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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. to mask or not to mask? senior uk minister michael gove says face coverings shouldn't be mandatory in england, but worn out of consideration for others. on the whole, my view is that it's always better to trust people's sommon sense, to give them a clear sense of what is wise and i think that individuals and businesses are responding well to that lead. president trump finally wears a face mask in public as the united states posts another daily record for new coronavirus cases. i think it is a great thing to wear a mask. i have never been against masks, but i do believe they have a time and a place. 73 people test positive for coronavirus at a farm in the english county of herefordshire. all workers at the farm have been
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asked to self—isolate. the uk government announces a £700 million plan for improvements to british border controls at the end of the brexit transition period. three generations of bollywood's bachchan family test positive for coronavirus. and it's still all to play for on the final day of the first test between england and the west indies. west indies are chasing 200 to win, with three wickets down. and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. senior uk cabinet minister michael
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gove has said he doesn't think wearing a face covering in shops in england should be mandatory, saying instead he trusts people to use their common—sense. it's understood the government is looking at whether to make them compulsory. his comments follow calls for clarity from the government on the issue. currently, passengers must wear face coverings on public transport in england, scotland and northern ireland. in scotland, they are also compulsory in shops. the welsh government recommends the wearing of masks but they are not mandatory. mr gove was speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr this morning. i trust people's good sense. now, of course, the government at all times, you know, does look at the emerging evidence about what the best way to control the disease is. if necessary, and if tough measures are required, as we have seen in leicester, obviously a very different situation, then tough measures will be taken. but on the whole, my view is that it is always better to trust people's common sense,
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to give them a clear sense of what is wise and i think that individuals and businesses are responding well to that lead. dr claudia pagliari is a psychologist at the university of edinburgh who specialises in global health and shejoins me now. are you clear what the messages from the government? well i think we are not terribly clear because it's a little bit mixed and i can understand where michael gove is coming from, to start with common—sense first, but the fact there is this discrepancy between england, scotland is confusing people and probably needs to be resolved. is a discrepancy between england and scotland, isn't it a discrepancy within number ten as well? because the prime minister on friday suggested perhaps there should be stricter controls when masks were warned? yes, he actual put that message out quite strongly.
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the trouble is with enforcement, the word mandatory make people think of police control and so on and i think that's quite hard to do and at the same time, i think members of government are also slightly concerned about not being too... giving the impression that people who may have certain medical difficulties might be prevented from going out for example. there has been a lot of debate for example around people with asthma, although there is really, most people with asthma, no problem for using a mask. there are certain cases, perhaps children with autism or people with phobias, so this resistance comes out but the government is likely conscious of that. on the other hand, those are really tiny proportions of people and for most people, this is a very sensible thing to do and i am very glad to
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see borisjohnson thing to do and i am very glad to see boris johnson coming thing to do and i am very glad to see borisjohnson coming out so clearly in favour of it which he had been quite ambivalent about up until now, not wearing a mask and so on. so this marks a turning point, possibly michael gove just needs to have another conversation with him. there seems to be a change of heart across the atlantic as well with president trump. in terms of the psychology of this, the messaging, the symbolism, even if it's not mandatory, but if you see for example the president, the prime minister, borisjohnson example the president, the prime minister, boris johnson going example the president, the prime minister, borisjohnson going to his constituency wearing a mask, even though it's not mandatory, surely that has an impact, doesn't it? just on the general perception of what is perhaps the sensible thing to do, evenif perhaps the sensible thing to do, even if it's not mandatory? indeed so. even if it's not mandatory? indeed so. it's really important to lead by example. if you're not wearing a mask and your government advisers are telling everybody else too, people will not take you seriously,
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they might think there is one rule for you and another for them or they make something that actually even though there is guidance out there, you don't really feel that you are at risk or that other people are, so actually being seen to do this, even if it doesn't necessarily even reflect a change in their core values, it gives the impression it has done, it gives an impression that this is a good thing to do. so psychologically i, it is a good mood i would say. thank you very much for joining us. president trump has appeared in public for the first time wearing a face mask, during a visit to a military hospital in maryland. the visit comes as the us declared a record 66,000 cases of infections in one day. mr trump had previously refused to wear a mask in front of cameras. john mcmanus has the latest.
