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a group of more than 70 cross—party mps launch a campaign warning against coronavirus vaccine passports in england. they say any demand to prove vaccination status to access jobs, businesses or hospitality services like pubs would be "divisive and discriminatory". we're talking about having to show paperwork within the uk to go to the pub, restaurant or a hospitality venue. that is a draconian measure we've never seen in this country. the government says no final decision had been made on covid certificates. also in the programme: more than a0 people have been killed after a packed train with hundreds on board crashed in a tunnel in taiwan. the challenge for breweries amid a warning that only 40% of pubs
in england are likely to reopen on 12th april. wildlife experts warn the public to keep their distance from seals over the easter weekend over concerns about their safety. good afternoon. more than 70 mp5, including 41 conservatives, have warned against the introduction of vaccine passports in england, which could mean people have to show they've received a jab before they're allowed into some venues. the idea has been described as "divisive" and "discriminatory". the government is reported to be considering testing a scheme for some major events, including the fa cup final next month. downing street has dismissed these reports as "speculation" and that no final decision had been made on covid certificates. our political correspondent,
jonathan blake, has more. slowly, things are opening up. but once all restrictions are lifted in england, might we have to prove we have had the vaccine or a negative test to do certain things? no firm plans yet, but already, there is opposition. more than 70 mps and peers across political divides have signed a pledge. they say, "we oppose the divisive and discriminatory use of covid status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses orjobs". i hope the government will take on board the level of concern about this across parliament and it will avoid what i believe would be a huge infringement of our civil liberties and unnecessary. when you inject an element of compulsion into public health measures such as vaccination or symptomatic testing, you actually encourage resistance and scepticism.
but for sectors like the performing arts, which have struggled to survive through the pandemic, the government argues that asking people to prove their covid status could help fill empty seats. this is not about a vaccine passport, it is about looking at ways of proving that you are covid—secure, whether you have had a test or the vaccine. clearly, no decisions have been made and that means we need to weigh up different factors, the ethical considerations and so on, but it may be a way of ensuring you can get more people back doing the things they love and being in fantastic institutions like this. soon, big sporting events like the fa cup final will be used to trial ways of getting large crowds back into empty venues. testing and possibly some kind of covid certification will be part of that. for some businesses, trying to work out what this might mean for them, though, there's uncertainty and concern. the additional burden of the vaccine passport could really, really scupper things. it could make us actually
feel that we are discriminating against sections of the population that haven't been offered vaccination or are unable to have one, like pregnant women or those like granddad, who's probably going to forget his actual vaccine passport because he doesn't have it on his smartphone. allowing parts of the economy closed for so long to be able to open up safely seems to be dominating the government's thinking here. the prime minister has talked increasingly openly about asking people to prove their covid status in order to do certain things. but there are big questions about how covid certification might work, who will police it, and, crucially, how the government can convince the public that it's worthwhile. for international travel, vaccine passports seem inevitable, butjust how proving your covid status in everyday life or work is the big question the government must answer. jonathan blake, bbc news. four more countries have been added to the "red list" of countries which requires visitors to self—isolate at
government—approved hotels for 10 days on arrival in britain. the philippines, pakistan, kenya and bangladesh will be added at 4am on friday 9th april after new data showed an increased risk from new coronavirus variants in those countries. police have warned people not to gather in large groups over the easter break, with millions expected to enjoy the first weekend of eased restrictions to meet with family and friends. two households or groups of up to six people have been able to meet outdoors since monday. mairead smyth is in liverpool. good afternoon. this isn'tjust a good friday here in liverpool. as you can see, it's a glorious day and with that sunshine brings added pressure on parks like this. already this week, as you say, many parts in the country, popular places have been packed with people enjoying the chance to meet together, but those groups have got larger and merseyside police have told me today that they will be patrolling places
like parks and beaches, where they are reminding people that alcohol is banned from places like crosby beaches, just up the coast from where we are. but it's that chance to meet for the first time. this is the first bank holiday where everybody in england is under the same rules, the same restrictions of just two households together or the rule of six. but the message from public health experts is to not push that further than we should. of course, this is a really important weekend for religious people, for christians and jewish faiths, easter and passover will be celebrated and guidance has been given for people to worship safely. form people more interested in worshipping the sun today, the guidance is clear. two households or the rule of six. mairead, thank you very much. and there's been a further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in scotland. the stay—at—home order —
which has been operating for over three months — has been lifted, allowing people to travel within their local authority boundaries for non—essential purposes. at least 48 people have been killed in a passenger train crash in taiwan. hundreds of others were trapped in the wreckage. the train, packed with local tourists, derailed in a tunnel after a maintenance vehicle is thought to have slid onto the tracks. 0ur correspondent john sudworth reports. the train travelling south from taiwan's capital and along the island's mountainous east coast was packed with people ahead of what is a long holiday weekend here. as it entered a tunnel, it's believed to have been derailed by a truck that slipped onto the track from a nearby construction site. rescuers worked to free those trapped in carriages ripped apart by the impact. reports suggest that, with almost 500 people on board, many were standing and were tossed
about by the impact. "the truck slid off the road and crashed into the train," this rescue worker says. "now all the front carriages are damaged". passengers in those carriages less damaged by the impact were able to walk to safety... ..but the mangled wreckage inside the tunnel meant those inside had to use the roof of the train to escape. ambulance ferried dozens of injured people to local hospitals. "my whole body fell to the floor — i hit my head and it started bleeding," this woman says. "there was no space on the sides of the tunnel — we had to climb onto the carriage roof to get out". taiwan's premier su tseng—chang visited the scene, while the president, tsai ing—wen, described the incident as heartbreaking.
