indians enjoy the first we since lockdown was in these. the organisation representing nhs trusts in england says it will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog caused by the pandemic two russians suspected of carrying out the salisbury nerve agent poisonings, are now accused, over a czech arms depot explosion, in 2014. the checks for example in the past until quite recently have been quite reticent about picking a fight with moscow, and is quite interesting how the czechs have pivoted and are being very, very robust in their responses.
the government says it will examine any recommendation made by the inquiry, into the lobbying row, involving david cameron. nasa is attempting to make history with the first powered flight on another planet with a helicopter mission on mars. and coming up at 6.30 — a round—up of all the day's top sporting action in sportsday. hello, welcome to bbc news. on the first weekend since the government eased coronavirus lockdown restrictions in england, millions have taken the opportunity to get outdoors, and enjoy the sunny weather. but there are concerns over new variants of the coronavirus, with 77 cases discovered in england and scotland, of an indian mutation of covid—i9. it comes as deaths from coronavirus continue to fall, with 10 in the latest 2a hour period, though the figures are usually lower at the weekend.
here's our health correspondent, catherine burns. i steps along the road map go, this one has made a big difference to streets up and down england. it's been the first weekend for nonessential shops to open. streets are packed and it's almost like old times. , , ., , are packed and it's almost like old times. , , are packed and it's almost like old times. , w, , ., are packed and it's almost like old times. , , ., ., times. just to see everybody out and about is one — times. just to see everybody out and about is one thing _ times. just to see everybody out and about is one thing i've _ times. just to see everybody out and about is one thing i've missed, - about is one thing i've missed, being able to be part of society again. i being able to be part of society aaain. , ., , again. i still get a little bit nervous — again. i still get a little bit nervous because - again. i still get a little bit nervous because i - again. i still get a little bit nervous because i don't i again. i still get a little bit i nervous because i don't want again. i still get a little bit - nervous because i don't want to get the virus _ nervous because i don't want to get the virus and stuff, but it is nice to have — the virus and stuff, but it is nice to have a — the virus and stuff, but it is nice to have a bit _ the virus and stuff, but it is nice to have a bit of normality.- the virus and stuff, but it is nice to have a bit of normality. pubs and restaurants — to have a bit of normality. pubs and restaurants have _ to have a bit of normality. pubs and restaurants have also _ to have a bit of normality. pubs and restaurants have also had _ to have a bit of normality. pubs and restaurants have also had their- restaurants have also had their first weekend of real trade for months. only outside, but it's not putting people off. steve and his family are getting together for a big occasion. it’s family are getting together for a big occasion-— big occasion. it's really great to be able to _ big occasion. it's really great to be able to come _ big occasion. it's really great to be able to come out _ big occasion. it's really great to be able to come out and - big occasion. it's really great to i be able to come out and celebrate my birthday, _ be able to come out and celebrate my birthday, meet— be able to come out and celebrate my birthday. meet my— be able to come out and celebrate my birthday, meet my daughter- be able to come out and celebrate my birthday, meet my daughter i- be able to come out and celebrate my birthday, meet my daughter i haven't| birthday, meet my daughter i haven't seen for— birthday, meet my daughter i haven't seen for a _ birthday, meet my daughter i haven't
seen for a long — birthday, meet my daughter i haven't seen for a long time _ birthday, meet my daughter i haven't seen for a long time and _ birthday, meet my daughter i haven't seen for a long time and just - birthday, meet my daughter i haven't seen for a long time and just be i seen for a long time and just be around — seen fora long time and just be around other— seen for a long time and just be around other people. _ seen for a long time and just be around other people. it's- seen for a long time and 'ust be around other people.i around other people. it's 'ust lovel to around other people. it's 'ust lovely to see i around other people. it's 'ust lovely to see them i around other people. it's 'ust lovely to see them and i around other people. it'sjust i lovely to see them and celebrate. it feels a bit more normal as well. it's nice to be able to just do it it's nice to be able tojust do it now, _ it's nice to be able tojust do it now. even_ it's nice to be able tojust do it now, even if you have to be cold, it's worth — now, even if you have to be cold, it's worth it _ now, even if you have to be cold, it's worth it-_ now, even if you have to be cold, it's worth it. right now, i can feel like we've — it's worth it. right now, i can feel like we've all _ it's worth it. right now, i can feel like we've all got _ it's worth it. right now, i can feel like we've all got a _ it's worth it. right now, i can feel like we've all got a lot _ it's worth it. right now, i can feel like we've all got a lot to - like we've all got a lot to celebrate. infections have fallen up by 90% since the start of the year. they're now at their lowest level since september. public health officials will keep a close eye on how easy affects those numbers, but in the meantime, they're also studying a new variant that seems to have come from india. cases are spiking there and 7070 —— 77 people in the uk have tested positive. as people isolated after travelling from india, although a few have not been linked to travel. we from india, although a few have not been linked to travel.