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today at six. more migrants have crossed the english channel to the uk so far this year, than for the whole of 2020. the arrivals in kent have led to the home secretary's decision to pay the french authorities to increase their patrols to prevent the crossings. we want to create a deterrent. we cannot continue to support what is... what we're seeing right now, effectively, people trafficking, but there's concern about the conditions in which young migrants are being held when they make it to the uk. we'll have more on the government's decision to give the french authorities an extra £54 million to tackle the gangs who organise the crossings. also today... in england's care homes,
more than 39,000 people died with covid between april 2020 and march this year. we report from liverpool, the city that's lost its world heritage status because of new developments on the famous waterfront. the pyramids, the taj mahal, the great wall of china. liverpool was on the list with them. it's not any more. floods in china — underground rail passengers are among the victims of the heaviest rain in the country since records began. and injapan — team gb have started their 0lympic campaign successfully as the women's football side beat chile. and coming up on the bbc news channel. as the first day of action gets under way in tokyo, the ioc confirms that 2032 olympics and paralympics will be held in brisbane. the third time australia will host the games.
good evening. the number of migrants who've crossed the english channel to the uk, so far this year has now exceeded the total for all of 2020. the trend has led to the government's decision to give the french authorities an extra £54 million to double the number of police patrolling the beaches of northern france. our home editor mark easton has the latest. despite the home office throwing millions at the problem of migrants arriving on small boats, the numbers this year have already eclipsed the whole of last. it is an embarrassment for a government which promised to control the uk's borders and make the
and they explained that we've got asylum seekers in here for two months. government ministers were warned last year by the prisons inspectorate and the children's commissioner that the welfare of vulnerable children was at risk, without urgent action, but the home office has refused to force local authorities to take child migrants, and with kent county council unable to take any more, the backlog building up in the county has seen a number of children waiting for over 100 hours for a place in care. the home office has 14— and 15—year—olds sleeping on canvas beds. today, the home secretary was questioned by mps,
demanding to know why warnings of a child welfare crisis were not heeded. there are many authorities around the country that quite frankly have written to us and said - that they will not take asylum seekers or children, - and have been very, very firm in their resistance, so it's _ important that we continue to engage and work in a collaborative manner on this. _ the government insists its controversial nationality and borders bill will stop the people smugglers and the economic migrants, but campaigners say the vulnerable children on the camp beds cannot wait for that law to have any effect. mark easton, bbc news, kent. for the first time, figures have been published showing the number of people living in care homes in england, who died with covid. the care quality commission said more than 39,000 people died between april 2020 to march this year. the highest number of deaths in a single care home was 1m. 0ur social affairs correspondent
alison holt has the story. 0ver over 18 big months, about 40,000 care home residents have died with covid in england and the numbers show how the virus spread from care home to care home.— show how the virus spread from care home to care home. hang on, young lad . home to care home. hang on, young lady- among — home to care home. hang on, young lady- among the _ home to care home. hang on, young lady. among the many _ home to care home. hang on, young lady. among the many who - home to care home. hang on, young lady. among the many who died - home to care home. hang on, young lady. among the many who died as l home to care home. hang on, young l lady. among the many who died as the first wave reached its peak was 78—year—old robert henry. flare first wave reached its peak was 78-year-old robert henry. care homes were struggling to _ 78-year-old robert henry. care homes were struggling to get _ 78-year-old robert henry. care homes were struggling to get the _ were struggling to get the protective equipment and guidance they needed. his daughter saw first—hand of the impact of that, more than 20 died in his home. first-hand of the impact of that, more than 20 died in his home. there were staff going _ more than 20 died in his home. there were staff going from _ more than 20 died in his home. there were staff going from room _ more than 20 died in his home. there were staff going from room to - more than 20 died in his home. ii—ii” were staff going from room to room, not changing their ppe. i could see that what i was witnesses want the virus being spread amongst the residents of the care home. so many of the residence of my dad's care home passed away of this virus and i feel that was needless.— feel that was needless. odrick adamson also _ feel that was needless. odrick adamson also died _ feel that was needless. odrick adamson also died in - feel that was needless. odrick adamson also died in the - feel that was needless. odrick adamson also died in the first| feel that was needless. odrick - adamson also died in the first wave of the virus. his daughter fought along with other families to get
