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you're watching bbc news, broadcasting in the uk and around the world, i'm lucy hockings live in tokyo. austria's anna kiesenhofer causes one of the biggest shocks in olympic road racing history with an audacious victory in the women's cycling race, beating the dutch favourite. africa wins its first gold medal as a tunisian teenager stuns the field to win the men's 400 metre freestyle. in the last few minutes, chelsie giles has won team gb's first medal with judo bronze. earlier there was disappointments for team gb — as double olympic champion andy murray is forced out of the tennis singles with injury, while jadejones is beaten in the taekwondo. there are still lots of medals up for grabs on the second
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day of action including injudo and fencing. i'll have all the latest. i'm ben mundy in london. today's other main news... plans to require football fans to be fully vaccinated if they want to go to premier league matches from october are being considered by the government. british mps have warned that taxpayers will bear the cost of the government's coronavirus spending for decades. wildfires in northern california force thousands into evacuation centres while a covid outbreak in oregon puts firefighters into quarantine.
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a warm welcome to tokyo, it's day two of the olympics there has been an extraordinary upset in the women's cycling road race — with austrian mathematician anna kiesenhofer taking gold. she has not had a professional contract since 2017, and raced ahead of the peleton with more than aokm still remaining. in men's swimmming,18—year—old tunisian swimmer, ahmed hafnaoui, has pulled off a stunning victory — the outsider won the men's 400 metre freestyle gold — despite qualifying last. he had a look of shock on his face at the end of that swim. the light from him and his coach. in the last few minutes team gb has just won its first medal —
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a bronze for chelsea giles in the women's 52 kilo judo. a big day for chelsea stop there has been disappointment too for team gb — with andy murray pulling out of the men's tennis singles due to injury — and jadejones�*s dreams of becoming the first athlete to win three olympic taekwondo titles have been shattered after she was defeated by kimia alizadeh of the refugee olympic team. and the world's number one golferjon rahm has tested positive for covid—i9 and will not be competing in the men's golf. as we understand it. mariko oi is in ginza, which is one of the city's top shopping districts. mariko, the tvs were all tuned to the skateboarding. it's incredibly exciting. it's great to watch, but it turns out there's another reason the japanese are watching so closely, and that's because they took gold.
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very exciting moment for team japan, the first—ever olympic gold medal won byjapan, very young boy who did a remarkablejob, so it was very exciting to watch, glued to television inside our car just now. . translation: | used to do - skateboarding and i knew horigome, so congratulations to him for winning the gold medal. especially in this heat.
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and hopefully this will make the sport more popular. translation: it's a proud moment i forjapan, especially given this i is the first gold medal for skateboarding at the olympics. translation: | wasn't too | excited about the olympics, because of all the scandals but iti does make me happy to see good performance of japanese athletes. the other talking point, lots and social media is the significance of the flowers that the medal winners are receiving as they approached the podium, what can you tell us about that, what is the story the? indeed. the victory bouquet has been given out to every medallist, all the flowers come from the three areas that were hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
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including a town which had to be evacuated after that nuclear accident because it was only four kilometres away from the nuclear power plant and residents were only allowed back into the town four years ago in 2017, so farmers started growing flowers, hoping they would be used in the tokyo olympics, so notjust would be used in the tokyo olympics, so not just for athletes would be used in the tokyo olympics, so notjust for athletes achieving their olympic dreams but are very proud moment for those flower farmers as well. it’s proud moment for those flower farmers as well.— proud moment for those flower farmers as well. it's fair to say we are now talking _ farmers as well. it's fair to say we are now talking about _ farmers as well. it's fair to say we are now talking about other- farmers as well. it's fair to say we are now talking about other spill l are now talking about other spill headlines, away from all the negative publicity of scandal and controversies that have dominated the news headlines up until now and this is exactly what the japanese government has been hoping for and were probably feeling relieved that japanese athletes, especially charter, is doing well so hopefully by the next hour i will have the latest in the final as well.
