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  • the landmarks of London, empty of crowds in an unprecedented way.

  • In some places, you can count on one hand the number of people walking the streets.

  • These iconic places are now symbols of a country at a standstill.

  • So here we are Saturday afternoon, on a beautiful spring day, you'd expect tourists, demonstrators, all kinds of people to be walking through here with galleries, shops and restaurants closed.

  • They just aren't coming.

  • It feels like being on a film set or on a postcard.

  • By contrast, the scenes in our supermarkets in the last fortnight have been pretty ugly.

  • Panic buying leading to empty shelves.

  • One critical care nurse made a tearful appeal after being unable to buy fruit and veg.

  • He just strictly the shelves of basic foods.

  • You just need to stop.

  • Frankly, we should all be ashamed that that has to happen.

  • It's unacceptable thes air, the very people that we will a lead to look after, perhaps us or our loved ones.

  • In the weeks ahead, more food is arriving every day.

  • There's no shortage of food production at the crucial thing is that we need people.

  • Thio come down and buy only what they need and to think of others when they are purchasing.

  • The government insists it's not planning to introduce rationing, but it's backing supermarkets who impose limits on how many items customers combined.

  • Food manufacturers say they've increased production by 50%.

  • We may know, always be able to buy exactly the normal things that we would on that actually, there will be less choice than perhaps there has otherwise been.

  • There is a £1,000,000,000 more food in people's houses than there was three weeks ago, so we should make sure wait.

  • Some of it, such of the surreal times we live in a toilet roll has now become political.

  • Toilet roll is made here in this country on.

  • They're able to expand production very, very quickly, but that is an item.

  • Where to ensure that the good remained on the shelves of the supermarkets together took a position of putting an item limit.

  • But more important than household stores are hospital supplies, and there is some optimism.

  • Today, N Hs England announced it struck a major deal with private hospitals, meaning 20,000 qualified staff will be available to the N HS.

  • It'll also add 8000 more beds and 1200 ventilators across England.

  • But many areas of the UK are still in fear of the pressure yet to come.

  • MPs and Cornwall on whales have been asking tourists to stay away.

  • To avoid strain on health service is a week from now would have been the beginning of school Easter holidays.

  • There will be many families who still have holidays within the UK, booked up cottages by the sea and so on.

  • What is the government's advice to families about those holidays?

  • Well, they're right.

  • So pretty that we've given so far is we've the people should be socially isolating and the whole population should be limiting as faras possible social distancing.

  • The whole population should be distancing themselves a sw, far a cz possible.

  • This is all our problems alarm problem, and if we do it together, it will be an effective strategy.

  • This is the time in your lifetime where by your action for save somebody's life, it's a simple and a stock.

  • Is that well?

  • The British Medical Association has called on the prime minister to guarantee proper protection for N.

  • H s staff and says priority testing should be made available toe all health care workers.

  • I'm joined now by Dr Official Sharma from the B m.

  • A.

  • Doctor Sharma.

  • We've heard a lot over the past few days about healthcare staff concerned.

  • They're not getting the proper protective equipment on not being given for priority for testing.

  • We've also had a lot of promises that both of those things are happening.

  • So as of today, what is the situation?

  • The situation is really confusing still.

  • So there are differences between what the government recommends for stuff in your chest compared to one's done elsewhere in the world on Pete.

  • That's making you feel anxious about what they were getting, where they have access to appropriate equipment or not.

  • And they're certainly on the ground or some supply issues, even though there is supplies available nationally, when people need the supplies, they sometimes can't get them on.

  • This equipment is so essential to protect on the staff member involved, but also reduce the risk of transmission to other more patients and on the issue of testing what is happening.

  • So the testing in the moment and staff can't get access to testing, and this is a really important thing because of the moment we have numbers of staff across the country are self isolating because a family member may have had a febrile illness or a sore throat, which may on which may not be quite a vice related brush, that because they don't know what it is they're having to self isolate.

  • We need to have all the staff available we can to make sure they can treat patients and a long time.

  • And without that testing, we have people selfies I was looking for no reason and there have been promises that the testing will come.

  • But as we sit here now, it's not there in enough numbers at the moment.

  • This certainly is the capacity to do it in numbers that requires its being prioritized.

  • Patients would quite rightly, but we do need to ramp up the trust of the testing quite rapidly, for the staff can also be testing get back to work Now.

  • We know sadly from countries like Italy that many healthcare staff become infected, and in some instances that have died, what protection is there for all of those doctors that are being asked to come back into the N HS or students asked to help out what protection is there for those people?

  • Yeah.

  • So in the pension scheme, there are some aspects of protection you have if you die in service.

  • But unfortunately, we live in a scenario where lots of people have come out to the scheme either because they can't afford to pay into the scheme or because they've been forced out of taxation.

  • And what we'd like to see is the government actually makes a provision that if an energy s worker doesn't sadly die from from this disease, that actually their family will be supported and they won't be financially disadvantaged.

