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this is bbc news with the latest headlines... the prime minister and chancellor accused of a u—turn after deciding to self—isolate after coming into contact with the health secretary sajid javid. initially the government said both men were exempt because they were part of a pilot scheme — labour call it chaos. it really was one rule for them and another for the rest of us, and they have only u—turned because they have been caught out by this. there's lots of questions as to what this trial is, how you access it and i hope a minister will come to the house of commons tomorrow and explain. german chancellor angela merkel visits the region of western germany hit by unprecedented flooding after heavy rains. more than 180 people have died in flooding in germany and belgium. england, scotland and wales say that
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from tomorrow fully—vaccinated travellers returning from france must self—isolate for ten days — a restriction that doesn't apply to other amber list countries. two athletes and an official at the tokyo olympic village have tested positive for coronavirus — five days before the start of the games. good afternoon. both the prime minister and the chancellor are in self—isolation today after coming into contact with health secretary sajid javid, who's tested positive for coronavirus. the announcement was made by downing street after it initially said both borisjohnson and rushi sunak would be taking part in a pilot scheme which would allow them to continue working provided they tested negative
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in a daily lateral flow test. this had been criticised by labour and some business leaders, with hundreds of thousands of people having to self—isolate having been pinged by the track and trace system. our political correspondent jessica parker has the latest. it is hot out there but not everyone is enjoying the sunshine, with so many ordered to isolate because of covid. and after the health secretary tested positive, borisjohnson and rishi sunak were traced. but this morning number 10 announced instead of full isolation, the pair would take part in a daily testing pilot instead. a workplace scheme, it was said, being used by other public sector organisations, not just politicians. downing street is part of that pilot as well, and it ensures the pm, the chancellor can conduct the most essential business but at other times of the day, they won't be mixing with people outside of their own household.
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then, within an hour of that, this — a statement from downing street. it is one rule for them and another for the rest of us. and they have only u—turned because they have been caught out by this. there's lots of questions as to what this trial is, how you access it and i hope a minister will come to the house
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of commons tomorrow and explain. it was a fast, fairly loud u—turn driving into tomorrow, where the streets could get busier as legal restrictions on social contact are lifted in england. cases are expected to rise a lot, but scientists say precise predictions are difficult. i think it is almost certain we will get to 1000 hospitalisations per day. it will almost certainly get to 100,000 cases per day. the real question is, do we get to double that or even higher? that is where the crystal ball starts to fail. the vaccine, it is hoped, will help provide that defensive wall. for borisjohnson, out and about earlier this week, it is a big moment but one he will now witness from his country retreat in chequers. jessica parker, bbc news. with me now is our political correspondent nick eardley. as u—turns go, this is a screeching one, isn't it? it as u-turns go, this is a screeching one. isn't it?— one, isn't it? it is hard to think of how this _ one, isn't it? it is hard to think of how this could _ one, isn't it? it is hard to think of how this could have - one, isn't it? it is hard to think of how this could have been i one, isn't it? it is hard to think - of how this could have been handled worse, because at 8am in this morning we got a statement saying the prime minister and chancellor had been in contact with the health secretary before he got his positive test, but they would be exempt. 157
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minutes later, 2.5 hours later, we got a completely different statement saying that they would now sell isolate and the prime minister would be at chequers, the chancellor in his flat in downing street. i think it is pretty clear this has happened because there was pretty unanimous and speedy outrage at the fact to senior ministers would not have to sell isolate because of this scheme we have seen used before. michael gove used it last month. —— would not have to sell isolate. the outcry was such that there was a feeling within government at least emily had to change their mind and we got a flavour of —— that they had to change their mind. 0ne flavour of —— that they had to change their mind. one said that it was clear it was one rule for them and another for us.— and another for us. tomorrow is summed _ and another for us. tomorrow is summed to _ and another for us. tomorrow is summed to be _ and another for us. tomorrow is supposed to be freedom - and another for us. tomorrow is supposed to be freedom day - and another for us. tomorrow is supposed to be freedom day in l supposed to be freedom day in england with the lifting of
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restrictions. 0n freedom day, the prime minister will be self isolating. prime minister will be self isolating-— prime minister will be self isolatina. ~ . , isolating. we will have this extraordinary _ isolating. we will have this extraordinary situation - isolating. we will have this i extraordinary situation where isolating. we will have this - extraordinary situation where on the day and week when the government is trying to sell any message that legal restrictions are completely gone but you still must be cautious, three of the key players, three key ministers in the government's response to covid are going to be spending time at home. the prime minister, the health secretary and the chancellor. the symbolism, for these three ministers, freedom will not return, because they will be self isolating. it is worth pondering on the fact that tomorrow in england, all legal restrictions are lifted apart from one, which is the legal requirement to stay—at—home if you are contacted by test and trace. find stay-at-home if you are contacted by test and trace.— test and trace. and all through boris johnson _ test and trace. and all through boris johnson was _ test and trace. and all through boris johnson was saying - test and trace. and all through boris johnson was saying that l test and trace. and all through i boris johnson was saying that this borisjohnson was saying that this change tomorrow needs to be done
