Skip to main content

tv   BBC News at Five  BBC News  January 22, 2020 5:00pm-5:31pm GMT

5:00 pm
today at 5pm, the world health organization considers whether to declare the coronavirus an international health emergency. measures to stop the spread of the new respiratory virus are being put in place at british airports and ports. chinese authorities say they have reached a critical stage in containment with 17 people now dead and more than 500 infected. we'll be talking to an epidemic expert about how dangerous the spread of the virus could be. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm: now, you listen here — he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. now go away! tributes have been paid to the monty python star terryjones, who has died at the age of 77. he had been suffering from dementia.
5:01 pm
he was the most wonderful friend and i was he was the most wonderful friend and iwas in he was the most wonderful friend and i was in the most what if a person to be with. i would not be the only person to say this, he had an enormous number of friends who loved him dearly. the un say they've seen evidence to suggest the saudi crown prince may have hacked a phone belonging to the amazon founder, jeff bezos. day two of president trump's impeachment trial in the us senate. we'll be live in washington for a special programme in half an hour with my colleague katty kay. chinese authorities have admitted the country is now at the "most critical stage" of prevention and control of the new, fast—spreading respiratory illness, coronavirus. they have advised people to stop travel into and out of wuhan,
5:02 pm
the city at the heart of the outbreak. the uk has also announced that it's to begin monitoring flights and ships arriving from china and separating some passengers as part of a series of precautionary measures, while public health england have upgraded the risk to the uk population from very low to low. the virus originated in the chinese city of wuhan, but there are a number of confirmed cases elsewhere, including thailand, south korea, japan and now seattle in the united states. the world health organization is meeting now to consider whether to declare an international public health emergency, as they did for ebola, zika and swine flu. so far, health authorities in china say 17 people are known to have died after catching the virus with more than 500 cases confirmed. tulip mazumdar reports. this is the epicentre of a new outbreak. hospital staff are dealing with hundreds of patients. more than a dozen health workers have been infected.
5:03 pm
this virus, which can cause severe lung problems, appears to be spread through close contact with infected people. there are particular concerns ahead of the lunar new year, as millions get ready to travel for the holidays. chinese authorities say they are working hard to contain the outbreak, but to expect more cases. translation: the wuhan government advice is basically if there is no urgent need, outsiders should not visit wuhan. wuhan residents should not leave wuhan unless there are special circumstances. this way, we can reduce the flow of people, reduce the possibility of contagion and prevention and control can be successful. the outbreak has already hit several areas of china, including the capital, beijing, and shanghai. a handful of cases have also been identified in other countries in the region — two in thailand, one injapan and one in south korea.
5:04 pm
the us has also confirmed its first case, a travellerfrom china who became sick in seattle. heathrow is the latest international airport to start monitoring flights from wuhan. there are three every week. passengers will be checked over, given information about the virus and asked to contact health authorities if they become ill. the government says the risk to the uk is still low. the last time a new coronavirus emerged was when itjumped from camels to humans in saudi arabia back in 2012. more than 800 people have died of what's called middle east respiratory syndrome since then. that virus doesn't spread very easily between people. the new coronavirus in china has been linked to this seafood market in wuhan. scientists are working on the theory that it also jumps to humans from an animal being kept here.
