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viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> this is bbc news. no new coronavirus restriction will be introduced and england before the new year. but the health secretary says people should remain cautious and that the figures are being monitored. >> we will watch the situation closely. should, in the future, we need to act, we will not hesitate to do so. >> a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in scotland, the highest yet, as new restrictions come into force at bars and restaurants. as cases increase in france, homework and will become mandatory for at least three days a week or possible. in new york, children age 12 and over have to be fully vaccinated
to go into restaurants or leisure facilities, as infections rise in the city. and remembering archbishop desmond tutu. south africa has begun a week of events to commemorate the anti-apartheid leader who died on sunday. plus, a happy end to this tale. the rescue dog lost, and then found. ♪ >> hello and a warm welcome, whether you are watching in the u.k., ppos in the u.s., or around the world. the u.k. health secretary has ruled out using any new covid restrictions in england before the new year. ministers had been under
pressure to respond to rising infection levels after the administrations in wales, scotland, and northern ireland implemented measures to stem the omicron variant. scotland has seen its highest level of cases ever this christmas period. 11,030 were recorded on sunday on boxing day. today, just over 10,500. england confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. the health secretary said 90% of covid cases in england are now thought to be the omicron variant, and he urged people to remain cautious when celebrating new year's eve, saying the government will not hesitate to act in the future if necessary. our first report is from simon jones. >> the government has been poor over the lest covid data to see if it thinks new measures are needed in england.
this afternoon, this decision. >> there will be no further measures before the new year. we will not be taking any further measures. people should remain cautious as we approach new year's celebrations, take a lateral flow test, if that makes sense, celebrate outdoors if you can. please remain cautious. >> at this bar in bristol, many customers have decided on their own accord to stay away. >> we have already lost a really big trading period. next month will have little impact because it is a quiet time of the year anyway. >> the government will continue to look at hospital admissions, though early findings last week showed that people with omicron are less likely to be admitted. >> covid is having a significant impact on staffing in our emergency departments. the most common figure coming back is department are reporting
25% of their staff off because of covid related reasons. that is a really big deal for emergency departments. >> yesterday in wales, social distancing measures were reintroduced. in northern ireland, new restrictions for pubs and restaurants. a maximum of six people will be allowed to be sat together. >> we try to be sensible. >> i am slightly bewildered. i don't understand them. i have come over from scotland, so everything is different. >> table service is also affected. nightclubs will have to close for three weeks. the scottish health secretary visited a vaccination center in perth. >> this is still going to be very difficult. if we let this virus run out of
control or get ahead of us, that would be even worse for the economy. >> downing street says it will not hesitate to act if more restrictions are needed in the future. today's briefing by scientists is one of a series of regular updates given to the prime minister. >> for now, it's a call for caution. new year's celebrations are set to look very different in different parts of the u.k. ja: our political correspondent has been explaining that it is confusing to many people that the four nations of the u.k. are going down different routes in tackling the omicron variant. >> the biggest variant it between scotland, wales, northern ireland, advising households to limit mixing, closing nightclubs, deciding there has to be table service at bars, and england, where no new restrictions are being introduced at all. we had some earlier this month,
the advice to work from home, but in the face of those record cases in scotland, england on christmas day, in the face of those figures, the government at westminster has decided not to go down the road that scotland, wales, and northern ireland did. by ruling out new restriction before the end of the year, they are also ruling out a recall of parliament. boris johnson promised that any new legal enforceable restrictions, they would have to come back to have a vote on it. there were a record number of rebellions under his leadership, some talking about the introduction of covid passes. that was a record rebellion. at least one of those rebels today said, if the prime minister had brought parliament back thiseek, introducing new measures without hard data from the national health service, he
would have faced an even bigger rebellion. that may have you think that some of his opponents are putting politics ahead of public health. downing street would say it is quite simply that he is keeping a close eye on the data. the briefing was mentioned with his scientific advisors, and he didn't see any need to push the red button, as it were. he is far more worried about people perhaps not taking up vaccinations and boosters. jane: our political correspondent ian watson. there's been a record number of cases in scotland. in a minute, we will hear from our correspondent in northern ireland. first, let's go to glasgow. new restrictions were introduced in scotland today in hospitality and indoor public venues, just as those new figures were released the last few days. provisional figures peaked at 11,030 cases, reported yesterday.
