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24/03/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

24 March 2020
Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Coronavirus: FCA rules out UK short-selling ban

Mar 23rd, 2020viaCity AM - Business

City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today ruled out a ban on short-selling saying there was no evidence it was behind recent market falls. Countries such as Italy and Spain have introduced restrictions on short-selling to try and help prevent market volatility as the coronavirus pandemic causes economic chaos.

General UK News

Coronavirus: 'Support the self-employed' MSPs tell chancellor

Mar 24th, 2020viaBBC - Scotland

The Scottish government is demanding more support for self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Contactless spending limit increased in response to coronavirus

Mar 24th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Shoppers will be able to spend £45 using contactless payments, up from £30, from 1 April. The measure was already being considered by the industry but its introduction has been brought forward due to the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the need for physical contact.

HMRC to give 'special treatment' to expats stuck in UK due to coronavirus

Mar 23rd, 2020viaCity AM - Business

HM Revenue & Customs has issued advice to British expatriates stuck in the UK due to coronavirus over tax residence rules. The tax authority will allow special treatment to be given to expatriates that face risking their non-residence tax status through being stuck in the UK longer than anticipated.

Factbox: Britain's coronavirus lockdown: What you can and can't do

Mar 23rd, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

Boris Johnson ramped up the nation’s coronavirus measures on Monday, enforcing a nationwide lockdown after chairing an emergency Cobra committee. This article details of the policies Johnson announced, which took effect immediately.

Global Situation

Coronavirus latest: at a glance

Mar 24th, 2020viaThe Guardian Australia News

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak.

French Prime Minister says coronavirus lockdown could last weeks

Mar 23rd, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said a virtual lockdown in France imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus could last several more weeks and that his government was tightening restrictions even further. He said citizens from Tuesday would only be able to exercise once a day, within 1 kilometre of their home, and that burial ceremonies would be restricted to 20 people. Open-air markets should close, he added.

U.N. chief wants $2 billion to help poor countries combat coronavirus

Mar 23rd, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres said on Monday the world body wants $2 billion to help poor countries combat coronavirus and warned that a massive, coordinated package would also be needed to deal with the pandemic’s social and economic impact around the world.

Legal Developments

Coronavirus: Emergency law to be debated by reduced Welsh assembly

Mar 24th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

An emergency law to tackle the coronavirus pandemic will be debated in the Senedd later, but by a limited number of AMs. The coronavirus bill will allow Welsh ministers to detain and isolate people, stop mass gatherings and close premises.

Coronavirus Bill to be debated by Northern Ireland Assembly

Mar 24th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate legislation on emergency powers to force people to stay at home. On Monday night the prime minister introduced the Coronavirus Bill, which introduces sweeping measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease.

Official Guidance/Reports

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

Mar 23rd, 2020viaDepartment for Education (gov.uk) - All Content

This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Traffic Commissioners require electronic communication during COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 23rd, 2020viaGov.UK - Government - Announcements

Transport regulators give strong guidance on how to maintain services following Government advice.

PM address to the nation on coronavirus: 23 March 2020

Mar 23rd, 2020viaGov.UK - Homes & Communities Agency Announcements

Good Evening, The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades – and this country is not alone. All over the world we are seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer. And so tonight I want to update you on the latest steps we are taking ...

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision

Mar 23rd, 2020viaDepartment for Education (gov.uk) - All Content

Operational guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training provision.

Guidance: Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Mar 23rd, 2020viaCabinet Office (gov.uk) - All Content

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vehicle approval tests

Mar 23rd, 2020viaGov.UK News

Vehicle approval tests are suspended for up to 3 months due to coronavirus - but tests are available for vehicles that are critical to the COVID-19 response.

Guidance: Further businesses and premises to close

Mar 23rd, 2020viaGov.UK News

This document provides guidance on the closure of all non-essential businesses and premises as part of further social distancing measures.


Coronavirus: Dominic Raab calls for all British travellers to return to the UK

Mar 23rd, 2020viaCity AM - Business

The UK’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab today called for all British travellers to return home while international travel was still possible amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Further Reading