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22/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

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

International

RPT-Europe's banks brace for bad debt build up from coronavirus crisis

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Financial Services News

Europe’s banks are expected to have to set aside billions for potential loan losses as well as take profit hits because of the coronavirus crisis when they start reporting results over the next two ...

$500 billion coronavirus aid package passes U.S. Senate, headed to House

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved $484 billion in fresh relief for the U.S. economy and hospitals hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, sending the measure to the House of Representatives for final passage later this week.

Italy's UniCredit to write down loans for 0.9 bln euros in Q1 due to COVID-19

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Financial Services News

Italy’s UniCredit on Wednesday became the first major euro zone bank to announce it would write down the value of its loans to reflect the economic slump which the coronavirus emergency is expected to drive this year.

Swiss business relief scheme during coronavirus attracts international interest

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

A “unique” Swiss loan programme for companies hit by the coronavirus outbreak is attracting interest from countries including Germany and Britain, the head of Credit Suisse’s (CSGN.S) Swiss business said.


UK

Coronavirus: Supermarkets 'to face day of reckoning' on wages

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Supermarket and shop workers deserve to be paid a minimum of £10 an hour after coronavirus, a union leader has argued. Paddy Lillis, of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), said retail "heroes" should be rewarded for risking their health to keep people "fed and watered".


General UK News

UK's community radio stations face closure as Covid-19 hits ads

Apr 22nd, 2020viaThe Guardian News

A third of the UK’s community radio stations could face closure due to the impact of coronavirus without urgent government support, according to the body that represents the broadcasters’ interests.

Coronavirus: Government facing fresh questions over EU equipment scheme

Apr 22nd, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The government is facing fresh questions over the time it took to join an EU scheme to source medical equipment. Officials have insisted the UK did not receive an initial invitation in time because of communication problems.

UK should hold inquiry into COVID-19 response, Liberal Democrats say

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

The United Kingdom should hold an independent inquiry into Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the novel coronavirus crisis, the opposition Liberal Democrat party said.

UK ad watchdog bans claims that IV drips can treat coronavirus

Apr 22nd, 2020viaThe Guardian World News

ASA cracks down on three companies marketing vitamin ‘immune boosters’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The advertising watchdog has cracked down on three companies for implying they could provide immune-boosting IV drips that could prevent or treat coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Students 'should be able to retake the year'

Apr 22nd, 2020viaBBC - Education

UK students should be given the option to retake or be reimbursed for this academic year, says the National Union of Students. The NUS is also calling for a student hardship fund to help those struggling.

Coronavirus: Libraries see surge in e-book borrowing during lockdown

Apr 22nd, 2020viaBBC Manchester

Libraries across England have reported a surge in online borrowing during the coronavirus lockdown as the nation seeks escapism and comfort in e-books.


Day-to-Day Impact

Psychiatrists fear surge of Covid-19 cases in UK mental health units

Apr 22nd, 2020viaThe Guardian News

Mental health units could be hit with a surge in cases of Covid-19 because staff cannot get the protective equipment or testing they need, psychiatrists have warned.

G20 agriculture ministers say coronavirus measures should not disrupt global food supply

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

Agriculture and food ministers from the Group of 20 countries agreed at a virtual meeting on Tuesday that emergency measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic must not create “unnecessary barriers to trade or disruption to global food supply chains”.

Students should get a year's refund due to Covid-19 crisis

Apr 21st, 2020viaThe Guardian - Education

latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Students whose courses have been thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic should be reimbursed for the year or allowed to retake it ...

People in their 60s at higher coronavirus risk too, say scientists

Apr 21st, 2020viaThe Guardian Australia World News

UK guidance for people aged 70 and over to self-isolate is leaving people aged 60 to 69 at increased risk from coronavirus, say scientists.

Coronavirus: Poison control bombarded with calls about cleaning products, CDC says

Apr 21st, 2020viaThe Independent - News

The number of calls to poison control centres in the US has increased since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed in a report released on Monday, that “the daily number of calls to poison centres increased sharply” in March, for cleaning ...

Coronavirus: Experts question UK self-isolation advice

Apr 22nd, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

A group of 25 doctors have written to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, because they are concerned about the UK's current advice on self-isolation for coronavirus. The guidance says people should stay at home and avoid contact with others for seven days if they develop symptoms.


Global Situation

Ramadan in Somalia: fears coronavirus cases will climb as gatherings continue

Apr 22nd, 2020viaThe Guardian Australia World News

Somalia has recorded a rise in coronavirus cases in the past week, with the majority of those affected reportedly young people. So far there have been 237 confirmed cases and eight deaths in the country. A member of parliament and a state minister are among those who have died.

Coronavirus: US green cards to be halted for 60 days, Trump says

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

President Donald Trump has said his plan to ban immigration into the US will last for 60 days and apply only to those seeking permanent residence. Mr Trump, who had announced the move in an ambiguous tweet, said the measure would protect Americans who had lost jobs because of the ...

Spain to let children take walks as coronavirus spread slows

Apr 21st, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Spain will allow children to go outside for walks from next weekend in a loosening of the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown, Health Minister Salvador Illa said late on Tuesday, amid mounting criticism that the government’s restrictions unfairly penalise the very young.

Japan's coronavirus mask handout tainted by gripes over mould, stains, insects

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s effort to distribute protective cloth masks in its coronavirus battle has been marred by complaints about mould, insects, and stains, fuelling further concern that the government has botched its handling of the pandemic. Just weeks after it began supplying every household with two washable, reusable masks ...

Coronavirus: Harvard rejects Trump demand to pay back aid

Apr 22nd, 2020viaBBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

Harvard University has pushed back against US President Donald Trump after he demanded it pay back nearly $9m (£7.3m) in coronavirus relief aid. The president said he was unhappy that the ultra-wealthy Ivy League college had received stimulus money.

Recovered, almost: China's early patients unable to shed coronavirus

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

WUHAN, China (Reuters) - Dressed in a hazmat suit, two masks and a face shield, Du Mingjun knocked on the mahogany door of a flat in a suburban district of Wuhan on a recent morning.

Coronavirus in India: Desperate migrant workers trapped in lockdown

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Last week, hours after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, thousands of migrant workers gathered near a railway station in Mumbai city.

Asia pivots toward plants for protein as coronavirus stirs meat safety fears

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Demand for plant-based protein foods is surging in Asia, suppliers say, as suspicion over possible links between wild animal meat and the new coronavirus drives some consumers, particularly in Hong Kong and mainland China, to rethink diets.

Coronavirus advice ignored by Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The president was seen coughing at a public rally, as criticisms against his response grow.

Buhari asks Nigeria's chief judge to free prisoners because of coronavirus

Apr 21st, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the chief judge to free prison inmates who have been awaiting trial for six years or more to ease overcrowding as the novel coronavirus spreads, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Tokyo 'orphanage' for babies reports eight coronavirus cases: media

Apr 22nd, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

A residential-care facility in Tokyo for babies and toddlers on Wednesday reported eight cases of coronavirus infections, local media said. One staff member at the institution had tested positive for the virus on April 16, prompting a test of its residents, Kyodo News said.


Healthcare

Health clinics blasted by ad watchdog over IV drip coronavirus claims

Apr 21st, 2020viaCity AM - News

The advertising watchdog has hit out at three companies over claims that intravenous (IV) drip treatments could be used to prevent or treat coronavirus.

CDC chief warns 2nd COVID-19 wave may be worse, arriving with flu season

Apr 21st, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

(Reuters) - A second wave of the coronavirus is expected to hit the United States next winter and could strike much harder than the first because it would likely arrive at the start of influenza season, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Tuesday.

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