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at six — lifting england's lockdown. the prime minister says he hopes to get life back as close to normality as possible onjuly the 19th. almost 28,000 new cases recorded today in the uk, but borisjohnson says he's increasingly confident about the impact of the covid jabs. the speed of that vaccine roll—out has broken that link between infection and mortality and that's an amazing thing. that gives us the scope, we think, on the 19th to go ahead. but a warning for football fans ahead of england's clash this weekend — experts say to watch the match
outdoors to help reduce the spread. it comes as the government begins winding down the furlough scheme which has supported milions ofjobs through the pandemic. also tonight. nissan announces plans to build an electric car battery factory in sunderland, creating 1,600 jobs. princes william and harry unveil a statue of their mother, diana, princess of wales, on what would have been her 60th birthday. and britain's cameron norrie cruises through to the third round of wimbledon with a straight sets win over alex bolt. coming up in sportsday on the bbc news channel. another win for mark cavendish on his comeback at this year's tour de france. today's stage win, edging him just two away now from the all—time tour record.
good evening and welcome to the bbc�*s news at six. the prime minister says he will set out in the next few days his plans for lifting england's coronavirus restrictions on the 19th ofjuly. borisjohnson says he believes we are in the "final furlong", amid growing evidence that the vaccination programme is breaking the link between the number of cases and deaths. he said he recognised how impatient people are to get back to normality, but warned there could still be some extra precautions needed. it comes as the uk today recorded its highest daily number of new infections since the end ofjanuary, almost 28,000. public health england has urged football fans to watch england's euro 2020 match on saturday outside, to try to keep infection rates down. here's our health editor, hugh pym. scenes like these on tuesday after
england's rectory look set to be repeated as the team progress in the tournament. public health england are urging people to follow the guidelines, avoid gathering indoors. data in scotland revealed a number of cases were linked to fans travelling in london two weeks ago. you have the potentialfor travelling in london two weeks ago. you have the potential for lots of super spreader events all across europe, notjust from fans travelling to matches but fans travelling to matches but fans travelling to matches but fans travelling to the cities and then going to bars and celebrating. 0n trains and public transport, and at each other�*s houses. the trains and public transport, and at each other's houses. the organising bod , each other's houses. the organising body. uefa. — each other's houses. the organising body. uefa. has _ each other's houses. the organising body, uefa, has been _ each other's houses. the organising body, uefa, has been branded - each other's houses. the organising body, uefa, has been branded as i body, uefa, has been branded as utterly irresponsible by german government ministerfor utterly irresponsible by german government minister for allowing utterly irresponsible by german government ministerfor allowing big crowds. uefa said it was aligned with local health guidelines at each venue. experts stress that vaccines are having an impact in the uk. during the january and february peak, daily hospital admissions, during the january and february peak, daily hospitaladmissions, on the right, moved up sharply following the rise in cases come on the left. since may, cases have
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europe following the uk, with the spread of the delta variant first identified in india. the spread of the delta variant first identified in india.— identified in india. the three conditions _ identified in india. the three conditions for _ identified in india. the three conditions for a _ identified in india. the three conditions for a new - identified in india. the three conditions for a new wave i identified in india. the three conditions for a new wave ofi identified in india. the three - conditions for a new wave of excess hospitalisations and deaths before the autumn are in place. new variants, differences in vaccine uptake, increased social mixing. the uk's ministers, meanwhile, believe the successful roll—out of the vaccination programme paves the way for a further opening up of society, although the drive is still on to get as many with jabs as possible before restrictions are eased again. hugh pym, bbc news. the latest official figures on the pandemic show that in the past 24 hours, 22 deaths were reported — and 27,989 new infections were recorded. there's been an average of 20,909 new cases per day in the uk last week. more than 141,000 people received
a first dose of the vaccine in the latest 24—hour period. this means nearly 45 million people have now had their firstjab, 85.2% of uk adults. more than 175,000 people have had their second dose of the vaccine in the latest 24—hour period. and more than 33 million people have now had both doses, that's 62.7% of uk adults. let's speak to our political editor laura kuenssberg. so, the prime minister sounding hopeful. how much confidence is there thatjuly the 19th is the day? think of all the ways that the laws around our behaviour during the pandemic have shaped our lives. whether it's having to wear one of these things on the bus, the number of people who can get in a lift in a building, being able or not to visit a sick relative in hospital, these legal limits have controlled so much of how we've all lived during this national emergency, and for such a long time for. almost every time a