5:05 pm
an emergency meeting is being held by the world health organization to decide whether this outbreak constitutes a global health emergency. only five have been declared before for epidemics including swine flu and ebola. they will be looking at what measures might be necessary in order to better deal with the outbreak. so, they'll assess the outbreak based on three conditions — is it unusual, is it spreading internationally, does it risk of causing interruption of travel and trade? in wuhan, authorities take to the streets, disinfecting roads and shopping areas. it's unclear how this outbreak is going to unfold, but china says it's at a critical stage of trying to contain it. tulip mazumdar, bbc news. adam kucharski is a professor at the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine, working on global outbreaks such
5:06 pm
as the ebola epidemic and the zika virus, and is here with me now. thank you forjoining us here. how worried should be beat by coronavirus? a number of factors so farare coronavirus? a number of factors so far are certainly concerning. evidence of human transmission and health care workers being affected and cases being exported to other areas. there is still not weed know about how it is spreading or can exhibit sustain transition which creates the risk of a larger outbreak. there are certainly signs to be concerned about at the moment. the world health organization is considering whether to call this an international public health emergency. what are they looking at? but other criteria by which they declare this? a number of factors like is this unusual in terms of what we are seeing for an outbreak and obviously transmission of cases internationally and what might the potential impact of outbreak be on travel and trade. a virus let one is
5:07 pm
it something that will occur every winter or is this a new virus? coronavirus is a family of viruses and they include things that might cause the common cold or also include things like sars and mers which emerged in the middle east. not the same as sars but is in that family so we are seeing some symptoms with this. related to the common cold but one is benign and one can be deadly? yes and we are still at a place where we do not know exactly how this will spread. is this something like sars where it will look here —— occur in multiple places or is it more like mers where it will attack the elderly but remain contained in one area. experts will weigh up the pitcher for spread and for containment.
5:08 pm
exactly. a number of things notjust in terms of how it spreads but also visual impact of the outbreak. we are seeing visual impact of the outbreak. we are seeing cases visual impact of the outbreak. we are seeing cases and other countries we have not got outbreaks there yet. this is all weighed up in their decision as to whether the current situation warrants is kind of declaration. the authorities here have upgraded the risk from being very low to low, so no need for great alarm but do you have any advice for people given that there is this worry? i think particularly for people who are considering travel to asia should keep an eye on current recommendations. we are seeing those changes as a situation of also make sure you follow official guidance. also having a good awareness of what the risk factors may be if you travel to these reaches what the symptoms might be and practising good basic infection control measures like washing your hands as well. have to leave it there, many thanks, thank you very much. the monty python star terryjones has died at the age of 77.
5:09 pm
the actor and comedian, who had dementia, appeared in some of their best—loved sketches and went on to direct films including life of brian. david sillito looks back on his career. i can't get the fire brigade, mervin. will the boys‘ brigade do? hello, mrs rogers, hello. ooh, i must be in the wrong house! terryjones fizzed with enthusiasm, and in python, he was often at his best in a frock. now, you listen here — he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy! now go away! who are you? i'm his mother, that's who. born in colwyn bay, this was a film about amorous deck chairs that he made with his father. he met his friend and writing partner michael palin at oxford, and on leaving university, got a job at the bbc. twice a fortnight was a hint of things to come.
5:10 pm
silly, inventive and with a bit of history thrown in. but it was a children's programme, do not adjust your set, in which you could see the template for python. well, all the teams are divided into two teams — a and b. and b are the winners. laughter. you can make it more complicated if you want to. i'd like to restate our position on agricultural subsidies and their effect on our commonwealth relationships. the surrealism, the lack of punchlines, the soul of python owed much to terryjones. he cared a lot. mike, terry gilliam and myself always tended to be on one side, and then eric, john and graham were on the other side if there was a split like that. so, i think mainly it was in method, i think, thatjohn and i locked horns because i thinkjohn does like to dominate. john, you come to this mark there. on the python films,
5:11 pm
he directed and injected a bit of his mediaeval knowledge. have a guess. and he carried on writing. those two running sketches at the parties werejones and palin. edward heath. then came ripping yarns, and after that, the tv history programmes. not only bad, but mad. his brain brimmed with ideas, the words came in torrents. there was then something of a special cruelty when all of it was robbed from him by dementia. reunited with his old friend michael palin, it was all too visible at this bafta ceremony. stammering. we'd just like to say thank you for everyone. i know it's a great honour for dad to win this award.
5:12 pm
and just struggles we're having at the moment, it's a bit hard, but we're so proud. yeah. thank you. applause. 50 years on then, a final moment of thanks for the wits and creativity of terryjones. well, tributes have been paid from across the world of comedy. the comedian and actor rufus hound tweeted to say... frankie boyle said... and terryjones's fellow python memberjohn cleese said...
