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viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> this is bbce latest headlines. no new coronavirus restrictions in england for the new year, despite a record number of cases on christmas day. the health secretary urges people to remain cautious on celebrating -- and celebrate new year's outside if possible. >> should in the future we need to act, of course we won't hesitate to do so. >> a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in scotland, the highest yet, as new restrictions on bars and restaurant come into play. and in france, homework will become mandatory for at least
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three days a week where possible. in new york, children aged 12 and over will need to be fully vaccinated to going to restaurants and leisure facilities as infections rise in the city. cape town city hall is bathed in purple light to honor archbishop and -- archbishop desmond tutu, who died on sunday. and lost for almost a week, a happy ending for search-and-rescue dog who got lost herself in norfolk. she is reunited today with her owner. ♪ >> hello and welcome to bbc news. the u.k. health secretary has ruled out any new covid restrictions in england before the new year. despite a record number of new infections.
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ministers have been under pressure to respond to rising infection levels after administrations in scotland, wales, and northern ireland implemented measures to stem the spread of the omicron variant. 11,030 reported on boxing day and today just over 10,500. the house secretary said 90% of cases in england are now thought to be the omicron variant and urges people to be cautious when celebrating new year's eve. here's our political correspondent. reporter: with a record number of covid cases recorded christmas day, the world fears a bleaker new year. scotland, wales, and northern ireland have all imposed further
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restrictions. for the time being, england warns that for the remainder of 2021, the message will we remain caution. >> there will be no further measures before the new year. of course people should remain cautious as we approach new year's celebrations and celebrate outside if you can. have some ventilation indoors if you can. please remain cautious. reporter: at this pub in bristol, they say the resist -- existing restrictions have hit them hard. >> next month it will have little impact because it is a quiet time of year anyway. >> ministers are worried about the effect that sickness is having on staffing levels, which
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is why they have not completely ruled out new measures in 2022. >> the most common figure coming back at us is 25% of staff, because of covid related reasons, that is a really big deal for emergency services. >> government ministers say they're analyzing data in england and not ignoring it. downing street says they saw nothing in data that would force them to push the button on further restrictions. you can see my boris johnson might be quite keen to avoid that. >> to the right, 369. >> 100 of his own mbs repelled
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-- rebelled against covid measures. >> well aware of the sentiment on the conservative backbenchers, it was a massive rebellion payment without hard data support, the rebellion will only be louder. >> they say they need to reassure the public that boris johnson is not just capitulating to his own party. you can entirely keep politics out of a pandemic. >> more on the data from scotland which has published its figures for the last three days. they haven't yet been included in the u.k. totals. >> new restrictions for hospitality and public indoor venues were introduced here in scotland today just a those new
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figures on covid cases were released for the last few days. the provisional figures peaked at 11,030 positive cases reported on boxing day. the figures reported for christmas day and today were also higher than it any other time of the pandemic. the prime minister is warning that is likely to be an underestimate due to the lack in reporting and that the actual number of covid casas is likely to be still higher. nicola sturgeon said the expected wave of cases fueled by the omicron variant was materializing, and this is what the scottish government said could happen. in the first minister predicted the potential for a tsunami of cases. the new restriction to introduce today and yesterday include distancing of a meter in indoor public ventures like pubs and restaurants, and table service in pubs as well. restrictions have also been introduced into outside
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gatherings of up to 500 people, meaning that big public events will be canceled this year. >> we will have more on restrictions imposed elsewhere in europe shortly. right now some breaking news from the u.s., which is also seen a spike in the number of cases. in the past half hour, the cdc said it is shortening the recommended isolation period for people who have asymptomatic covid from 10 days to five days. it also recommends those who have been given a booster shot don't need to quarantine if they are exposed to covid but should wear a mask or 10 days. it comes after president biden warned that some u.s. hospitals could be overrun. speaking during a virtual meeting of state governors, he said the u.s. is reasonably well prepared to meet the surge of omicron cases and that citizens need not panic. he has been urging americans to
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get their booster shots. pres. biden: because we have so many vaccinated and boosted, we are not seeing hospitalizations rise as sharply as they did in march of 2020 or even this past fall. america has made progress. things are better. we do know that with the rising cases we still have tens of millions of unvaccinated people and we are seeing hospitalizations rise. liens are hospitals in some places will get overrun both in terms of equipment and staff. >> in new york it is now mandatory for everyone aged 12 and up to be fully vaccinated against covid in order to access indoor entertainment and sports activities. new york is also the first u.s. city to mandate vaccines for private-sector workers. they were already mandatory for state employees. new york's mayor explained the measures being taken now. >> we make history in new york
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city. we lead the nation with the strongest private sector vaccine mandate. we put this mandate into action as omicron was coming but we had no idea it would be quite this intense. but we knew with omicron coming and cold weather, it was time to do more, and think we did, because these mandates have been absolutely necessary. the reason we are open when some other places are shut down is because of our focus on vaccination and because we use mandates and incentives. we got to double down, because one thing we can all agree on, covid is bad for humans, it's bad for our health and it is also bad for business. >> and israeli hospitals giving people a fourth shot of the vaccine, as part of a clinical trial to determine whether it may further stem the spread of the virus. the trial in tel aviv includes
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100 50 health-care workers who received a third shot no later than august this year. israel is considering a fourth dose, and a second booster for vulnerable people. there have been more covid related flight cancellations today with more than 2800 flights canceled around the world. destinations in the united states and china been the worst hit, with.s. airlines saying the disruption is due to crews testing positive or in isolation. approaching 10,000 fights -- flight since christmas eve have been grounded. let's look at some of the other global stories making the news. talks aimed at salvaging the 2015 iran nuclear deal have resumed in vienna. negotiations restarted after a five month hiatus following the election of iran's new ultraconservative president. the hope is to bring the u.s.