th compares with just over 7000 on christmas eve. the figures reported on christmas day and today were also higher than any other time in the pandemic. the first minister isarning at figure is likely to be higher still due to the lag in reporting time. nicola sturgeon said the expected wave of cases fueled by omicron was materializing. the new restrictions introduced today include distancing of one meter in pubs, table service in pubs, a distancing of a meter in other indoor spaces. yesterday, limits on crowds were introduced. a large public events will be canceled as a result of that. restrictions are set to be reviewed on january 11, but looking at those big rises in case numbers, the queion is what happens to hospital admissions. that will inform what happens next year. >> strongly recommend that
people limit their mixing in private homes, and that they continue to work from home. there are changes to the laws around face coverings with some exemptions no longer accepted and people having to prove if they have a medical exemption. the main focus is on hospitality. a return to table service and also the return to the rule of six people or household at a table. to support the hospitality industry, there has been a 40 million pound package announced, but that is only for these measures. the finance ministers says there is additional money available should they be required. they will meet on thursday to review what is already in place and see if anything else is needed. there are warnings that significant interventions would be required after christmas, according to professionals, but they'll be making those decisions based on figures that have n been published. we will find out on wednesday
the effect omicron has had over the christmas period. jane: the situation in northern ireland and scotland. the french government has announced measures to try to deal with a spike in infections there. working from home will become obligatory again wherever possible for at least three days a week. although schools will be opening on schedule in the first week of january. there are no plans to impose an evening curfew, although there will be limits on the size of audiences for both indoor and ouoor events. our correspondent explains more. >> there was a cabinet meeting this afternoon, convened by president macron at a distance. he is in the south of link to his government in paris due to the omicron related covid. they are projecting very sharp
increases in the days ahead, maybe even talking 250,000 cases a day by january. it is the same here as in other european countries. what is interesting, so far, this unprecedented wave of covid is not followed by the crisis in the hospitals that we have had with previous waves. they draw some optimism from that but they are also worried, which is why they are instituting these new measures to slow down the rate. people have been talking about curfews on new year's eve. people have been talking about delaying the start of the school term. none of that will happen. but there are other measures, for example, limits to the number of people at stadiums, 5000 at football matches and so on, 2000 and indoor events. this new push on home working,
mandatory three days a week,four if possible. and the new rule about consuming drinks and food at bars and restaurants. you can only do that sitting down. it is not a drastic change but it is a change which will make people -- the hope is -- think twice about going out, their behavior, think twice about some of the habits of cover up which they have dropped in the last month. we have seen people beginning to thinit is all over, when it isn't. jane: the changes coming in france. the u.s. has also seen a spike in cases. it has led to president biden morning -- warning that some spitals could be overrun. speaking to state governors, he says the u.s. is well-prepared to meet the surge of omicron
cases and that the country's citizens don't need to panic, but he has also urged americans to get their booster. president biden: because we have so many vaccinated and boosted, we are not seeing such a sharp rise in hospitalization. america made progress. things are better, but we know that with rising cases, we still have tens of millions of vaccinated people, and we are seeing hospitalizations rise. hospitals in some places will be overrun, both in terms of equipment and staff. jane: new york city has made it compulsory for everyone age 12 and above to be fully vaccinated against covid if they want to access indoor entertainment or sports activities. it has also become the first u.s. city to require vaccines for all private sector workers. jabs are already mandatory for state employees.
courtney keey is in new york and gave us the reaction to the new mandate. >> here in new york, people are adhering to that, but with this quadruple rate of children in hospital since the omicron variant came here, a lot of those children are not fully vaccinated. between the ages of five and 11, none were vaccinated. the department of health right now is really warning parents to make sure that their children are geing vaccinations. children over 12 have to have both vaccinations to enter public areas, like restaurants. each state and city does things differtly. new york state has been in the forefront. mayor de blasio says he doesn't want to see new york go back to those early dark days of the pandemic, march 2020, when the city essentially shut down. there is a definite surge here but there are all sorts of mandates and rules in place here
in new york city. jane: an israeli hospital has begun giving the fourth shot of the coronavirus vaccine in a clinical trial to find out if it is safe and effective in containing the spread of covid. the trial includes 150 health-care workers have received their third shot no later than august. israel is considering approving a third dose or second booster for runnable people, as omicron infections search, despite the comprehensive vaccination program. there have been more covid related flight cancellations today, more than 1400 around the world. destinations in the u.s. and china have been the worst affected. u.s. airlines say the disruption is because of crews testing positive or isolating. since christmas eve, more than 8000 flights have been grounded. now, away from covid into our
other major story. the end of the first day of a week of events in south africa to commemorate the life of the anti-apartheid leader archbishop desmond tutu. he died on sunday at the age of 90. [bells toll] jane: the bells of st. george's cathedral in cape town will toll for 10 minutes a day every day at noon until friday. people have been gathering outside the cathedral and outside of his home in advance of his funeral, which will be held on the first of january. people have also been laying reeds and lighting candles in soweto. these are pictures of south africa's president cyril ramaphosa, arriving at the archbishop's residence to offer condolences. our correspondent is in cape town outside st. george's cathedral. she told me what people had 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. after all, he was the man chosen by nelson mandela to head the reconciliation process here in 1994, when south africa became a democracy. a lot of people speak about the man who played a prominent role in ensuring that south africa indeed becomes a democracy. he was not just respected here in this country, but all over the world, with world leaders having paid theiown tribute, speaking about the man, describing desmond tutu as a moral compass, not just for south africa but for them in their respective countries. jane: we are looking at archive footage of the man, but as i look at you, i can see children coming up behind you.