taiwan's state—owned railways are generally reliable and efficient, but with a record marred by a number of fatal accidents over the years. this is being described as the worst in at least four decades. john sudworth, bbc news, taipei. the british medicines regulator, the mhra, says it has identified 30 cases of rare blood clots in people who've had the astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine. it said the british cases were out of a total of more than 18 million doses, and the benefits of vaccines continued to outweigh any risks. 0ur science correspondent rebecca morelle is here with me. what is the mhra saying? that the first thin it what is the mhra saying? that the first thing it is _ what is the mhra saying? that the first thing it is important _ what is the mhra saying? that the first thing it is important to - what is the mhra saying? that the first thing it is important to say - first thing it is important to say is that a link between these rare clots in the brain and astrazeneca dab isn't proven, but the uk regulator is investigating. these
clots do occur naturally. they are quite rare. the first thing you need to unpick is, is this just a coincidence or is it a very rare side—effect of the astrazeneca jab? and the incidence is low, 30 cases reported to the uk medical regulators out of 18 million jabs. that is one event in about every 600,000 astrazeneca jab is. pfizer, on the other hand, hasn't had any clots linked to it that the uk authority says. these clots have caused some european countries to restrict who they are giving the vaccines to. germany isn't giving the astrazeneca jab to anyone under the astrazeneca jab to anyone under the age of 60, but the uk roll—out is continuing as planned. in the uk regulator as well as the european medicines agency and the world health organization, really stress that the benefits of the jab and the protection it offers against coronavirus does outweigh the risk, orany coronavirus does outweigh the risk, or any potential risk. so if you are offered the jab, the current advice is to go ahead and take up the
offer. , . . ., is to go ahead and take up the offer. , u. ., ~ is to go ahead and take up the offer. , m, ., ~ i., , is to go ahead and take up the offer. , ., , . the former indian cricket star sachin tendulkar has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus last week. he described it as a precaution, and said he hoped to be back home in a few days. some regional airports are warning it will take them years to recoverfrom the pandemic, with many worried that if short—haul flights to europe aren't possible this summer, there could be more damage. uk airports are losing £5.3 million every day and research suggests nearby communities are have seen greater unemployment than the national average. 0ur transport correspondent, caroline davies reports. no holiday excitement. no last—minute suncream purchases or pre—flight pints. apart from a skeleton staff for today's one flight in and out, southampton airport stands near empty, waiting. as does martin — one of the only taxi drivers still coming here for work. lucky if we get one trip a day. it's not enough, and the savings are right at the end now,
so you're sort of looking, thinking, "blimey, what am i going to do now?" you know, there's lots of people that are on furlough at the moment. they're all in the same boat as i am, you know — they're thinking, if this airport doesn't stay, what are they going to do? southampton airport, like many smaller airports, was hit twice last year — firstly by the collapse of flybe that ran many of its routes, then by the pandemic. the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in nearby eastleigh was 1a7% higher injanuary 2021 than january 2020. the fact that there are no passengers doesn'tjust have impact on the airport and the airline and the people who work here — some local businesses have said they're concerned that the airport recovers, too. just under 30 miles away, rhh franks makes parts for commercial and military aircraft. having a thriving regional airport brings lots ofjob opportunities to people, but also inspires younger generations to get into the world of aviation. it creates a wide pool of personnel
within the local area that businesses like rhh franks can ply from. many regional airports are worried airlines will return to bigger airports first. derek provan runs southampton, aberdeen and glasgow airports. it's been unspeakably hard for us this year. at this moment in time, our sole focus is maintaining our airports to remain open. but of course there's a commercial reality. with no flybe and its smaller aircraft, southampton wants to extend its runway so it can accommodate larger planes. the local area committee turned down the proposal. the local council will look at it soon. as well as worries about noise, there are concerns about the environment. as we talk about building back better, should we be making airports bigger? we already have more capacity in our airports in the uk than we could possibly use within our carbon budget. creating morejobs in high—carbon industries, i don't think, is the best way for us to meet net—zero,
