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more than 40,000 people may have been incorrectly given negative pcr covid test results. most affected cases are in the south west of england, with some in the south east and in wales. it is a worry because i was out there socialising, seeing people as normal and possibly spreading the virus without even realising. work has been suspended at the lab in question. we'll have the latest. also this lunchtime... rules for overseas lorry drivers are due to be relaxed to try to ease continuing problems in the supply chain. the queen appears to criticise world leaders for their lack of action on climate change. a bbc investigation finds nearly 13,000 domestic abuse cases have been dropped by police in england and wales in the last five years.
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there are many women of colour coming through the pipeline. the question is, is the door open? and we hear from the woman who's been named the most influential black person in the uk, in the 2022 powerlist. and coming up on the bbc news channel: the chinese grand prix is expected to be dropped from next year's formula 1 calendar. the shanghai race hasn't been held since the pandemic began. good afternoon. welcome to the bbc news at one. tens of thousands of people may have incorrectly been given negative pcr covid—19 test results. testing has been suspended
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at a private laboratory in wolverhampton, while possible technical problems are investigated. about 43,000 people are affected, and were given a negative result between september 8th and october 12th. most of the affected cases are in the south west of england, with some in the south east and wales. people who've been affected are being contacted by test and trace. 0ur health correspondent katharine da costa has the latest. graeme loaderfrom berkshire, his wife and his 11—year—old son all had positive lateral flow test results, but then received negative pcr test results in the last fortnight. because we had had the negative result back, that said to me, just go about my daily business. i haven't got the virus, i'm perfectly safe to continue as normal. so it is a worry because i was out there, socialising, seeing people as normal, possibly spreading the virus without even realising.
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investigations into the accuracy of some pcr tests have singled out a private lab on this science park in wolverhampton. testing on site has been suspended. the precise cause is still being investigated but public health officials say other labs and test kits are unaffected. they have helped us as a surge facility, from the autumn and winter period, so we have had very good working relationships and they have supported the response. on this particular occasion, clearly there is a problem and therefore we have taken action immediately to suspend those services. nhs test and trace carries out about 800,000 pcr tests a day. it is estimated 43,000 people may have been given inaccurate negative pcr results from the wolverhampton lab between the 8th of september and the 12th of october. the problem mostly affects
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people in the south—west and south—east of england, but officials think around 4000 people in wales may also have had incorrect results. nhs test and trace will contact those affected but some scientists have questioned how this could have happened. the pcr process has various steps in it and if you control each step, i then you should see if you have this level of systematic failure _ of your testing process. that all comes down to quality control and quality assurance, | oversight and management, and liustm _ i cannot fathom the failings that would lead to this level- of false negative results. while some false negatives are expected because no test is 100% perfect, this error could mean thousands of people infected with covid were wrongly told to stop isolating, and may have unknowingly spread the virus to others. katherine da costa, bbc news. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, is with me now.
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this will kill several people. how serious is this overall? figs this will kill several people. how serious is this overall?— this will kill several people. how serious is this overall? as we have been hearing _ serious is this overall? as we have been hearing in _ serious is this overall? as we have been hearing in the _ serious is this overall? as we have been hearing in the report, - serious is this overall? as we have been hearing in the report, in - serious is this overall? as we have been hearing in the report, in the | been hearing in the report, in the grand scheme of things 43,000 is pretty small when you think that several million tests have been carried out over the period in question —— this will concern several people. but this is a highly embarrassing. the government wants people to have trust in the pcr system and a 43,000 may have been given incorrect results at one laboratory that is something they will want to get to the bottom of as quickly as possible and there doesn't seem to be an explanation for what went wrong at the laboratory, it hasjust for what went wrong at the laboratory, it has just been suspended. going back to september the 8th, everyone who might have been given a false negative up until early october is highly unlikely to still be infectious so that has already happened and there is no
