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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

    'Where is the right balance between making sure that we put lives first but also protect livelihoods? Not an easy process'

    'Where is the right balance between making sure that we put lives first but also protect livelihoods? Not an easy process'

    The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Mishal Husain that people arriving in England from more than 50 countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer need to quarantine from 10th July. He added that the US is not included as "they have got very high numbers of infections", while Greece does not feature as it has banned flights from the UK until 15th July. Most travellers to the UK currently have to self-isolate for two weeks.

    Credit: Reuters

    • 13 min
    Friday's business with Katie Prescott

    Friday's business with Katie Prescott

    In Northern Ireland today and England tomorrow, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels can reopen. How might they fare? Plus, the boss of NatWest. (Photo: Getty Images)

    • 18 min
    ‘We need to engender some responsibility in people, particularly in the younger people’

    ‘We need to engender some responsibility in people, particularly in the younger people’

    The top US expert in infectious diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci, spoke to Justin Webb and expressed his concern over the rise in coronavirus cases in the country, warning of the risk of a greater outbreak if the latest surge is not controlled. "We got hit very badly, worse than any country, with regard to the number of cases and the number of deaths. The problem we're facing now is that in an attempt to so-called reopen or open the government and get it back to some form of normality, we're seeing very disturbing spikes in different individual states in the US.” Dr Fauci was speaking as it was revealed that more than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the US on Wednesday, a new one-day record. With analysis from BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel.

    Credit: AFP/Getty Images

    • 18 min
    Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    The boss of Airbus UK says there is no threat to the future of its factories, despite big job losses

    (Image: the Airbus factory at Filton in Bristol. Credit: Press Asociation)

    • 11 min
    Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    Airbus is cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide, with 1,700 going in the UK

    (Image: a sign at the Airbus wing assembly factory in Broughton, North Wales. Credit: Press Association)

    • 11 min
    'We taken this action with the best interests of the people of Leicester right at the core'

    'We taken this action with the best interests of the people of Leicester right at the core'

    The health secretary Matt Hancock spoke to Nick Robinson about the decision to impose the UK’s first full local lockdown, in Leicester. Non-essential shops have shut, and schools will close for most pupils on Thursday because of a rise in coronavirus cases. The loosening of restrictions for pubs and restaurants in England on Saturday will also not be taking place there. It comes after the city council reported 944 positive tests in the two weeks to 23 June - about one in 16 of the total UK cases during that period.

    Credit: Press Association

    • 13 min

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