minister speaks they sound more hopeful and optimistic about being able to ditch the legal regulations afterjuly the 19th, and i think at the beginning of next week, boris johnson will layout the big picture of how much he hopes life can return to normal. i think confidence is building by the day but remember two important things. firstly, there are still likely to be some advice, some guidance about washing your hands or having windows open in place and probably more importantly, it's certainly not the case that the disease is suddenly going to disappear. cases are still going up, that's probably going to keep going for some time, as ministers expect, and of course that means that people will end up in hospital. the government will point to the success of the vaccination programme, that they believe has broken the chain, between the disease spreading and a deadly search of the virus that we saw previously. that's why every moment of the day there is a sense
building in westminster that they are going to be able to ditch the lion's share of the laws that are in place. that's not necessarily the same as what happened to the other three nations of the uk but there is no question that in westminster that is the expectation.— the government has begun winding down the furlough scheme which has paid part of the wages of millions of people who've been unable to work during the pandemic. from today, firms have to start contributing towards their workers' pay before the scheme ends in the autumn. more than 11.5 millionjobs have been on the scheme in total. it has cost more than £60 billion. nearly two and a half millionjobs were still registered at the end of may. with 30 % of firms still using the scheme. here's our economics editor, faisal islam. in theory, the almost entirely empty offices that have become the norm
over the last year or so will soon begin to fill up again. hi,jane. hiya, how are you? i'm good, thanks, how are you? at newmarket holidays, bosses keep in touch with furloughed workers such as gemma, but as the tide slowly starts to go out on government pandemic support, considerable uncertainty remains, after 15 months away from the office. so, it's very much highs and lows. it's not been a holiday by no means. it's difficult for mental health. you then have to really get yourself in a mindset of, "i have to carry on," i have to do something because i don't know when i'm going to be going back to work. you'd have hoped the travel sector would have bounced back. the chief financial officer here says in this line of work the outgoings have started before cash comes in. that is, we've still got bills, this building we are paying for. some brochures for next year. repaying some of the government support as well. correct. and vat. we've been paying the vat deferral. that kicked in a couple of months ago. the loan, we're having to repay that.
so, you have the costs coming in. spot on, all the costs coming in but no revenue because we haven't got anyone going on holiday apart from a small bit in the uk. in the city, the chancellor was praising the lifeline given by bankers through mortgage holidays and loans. the bank of england governor, addressing concerns about rising prices. i've set out the reasons why we expect this rise in inflation to be a temporary feature of the bounce back. it's important not to overreact to temporarily strong growth in inflation, to ensure the recovery is not undermined by a premature tightening of monetary conditions. the bank of england's message is that it will carry on supporting the economy. it doesn't want people to panic about inflation above target, and due to go higher, and that's because it assesses that these rises in prices are temporary one—off factors that arise from the reopening of the economy.
but also because of the uncertainty, uncertainty about the pandemic and its variants, but also about the overall impact of this gradual rollback of the government's support to the economy, especially the furlough scheme. back at newmarket holidays, pippa is one of the government's great hopes. having decided to "go long" and offer support into the summer, pippa was straight off the furlough scheme, back into herjob, prepping the new travel brochure. the travel industry in particular is on its knees and without that cash injection from the government, i don't know where we would be. so i certainly think that i wouldn't probably have a job. the latest figures show, however, that an increasing proportion of those left on furlough are older workers. there is a fear about how many won't be able to step back into theirjobs. faisal islam, bbc news. nissan has announced a major expansion of electric vehicle production at its car plant
in sunderland which will create more than 1,600 newjobs. the japanese car—maker says it will build its new—generation all—electric model at the site. our business editor simonjack has more. these are the new engines of the world automotive economy. a new battery factory will make 100,000 of them, to be fitted to a brand—new model, at a plant supplied by its own renewable energy grid. a £1 billion investment, creating over 6,000 jobs here and in the supply chain. today we're announcing the world's first manufacturing ecosystem, in sunderland, because of the skill and competencies of our workforce and the competitiveness of this plant. i do believe that sunderland will become our flagship business model to apply in other parts of the world. the prime minister was on site, as you might expect, after a government contribution of around £100 million to the project.