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with me now is former british olympic swimmer chris walker—hebborn. can we first talk about the incredible morning we saw with the tunisian teenage sensation? the look on the face of ahmed hafnaoui when he won was classic, he turned to his coach, equally shocked, how unusual is it to see an upset like this? hits the olympics, anything can happen in any athlete will say that. i think it's incredible to have done it from the outside lane but that just goes to show, you swim your own race, you get the pacing right, you create that partnership with your coach and years and years of hard work, you can see what it means to him as well as the athlete but that is one element especially from an outsider. �* , ., outsider. and it might be a simplistic _
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outsider. and it might be a simplistic question - outsider. and it might be a simplistic question but - outsider. and it might be a j simplistic question but why outsider. and it might be a i simplistic question but why is outsider. and it might be a - simplistic question but why is it so hard to swim in the outside lane? it is well spearheaded, so the fastest two seats lane four and five, the yellow lines in the pool, and if you are in the outside you cannot necessarily control the race which some athletes like to do, but especially over a long distance event it all comes down to your place. and i think i saw in the heats a lot of people are going great too fast and falling short in the last 200 so it goes to show that if you put your money where your mouth is and do what you have done day in, day out it does not matter what lane you are in but for many swim a's perspective you want to be in the centre lane and be the heat of the moment. yes in the centre lane and be the heat of the moment.— in the centre lane and be the heat of the moment. yes a day in and day out, can of the moment. yes a day in and day out. can you — of the moment. yes a day in and day out. can you give _ of the moment. yes a day in and day out, can you give us _ of the moment. yes a day in and day out, can you give us an _ of the moment. yes a day in and day out, can you give us an idea - of the moment. yes a day in and day out, can you give us an idea of - of the moment. yes a day in and day out, can you give us an idea of whatl out, can you give us an idea of what goesin out, can you give us an idea of what goes in to preparing for an olympics, presumably you trace it back to your childhood and going to the pool of the day before and after school? it’s
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the pool of the day before and after school? �* , ., �* , ., the pool of the day before and after school? �*, ., �*, ., ., _ school? it's tough, it's not easy. i'm school? it's tough, it's not easy. i'm biased _ school? it's tough, it's not easy. i'm biased towards _ school? it's tough, it's not easy. i'm biased towards the - school? it's tough, it's not easy. i'm biased towards the sport - school? it's tough, it's not easy. i'm biased towards the sport butj school? it's tough, it's not easy. l i'm biased towards the sport but it is one of the harder sports to train for and especially when you have won a sprint event you train 50 hours a week for 52 seconds, something like that, so a lot of hard work goes into it, it starts when you are a kid, parents taking you to the pool, some people train sundays, it's not easy but it depends how much you want it and it goes to show that ahmed wanted it and hard work always pays off in the end if you get it right. is pays off in the end if you get it riuht. , , .,, ., pays off in the end if you get it riht. , , ., ., , , right. is there still a strong sense of su ort right. is there still a strong sense of suoport among _ right. is there still a strong sense of support among the _ right. is there still a strong sense of support among the team? - right. is there still a strong sense of support among the team? i - right. is there still a strong sense i
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of support among the team? i would imaaine of support among the team? i would imagine so. — of support among the team? i would imagine so, being part— of support among the team? i would imagine so, being part of— of support among the team? i would imagine so, being part of the -
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really interesting to get your insights in to hear once again just how much work goes into training for the olympics, thank you forjoining us. before i head back to you in the studio we are still talking about that incredible race from the women cycling road race because she is not part of any professional team, she was so far ahead, and these details about her life outside of cycling are starting to come to us, she is a mathematician, a graduate from vienna and cambridge and has a phd in mathematics as well, what an extraordinary athlete and woman, so congratulations to her, that is one of the big stories of the day here in tokyo.