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further risk involving them, and it could be only a few thousand who were still infectious and that is where contact racers and the test and trace system is working hard to get to them but the fact this happened, a set up not supposed to be running smoothly, we'll still raise questions and from jenny harries of uk hsi, she has acknowledged that looking back may be running smoothly, we'll still raise questions and from jenny harries of uk hsi, she has acknowledged that looking back maybe it could have been dealt with more rapidly and she wants rise, what is your assessment of the picture? the office of national statistics does a survey of households picking up people who don't have symptoms and says just over i people who don't have symptoms and says just overi million people who don't have symptoms and saysjust overi million people in the uk have the virus, that is the highest since january, so there has been a pick—up driven by schoolchildren, cases increasing in england and wales, falling a bit in
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scotland and northern ireland and as we approach winter at the fact it is increasing it will be watched closely by health experts. hugh pym, thank ou. well, from the 24th october, rules for travellers returning to england will be relaxed — with anyone who's fully vaccinated able to use private lateral flow tests to prove their covid status, rather than relying on the more expensive pcr test. let's speak to our transport correspondent, caroline davies. how is this meant to work? this is the news that _ how is this meant to work? this is the news that the _ how is this meant to work? this is the news that the international - the news that the international travel industry and many people planning on going on holiday at half term have been waiting to hear. this is for people who are fully vaccinated and travelling from non—red list countries to the uk. the government announced they were planning to make this change from a pcr test to lateral flow test just under a month ago but they didn't say what date that would come in and we now know this is the 24th of october. the reason it matters is there is quite a big difference in
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cost between pcr and lateral flow. lateral flow tests cost around £20, pcr between 75 and upwards of 100 per person so that can mount up for holidays abroad. you cannot use lateral flow test that are free from the nhs, you need to purchase one and enter the reference code into your passenger locator for when you travel back to the uk and you will need to take a photo of the lateral flow test when you have done it to confirm your status. there have been accusations this could lead to fraud, people asking others to take the test for them, and when the transport secretary was asked about this he said we have trusted people to do the right thing. this is news that the industry hope means they will start getting back to some level of normal.— will start getting back to some level of normal. ., ~ , ., ., ., level of normal. thank you, caroline davies. the government is planning to allow
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foreign lorry drivers to make more deliveries in the uk, to try to ease the pressure on supply chains. the cabinet are meeting this afternoon in the west country to discuss the ongoing issues. here's our political correspondent, peter saull. after last month's reshuffle, there are a few fresh faces around the cabinet table, so what's on the agenda? promises. that's a good one. 0nce class is over, his actual top team will gather nearby for their second ever meeting outside of london. but photo opportunities cannot hide the perception that this is a government lurching from crisis to crisis. a shortage of lorry drivers had already prompted a temporary visa scheme but the numbers coming in are low so the latest move is a change to what is known as cabotage rules. currently, drivers from overseas are limited to just two deliveries in a week, but the plan is that while they are here, they will be allowed unlimited trips in a fortnight. having some additional capacity right now i think everybody agrees is a good idea. this is a quick way of doing it, it doesn't require visas to do, people are already here. so it isjust a common—sense
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measure at these times. but some in the haulage sector are far from convinced that any of this will work. the drivers we are speaking to are simply laughing. - do they really think - that we will come to the uk to solve a broken industry? and in fact, the driver shortage, it's equal. in the whole of western europe. ministers continue to stress that after brexit, businesses should recruit and train up more british workers but the government has had to bow to pressure from several industries struggling with staff shortages. thousands of pigs have been culled because of a lack of butchers, so 800 foreign abattoir workers will be allowed in. it is a glimmer of hope, according to industry figures, but... this has been greeted with sort of howls of anguish across the rest of the industry, it is a long way short of what the industry has been asking for. we have been flagging that we are about 15,000 workers short. there is an element of frustration but an element of relief that actually something is happening on the pig front.
