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06/07/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

06 July 2020
Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

International 

German recovery from COVID-19 will be slow and painful, data shows

Jul 6th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Business News
German industrial orders rebounded moderately in May and a fifth of firms in Europe’s biggest economy said in a survey published on Monday they feared insolvency, adding to expectations of a slow and painful recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

UK

Pret A Manger to shut 30 outlets as job cuts loom

Jul 6th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Coffee chain Pret A Manager is to close 30 of its 410 UK outlets as part of a post-pandemic restructuring. It is also planning job cuts to "reduce headcount across remaining UK shops to reflect lower footfall, rental costs and new safety measures".

'Steep rebound' in UK construction output as more sites reopen

Jul 6th, 2020 via Sky News - Business
The UK construction industry saw a "steep rebound" in output during June as more building sites reopened due to the coronavirus lockdown easing.

General UK News

Coronavirus: Visitors told to 'act responsibly' as travel restrictions lifted in Wales

Jul 6th, 2020 via The Independent - News
Visitors to Wales are being urged to behave responsibly after travel restrictions were eased across the country. The “stay local” rule, which required people to remain within five miles of their home, ended on Monday, allowing for unrestricted travel into and around Wales. 

Global Situation

Coronavirus: Greece bars Serbian visitors as Balkans cases rise

Jul 6th, 2020 via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
Greece has banned all but essential travel from Serbia as infection numbers steadily rise in the Balkan country. For a week from Monday morning, all entry points are closed to Serbian travellers, Greek officials said.

Coronavirus: Louvre reopens in Paris for first time since March

Jul 6th, 2020 via BBC News - Entertainment & Arts
The Louvre museum has reopened in Paris after its closure nearly four months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. Masks are compulsory, a one-way system is in place and numbers of visitors will be controlled. 

Official Guidance/Reports

Coronavirus and the impact on output in the UK economy: June 2020

Jul 6th, 2020 via Gov.uk - Publications
An analysis of monthly growth for the production and services industries between May 2020 and June 2020, highlighting the impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Further Reading

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