money well spent, according to borisjohnson. this is something that's a massive benefit to the uk economy. nissan is going to be creating about 900 jobs alone in the battery gigafactory. a further 750, plus thousands potentially in the supply chains. but what it's also doing is helping to lengthen the lead of this country in bringing low—carbon technology. it wasn't so long ago that nissan was warning a no—deal brexit could see it leave the uk. the future now looks brighter. nissan has always had a strong presence in the north—east of england and i think what this announcement does is solidifies that for the younger generation, for the future. this is clearly great news for this industry, for this region and for the uk. in the future, with petrol and diesel bans coming down the tracks, if you don't have a battery industry, you won't have much of a car industry. but investments like this are being made all over the world and this will have to be the first
of many if the uk is to keep pace with the electric car revolution. batteries are heavy and require careful handling, so building cars and batteries close together makes economic and operational sense. by having the gigafactories in the uk we are actually safeguarding the future of the automotive industry and the jobs that go with that. yes, we are behind germany, for example, who already have production at six or seven times this level, but we can catch up and this is a very good start. it's not just nissan. vauxhall is in talks with the government about its own electric plans, with an announcement expected imminently. this is also a race against the clock. from 2024, the brexit deal means cars exported to the eu must have higher levels of local content to avoid tariffs. the uk government started wooing nissan 35 years ago. it's been a success story which, with government support helping oil the wheels, looks set to continue for many years to come.
simonjack, bbc news, sunderland. prince william and prince harry have unveiled a statue of their mother, diana, princess of wales on what would have been her 60th birthday. the duke of cambridge and duke of sussex, whose relationship has been strained in recent months, met for the first time since the duke of edinburgh's funeral in april. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the event should've been solely about their mother — the unveiling by her sons of a statue of diana, princess of wales. but the sons, william and harry, have fallen out. the special bond between two young princes has been broken. harsh words are said to have been spoken. this afternoon, it could largely be hidden. they were with the spencer family — diana's two elder sisters, sarah and jane, and her brother, charles. everybody chatted quite amiably. how could it have been otherwise? william and harry, side by side for some of the time, but more often than not they stood apart, until the moment of the statue's unveiling.
the statue shows diana with anonymous children. it is intended, in the words of kensington palace, to reflect her warmth, elegance and energy. william and harry stood together to look at the statue and exchanged their impressions. the brothers went on together to inspect the gardens. there had been talk of them both making speeches. instead, there was a joint statement in which they said they remembered their mother's love and strength. "everyday," they added, "we wish she was still with us." perhaps then her sons will wonder what she would've made of the current tensions. perhaps today will help them to reflect. that is the hope of the sculptor. the fact that their mother is there, you know, in a real physical sense, perhaps in the evening when the grounds are shut, they could easily come here for a moment of quiet reflection, and i hope that will give them some sort of comfort or solace. today's events will have been an important, shared moment
for william and harry in which they will surely have felt their mother's influence. and perhaps it will have encouraged them to move on. because william and harry must surely know that the current tensions between them are not good, for them or for the wider family. nicholas witchell, bbc news. our top story this evening: borisjohnson says he's confident about the impact of the coronavirus jabs and hopes to ease restrictions in england onjuly the 19th. and coming up... president biden visits the rescue workers in florida working on the collapsed miami apartment block. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news... on a dry and sunny day at wimbledon, more british success and potentially more to come — whilst the world number one,
ash barty, is safely through to the third round. there are just two days to go until england take on ukraine in rome in the quarterfinals of the euros. the ukrainian side saw off some stiff competition from sweden in the last 16, going through with a dramatic last minute goal in extra time. and as our correspondent in ukraine, jonah fisher, has been finding out, many fans there still remember a controversial defeat by england when they hosted the championship in 2012. by making it to the quarterfinals, ukraine has discovered new heroes. ukraine have won it. these were the scenes in the capital kyiv as the team beat sweden in the last minute of extra time. the country whose recent history is blighted by war, suddenly had some good news.