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one of the biggest fears in all of this is bare supermarket shelves, especially in the run—up to christmas, and the government is fast running out of options. peter saull, bbc news. let's get more from our political correspondent nick eardley, who's in the west country, where the prime minister is about to chair a cabinet meeting. is itfairto is it fair to say this is the topic at the top of the agenda? i think ministers would _ at the top of the agenda? i think ministers would rather _ at the top of the agenda? i think ministers would rather be - at the top of the agenda? i think| ministers would rather be talking about climate change. you can expect about climate change. you can expect a raft of announcements from the government in the next week or so in the run—up to the cop 26 summit in glasgow but as we have seen in the last few weeks the issue of shortages in the economy is one ministers are having to return to the time and time again and has forced him to do some things that they don't want to do. we heard borisjohnson at the they don't want to do. we heard boris johnson at the conservative conference last week talk about his plan for a high skill, high wage,
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high productivity economy, warning against the idea of putting, as he put it, the big lever of uncontrolled immigration, but to solve some pretty immediate problems ministers are having to turn to immigration for some solutions so we have had visas announced for pitchers to combat a crisis in the pork industry, that last week ministers were playing down as an option, we have had those rules on hgv drivers that we heard in the package relaxed as well, ironically leading some in the industry to say this will keep wages low and keep standards down, the exact opposite of what the prime minister wants to do, so the plan in number ten is still to change the economy and they would argue that this is a response to some global challenges but at the moment to combat those challenges immigration is still something the
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government is turning to. the queen has appeared to suggest she's irritated by a lack of action in tackling climate change. her remarks were picked up during conversations at the opening of the welsh parliament, the senedd, in cardiff. the queen, who is due to attend the cop 26 climate summit in glasgow in november, said she did not know who was actually coming to the conference. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. she had been in cardiff for the opening of the welsh parliament. afterwards, she chatted to officials and the conversation turned to cop 26, the conference on global warming in glasgow, to which all of the main world leaders have been invited. the exchanges are difficult to hear, hence the subtitles. "they talk but they don't do." that, from the queen, is a revealing insight into how she regards some politicians. it is particularly striking after very similar comments this week from other members
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of the royal family. here was prince charles in a bbc interview on monday. world leaders are gathering in glasgow to talk about the kind of issues that you... yes, but they just talk. and the problem is, to get action on the ground, which is what i've been trying to do for the last 40 years. and this was prince william in another bbc interview yesterday. we can't have more clever speak, i clever words, but not enough action. so the three most senior members of the british royalfamily are all essentially saying or thinking the same thing, but which leaders might the queen have had in mind? after weeks of uncertainty, the australian prime minister, scott morrison, has now confirmed that he will be attending the cop 26 conference. i confirmed my attendance at the glasgow summit, which i'm looking forward to attending. it is an important event. but others, including president xi of china, have still to make clear their plans. one thing is apparent, though — the queen is hoping that they will be there. nicholas witchell, bbc news. a report by inspectors has
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found that midwifery staff at east kent hospitals nhs trust were forced to work 20—hour shifts, often with few breaks, increasing risks for pregnant women. the trust is already the subject of an independent investigation but the care quality commission said an unannounced inspection in the summer highlighted significant new concerns. since 2011, 15 babies have died in the trust's care. shoppers can now make contactless payments of up to £100 per transaction — the single—tap limit has risen from £45. but retailers are warning it could take months to update all terminals — and there are also concerns about the risk of fraud. ben thompson reports. what was once a novelty... that's good. is that it? that's it, and then the receipt will come out here. now routine. more than 60% of all credit and debit card transactions a re now co nta ctless.
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before the pandemic, i'd say we were 70% cash, 30% card, and now it has flipped. right now we are doing about 70%, maybe even pushing up to 80% card and the rest is cash. anything which enables people to be more willing to come onto the high street is a benefit for a commercial outlet like ourselves. 18 months ago, i could have bought and paid for these on my contactless card, up to £30. but from today, i can buy this much, up to £100, without putting in my pin. it is a big change, but do customers really want it? it was a worry in the first place when it first came out, but nobody seems to have really suffered that badly, have they? so yeah, i think it is a good idea. it's like if you lost your card or something, someone could just go and spend all your money in the machine. i think with the limit going up to £100 and all you do isjust| tap your card onto it, - it is very easy to spend money without really thinking about it and engaging with it. - previously, we used to count out
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cash or write out a check. - now we just tap a card — _ we might not even be aware of how much we are paying for things. so there is a risk that either you get overcharged or that| you are just spending without really connecting with how much - of your money you are spending. so if people are worried about that limit going up, is there anything they can do about it? one thing people can do is either request a lower limit. _ some banks are offering this, i you should speak to your bank, or you can request to opt out of contactless altogether. . the financial regulator says the risk of fraud remains very low, and there wasn't a rise in crime last time the limit went up. uk finance says people are protected if anything goes wrong, but it is up to banks to decide whether to allow different limits. the way we pay is changing. the question is, are shopers happy with the speed of that change? ben thompson, bbc news, in stockport. the time is 17 minutes past one. our top story this lunchtime:
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more than 40,000 people may have been incorrectly given negative pcr covid test results. #go # go easy on me, baby... still to come — after six years, do adele fans think her new album is worth the wait? coming up on the bbc news channel, cameron norrie will become the new british men's number one after beating diego schwartzman to progress to the semi—finals of indian wells. he plays grigor dimitrov next. she's one of a handful of people changing the world by bringing the digital revolution to ordinary people — that's what the judges of the 2022 powerlist said about jacky wright. she has been named the most influential black person in the uk, and was chosen for the sheer scale of work she was doing.
