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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the search for hundreds of people still missing, following devastating floods in germany and other european countries. the german president has been visiting one of the worst hit areas our country stands together during this time. i'm very pleased to see just how much sympathy and solidarity is being shown, not only here in the region but also throughout germany. the uk's health secretary, sajid javid, says he's tested positive for coronavirus and is experiencing "mild" symptoms. i was feeling a bit groggy last night so i took a lateral flow test this morning and it's come out positive, so i'm now self isolating at home with my family until i get the results of a pcr test. olympics organisers announce
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the first case of coronavirus in the athletes' village six days before the start of the tokyo games. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk are the world. rescue crews have been racing to find survivors after the floods that wreaked havoc in germany and its western neighbours switzerland, luxembourg and the netherlands. at least 160 people are so far known to have died across europe, some 140 of them in germany alone. hundreds remain unaccounted for and thousands are now homeless. thousands of residents of wassenberg, an area west of the german city of cologne, have left their homes
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after a dam was breached by floodwater overnight. german officials say the country's flood warning system functioned as it was supposed to, but the amount of rain — and how rapidly it fell — was unforeseen. from the village of erfstadt, near cologne, my colleague kasia madera reports on the rescue effort. there is a lot of solidarity, a lot of volunteers have been coming together, have been offering supplies. care centre is setting up after to help rescue people who just have absolutely nothing. buildings totally collapsed, homes washed away, vehicles, like i say, there were cars stacked up here by the force of water that came down here, as if they were simply to toy cars. it's quite staggering to see. but the rescue operation is under way and people are returning to look and assess the level of damage
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as these people have been. translation: everything is destroyed. _ you don't recognise this area any more. before, this was a green oasis, a natural landscape, and the only thing you could hear was the calm waters of the river. that's all gone. it's a catastrophe. translation: if you had told me four days ago - that there could be a flood here, i would have said maybe it will be on the on the in the basement, but this flood was two and half metres high. the antique books are ruined forever. translation: i emptied the house and found - everything out, everything. there is nothing left. water's everywhere. all these things were new, just a non—solid. all these things were new, just three months old. translation: i'm waiting for the insurance agent, i just like everyone else. i hope the process will be quick so that we can rebuild and get back to work, especially after covid—19. we only reopened two months ago. another town that was hugely
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affected in the same state that we are actually in now is hargen. and we can speak to mortiz freedomburg who actually works, he is a journalist at radio hagen. i know we spoke you over the last few days in terms of when this first initially happened. it's good of you to join us once again. just talk us through the situation. because from what we are seeing here, the clean—up operation is taking place. recovery is taking place, but it's just been absolutely devastating for the local community. sure. first, the good news, the water level keeps dropping and there was no heavy rainfall for three days. that people are very happy about it, but, how are you said, the real work, the main work has to be done now. streets are destroyed, a lot of people are without a home. people lost their property, and it's a really mean situation and it will last for days, maybe for weeks. absolutely, and can you tell us about the power situation there?
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because we know that homes here are still having power outages. many homes are still without power. but at one point, there were over 100,000 households without power. what is the situation like with you? yeah, on wednesday night, it was the same situation complete black out, it was shut down, but now, the electricity, the power comes back. so a lot of houses have asked, have water, have electricity again. but it comes back and back shortly because there are still lots of basements which are full of water, and you can't go to the stations there to make it better now. so it's a really difficult situation and the people will need lots of time to recover from it. absolutely, a lot of time, a lot of support. people are rallying around and there are so many volunteers. the newspapers, though, calling this the flood of death. have you ever seen something like this in your lifetime in this area? never.
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it was the heaviest rain i have ever seen. it was like flooding that took cars, that take trees, it was unbelievable. i can't describe it. so no one would have thought that this rain would be that heavy, that there would be this flooding. yeah, i can't describe it. we are seeing the pictures, it is really hard. i think the politics and the city will make lots of changes to provide to provide these catastrophes, you have to say, yeah, it is a catastrophe. well, it's certainly how angela merkel described it. mortiz speaking from a town not far from here, also devastated, thank you so much for your time. so, like moritz was saying, there is still a lot of shock, and awful lot of questions, but the recovery situation, the recovery efforts are beginning, they are under way, and we have been here throughout the whole course of the day.