5:13 pm
well, one of those remaining four python members is sir michael palin, who gave this reaction earlier this afternoon. it's sort of like losing a limb, you know? i've known dear terry since i met him at university in 1962, i think. and we performed at the edinburgh festival, the first time we actually wrote and performed together, in 1964. and were inseparable for many, many years after that, writing, acting through the python times. and even in the last few years when terry was doing his thing and i was doing my thing, we'd still meet up and were still very close friends. and i valued terry's opinion
5:14 pm
probably more than any other. he was very, very astute and just say, "mike, have not quite got this right" or whatever, i would say that to him as well. less easy to convince terry that he was wrong. one of my favourite terry characters is in the holy grail where he plays the young prince who is standing there and wants to get married... no, he doesn't want to get married to princess lucky. the father comes along and says, "you're going to get married and that's it," and, "no, no," and "one day, lad, all this will be yours." "well, who cares? " that was terry's kind of wonderful drip. he played a drip so marvellously. just miss putting my arm around him and having a drink. just a wonderful companion, a terrific companion, so, yes, i shall miss our trips to the bar and shall miss our pints. and i shall miss our sessions at setting the world to right.
5:15 pm
see, he had his view, and i had my view. and he was the most wonderfulfriend and just a terrific person to be with. and i won't be the only person who says this. he had an enormous number of friends who loved him dearly. broadcaster alan yentob joins me from glasgow. he spent time with the pythons back in 2014 for his documentary series imagine. thank you very much forjoining us. tell us about terry jones. thank you very much forjoining us. tell us about terryjones. what was it like to work with him on that documentary? first of all, great to hear michael talking about them as they had nine there since university and in the early days before it monty python they were on do not adjust your set in the frost report amber writers together. there is a whole incredible generation of people there in the early 60s who created this extraordinary moment in the 1960s of new comedy. and i think the 1960s of new comedy. and i think the thing about terry was first of all terryjones, the the thing about terry was first of all terry jones, the other terry
5:16 pm
the thing about terry was first of all terryjones, the other terry is terry gilliam, is he was incredibly well love. you could hearfrom everybody missing him. john cleese's comments and everything else. the other thing was he was an amazing all around her. he was a reformer, he was a writer, he was his favourite preoccupation was as director. he was a broadcaster and a mediaeval historian and a children's writer. he really was... he had curiosity in his veins. and i think this is what was special about him. remember that monty python were very much a team of all these different talents it came together. and terry was the kind of catalyst. they used to sit down and plan the films and as three of those major films were actually directed by him, life of brian, monty python and the holy grailand the brian, monty python and the holy grail and the meaning of life also become —— first one he co—directed with terry gilliam and the others he
5:17 pm
directed on his own and terry gilliam would also make its own films. this is a man who never stop. his output is incredible. tv series about geoffrey chaucer in the mediaeval world. and towards the end of his life, when the last decade of his life to him he became very upset about what was happening in the middle east and the war against terror and he wrote a book about that. you're talking about a man who was always eager to talk, always generous towards people and very much a team player as well. there have been so many warm tributes to him today and one from eddie izzard said he changed the face of world comedy. i suppose for younger people who have always known comedy to be quite zany and surreal and anarchic, they would not understand the role that terryjones played in shaping that. a very interesting moment because i'm here in a studio and the last time i was here in glasgow,
5:18 pm
last time i was here in glasgow, last time i was here i was told that jonathan miller had died and then i did a piece about him and then was told clive james had died. and you will know now that terryjones has died and this is an incredibly creative period in british culture really. that period of the 60s, this tribe of people, recall that monty python itself was a mixture of oxford graduates and cambridge graduates and they came together and carried on the tradition of the goons and extended it. they were surrealist and created a new kind of comedy and a new kind of comedy cinema. television was terribly exciting and interesting and i am just mindful that these commentaries will was one of those figures who made a big difference. we will have to leave it there but many thanks for joining to leave it there but many thanks forjoining us. to leave it there but many thanks for joining us. thank to leave it there but many thanks forjoining us. thank you very much.