this data released. we along with other families to get this data released.— along with other families to get this data released. we are dealing with urief, this data released. we are dealing with grief. you _ this data released. we are dealing with grief, you know, _ this data released. we are dealing with grief, you know, under- with grief, you know, under extraordinary circumstances. it is important for us to understand what happened. important for us to understand what ha ened. . . important for us to understand what ha ened. ,, . a happened. since april last year, care homes have _ happened. since april last year, care homes have had to - happened. since april last year, l care homes have had to notify the regulator for england when the death of a resident involves covid. this data shows 21, mainly large homes, have had 30 or more covid—related deaths. 0ne single home lost 44 people. the numbers show at the start of the pandemic north—west and south—east care homes had the highest number of deaths, each with more than 3000 residents lost. in the second wave, the south—east, which has a significant number of homes had more than 3300 deaths. the regulator emphasises they found no particular link between standards of care in a home and the number of deaths. the care providers, the stress of the pandemic has provided
more evidence of what they see as the crisis facing the system. linden house nursing home in somerset was hit by the virus at the end of last year. ten of their 20 residents died and 80% of staff were. the home's owner recorded her desperation. there were so few of us who are able to work, who were not isolating and he didn't have covid. it was something that i would ever dreamt i would ever witness. i know our residents didn't suffer, theyjust didn't get the usual standard care and i have to live with that. it is really, really difficult. the county council help _ really, really difficult. the county council help with _ really, really difficult. the county council help with emergency - really, really difficult. the countyl council help with emergency staff, but over all, she felt abandoned. that but over all, she felt abandoned. git 1.i said to the team, we are going to have to close the home, this is unsafe, we are going to have to close. i was told, you cannot close the home. i was told nobody will take your covid positive residents. it was a living hell. i cannot make
it sound anything better than that. and today's date it will only increase the pressure from staff and families for a public enquiry into what happened soon. alison holt, bbc news. the labour leader , sir keir starmer, is self—isolating after one of his children tested positive for coronavirus. a spokesman said sir keir was already doing daily tests and had tested negative this morning before he attended prime minister's questions. but in line with the rules he and his family would now self—isolate. the latest government figures show 44,104 new infections in the latest 24—hour period, which means an average of 47,696 new cases per day in the last week. there are 4,658 people in hospital with coronavirus and 73 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. 39,035 people have received a first dose of a vaccine
in the latest 24 hour period. over 46 million pople have now had theirfirstjab — that's 88.1% of the adult population. and nearly 36.5 million people are now fully vaccinated — 69.1% of all uk adults. there has been some important news come in for the nhs and pay. let's join hugh pym. what is the result for them? ,, ., ~ , join hugh pym. what is the result forthem? ,, ., ~ , ., , for them? nhs workers have been waitin: for for them? nhs workers have been waiting for several— for them? nhs workers have been waiting for several months - for them? nhs workers have been waiting for several months now. . waiting for several months now. there was outrage among union members that they were only offered 1%. now the government has gone away and looked at the recommendations of and looked at the recommendations of a pay review bodies and it has said in the last few minutes, that it will pay 3% increase to almost all
nhs staff in england. although not junior doctors, they are on a different deal. they say this is in line with what the pay review bodies are recommending and it reflects the efforts put in by the nhs during the pandemic. and that actually, other bits of the public sector are seeing a pay freeze. but we will have to await the reaction of health unions, the royal college of nursing call 412.5% pay increase this year. consultants wanted 5%, they feel they have fallen well behind inflation in recent years and some sort of extra recognition of their work during the pandemic was required. i suspect this wasn't the end of the matter, an important announcement for hundreds and thousands of nhs staff in england. the scottish government has awarded a 4% pay rise to most health workers in scotland. , a 496 pay rise to most health workers in scotland. , ., a 496 pay rise to most health workers in scotland-— in scotland. hugh pym, our health is at. the eu is being asked
to change the way that trade between great britain and northern ireland is regulated. the protocol signed last year, as part of the brexit outcome, was aimed at preventing checks on the border, between northern ireland and the irish republic. the uk government is worried in particular about chilled meat products, including burgers and sausages, no longer being exportable from britain to northern ireland. lord frost, the man who negotiated the brexit dealfor the uk, said the eu should look again at the proposals, as our correspondent emma vardy reports. all is not rosy, with northern ireland still at the heart of the deadlock between the uk and eu over brexit. added costs and suppliers either refusing to ship to northern ireland, or only agreeing to send large orders, have been some of the issues for garden centres, just one of many sectors affected. i think the reality of brexit to us was such a shock. we thought we had got ahead of brexit, we had been on every single zoom call with local councils, local governments, we took all the advice we could. even after all that, we still cannot get the paperwork to work.