or the best way to give people long—term and secure employment. the industry says it does have plans to reduce its carbon emissions. airports have received some business rates relief and used the furlough scheme, but they say that help is a drop in the ocean. a government spokesperson said it's pledged £7 billion to aviation and is continuing to explore how best to support the travel industry. more announcements are expected on international travel from england. as many wait for a quick date for take—off, smaller airports will be hoping they're not left behind. caroline davies, bbc news, southampton. only 40% of pubs in england are likely to reopen on 12th april — the next stage of lockdown easing — that's according to the british beer and pub association. it says most venues don't have suitable outside areas needed to serve customers, or won't be able to operate at a profit. that's having a massive knock—on effect on brewers, as phil mackie's been finding out. if you're already savouring your
first pint of draught beer on april 12th, there's a good chance it will be from one of these casks. they're ramping up production at the marston�*s brewery. they've been making it in the same place and in the same way since the 19th century. during the three lockdowns, hundreds of gallons of beer have been wasted. it's been almost impossible to gauge demand. it was extremely difficult to figure out what to brew and when to brew it. but having some knowledge of previous sales and trying to come to some kind of assumption and gut feel was really used in all of this, and just monitoring things very closely. if it's been tough for the big brewers, it's been even worse for the small independents. last week, dozens staged a protest by pouring beer down the drain which was about to go off. out of date. going down the drain. a tragedy.
the lincoln green brewery in hucknall has survived where others haven't. this has been the most challenging period of our entire existence and certainly my career to date. it has been mentally challenging and financially challenging for us. will you survive? yeah, definitely. we will come out of the other side with a lot of battle scars. we came into the pandemic completely debt—free and we have essentially had to self—finance our way through all of this. 60% of pubs in england won't reopen on april 12th, and most that do will be taking a risk. on days like this, the station hotel would normally be rammed with drinkers, but nobody can come until april 12th. and, by then, the weather might be awful, which means it's impossible for the brewing industry and the pubs to plan for what's to come next. in well over a century, brewers like marston�*s have never faced a challenge like the pandemic,
and they are desperate for things to get back to normal quickly. it's important that the industry recovers, because, 0k, the pub isn'tjust a place for serving beer, it is the central hub of the community. it creates thousands ofjobs, not only in hospitality, but also within the brewing industry and all the allied suppliers and traders. so the economic recovery of the pub is really, really important. the industry has taken a beating and is urging the government to stick to its road map and lift all restrictions byjune 21st. phil mackie, bbc news. wildlife conservationists are warning people not to disturb any seals they may come across on the coast over the easter weekend. it's part of a government—backed campaign by the seal alliance, which says getting too close can lead to seals being injured and even dying. john maguire has this report. clearly fearful and distressed, a herd of seals is fleeing the land, heading for the safety of the sea.
it's not always an easy journey, but seals can be spooked easily by people — or their dogs — getting too close. it's the youngest seals that are the most vulnerable, with only around a quarter of them surviving to adulthood. injury—wise, they're either the young pups who get bashed around in the storms and separated from their mums, orfrom litter — so entanglements in fishing lines, nets. and one of the worst injuries we see is actually the dog frisbee hoops — the seals play with them, they put them over their necks and then they grow into them, and they can be really severe injuries. and as the latest lockdown restrictions ease, conservationists are asking people out walking on the coastline to give the animals adequate space. people can disturb them if they are awake and alert or they're moving, then they've been disturbed. and obviously the worst situations are when they crash off the beaches and rocks into the sea and they can damage themselves, cause themselves injury.
