tv Outside Source BBC News July 28, 2021 8:00pm-8:30pm BST
hello, i'm nuala mcgovern, this is outside source. the uk relaxes travel rues to allow more foreign visitors. —— travel rules. people being vaccinated in europe and america now means that we can move to that next stage which is allowing people to come here and if they are double—vaccinated, avoid having to quarantine. england, scotland and wales have eased their rules in time for august tourist arrivals. there's no change yet in northern ireland. the in northern ireland. united states struggles to pus its the united states struggles to push its vaccination numbers up. president biden had this message. we president biden had this message. - still have a lot of people not vaccinated. the pandemic we have right now is a pandemic of the
unvaccinated. and at the olympics, host nationjapan sits top of the medals table, with another gold in the mens all—round gymnastics. the united states' simone biles meanwhile pulls out of another event blaming "the twisties" — when gymnasts lose their sense of awareness in the air. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. let's start in the uk. the government has scrapped quarantine rules for most fully vaccinated travellers arriving from the eu and the us to england. the new rule comes into effect from monday. here's transport secretary grant shapps. we've already enabled people who have been double—vaccinated here, and we can prove that quite easily with the nhs app, to travel and come back and not need to quarantine, even if they're coming from an amber list country. today, we're expanding that to all of europe,
including countries like norway for example, and switzerland outside of the eu, and also the united states of america, which does of course cover a very large number of people who come to this country, and we'll then look at what to do with people who are vaccinated outside of those areas, once we've got this pilot successfully up and running. up until now, only people who received theirjabs in the uk can avoid quarantine when arriving from amber list countries, except france. here's nick beake in brussels on what the rule change means in europe. it's not simple and people who may have tried to have a trip around europe this summer will have found that as well as the forms and the tests, it's not straightforward. so, i can think of three countries off the top of my head where things become a bit difficult. so at the moment if you are going from the uk to italy, there is a five—day quarantine if you're going in that direction. where i'm talking to you from in brussels, obviously in belgium, you can only come to the country if you're a resident here or you've got an essential reason to travel.
so, the idea of a quick trip on the eurostar to bruges, you know, that simply isn't an option at the moment. and also if you look at france, france is on the uk's amber plus list and so even if you are double—jabbed and coming from france to the uk, you will still have to quarantine and it seems from what ministers have said today that that particular element affecting france and people coming from france, that hasn't changed. so although broadly this is a big move when it comes to people arriving in the uk from europe, there are these individual circumstances, different rules for different countries. so that's europe. today's announcement does nothing to help uk travellers who are still almost all banned from entering the us. here's barbara plett usher with the reaction from washington. i expect americans who travel to the uk and who want to travel to the uk will welcome this, but the government won't because they have advised against travel to britain.
just last week, the centers for disease control and the state department put britain back onto a level—four tier advisory status. now that is the ranking for places where rates of covid infections are very high. also here in the us this week, the white house announced that it was planning to keep its travel bans in place for the foreseeable future. and that is largely due to the delta variant, its high infectious rate and the fact that it is spreading in the uk. that was the concern about britain but also spreading here in the united states. and so it doesn't look as if that air corridor, which had been under discussion, it's had a working group sincejune, is likely to be agreed anytime soon — not this summer, maybe not before september. the us state department has since released this statement...
well, some scientists are warning that the move could come with risks attached. and the opposition labour party has this warning. we've got real concerns because there doesn't seem to be a system in place yet for an international vaccine passport which the government said that they were going to bring forward. each individual us state does things differently. they don't have an nhs that has a vaccine programme like we do with certifications. so, we are really concerned about making sure that actually, new variants do not come into the uk and that we do have a system that identifies where we have variants of covid, where infection is, and that we're able to isolate it. scotland and wales have announced they are also following england's new quarantine rules. in a statement the welsh government said...
the plans are a major boost to the aviation and tourism sectors, who have been pushing for a relaxation of travel rules. next, let's get the reaction from the chief executive of heathrow airport. it's the right thing to do, the government needs to show confidence in the vaccination programme to allow people who have been vaccinated to travel freely. there is more that can be done to make it easier for people to travel. in particular, getting rid of the pcr test as the first check that is carried out after you come back to the uk. why not replace that with a much cheaper lateral flow test as we have in our normal lives and only take a pcr test if you test positive so that the government can do it's genomic sequencing? that would be much more practical and much cheaper for people to make sure that travel doesn'tjust become something for wealthy people but all of us can enjoy it. here's global health correspondent naomi grimley on whether this is a game changer for uk travel.