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plans to require football fans to be fully vaccinated if they want to go to premier league matches from october are being considered by the government. no decisions have been made yet but it's understood that talks are ongoing. it's believed ministers want things to be equal across all sports and that premier league clubs are keen to become early adopters of proof of vaccination so they can keep full capacity crowds. a covid victims�* group has accused the health secretary, sajid javid, of "flippancy and carelessness" after he said that people should no longer "cower" from the infection. mrjavid made the comment in a tweet, confirming he'd recovered from the virus a week after testing positive. labour claimed he had those who followed the rules, while the liberal democrats called on him to apologise. i'm nowjoined byjean adamson, who's a member of the covid—19 bereaved families forjustice group and lost her father to coronavirus last year.
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some have called these comments deeply insensitive, what is your initial reaction? we deeply insensitive, what is your initial reaction?— initial reaction? we are very disappointed _ initial reaction? we are very disappointed at _ initial reaction? we are very disappointed at these i initial reaction? we are very| disappointed at these barbed comments from a minister of the government, and we find a comments distasteful, disrespectful to our loss and insensitive, quite frankly. the tweet is still up as well, it is still a live tweet so presumably you would want the health secretary to remove that? i would want the health secretary to remove that?— would want the health secretary to remove that? ., ., , ., remove that? i would hope he would have the common _ remove that? i would hope he would have the common decency _ remove that? i would hope he would have the common decency to - remove that? i would hope he would| have the common decency to remove the tweet with immediate effect because it is very hurtful to us. we have members who are a health and social care workers who turned up every day and the wider public as
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well, people who kept the country moving and kept the country going, they did not cower on their responsibilities, they went to work, public transport workers, nhs and so on, i could go on. they turned up, day after day, putting their lives at risk to keep the country going and to make a remark like this that people should not cower i think is just grossly insensitive and it shows the contempt... it's another example of the contempt that has been shown to bereaved families and the wider public at large, so it is very disappointing and hurtful indeed. irate very disappointing and hurtful indeed. ~ ., very disappointing and hurtful indeed. ~ . ., ., , very disappointing and hurtful indeed. ~ . . ., , ., indeed. we have heard families who have lost relatives _ indeed. we have heard families who have lost relatives to _ indeed. we have heard families who have lost relatives to covid-19, i have lost relatives to covid—19, some have written to the health secretary, they talk of those relatives getting the virus in the
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front line, they also say in a letter to such a jacket that words in the usage matter.— letter to such a jacket that words in the usage matter. indeed, words are very important _ in the usage matter. indeed, words are very important and _ in the usage matter. indeed, words are very important and we - in the usage matter. indeed, words are very important and we would i are very important and we would expect better from the health secretary, we would expect better than that from him. we have had a series of insensitive remarks, barbed comments, disparaging remarks over the last few months from various government ministers, including the pm himself, and we have lost tens of thousands of people who have died to covid in this country. there are so many people who are bereaved and who would be very hurt by these remarks
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today. and we demand that he take that tweet down at once. we would much rather he would come down to the national covid memorial walk and walk with us and show some compassion, and that would go some way to actually alleviate some of the hurt he has caused today by his remarks. a , the hurt he has caused today by his remarks. , ., ., ., , remarks. many thanks for “oining us here on sac— remarks. many thanks for “oining us here on bbc news. i remarks. many thanks for “oining us here on bbc news. that i remarks. many thanks forjoining us here on bbc news. that is - remarks. many thanks forjoining us here on bbc news. that is a - remarks. many thanks forjoining us | here on bbc news. that is a member of the bereaved group. the headlines on bbc news... austria's anna kiesenhofer has caused one of the biggest shocks in olympic road racing history with an audacious victory in the women's cycling race — beating the dutch favourite. africa has won its first gold medal, as a tunisian teenager stunned the field to win the men's 400 metre freestyle.
