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03/08/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

03 August 2020

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


HSBC profit plummets due to coronavirus pandemic

 Aug 3rd, 2020 via City AM - Business
HSBC suffered a sharp drop in profit in the first half of the year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The figures The lender said this morning that profit after tax plunged 69 per cent to $3.1bn in the first six months of the year.

Barely a quarter of charities' coronavirus fund for England allocated

 Aug 3rd, 2020 via The Guardian World News
Voluntary sector leaders angered that applications are being privately vetted by PwC.

Coronavirus in Wales: Pubs and restaurants reopen indoors

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via BBC News - UK
Pubs, cafes and restaurants are also now able to serve people indoors from Monday.

Hobbycraft reports 200% boom in online sales since start of pandemic

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via Guardian UK - Business
Exceptional demand comes as customers discover new crafts in coronavirus lockdown The British love affair with home crafting shows no sign of abating, according to Hobbycraft, which has reported a 200% boom in online sales since the Covid-19 pandemic began. 

Coronavirus complaints made against 336 NI companies

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via BBC News - UK
Complaints were made against 336 companies over breaches of coronavirus guidelines in a two-and-a-half month period of the pandemic. From 5 May to 17 July 2020, the NI Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) made 374 inspections of businesses, 372 of which were unannounced. 

Coronavirus: Pubs 'may need to shut' to allow schools to reopen

 Aug 1st, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Pubs or "other activities" in England may need to close to allow schools to reopen next month, a scientist advising the government has said. Prof Graham Medley told the BBC there may need to be a "trade-off", with the re-opening of schools seen as "a priority" for children's wellbeing. 

UK retailers must adapt business models to survive pandemic, experts say

 Jul 31st, 2020 via City AM - News
Around half of UK retailers must pivot their businesses in order to avoid collapse during the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts said. UK retailers need to move away from traditional, store-centric models and embrace online shopping, the latest KPMG Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) said. 


General UK News

Britain to roll out millions of 90-minute coronavirus tests

 Aug 3rd, 2020 via City AM - Business
Millions of coronavirus tests able to detect the virus within 90 minutes will be rolled out to British hospitals, care homes and laboratories to boost capacity in the coming months, the country’s health minister said on Monday. They will comprise 5.8m tests using DNA and 450,000 swab tests.

Coronavirus in Scotland: Breast screening and eye care services resume

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via BBC - Scotland
Routine eye care, breast cancer screening and counselling support groups are among the services resuming as coronavirus restrictions ease. The relaxation is part of the Scottish government's route map out of lockdown in the wake of the pandemic.

'Major incident' declared in British city of Manchester to tackle COVID-19

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via Reuters UK - UK News
A major incident has been declared in the Manchester area of Britain, allowing the creation of a “central command structure” to help tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases, a local official was quoted as saying on Sunday. 

'Ignorant' holidaymakers criticised by Cornwall Council for refusing to wear masks amid fears of infection spike in UK tourist hotspots

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Independent - News
Cornwall Council has criticised “ignorant” holidaymakers refusing to wear masks amid growing unease over the number of visitors crowding the UK’s tourist hotspots. 

Violent criminality bounces back to pre-coronavirus levels

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Guardian News
Violent criminality has climbed back to pre-coronavirus levels prompting warnings from London’s mayor and Birmingham’s police commissioner that it could escalate further as the pandemic crisis hits the economy. 

Coronavirus: More than half of furloughed staff 'back at work'

 Aug 1st, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
More than half of the people furloughed during the pandemic are now back at work, a think tank has suggested. The Resolution Foundation said fewer than 4.5 million workers were currently furloughed, as employers begin contributions toward the scheme. 

Coronavirus England: Boris Johnson looking at second wave lockdown scenarios

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Guardian News
Boris Johnson is considering new lockdown measures in England should there be a second wave of coronavirus infections. 

Boris Johnson told to resume daily coronavirus press conferences to keep 'confused' public informed

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Independent - News
Boris Johnson is facing calls to resume daily press conferences to keep the public informed about coronavirus, after new evidence showed as many as a third do not know the main symptoms of the disease. 

Coronavirus: Teachers' union urges clarity on school reopening

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via BBC - Education
Teachers and parents need "greater clarity" on the reopening of schools amid a rise in coronavirus cases, the head of a leading teachers' union says. 