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cautiously and it is irreversible, but we have heard less of that word irreversible and the fear is, there is talk of the need to potentially later in the year for more restrictions to come back. there is a lot of nervousness _ restrictions to come back. there is a lot of nervousness and _ restrictions to come back. there is a lot of nervousness and you - restrictions to come back. there is| a lot of nervousness and you heard it in the peace there and niall ferguson saying he wasn't completely sure how high hospitalisations might go and that the number of positive cases. it is clear they will increase over the next three weeks and the government is prepared for 100,000 positive cases to be recorded on summer days. you have seen the government's message changes slightly from getting to a point where we lived all restrictions to, yes, but you must be cautious when lifting those restrictions. you had robertjenrick talking about not wearing a face covering where he was allowed to do so. now he is talking about wearing a face covering in crowded places or coming in contact with people in close proximity who he would not normally see. that message has been
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nuanced. the question some in opposition parties will ask is whether some of that messaging will be damaged today by the fact that initially prime minister and chancellor were not intending to sell isolate despite being close contacts of somebody who tested positive for covid. the fact that they have decided they will sell isolate will mitigate some of that. —— herself isolate. we still will hear a criticism of how this was handled initially and questions on who signed it off, whether the prime minister this was the plan, it is hard to see how he would not have known that it was the plan. it is worth remembering that whilst well over five and a thousand people have been told in the past week they has to self—isolate, this was a choice for the prime minister and chancellor, but it is not a choice for everybody else. —— well over
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500,000. with scores of people already confirmed dead, the search continues for hundreds of missing people in western europe after record rainfall caused devastating flooding. chancellor merkel has been visiting the affected areas this morning. more heavy rain has caused further flooding in southern germany and austria overnight. the steinbach—tal dam, close to the city of bonn, remains at risk of breaching. 0ur europe correspondent jenny hill is there. i think the damage in this town speaks for itself. they have no power here, no mobile phone signal, no shops. they are relying on volunteers who are coming to help clear up, bring them food and drink. there are scenes like this going on all over western germany. the number of dead is now confirmed at more than 150 and people are still missing, and in one town alone they are looking for 59 people who are unaccounted for. angela merkel is visitng the region today and she has gone to a particularly badly hit village where a number of houses were simply swept away,
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completely destroyed. 0stensibly, she is here to have a look at the situation for herself. water levels here are dropping. forecasters say the flood risk is diminishing but there is now flooding in other parts of germany and western europe too. experts here are starting to worry about structures like dams and old mining tunnels. not too far from here is the dam you have mentioned. experts have had a look at it and say it is extremely unstable. they are currently trying to pump out water from the reservoir in order to try to reduce that risk. 0ur correspondent damian mcguinness is at a donation and support centre in nurburg with the latest. what you can see behind me is the concrete evidence of how these communities have come together. hundreds of volunteers just in this one donation centre alone and you are talking maybe 20,000 volunteers in this region. that is because the region has been in part devastated. when you drive around and you go through the towns and villages in the valleys,
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people are comparing this to a war zone. there is debris everywhere, about half the houses in most small villages in the valleys are either partially or entirely destroyed, so it is a devastating scene, that is why angela merkel has been visiting the region right here. a few kilometres away from me, she is right now giving a speech. as we speak, she is talking to people who have been affected by this and she is giving her thoughts right now to journalists, and she spent the last hour going around one of the villages that was hit hardest, that is a few kilometres from here, very pretty tourist destination, lots of old medieval, half—timbered, wooden houses. some of those were partially destroyed, others were swept away by the water. angela merkel has been talking to survivors of that flood and that is notjust a political gesture. she has been talking to them and finding out concretely how the government can help,
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because that of course is the next step. local people on the ground, these very kind people here, have been at this now for 2h hours nonstop, can gather donations, can spread them, can help their neighbours but actually now it's time for government to step in, that's what people are saying. the state, germany has the money, ministers have said, ok, we will give financial support to all those affected, but the question is how to do that quickly and unbureaucratically, so that's going to be the next challenge. but while all that is happening, reconstruction is going on, we have a rising death toll. so the situation is, just in germany alone, there is way over 150 now confirmed dead. that number is going up because, as the water recedes, more bodies are being found, so it is a tragic situation from the point of view of loss of life and even for those who have survived — they are now facing the prospect of carrying on having lost everything and that's why these people here today are at least putting together the essentials in orderfor them to get through the next few weeks.