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an unexpected change of direction. president trump wearing a face mask in public for the first time. although he recently said that he thought he resembled the lone ranger when he donned a face mask, he originally refused to wear one. i think wearing a face mask as i greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens... i don't know. somehow, i don't see it for myself. the president's change of heart comes as covid—i9 tightens its grip on the us. so far, there have been 135,000 deaths from the virus. with 3.2 million cases, the us is the worst—hit country, and the numbersjust keep on rising. florida is one of those states struggling to contain the virus. after attempting to open in may, the state ordered bars to close again at the end ofjune. in arizona, there has been a steady rise in the use of artificial breathing machines in intensive care units. its bars and clubs have also been closed again.
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while in texas, several hospitals say their coronavirus wards are at or near capacity. but in orlando, disney world reopened two of its four parks on saturday — magic kingdom and animal kingdom. decisions over face coverings are contentious in the us. many of donald trump's own supporters regard it as a personal choice and not something to be imposed by the state, meaning their president is trying to tread a fine line. i think it's a great thing to wear a mask. i've never been against masks, but i do believe they have a time and a place. other world leaders are already leading by example, some more reluctantly than others. all eyes will now be on mr trump to see if his mask will be a lasting feature. john mcmanus, bbc news. 73 people have tested positive for coronavirus at a farm in herefordshire. about 200 people work as pickers and packers at the farm in mathon.
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during harvesting, they live in mobile homes on site, so as a precaution, all workers there are being asked to self—isolate within their households. the government's announced more than £700 million is to be spent on the uk's border systems, as they prepare for the end of the brexit transition period on january the first next year. it follows a leaked letter from international trade secretary liz truss raising concerns about the readiness of britain's ports. labour has accused the government of complacency in its post brexit preparations. our political correspondent nick eardley reports. change here, britain's border, is coming. in six months, the brexit transition ends. our relationship with the european union will start to look different. the uk will be out of the single market and we will stop following all of the same customs rules as europe. that will, eventually, mean checks on goods coming into the uk. but with some concern
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at the time it is taking to get britain's borders ready, today the government announced new money to prepare. we will be, we know, outside both the single market and the customs union, come what may. and that means that business needs to take some steps and government certainly needs to take some steps in order to make sure we are ready. that's the basis of the announcement today. more than £700 million in order to provide infrastructure at ports, to invest in technology, and also make sure we have the personnel to keep ourselves safe. he is not clear though exactly when that new infrastructure will be ready. the uk plans to phase in checks on goods from january. some ministers think that could create problems and even lead to a legal challenge from the world trade organisation. opposition parties say the government has been too slow to act. i think it's too little, too late. it is onlyjust over five months now until the end of the transition period. the government have had for years now to put in place the procedures that we need to ensure the free flow
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of goods and services across that border. while coronavirus has dominated headlines, trade talks with europe have continued. this is the eu negotiater, michel barnier in downing on tuesday. there are, both sides say, still issues to resolve. ireland's new leader has called for more urgency. so far the progress has been too slow in my opinion and we do need an injection of momentum here and we do need to see a sense that people want to bring these discussions to a conclusion and to have a timeline towards the conclusion of these discussions. the uk says it wants a decision by october about whether there is going to be a trade deal with europe or not. and then what the new arrangement here will look like. nick eardley, bbc news. tony smith is the former director general of the uk border force, he gave me his reaction to the news.