and all the while that's happening, they're not getting the rest they should be getting. well, we're all well used to seeing these warning signs around the coastline telling you about beaches, hazards in the sea, undertows, things like that. increasingly now you'll see these signs saying give seals space — reminding people to ensure they don't get too close to wildlife. last year's first full lockdown has been credited as one reason why some colonies around our coasts have thrived — having been left alone for weeks on end. but the case of freddie the seal, who died after being attacked by a dog off the lead on the banks of the river thames last month, has highlighted the potential risks to the wild animals of trying to live too close to people. john maguire, bbc news. that's all for now — we'll be back at 5.15. now on bbc one, we canjoin
the bbc�*s news teams where you are. good afternoon. it's 1.20pm and here's your latest sports news. india cricket legend sachin tendulkar is in hospital, as his coronavirus symptoms have got worse. he tested positive six days ago after developing mild symptoms but after quarantining at home he has been advised to admit himself to hospital. he's now 47 and is test cricket's all—time leading run scorer, in a record 200 matches. his social media tweet thanked people for their wishes and prayers and says the decision to go to hospital is out of an "abundance of precaution" and that he hopes to be home in a few days. it's notjust a busy easter weekend of fixtures in rugby league, but all the superleague matches are being dedicated to former player mose masoe, whose career was ended by a life—changing spinal
injury last january. in the first two matches last night, players wore his name on their shirts, and clubs sold virtual tickets for the matches to raise money for his foundation. he and his wife carissa say the help makes a huge difference to them. it was just so overwhelming. we have had such great support and we are so thankfulfor had such great support and we are so thankful for everyone for showing their love. this has never happened before in the game, so i'm just very fortunate and are very lucky as a player that the whole rugby league community is there to support myself and my family. we community is there to support myself and my family-— and my family. we have been so emotional. _ and my family. we have been so emotional, not _ and my family. we have been so emotional, not only _ and my family. we have been so emotional, not only these - and my family. we have been so emotional, not only these last . and my family. we have been so| emotional, not only these last 14 months. — emotional, not only these last 14 months, but especially this last week_ months, but especially this last week as — months, but especially this last week as well. it means the world to us. week as well. it means the world to us we _ week as well. it means the world to us we just — week as well. it means the world to us. we just cannot believe how many people _ us. we just cannot believe how many people are _ us. we just cannot believe how many people are going out of their way to support— people are going out of their way to suriport us — people are going out of their way to support us. it people are going out of their way to su ort us. ., , people are going out of their way to support ve— support us. it really means a lot. they gave _ support us. it really means a lot.
they gave me — support us. it really means a lot. they gave me a _ support us. it really means a lot. they gave me a chance _ support us. it really means a lot. they gave me a chance during i support us. it really means a lot. | they gave me a chance during the surgery, they said you might not walk ever again, but at the back of my head i said to myself i am going to do this, i'm going to prove them wrong. i'm glad that i am where i am today. the diving world cup in tokyo has been cancelled by the sport's international governing body because the organiser�*s planned covid precautions "will not properly ensure" athletes�* safety. it was due to take place at the tokyo aquatics centre in just over two weeks' time as the final 0lympic qualifier and an official test event for the delayed games. in a letter seen by the bbc, fina also criticise the japanese government who, in their opinion, "did not take all the necessary measures to ensure successful and fair" competition. celtic are talking to former bournemouth manager eddie howe about becoming their manager. the bbc understands he's held discussions with members of the club's board. howe left bournemouth in august 2020, when the club was relegated from the premier league. celtic have been without
a manager since neil lennon resigned in february. now, after the world cup qualifiers, it's straight back into club matches today, and the football league takes centre stage, with the easter weekend often a defining time in promotion and relegation battles. championship leaders norwich city know that two wins, today and on monday, would put them within touching distance of an immediate return to the premier league. they take on preston this afternoon, but having had eight players on international duty during the week, the game has come too early for their manager. this decision is not in the sense of fair play, not in the sense of the integrity of the competition, not in the sense of... yeah, also the quality of the competition — not even to speak about the safety and the health and also the mental health of the players. but i spoke about this topic also quite intense and quite detailed a few weeks ago when there was the possibility to change. right now it's a fact and it's not my topic any more so it's more like we have to deal with it. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those
stories on the bbc sport website. including following all those matches in the football league. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. i will be back with more in an hour. thank you very much. facemasks are giving thieves more confidence to steal — that's according to convenience store owners, who say that masks are also making it harder to identify criminals. nine out of ten stores are reporting an increase in verbal abuse against staff too. sophia seth reports. surgical masks and gloves, but not as you are meant to use them. this man enters a tesco express store in shoreham with a gun, and demands money. although this particular crime is not commonplace at convenience stores, shop theft is. we can't see their faces. all you can see is their eyes and a part of their nose. 0wners like neelesh parekh, in portsmouth, say that face coverings are making it so much more difficult to detect criminals. peoplejust take and run, that's it. because they've got a mask on,
you can't see what's happening. when we go back to the cctv cameras, we can't see their faces. stores like us here, we get about 3—4 week. we get about 3—4 a week. neelesh and his wife have lost £12,000 just in shop thefts in the last year. neelesh also experienced a break—in last november — £4,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen. in basingstoke, kishor patel has run convenience stores for 17 years. he, too, has seen an increase in shop theft during the pandemic. we believe that wearing the masks in our shop has given the customers confidence to actually steal things more boldly. absolutely terrible. we feel very saddened. he and his wife have also experienced verbal abuse when asking people to wear facemasks. they say the f word, or they mightjust say, "we're not coming back to this shop!" they might shout. common things that are being stolen from convenience stores are things that are typically easy to sell on — so things like alcohol, meat, confectionery.