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let's bring you up—to—date with what is happening with the tokyo 0lympics. we are hearing from the british olympic association that six british olympic association that six british athletes and two staff members, through no fault of their own, have been identified as close contacts of an individual who tested positive for covid on their inbound flight into tokyo the other day and the group all tested negative the airport. they have continued to test negative on arrival and are now under supervision of the team gb medical team. the british olympic association say they continue to exercise extensive covid testing protocols. with just days to go until the opening ceremony at the olympic games injapan, the first positive cases of coronavirus in the athletes' village were confirmed earlier.
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a statement released by the team manager of the south african football association, which said... ..adding that, as a result, the entire team has been quarantined and will not be allowed to train. they were due to play their opening match on thursday. my colleague lucy hockings is in tokyo for the games and has the latest. you join me from hotel quarantine in tokyo where we have just had confirmation from the south african football team, their under—23 squad, they have one official and two young players who have tested positive for covid. and what they have told us is that the team arrived from south africa, they travelled on tuesday, arrived in tokyo on wednesday. all the players, all the athletes have tested at the airport. those tests came back negative so the players were given permission to travel to the olympic village where the athletes are staying. but then one of their officials
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tested positive and then we had these two young players who came back with high temperatures. and saliva tests on friday and saturday that showed that they had covid. they were taken away for further testing and then it was confirmed. unfortunately for that team, they were due to have their first big training session, they have all been put into quarantine in their hotel rooms. they have got their food being delivered to them, to their door, and we are waiting to hear what will happen next then, because they are due to play in the opening match against the hosts, japan, in just five days' time. we need to find out next, of course, what will happen with those that were close contacts of the players who tested positive, what will happen with them even if it proves they have negative tests, so we are waiting to see what will happen next, but a real blow for that team. we have a sports bulletin coming up in a moment, but let me tell you that max verstappen is out of the british grand prix after a first lap collision with lewis hamilton.
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dramatic stuff there and 140,000 spectators at that grand prix, the biggest sporting event in the uk since the beginning of the pandemic. more on that coming up shortly. from tomorrow, the balearic islands of ibiza, majorca and menorca will all move from the uk government's green travel watchlist to the amber list. this means that british tourists who are not fully vaccinated will have to quarantine when travelling to and from the island. it could be a big blow to the local economy, which relies heavily on tourists from the uk. 0ur reporter nick beake is in ibiza. the beaches here on the island have been filling up, but unfortunately lots of young brits have been packing up, ready to go home. they've had to cut their holiday short because they have to beat the new quarantine rules that come in at 4am tomorrow morning. in practical terms, it's meant that lots of people, while they've been on holiday, have had to change their flight, bring it earlier, and they've been talking to their tour operator in some cases to do that. they've had to take their pcr test
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to get home much earlier. so a lot of people have been really disappointed. the problem is that lots of young people we've been talking to have had one jab but not two jabs. that's the issue here. also, for people coming back from france, returning to the uk, even if they're double—jabbed, from tomorrow they'll have to self—isolate. that's because there are concerns over the rise of the beta variant in france. that, of course, was first seen in south africa. meanwhile, back on this island, businesses are pretty concerned about what's going to happen because the brits are their best customers. just two weeks ago, they were rejoicing when the island went on the uk's green watch list. now they're not sure what's going to happen. having said all of that, there are more than 20 flights arriving from the uk today, but i think businesses here will be watching anxiously to see how many people get off the planes, how many people have decided that they are still going to come here on holiday despite the fact that they may have to quarantine when they get back to the uk. scotland is bringing in the same quarantine rules as england and wales for travellers
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returning from france. from tomorrow, fully vaccinated people returning from amber—list countries will no longer have to self—isolate for ten days — but the easing of restrictions will not apply to france. the latest sports bulletin and it will be a dramatic one because what nerve has been going on at the british grand prix? —— what on earth. we have seen max verstappen crashed out after contact with lewis hamilton's car. the race is currently suspended and they are investigating exactly what happened and whether lewis hamilton will face any penalty. remarkable scenes when you consider the context around this british grand prix, that max verstappen went into this grace was that 33 point lead over hamilton in the championship race. we knew hamilton had to claw this back and
