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06/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

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

International

Coronavirus: New car registrations may drop more than 40%
Apr 6th, 2020 via BBC News - Business
New car registrations for March are likely to make gloomy reading for those in the motor industry. The figures, due out at 0900, are expected to show a drop of more than 40% compared to last year. 

Australian shares rise on slowing coronavirus spread; NZ retreats
Apr 6th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Financial Services News
Australian shares rose more than 3% on Monday, driven by financials and miners, as hopes of a levelling-off of the coronavirus crisis in the United States and a slowing rate of daily new cases in Australia fuelled positive sentiment.

UAE to boost strategic stockpile, waive visa fines over coronavirus
 Apr 5th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Health News
The United Arab Emirates will reinforce its stockpile of strategic goods and waive residency visa fines for the rest of the year in response to the coronavirus outbreak, its vice president said on Sunday.

UK

PM Johnson hospitalised for tests after persistent coronavirus symptoms
Apr 5th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Top News
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, though Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government. 

UK consumer confidence suffers record fall over coronavirus - GfK
Apr 5th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Top News
British consumer confidence has recorded its biggest fall in more than 45 years, a survey showed on Monday, as a widening shutdown of the economy to slow the spread of the coronavirus hammered households’ financial hopes.

Coronavirus lockdown to hit low-paid, young and women hardest, warns IFS
Apr 5th, 2020 via Guardian UK - Business
The low-paid, young people and women are likely to be the hardest hit by the coronavirus shutdown of businesses including restaurants, hotels, pubs, retailers and transport services.

Day-to-Day Impact

UK missed coronavirus contact tracing opportunity, experts say
Apr 6th, 2020 via The Guardian - World News
The government has been accused of missing an opportunity after it failed to deploy 5,000 contact tracing experts employed by councils to help limit the spread of coronavirus. 

Coronavirus: High street pharmacists 'needlessly put at risk'
Apr 6th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
High street pharmacists are "needlessly being put at risk" of catching and spreading coronavirus due to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), a professional body says. 

Government and video games industry join forces in fight against coronavirus
Apr 5th, 2020 via Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (gov.uk) - Announcements
Government partners with leading UK video games companies to help get essential health messaging into more UK homes.

Global Situation

Thailand reports 51 new coronavirus cases, three more deaths
Apr 6th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Health News
Thailand reported 51 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Monday, according to a spokesman for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

South Korea reports fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases
Apr 6th, 2020 via Reuters UK - Health News
South Korea reported fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases for the first time since its peak at the end of February as daily infections in Asia’s largest outbreak outside China continued to trend downward.

Europe's coronavirus numbers offer hope as US enters 'peak of terrible pandemic'
Apr 6th, 2020 via Guardian UK - Italy
European nations most ravaged by the new coronavirus have reported encouraging signs in their fight against the deadly pandemic, as the United States braced for what may be its “hardest” week. 

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