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most of this bypass behind me had been completely flooded, but as you can see, there are so many cars now that had been removed, that grim operation, to discover if there are any remains. thankfully, not here, everybody was able to get away safely from the rains, but the sheer force of the rains, there are metal signs that have just been completely bent under the sheer force of the water that had gushed through here. itjust shows the level and intensity of the water flooding through this area. indeed. i was reading that one of the highest priorities for the german government was the restoration of the mobile network. what sort of issues has that caused for both residents and the emergency services? absolutely huge issues when it comes to the mobile networks. we've had intermittent breakages in mobile networks. it is much better at the moment. at the beginning of the day,
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there were talks and fears of up to 1300 people unaccounted for, still missing, so there was a lot of concern about what had happened to them. the mobile networks are improving a lot right now, so those people who have been able to communicate with their loved ones have managed to do so, so those figures are dropping, but people are still concerned about the whereabouts of their loved ones. of course, it's understandable. but very much the power is ebing, attempts are being made to get the power back on. a lot of generators have been driven down here to try and make sure that people do have power so that they can communicate with each other so that if anyone is still unaccounted for, they can get messages to their loved ones. of course, an awful lot of concern over the destruction here. high—level talks have begun between afghan political leaders and the taliban, in the qatari capital, doha. afghan government sources have told the bbc that peace negotiations are off to a good start, but have warned that the window for negotiations is closing fast. it comes as taliban militants continue their unexpectedly rapid advance across afghanistan,
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while nato troops have begun to leave the country. you're watching bbc news. the health secretary, sajid javid, is self—isolating at home, after testing positive for coronavirus. mrjavid, who's had both vaccines, said he'd felt a "bit groggy" on friday night. his announcement comes as the government prepares to go ahead with lifting coronavirus restrictions in england on monday. the decision last night to keep quarantine rules in place for people returning to england and wales from france — even if they are fully vaccinated — has been heavily criticised by travel firms. our political correspondent, nick eardley reports. downing street yesterday, the health secretary outside number 10, facemask in hand, but this morning he tested positive for coronavirus.
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i was feeling a bit groggy last night so i took a lateral flow test this morning and it has come out positive. so i am now self isolating at home with my family until i get the result of pcr test. i'm grateful that i have had two jabs of the vaccine and so far, my symptoms are very mild. this is a sajid javid at a care home on tuesday, four days before his symptoms developed. it is not clear yet if any one else in government will have to self—isolate as a close contact. it comes ahead of a crucial week for ministers. from monday, legal restrictions will be lifted in england, but there were more than 5a,000 positive cases reported yesterday and some are urging caution. there is a lot of uncertainty, and if you look at countries that are ahead of us in the curve, like the netherlands and israel, both of which incidentally have good vaccination stories, if we behave like they have done and change our behaviour too dramatically when the restrictions are changed, then we are going to end up having to do
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what they are having to do now, which is reconsider reimposing restrictions. next week will be a significant moment in the sometimes slow road out of lockdown in england. but it won't be back to normality overnight. face coverings will still be recommended in some places and there will still be an emphasis on caution. and the number of positive cases we have seen, like the health secretary's, is a reminder that even if many restrictions are going, the virus hasn't disappeared. and some rules are changing faster than others. from monday, double jabbed people returning from france were supposed to be spared quarantine, but last night the government announced that would not be happening, leaving the travel industry and many tourists less than happy. i'm trying my hardest to follow the rules, but i don't understand the rules! i don't know. at this point, i am
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going on my holiday, and whatever happens happens. it is constantly changing. it actually feels more political than anything else. it's very confusing, i think everything is really badly handled. in wales today, restrictions on meeting outside were lifted. across the uk, there are more freedoms on their way, but that isn't without risk. nick eardley, bbc news. let's take a look at the latest uk government coronavirus figures — 54,671; new infections were recorded in the latest 24—hour period, taking the average, per day, in the past week to 10,900. the data for the number of people currently in hospital with covid hasn't been updated today, but figures yesterday showed 3,964 people were in hospital with the virus. 41 deaths were recorded in the past 2a hours. more than 46.2 million people have now had theirfirstjab, that's 87.8% of all uk adults. and over 35.7 million people, 67.8%