  • And obviously, we've heard today about this new deal with private hospitals that will provide a lot of staff on ventilators.

  • That's got to be good news.

  • Hasn't?

  • No.

  • Absolutely.

  • So as you heard, we're all in this together.

  • So we need to make sure we use all resources are available.

  • Certainly.

  • But the private providers, I've got an important role to play in this office.

  • They have capacity, attempts of beds in the staff.

  • Very important.

  • We do, of course, need to make sure that staff are properly trained and the facilities are suitable for the use that we're hoping to use them for.

  • But this is a positive step, certainly.

  • Well, Dr Michelle Sharma, thanks very much for talking to us today.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Silent streets, shuttered shops and cafes.

  • No meeting up with family or friends.

  • The reality of social distancing, which experts have warned, is likely to be needed for most of this year.

  • So what impact is it already having?

  • How far people learning to adapt are north of England.

  • Correspondent Claire Fallon reports from Livable Your birthday.

  • Oh, happy birthday.

  • 84 today.

  • First time I've ever bought a loo.

  • Rolls for the first time I've ever bought you loathe on celebrating, So not quite Just made this in her family plant.

  • I thought I just put a ban on the window so she could look out.

  • We're on the phone all the time.

  • Just hard not to be able to be in contact.

  • We will soon.

  • How are you?

  • I am quite worried.

  • Um, I actually had a message from a friend this morning on your friend's father died lots of far from me and 69.

  • Just quite frightening.

  • This is that he had Corona virus.

  • Yeah, 1st 1 probably money that well here is quite boring.

  • The morning after the nights when things changed, people are still out and about.

  • But look closer.

  • The signs of their life is different tonight and fields It was meant to be Liverpool against Crystal Palace and not any old match, but the match where Liverpool fans hoped and believed they would win the Premier Li game off.

  • But prematch pie still on sale with a carefully spaced Q.

  • It's where we met.

  • How you getting on love being now, since a script this morning inevitable.

  • £30.

  • I should have at least 60.

  • And by now, like most taxi drivers, Eddie is self employed.

  • Like most self employed.

  • He's worried.

  • But how would you feel about the difference that there is there between what's being done?

  • People here employed on what's being done to people like you who are self employed?

  • The Goldmans have never done anything for the fall itself.

  • Boys had expected to just go up and do with Christ amputate give Nothing could be dead on when they turn around and say that given up to two and 1/2 £1000 paid employees pair month for seven businesses and self employed enough £94.

  • It's disgraceful.

  • In Manchester last night, the queues of taxis were telling at 7 30 hardly any after work drinkers.

  • If we weren't listening to the please to stay at home before, it seems we are now in the most part.

  • On back in Liverpool, way found a Liverpool fan stopped outside the ground, imagining What are you doing?

  • I'm just living far from it.

  • And I thought I'd come here and I just fancied played, never walk alone.

  • Outside the ground is a reason, just inspiration and Nola's Corona virus thing.

  • But just off I must go and the match.

  • You know, a lot.

  • You know, it's just frustrating.

  • Sack afternoon.

  • No football.

  • I can't go The pope know about about the pope.

  • It's this club.

  • Just fancy plane.

  • Never walk alone.

  • And so begins an age of social distancing and things that might have been his life.

  • Changes for a soul, for who knows how long.

  • But during the day it doesn't really feel like a lock down.

  • That's because it isn't a full lock down.

  • The shops are open, so people are going to go and get food and some people are going to work, but during the evening it feels completely different.

  • I mean, this is Liverpool City Center.

  • This is one the main strips for bars and clubs.

  • It's all but deserted.

  • They're all close to come out.

  • Imagine how it would have been in that lyrical match have happened tonight.

  • You've got behind me closed for famous loophole.

  • Philharmonic also closed.

  • Although what we've been talking to, people that are seem to be an acceptance now of why we're being asked to do this.

  • I don't think any of us can imagine yet all of the different ways in which this will have an effect from our lives.

  • Thanks, Claire.

  • Where we're joined now by the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

  • Joe Anderson, As Clare says, life is changing for everyone.

  • And this will have a dramatic effect on your city, won't it?

  • Absolutely not.

  • Just in same help terms and the body that we have about people self but the economy, the local economy.

  • Here we rely on tourism and hospitality.

  • That sector generates Randall £3.3 billion a year, 38,000 jobs that employees the taxi driver.

  • Let me just give you an example of what it means to him.

  • So everybody in the city is clearly read about what it means for jobs in the health, on it.

  • Frightening.

  • And for me, this is a national, um, agency Arnold governments who actually, it's great what they did yesterday.

  • But they're behind the cave.

  • I want them to be friends.

  • I think we need a national source of emergency task force based with opposition based with the C U C c B I banks, everybody working together.

  • So I don't have to.

  • We have to consider seed.

  • You have to accept.