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back into the fold after withdrew from the accord in 2018 under then president donald trump. geologists in iceland are warning a series of trimmers near the capital reykjavik could symbol -- could signal that a new valve -- volcanic eruption is on the way. experts say the causes magma moving beliefs -- beneath the earth's surface. the cost of global shipping has risen dramatically this year as supply chains around the world battle with the impact of the covid pandemic. this led to frustrating delays for businesses struggling to meet consumer demand, but also to tens of billions of dollars of profits for shipping companies. our global trade correspondent reports. >> on a misty morning in leeds, just before christmas, long last a contender arrives, all the way from china.
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this is the busiest time of year . 90% of their stock is made in china. it helps keep consumer prices down. deliveries in 2021 have been late. several containers full of christmas gifts won't get here until january. it has been a year of good business but increasing delays and rising costs. >> it was delayed three weeks getting out of china. it was delayed another month at sea. for a seasonal business, this is thought that people don't buy until the last minute. >> this is where the container came from, near shanghai. the trouble is there are not enough empty containers in china to meet the demand for sending goods around the world. covid shutdowns and delays have put global supply chains out of kilter.
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we already know it is a sensitive system. the shi that blocked the suez canal for six days in march caused massive backlogs, but it is covid that has done the real damage. >> container lines are run like train lines. they he schedules and they are meant to call at fixed times and fixed locations but they cannot. it has absolutely gone crazy this year. if you're looking at short-term trade routes from asia to europe, you are looking at 366% increase. >> longer-term rates locked in 12 months in advance have gone up even more. the shipping container industry is on course to make vast record profits this year. ports are working longer hours to keep trade moving. warships are on order but it will take time for things to settle down. the huge disruption caused by covid-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in global supply
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chains. in some ways they have held up remarkably well, given the scale of the pandemic, but it has been a reminder for all of us how dependent we have become on getting shipping containers delivered around the world on schedule. one option is to increase local production. they are starting to a bit of that here in leeds, but don't expect mobilization to retreat anytime soon. this is still hyper connected world and now omicron is creating more challenges to the supply chains we take for granted. chris morris, bbc news. >> let's return to the covid situation in england. the health secretary saying today no new restrictions for england before the new year, but we saw in your report a few moments ago that northern ireland, scotland and wales introduced new restrictions on boxing day. so some viewers will think this is a patchwork of restrictions
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within the u.k.. reporter: it is confusing to some people who travel between the different nations of the u.k., especially since there is similar data. they say they are taking a precautionary approach with covid cases remaining high, they're trying to prevent hospitalizations from following suit, but a different approach has been adopted by the prime minister when it comes to england. many of his own mps have been skeptical about the position of even the current restrictions, for example 100 of them voted introduced to get access to some menus. -- two some venues. there could be even greater resistance if he tried to impose further restrictions without even further hard and fast
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evidence. many in his party say he is right not to damage the economy in the short term. he has not ruled out more restrictions in due course, but for what remains of this year, we'll have to see if this divergent route will have divergent results. if he manages to keep the economy open, he will receive plaudits from everyone in the conservative party while waiting for the greater public to feel that new year's celebrations have been saved. but if infections to rise sharply, his political opponents say he is -- are prepared to say he puts politics before public health. >> are correspondent reporting
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from westminster there. one further statistic that indicates just how fast the omicron variant is bed -- spreading, the rate of infection per 100,000 people, in the u.k. it is now 1095. there's a similar level of infection in spain that they are reporting even higher figures over the christmas period. they currently have 1206 cases per 100 thousand people. is the first on time the figure has gone behind -- gone above 1000 and it is their highest on record. the french government has announced new measures to deal with the spike covid infections. the government says people should be working from home at least three days a week were possible. schools will open on schedule in the first week of january and as yet there is no evening curfew but there are size limits on indoor and outdoor events. how would you characterize these new restrictions in terms of
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their severity? reporter: cautious, but reflecting the huge scale of the infections we are expecting. they're talking about now a rate of 250,000 every day in a couple of weeks from now. if you look at the spread ability of omicron, it is far more contagious than its previous variant, and even though it is less harmful, it seems, nonetheless it is spreading rapidly and there is the same fear of hospitals being overtaken and overwhelmed if it spreads at a full rate without some breaks put on it. there is a balance to be struck, as you say, there were people calling for a ban on gatherings on new year's eve or a delay in school reopening student monday.