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coventry�*s chelsie giles has taken britain's first medal, winning bronze after defeating switzerland's fabienne kocher in the women's 52kg judo. in other news, wildfires in northern california have forced thousands into evacuation centres while a covid outbreak in oregon puts firefighters into quarantine. taxpayers in the uk will be facing the "significant costs" of the coronavirus pandemic for decades to come. that's the warning from a group of mps. a report from the public accounts committee found £372 billion has already been spent, pushing government debt to a rate not seen since the early 1960s. mps also criticised the decision to buy items of ppe that have gone to waste because they can't be used in hospitals. the department of health says there are measures in place to ensure taxpayers receive value for money. earlier, i spoke to dame meg hillier, who chairs the house of commons public accounts committee. i started by asking her how
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significant the financial risks are. it's not unexpected that we would be be spending huge sums of money on an unprecedented pandemic. but there is a cost to managing that. and in the past decade, we've seen cuts through the austerity programme because of the then—government's desire to tackle some of the challenges in the public finances, and yet that's going to be very difficult if the government takes that route — it could also raise taxation or it could borrow more. but all of these have risks. and every pound spent on paying interest on borrowing is not a pound that could be spent on delivering public services. so it's not a surprise that there will be a long—term cost and, if you look at the second world war and the first world war, there were similar challenges then. they were the last two very big episodes in pushing taxpayer spending to very high levels. and what we are talking about here is vast amounts of money being spent at high speed, given the nature of the pandemic.
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absolutely, and one of the things we looked at, as you highlighted in your introduction, is ppe, where at the very beginning there was a global shortage of it and everyone was bidding against each other, so very high amounts were being spent. but what our concern... obviously, it will raise concerns about what happened at that particular time. but now we know that there's 10,000 shipping containers of ppe waiting to be used, and we're really clear with the government — it needs to know where that is, how it's going to be used, and make sure it doesn't expire. and some of that, you suggested, is wasted. well, it's not all good for medical use. so if it's not good for medical use it can't be wasted, it needs to be used elsewhere. and the government likewise needs to have a plan. that is effectively taxpayer's money sitting in those shipping containers. that that's not wasted. thousands of people in the western united states are spending the weekend in evacuation centers as wildfires continue to burn across the region. more than 80 large wildfires in 13 states have destroyed around 1.3 million acres in recent weeks. our north america correspondent,
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peter bowes, reports. the dixie wildfire, california's biggest blaze to the north of the state, is growing rapidly. firefighters are battling day and night to try to bring it under control, but it's spreading with such ferocity that it's making its own weather, creating huge clouds that are generating lightning strikes across the region. about a fifth of the fire's perimeter has been contained, but officials say the extreme nature of the fire, along with low humidity, is hampering efforts to quell the flames. people have been evacuated from their homes in several nearby counties. smoke from the fire is travelling far and wide and is even reaching the neighbouring state of oregon, where it's helping firefighters put out the country's largest blaze, known as the bootleg fire, south of portland. a layer of smoke is blocking sunlight and creating cooler conditions, making it easier forfirefighters to gain ground on the blaze.
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but the phenomenon, known as smoke shading, is unpredictable and there are fears that high temperatures and wind gusts later in the weekend could fan the flames further. efforts to bring this fire under control have been further complicated by an outbreak of covid—19 among firefighters. those who've tested positive are isolating and are said to be exhibiting mild symptoms. with a long, hot summer still ahead, these fires will challenge much of the western united states for many weeks to come. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. let's go back to the olympics and coventry�*s chelsie giles has claimed great britain's first medal of the tokyo olympics, winning a bronze medal. with me now is andy anson, he is the ceo of the british olympic association — which is responsible for organising and overseeing the participation of athletes.