what difference would it make if the eu were to simplify things? if we could get it simple, it would just mean we could get back to our old ways ofjust ordering as and when we need. it has had a dramatic effect on our cash flow, on our workload. today, the uk government laid down new demands for the eu, saying the burdens on business will get worse, unless major alterations are made. these proposals will require significant change to the northern ireland protocol. we do not shy away from that. we believe such change is necessary to deal with the situation we now face. we look to open a discussion on these proposals urgently. the protocol means there are thousands of new checks on goods crossing the irish sea to avoid checks over the irish land border. the uk wants the eu to remove the need for checks and paperwork on many goods, which are staying in northern ireland, with customs documents only needed for those that are being sold on to the republic. another demand is for a complete standstill on the protocol while these new negotiations take place. what we expected at the time -
was that we would be able to operate the protocol in a light—touch way, taking account of the delicate - politics and the peace process in northern ireland, _ and honestly that's not how it's turned out. . so that's why we need to move forward in a different way. - the arrangements continue to be divisive in northern ireland, with protests and loyalist communities, who see it as undermining british identity, while nationalist politicians and the irish government and are urging the uk to operate the protocol, as was already agreed. whether it is issues to do with plants orfood or animal products, the two sides are supposed to resolve any differences in something called the joint committee, but the uk already angered the eu by acting unilaterally of its own accord in all of those areas, and there is a legal action for that still ongoing. the eu says it will not renegotiate the protocol, and if the uk deviates further
from the original agreement, it could have wider implications for the overall trade deal, affecting millions more consumers. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. our top story this evening... stemming the flow of migrants across the channel — the government pays an extra £54 million to french authourities to increase their patrols. and buried for 167 million years — the uk's largest ever find of jurassic sea creatures is unearthed in the cotswolds. coming is unearthed in the cotswolds. up on sports day on news channel. coming up on sports day on the bbc news channel. crickets's newer and shorter format makes its debut tonight with the first women's game of the hundred. we will be live at the oval. the opening events of the tokyo 2020 olympic games have taken place, two days ahead of the formal opening ceremony on friday. thousands of athletes have arrived injapan
for the games, which will be held without spectators, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise. in rio in 2016, team gb finished second in the medal table, and our sports correspondent natalie pirks has been catching up with some of the british athletes. the wait has been a long one, but today tokyo finally welcomed the start of an 0lympics that many thought would never happen. the joy of a home run was still there forjapan in the softball this morning, despite the empty stadium. that will be a recurring theme. great britain's women were also off to a 2—0 winning start in the football. and white! yes! brilliant. but with only staff to cheer them on. for the athletes still waiting their turn, though, being here is a relief, regardless of the obstacles. we're lucky we are here, j no audience or audience, we're here to kind of do. the very bestjob we can. that's what we've prepared for and to be honest, - it'll still be amazing
being in the arena, | it's an olympic games at the end of the day, | it's the biggest sporting event in the world. - the pandemic has changed everything. tokyo is in a state of emergency. this has been the longest thing ever. athletes like british sprinter, asha philip, faced huge waits at the airport. konichiwa. tracking and health apps had to be installed onto phones and a negative test returned before they could leave hours later. covid has already caused chaos. one british shooter pulled out today after a positive test back home and for others, there's the threat of being deemed close contact. this is the olympic games, i've worked my whole life for this. hurdler, jessie knight, was pinged after her flight to tokyo. she is now one of a number already having to isolate. my heart dropped and to be honest, i thought i'd tested positive. but it was just that i was a close contact, i was really relieved. you don't want to miss 14 days of training, going into the biggest race of your life. so i was panicking, but to be honest, it was communicated
