european leaders see her as the legitimate president. she spent the past months persuading them to starve the regime with targeted economic sanctions. she is on the way to meet the prime minister of latvia when she finds out the protester who was beaten has died — 31—year—old roman bondarenko. now we're going to insist on more help from european countries because we see that our authorities
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there are escalating their violence. and only 40 people on the sanction list? are you joking? you have to expand this list to hundreds of names. the prime minister agrees to help and in the days that follow, so does the eu. finally, a moment to pause and a vigilfor roman. this grief is felt painfully back in belarus where people have been protesting against the regime for more than 100 days. all of these people in belarus going out every sunday, knowing that maybe they will not come home this evening. this is really hard news. underneath the fatigue of her attritional fight is sober determination to keep the rest of the world with her. she knows this is the only hope she has. jean mckenzie, bbc news.
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stay with us on bbc news, still to come. we talk to the couple left stunned after finding dozens of bottles we are pulling off part of our mudroom and we've discovered some hidden bottles from the prohibition error. we talk to the couple left stunned after finding dozens of bottles of prohibition—era whiskey hidden deep in the new york home. the death of a premature baby in 2001 led to a "20—year cover—up" of mistakes by health workers, according to an independent inquiry. elizabeth dixon from hampshire died due to a blocked breathing tube, shortly before her first birthday. jon donnison reports. lizzie dixon died in 2001 after an inexperienced nurse failed to spot that her tracheotomy tube was
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blocked. she had only needed that we think aid in the first place because she had suffered a brain injury at birth when doctors had failed to spot that she had high blood pressure at frimley park hospital in surrey. this report says not only their work failings but there was a 20 year cover—up involving deceit and deception, and that some of the doctors and officials involved in the care actively lied to the police. the report is also critical of hampshire police for failing police. the report is also critical of hampshire police forfailing in its police investigation. today, and dixon, lizzie's mother, gave her reaction to the report's findings. she's always in my heart and once all this is over and we hope to see change, i will take her back into my memory and claim my daughter from what we had to go through. she has
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been sullied by the lies on the cover—up, and my daughter is absolutely perfect and i would like her back and i would like change to come. the government has been giving its reaction today with health minister nadeem doris very critical of her statement, saying this report describes a harrowing and shocking series of mistakes associated with the care received by elizabeth and the care received by elizabeth and the response to her death was com pletely the response to her death was completely inadequate and at times inhumane. on behalf of the government and health system, she says she would like to say that they we re says she would like to say that they were truly sorry and apologise to lizzie's family. across america — families will be raising a glass this evening to celebrate thanksgiving. but imagine what it must have been like 100 years ago at the start of prohibition. well, maybe one couple can.
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we are pulling off part of our mudroom and we have discovered some hidden bottles from the prohibition error. you're always told our health was built by a bootlegger and now we have some proof. 0h, was built by a bootlegger and now we have some proof. oh, my god. this is unbelievable. they are perfectly wrapped. oh, my god. oh, my god. the whole house is surrounded with liquor bottles. isn't that amazing. isn't that amazing. nick drummond and patrick bakker from upstate new york found 66 bottles of old smuggle gaelic whiskey — which is still made today — hidden behind the walls and under the floorboards of their house in up state new york. when they bought the property, locals told them it had been built around 1915 by a notorious boot legger. nick and patrickjoin me now. thank you for sparing us some time.
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what an extraordinary find. you bought this house a year ago and you had no idea this they are until you started the renovations. we were told this crazy story when we bought the house and, in all honesty, we are ina the house and, in all honesty, we are in a country where people love to gossip. we loved it but we didn't think it was true. it was overblown, crazy, a urban legend. what do you know about the book lego? nick is much better at telling the story and iamsoi much better at telling the story and i am so i will give it back to him. after we found the booze, we were looking and we found that the book lego's name was count adolphe humphrey. he was a heavy—set, eccentric german guy that moved to the us around 1896, and then move to this area around 1915 when he bought the house, and there was sort of...
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all sorts of drama and newspaper clippings, and sort of shenanigans he was up to and things we've been researching. it it's he was up to and things we've been researching. it's been incredible. i'm trying to take myself back to that time. beginning of prohibition. we are to be think the whiskey has come from and why is he hiding it? so, we x decked that it came from canada and then before canada,it it came from canada and then before canada, it came from scotland. it actually makes sense that this area is in the middle of nowhere but it's a perfect and between canada and new york city, so it would sort of the knee perfect unknown little place to be stashing all your booze while trying to get it down to new york. what do you know about old smuggler 93v what do you know about old smuggler gay like whiskey? it's funny, the brand actually, i was reading about the history of the brand, and given its name, it has a history of being
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smuggled for much longer than this. by smuggled for much longer than this. by the time this stuff came around in the 20s, it was already established as a brand called old smuggler. we do know from the bottle be found, they are all dated on the back, october 23, 1923, be found, they are all dated on the back, october23,1923, i be found, they are all dated on the back, october23, 1923, i believe back, october 23, 1923, i believe it is. he was one of them. it's 23. look at that, a little piece of history. have you opened one? we have not opened one yet. you have not opened one? would you open one for us now? all right, we will try this. it's a little terrifying but we will give it a go. i'm on the of my seat. its authentic dust, by the way. hold on, i don't actually know how. do you need a corkscrew? are they twist caps? it sort ofjust opens. this one had some damage to the top, which is why we are picking
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this one, which means there is an increased chance that it's bad, but we will give it a go. there was this court, and then hold on, it has a spout thing. there is a porcelain, it looks like a spout, so let's have a look what happens here. let's see if this works. 0h, a look what happens here. let's see if this works. oh, god, here it comes. it is actually coming out. it might taste like diesel oil. let's try this. it smells like whiskey. that's good. yes, it smells like whiskey, actually. go on, for thanksgiving. happy thanksgiving. hgppy thanksgiving. happy thanksgiving. happy thanksgiving. well, it actually tastes... it's whiskey. you'll make it taste like whiskey.