— been linked to travel. we have put it as a variant _ been linked to travel. we have put it as a variant under— been linked to travel. we have put it as a variant under investigation. | it as a variant under investigation. we need to know its increased
transmissibility, orvaccine... we need to know its increased transmissibility, or vaccine... and wejust don't have transmissibility, or vaccine... and we just don't have that yet but we're looking at the data on a daily basis. �* , ., ., basis. but while they do that, here's another _ basis. but while they do that, here's another sign _ basis. but while they do that, here's another sign we've i basis. but while they do that, here's another sign we've not j basis. but while they do that, i here's another sign we've not seen for a while. 213 fans watching the world's snicker championship. it's the first part of the government pilot into how to hold big events safely. this afternoon, wembley stadium is welcoming 4000 people to watch the fa cup semifinal between leicester and southampton. 50. i watch the fa cup semifinal between leicester and southampton. so, i do feel bad the — leicester and southampton. so, i do feel bad the pans _ leicester and southampton. so, i do feel bad the pans won't _ leicester and southampton. so, i do feel bad the pans won't see - leicester and southampton. so, i do feel bad the pans won't see their i feel bad the pans won't see their team, _ feel bad the pans won't see their team, but— feel bad the pans won't see their team, but i'm looking forward to getting _ team, but i'm looking forward to getting the stadium again. so far, encland is getting the stadium again. so far, england is the _ getting the stadium again. so far, england is the only _ getting the stadium again. so far, england is the only part _ getting the stadium again. so far, england is the only part of- getting the stadium again. so far, england is the only part of the i getting the stadium again. so far, england is the only part of the uk| england is the only part of the uk to ease up this much. outdoor hospitality is not allowed anywhere else until the end of the month. catherine burns, bbc news.
the latest government figures show there were 1,882 new coronavirus infections, recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means on average the number of new cases reported per day in the last week is 2,555. the number of people in hospital in the uk 26 deaths were announced last week. nearly 140,000 people have had their first dose of a covid—19 vaccine and the latest 24 hour period, taking the latest 24 hour period, taking the overall number of people who have their first dry to more than 32 and three quarters —— jab. the number of people who had their second dose and the latest 24 hour period is nearly half a million, which takes the overall number who had their second jab to nearly 2 million. nhs providers has warned that it
will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog of patient care caused by the coronavirus pandemic. the trusts in england worst impacted, wont return impacted won't return to pre—covid levels for between three to five years. that from the association which represents nhs trusts. while nhs providers also says that covid—19 has resulted in the biggest backlog of care in england for 20 years. earlier i spoke to the chief executive of nhs providers, chris hopson about what he thinks could be done to well, i think it's going to be a very important and challenging task. what we have said today is that we need a plan, a team plan, between the nhs and the government. on the nhs side, we're going to have to do do a range of different things. we're going to need to change the way that we provide some of this care. that's going to need the government to come up with some extra funding. in the past, you may remember for example, in the early 2000,
when we had similar sizes of waiting list problems, we sort of got round it by paying more overtime by using the private sector. this time, particularly given the range of things that we have to do at the same time, we're going to have to be bolder. we're going to have to do adopt, for example, new technology solutions. we're going to have to get trusts working together much more effectively to improve productivity and efficiency but the bit that is really important is that this is a very big challenge. this is... people have been doing some work over the last month to really look at how they will plan to deal with this and the conclusion that they have come to is that, as you have said, in the worst areas, in the areas with the biggest problem, on the current trajectory, they're currently looking at a three to five year period to get through that backlog. everybody knows that's not appropriate. we're going to have to do better. we're going to have to work with government to help get a plan to do that. police in the czech republic say