so quickly that i would be able to train as long as we were providing those negative tests. if athletes were allowed to mingle with locals, they'd hear strong opposition from many about the games. but for 375 british athletes, the show goes on. for the first time, more than half of them are women. they will represent the country in 26 of 33 olympic sports. in 2016, great britain became the first country in history to improve its medal tally immediately after a home games. this time around, the medal target is 45 to 70, and individual targets for sports have been scrapped. this is how hollie webb won the gold for great britain. . the new 0lympic motto for tokyo is, "faster, higher, stronger, together." sport's unique ability to deliver a feel—good factor has never been more needed. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. the mayor of liverpool says she, and many other people across the city, are bewildered
by the decision of unesco, the un's cultural body, to strip liverpool of its status as a world heritage site. liverpool was awarded the title in 2004, recognising its rich heritage as a major trading centre and port, and its architectural landmarks. but the world heritage committee says that developments on the city's waterfront have resulted in �*irreversible loss'. live to liverpool and our correspondent colin paterson. yes, unesco has been voicing concerns about liverpool for more than a decade. the problem? they said that new building plans could cause real structural, or more likely, the look wouldn't be as good for historical areas. now, what has happened is they have said enough is enough. they have come off the list, and the historical heritage list no longer contains liverpool. this
afternoon, liverpool city council has fought back. they have launched a new campaign, a photo of the water side beneath the three words, labels don't matter. liverpool, a city with ambitions to build and regenerate, ambitions which have led to it being stripped of its unesco world heritage status after a secret valat. the of its unesco world heritage status after a secret valat.— after a secret valat. the site of liverool after a secret valat. the site of liverpool is _ after a secret valat. the site of liverpool is deleted. _ after a secret valat. the site of liverpool is deleted. the - liverpool is deleted. the title brou . ht liverpool is deleted. the title brought prestige _ liverpool is deleted. the title brought prestige and - liverpool is deleted. the title brought prestige and helped l liverpool is deleted. the title - brought prestige and helped attract international tourism. liverpool was chosen because of its history as a trading centre and the splendour of its waterside buildings. it has been removed as unesco believe new development have led to a serious deterioration of landmark liverpool are -la in: deterioration of landmark liverpool are playing the _ deterioration of landmark liverpool are playing the victim _ deterioration of landmark liverpool are playing the victim here. - deterioration of landmark liverpool are playing the victim here. that i deterioration of landmark liverpool are playing the victim here. that is| are playing the victim here. that is not the fault of unesco. this is devastating for liverpool. it's an embarrassment for liverpool, we've
lost the status symbol of being up there with the taj mahal, the pyramids and the great wall of china. , . ., pyramids and the great wall of china. ,_, ._ pyramids and the great wall of china. ,_, , ., pyramids and the great wall of china. ., ., ., , , china. unesco say a ma'or problem is everton's china. unesco say a ma'or problem is everton-s new _ china. unesco say a major problem is everton's new stadium, _ china. unesco say a major problem is everton's new stadium, which - china. unesco say a major problem is everton's new stadium, which will. everton's new stadium, which will start being built later this month in a disused dock. liverpool council say the new ground is more important than the world heritage title. l than the world heritage title. i would say it is definitely, because at the _ would say it is definitely, because at the moment the _ would say it is definitely, because at the moment the doc is - would say it is definitely, because i at the moment the doc is