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like today's whiskey? it is whiskey. this is a blend. that is actually not bad. you know what it is worth? could you sell it? we can, the bottles that are full and in good shape, we've been doing some research and they are probably worth somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1000 bucks a bottle, it sort of depends on demand, unconditioned, but that has sort of the best we have to go on right now based on some recent auctions, which isn't that bad. so will you keep it, do you think? all 66 bottles. of the 66, i would only say about 13 of them are full, and of those 13, may be nine are probably in better, more sellable condition, and we probably are going to sell those. we will keep dot back obviously this bottle and we are actually... all the empty bottles, we a re and we are actually... all the empty bottles, we are leaving with the house. cheers to you, thank you very
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much indeed for that. and apologies to anyone who did pick up some of the bad language there, we do apologise for that but we didn't do bad given they were drinking whiskey. fog developing, weak weatherfronts, one in the north—west of the uk, one in the south—east but in between with those clearer skies, will be some more fog on friday morning and the main area showing here, this is what we have the yellow fog warning from the met office, so from the west country, the home counties, through the midlands, east anglia, into parts of northern england as well, these areas could see fog lingering through the morning, the odd patch still around in the afternoon but tending to lift into low cloud and around the edges, wales, the southwest will get some sunshine and there is some more cloud and showers towards the coast,
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one or two showers running through the accuracy and some broad cowed and patchy rain moving to scotland and patchy rain moving to scotland and northern ireland. well the fog is very slow to lift, it will be a cold day four, 5 degrees at best. patchy areas of fog around, starting to move further northwards overnight, that is because the weather is changing slightly for the week ahead, lots of cloud around but it should be milder and that is because pressure is essentially falling by the time we get to saturday, it allows us to pick up more of a breeze coming in from continental europe and that breeze pushes the colder hour northwards and brings milder air the south. —— mike upfrom and brings milder air the south. —— mike up from the south. a messy start, bit of low cloud, dampness with the low cloud, patches of mist and fog in the draw is the start, but temperatures know better than 5-6 c. but temperatures know better than 5—6 c. might but temperatures know better than 5—6 c. might get some sunshine coming in across southern england but here, temperatures 11—12 c in that milder air. second half of the weekend, probably a grey, misty,
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murky start with some fog around, to come in many places then quite grey and cloudy, more cloud coming in from northern ireland, get into western scotland and the rest of the sunshine —— best of the sunshine for the north—east of scotland. temperatures at 8—9 c on sunday, heading to the beginning of next week in high pressure is becoming established again across the uk, bringing with at the risk of frost and fog, but some stronger winds and atla ntic and fog, but some stronger winds and atlantic are coming in across the north and some weather fronts, too, bringing with that figure cloud and patchy rain into scotland, northern ireland and northern england but with that little winsor where we have the bricks of the cloud, obviously some four get a lot of cloud around in many parts of england and wales, temperatures your 8-9 c with england and wales, temperatures your 8—9 c with double figures and in no thing at atlantic in scotland. and we still have this weather front close to the north of the uk as we head into tuesday, high pressure becoming more established, sneering weather systems to the north—west and towards iceland, so drive for
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the most part i think on tuesday, looks pretty cloudy again and may well be some frost and fog around any morning, little bit of sunshine coming through, especially in the east but it is mild air, temperatures 10—11 c. so, for the start of the week a lot of cloud around, but some decent temperatures. the jet stream around, but some decent temperatures. thejet stream is around, but some decent temperatures. the jet stream is to the north of the uk, raging as we move into tuesday and wednesday, then the pattern changes with some high level winds changing the opposition, swooping down to the south of the uk and with that sort of pattern, you end up with a lower area they are through the uk, turning things more unsettled gradually through next week, which means some showers, longer spells of rain on some stronger winds and eventually those temperatures starting to drop away. that is it. goodbye.
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tonight at ten — the vast majority of people in england will still be living with tough restrictions after lockdown ends next week. in tier three, the highest level, most of the affected areas will be in the north of england and in the midlands. the prime minister says he knows the restrictions will cause "a lot of heartache and frustration", especially in the hospitality industry. if we ease off now, we risk losing control of this virus all over again, casting aside our hard—won

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