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real opening drama and we will wait and see what the stewards to side and see what the stewards to side and whether there will be any punishment for lewis hamilton. at the moment, the race suspended. it is all happening this afternoon. now to the gulf. royal st george's, where south africa's louis 0osthuizen has got his final round under way at the open as he looks to win his second major. he's not the only one with his eyes on that claretjug though. ben croucher is there for us. 0osthizen�*s enjoyed himself in the sunshine there these past few days, with a one—shot lead going into his final round — how's he started? very solidly. parts through his first two holes. he has made his way down and he had a lovely chip from the edge of the green. they have been rows and cheers from the edge of the golf course all morning, but as the leaders have come out, they have been a little muted and hushed, because birdies have been harder to
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come by stop the wind has picked up and the tension is rising. louis 0osthuizen has a one—shot lead and started the day at —12 and back—to—back parts means he is one shot ahead of the play in second and also ahead ofjordan speith. 0thers probably little too far back and shane lowry, the defending champion, going along very nicely on —6 too and you feel over the next couple of hours, some of that drama we have seen at silverstone might make its way further south as the players hit back nine as they tried to lift the claret jug back nine as they tried to lift the claretjug here at royal st george's. i claretjug here at royal st george's-_ claretjug here at royal st george's. claretjug here at royal st georue's. , , , . george's. i suspect it will. then, thank yom _ then, thank you. the british olympic association has confirmed that six athletes and two staff members from the athletics team have come into close contact
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with an individual who has tested positive for coronavirus. they have all tested negative so far, and have entered into a period of self—isolation in their rooms within the olympic village. that comes after earlier today, the south african 0lympic football team confirmed three of their party, including two players, tested positive just days before their opening match againstjapan on thursday. we opening match against japan on thursda . ~ ., opening match against japan on thursda .~ ., ., , opening match against japan on thursda . ~ . . , ., thursday. we all agree, but at the same time. _ thursday. we all agree, but at the same time, the _ thursday. we all agree, but at the same time, the mingling - thursday. we all agree, but at the same time, the mingling and - thursday. we all agree, but at the - same time, the mingling and crossing of populations is incredibly limited, incredibly limited. and we can ensure that transmission between various groups is almost impossible. england's cricketers are looking to level their t20 series against pakistan, with the second match under way at headingly.
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jos buttler�*s back from a calf injury and captianing the side with eoin morgan rested. put into bat, england lost jason roy in the first over — outfoxed by imad wasim — with the catch taken by mohammad hafeez at point. david malan followed soon after, but moeen ali and jos buttler have steadied the ship with some big hitting. although moeen has just been dismissed in the last few minutes. here are some live pictures. england are currently 108—3 after 11 overs. you can watch the match now on bbc one. jonny bairstow is down to bat at number six for england. adil rashid and chrisjordan returning after being rested for friday's defeat. pakistan were a bit timid in the one—dayers but they're at their flambuoyant best in this format and can wrap up the series if they win today. the british grand prix is under way, however, suspended for the moment
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after that extraordinary crash at the very start, max verstappen out of the race after contact with lewis hamilton. it is currently being investigated and i can see red bull are not happy with hamilton. 0ne investigated and i can see red bull are not happy with hamilton. one is blaming him for the incident and this will be ongoing. you can follow that on the bbc sport website and i will have more for you later. back to you, ben. as the pandemic—hit school year draws to a close this week for the summer holidays, bbc research has shown a sharp rise in the number of children being home—educated. more than 40,000 children were newly—registered with their council as being home—schooled between september last year and this april, that's a 75% increase in registrations compared with the average in the previous two years. 0ur education correspondent, elaine dunkley, reports. for naomi and her son zion, the pandemic has led to some life—changing decisions. the first lockdown gave this family
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in manchester the chance to experience learning at home. they've now decided to formally opt out of school and home—educate. last week we were doing your human rights. naomi had concerns about the curriculum, and says her son's culture and rastafarian identity was not recognised in school. the teacher even approached me and asked me to cut his hair. they used to send me letters home, pictures with three boys, all of the boys have got crewcuts and they told me that this is how his hair is supposed to be. i noticed how isolated he was becoming and ijust thought, that's not good for his mental health. naomi has noticed positive changes in zion's confidence and learning. she's now set up an online group to help others wanting to home—educate. we're learning together. if he doesn't know something, we'll go and look it up together if i can't answer it. he's much more confident in himself, and i think it's because of the fact that he's getting a lot of praise. in rochdale, before the pandemic, 91 children were home—educated. the number has increased to 192.