Government 'drops pledge to test everyone in care homes for coronavirus'

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Telegraph
The Government has abandoned a pledge to regularly test all people in care homes from this summer, it has been reported.

Government extends Help to Buy scheme to allow for coronavirus delays

 Aug 1st, 2020 via The Daily Telegraph - Property
The Government has announced a small extension to the Help to Buy equity loan scheme to allow for delays caused by coronavirus – but the change falls short of housebuilders’ hopes. 

Riots 'worse than 2011' could hit UK amid rising tensions over policing and coronavirus, Sage experts warn

 Jul 31st, 2020 via The Independent - News
Riots could sweep the UK if authorities do not reduce tensions over local coronavirus lockdowns, policing tactics, Black Lives Matter and political polarisation, scientific advisers have warned. 

England beaches packed despite Covid-19 social distancing plea

 Jul 31st, 2020 via The Guardian News
Tens of thousands of people descended on beaches on the south coast of England on the hottest day of the year, prompting some local authorities to plead with people to stay away so that social distancing could be maintained. 


Global Situation

India reports 52,972 new coronavirus infections

 Aug 3rd, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
India reported 52,972 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1.8 million, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Monday.

US entering 'different' phase of coronavirus outbreak

 Aug 3rd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
One of President Trump's top medical advisers has warned that the US is entering a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. 

Arctic expedition cruise ship hit by Covid-19 outbreak

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Daily Telegraph - News
A Covid-19 outbreak has hit an Arctic cruise ship, forcing hundreds of passengers into quarantine. Thirty-six crew members of the ship, which is operated by the first firm to resume international cruises in the wake of the pandemic, have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said over the weekend.

Philippines coronavirus cases top 100,000 in 'losing battle'

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Independent - News
Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 100,000 in a troubling milestone after medical groups declared the country was waging “a losing battle” against the virus and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. 

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via Herald Scotland
South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 countries.

Australian state of Victoria declares coronavirus disaster and sets curfew for Melbourne

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via The Daily Telegraph - News
The government of the Australian state of Victoria declared an official ‘state of disaster’ and imposed sweeping new restrictions on Sunday afternoon. As of 6pm local time, Melbourne is under a stage four lockdown.

Russia preparing mass vaccination against coronavirus for October

 Aug 1st, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s health minister is preparing a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus for October, local news agencies reported on Saturday, after a vaccine completed clinical trials. 

Coronavirus: Irish government to introduce random testing at airports

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via BBC World
Random coronavirus testing will be introduced at airports in the Republic of Ireland, the country's health minister has said. Speaking to RTÉ's This Week programme, Stephen Donnelly said the move was needed because the "international situation is becoming more volatile".

Greece extends mask-wearing requirement as coronavirus infections flare up

 Jul 31st, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
Greece will make mask-wearing compulsory in all indoor public spaces and also in outdoor spaces where proper social distancing cannot be observed, its deputy civil protection minister said on Friday, following a further rise in COVID-19 infections. 

Number of new French coronavirus infections above 1,300 for third day in a row

 Jul 31st, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
French health authorities reported 1,346 new confirmed coronavirus infections on Friday, which took the total to 187,919 as new cases are above 1,300 per day for the third day in a row, the highest since late April. 

Impact of coronavirus will be felt for decades to come, WHO says

 Jul 31st, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
The global coronavirus outbreak is the sort of disaster whose effects will last far into the future, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. 

Official Guidance/Reports

Guidance: Environment Agency waterways: Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

 Aug 2nd, 2020 via Environment Agency
Guidance for users of all Environment Agency waterways, including the River Thames, Anglian waterways and the Upper Medway Navigation.

Competition law exclusion orders relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Aug 1st, 2020 via Gov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Under competition law, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy can make legislation to relax UK competition rules for certain agreements which might normally be considered anti-competitive.

Detailed guide: Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020

 Jul 31st, 2020 via Gov.UK News
Car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry dates were extended by 6 months they were due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

 Jul 31st, 2020 via Gov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support.

Buying for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

 Jul 31st, 2020 via Department for Education (gov.uk) - All Content
Information for buyers in schools and those who manage supplier contracts, including procurement policy notes (PPN), free school meals, personal protective equipment (PPE) and temporary staff.

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