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the annual powerlist celebrates people of african and caribbean heritage working in health, business, science and the arts. the footballer marcus rashford and actor and writer michaela coel also feature. our community affairs correspondent adina campbell reports. there are many women of colour coming through the pipeline. the question is, is the door open? hello. hey, jacky, nice to see you. nice to be back in the office, isn't it? lovely to be back in the office. global leader, businesswoman, technology trailblazer — jacky wright has worked her way up to become one of the most senior bosses in big tech. how did a girl from tottenham end up being a global tech leader? i come from a family from the caribbean, from jamaica. my dad served in the royal air force. my mother, windrush, came on a boat to this country. they had a life they had to strive and against all odds, and so my dad really instilled in me i could be and do anything, no matter what he was going through.
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nobody ever hired jacky and said, "you could be." they only hired me because i brought this, this, this and this to the table. that's not tokenism right there, i had to know my craft. as well as the huge demands of the dayjob and raising three children, making time to inspire the next generation of leaders is one of her top priorities. talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. it is imperative that, as i step into a room, as i go and meet people, people see that they too can be really important. i now create a door that says welcome and people all walks of life, from all backgrounds and experiences, too, can have the opportunity. her rise to the top has not been easy, and there have been many challenges along the way. but she says the rewards have been worth it. have you always had that burning passion for tech, and to be
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involved in the tech world? no, i had the burning passion to change the world. you know, as i thought about the injustices that occur in life and the problems we have from an existential perspective, i always wanted to solve problems. but i fell into technology, and then i realised technology can help change things. showing no signs of slowing down, the best could be yet to come. digital is at the core of everything we do — it is an ethos. technology plays in every aspect of our lives and you have a role as a leader, no matter what or who you are in society, to help leave the world in a better place than you found it. meet jacky wright. nearly 13,000 cases involving allegations of domestic abuse have been dropped over the last five years in england and wales, because prosecutors ran out of time to bring charges because there is a six—month time limit. figures obtained by bbc news also suggest that while more domestic violence assaults
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are being reported, fewer cases are being brought to trial. alex forsyth has more. i didn't know, or understand, what i was going through. i genuinely believed it was my fault. i kept asking myself, what is it that i keep doing wrong that makes them behave like this? a year ago, erica started a campaign to support survivors of domestic abuse, something she says that's very personal. when there were the good days, i'd be like, 0k, i've done something right. and then, when there was something going wrong, i'd say to myself, this is what i've done wrong, i'm being punished for my own mistakes. and getting out of that mindset is what led me to eventually leave this relationship. erica made a report of domestic abuse to the police, but was told no—one could be charged because too much time had passed. coming forward, for me, was one of the biggest things i've ever done in my life. to sit down and say to someone that doesn't know me that these are the things that happened to me. six months isn't enough time to even
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fathom that sort of experience. the current law allows six months between the time an alleged common assault takes place and someone being charged. the idea is to keepjustice moving in offences the system deems less serious. but campaigners say, when it comes to domestic abuse, that's not long enough, because it can take years for victims to feel able to come forward, orfor police to build a case. in the past five years in england and wales, there were almost 13,000 cases of common assault involving domestic abuse that were never charged, because that six—month time limit was breached. and while over that period, the number of these cases being reported went up, the number resulting in someone being charged went down. some want a change in the law to allow more time for domestic abuse cases to get to court. i think this is another example of where the law, the criminaljustice system, simply doesn't get violence against women and girls. we need recognition from the government of how serious