  • There's been unprecedented financial support from the government yesterday unprecedentedly state intervention.

  • Well, I look at all this out yearly.

  • Welcome what was done.

  • But if you look at them market, you know, like you looking on the European countries to do in similar, if not a damn sight more.

  • And if you look, you know what they're doing in the private rented sector.

  • Very little.

  • Yes, people are getting mortgage holidays, but that's what it is.

  • And if you look, you know the loans to businesses, we need much, much more.

  • We need that, Uh, you have focused, determined effort to support the economy.

  • Moving forward, I think they have, in the last week announced help for people on mortgages help for renters.

  • They're gonna pay 80% of salaries for staff.

  • Now it's acknowledged there's an issue for people like the taxi driver in Claire's report.

  • What would you like to see for those people in the so called gig economy for self employed people?

  • The woodwork.

  • If they, for instance, when they're taken time off, where I'm gonna have to claim universal credit, Wait five weeks, then it's about £94 a week, so it's not gonna help them.

  • And if they get in the holiday of rent and we went to see whether that's gonna be the cake, what happens to the renter's just the crew when it means a death that they've got a pickle?

  • So that's why I'm saying, you know, what the government did yesterday was welcome, but it has to be almost on a daily basis here because if if not consigned people millions of people to the unemployment queue, then it's gonna cost us more in the long term anyway.

  • So that's why I'm calling for this national task force to be settled so we can respond on a daily basis and government listening businesses that you say the bank sold.

  • Of course, the government would say that everything that they've done over the past week has been to try to keep people in work.

  • But just just finally, for the moment, as a city mayor, we know that food banks, for example, many people in communities across Liverpool and elsewhere in the country rely on food banks.

  • We know some of them are having to close what it can you do for the vulnerable people in your city.

  • But we've set up to four lines were about 900 volunteers that have volunteered since there's they.

  • I'll make sure that nobody in this city gold hungry were given vouchers out to your Children.

  • To the families, they were all school free school meals.

  • That will happen on Monday.

  • We'll make sure that nobody goes home.

  • Green will make sure that the volunteers set there gets supported to help the people at this time.

  • That's exactly the spirit which we show here in Liverpool that we want the government to show nationally.

  • Joe Anderson thanks very much.

  • I'm sure we'll come back to talk to you more about that at some stage.

  • But thank you for now.

  • Now.

  • The number of deaths in Italy a continuing to saw latest figures show 793 people have died in the last 24 hours.

  • Another record high are the numbers testing positive rose more than six and 1/2 1000 since yesterday has also been a surge of cases in Spain, now the third worst affected country in the world.

  • Amiens arm reports one of the few things moving on Italian roads today.

  • An army convoy carrying coffins from Bergamo not far from it was confirmed in the last few minutes that nearly 800 have died since yesterday, making a total of just under 5000.

  • The health minister banned people from driving to their country homes this weekend, all but essential travel forbidden and strictly enforced.

  • A solitary stroll on the beach.

  • Come this way, please, sir, 50,000 people here have already been charged with breaching locked down rules in Spain.

  • Two numbers are rapidly going in the wrong direction.

  • The second highest number of both infections and deaths in Europe.

  • An emergency treatment centers being constructed in conference halls, but widespread criticism of the nation's response.

  • It's the creases, the king's televised call for unity and collaboration, drowned out by protesters confined, of course, to the balcony, which was where French runner Alicia Accommodates decided to run an entire marathon all 26 miles and 385 yards in support of local health care workers into lose just under seven hours.

  • It was some way off his personal best across the world, those who are still healthy air facing into a very different kind of life.

  • Kurds in Iraq celebrating New Year from their rooftops and then Jordan.

  • Those breaking curfew face immediate jail nation by nation.

  • The world is struggling to comprehend the task at hand.

  • Thankfully, no one has died in Kenya, for example.

  • But health officials were spraying nonetheless in one of Nairobi's big informal markets.

  • Each Kenyan president, My stick, this possibility to make sure that we cut the trust mission way, cut the spread and it is possible.

  • The continent of Africa has seen a few deaths so far, but infections now total just over 1000.

  • In India, urbanites are flocking to the countryside amid warnings rural health systems there are even more fragile than in town's cases.

  • So far, around 300 with only four confirmed to have died.

  • No.

  • Where is Immune?

  • Australia, which has banned foreigners from visiting today, began closing the nation's beaches.

  • Too many people risking everyone's health by ignoring pleas to keep their distance.

  • If any nation knows what's at stake, it's China, which after three months of shutdown now is slowly and tentatively starting to come out of hibernation.

  • But as scientists the world over worn beware, the false spring came in zero in there.

  • Well, earlier I spoke to Sylvia Been Yamini, health director for a hospital in the city of Bergamo.

  • That's in Lombardy, in the north of Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in that country, with a number of deaths roved by 546 in the last 24 hours, the highest daily increased their since the outbreak began.

  • I began by asking her just how bad things