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01/06/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

01 June 2020
Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

UK

Coronavirus recession could see government change Bank of England's inflation mandate, says former minister

May 30th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

Officials in the UK Treasury are “probably” considering whether to change the Bank of England’s inflation-targeting mandate due to the massive economic shock imparted by the coronavirus crisis, according to a former minister.

Coronavirus: New mortgage holiday should affect credit rating, says Nationwide boss

May 29th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

A borrower's credit rating should be marked if they take a further mortgage holiday, the Nationwide has said. Lenders look a somebody's credit rating when deciding whether to agree to a fresh loan or contract and the interest rate they will charge.


General UK News

UK hospitals to trial five new drugs in search for coronavirus treatment

Jun 1st, 2020viaThe Guardian News

Five new drugs are to be trialled in 30 hospitals across the country in the race to find a treatment for Covid-19, it has emerged.

Coronavirus: Contact tracing system is launching in Wales

May 31st, 2020viaBBC News - UK

The "test, trace, protect" system is launching in Wales on Monday. It will see the close contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Coronavirus: MPs anxious over return to virus 'hotspot'

May 31st, 2020viaBBC News - London

MPs return to Westminster on Tuesday and while some can't wait others say it is far too early and are angry about the end of working from home.

Coronavirus: Dominic Raab defends lockdown relaxation measures in England

May 31st, 2020viaBBC News - Health News

The foreign secretary admitted that the government's five-level, colour-coded alert system was not yet at level three.

Covid-19 tests exceed 200,000 a day target, government claims

May 31st, 2020viaThe Guardian World News

The government claims to have exceeded its goal of a 200,000 daily test capacity by the end of May.

Coronavirus: Contact tracing could be in place for two years

May 31st, 2020viaBBC News - UK

The First Minister Arlene Foster has said that NI could have contact tracing for "quite some time, possibly even up to two years". She was speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Programme on Sunday.

Coronavirus: 2m 'shielding' in UK allowed outside from Monday

May 31st, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Over 2m people in England who have been “shielding” from the coronavirus pandemic due to being deemed extremely vulnerable will be allowed outside for the first time in 10 weeks from Monday.

England risks COVID-19 resurgence by ending lockdown too soon, scientific advisers say

May 30th, 2020viaReuters UK - UK News

England risks losing control of the coronavirus pandemic again because it is starting to lift its lockdown without a fully operational track and trace programme in place, senior scientific advisers warned on Saturday.

Britons think UK will be more united after coronavirus recovery

May 29th, 2020viaThe Guardian News

Britons believe they will be much more united after the country has recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, a survey has found.

Coronavirus: Relaxing lockdown 'risky' and 'political decision'

May 29th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Relaxing lockdown is a risk because levels of the coronavirus are still at "very high" levels, one of the government's top science advisers says. Prof John Edmunds said it was a "political decision" to lift lockdown and that "many" scientists would wait.


Global Situation

China reports 16 new coronavirus cases versus two a day earlier

Jun 1st, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

China reported the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in nearly three weeks with 16 new infections discovered on May 31, as the number of so-called imported cases jumped in southwestern Sichuan province.

Portugal's tourism collapses in April due to coronavirus

May 29th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

The number of overnight stays by tourists in Portugal dropped 98.3% to nearly 71,000 last month from the previous year, showing the sector’s collapse as lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus grounded flights and kept visitors away.

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