for some, it will be in tens of thousands of pounds per year. this is not a victimless crime. although both kishor and neelesh have a loyal customer base, they feel it's been the hardest year for them. it's our livelihood, at the end of the day, they're spoiling. basically, you know, it is upsetting — that's all it is. sophia seth, bbc news. families bereaved by covid—19 have been painting a vast memorial wall in an "outpouring of love" opposite the houses of parliament in london. the moving tribute features a heart for every single loved one lost to coronavirus and they're aiming to hand—draw 150,000 of them. tim muffett reports. you'd neverfind another woman like her. she had a heart of gold, she would help anyone if she needed to. she was my best friend. i'm very lost without her. violet died from covid last april.
her granddaughter, courtney, still finds it hard to believe she's gone. like, i'm still convinced i'm going to run down the stairs and she'll be at the street door. i'm still convinced i'll hearfrom her. but this is... it's therapeutic. each heart is individually drawn for each person that has obviously lost their life. the first hearts were drawn on monday. the aim is for 150,000 to be added to represent the total number who've died so far in the uk with covid registered on their death certificate. when you drew that heart for violet, for your nan, what was going through your mind? everything — all the memories we had together, all the times we shared. my nan was a proper london girl, she loved her city. so keeping my nan here, she'd love it. not only is this mural opposite parliament, where it will be visible to mps — it's also outside st thomas' hospital, where borisjohnson was treated for a severe bout of covid last year.
but organisers insist it's not a political statement, but a memorial — a striking representation of lives lost. i lost my mother — my dear, sweet mother — just before new year's eve. very sweet, sweet woman. had a lot of life in her yet. she was an nhs nurse most of her life, and then moved to marie curie and worked there. she was also a samaritan. just the sweetest woman, always gave more than she took. it's a memorial, it's full of love, it's full of the people that are going to be forgotten. so, neil, you've already done a personalised heart, but you're doing others, as well. yeah. why is that? um, well, i think not everybody can make it here, can they? people have died all over the uk and not everybody can get down. i'm lucky i only live, you know, about an hour away so i come down and do as many as i can.
and just doing it's been wonderful. just — it's been horrible, painful. had a few tears. but, um... it helps. hand—drawn with love — for every heart, there's a family mourning a life lost. lost, but not forgotten. tim muffett, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. good afternoon. it has been a decent start to our extended easter weekend. lots of dry weather out there, the best of the sunshine certainly has been further west. take a look at this beautiful weather watcher picture sent in just a couple of hours ago in west lothian. there has been a little more cloud across that east coast, here disappointing, and as we go through the night, that breeze coming in off the north sea
will continue to drive in more cloud. so the clearer skies are likely to be further north and that is where we could see temperatures falling close to freezing. a touch of light frost not out of the question. but there will be some sparkling sunshine on saturday across parts of scotland, northern ireland, northern england and wales. hopefully some of the cloud across central and eastern england should thin and break, but it will stay rather cool and disappointing across exposed east coasts, with top temperatures of 8 or 9 degrees. in the sunshine, we could see 16. so all in all it is not a bad start to the easter weekend. dry and settled for many, but getting noticeably colder, particularly on monday, with the risk of snow showers. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... more than british 70 mps launch a campaign against coronavirus vaccine passports, calling them "divisive and discriminatory." philippines, pakistan, kenya and bangladesh have been added to england's travel red list. international visitors will be refused entry,