they want to question the two russian men suspected of carrying out the salisbury nerve agent attack after linking them to a fatal explosion four years earlier. 18 russian diplomats have been expelled from prague, after the czech government said there was strong evidence moscow was involved in the blast. this comes as the foreign secretary dominic raab says the british government stands in full support of the czech republic, he's called the actions of russian intelligence services �*reckless and dangerous'. our security correspondent gordon corera has the story. two russian men suspected of carrying out the salisbury it took months to find the remains of two men worked there. a key piece of two men worked there. a key piece of evidence came when investigators found an e—mail requesting permission for two men to inspect the site. attached were scans of the men's passports, a copy of which the bbc has obtained. if you recognise
them, this is why. they're the same two men wanted in connection with the salisbury poisoning in the uk. in 2018, they were spotted on cctv and accused of smearing nerve agents on the front door. the two denied any involvement, saying they visited salisbury to see the cathedral spire. the e—mail with the passport scans claim the men were from the national guard of tajikistan and gave false names. the pair arrived in prague and october 11, using the same names as salisbury. on october 13, they went to stay in post trauma, and they left the country in the day of the explosion —— ostrava. the bbc has been told that a bulgarian arms dealer stored weapons there. six months later in bulgaria, another team from russian military intelligence is believed to have
tried to kill him. this cctv shows an alleged member of the team moving around his car. it's alleged poison was smeared on its door handle, leaving him fighting for his life, though he did survive. one experts say the —— one experts says this paints a picture. say the -- one experts says this paints a picture.— say the -- one experts says this paints a picture. in-house team of miscellanea _ paints a picture. in-house team of miscellanea and _ paints a picture. in-house team of miscellanea and throats _ paints a picture. in-house team of miscellanea and throats litters. i miscellanea and throats litters. it's probably about 20 operational staff. . ~ , staff. the czech prime minister announced _ staff. the czech prime minister announced 18 _ staff. the czech prime minister announced 18 russian - staff. the czech prime minister| announced 18 russian diplomats staff. the czech prime minister i announced 18 russian diplomats were to be expelled. moscow has responded that the allegations are absurd. the revelations about this explosion may not be the last. investigation into the activity of russian military intelligence are ongoing and more cases may still be uncovered. gordon carrera, bbc news. the environment secretary, george eustice, has told the bbc that the government will "look at" any recommendations to change
the rules around lobbying. inquiries have begun into david cameron's contact with ministers, on behalf of the collapsed financial firm, greensill capital. it comes as a senior conservative mp warns borisjohnson he'll lose support among former labour voters, unless the lobbying row is resolved. here's our political correspondent, jonathan blake. letting light into parts of political life that often stay in the shadows. former prime minister david cameron's lobbying of ministers on behalf of a finance company has led to wider questions about links between government and business and possible conflicts of interest. one cabinet minister who used to work for mr cameron defended his actions and those of ministers today, but hinted that a government review could bring change. once it's concluded and once all those parliamentary committees that are now looking at this have concluded, i'm sure some of them will make policy recommendations, and of course the government will look at that. i'm not saying that things can't be tweaked or improved, but i am saying that it was changed about ten years ago and that fundamentally here,
the question should be less about who spoke to who. the question is much more about how ministers acted after those conversations. conservatives are worried that some of this may be starting to stick and could spell trouble for borisjohnson with voters if he doesn't do something soon. boris defeated what he regarded and described as an out of touch elite in the 2016 referendum, and won a general election victory. he is seen as different from his predecessors, and has won a lot of support as a consequence. he will lose that support unless he acts decisively now. labour's rachel reeves faced questions about why her party's former welsh first minister took a job against independent advice, but there is no letup in the political attacks. what we have seen this week is that tory sleaze is back- and that it's bigger than ever. we need real change to restore trust in our democracy and in the very- essence of public service, - which matters to so many of us and
