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15/05/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

15 May 2020

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

International

Cafes and bars reopen in parts of Australia after coronavirus lockdown

May 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Restaurants, cafes and bars in Australia’s most populous state were reopening on Friday after a two-month shutdown under coronavirus lockdown measures, boosting the federal government’s bid to get people back in work and the economy back on track.

German coronavirus reproduction rate remains below critical threshold

May 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

The reproduction rate for the coronavirus in Germany remained below the key threshold of 1 according to both the conventional calculation method and a new, less volatile measure, the Robert Koch Institute for disease control said on Thursday.


UK

Coronavirus: Transport for London secures emergency £1.6bn bailout

May 14th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Transport for London (TfL) has secured £1.6bn in emergency funding to keep Tube and bus services running until September. Mayor Sadiq Khan had warned the body was close to running out of money.

UK borrowing to exceed 15% of GDP as COVID-19 costs mount

May 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

Britain’s government is on track to borrow a record 298 billion pounds this year, equivalent to more than 15% of economic output, to cope with the economic damage being caused by the coronavirus.


General UK News

Coronavirus: How will the Covid-19 alert system work?

May 14th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The government has announced plans to measure the threat from Covid-19 in England, with a new five-level, colour-coded alert system.

Coronavirus lockdown exit plan for Wales to be published

May 14th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

A "traffic-light" roadmap setting out how Wales could exit the coronavirus lockdown will be published by the country's first minister later. Emphasising the need for caution, Mark Drakeford will explain how restrictions on day-to-day life, schools and businesses could begin to be eased.

Coronavirus: Reopening NHS services must be safe, unions say

May 14th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Rapid testing and an adequate supply of protective equipment must be in place when the NHS reopens services cancelled during the peak of the coronavirus oubreak, health unions have said. The unions have put forward a nine-point plan for the NHS to reopen safely as lockdown restrictions ease.

NHS coronavirus advisory board split over ditching government app

May 14th, 2020viaThe Guardian News

The NHS coronavirus app’s advisory board is split over whether it has the authority to tell the government to ditch its version and switch to a decentralised model proposed by Apple and Google.

Coronavirus: First steps to ease NI lockdown can start next week

May 14th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Garden centres and recycling centres in Northern Ireland can reopen from next Monday as part of the first steps to ease lockdown, Arlene Foster has said. On Tuesday, the executive published a five-phase blueprint for lifting restrictions but it did not include a timeframe.


Global Situation

Africa facing a quarter of a billion coronavirus cases, WHO predicts

May 15th, 2020viaThe Guardian World News

Nearly a quarter of a billion people across 47 African countries will catch coronavirus over the next year, but the result will be fewer severe cases and deaths than in the US and Europe, new research predicts.

EU top diplomat wants independent probe into coronavirus origins

May 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

The European Union’s foreign policy chief called on China on Thursday to contribute significantly to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and said there should be an independent scientific investigation into the origins of the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Can China test all of Wuhan in only 10 days?

May 14th, 2020viaBBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

China is drawing up ambitious plans to test the entire population of Wuhan, the city where the Covid-19 pandemic began. The announcement came after the emergence of six new coronavirus cases in the city - the first ones since early April.

UK follows EU, U.S. in approving Roche COVID-19 antibody tests

May 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

Britain is in talks with Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG to buy an accurate COVID-19 antibody test, following the lead of the European Union and United States which have already given preliminary approval to the tests.

Asia shares struggle as coronavirus strains U.S.-China relations

May 15th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

Asian stocks struggled to extend gains on Friday and were on course to end the week lower as deteriorating U.S.-China relations undercut optimism over the reopening of major economies.

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