tv The Papers BBC News March 9, 2020 10:45pm-11:00pm GMT
issued within a fortnight, as a fifth briton dies from coronavirus — and the total number of cases hits 319. in the metro, tech firms tackle virus liars — the likes of google, facebook and twitter join forces with the nhs to fight fake news on covid—19. in the observer, stock markets biggest fall since the 2008 financial crisis, with coronavirus fears triggering panic selling — 125 billion is wiped off the ftse 100 in a single day. in the financial times, oil price plunge sends tremors through battered global markets — stocks and shares suffer as russia and saudi arabia embark on an oil price—war. i think we will start with the daily mail first i think we will start with the daily mailfirst and i think we will start with the daily mail first and the virus, stay at home if you have a cold as the crisis deepens. chief medical officer warns britons will soon be given this advice. the most minor
respiratory problem you may have. flu—like symptoms, you'll have to stay at home, it is getting a little serious? yes, which seems sensible but lots of people are saying it doesn't seem very extreme compared to what's going on in other countries. but an interesting point chris whitty made today, which seems very wise, is he says that part of the reason why we must not accelerate into draconian delayed measures too quickly is obviously not just the economic fallout, also if when there's no real signs in the community of coronavirus spreading, we are told we have to stay in, everything gets shut down, then people start getting fatigued with the advice and ignore it before long. so i think this is a sensible advice, it seems to be about the middle of other countries are doing. but we are all waiting to see. we saw over the weekend, the situation
in italy ramping up right in the space of 3—4 days. scores more people dying, way more infections than we have here in the uk. so there measures have got to be proportionate to that sense of urgency over there, and we are seeing them pretty much locked down the country. absolutely, that is what the prime ministers had this evening. that the special measures that were imposed on the northern provinces are now nationwide. when you talk about locked down, you can still get to work if it is important work, and you can still get around if you have to. understandably you can't literally imprison an entire population, itjust doesn't can't literally imprison an entire population, it just doesn't work like that. so italy is really the epicentre, and it is now the second highest, it overtook south korea and iran in terms of deaths. and the chinese death rate is slowing down
quite considerably, which is one of the few good bits of good news at the few good bits of good news at the moment. but chris whitty, the chief medical officer, was reckoning that the next phase here will be in about 10—14 days. that the next phase here will be in about 10-14 days. i think what is quite alarming from a british perspective is that two weeks ago, italy had fewer cases of coronavirus then we do. at the time, their public advice was similar to what we're doing now. so it is hard to see why we wouldn't be in the situation italy is in two weeks' time. perhaps that is scaremongering? well, based on the perspective of seasoned journalist... laughter. the telegraph, virus on the front there, prepare to self—isolate if you have a cold, officials warn. same headlines as a lot of other newspapers. i suppose this sort of brings it home to the public, the seriousness of this, as if the
public didn't already have that. but also, the sense that, and i think this was what chris whitty and boris johnson were trying to get across today, that there is a plan, they are in control. and when things do get worse, we know what you should be doing. guest, which is a good effort. i'm not sure it convinces many people. just my view of boris johnson is that he's a good jokester, but not a prime minister for a time of crisis. but that's precisely why he has chris woody next to him. absolutely, he has those two grown—ups around him to give him some gravitas, but i don't feel any particular sense of reassurance that he is in charge at a time like this. and it is interesting that the telegraph, in its column alongside the main story that you have just sent out, talks about donald trump blaming fake news
for the coronavirus, for causing the stock market to panic. and it is even more alarming that the leader of the free world, the most important country in the world doesn't seem to have a clue. and there has been enough written today about downing street being worried about downing street being worried about trump, and he staked his whole reelection on the stock market continuing to bounce in the american economy continuing to be bullish. so now, the fear is he is imperiling his country, and worse further afield by not taking this seriously. you can already see it happening in the us, the cases have doubled in the us, the cases have doubled in the last few days. it seems like a huge, huge risk to take to just brazen it out and say that coronavirus is basically a hoax, it's all fixed news test fake news. ifa it's all fixed news test fake news. if a huge number of americans die from coronavirus, trump will not get reelected in november, he could still really lose it. someone once
said there's no there there, it might‘ve been gloria steinem. some are suggesting that might be the case with trump and his last read out with the economy. but it is interesting, it is also a question about opposition politics or political adversaries. how much do they feel emboldened to criticise? here, john mcdonald was criticising the government today, the first time, the labour party is in complete disarray, jeremy corbyn is in his final few weeks. so there isn't really a question here, but the question in america is going to be the extent to which eitherjoe biden or bernie sanders make trump's handling of coronavirus a major issue in the next stages of the presidential race. just to backtrack a little bit, whatjohn was saying about boris johnson and a little bit, whatjohn was saying about borisjohnson and potentially
in the minds of some, lack of credibility — he has never suggested this was a hoax, this was never a big joke. he has serious people with him by his side. i'm interested in what some readers might think about him in relation to this? is there the suggestion that perhaps they have doubts about whether or not he can handle this, bearing in mind that the sun came up for him during the election? personally, buti think a lot of readers will agree with, it seems to me that boris johnson is balancing and — he's trying to balance between scaremongering and creating an atmosphere of panic, which apart from sending the country into total economic turmoil, also might not last for long, people can't feel panicked for that long. so the panic for a bit and forget about the advice and don't bother about it. so thatis advice and don't bother about it. so that is a dangerous thing to do. so no, he is not on our screens all the