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the investment is obviously very welcome and as your report states, it is a bit late in coming. i think we would have liked to have seen this commitment earlier. but better late than never. there's an awful lot of work to be done in terms of building infrastructure. we will need to conduct additional checks, particularly on the custom side when we leave the european union. the government has allowed another six months till next summer to get that in place but there will have to be another accelerated border transformation programme now, put in place notjust with the border fosun and customs but also with the traders and of course the ports themselves. scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon has suggested she won't shy away from imposing quarantine measures on visitors from england. the scottish government said the rate of coronavirus infection is five times higher in england. scotland has not registered a single
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death from covid—i9 in four days. miss sturgeon told the bbc‘s andrew marr the other uk nations nicola sturgeon told the bbc‘s andrew marr the other uk nations need to work together on outbreak management. our biggest risk, or certainly one of our biggest risks over the next few weeks, as we have driven levels of the virus to very low levels in scotland, is the risk of importation into the country. that is why we have taken a very cautious decision about international quarantine, and this is not a position that i relish being in, it also means that we have to take a very close look at making sure that we are not seeing the virus coming from other parts of the uk. that is not political, it is not constitutional, it is just taking a similar view to countries across the world in terms of protecting populations from the risk of the virus, so it is not something that we have decided to do at this stage, it is not something that i am immediately planning to do, but i will take decisions the best i can to protect the health of scotland and take that absolutely
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from a public health perspective. the headlines on bbc news... to mask or not to mask? senior uk minister michael gove says face coverings shouldn't be mandatory in england, but worn out of consideration for others. president trump finally wears a face mask in public as the united states posts another daily record for new coronavirus cases. 73 people test positive for coronavirus at a farm in the english county of herefordshire — all workers at the farm have been asked to self—isolate. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. good afternoon. formula one and premier league latest to come, but we start with cricket and it's turning into a fascinating final day of the first test between england and the west indies. the tourists have been set 200 to win. henry moeran‘s at the ageas bowl
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in southampton for us, and henry, england looked like they were back in control of the match, but the windies are digging in? it has an interesting so far. it looked like this would wrap up reasonably quickly but good partnership between blackwood and chase has put the windies in a good position. jofra archer has taken his third wicket of the innings to remove chase for 37. the 104—4 is the west indies score at the moment in the sunshine at southampton. 96 more runs to win but there is the caveat that they don't have john campbell the opener limped off with a bruised toe earlier on, he can bat again if required, it will be interesting to see that eventuality occui’s. interesting to see that eventuality occurs. this match is on a knife edge, 96 more to win,104—4 score. there's been widespread condemnation
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of racist abuse sent to the crystal palace forward wilfred zaha on social media. zaha re—posted the messages ahead of their premier league game against aston villa this afternoon. they're from someone who claims to be an aston villa fan telling him not to score and also include racist images. palace have called the messages a ‘disgrace', whilst villa say they will involve the police and ban the fan for life when they're identified. well, that match against crystal palace is one that aston villa simply need to win. they're seven points from safety with just three games left after this one. and they're a goal up at half—time, trezeguet put villa ahead just before half time. earlier, wolves moved to within three points of the european places with a 3—0 win over everton. two matches later too, villa's relegation rivals bournemouth take on leicester in the late kick off. there's also the north london derby to look forward to. more than just bragging
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rights on the line. both needing a win to keep them in european contention. arsenal have been on a decent run lately, but spurs have struggled, winning just twice since the restart. the thing that keeps me strong and optimistic and 200% loyal to the club and to the project is to know that the club wants to improve. and that is the biggest motivation that you can have. next season is going to be different than this one. things have gone from bad to worse for ferrari at the styrian grand prix. charles leclerc collided with sebastian vettel on the opening lap after leclerc attempted to push past his team—mate. he later admitted the fault and apologised on social media. lewis hamilton is comfortably out
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in front in his mercedes with around 20 laps left to go, as he closes in on his first win of the season. the leading irish jump jockey barry geraghty has retired from racing at the age of a0. during his 24—year career, he won all the major races and is the most successfuljockey in cheltenham festival history with 43 victories including two gold cups. geraghty also won the grand national in 2003, the champion hurdle four times and champion chase five times. that's all the sport for now. the bollywood actress aishwarya rai bachchan and her daughter have tested positive for coronavirus. the confirmation came a day after her father—in—law and top actor amitabh bachchan and her husband abhishek said they were infected with the virus.
