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28/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

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

International

Australia to outline coronavirus hit to economy next month

Apr 28th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

The Australian government will give an update next month on the economic impact of the coronavirus before providing further outlook in June, it said on Tuesday, bowing to calls for more fiscal transparency in relation to the crisis.

Special Report: Countries, companies risk billions in race for coronavirus vaccine

Apr 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

In the race to develop a vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, charities and Big Pharma firms are sinking billions of dollars into bets with extraordinarily low odds of success. They’re fast-tracking the testing and regulatory review of vaccines with no guarantee they will prove effective.

Exclusive: EU to offer banks capital relief to help coronavirus-hit firms, sources say

Apr 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

EU banks are to receive more capital relief so they can help companies struggling in the coronavirus pandemic, without having to make crippling loan provisions to reflect a looming deep recession, sources said on Monday.

Airlines get selective boost from coronavirus bailouts

Apr 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

Progress towards coronavirus bailouts buoyed the shares of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM on Monday, as the protracted travel slump turned up the heat on rivals yet to secure financing needed to tide them through the pandemic.


UK

Coronavirus: NI economy 'to shrink by 7.5% this year'

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC World - Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland economy will shrink by 7.5% this year as a result of coronavirus, according to a Danske Bank economist. That is relatively optimistic compared to some other forecasts. The Ulster University Economic Policy Centre has forecast a contraction of up to 10%.

Coronavirus: £82bn worth of property sales 'on hold' due to lockdown

Apr 28th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

Number of sales completed this year now expected to be around half of 2019 levels.

Coronavirus: Furloughed workers offered online skills training

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC - Education

Adults at home during the coronavirus lockdown, including millions furloughed from their jobs, are being offered free online courses in digital skills. The Department for Education is launching a collection of job-related online courses, teaching numeracy, coding and internet skills.

Coronavirus: Hardship payment for dairy farmers considered

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The government is understood to be considering a hardship payment for dairy farmers after warnings tens of thousands of cows could be slaughtered. Demand for dairy products in the hospitality sector has dropped with the closure of many cafes and restaurants.

Coronavirus: Almost 40 per cent of UK firms expect to cut staff

Apr 27th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Roughly 40 per cent of UK firms expect to lay off staff over the next 12 months, a survey has shown, raising the prospect of many more job cuts in the UK economy. UK unemployment has already surged as coronavirus lockdown measures cause businesses to close or cut costs significantly.

Coronavirus: 'Thousands' of North Sea oil and gas jobs under threat

Apr 27th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The UK's oil and gas industry is warning that 30,000 jobs could be lost as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the low oil price.

Coronavirus: Warning to traders overcharging during pandemic

Apr 27th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Trading Standards has issued a number of enforcement notices to traders engaged in profiteering during the coronavirus outbreak. The body says it has received a high volume of reports of price gouging - when traders increase the price of goods or services unreasonably.

UK's lowest paid most at risk during Covid-19 crisis, report finds

Apr 27th, 2020viaGuardian UK - Business

Britain’s lowest-paid workers, women and young adults have jobs with the biggest health and economic risks during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a report into the uneven impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Bereaved frontline families entitled to £60,000

Apr 27th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Families of front line NHS and social care staff in England who die from coronavirus will be entitled to a £60,000 payment, the government says. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed 82 NHS and 16 social care workers had died so far during the outbreak.

UK banks ease coronavirus business loan requirements

Apr 27th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

The UK’s biggest banks have said they will ease their lending conditions to make it easier for small businesses to access cash through the coronavirus business loan schemes, after chancellor Rishi Sunak offered 100 per cent guarantees to the smallest businesses.


Day-to-Day Impact

Coronavirus: Transfer test registration is postponed

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC World - Northern Ireland

The transfer test organisation AQE has postponed the date pupils can start to register for its tests. Registration for P6 pupils was due to open on Wednesday 29 April but has been delayed until Thursday 14 May.

Coronavirus: UK to hold minute's silence for key workers who died

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

A minute's silence will be held across the UK later to commemorate the key workers who have died with coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who returned to work on Monday, will join the tribute, which starts at 11:00 BST.

Coronavirus: More than 2,000 prisoners may have been infected, says PHE

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The number of prisoners believed to have been infected with coronavirus may be up to six times as many as the published figure, it has emerged. Public Health England (PHE) says it has found 1,783 "possible/probable" cases - on top of 304 confirmed infections across jails in England and Wales.

Key PPE items not in pandemic response stockpile as Covid-19 struck

Apr 27th, 2020viaThe Guardian - Health

Key items of personal protective equipment (PPE) were not included in the government’s pandemic stockpile when coronavirus reached the UK, an investigation has found. BBC Panorama reported that gowns, visors, swabs and body bags were left out of the stockpile when it was set up in 2009. Some of the ...

Care homes now UK's coronavirus frontline, sector leaders say

Apr 27th, 2020viaThe Guardian - Health

The UK’s coronavirus frontline has switched from hospitals to care homes, according to sector leaders who have dismissed Boris Johnson’s claim that the virus has been “wrestled to the floor” as premature.


Global Situation

China lab rejects COVID-19 conspiracy claims, but virus origins still a mystery

Apr 28th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Claims that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan have no basis in fact, the head of the lab told Reuters, adding that there were still no conclusive answers as to where the disease started.

Coronavirus chaos could cause extra 7 million unintended pregnancies, UN study finds

Apr 28th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

Coronavirus chaos is set to wreak havoc on women’s sexual and reproductive health around the world, a report has found.

Global coronavirus cases pass three million as lockdowns begin to ease

Apr 28th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Global confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 3 million on Monday, as the United States neared 1 million cases, according to a Reuters tally. It comes as many countries are taking steps to ease lockdown measures that have brought the world to a standstill over the past eight weeks.

Australia permits home visits, opens beaches as coronavirus lockdown eases

Apr 28th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Australia’s most populous state said on Tuesday it will relax some restrictions on movement, as beaches reopened amid hopes a policy of widespread medical testing will help sustain a decline in new cases of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Mexico factory staff question 'essential work'

Apr 27th, 2020viaBBC News - Latin America

Factory workers in Ciudad Juárez rarely go on strike. Their labour rights are so weak that participating in a protest can cost them their job.

Coronavirus: 'Intensive' contract-tracing and social distancing key to stopping spread of virus, study finds

Apr 27th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

It found that contact tracing increased the speed at which new cases were confirmed by two days from an average of 5.5 days to 3.2 days with contact tracing.

Coronavirus: FBI-associated report warned of anti-vaxxers threat months before covid-19 pandemic

Apr 27th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

An FBI-connected research group warned last year that the “anti-vaxxer” movement could pose a threat to national security in the event of a pandemic.

Italy, UK explore possible COVID-19 link to child inflammatory disease

Apr 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - UK News

Italian and British medical experts are investigating a possible link between the coronavirus pandemic and clusters of severe inflammatory disease among infants who are arriving in hospital with high fevers and swollen arteries.

Jordan eases coronavirus curfew and reopens more businesses

Apr 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Jordan on Monday eased restrictions on movement aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus and allowed more businesses to reopen to help jump-start the cash-strapped economy, officials said.

French scientists to test theory that nicotine combats COVID-19

Apr 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

French researchers are preparing to launch a human trial to test their hypothesis that nicotine can help the body combat the COVID-19 infection.


Official Guidance/Reports

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Apr 27th, 2020viaUK Government (gov.uk) - Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.

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