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of all adults have had both jabs. well, as you've just heard, over 50,000 new covid cases have been recorded for the second consecutive day in the uk. scientists and medical experts have expressed concern at the relaxation of covid rules, while cases are clearly rising. it comes as the government announced an extension to the flu vaccination programme this winter, expected to be delivered alongside any booster jabs for covid—i9. here's anna collinson. it is the birthplace of the ashes. but this weekend, the oval cricket ground has become one of many pop—up vaccine hubs, and one of those in line was surrey cricketerjordan clarke. with significant freedoms for england and scotland less than two days away, there is another push for people to get theirjab. we started the clinic eight o'clock in the morning, as normal,
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we had a bit of a rush eight o'clock, but now there is a steady flow of people. we're doing roughly 400 people every hour. as expected, as restrictions have eased over recent months, and more people have come together, infections have risen. the big difference this time, though, is the vaccine, which has helped to reduce the threat of covid, though not eliminated it. it is those hospital admissions that are causing real concern at the moment and the projections of how high they could go is quite alarming. so it is not the situation you wanted to be in. we did not want to be opening up, really, quite a dramatic way at a time and we have so many infections, that is why you are hearing so many people expressing concern. but other scientists feel more confident about this wave, pointing to the data which shows fewer people have become seriously ill, and those that are are in hospital for less time. amid fears the double threat of covid and the flu could put
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intense pressure on the health service this winter, free flu vaccines will be offered to more than 35 million people in england. this includes expanding the programme to include pupils up to year 11. in county down, people wait in the hot sun for a vaccine. i live a mile away from here, so it is handy for me to come down here today as opposed to going to the likes of craigavon or somewhere. scientists say every person in queues like this around the uk have played a role in damaging the link between coronavirus and serious illness, jab byjab. anna collinson, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the health secretary, sajid javid, has tested positive for coronavirus — he says he has mild symptoms and is isolating at home. more than 35 million people in england will get a free flu vaccination this winter — alongside any booster jabs for covid—i9. and coming up at 8.30 — the bbc�*s media editor amol rajan,
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speaks to google's chief executive sundar pichai officials at tokyo olympics have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the athletes�* village. the unnamed games organiser, who is now quarantining in a hotel for 14 days, is one of 15 games—related cases reported today. the chief of "tokyo 2020", says athletes are "probably very worried". earlier, a games organiser spoke about the latest confirmed covid—19 case. there was one present in the village. this is the very first case in the village that was reported during the screening test. yesterday, he or she underwent this pcr test, and right now, this person
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is confined in a hotel. when we have positive cases, to what extent we disclose information is another question. are we going to disclose the name of the country are not? we have been discussing with the ioc, and the ioc says if we disclose the name of the country with high probability be able to identify who this person is. the islamic pilgrimage, hajj, is under way in saudi arabia. for a second consecutive year, only 60,000 people will be taking part because of covid restrictions. in normal years, more than 2 million muslims from across the world would visit the holiest sites of islam in mecca and medina — a pilgrimage which all muslims are expected to try and make at least once in their lifetimes. eid will be celebrated on tuesday. despite a sharp increase in covid
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infections across the uk, the success of the vaccination programme continues. while all over—18s have been able to book their firstjab, for some weeks now, uptake among young people has been mixed. jamie moreland looks at why some younger people are racing to get vaccinated, and why some are turning their back on the jab, and even takes a look at vaccine hesitancy in his own family. itjust felt like a really natural decision. as soon as the opportunity came, i knew i had to take the vaccine. i truly believe it is the only way out of this pandemic. _ i have come down from london to eastbourne to visit my grandparents, who i haven't actually seen for more than a year, but ijust noticed there is a pop—up vaccine centre right there. shall we go and have a look? they were welcoming in all over 18s, so i got my first dose of the pfizerjab.
