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hello, i'm ros atkins. this is outside source. it's less than 2a hours until the opening ceremony of tokyo's delayed olympic games. but while preparations are done for the last few hours, the games arrive as the city battles its highest number of coronavirus cases since january. norway marks the tenth anniversary of the killing of 77 people by a neo—nazi. a record number of people are pinged by the nhs covid app in england and wales — businesses complain of staff shortages. it's a very concerning situation. the government needs to move fast here, otherwise it will run out
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of welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. or the bbc news channel in the uk or on bbc world news. it's the eve of the official start of the olympic games in tokyo. delayed by a year because of the pandemic, and being held in unique circumstances, without spectators. new infections have been edging up again acrossjapan — and among athletes. in tokyo itself, coronavirus cases are now the highest they've been since the middle ofjanuary. on thursday, tokyo reported close to 2000 new coronavirus cases — up by more than 600 compared with the same day last week. this chart shows the seven—day average of daily covid cases in the capital. so far this month, a total of 91 cases directly linked to the olympics have been recorded.
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organisers say these are isolated. they're keen to disassociate the games from any connection with cases in the wider population. sebastian coe is a double olympic champion and president of world athletics — he spoke earlier to the bbc�*s garry richardson. i do know that the protocols put in place — the tracking, the tracing, the isolation — which is working — and is testament to the amount of work that has already gone already gone into this — i believe will be enough to maintain a safe and secure games. and the rising numbers that we are talking about, nobody�*s entirely sure, garry, whether these are not generated at a local level. i think there is something else that is important here, too. i think what we've done an extremely good job about is explaining to the athletes and the media and the technical officials and the few sponsors that will be there what the protocols are, how seriously we take them.
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maybe there hasn't been as good a job as could have been made of informing local people just how seriously we take that, and how seriously we take those protocols, and how tight those protocols are. six members of the czech olympic team have tested positive. czech officials are now investigating the charter flight the team took — following media reports that most passengers took off their masks as soon as the plane took off. as well as another report that one of the team doctors had declined to be vaccinated against covid. here's reaction from the country's prime minister. translation: it's irresponsible. it shouldn't have happened. the team and the entire czech olympic committee is of course funded by taxpayers money. and i don't understand how this is possible at all. if the doctor couldn't be vaccinated for medical reasons, they should've sent someone else. but it is a scandal, and i say it is unacceptable
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and it is a tragedy for the athletes. yiri hoshek is deputy editor in chief of the czech news website that broke the story. well, first of all, we were very suspicious about the fact that the czech team identified full names of people who tested positive for coronavirus but were very secretive about the first person testing positive immediately after the arrival to tokyo. when we managed to find out that the person is, as you mentioned, medical doctor — dr vlastimil voracek, a doctor of czech tennis association, a long—time doctor of the female fed cup team, someone who has worked very closely the likes of many athletes, other well—known female tennis players, and as you mentioned later we found out that this specific person is known as a covid vaccination denier and, despite the fact could have received his firstjob according to czech rules months ago, refused to do so.
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and secondly, we found out that the behaviour of the passengers of the charter flight was very irresponsible, that after take—off a vast majority of passengers, there were 42 people on board of the flight including 14 sportsmen and sportswomen, basically removed their masks. the bbc hasn't yet been able to corroborate that account. another olympics story today. the opening ceremony�*s creative director has been fired — a day before the opening ceremony. footage from the 1990s emerged showing kentaro kobayashi appearing to make jokes about the holocaust. he's the fourth high—profile artist connected with the ceremony to be sacked. in february, the head of the organising committee stepped down after being quoted as saying women talked too much and that meetings with many female board directors would "take a lot of time".