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we can cross over live to mumbai now to talk to the entertainment editor of indian news channel ndtv, rohit khilnani. he's spent the morning outside the hospital where mr bachchan is being treated. we are talking about this news being made right across the country? mr bachchan is undoubtedly the biggest superstar, he has been acting for more than 50 years, he is 77 and had a release last month, he is very active, he is someone who has tweeted about his positive test yesterday, his son, also an actor is the one who has been stepping out of the one who has been stepping out of the house and going to shopping, i interviewed him and asked him how things were going, he spoke about the precautions. this is also significant because mr bachchan is also an ambassador for the
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authorities, doing ad campaigns to spread authorities, doing ad campaigns to spread awareness authorities, doing ad campaigns to spread awareness about how to not get covid—i9, he is someone after being aware of this has now tested positive. there is goes to show as much as we try, we don't know where this illness comes from. the next day, today, aishwarya rai bachchan and her daughter tested positive. the good thing for her and her fans and this entire family is keeping them posted through social media, they are updating on twitter, may confirmed the news about his wife and daughter so right now i can tell you that they are all at the hospital and their home is now a containment zone. but aishwarya rai bachchan and her daughter are at the mumbai home, taking precautions and informing the authorities. the problem is that even though amitabh bachchan himself is in good health,
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he isa bachchan himself is in good health, he is a dangerous age group. his household has been put under quarantine as well. explain to us how the public has reacted because it has been fascinating whenever you see their names mentioned, priests pray for them, people come out in their thousands outside the family homejust to get their thousands outside the family home just to get a glimpse at these people, don't they? today is sunday, there was no coronavirus and locked in there would be hundreds of people outside mr bachchan‘s house at this hour just to outside mr bachchan‘s house at this hourjust to get a glimpse of him. esm who comes out on sundays once in the morning, once in the evening, to just see his fans and they take pictures and it's quite a spectacle outside his house every sunday. mr bachchan is not new to this attention. in 1982 he met with an accident doing an action scene for a film. he was taken to the icus and the entire country was praying for him and even today, he has tested positive and the entire country is praying for him. we saw visuals and photographs of people going to temples, praying for the well—being
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of the family. winger i interviewed him over here, he said he liked london because he was not mobbed in the same way. there was a very strict lockdown in the early days of this pandemic. now things have eased a little bit but the numbers are rising. what sort of political debate is there about this? the numbers are rising, by is a very, very crowded city. authorities keep telling everyone not to step out u nless telling everyone not to step out unless you have to step out for something that is something essential that you need for your home, but because of course the lockdown was lifted in mum by, people did take it lightly and there we re people did take it lightly and there were pictures of people in crowded areas. it's difficult to control a city like mumbai. in fact, to falling sick and testing positive only goes to show that someone who was so aware only goes to show that someone who was so aware of this, mr bachchan,
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it shows that it can happen to anyone. there are dedicated words, dedicated covid—19 hospitals, numbers are rising even after the lockdown. thanks very much indeed for joining lockdown. thanks very much indeed forjoining us. iran says a mistake in the setting of an air defence radar system was the reason that led to the accidental shooting down of a ukrainian airliner injanuary. a missile hit the boeing 737, operated by ukraine international airlines, killing all 176 people on board shortly after it left tehran. the iranian civil aviation authority said an operator had made the error. an airline pilot from north lanarkshire in scotland, who contracted covid—19 in vietnam and spent more than two months on life support in a hospital in ho chi minh city, is on his way home. doctors gave 42—year—old stephen cameron a 10% chance of survival, in a country that has recorded no official coronavirus deaths. alexandra mackenzie reports.