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when you look at the reasons why parents are choosing to home—educate, there are significant increases around covid—19. i think some families do not want local authority or agency involvement. and again, we have to kind of respect that, but in the same respect, we've got to think about those families where they do need that support. with an increase in the number of families going down the home education route, the government wants to introduce a register and says it will help with safeguarding and monitoring of children who are no longer in the school system. hannah has been home—educating for two years and is sceptical about the register. if it becomes where they are putting us on a register to keep tabs on us, to try and fit us into those boxes, try and get us to do a certain curriculum and tell us when we should be home—educating, i think that's where our problems are going to arise. we are just normal people, normal everyday mums and dads. it's more fun.
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it isn't like you just sit at a desk and you have to do what they've given you. you don't just sit there and have a piece of paper in front of you, so it's way less boring. the government says a register is about safeguarding and support, but families like these say they're being penalised for doing what they feel is best for their children. elaine dunkley, bbc news. borisjohnson is self isolating actor coming into contact with the health secretary said, initial government said the prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer were not going to self isolate because they were taking part in a pilot scheme that did not require that. they change their mind and the arsenal isolating and laid—back had accused them of a u—turn. we have just heard statement from the prime minister on twitter.— minister on twitter. hello, like so man of minister on twitter. hello, like so many of hundreds _ minister on twitter. hello, like so many of hundreds of— minister on twitter. hello, like so many of hundreds of thousands i minister on twitter. hello, like so j
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many of hundreds of thousands of others across the country, i have been pinged and ask to self isolate by the test, trace and isolate system after i had been contact with somebody who has covid, in this case, of course, the health secretary said. we did look briefly at the idea of us taking part in the pilot scheme which allows people to test daily, but i think it is far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules, and that is why i am going to be self isolating until the 26th ofjuly, monday the 26th of july, and i know how frustrating it all is, but i urge everybody to stick with the programme and take the appropriate course of action when asked to do so and do so by nhs test and trace. the reason for that is we are going tomorrow into step four and doing the big opening up, and that is quite right and if we don't do it now, we will be opening up don't do it now, we will be opening up in the autumn or winter months
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when the virus has the advantage of the cold weather. we lose precious fire break we get with the school holidays if we do not do it now, and we will have to ask ourselves when we will have to ask ourselves when we will have to ask ourselves when we will do it. this is the right moment, but we must do it cautiously and remember that this virus is sadly still out there, cases are out there rising and you can see the extreme contagious list of the delta variant, but we have this immense consolation and satisfaction that there is no doubt at all that the vaccine programme, our massive vaccination programme, has severely weakened the link between infection and hospitalisation and between infection and serious illness and death. so please be cautious, go forward tomorrow into the next step with all the right prudence and
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respect for other people and the risks that the disease continues to present and, above all, please, when you are asked to get that second jab, get yourjab, please come forward and do it. thank you all very much. forward and do it. thank you all very much-— very much. that is the prime minister. _ very much. that is the prime minister, who _ very much. that is the prime minister, who is _ very much. that is the prime minister, who is self - very much. that is the prime | minister, who is self isolating very much. that is the prime . minister, who is self isolating at chequers. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. hello. the weekend has brought a lot of sunshine and a lot of warmth to the uk. and the week ahead will continue to do so. at least until the very end of the week. we have seen a bit more cloud pushing in to the northern half of the uk, particularly into scotland and northern ireland through sunday and some cooler air working in here too. that will mean perhaps a more comfortable night, though, with temperatures in the low teens. for englnad and wales, it stays very muggy and humid. 18, 19 the lows as we move into the small hours of monday.
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monday daytime, a little more cloud down the north sea coast, should burn off through the day. the cloud tending to thin out across scotland and northern ireland and temperatures here pushing up a couple of degrees on sunday as maximums, whereas i think it willjust be a touch cooler but far from chilly, as you can see, with temperatures in the high 20s across england and wales. but here's our week ahead. we carry on with high pressure until we get to thursday, but looking changeable friday onwards. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the prime minister and chancellor accused of a u—turn after deciding to self—isolate after coming into contact with the health secretary sajid javid. initially the government said both men were exempt from some self—isolation because they were part of a pilot scheme. labour have called it "chaos". it really was one rule for them and another for the rest of us, and they have only u—turned because they have been caught out by this.
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there's lots of questions as to what this trial is,

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