completely decaying, it— at the moment the doc is completely decaying, it doesn't _ at the moment the doc is completely decaying, it doesn't serve _ at the moment the doc is completely decaying, it doesn't serve any- decaying, it doesn't serve any social— decaying, it doesn't serve any social value _ decaying, it doesn't serve any social value to— decaying, it doesn't serve any social value to the _ decaying, it doesn't serve anyj social value to the community decaying, it doesn't serve any- social value to the community around it. social value to the community around it we _ social value to the community around it we wanted — social value to the community around it we wanted to— social value to the community around it. we wanted to open— social value to the community around it. we wanted to open it _ social value to the community around it. we wanted to open it up, - social value to the community around it. we wanted to open it up, that's. it. we wanted to open it up, that's what _ it. we wanted to open it up, that's what we _ it. we wanted to open it up, that's what we thought _ it. we wanted to open it up, that's what we thought unesco _ it. we wanted to open it up, that's what we thought unesco were - it. we wanted to open it up, that's. what we thought unesco were about as well, putting heritage _ what we thought unesco were about as well, putting heritage and out - what we thought unesco were about as well, putting heritage and out of- well, putting heritage and out of our community— well, putting heritage and out of our community for— well, putting heritage and out of our community for people - well, putting heritage and out of our community for people to - well, putting heritage and out of. our community for people to learn about it _ our community for people to learn about it. but— our community for people to learn about it. �* , . , ., about it. but this decision even affects ice _ about it. but this decision even affects ice cream _ about it. but this decision even affects ice cream vans. - about it. but this decision even affects ice cream vans. i - about it. but this decision even affects ice cream vans. i going | about it. but this decision even l affects ice cream vans. i going to repaint the band? tt affects ice cream vans. i going to repaint the band?— affects ice cream vans. i going to repaint the band? it would cost me a lot of money — repaint the band? it would cost me a lot of money if— repaint the band? it would cost me a lot of money if i _ repaint the band? it would cost me a lot of money if i have _ repaint the band? it would cost me a lot of money if i have to. _ repaint the band? it would cost me a lot of money if i have to. i _ repaint the band? it would cost me a lot of money if i have to. i don't - lot of money if i have to. i don't think unesco _ lot of money if i have to. i don't think unesco are _ lot of money if i have to. i don't think unesco are going to - lot of money if i have to. i don't think unesco are going to come | lot of money if i have to. i don't - think unesco are going to come after you. t think unesco are going to come after ou. ., , ., think unesco are going to come after you-_ liverpool _ think unesco are going to come after you._ liverpool city - you. i hope not. liverpool city council say — you. i hope not. liverpool city council say it _ you. i hope not. liverpool city council say it will _ you. i hope not. liverpool city council say it will try - you. i hope not. liverpool city council say it will try to - you. i hope not. liverpool city| council say it will try to appeal the decision but according to unesco, there is one less place of wonder in the world. colin paterson, bbc news, liverpool. the heaviest rain since records
began has caused devastation in the central chinese province of henan. 200,000 people have been moved to safer areas, after water poured into an underground train system, trapping commuters inside carriages. at least 25 have died. the military have warned that a major dam �*could collapse at any time', and soldiers have been mobilised to try to divert rivers which have burst their banks. chinese scientists say global warming has made china's annual flood season much more dangerous. stephen mcdonell reports from beijing. floodwaters rose around commuters stuck on board underground train carriages. they stood on seats as the level kept rising. hundreds of passengers were rescued but there were also those who didn't make it, when the system was flooded at a frightening speed. translation: the water was at shoulder level. . a child and i both nearly gave up. we were worn out.