i think it's one of the best ukrainian teams of our history. we believe in it and we support it. we have a great sport for our football players and we adore andrei shevchenko. andrei shevchenko is the legendary striker turned manager who is credited with making ukraine's mix of local and foreign based players a winning team. chance to shoot here for andre yarmolenko... who scores an outstanding goal for ukraine. ukraine has been an independent country for 30 years but neighbours, russia, still loom large on pretty much every big issue here. take the shirts that ukraine's been been wearing at the tournament. they are selling well but russia has complained to uefa that they carry a political message. russia's problem is the inclusion of a map which shows crimea as belonging to ukraine, not them. uefa insisted on a small change,
but let the map stay and wearing the shirt has become a very public way of supporting the team and defying the russians. they've even been worn at cabinet meetings. is this revenge for 2012 then? with england, next thoughts have returned to a controversial match between the two countries nine years ago when a clear ukraine goal was disallowed and they crashed out of the tournament. yeah, definitely that game was very painful. i recommend people don't say it like it's revenge, i hope we will play our game with our style and show what ukrainian identity is. just getting this far is already a successful tournament for ukraine, but try telling that to the fans. jonah fisher, bbc news, kyiv. let's get the latest from the england team camp. 0lly foster is there. how are preparations going?
everybody is fit and very, very focused. they trained this morning and usually we are allowed to watch for the first 15 minutes, but not today. it was behind closed doors. gareth southgate trying to make the most of every minute with the squad. they train again in the morning and they fly to rome tomorrow lunchtime before the match against ukraine on saturday. we had from jordan pickford today, four matches played for him, four clean sheets. the last time england started a major championship that well was the world cup in 1966. he said they got together as a group last night and analysed the strengths and weaknesses of the ukrainian team. they analysed the amazing victory with the atmosphere in wembley. they are going to have to bottle that and take it with them to row because it is going to be very different. the italian government have made it very clear that travelling england fans will not be welcome, they will not get into the stadium because of
their very strict quarantine rules. but if you are a uk national living in italy, or some mainland european countries, than some of the tickets that were put back onto general release in the last 24—hour is, they can get their hands on them. so there is some hope that a couple of hundred england fans will be in the stadium on saturday to cheer the team on. , .,, ., ~ i. an 82—year—old woman will become the oldest person to fly into space this month — and she's going with the amazon founderjeff bezos. her trip is 60 years overdue. wally funk was one of the first women trained to fly to space in the early 1960s, but then the programme was cancelled. now she has been invited tojoin the tech billionaire as the fourth crew member onboard the first crewed flight by his blue 0rigin company out of the earth's atmosphere. donald trump's company and its finance chief have been indicted in an investigation into alleged tax crimes. allen weisselberg turned himself in to authorities
in new york this morning, ahead of as—yet—unknown charges being made public. in a statement, the trump 0rganization said mr weisselberg was being used "as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former president." china's president xijinping has warned that foreign powers will "get their heads bashed" if they attempt to bully or influence the country. he delivered a defiant speech at an event marking the centenary of the ruling communist party on thursday. it comes as china faces criticism over alleged human rights abuses and its crackdown in hong kong. 0ur china correspondent john sudworth has the story. the unmistakable hallmarks of communist party rule were front and centre of its celebrations. the total control, the omnipotent leader, the unquestioning loyalty.