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a month later, the creative head of the games quit after suggesting that a plus—size female comedian should perform as what he called an "olympig". and just a few days ago, a composer quit the opening ceremony team after it emerged he had bullied classmates with disabilities at school. dan orlowitz is a sports writer for the japan times. the reaction has been sort of one of not quite surprised but frustration, fatigue. i think the fact that this is the latest in a series of such resignations and sackings doesn't show how poorly the organising committee has handled several aspects of this meeting to the games especially around the opening ceremonies. with the extended amount of time they had to prepare for these opening ceremonies, the games were postponed in march of 2020 and they obviously had to make a lot of
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considerations for what the opening ceremonies would look like in the coronavirus era. one would think under normal circumstances, organisers would have paid special attention to the opening ceremonies especially in light of former president moret�*s resignation in february, they would have what that other members of the step to see if there were any issues that need to be addressed but we are seeing one after the other after the other especially after the resignation of the composer earlier this week, it was clear that they had to move quickly to deal with the scandal when it popped up. —— other members of the staff. barbara holthus is a sociologist and an expert onjapan. we reported about these really increasing numbers of corona cases which actually are probably much higher than those almost 2000 cases. we have an almost 10% positivity rate. tests are not fully available
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to everybody injapan. the hospital occupancy rate is over 100. it is a very sad situation right now. do you auree very sad situation right now. do you a . ree with very sad situation right now. do you agree with what _ very sad situation right now. do you agree with what sebastian - very sad situation right now. do you agree with what sebastian coe - very sad situation right now. do you agree with what sebastian coe is i very sad situation right now. do you agree with what sebastian coe is a l agree with what sebastian coe is a saying that the organisers could've done to reassure people in tokyo and beyond about the measures being taken? . ., ., ., , taken? there are a lot of measures taken? there are a lot of measures taken but of _ taken? there are a lot of measures taken but of course _ taken? there are a lot of measures taken but of course the _ taken? there are a lot of measures taken but of course the message i taken but of course the message was if you remember, thomas bock said there is a zero chance of the spread. and there will be no cases. and that was a neatly proven wrong. —— thomas bach. those kind of statements of course sort of backfire. �* ., ., ., backfire. and now we are on the eve ofthe backfire. and now we are on the eve of the games _ backfire. and now we are on the eve of the games and _ backfire. and now we are on the eve of the games and i _ backfire. and now we are on the eve of the games and i know _ backfire. and now we are on the eve of the games and i know it - backfire. and now we are on the eve of the games and i know it is - of the games and i know it is a different games but a lot of the lepers have had difficulty run—ins and once the sport starts, the atmosphere starts to shift. you think that's a realistic expectation in tokyo? —— once the sport starts.
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there has never been a pandemic or postponed games and they were never held under these kind of rules and regulations. there has never been no spectators. but it is going to be a tv only event. naturally, media will be very much focused on the athletic part of the olympics and rightfully so. the athletes are there, they are doing their very best even though in the heat and, but i hope that media won't forget to report about everything else that is going on. and as you look at the impact of the olympics onjapan and japanese olympics on japan and japanese society, olympics onjapan and japanese society, do you think that we can possiblyjudge it at society, do you think that we can possibly judge it at this society, do you think that we can possiblyjudge it at this stage? well, the one thing we know for certain is that the dreams and the
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hopes that were connected with bringing the olympics for the second time to tokyo in 2020 and everything that was connected with that, that is not coming to fruition. japan can't show itself off. japan couldn't have a0 million tourists that they had planned to have for the olympics coming into the country. japan is still completely closed to foreigners visiting the country. economically, it is an absolute disaster. the population of japan has nothing from the games, they can't watch them. they are really afraid of the virus being brought in. the anti—olympic protest has gained traction. and that is unfortunate. everything else, we will have to wait but these big dreams don't come true.
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more on the flooding in china. tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the region of henan in china as officials confirmed that at least 33 people have died. they include a dozen commuters in the zhengzhou who were caught on the city's underground, as the carriages filled with water. zhengzhou had a year's worth of rain in three days — and more is forecast. robin brant is there. the rain has stopped for now, but some of the roads are still like rivers — evidence of how overwhelming the incessant rainfall was. above ground, they are starting to clear up though. but the true horror of this intersection is what happened underground at this metro station. as the rain came down at its heaviest, passengers stood in train carriages, trapped for hours as the tunnels flooded. at least 12 people died down there. the company in charge has blamed the unprecedented downpour.