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this is, how you've got so many domestic abuse survivors and victims just being timed out because the law is wrong and unfair. ministers have said before they will consider this issue, which the government says it takes seriously. in a statement, a spokesman said all allegations should be investigated and pursued rigorously through the courts, where possible. and they pointed out there's no time limit on reporting other crimes, such as bodily harm, or those that add up to coercive behaviour. meanwhile, police chiefs say that six—month limit only affects a small i used to spend a lot of time to myself, just to reflect, to calm down. erica says it's a case she will keep on making. using my story as my strength has been the biggest thing for me. to be able to tell my story
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with confidence, but using it as power to basically fight back against the law and hopefully change the law has been one of the most important things to me. cameron norrie is the new british number one men's tennis player, after he reached the semi—finals of the indian wells masters tournament in california. the 26—year—old beat diego shwartzman in straight sets, in what he called "the biggest win of his career". he replaces dan evans as the britain's number one, and now faces bulgarian grigor dimitrov for a place in the final of indian wells. mps in poland have passed a controversial bill that allows border guards to immediately expel migrants who've crossed the border illegally, even if they are asylum seekers. poland has seen a surge recently in the number of people trying to enter from belarus. adam easton�*s report has some flashing images.
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migrants check their belongings in the forest on the polish—belarussian border. among those trying to cross is 26—year—old mohammed from yemen. he says polish guards pushed him back into belarus. they told us they will bring us to their own camp, so they lied to us. we go with them and they pushed us inside the border, go, and they took our phones, they break our sim cards. mohammed is one of hundreds trying to cross into poland from belarus every night. temperatures in the area have fallen below freezing. at least six people have died, probably from hypothermia. poland is providing medical help for people who manage to get into the country. about 1500 are now in migrant centres. poland and brussels have accused belarus of creating a new illegal migration route in retaliation for eu
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sanctions against the country. in response, polish mps have approved a plan to build a permanent wall on the frontier and given border guards the power to expel migrants from poland, even if they are seeking asylum. human rights groups say the new powers mean poland is violating its international obligations to refugees. translation: the strategy used against refugees is to make it - difficult to enter eu territory and throw them out repeatedly, then they will eventually give up and go back to their home country. many of the migrants who managed to get into poland have no intention of staying. several thousand have already made their way to germany. brussels wants to avoid a repetition of europe's 2015 migration crisis. it has condemned the activities of the belarussian authorities and backed poland's tough stance but at the same time to be seen to be publicly condoning the unlawful pushback of refugees would be setting a dangerous precedent. adam easton, bbc news, warsaw.
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you might be aware of this by now! singer—songwriter adele has released her first song for six years. easy on me is from the forthcoming album, 30, which reflects her life after going through a divorce. it's a follow—up to her massively successful albums 19, 21 and 25. tim muffett has been getting reaction from fans around the world. # there ain't no gold in this river # that i've been washing my hands in forever... for fans of adele, the wait was finally over. six years since her last album, a chance to hear her new single, easy on me. # can't bring myself to swim when i am drowning in this silence
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# baby, let me in... i literally cried watching that song. it's like telling you to free yourself from the shadows of the past. some of the little bits - that she added, it's almost like she's trying to tell us, "hi, this is where i am six| years later", and give usl all an update and i really, really like that about the song. you've been sharing over the last sort of week what a journey putting this album together has been for you and also what you've been through. i definitely feel like i lost sight of and lost the appreciation of actually what a gift it is to be into music and be able to make it. ifeel like i got a bit frightened of it for a while and it really, really took care of me. i don't know what my outlet would have been, had i not had it, and it was bloody hard work to make, just in terms of, you know, i was singing things that i didn't even realise
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i was feeling or thinking. i can't unlock a door for my own mental health and take the key with me, got to leave it in the door for everyone else and i'm in a strong place now where i feel like i can put that vulnerability out. reaction on social media was overwhelming delight that, after six years, adele was back. # so go e—e—e—e... # easy on me... and with her new album out on the 19th of november, prepare to hear a lot more of adele's new songs over the coming months. tim muffett, bbc news. # so go easy on me.# time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich.
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