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27/07/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

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

Day-to-Day Impact

Prisoners effectively held in solitary confinement during coronavirus pandemic, MPs told
Jul 27th, 2020 via The Independent - News  
UK prisoners detained during the coronavirus pandemic have been kept in conditions akin to social confinement for almost four months, MPs have been told. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) implemented harsh restrictions on the movement of inmates during the height of the nation’s outbreak.

Anxious middle-classes look to private schools after coronavirus disruption

Jul 26th, 2020 via Guardian UK - The Observer
Increasing numbers of middle-class parents are planning to desert state schools this coming September, over anxieties their children have “fallen behind” private school pupils during lockdown and growing fears about the threat of further disruption to state education next year. 

Coronavirus: PM to set out strategy to tackle obesity in UK

Jul 26th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Boris Johnson will set out his strategy to tackle obesity on Monday - including a 12-week plan for people lose weight and cycling being prescribed by GPs.

Coronavirus: Spain added to England's quarantine list

Jul 25th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Travellers returning to the UK from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days from Sunday, the BBC understands. It is believed the measures will come into force in the early hours of Sunday.

Coronavirus: Passport renewals to be fast-tracked amid backlog

Jul 25th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
UK passport applications delayed by a backlog caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be expedited if people are due to go on holiday within two weeks, the Home Office has said. 

Global Situation

'People don't want to fly': Covid-19 reawakens Europe's sleeper trains

Jul 27th, 2020 via The Guardian UK - France

For all their promise of romance and adventure, Europe’s sleeper trains had appeared to have reached the end of the line.

Spain's COVID-19 death toll could be 60% higher than official count, says El Pais

Jul 26th, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
Spain’s COVID-19 death toll could be nearly 60% higher than the official figure of 28,432, according to an investigation by El Pais newspaper published on Sunday. 

Coronavirus: Spain drives fears of European 'second wave'

Jul 25th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
A spike in coronavirus cases in Spain has prompted new measures amid fears of a more widespread "second wave".

China makes $1bn loan to Latin American and Caribbean countries for access to coronavirus vaccine

Jul 25th, 2020 via The Independent - News
China has announced a $1bn loan to Latin American and Caribbean countries to pay for access to a coronavirus vaccine, according to the Mexican government. The announcement, by Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, followed a virtual meeting with his counterparts on Wednesday.

Germany considers compulsory coronavirus testing for holidaymakers

Jul 25th, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
Germany may introduce compulsory coronavirus testing for holidaymakers returning from high-risk destinations after the number of new infections in the country hit a two-month high, the health minister said on Saturday.

Legal Developments

Coronavirus: Wills witnessed by video link to be made legal

Jul 25th, 2020 via BBC - Education
Wills witnessed remotely via video link will become legal in England and Wales to make it easier for people to record their final wishes during the pandemic.

Further Reading

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