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the government in beijing has ordered a national review of preparedness. the ill—fated metro system is shut down. police stood guard over one entrance when we were there. they didn't like us filming. after my id was checked, i asked one officer if this was a crime scene. elsewhere, others lost their livelihoods. this woman told us how her baking business was wiped out in minutes. translation: everything was washed away. - nothing was left. ijust dug my clothes out. the water was up to my chest. we ran for our lives without taking anything. her bed tonight is the floor. one of the 1.2 million people the government here said was affected by these floods. out of the city, north, the rain was still coming down and the rescuers
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were still rescuing. we've just come from a place where they are tidying up and trying to get back to normal but 30 kilometres north, here, it's still a recovery operation. rescue workers there in fluorescent life jackets. and if ijust swivel you around to the right, well, this is a road that's turned into a river, a lake, call it what you like. 100 metres down there, the water is at knee level. even further it's at chest level. so the rain has stopped for now but this is still a crisis. from above, the huge scale of what happened here becomes clearer. the electricity supply and mobile phone coverage is not fully restored, but the worst of the rain seems to have passed for now — which leaves time for other things. fishing. . . in an underpass? robin brant, bbc news, zhengzhou in eastern china. stay with us on outside source — still to come... ten yea rs ten years since norway's worst ever terrorist attack. we will hear from one survivor.
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the home office has defended priti patel after the body representing rank and file police officers said it no longer had confidence in the home secretary. the police federation of england and wales voted for the motion in response to the announcement that police pay would be frozen. a home office spokesperson said priti patel had, "demonstrated her commitment to police officers "time and time again". but the police federation said they wanted more than words. my colleagues for the past ten or 11 years have been subject to the measures of austerity. in real terms, in real terms, police officers have had over an 18% cut in their take—home pay. 18%. we are just asking for fairness. you know, we put ourselves out there on behalf of society. it's an incredibly demanding, difficultjob with not much thanks. the thanks and the warm words of the home secretary only go so far. my colleagues expect more than that and part
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of that is part of the pay — especially when other people in the public sector are being recognised. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is... it's less than 2a hours before the delayed olympic games begins in tokyo — and the city has recorded its highest number of coronavirus cases since january. let's stay with coronavirus in the uk because the number of people told to self—isolate by the nhs covid app has reached record levels. in the week to the 1ath july, more than 600,000 people received alerts — that's up 17% from the previous week. and that's having an impact — the hospitality, transport and retail sectors have all reported staff shortages. here's our economics
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editor faisal islam. it was meant to be a week of freedom from the pandemic restrictions, but last week, a record number of pings, over 600,000, from the nhs covid app. instructions to isolate, that industries from our supermarkets to our railways say are causing havoc. the boss of supermarket iceland says shortages of workers are now causing store closures, something avoided in the pandemic until now. there's certainly no reason for customers to panic, and i'm not panicking. i think the government should be panicking, quite frankly, and i think they need to sort this immediately. we don't have time to waste. we're here to help feed the nation through a pandemic, and actually we've now taken matters into our own hands. we're hiring an extra 2000 people temporarilyjust to create a deeper pool of labour from which we can pull from as our workforce continues to get pinged and they have to isolate. the government acknowledged its concern about some localised images of empty shop shelves. we review the situation.
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we're very concerned about some developments. it's not universal thing, i don't want people to get the impression that every shelf in every supermarket is bare. that's not the case. but we are certainly concerned about instances of shortages. this is notjust about the impact of the nhs covid app reflecting high levels of cases and telling workers to stay at home. those sectors most affected are those where there were already existing labour shortages. for example, drivers of lorries, where there are tens of thousands of vacancies as a result of the combination of the impact of the covid pandemic and post—brexit employment issues. one of the biggest suppliers of meals to hospitals, schools and prisons is keeping pinged workers who test negative at work. it's understandable that employers who are under a lot of pressure - l to continue to produce will try. and find ways to make the system work and work legally, - and under the current law,
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the app allows you to... the app is advisory. it allows you to make . those kind of decisions. but is that sustainable long—term? no, we need a consistent. picture across the country, and we need the government to recognise the reality- of the chaos that is i beginning to mount. further disruption has been acknowledged in some petrol stations, in collections, bins and social care. childcare is another area already suffering worker shortages. what we're calling on the government to do is to make fully vaccinated nursery workers, people who've had two vaccines, exempt from the test and trace app so that we can keep the nurseries open. because while the health and safety of our workforce and the children is always going to be our number one, parents can't go to work if they can't have care for their children. but with case rates rising, there are no easy solutions. the government needs one quickly. faisal islam, bbc news.