children coming to pay their respects, as well as adults. these people would know little about him, only what is handed down from their parents and grandparents. is it a time for families to reflect and remember what the country has been through, what is over, it has overcome? >> yes, it is also a time to teach young people about south africa's history. also, the death of desmond tutu signals the end of an era of people playing big roles and laying down their lives to make sure that south africa becomes a democracy. young people have also been coming with their parents to pay their respects, speak about a man who was kindhearted, who loved to dance. if you have ever watchedesmond tutu dancing, he was an old man with a lot of rhythm, als had a
lovely sense of humor. there will be lots of things to remember him by. jane: there is a growing political standoff in somalia between the president and the prime minister. the president says he has suspended the prime minister, accusing him of corruption in connection to a land grab case. the prime minister says the president is attempting an informal coup. >> the power struggle between the leaders took a new turn today when early this morning, the roads were blocked to the prime minister's residence, forcing the prime minister to get to his office on foot. mr. roble then accuse the president of sabotaging the elections. >> i would like to make it clear to the somali people, that the somali federal government will
be in charge during the transition period. i therefore give order to my national forces to work under the command of the office of t prime minister from today. the former president is no more than a candidate, so therefore, he should stand aside. >> today's move comes three months after the president and the prime minister agreed to end a bitter feud sparked by the disappearance of a female intelligence officer in june. the fear today is that today's development will only deepen the political crisis and could trigger clashes between forces loyal to the two men, such as those in mogadishu, when president formajo extended his term. jane: let's take a look at some
other stories making the news. geologists in iceland are warning that a series of tremors near the capital of reykjavik could signal a new volcanic eruption is on the way. thousands of mini quakes have been recorded in the last several days. experts say the cause is magma moving underneath the earth surface. negotiations restarted in mber after a five-month hiatus following the election of iran's ultraconservatives. the hope is to bring the u.s. back into the fold after they withdrew under donald trump. the canadian filmmaker jean marc valet, whose work included "dallas buyers club" died at the age of 58. hbo described him as a
brilliant, truly phenomenal talent. ♪ climate field disasters which have devastated lives have also because the worldens of billions of dollars this year, that is according to christian aid, which tallies up the damage based on insured losses. we take a look at some of the most costly events. hurricane ida struck the united states in august. that cost $65 billion. the fifth strongest hurricane to make landfall in the country, killing thousands of people. deadly floods swept across when troll -- western and central europe in the summer, and more than 200 people died. torrential rains in china's central hunan province cost flooding in july, leading to more than $17 billion in damages, leaving more than 300 people dead.
the cyclone hit india and bangladesh in may, costing $3 billion in just a few days, forcing more th a million people to leave their homes. most of the countries on that list are richer nations where it is easier to measure financial losses because people are more likely to have insurance. dr. kat kramer is the report's author, and she reports more on what she found. >> we looked at the top 10 most expensive extreme weather events that were climate related this year. it's important to say that they cannot be directly ascribed to climate change perhaps, but a number of them have been studied by attribution scientists, a new area of science looking at how much more likely and extreme weather event is, or how much more powerful and extreme weather event is because of human caused climate change. we looked at the top 10 because there is the duty to do that,
but we also looked at five other devastating events which occurred, which didn't have necessarily the same financial impact but were also important for the numbers of deaths or people disaced. also trying to put that focus on the losses and damages suffered by developing countries. jane: anaesthetist search-and-rescue dog who has been missing for nearly a week has been found safe and well. juno was last seen in norfork during a walk. the owner had been looking for her every day and have barely slept. mike higgins was there to see the reunion. >> she does belong to ian, and he had almost given up hope. this is the moment juno and her owner were reunited. >> i have just been incredibly emotional back there, as you probably got on camera.
i am just totally humbled by what people are willing to do for people in the community. that is what love and rescue is all about. >> juno has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog. six weeks ago, she went missing during a family walk. despite social media appeals, there was no news. >> tell me about christmas without her. >> i would rather not, to be honest. >>t must be tough on you. >> it is the little things. it is a quiet house, her bed is empty. >> today, search-and-rescue teams from around the, country joined the search and news came that juno had been spottedby one of the team's drone pilots. >> flying along the riverbank, and there she was, yellowjacket. zoom in a little bit, and she just sat up and looked at the drone. >> she has a good meal now?
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