5:19 pm
and to viewer said that documentary that alan made imagine about a monty python reunion in 2014 we played again tonight on bbc two at 11:15 p:m.. the headlines on bbc news: less to the story instead. un human rights experts say they've seen evidence to suggest the saudi crown prince, mohammad bin salman, may have hacked a phone belonging to the amazon founder, jeff bezos. they've demanded an investigation into the claims, which the saudi authorities have dismissed as "absurd". the guardian newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying bezos‘ phone was infiltrated by a whatsapp message from an account apparently belonging to the prince in may 2018. with me is our security correspondent frank gardner. this is an extraordinary story and quite a complicated one. explain to
5:20 pm
us quite a complicated one. explain to us out this has allegedly come about. one day they'll make a film about. one day they'll make a film about this but i suspect it probably will not be showing at cinemas in saudi arabia because it implicates two very powerful, very rich man. jeff bezos the chief executive of amazon but also the owner of the washington post and saudi arabia's crown prince mohammad bin salman. the allegation with the saudi authorities have very quickly and some would say sufficiently quickly denied is that in may 2018, the crown prince sent a watch that message containing a video that contained is really made spyware. they allow them to download remotely a huge amount of private and intimate data from jeff bezos‘s phone. no question his phone was hacked on the 1st of may in 2018 and a large amount of data flowed out of
5:21 pm
it. it is called exfiltration. why do they think the saudi crown prince did this? he had a dinner shortly before that in hollywood together during the crown prince's visit and at the time, jamarcus shoji the saudi dissident writer and journalist who was murdered by —— macro “— journalist who was murdered by —— macro —— khashoggi. he was writing for the washington post owned by jeff bezos and the suspicion is as pa rt jeff bezos and the suspicion is as part of the campaign to suppress all dissent thatjeff bezos was targeted as part of that. the saudi arabians say this is absurd but the uk investigators —— un investigators say they want a full investigation by the american and saudi authorities. there is another angle to this which is only information that could have been in that phone began to come out and was published
5:22 pm
in the national enquirer which is a us tablet paper. polish about a year ago with intimate details about an extramarital affair which jeff bezos was having what ts on the night but details of which were in his phone. there is a suspicion that the saudi crown prince had those details and on two occasions in november of 2018 and february 2019 he actually reported some of those details that we re reported some of those details that were not publicly available. eat sort ofjoked about them in messages to jeff bezos. sort ofjoked about them in messages tojeff bezos. there is a lot of smoke here even if there is not any fire. one suspects who will hear more of this. frank, thank you very much. the regulator of health and care services in england has been criticised for failing to publish an inspection report raising concerns about a hospital, where a bbc panorama investigation later uncovered patients being taunted and intimidated. whorlton hall hospital in county durham cared for patients with autism and learning disabilities. the hospital is now closed.
5:23 pm
the regulator says it is determined to use the findings of the report to get better at spotting abuse in the services it regulates for vulnerable patients. the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is in court the chancellor, sajid javid, says the government will press ahead with a new tax on technology giants such as google despite calls for a global agreement to be reached first. the levy is due to come into effect in april. speaking at the world economic forum in davos, the us treasury secretary, steven mnuchin, indicated that washington could respond with taxes on british carfirms. are you going to unilaterally impose digital taxes in april? we plan to go ahead with our digital services tax in april, and it's important, as we said at the time when we first introduced it to parliament and legislated for it, it is a proportionate tax and it is a tax that is deliberately designed as a temporary tax. so, it will fall away once there is an international solution. international tax issues are very complicated. they take long times to look at,
5:24 pm
and, you know, if people want to just arbitrarily put taxes on our digital companies, we'll consider arbitrarily putting taxes on car companies. lisa nandy has joined shadow brexit secretary sir keir starmer on the final ballot for the labour leadership. to progress, hopefuls need the support of three unions and affiliate groups representing 5% of the membership. emily thornberry and rebecca longbailey are yet to reach the threshold. jess phillips quit the race yesterday and said her first preference vote would go to lisa nandy. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster. rebecca longbailey not there yet but many think that she will get the backing of the unite union so should not have much trouble. emily thornberry we'll have to go to the labour party to get 40% of support to progress. we are getting to
5:25 pm
position to know who will be on the ballot paper. rebecca longbailey if he met many of someone who will follow in the same direction as jeremy corbyn. she has been relu cta nt to jeremy corbyn. she has been reluctant to criticise him as have all the candidates apart from jess phillips and rebecca longbailey raised eyebrows when she asked what marks she would give corbyn possible to ship and she would say ten out of ten and today he spoke to our political editor. she said actually she felt the party did have at the election a great of policies. all of us within the labour party need to sell that message of aspiration, and we have to convince our voters that that's what we're about. and too often in our campaigning — and this isn'tjust this election campaign, we've done this historically — we veer into negativity. we talk about how bad the conservatives are, we talk about how they're destroying our public services, and they are, and that's right and it's right to make that case. but we don't show people what the future will look like, and that's what wins general elections.
