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29/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

29 April 2020

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

International

U.S. Chamber cautions against new coronavirus-linked regulations for business

Apr 28th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday said guidelines for reopening businesses after coronavirus lockdowns should be consistent across states, cities and counties, but cautioned that these should not morph into new, enforceable regulations. In a letter to President Donald Trump and selected governors, mayors and county ...

Coronavirus: Two million Bangladesh jobs 'at risk' as clothes orders dry up

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC News

High Street fashion emporiums around the world have closed their doors for lockdowns, but the largely forgotten victims are thousands of miles from the glass and steel-fronted shopping arcades. Sabina Akhter is one of them. She works in a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh making shirts ...

Coronavirus hits profits at corporate America

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC News - Business

Some of America's biggest companies are offering investors a peek into how they are faring amid coronavirus shutdowns - and for many, the picture isn't pretty. US carmaker Ford lost $2bn (£1.6bn) in the first three months of the year, as sales dropped 15%. Starbucks saw sales fall 10% - ...


UK

Coronavirus: Council funds to be shared 'in fairest way possible'

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC News - UK Politics

Most district councils in England will get £1m to compensate for lost income as part of £1.6bn fund.


General UK News

Coronavirus: Signing news about the pandemic

Apr 29th, 2020viaBBC World - Northern Ireland

Two sign language interpreters at Stormont briefings play a vital role for the deaf community.

Coronavirus: Parents urged to continue child vaccinations

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

Child vaccinations must continue as normal to avoid "other deadly diseases", a top GP warns.

Coronavirus: Medical cannabis access eased amid lockdown

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Patients have begun receiving medical cannabis through the post, as the coronavirus pandemic has left them unable to access the drug any other way. Many medical cannabis users suffer from chronic pain and some have had other types of care, including non-emergency surgeries, postponed because of the outbreak. Dr Alan ...

Coronavirus pandemic 'a disaster' for gambling addicts

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

An MP says she is getting reports of people returning to gambling after seeing online ads.

Coronavirus could cause 'unprecedented' backlog of court cases

Apr 28th, 2020viaThe Guardian – Law

The coronavirus outbreak could lead to court case delays of up to six months and record prisoner numbers once the lockdown has been lifted, according to a leading Whitehall thinktank. Pressure on the criminal justice system from the pandemic combined with an anticipated rise in suspects facing charges could cause ...


Global Situation

Coronavirus mutes Pakistan's TV game shows over Ramadan

Apr 29th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

In normal times, Pakistanis hungry for entertainment during the fasting month of Ramadan would avidly watch television game shows as contestants, urged on by rowdy studio audiences, compete for lavish prizes. But this is not a normal time.

IOC's Coates says Tokyo Games not contingent on COVID-19 vaccine

Apr 29th, 2020viaReuters UK - UK Sports News

The Tokyo Olympics are not contingent on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus, International Olympic Committee member John Coates said on Wednesday.

Indonesia government to defend coronavirus spending in top court

Apr 29th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

The Indonesian government will defend its emergency regulation for a massive spending increase to cushion its economy against the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, an official said on Wednesday, as the Constitutional Court reviewed its legality.

Australia accelerates COVID-19 testing after securing 10 million kits

Apr 29th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Australia plans to expand screening for the coronavirus after securing 10 million more test kits on Wednesday, a measure officials said is key to sustaining low transmission rates and allowing restrictions on social movement to be eased.

China embassy accuses Australia of petty tricks in coronavirus dispute

Apr 29th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

China accused Australia of "petty tricks" on Wednesday in an intensifying dispute over Canberra's push for an international inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak that could affect diplomatic and economic ties between the countries.

Coronavirus: Spain plans return to 'new normal' by end of June

Apr 28th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Spain has announced a four-phase plan to lift its stringent coronavirus lockdown and return to a "new normality" by the end of June. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said each region would relax restrictions at a different pace, depending on the severity of its outbreak. Four Spanish islands will be first ...

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