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09/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

09 April 2020
Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Asian stocks climb as hopes grow coronavirus is peaking
Apr 9th, 2020 via City AM - News
Asian stocks rose today as hopes grew the global coronavirus outbreak is reaching its peak and oil prices grew on expectations of a production cut. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.65 per cent despite Japan’s Nikkei dropping 0.33 per cent overnight.

Nissan seeks $4.6 bln credit line after coronavirus hit - Nikkei
Apr 9th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Financial Services News
Nissan Motor (7201.T) has requested a 500 billion yen ($4.6 billion) commitment line from major lenders after sales were battered by the coronavirus outbreak, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.

EU ministers fail to agree coronavirus economic rescue
Apr 8th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Business News
European Union finance ministers failed in all-night talks to agree on more economic support for their coronavirus-stricken economies, spurring Spain to warn the bloc’s future was on the line if it did not forge a joint response to the crisis.


Coronavirus: Northern Ireland economy ‘could shrink by 10%'
Apr 9th, 2020 via BBC World - Northern Ireland 
Britain’s economy and people’s livelihoods will take a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced a lockdown of much of society, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday, adding that the government had taken the right steps to get through the crisis.

Coronavirus will hit jobs, livelihoods, says Sunak
Apr 9th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Business News
Britain’s economy and people’s livelihoods will take a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced a lockdown of much of society, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday, adding that the government had taken the right steps to get through the crisis.

Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities
Apr 8th, 2020 via Gov.UK - Government - Announcements
Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today (Wednesday 8 April).

General UK News

Coronavirus: Ministers to discuss UK lockdown review
Apr 9th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Ministers are to discuss a review of the UK's coronavirus lockdown to consider whether restrictions on people's movements should be extended.

UK Covid-19 antibody tests not ready until May at earliest
Apr 8th, 2020 via The Guardian - Health
Antibody tests to identify those who have had Covid-19 will not be available until May at the earliest, raising further questions about how the government will reach its target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month. 

UK scrambles for foreign-made ventilators ahead of coronavirus peak
Apr 8th, 2020 via The Guardian - Health
The NHS is scrambling to get foreign-made ventilators into hospitals, so that there are enough available ahead of the estimated peak in UK coronavirus cases in around seven to 10 days’ time.

Day-to-Day Impact

Coronavirus: Vets 'could help in hospital' if situation worsens
Apr 9th, 2020 via BBC World - Northern Ireland
Vets could help out in hospital intensive care units if the coronavirus crisis worsens, an executive minister has said. Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots said staff were on standby if required.

Coronavirus: Isle of Man sees 71% rise in domestic disputes under lockdown
Apr 8th, 2020 via BBC News - Isle Of Man
There has been a steep increase in the number of domestic disputes reported to police since the introduction of the Isle of Man's coronavirus lockdown. 

Coronavirus: Prisoner votes in Welsh local elections plan shelved
Apr 8th, 2020 via BBC - Wales
Plans to give some prisoners the vote in local elections in Wales have been shelved due to the coronavirus crisis. Ministers had intended allowing inmates serving less than four years to take part in local elections from 2022. 

Global Situation

China seeks to contain 'silent carriers' of coronavirus
Apr 9th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Top News
China released new measures on Wednesday to try and prevent asymptomatic “silent carriers” of coronavirus from causing a second wave of infections, as the country reported another modest rise in new confirmed cases.

Clash looms in Japan as Tokyo governor says Abe's Covid-19 measures not enough
Apr 9th, 2020 via The Guardian Australia World News
Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, is poised to call for further business closures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, setting her on a collision course with the prime minister, Shinzo Abe. 

Giuseppe Conte: EU needs to help coronavirus hit countries
Apr 9th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said he might begin to relax some measures by the end of this month Italy's prime minister has told the BBC that the European Union risks failing as a project in the coronavirus crisis.


Coronavirus downturn ‘will exacerbate UK health inequality’
Apr 8th, 2020 via City AM - Business
The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak will disproportionately harm the health of the most vulnerable in society and exacerbate inequality, a top think tank has warned.


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