matters to people in our country. there are now multiple investigations under way into the rules around contact between politicians in power and those who seek to influence them, including the government's own review. so, it's possible, indeed likely, that more details will emerge and be used by some to argue that there are just too many grey areas. what's less clear is whether any of this will lead to lasting change in the way westminster works. how to regulate access to politicians and ensure that they're not unduly influenced are not easy questions to answer. jonathan blake, bbc news. the foreign office says the uk is deeply concerned about the health of the jailed russia opposition activist, alexei navalny, and has called for his release. supporters of mr navalny, have said he could die within days. supporters of mr navalny have said he could die within days. doctors say blood tests indicate he's at risk of both kidney and heart failure. he's been on a hunger strike
for more than two weeks, because he's not being allowed access to his own medical team. speaking on the andrew marr show russia's ambassador to the uk, andrei kelin, was asked if mr navalny would be allowed to die in prison. he will not be allowed to die in prison but i can say that mr navalny behaves like a hooligan, absolutely, in trying to violate every rule that has been established. his purpose of doing that is to attract attention for him, also by saying that today his left hand is sick, tomorrow his leg is sick and all of that stuff... the european court of human rights has ruled that the charges against him for the money laundering are, they say, arbitrary and unfair. isn't the truth that he is in prison because he is a threat to president putin, for democratic reasons? no, not at all. he has violated his terms of parole and that is why he has been given a sentence and i have to say that julian assange here in britain was arrested by british police because he had also violated
the terms of parole. our correspondent in moscow, sarah rainsford gave us this update on mr navalny�*s condition. it's impossible to get independent information. the prison aren't talking — information. the prison aren't talking directly and the main source of information is coming from alexei navalhy's _ of information is coming from alexei navalny's team and from him himself. they've _ navalny's team and from him himself. they've been sounding the alarm over this weekend. they've been putting out very— this weekend. they've been putting out very strong statements, warning that his — out very strong statements, warning that his health, his life, in fact, is hanging — that his health, his life, in fact, is hanging by a thread. they said he's being — is hanging by a thread. they said he's being killed four people's eyes and they're warning very much that this is— and they're warning very much that this is a _ and they're warning very much that this is a critical moment. —— before people's— this is a critical moment. —— before people's eyes. that point to high potassium — people's eyes. that point to high potassium levels saying he's at risk of cardiac— potassium levels saying he's at risk of cardiac arrest at any moment, so sounding _ of cardiac arrest at any moment, so sounding the alarm. concerned about mr navalny's health, and that's why they're _ mr navalny's health, and that's why they're calling supporters to take to the _ they're calling supporters to take to the streets this week on wednesday to demand his release, to
demand _ wednesday to demand his release, to demand that this critical situation doesn't _ demand that this critical situation doesn't come to pass. he is on a hunger— doesn't come to pass. he is on a hunger strike. it's been 19 days since _ hunger strike. it's been 19 days since alexei navalny has been refusing — since alexei navalny has been refusing all food and only drinking water~ _ the headlines on bbc news... millions enjoy the first weekend since england's lockdown was eased — but concerns as health officials confirm 77 cases of the indian variant across the uk. this as nhs providers issues a warning — its chief executive says it will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog caused by the pandemic. two russians suspected of carrying out the salisbury nerve agent poisonings, are now accused, over a czech arms depot explosion in 2014. back to the pandemic, and the global number of covid—19 deaths has now passed three million.
in brazil, more than 370,000 people have now died. yet the president there refuses to lock down despite a sharp rise in infections. mark lowen sent us this from sao paolo. every day, the faces of despair multiply. the food lines in sao paulo's largest favela go on and on. with most here working in the grey economy, covid has destroyed jobs. queues have more than tripled in recent months, as the pandemic takes lives and livelihoods of brazil's poorest. for luciana firmino and herfamily, this is now their only meal of the day. she lost herjob in a manicure studio with the pandemic and they're unable to pay the rent. translation: i've lost hope. we will have to live on the street or under a bridge soon. sometimes, i think i should give my children away to social services. she sobs.