but i used my arm to hang on, and that's why i am bruised. in zhengzhou, the hardest—hit city, footage of dramatic rescues, one after another, has spread across social media. throughout henan province, streets have become surging brown rivers, swallowing traffic in their wake. a year's worth of rain has fallen in the region within days. china's leader xijinping has described the situation as "extremely severe". soldiers were mobilised to blast around a dam. by diverting rising flood waters, they say they stopped it collapsing. rescuers have also rushed to save children, in some cases floating them out of harm's way. this is a rainy time of year in china, and floods are an annual occurrence, but it's the record—breaking nature of this rainfall which has people worried, and these extreme weather events seem to be happening much more frequently, leading to a lot of discussion about climate change, and the need to do something about it, urgently.
in the meantime, the people of henan just have to get through the next few days, because the rain hasn't stopped, and the weather forecasts are saying that there's more to come. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news, beijing. a senior police officer will be put in charge of tackling violence against women and girls, in england and wales, as part of a new strategy. other plans include a 24—hour helpline for victims of rape and sexual assault, and there'll be £5 million to spend on tackling violence in public places at night. our special correspondent lucy manning has this report. i would not walk alone at night.
some of the things men can make women feel uncomfortable. i don't think anyone should have to feel like that. - are you scared to walk, home alone at night? have you been sexually harassed, abused, or assaulted? many women would answer yes. victoria robson is one of those. a victim of indecent exposure, the government once more women to report any incidents to the police. when i walked into work and i said a guyjust exposed himself right in front of me and was touching himself, half of my team genuinely found it funny, which i found quite disturbing. they also decided to speak out and the rapes and assaults girls recounted on everyone
is invited has ministers promising change. a new police coordinator making transport and streets safer. educating those who still are frightened. it has happened to most women. i hid behind a van to try and lose him, and he hid behind the other end of the van was clearly waiting for me. it was an absolutely terrifying experience. even now, i can feel the fear rising, and i don't want any woman or girl to have to endure that, or indeed even worse. but a new law to _ that, or indeed even worse. but a new law to ban street _ that, or indeed even worse. but a new law to ban street harassment is not promised, just that it will be looked at carefully, and it's unlikely to make women feel safer immediately-— immediately. that kind of transformational change i immediately. that kind of- transformational change will not happen— transformational change will not happen overnight and it really
requires — happen overnight and it really requires a lot of investment, and it is slightly— requires a lot of investment, and it is slightly disappointing to not see more _ is slightly disappointing to not see more money attached to the strategy that has— more money attached to the strategy that has been published today. the fiuures that has been published today. figures are that has been published today. tue: figures are stark. it that has been published today. tt2 figures are stark. it is estimated that in england and wales, nearly 5 million women have come some time, been sexually assaulted. last year, the police recorded 58,000 rapes, but only a fraction of those were prosecuted, just 2000. does harassment sometimes violence, have to be an inevitable part of being a woman? lucy manning, bbc news. scientists from the natural history museum have started excavating one of the most importantjurassic sites in the uk. it's at a secret location somewhere in the cotswolds, and is believed to hold tens of thousands of fossils of small sea creatures from 167 million years ago, when a shallow tropical sea covered much of southern england. in a race against time, scientists have been given just three days by the site's owners to unearth as many fossils as possible. the say the site is the discovery of a lifetime. 0ur science correspondent rebecca morelle joined them at the dig. a race against time to reveal ourjurassic past. the team from the natural history
museum has just three days to excavate this unique site. look how long they are. that's really cool! the cotswold quarry holds a treasure trove of sea creatures that lived 167 million years ago. what's here is so extraordinary, the location is being kept secret. we've got another really nice, exceptional specimen here. that's actually a brittle star. that's likely to be a new species. it's the quality of preservation, it's the number of fossils that we're finding. but it is also the diversity. it's really unprecedented in geological sites of this age across the world. this might not look like much, a small and very muddy quarry. but when you get down here and look up close, there are fossils everywhere. the place is teeming with them. before you even start to dig, you see some lying on the ground. like this starfish. you can see the delicate