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it's been a day of reflection in norway. ten years ago today a far—right extremist killed 77 people, most of them teenagers. the attacks took place in two locations. at around three in the afternoon a bomb was detonated in oslo. later that day there was a second attack at a summer camp for young political activists on utoya island around a0km away. this is some of the bbc report in the aftermath of the first attack — the explosion in oslo. a bomb attack on the heart of norway's government. all government ministers seemed to be safe but at least two people are dead, some are reported trapped. eight people ultimately died as a result of that bombing. and earlier today a ceremony took place outside what was once the prime minister's office — that space has remained an empty shell since the attack due to disagreements over how to rebuild it. here's norway's prime minister speaking at the memorial.
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translation: the taper ofjuly 22 was an attack on our democracy. it was a politically motivated terroristic attack against the labour party, the year chris with week, and their readers. it was more than one political movement that was affected, an entire country was hit on the ground. doorway was changed by an expense that still hurts. —— norway has changed. the majority of victims that day were young people attending a labour party youth camp on utoya island. a wreath laying ceremony was also held there with politicians, survivors and relatives of the victims paying tribute. lisa husby was 19 years old at the time of the attack and one of the camp's leaders. she told the bbc�*s witness history programme about her experience that day. the first time i realised that something was wrong on the island is just after five o'clock, that afternoon, we could hear what we thought were firecrackers. but before we could do anything,
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ijust saw this huge roll of people coming running towards me from down by the docks where the shots were coming from and you could see in their eyes, that they had seen something terrible and at that point, ijust thought i need to get somewhere safe because something is really, really wrong here. —— a wall of people. the attacks had a profound impact across norway, a country ofjust five million people. this was the headline of a norwegian newspaper a month afterwards. it translates to "one in four people affected." it goes on to say that a survey carried out by the paper found that "one in four people in norway know someone who was affected "by the terror attacks." those most acutely affected though, are the survivors. here's one man on how he felt in the aftermath. translation: there are many - of the survivors from utoya who have felt guilt and shame because everyone fled for their lives. in an escape for life, you take actions that are about saving yourself.
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many of the survivors say they are determined to move on from that day, in spite of the trauma its left them with. here's lisa husby again. i talk about the terror attack and teach people about the aftermath of the terror attack. i talk about right—wing extremism. and i try to use it as something positive. i realise that this one friday back in 2011 shouldn't be allowed to define the rest of my life and to define me as a victim for the rest of my life. in the days and months after the attacks there was criticism that the response from the authorities had been inadequate. here's a piece from the financial times last week. it calls the police response "chaotic and plagued by mistakes" and claims that "crucial information wasn't shared between departments." that's something which norway's government says has improved in the years since. here's the prime minister again. translation:
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the terrorist showed us that it was necessary to strengthen preparedness in the tight marker norway. we have worked on that, in the ten years we have met all the recommendations of the july 22 have met all the recommendations of thejuly 22 commission. norway's ability to deal with terrorism and serious crime is stronger than ever. visibility fredrik drevon is a norwegian journalist, who was close to the scene of the government building when it was attacked ten years ago. he told me about his memories from that day. it was a very shocking incident and i was down there and i was taking photos and looking at the destruction and large parts of the centre of oslo was affected and it was really shocking to see it. and how quickly did you realise that what you had witnessed in oslo was connected to the news you are hearing from the island? well, it was chaos and it took some time before i caught up with the news and after a while,
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we realise that these two episodes were connected and it was really terrible moment for the nation and i was involved in investigating because i was contacted by a british tv documentary team and three weeks after the terror incident, we went out there in a boat around the island with the worst happened and we were accompanied by true heroes from the camping ground near the island. —— where the worst terror happened. i want to put their names out there. these were two ordinary campers that were heroes and they rescued dozens of young people from the cold water and they were swimming for their lives. at least 600 metres from the island as the killer was shooting towards the water. it was very moving to hear their accounts and as we talk about the tragedy, we should also remember these heroes.