5:26 pm
and she talked about having a radical socialist party, really saying there that she felt it was the messaging that was wrong rather than policies which she said she spent a lot of time writing. the other question being put to all leadership candidates is whether they could ever be friends with a conservative. this is what she had to say. i'm sure i have. i mean, i've got a group of friends who aren't political, who we don't talk about politics because you kind of don't talk about politics with their own political friends. and i bet you they've not voted labour all their lives, probably voted for all sorts of different people. but i don't know, it's the question. they wouldn't tell me if they did because i'd be angry. so not admitting she is friends with any conservatives but say he does not really know. many thanks, vicki young at westminster. more now on the death of terry jones. his fellow monty python alum john cleese has a speaking on the
5:27 pm
phone. he was a remarkable fellow because he had endless energy and enthusiasm. we almost used to laugh at him sometimes. i recall he got up one day we were shooting on the south coast and he got excited about how green the grass was. do you see what i mean? so there was this hugely lively energy in him that was very attractive. and he also had a confidence that i rather envy. he would take things without any worry that he might not do them terribly well. he did do them well but you know what i mean? i always held back and said! know what i mean? i always held back and said i don't think i could do that or get it right but i don't think terry was ever assailed by those kind of doubts. the point of a tea m those kind of doubts. the point of a team is not that everyone is go to the same thing but the members of a tea m the same thing but the members of a team are all good at different things. that was exactly right in monty python because for example i could never have directed what terry jones did but terry could never have
5:28 pm
written the argument sketch. so we come in at each other and every single one of us played a vital role. he appeared to be a man who liked wearing a dress. well, that is what americans always said. but in our day, pantomime for the big thing and for the first time we had a theatre or whatever age it was, six or seven or something, the principal boy was a girl and the principal girl's mother was a man and that sort of cross—dressing was a fundamental part of theatrical entertainment. so it never struck us asa entertainment. so it never struck us as a slightest bit odd. john cleese member and his fellow monty python alum terryjones. now it's time for a look at the weather with lucy martin. high pressure dominates the weather over the next few days but on at the start of the whee kim of some of us also beautiful sunshine and the next few days will bring some cloudy
5:29 pm
skies as the area of high pressure tends to pull away. it means as we go through to not come of the cloud will act as a bit of a blanket so it looks like a frost free not to come. temperature is not dropping quite as far, but where there are breaks in the cloud you could wake up to conditions like these. could see issues with dense patches of fog again to start the day tomorrow and tomorrow looks generally cloudy. the clock to be thick enough of the odd spot of drizzle at times in a persistent rain in the far northwest of scotla nd persistent rain in the far northwest of scotland and there will be some brea ks of scotland and there will be some breaks in the cloud at times and the best of those to be found to the east of high ground and temperatures similarto east of high ground and temperatures similar to what we will see or will be sought today sitting around nine or10 be sought today sitting around nine or 10 celsius. the maximum. then through friday and saturday, similar story really. plenty of cloud to come and perhaps missed and five but it looks mostly dry.
5:30 pm
hello and welcome to the bbc‘s special coverage of the second day of president trump's impeachment trial. i'm katty kay in washington. senate republicans set ground rules, rejecting democrat demands for new witnesses to be called. president trump weighs in with his view. it's a total hoax. it's a disgrace. but anger from democrats. they say they're trying to uphold the rule of law. part of our strength is not only our support for our allies,


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on