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he had only recently arrived in vietnam to work as a pilot for vietnam airways. stephen cameron is thought to have contracted covid—19 on a night out in ho chi minh city at the end of march. the case attracted much media attention because in vietnam, the number of coronavirus cases is below 400, and there were no registered deaths. the 42—year—old from motherwell spent more than two months on a ventilator. there were few critical patients, so he was treated by the country's top clinicians. but stephen, whose face has been blurred in this hospitalfootage, had multiple complications. my friend craig was told by the foreign commonwealth office i had a 10% chance of survival, so he planned for the worst. so he gave up my apartment. he started to do things that you would expect somebody to do
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if i was coming home in a box. however, after ten weeks, doctors woke him from the coma and he dared to think about home. the odds say that i shouldn't be here, so i can only thank everybody here for doing what they have done, and i go home with a happy heart because i'm going home, but a sad one because i am leaving so many people here that i have made friends with. stephen is on the road to recovery. he lost weight and muscle strength and suffered fatigue and depression. there was also a debate about who would pay the medical bills. but he is now on his way home and an emotional reunion is expected with friends and family in motherwell. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news, glasgow. good news and welcome home. pope francis says he is "very pained" by turkey's decision to turn the celebrated hagia sophia museum back into a mosque. the unesco world heritage site
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in istanbul has been a museum since 193a, but president erdogan made the announcement on friday following a court ruling which annulled its museum status. nick miller has the weather. it is a fine day for most of us but for some of us, the sunshine was this morning, for example, into northern ireland. what comes after that is cloud and rain, either here or moving in and a similar picture in western scotland before the end of the day as well because low pressure is quite a long way as well you will find the centre of that, but weather fronts trailing from that is bringing in the cloud and the rain across northern ireland and into much of scotland, going deeper onto the evening, whereas for england and wales a dry day, the sun is certainly increasingly hazy in places, and much of that night dry although some outbreaks of rain do push in towards northern england and north wales, and it is a much
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milder night compared with the last few where temperatures, last night, for example, in parts of wales dropped down tojust one celsius. tomorrow a much cloudier day across the uk. northern ireland and scotland seeing some patchy rain around in the morning. for many of us, though, dry into the afternoon, some sunny spells around. cloud and some outbreaks of rain further south, across england and wales, not much at all towards south—east england, late afternoon or into the evening still 23 celsius but elsewhere it is not cold, but we're talking high teens or 20 degrees and it will be a breezier day tomorrow. that weather front with cloud and patchy rain continues across south—east england overnight and into tuesday, may still have an area of cloud and some patchy rain first thing before that pulls away and what we are left behind that is quite a bit of cloud, some sunny spells coming through on tuesday,
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and a few showers around, perhaps another weather front approaching northern ireland, showers turning into another spell of persistent rain, especially the further west you are, and it will feel a bit cooler on tuesday as we turn the wind around to more of a north—westerly direction. this weather frontjust pushes on through overnight and into wednesday, not a huge amount of rain on it, and behind that for the rest of the week, high pressure is building back in. there will be a lot of cloud, there may be the odd shower, just a few sunny spells, but what many of us will notice during the second—half of the week is those temperatures creeping up a few degrees and for some parts of england in particular, approaching the mid 20s later in the week. so from mid week, then, high—pressure building and a lot of dry weather. and it will feel a bit warmer.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. to mask or not to mask? senior uk minister michael gove says face coverings shouldn't be mandatory in england but worn out of consideration for others. on the whole, my view is that it's always better to trust people's sommon sense, to give them a clear sense of what is wise and i think that individuals and businesses are responding well to that lead. president trump finally wears a face mask in public, as the united states posts another daily record for new coronavirus cases.
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i think it is a great thing to wear a mask. i have never been against masks, but i do believe they have a time and a place. 73 people test positive for coronavirus at a farm in the english county of herefordshire. all workers at the farm have been asked to self—isolate. the uk government announces a £700 million plan for improvements to british border controls at the end of the brexit transition period. three generations of bollywood's bachchan family test positive for coronavirus. now on bbc news — a look back at the week in parliament.

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