well, it certainly feels like a bit of a turning point in well, it certainly feels like a bit of a turnin- point in this well, it certainly feels like a bit of a turning point in well, it certainly feels like a bit of a turnin- point in this pandemic. of a turning point in this pandemic. and interestingly, it was initially welcomed by one of the chief advisers to the government on coronavirus my professorjohn bell of oxford university. he was pointing out that when you're talking about america and european countries, you are talking about countries which are using really good vaccines and where coverage is generally quite good. and so, fully vaccinated people don't pose the same risks. of course, as your last guest hinted, it is another story for many other countries around the world. and even some of our bbc colleagues coming back to visit relatives are having to do quarantine in hotels. that costs money, so this is really a story about, you know, rich countries being able to open up more, whilst
poorer countries will remain very limited in their travel options. i limited in theirtravel options. i think it will be interesting to see what we are seeing at the heathrow sco, looking for a lighterform of testing, shall we say. maybe that will be the next step. but on the whole, are people reacting positively?— whole, are people reacting positively? well, i suppose government _ positively? well, i suppose government ministers - positively? well, i suppose. government ministers would positively? well, i suppose - government ministers would say, positively? well, i suppose _ government ministers would say, you know, we've got to a point in the pandemic where you don't —— if you don't open travel now, when do you open it? and i think everyone is very conscious that in the next few weeks, we will obviously have summer at the moment, summer breaks — but then schools will come back, and other respiratory viruses will start to circulate. and even though some of the data in the uk's been pretty positive in the last few days, nevertheless there is a sort of feeling that, you know, winter could be another ball game altogether
again. to the tokyo olympics now, and the sun has set on day five of the games with the host nation still on top of the medal tally. japan leads the way with 13 gold. china is one medal behind, with united states in third with 11 gold. great britain has also improved on its best ever start, now with five gold medals after a stunning win in the mens li—by—200—metre freestyle relay — the third gold for team gb in the pool, the most at an olympics in more than 100 years. and after clinching a bronze medal in the dressage on her horse gio, team gb�*s equastrian star charlotte dujardin has become the most decorated female british olympian of all time. she now has six medals, including three golds. here'sjudy harvey, chair of team gb�*s olympic selectors for dressage on that achievement. to deal with what we've all had to deal with, with covid, with difficulties of getting horses into europe to compete with brexit, and
wondering whether we will be here beyond the optics are not, to do that routine, i think it's the first time it's been in public, that freestyle routine is just an outstanding piece of concentration and professionalism in the sport. she truly deserves this, it's absolutely fantastic. yesterday we brought you the surprise news that superstar us gymnast simone biles had pulled out of the team final due to her mental health. now, she has decided to withdraw from the all around individual final as well — which is going ahead on thursday. and a reminder of what simone biles said following her withdrawal on tuesday. she said... so biles won't compete on thursday to defend her
olympics all—around title. but usa gymnastics said biles and the coaching team are still assessing whether she will compete in the individual event finals next week — she qualified for the finals on all four apparatus. here's cbs correspondent jamie yuccas. simone biles grew up, she was in foster care, her grandparents adopted her. she then starts competing. larry nasser sexually abuses her — so she is a sexual assault survivor at this point. and that carries a bunch of weight throughout your life. you can be a very resilient person, but when you have layer upon layer, what a lot of support psychiatrists are saying that you can be resilient, but saying you need a break right now shows she's also very strong at being able to step back and go, "ok, i can't take any more of this. i've had all this in my life and this is a moment i need to stop and pause." simone biles herself has said...
this article describes what that means. gymnasts describe the �*twisties�* as mental block where you can lose your sense of spatial awareness in the air, spin out of control or find yourself unable to land. they can happen to any gymnast even if they've done the same manoeuvre for years. or even if they are one of the greatest of all time, like simone biles. and her admitting that has received a lot of support from fellow gymnasts. emily giambalvo tweeted. .. and dominique moceanu — who was an olympic gold medal gymnast atjust age 14 in 1996 replied... get worse with stress". and here's wendy hilliard — another former gymnast for the us national team.