0verlooking tiananmen square, the general secretary spoke of how the party had saved china from a history of humiliation, and of the power it now wields. translation: the chinese people will never be bullied, _ oppressed or enslaved. anyone who dares to try will have their heads cracked and bloodied against a great wall of steel, forged by 1.4 billion chinese people. there are no references, of course, to the fact that on this spot in 1989, the party clung to power by shooting dead hundreds of unarmed protesters. nor any mention of the violence and chaos of chairman mao's rule. and while the focus
is on the economic success and china's big leap in living standards, critics fear that xinjiang's internment camps and the crackdown on dissent in hong kong reveal once again the true nature of one—party rule. this former party insider was expelled last year for voicing concerns about the direction the party was taking. she's now ineffective exile, the us. translation: in china, _ 100 years old also means a person has lived long and it is time to think of death. if they communist party should review its mistakes, it should do a redemption, not celebration. but china's rulers, convinced that it's democracy not authoritarianism that's in decline, intend to party on. john sudworth, bbc news, taipei.
president biden has been miami to meet relatives of those killed and missing after a 12 story appartment block partially collapsed last week while residents were asleep. joe biden also met rescue workers who've been searching the rubble for days now. 18 people are known to have died but dozens more are still missing. 0ur correspondent sophie long is there. there can't be much hope of finding anyone alive now? iam afraid i am afraid you are right, the hope of that happening is now fading. president biden is consoling some of the families with people still in accounted for. he met the mayor of miami dade and she has been updating the families throughout the course of this major operation. she will have explained to president biden, that in the early hours of this
morning the rescue operation had to be halted. there are fears the remaining part of the building still standing could also fall. there has been so much rainfall, tropical storms and the amount they are working on has been deemed unsafe to continue. that is the last thing the families will have wanted to hear. they have been clinging onto the hope that someone could have been pulled from the building alive, clinging onto the hope that they would detect a sign of life. but now they are acutely aware that hasn't happened for more than a week and with the rescue operation currently closed, it is unlikely there will be good news. closed, it is unlikely there will be good new-— closed, it is unlikely there will be aood news. ., ~ ., good news. sophie long in miami, thank you- — a 12—year—old skateboarder is set to become the youngest british summer 0lympian of all time. sky brown, currently ranked third in the world, will be 13 and 11 days when she competes in tokyo, breaking a record that's stood for nearly a century. it's the first time skateboarding has been featured at the olympics. she first got into skateboarding
by learning tricks on youtube. at wimbledon, britain's cameron norrie has cruised through to the third round with a straight—sets win over australian alex bolt. joe wilson has been watching the action. he's done it again. there is the smile and all that anguish slips away. the sun always rises and one frenzy fades. from andy murray to cameron norrie. there's a little wave. well, two left—handers on court. norrie is the one closest the camera, winning. he's seeded 29 because he's in the form of his life. beat alex bolt in straight sets. now, being the centre of this kind of attention is new for norrie. encouraging signs that enjoying it. british expectation is as traditional as... yeah! but on wimbledon�*s first environment day, notice new cardboard strawberry punnets. it's the little
details which matter. here's ash barty, the top—seeded women's player, on centre court. look again. the design on her skirt carefully replicates and honours the dress worn by another indigenous australian, the great evonne goolagong, who first won wimbledon 50 years ago. history and progress. well, barty reached the third round with a straight sets win against anna blinkova. and in her own, calm way, she must have ambitions to be champion. it is important to stay balanced so it is important to stay balanced so i will mention in passing that 18—year—old british player will be in action soon. roger federer is dominant over richard gasquet. if he does when he gets to play cam norrie. it is almost sunny, i think tonight we could be done before dark. perfect queue into the weather. time for a look at the weather
here's chris fawkes. most of us have had sunshine and dry weather, not a bad start tojuly. weather, not a bad start to july. gorgeous in padstow, cornwall. there have been isolated showers popping up, in wales, southern england and there are some of those shower clouds starting to bubble up around hampshire area. further downpours over the next hour or two in abda. in the atlantic, this cloud here is an area of low pressure and that will be flinging bands of rain our way in time for the weekend, so the weather will be turning unsettled by then. at the moment it is relatively quiet and overnight, most will have a quiet and dry night. more cloud developing and if you mist patches. mild to most, 12 to 14 degrees widely but cold for northern scotland and north—east england. tomorrow, cloud will take time to thin and bright, mist patches lifting quickly. spells of sunshine