with the pandemic, six out of ten brazilians households brazilian households now lack sufficient access to food. brazilian households government hand—outs last year helped, but they've been reduced as money ran scarce. no such concerns for the wealthiest food producers and backers of the president. it's corn harvest time on frederico da vila's 1,300 hectares. but with the president's anti—lockdown stance, slow vaccine purchase, and more than 365,000 dead here, his critics call his handling genocidal. the president bolsonaro is not focused on killing anyone, he want to preserve the liberties of the people. he want people to get... to get out, to get work. with the public health disaster, economic woes, and a divisive leader, brazil is facing a perfect storm. it urgently needs a way out
from the darkness of the pandemic. mark lowen, bbc news, sao paulo. the family of an elderly woman from south wales who was taken home from hospital by ambulance staff to the wrong address, say she was "frightened" by what happened. elizabeth mahoney�*s son has been told she was also put to bed in the stranger's home before anyone realised what had happened. the welsh ambulance service has apologised. nicola smith reports. treasured photos of elizabeth in healthier times. two years on after treatment for covid in hospital, she was ready to be discharged. but instead of taking her home, the patient transport service took her to a house in newport several miles away. it's not clear how it happened, but herfamily away. it's not clear how it happened, but her family believe that she may have been mistaken for another patient with dementia. she was told another patient with dementia. 5ia: was told apparently that her name, i won't say the ladies name, but she
said "that isn't my name." she says "this isn't my house." mum was frightened. initially, we heard from the service because before that, we didn't really know whether it was a chair or a bed or upstairs, downstairs, whatever. it was a bungalow apparently. they didn't realise until after they'd gone that this was not my sister.— realise until after they'd gone that this was not my sister. once she was discovered. — this was not my sister. once she was discovered, she _ this was not my sister. once she was discovered, she was _ this was not my sister. once she was discovered, she was taken _ this was not my sister. once she was discovered, she was taken back i this was not my sister. once she was discovered, she was taken back to i discovered, she was taken back to hospital several hours later. the west ambulance service apologise to families and said is working with the health board to understand the change of events —— welsh ambulance service. we change of events -- welsh ambulance service. ~ ., �* ., ., , service. we don't want anybody, nothin: service. we don't want anybody, nothing to _ service. we don't want anybody, nothing to happen _ service. we don't want anybody, nothing to happen to _ service. we don't want anybody, nothing to happen to anybody i service. we don't want anybody, nothing to happen to anybody in| service. we don't want anybody, i nothing to happen to anybody in the nhs, because we've all supported the nhs. but wejust nhs, because we've all supported the nhs. but we just feel that something should be in place to make sure this never happens again.— never happens again. tonight, investigation _ never happens again. tonight, investigation continuing i never happens again. tonight, investigation continuing to i never happens again. tonight, l investigation continuing to what happened and why.
nicola smith with that report. the duke of edinburgh's funeral was watched by more than 13 million television viewers in the uk. the 50—minute service was viewed by 11 million people on the bbc, 2.1 million on itv, and around 450,000 on sky. the figures are the official overnight averages for between 3 and 4pm yesterday. the billionaire issa brothers who own asda have bought the british fast food chain, lyon. more than 70 lyon restaurants across the uk and europe have been sold to the brothers' giant petrol forecourt business eg group. the deal is believed to be worth around 100 million pounds. a section of brighton beach has been cordoned off after a possible unexploded mortar shell was found this afternoon. a section of the beach west of the palace pier has been made safe while police wait for the arrival of the explosive ordnance disposal team. people are currently being advised
to stay away from the area. what was the biggest iceberg in the world has completely broken up. a68, as it was known, measured around two thousand three hundred square miles when it broke away from antarctica, in 2017. a warning, victoria gill's report contains some flashing images. a1 billion tonne block of ice. when iceberg a68 broke away from antarctica back in 2017, it measured more than 2,300 square miles, a quarter the size of wales. it was only by imaging it from space that scientists could actually follow the massive iceberg's journey as it inched its way north. at one point, it was on a direct collision course with the antarctic island of south georgia, potentially threatening to cut off vast populations of penguins and seals. but it was off that coast in the open ocean swell that the world's largest iceberg broke apart. it lasted for years like that, as it moved around, but eventually broke in two,