especially in gymnastics, it could be a dangerous thing when you're not focused on your movement. a lapse in judgment could result in a serious injury, or more. so we've always been aware, athletes have always been aware, athletes have always been aware, athletes have always been aware that the mental part of sport is externally important. i don't think the general public understands that because theyjust look at athletes as being strong and can take anything. but we don't know how it's been mentally. and they can do more, people can always do more. the most important thing is to realise how critical it is to support and to show as much support as you can for the athletes. well someone who knows a bit of what simone has gone through is amy tinkler won the bronze medalfor her floor routine at the 2016 games in rio with team gb. but since then, she has stopped competing because of the mental pressures of the sport. she's been speaking to the bbc. i can't ican�*t imagine i can't imagine how difficult it must be for her. i mean, i was only 16 years old when i was in rio, and the pressure i felt there, with no history behind me — she's got the
whole weight of the world on her shoulders. everyone, every household knows the name simone biles. and to have that pressure is just... it's intense and, at some point, it was going to get on top of her. and i think it'sjust amazing going to get on top of her. and i think it's just amazing that she felt strong enough to speak out about that. for more on the rest of the days olympic action, here's my colleague lucy hockings, who's in tokyo. japan's gold rush continues. we've seen the teenager winning the coveted men's all—around gymnastics title, his second metal of the tokyo games after helping japan to silver in the team event. as well as this woman from australia picking up a second gold medal, setting a games record on her latest battle with american katie k. and the 400 metre freestyle on monday, she touched home in 53.50 seconds. lebanon's
economic crisis _ home in 53.50 seconds. lebanon's economic crisis is _ home in 53.50 seconds. lebanon's economic crisis is deepening. - home in 53.50 seconds. lebanon's economic crisis is deepening. we i economic crisis is deepening. we look at what's brought the country to the brink. japan, where the olympics are being held, is also experiencing a surge in infections. across the country, a new record has been set of 9,000 cases. 3,177 of them are in tokyo. this is despite restrictions being in place in the capital. mariko oi is in tokyo. we must member this is the fourth state of emergency tokyo is under. with the latest declaration, the number of people out and out has not exact leak on down. it's not a strict lockdown, there is no penalty — though the first in a state of emergencies back in last april, people actually obliged. but by the first time, people are rather fed up. dust fourth time. and people on the street will say you can
technically tell us to stay at home when the government forged ahead with the olympics, despite strong public opposition. so this surge is probably inevitable, it's public opposition. so this surge is probably inevitable, its past 8pm now which is when bars and restaurants have been asked to close. but you can probably see behind me that some of them remain open. this is outside source, live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story... england, scotland, and wales have relaxed travel rules allowing double—vaccinated visitors from the eu and united states with no quarantine. to the us, where the delta variant is also spreading rapidly and vaccination rates are low. officials say vaccination rates have fallen to the lowest level since january — 49.1% of the population have had both jabs. in the past few minutes, joe biden has spoken about following
vaccination rates in pennsylvania for peers a little of what he said. over 630,000 americans have lost their lives because of covid. and their lives because of covid. and the only thing the press wants me to talk about his covid, but i'll mention this thing. we still have a lot of people not vaccinated. the pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. so please, please, please, please, if you're not vaccinated, protect yourself and your children out there. it's important. let's turn to lebanon. now it's in the grips of one of the worst economic collapses seen anywhere in the world in modern times. medicine, electricity and fuel are all scarce. more than half the population now lives in poverty. and the world bank says three issues are to blame — a financial crisis, covid—19, and the port of beirut explosion. we'll take you through them now. we'll start with the currency. the lebanese pound is in free fall. in 1997, it was pegged to the dollar
at the rate of 1,500 to one, and that remained the case until october 2019. that's the year the country slid into an economic crisis. the currency lost 90% of its worth on the open market. you can see here the value of the currency over the past 20 years. and it is falling quickly. last month, buying one us dollar from a vendor in lebanon would have cost around 15,000 lebanese pounds. now, it's around 20,000 lebanese pounds. and that's meant that the savings and the salaries of ordinary lebanese are almost worthless. this nurse's salary in beirut was once worth $1,100 a month. now it's worth less than 70. let's hearfrom a nurse in beirut. and as we've just heard, food is becoming prohibitively expensive.
for example, the average price of wheat flour has soared by 219%. and this graph shows you how food prices have changed over the past five years, 49% of the population is worried about access to food. there's also a major fuel shortage. people wait for hours in queues like this for petrol. and there are blackouts every day, some for up to 22 hours. lebanese media reported that last week the electricity stopped in a building belonging to the foreign ministry, forcing them to stop work. and in many neighbourhoods, the public now pay for a back up generator run by private firms. that's from a head of a syndicate for generators. much of the blame for this is being placed on the government — years, decades, even, of corruption and mismanagement of funds. gebran bassil was energy
minister from 2011—2014. he is also the son—in—law of the current president of lebanon. here he is talking to my colleague emily maitlis. we came ten years ago to the government where there was no electricity, where the country was in total debt and collapse, and we were working to put plans for electricity, for water, for oil and gas, and to restructure them. but we are a minority in the government and in the parliament, and they are the majority. so we were not really able to succeed in our plans of reforms. we are facing a whole corrupt class of politicians who want to deprive the people of their rights... but ou are the people of their rights... but you are part _ the people of their rights... but you are part of that class, and all quote from the former treasury secretary, steven mnuchin, as well, who said, "the systemic corruption
in lebanon's political system has helped to erode the foundation of an effective government that serves the lebanese people." this lies with you, you can't blame other people, you, you can't blame other people, you were in government. the description — you were in government. the description by _ you were in government. tue: description by that you were in government. tte: description by that us you were in government. tt2 description by that us secretary of the treasury is a political one. across the country, there is a severe shortage of medicines. they're also subsidised by the central bank and it's fallen behind on its payments. that's because its reserves of foreign currency have been depleted. the central bank promised $50 million in medicine subsidies earlier this month. that's according to the head of the importer�*s syndicate. that covers just over half of the current bills for that period. according to the import syndicate, the central bank owes $600 million in debts to suppliers. and they've gradually stopped importing drugs over the past few months. there are shortages in most essential drugs, including those to treat heart disease, cancers and pain medication. here's the impact of that from one doctor in the country's largest public hospital. last week, a woman came,
she was pregnant, she had hypertension from the pregnancy, and she lost her baby. because we don't have magnesium. and magnesium costs like 2—3 cents. the world food programme has warned that the crisis has pushed vulnerable families and refugees further into poverty. lebanon has the largest number of refugees per capita in the world, around a quarter of the population, many coming from neighbouring syria. it's estimated that 1.2 million of those have poor access to food. but camps such as this one, which was established in beirut for palestinian refugees, is now becoming home for lebanese people who have lost everything. let's hearfrom basseem, who lost his job as a taxi driver.