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quite a few hours! quite an interesting _ quite a few hours! quite an interesting day. _ quite a few hours! quite an interesting day. our- quite a few hours! quite an interesting day. ourjob i quite a few hours! quite an interesting day. ourjob is i quite a few hours! quite anl interesting day. ourjob is to quite a few hours! quite an i interesting day. ourjob is to stay calm and keep focusing on everything is going smoothly and the athletes are in the right state of mind when they compete but it's nice to have they compete but it's nice to have the judo they compete but it's nice to have thejudo result they compete but it's nice to have the judo result and then they compete but it's nice to have thejudo result and then brad be reaching the final in tae kwon do as well, so it has been quite a day but sad start forjadejones well, so it has been quite a day but sad start forjade jones who well, so it has been quite a day but sad start forjadejones who is such an icon. we all feel for her and thatis an icon. we all feel for her and that is the roller—coaster we will be on. that is the roller-coaster we will be on. �* , ., ., that is the roller-coaster we will beon. �*, ., ,, ., that is the roller-coaster we will beon. �*, ., «u,, , be on. let's talk about jade jones and the moment _ be on. let's talk about jade jones and the moment but _ be on. let's talk about jade jones and the moment but bradley, i be on. let's talk about jade jones i and the moment but bradley, looking for a tae kwon do silver or gold, he is taking part in the final in a few moments time. it’s is taking part in the final in a few moments time.— is taking part in the final in a few moments time. �* , ' ., ,., moments time. it's 945 out here so i cuess. .. moments time. it's 945 out here so i guess- -- what _ moments time. it's 945 out here so i guess- -- what a _ moments time. it's 945 out here so i guess... what a semifinal. _ moments time. it's 945 out here so i guess... what a semifinal. for i guess... what a semifinal. for anyone who has not seen it it's worth watching because it was such a
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fantastic comeback in the final round, we had our hearts in our mouths. , ., round, we had our hearts in our mouths. , . . ., , �*, round, we had our hearts in our mouths. i . i ., , �*, ., ,, ., mouths. jade jones, let's talk about her, such disappointment _ mouths. jade jones, let's talk about her, such disappointment not i mouths. jade jones, let's talk about her, such disappointment not only | her, such disappointment not only for her but her friends within team gb, we have seen the reaction of those on bbc news today, going for a third olympic gold, out of the first bout, is there a reason behind that, is that a sign of how tough these games are? i is that a sign of how tough these games are?— is that a sign of how tough these games are? i think the games are tou~h but games are? i think the games are tough but also — games are? i think the games are tough but also tae _ games are? i think the games are tough but also tae kwon - games are? i think the games are tough but also tae kwon do i games are? i think the games are tough but also tae kwon do is i games are? i think the games are tough but also tae kwon do is a i tough but also tae kwon do is a tough but also tae kwon do is a tough sport, jade has said anything can happen, there is a lot of dramatic results like that and it's one of those things, she has not prepared amazingly well, she has an incredible athlete in personality and the result did not go her way, what i thought was fantastic was to see her ringside cheering bradley on in his semifinal, overjoyed for him, so she is a wonderful team player. you have spent the last few days
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there, can you take us to tokyo, what is it like, can you paint is a picture of what the olympic games so far have been like for you and the team gb members? that far have been like for you and the team gb members?— far have been like for you and the team gb members? that has been a roller-coaster _ team gb members? that has been a roller-coaster ride, _ team gb members? that has been a roller-coaster ride, the _ team gb members? that has been a roller-coaster ride, the athletes i roller—coaster ride, the athletes have been coming out in small groups and going mainly into the prep camp and going mainly into the prep camp and athletic stadium where they all train and have been training in this team gb bubble, and that has been a good environment but equally we have had the issue with the athletes going into isolation because a member of the public on the plane subsequently tested positive, and that has been tough, so there have been good and difficult moments to deal with, and that is what we are all learning, i speak to my peers in the us, canada, australia and new zealand and we are all experiencing the same emotions. now we are in the
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rhythm of the games, the actual environment is difficult, we are doing a covid test every morning, we have to take our temperature, you go to the venues and have your temperature taken, you are sitting at a distance from other people, although i went to the road cycling yesterday and there were spectators there which was wonderful to see, it was a brilliant race, so it's tough, there are some sports where you feel a lack of fans more than others, certainly the football has been difficult without spectators but the swimming arena, because you have the teams cheering on their own fellow athletes, that creates a good noise and a good environment so the swimming is actually quite a fun venue to be at so it's different from venue to venue, but the environment is fantastic but it's just a shame for the japanese people as much as anything that there are not spectators and stadiums. i watched the tennis today and the