four, five pieces and then those broke up again. but the end point for some of these fragments was quite interesting because just very suddenly overnight, theyjust fragmented into millions of little tiny pieces. and you could see that on the satellite data. and that process, i think, is something that needs studying a little bit more because it might tell us a little bit about how ice shelves break up in the future. a68 being the size of a small country made it the focus of global media attention. but the breaking away, or calving, of these giant icebergs is a natural part of the ebb and flow of the dynamic ice shelf. what we are looking at is the regularity of these events — are they becoming more frequent? and iceberg calving is a big factor in ice loss from antarctica. so, if these iceberg calving events are becoming more frequent, then it's a really important factor that we need to be looking at and researching. while a68 will be remembered as a social media star that was visible from space,
scientists will now be turning their attention to the newest chasm on the edge of the vast ice sheet and the next giant berg to set off on its own epicjourney. victoria gill, bbc news. nasa is attempting to make history with the first powered flight on another planet. it will launch a small helicopter, called ingenuity, from the surface of mars. on board is a small piece of history from earth — a tiny square of material from the wright brothers plane that first flew over a century ago. as our science correspondent rebecca morelle reports, it's a trial of technology that could transform how we explore distant worlds the parachute has deployed... this mission has already revealed mars as never seen before with the first—ever footage of a thrilling dissent as the rover is lowered down to the martian surface. now nasa is ready to make history again. this time, it'll try to launch a helicopter. the first attempt at
powered flight on another planet, this animation reveals how it might look with the extreme conditions on mars and the fact that there's barely any atmosphere, it won't be easy. of course, we've been flying on earth forjust over a hundred years and now we're going to go to another planet, fine. it's crazy, that's the beauty of engineering. nasa's helicopter is a feat of engineering. it weighsjust 1.8 kilograms — that's four lbs — and it its first flight takes it three metres above the ground before rotating and finally landing. then
for the next 30 days, it will begin to fly much further afield. the helicopter has been lowered from where it was stored beneath the rover into a carefully selected strip of terrain, free of boulders. it will catch a footage as it flies, looking down on the rover and the camera will film the helicopter, providing multiple views for the scientist to study. ﬁne providing multiple views for the scientist to study.— scientist to study. one of the thins scientist to study. one of the things that — scientist to study. one of the things that a _ scientist to study. one of the things that a helicopter i scientist to study. one of the things that a helicopter is i scientist to study. one of the l things that a helicopter is very well—suited for is looking around, it can _ well—suited for is looking around, it can traverse places without being hindered _ it can traverse places without being hindered by the terrain. 0r it can traverse places without being hindered by the terrain. or even for astronauts — hindered by the terrain. or even for astronauts. the hindered by the terrain. or even for astronauts-— astronauts. the helicopter as part of nasa's most _ astronauts. the helicopter as part of nasa's most ambitions - astronauts. the helicopter as part of nasa's most ambitions mars i of nasa's most ambitions mars mission. these are images taken in the last few weeks. on the ground, the last few weeks. on the ground, the rover will be searching for signs of light, but the helicopter will add an airborne dimension to how we explore other planets. opening up new frontiers in flight. rebecca morelle, bbc news.
now for the tale of a dog who refused to let a disability hinder his exercise regime. a car accident when he was just a year old left dexter with two injured front legs. but he's learned to adapt and thrive, as russell trott reports. putting his best feet forward, dexter the dog has amazed medical experts. his owner kentee was faced with having to put him to sleep when he was just a year old, after he had injured his front legs in a car accident. but although he was feeling a little "ruff", she recognised something in dexter — that he was a fighter, and so she put him through surgery and therapy sessions, and effectively taught him to run on his hind legs. we didn't think he'd make it. his front legs got caught underneath the wheel. i couldn't put another dog down without giving him a chance. he's become something of a celebrity in his hometown of ouray, colorado, and he's put a smile on the faces of his family and the locals.
kentee describes dexter as goofy, sweet and smart, and she credits the dog's upbeat demeanour of helping them all paw through the pandemic, especially after she lost herjob. dexter, for his part, seems to be taking it all in his stride. russell trott, bbc news. this is where i say let's pause for thoughts. sorry. here's the weather with nick miller. a bit of rain in parts of scotland and northern ireland. we will keep some cloud and eastern scotland will turn clear. it will be mainly clear and england and wales, but some area of loaf cloud pushing in —— low cloud. where you are clear, another chance of frost going into the morning, but where you got the cloud, temperatures will be a few degrees below freezing —— above freezing. the rest of any sunny
spells in western counties, the chance of rain moving in. outbreaks in rain in scotland. elsewhere, once any cloud clears, there will be plenty of sunshine for eastern, southern scotland, across england and wales. breezy where you have the rain light winds elsewhere and although they will be a very slight chance of an isolated shower in southeast england, most away from the rain will stay dry with warm sunshine.