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in those first few days and weeks, the focus was on supporting those who had lost loved ones or who had survived but as the months and years that followed, questions have been asked about whether the far—right in norway has been properly addressed. do you think the government has acted adequately to address that? i don't want to go into that in detail because i'm a journalist. i don't comment on that. but i think that many things are better now in norway. i think the police response is more organised, they have a new response centre. i think the school system is taking bullying more seriously. bullying in the schoolyard and making sure that nobody is left alone. and i think the fabric in this society is stronger. i think we are more protected against similar possible events in the future. he ends this edition of outside source. thanks to him and thank you
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for watching. we will see you soon. all the best. hello. up until last saturday, northern ireland hadn't recorded a temperature above 31 degrees, but now it's happened three times in less than a week. once again on thursday afternoon, a new provisional record 31.a degrees recorded at armagh. and northern ireland is going to be one of the slowest places to cool down over the next few days. this amber extreme heat warning from the met office across the south west of england, parts of wales and the midlands expires tonight, but this one across northern ireland continues to be in force throughout friday. and certainly very, very mild and muggy out there as we head through tonight. these are the midnight temperatures, 22—23 degrees in places, pretty uncomfortable for sleeping. through the early hours of friday morning, we're also going to bring more of this low cloud across parts of northern and eastern scotland, the eastern side of england.
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some misty, murky conditionsjust as we've had in some of these areas over the last few mornings. so, some of that will linger for a time tomorrow, should tend to burn back towards the coast. and then for the majority, we're looking at another largely fine, sunny and very warm day. just one or two isolated thunderstorms, but signs of a change down towards the south. the wind will be starting to strengthen. we'll see this thundery rain pushing towards the far south west later in the day, and temperatures will be quite markedly lower across eastern and southern parts. highest temperatures further west. again in northern ireland, we could be looking at highs of 29, possibly even 30 degrees. as we head through friday evening, though, we will see this heavy, thundery rain beginning to drift up from the english channel into southern counties of england, perhaps south wales as well. all because of this area of low pressure, and this is really taking over as the big weather—maker for the weekend. this is going to bring some pretty wet weather in places, especially across england and wales. on saturday, we'll see rain pushing erratically northwards, heavy,
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thundery rain which could cause some localised flooding and travel disruption. if it brightens up down to the south later, that could spawn some further big downpours and thunderstorms, but northern ireland and scotland will stay drier, brighter. still quite warm here, but not as warm as it has been, 2a—25 degrees. into sunday, more showers and thunderstorms to come, especially towards the south and the east. further north and west, it looks drier and brighter, and temperatures lower than they have been over recent days. we're looking at highs between 21—2a degrees.
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this is bbc world news,
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the headlines tokyo's olympic organisers say, friday night's opening ceremony will go ahead, without any major change despite the sacking of the show�*s creative director. kentaro kobayashi was dismissed over past comments he made about the holocaust. an investigation has been launched after — two beach volleyball players — from the czech olympics team — tested positive for covid. a team doctor who is said to have declined to be vaccinated — also tested positive. china has ordered an urgent review into flood safety, after twelve people died trapped in a flooded subway tunnel. more than 20 others have died and hundreds of thousands evacuated after devastating flooding in hunaan province. norway has been holding a series of events to remember the 77 people murdered by the far—right extremist anders breivik ten years ago today. the norwegian prime minister, erna solberg, spoke of the need to combat racism and far— right extremism. you're watching bbc news.
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