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japanese public would love to watch naomi play live. i’m japanese public would love to watch naomi play live-— naomi play live. i'm sorry, iwill have to wrap — naomi play live. i'm sorry, iwill have to wrap it _ naomi play live. i'm sorry, iwill have to wrap it up _ naomi play live. i'm sorry, iwill have to wrap it up there - naomi play live. i'm sorry, iwill have to wrap it up there but i naomi play live. i'm sorry, iwill. have to wrap it up there but thank you very much and i hope you get the result you get with bradley later. plenty of british interest again today in tokyo. jane dougall is at the bbc sport centre. and jane, you have news of team gb's first medal at the games? yes, 24—year—old chelsie giles has one briton's first medal, a bronze medal injudo in the one briton's first medal, a bronze medal in judo in the women's 52 kilograms, it was a defeat by the world number 10, so important to get up world number 10, so important to get up and running without bronze medal, she had lost in the quarterfinals but she beat the belgian to give
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herself a medal chance in going through to deliver that very impressive performance in the bronze medal match, chelsie giles from coventry becomes gb's first medallist of the tokyo olympics, definitely a future pub quiz question. onto taekwondo and there won't be a third successive olympic gold forjade jones? no, jadejones will not get a third successive medal, unfortunately, the two—time champion suffered a shock first defeat of the refugee olympic team so a huge disappointment for jadejones, hervery team so a huge disappointment for jadejones, her very good friend competitor watching on as well and look at the devastation, that's just from the anchor but also the rest of team gb as well because jadejones was certainly expected to at least get to the final because of her track record, she also had a chance
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of winning a bronze medal but unfortunately because other results did not go her way it meant she will not be able to compete for a bronze medal so no medal at all forjade jones, really upsetting, but better news for team gb because bradley sinden has secured at least a silver as we have been hearing after a brilliant comeback from 9—16 down at the end of the second round to win his semifinal, 33—25, what a battle to come back, that means he is due to come back, that means he is due to the final later this afternoon and we will watch that with huge interest. , , ., interest. disappointment forjade jones but also — interest. disappointment forjade jones but also disappointment i interest. disappointment forjade | jones but also disappointment for andy murray who has had to pull out of the singles tennis. that andy murray who has had to pull out of the singles tennis.— of the singles tennis. that is because of— of the singles tennis. that is because of medical - of the singles tennis. that is because of medical advice, i because of medical advice, unfortunately, he took advice from his doctors because of a thigh strain. he is still in the doubles,
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though, he pulled out of the singles because he did not want to further injure his thigh, double gold medallist so he was defending champion and he was due to start his single campaign today because he had won in the doubles yesterday with his partnerjoe salisbury. murray said he was really disappointed that he had to take the advice of his medical team so he is still in the doubles but not the singles. maw; doubles but not the singles. many thanks, doubles but not the singles. many thanks. we _ doubles but not the singles. many thanks, we will— doubles but not the singles. many thanks, we will catch _ doubles but not the singles. many thanks, we will catch up _ doubles but not the singles. many thanks, we will catch up with i doubles but not the singles. many thanks, we will catch up with you a little bit later, thank you. i will just bring you a line of breaking news regarding a story we were talking about a few moments ago, that the covid victims group accused the health secretary of flippancy and carelessness after he tweeted that people should no longer cower from the infection. we havejust heard on the last few minutes that the health secretary has deleted that tweet which used the word cower and says, i was expressing gratitude
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that the vaccines help us fight back as a society but it was a poor choice of word and i sincerely apologise, this is he returns to work, as it were, given his self isolation after testing positive for covid—19 a week ago. we'll have more on that throughout the day here on bbc news. but now on bbc news it's time now for dateline london. hello, and welcome to the programme, bringing together leading uk commentators, bbc specialists and the correspondents who write, blog and broadcast for audiences back home from the dateline london. this week, will england pay a price for borisjohnson's freedom day? and a trifecta of global worry — afghanistan, iran, and lebanon.

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