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but i was talking to one of the vaccine volunteers who does london and the south—east. he said he was having a really difficult time convincing young people to have the jab. i couldn't help but think, is that really the case — and why? many young people raced to vaccine centres when given the opportunity, with thousands flocking to stadiums on weekends to get the jab. i think it overturns this idea that young people are more vaccine hesitant. they care about the end of the pandemic much as anybody. it both protects themselves and other people as well. helping society to recover. i want to travel in the summer. i would love to get some of the university experience back after a year and a half of not having that. ultimately, we all want this crazy virus messjust to end. _ but there are some who are hesitant. even in my own family, my cousin is worried about people having bad reactions. so, after ages apart, i asked my grandparents what they thought of this. well, it is your own personal choice, really, but i believe people should get it done. so do you think that by me having the vaccine today,
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it protects you a little bit more? yes. so far, more than 56% of 18 to 24—year—olds in england have received a first dose of the vaccine compared with 95% of 80 to 85—year—olds. of course, young people have had less time to get theirjabs, but is there anything else at play? i received a lot of messages from young people with reasons why they are not having the jab. i put their concerns to a vaccine expert. if you are young and fit, why would you take an experimental vaccine? they are not really experimental now because they have been fully approved and they were tested in trials first of all in tens of thousands of people, and now we have millions of people who have had no issues whatsoever apart from being well protected. too many people had blood clots and died from it. the vaccine associated with blood clots, which are elected vaccines, the vaccine associated with blood clots, which are elected vaccines, are not the ones given to young people. "i react badly to most vaccinations, the last time i had one,
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i was hospitalised for a week." first of all, check what that allergy actually is. is it confirmed? and then seek the advice of where you might be safest to have your vaccine. i'm waiting until the global roll—out is done because other people around the world need it more. you are quite right to think about the equity of access. it is really important not to lose sight of that, but you getting yourjab, i'm afraid, is not going to make a great deal of difference. the chance of me dying from covid next to impossible. protecting others? they should get the vaccine. the risk—benefit ratio is something you need to consider. it is much more beneficial to have the vaccine than not to have it, both for yourself and for the wider public. having the jab is a personal choice and you should research before deciding what is best for your own health, but for me, like plenty of other young people, i am waiting for my second dose in august. it's hard to forget the moment denmark's christian eriksen, suffered a cardiac arrest at the euros earlier this month — an incident that has put the role of defibrillators back into focus.
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two years ago, former tottenham hotspurs player, justin edinburgh, died after suffering a cardiac arrest while working—out at the gym. his son now wants to make it law for sports facilities to have public access to the life saving equipment. luxmy gopal reports. schoolchildren learning the most valuable lesson of all — how to save a life. one, two, three, four... charlie edinburgh has dedicated his life to this cause. edinburgh gets through. it is after his father, justin edinburgh, former tottenham hotspur player and leyton orient manager, died of a cardiac arrest aged 49 at the gym. he was the cool dad. everyone wanted my dad to be their dad, and i'm not ashamed to say that. i might say i am big—headed saying that, but he honestly was. he was just a man who gave so much to people. i've lost my best friend, i've lost the person i look up to,
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and you live with it every day. the grief doesn't go away. the gym wherejustin suffered a cardiac arrest did not have a defibrillator. if my dad, when he had his cardiac arrest, was in a facility where it was by law required, he might still be around, and that will play on my mind forever. charlie set up a foundation to change the law to make it the aim is to improve access and first aid the aim is to improve access and firstaid training. the aim is to improve access and first aid training.— first aid training. today, i have learned how _ first aid training. today, i have learned how to _ first aid training. today, i have learned how to do _ first aid training. today, i have learned how to do cpr - first aid training. today, i have learned how to do cpr and - first aid training. today, i have| learned how to do cpr and how first aid training. today, i have i learned how to do cpr and how to first aid training. today, i have - learned how to do cpr and how to do that chest compressions and how to use different paces stop but we are sending defibrillators to jams and sports companies and schools. if we see anyone in danger, we can do cpr to them but everyone should know by the so they can help people in need
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as well. just like just in as well. just likejust in edinburgh, he as well. just like just in edinburgh, he needed help, but he didn't get it at time. he edinburgh, he needed help, but he didn't get it at time.— didn't get it at time. he is lending his support _ didn't get it at time. he is lending his support to _ didn't get it at time. he is lending his support to the _ didn't get it at time. he is lending his support to the campaign, - his support to the campaign, including playing in a friendly against oriented to fund raise for the foundation. is against oriented to fund raise for the foundation.— the foundation. is asking me to deliver a shock. _ the foundation. is asking me to deliver a shock. i _ the foundation. is asking me to deliver a shock. i think - the foundation. is asking me to deliver a shock. i think they'rel deliver a shock. i think they're role of death aviators was thrown into sharp focus after the former tottenham teenage christian eriksson suffered a cardiac arrest when he collapsed on the picture earlier this month. the i get shocked the world community get made people realise that this is something that everybody needs to know to be able to save someone's life. i’zre everybody needs to know to be able to save someone's life.— to save someone's life. i've trained with him a — to save someone's life. i've trained with him a few _ to save someone's life. i've trained with him a few times, _ to save someone's life. i've trained with him a few times, and - to save someone's life. i've trained with him a few times, and to - to save someone's life. i've trained with him a few times, and to see . with him a few times, and to see them _ with him a few times, and to see them in— with him a few times, and to see them in that position, it was quite upsetting — them in that position, it was quite upsetting i— them in that position, it was quite upsetting. i think every ticket that we sell. _ upsetting. i think every ticket that we sell, the money will be donated to the justin edinburgh foundation. access to a defibrillator will save many, many lives, because every minute that is lost before a defibrillator arrives gives a 10% reduction in survival. survival in this country is poor.