and this has led to protests around the country. there were mass protests like these the start of the crisis in 2019. they're not as widespread as they were then, but there's still anger at the government and regular flare—ups of violence. here's the bbc�*s jean mackenzie in beirut. we just heard some live ammunition. they show how volatile the situation is here. it shows how angry people out. —— how angry people are. and they show the instability that people in lebanon are having to live through. you may also member this, an explosion in august last year of the beirut port. 200 people died, thousands were injured, and large parts of the city were decimated. they have yet to be rebuilt — you can see the remaining impact of the blast here.
the blast has been blamed on thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate which was stored incorrectly in a warehouse. six days after that blast, the government, led by this man, resigned and has yet to be replaced. on monday, this man, najib mikati, became the third person to be appointed to form a government since the blast. here he is shortly after meeting the president on wednesday. translation: i gave my proposals, president aoun approved most - of them, and he made some remarks which are acceptable. god willing, we will be able to form a government soon. now, najib mikati has already been prime minister twice and is a billionaire businessman. here's rami ruhayem on what the reaction has been to mr mikati's nomination. well, there's a lot of cynicism about his appointment, given that he
is also part of the political class of the establishment. he's been prime minister before, more than once, and he's been charged or at least accused by many people of corruption. and also, the cynicism is widespread in general these days, regardless of who is designated to form the next government. however people are also in such a difficult situation at the moment that they are holding out for any — you know, even a tiny shred of hope. thanks so much to our correspondent in beirut. if you want more on that were the olympics, the bbc news website is where to go. thanks very much for watching us on outside source.
good evening. summer warmth and sunshine may be in short supply at the moment, but one thing we haven't been short of today is rain. drenching downpours and thunderstorms have affected many places. and in northern scotland, the rain has been heavy and persistent and we still have this met office amber warning in force, with that wet weather continuing on through the evening and into the night and then sinking its way a little further southwards as well, getting in across northern ireland through the early hours of thursday. for england and wales, showers taking a while to fade, but most places should be dry by the end of the night. compared with some we've had recently, it's going to be a relatively cool and fresh night as well. so low pressure will still be close by during tomorrow, this low drifting slowly eastwards. this next little area of low—pressure racing in from the southwest will start
to influence the weather as we head towards the end of the day. but across northern ireland, scotland and northern england, we can expect a lot of cloud, some outbreaks of rain at times. wales, the midlands, east anglia and the southeast should be largely dry with some sunshine, just one or two showers, and then our area of low pressure approaching from the southwest to bring cloud and rain here by the end of the afternoon. it is going to be quite a windy day and quite a cool one for the time of year as well, top temperatures between 16—21 celsius. but as this little area of low pressure approaches on the southwest, we're going to see some really heavy rain for a time across southwest england, getting up into south wales and running eastwards as we go through the night. and for a time, some very strong and gusty winds. we could see gusts of 40—50 mph or more in some exposed spots. quite unusual for this time of year, could cause some disruption. the wet and fairly blustery weather will push eastwards across the midlands, east anglia, the southeast, so summer rain here for a time on friday. that will tend to clear away.
drier conditions behind, with some sunny spells. still the potential for 1—2 showers and temperatures between 17—20 celsius. now, as we head into the weekend, we have low pressure up to the northeast, higher pressure to the southwest, but neither really taking control of our weather. we're kind of trapped between the two, so that means there will still be some showers but not as many as we've had over recent days, a decent amount of dry weather. and it will feel cool, especially in the north.
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