time waving his hands and saying how terrible it is, but i think it is quite clever what he's done with chris whitty, chris whitty is always the voice behind this and it is a good idea. it shows he is up for listening to experts when others said he wasn't. he said he wasn't. michael gove has this respect for authority, and chris whitty is the real hero of this. he is the start this, absolutely. calm, measured, very english. we've run out of time — the check has been so amazing we've run out of time! onto the ft, oil prices plunged, sending tremors through battered global markets. the question is, how much further will they fall? isis question is, how much further will they fall? is is the start ofjust a continued bear market, or have we reached the bottom ? continued bear market, or have we reached the bottom? that is for greater minds than myself and the
financial markets to work out. heading to the guardian, stock markets and biggest fall since 2008. olivia, there is a sense that many people believe, or at least markets believe we could be heading to a recession? you have this push and suddenly began to freefall. that is what is so scary. a lot of people over here say that we haven't yet reached the peak of coronavirus here, and in europe. there's no reason the market should recover any time in the next few weeks. so why wouldn't we head into freefall? at is quite alarming. the fact that we are duea is quite alarming. the fact that we are due a really dumb in a recession oi’ are due a really dumb in a recession ora are due a really dumb in a recession or a big are due a really dumb in a recession ora big dip are due a really dumb in a recession or a big dip anyway, this could be it... the only caveat would be, is this a recession based on fundamental weaknesses, or will it be based on people not spending, travelling, or doing things because they are not allowed to? and the jury they are not allowed to? and the jury seems to be out on that. if it is the latter, if it is a temporary thing, then over time — obviously
that spend will not be recovered, but you can see people getting back oi'i but you can see people getting back on planes and getting about their daily lives. but the companies will go over all around the world. exactly, this is the point in the united states. the beef here is personal and corporate indebtedness and default. and if you get that collapse, then the whole shebang is going down for a while. the metro, tech terms fight virus liars. —— tech firms. all sorts of nonsense is floating around online about this virus? yes, there is amazing stuff floating around there. the french minister for floating around there. the french ministerfor health floating around there. the french minister for health has floating around there. the french ministerfor health has put floating around there. the french minister for health has put out a statement on twitter saying that no, cocaine will not prevent coronavirus, please stop doing cocaine to ward off. that is what we all thought. laughter.
so coke won't do it... fake news has to be stopped. twitter, facebook and instagram have created something which is too big for them to control, so they say they will go in there and sorted out. but how exactly will they do that? we always come up against this, they say they wa nt to come up against this, they say they want to stop online hunts, young people seeing images of self harm. but it is very, very difficult, they created something too big for them. but if they are reasonably successful in this, as we hope they will be for obvious societal reasons, it will be very hard for them in the future to say we can't do anything about this when it comes to other things. it is a slippery slope. you both will be back in about 45 minutes or so. that's it for the papers this hour. it's all there for you — seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers — and if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it later on bbc iplayer.
thank you john and olivia. goodbye. good evening. well, after a promising start, the day deteriorated as the winds picked up and rain began to edge its way in. the to edge its way in. heavy rain is a problem over western the heavy rain is a problem over western hills, particularly across mid—wheels where we have this amber rain warning from the met office. by the time the rain eases, there could be 100 mil metres of rain having fallen, so flooding is likely. we've seen the more persistent rain moving a bit further south across england and wales. more salary in scotland, but another pulse of rain comes back across northern ireland, enhancing the rain over england and spilling its way into southwestern scotland. a bit dry for eastern scotland in
eastern england. it will be milder thanit eastern england. it will be milder than it was last night when we had a touch of frost in the northeast of scotland. but it is mild air bringing in the cry out and the effo rts bringing in the cry out and the efforts of rain, but it should give some high temperatures across the southern half of the uk. they are coming all the way from here, a long way south. but we start quite wet across many western areas even with those showers coming into scotland. but through the day, we should see some steady improvements. as the rain sinks its way southwards, it uses off. showers for the north eventually becoming fewer and lighter. for many places it brightens up, we get some sunshine coming through as well. it will be windy out there, with strong gale force winds. but mild air as well, and weary of the sunshine coming through, perhaps across lincolnshire, east anglia and the southeast of england, temperatures actually could reach 17 celsius. very mild for this time of year. that weather front is keeping some damp weather going across the southern parts of england and wales
during tuesday night. that will clear away into the english channel on wednesday morning. the next weather system comes in behind that and will enhance the showers for scotla nd and will enhance the showers for scotland and northern ireland. wintry over the hills particularly in scotland. some of those have re—showers will get blown into england and wales, it likely to be drier towards the southeast of england. not quite as warm as tomorrow, wednesday still could see temperatures peaking at 15 celsius. now it will get cooler during thursday and friday. thursday still windy in the northwest of the uk, still lots of showers around. but on friday, the winds eased down and for most of the country, it will be dry. however as we head into the weekend, there's the chance of seeing some more rain. on sunday, winds are likely to be stronger as well. that's it for me, goodbye.
this is bbc news — i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11:00: all of italy has now been placed in quarantine in repsonse to the outbreak of coronavirus — it's the most drastic response so far to the outbreak. stock markets around the world have fallen sharply on concerns over the corona—virus, and a price war over oil. in downing street, borisjohnson and the government's main health advisers warn that the uk will soon need more robust measures. probably within the next 10—14 days we should move into a situation where we say everybody who has even minor respiratory tract