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we could do much better. from the tragic circumstances of his father's death, charlie hopes, will come a positive impact to help save the lives of others. the us military wants to build a large, new, radar site in britain, to track targets in deep space. it comes amid growing concerns about a "space arms race". the us and britain have accused china and russia of developing weapons to shoot down satellites. the us space force is developing a global radar system, to identify potential threats, up to 22,000 miles in space. as well as the uk, other sites will include texas and australia. our defence correspondent, jonathan beale, reports. the race in space is already under way. not just for commercial ventures like virgin galactic, with its recent maiden voyage, but for nations too. three, two, we have ignition.
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last year, the us military launched another ten satellites into space. america also now has its own space force, not least to protect the systems we now all use — such as gps location. there are threats in space. i'd say the two countries that are most threatening are china and russia. there have been anti—satellite missiles that have been developed. america already has early warning systems to detect ballistic missiles — including the fylindales radar in north yorkshire. now the us wants to build a new radar system for deep space. and one of the new sites could be in the uk. what could end up in the uk is an array of parabolic antennas, and it could be anywhere from ten to 15 for tracking, and potentially four to six for transmitting. so it would cover a large area, would it?
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it would cover a large area for it to receive — probably an area of one kilometre in diameter. the deep space advanced radar capability, which will be able to detect and object the size of a football up to 36,000 kilometres away, is being developed here in california. one of the sites visited by the british defence secretary this week, who wants to strengthen cooperation on space — not least to protect critical national infrastructure. space is a growing domain for both commerce, but also to protect all the key national infrastructure that we need to in today's world. it is under threat. in some areas, our adversaries are weaponising space, so we have to make sure at the very least we're providing resilience. the locations of the deep space radar capability, or darc for short, have still to be agreed, but one of the sites being considered by the us space force is in the south of england or scotland —
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as well as in texas and australia. it may prove controversial, but the government's made clear it wants britain to be in the vanguard of efforts to keep space safe. jonathan beale, bbc news, los angeles. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening. it was a very warm or hot day for most parts of the uk, but the hottest weather of all was in northern ireland. 31.2 celsius in county down — that's northern ireland's highest temperature on record. it was cooler though across the far north of scotland, 13 the high in lerwick this afternoon because of more cloud — that cloud rolling down across the northwest of scotland, even the odd spot of rain here through the night. northern ireland will tend to cloud over, as well, clear spells across much of england and wales on what will be quite a warm night, 15—17 celsius in some of the bigger town and city centres. into tomorrow, england and wales once again seeing plenty of hot sunshine, northern ireland and scotland generally having a bit more cloud — although that should tend to break up to give some spells of sunshine.
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a slightly cooler day across the northern half of the uk, highest temperatures will be found further south — london likely to get up to 31 celsius. could see the odd shower down towards the south east on monday, most places will be dry, not quite as warm as it has been. hello, this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines... the search for hundreds of people still missing, following devastating floods in germany and other european countries. the health secretary, sajid javid, says he's tested positive for coronavirus and is experiencing "mild" symptoms. olympics organisers announce the first case of coronavirus in the athletes' village six days before the start of the tokyo games. now on bbc news: in an in—depth interview the bbc�*s media editor, amol rajan, speaks to google's ceo, sundar pichai.
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few people could be said to personify any of the vast new forces shaping the 21st century, let alone more than one. but perhaps the ceo of google, sundar pichai, can be said to embody two. born to a modest, middle—class family in south—east india, pichai is globalisation made flesh. the personification of both the indian and the american dream. and as the boss of alphabet, the parent company to google and youtube, he is uniquely qualified to detail the promise and the peril of technology in our time. valued at over $1.5 trillion, his california—based company pioneered the internet that we have today and is a global leader in both artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

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