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that won't happen, school will reen. on top of that, talking about bringing down the amount of confinement or quarantine you have to impose on yourself for a contact case, because the numbers simply are so huge. if everyone is confining themselves for what can be 17 days if -- for a contact case with omicron, that will rapidly result in an economy that grinds to a halt. so there is a balance to be struck here. the government is trying to impress on people that they need to take this new wave very seriously. there should be a big return to a home working which has begun to tail off. and new limits on the amount of people who can gather to 5000
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for events outside and 2000 inside. so it is a balanced approach, but everyone is watching the numbers and expecting an unprecedented spike in the da ahead. but mitigated by the knowledge that it doesn't seem to be having the same massive effect on hospitals that delta had. >> and just briefly, in terms of public opinion, how far are the public accepting the restrictions as necessary? reporter: people have been predicting a mass insurrection against government dictates, but it is never happened. most people that are vaccinated, there is certainly grumbling on the libertarian side and people angry about the health pass that
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we all have to have now, which has been converted to a vaccination pass. in the past you had to have a negative test to get into venues like ours but you have to be vaccinated now to get into those. people grumble, but so far there is no sign of any major misgiving. >> many thanks to our reporter there. south africa has begun efforts to commemorate the life of archbishop desmond tutu. the anti-apartheid leader died on sunday at the age of 82. he was archbishop for 10 years in the bell will toll for 10 mites every day at noon until friday. table mountain and the city hall in cape town will be lit up and purple every night until his funeral on the first of january. purple to represent the color of his clerical robes.
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our correspondent is in cape town outside st. george's cathedral and she described what people have been saying to her about desmond tutu. >> people are reflecting about archbishop desmond tutu as a man who was small in stature, but one who had a big heart. because after all, he was the man who was chosen by nelson mandela to head the reconciliation process here back in 1990 four when south africa became a democracy. a lot of pele speak about the man who played a permanent role -- a prominent role in ensuring that south africa does indeed become a democracy. he was not just respected here in this country, but all over the world and with world leaders having paid their own tribute, speaking about the man and describing desmond tutu is a moral compass, not just for south africa, but also for them
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in their respective countries. >> a specialist search-and-rescue dog that has been missing for nearly a week has been found safe and well. juno was last seen in norfolk. >> she does belong to ian and he d almost given up hope. this is the moment juno and her owner were reunited. >> i've just been incredibly emotional back there, but just totally humbled by what people are willing to do for people in the community. that's what lowland rescue is all a route -- all about. >> six days ago, juno went missing on a family walk near yarmouth and despite social
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media peels and searches, there was no news. >> tell me about christmas without her? >> i would rather not. >> it has obviously been tough on you. >> it's a quiet house, hebed is empty. >> today, search and rescue teams across country joined the search. news came through that juno had been spotted by one of the teams drone pilots. >> i think they found her. >> flying along the riverbank, and there she was. she just sat up and looked up at the drone. she is alive and moving, so that was it. >> after a quick trip to the vet. >> juno has lost weight, around five kilos, but is doing well and is now a home, resting in front of the fire. >> don't forget, you can get in
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> nawaz: good evening, i'm amna nawaz. judy woodruff is away. on the newshour tonight, the pandemic persists-- amid holiday travel, hospitals battle a surge in omicron cases around the country. and, massacre in myanmar-- a christmas eve attack leaves dozens dead, with aid groups claiming government forces are to blame. then, the year in tv and movies. what to watch this holiday season with a look back at the best entertainment offers of 2021. >> the first series that comes to mind is "hacks." it's kind of a generational look at how women have been treated in the comedy world, in the entertainment world. >> nawaz: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.


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