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15/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

15 April 2020

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

Global Business/Economy

French PM: French insurers pledge more money in fight against coronavirus

Apr 15th, 2020viaReuters UK - Financial Services News

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s insurers have pledged more money to help the country in its fight against the coronavirus, said a statement published on Wednesday from Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s department.

BOJ's Kuroda told G7 ready to ease policy to combat coronavirus fallout

Apr 15th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday he explained to his G7 counterparts that the central bank would not hesitate easing monetary policy further depending on how the coronavirus pandemic affects the country’s economy.

Poland's PGG asks workers to take pay cut as coronavirus hits

Apr 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

KRAKOW (Reuters) - Poland’s biggest coal producer, PGG, said on Tuesday it asked unions to accept a cut in hours and pay of up to 20% for three months, which would make the state-run company eligible for government help during the new coronavirus crisis.

Global airlines' estimated coronavirus losses rise to $314 billion - IATA

Apr 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Estimated global airline losses from the coronavirus pandemic have climbed to $314 billion (249 billion pounds), 25% more than previously forecast, owing to the severity of the economic downturn and a slower than previously expected reopening of international routes.

UK Business/Economy

Coronavirus: Scottish economy hit by virus 'shockwaves'

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Scottish firms shed jobs at the fastest rate for more than 20 years last month amid "shockwaves" from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey.

UK retail footfall dives to lowest level on record after coronavirus lockdown

Apr 14th, 2020viaCity AM - News

UK retail footfall fell to the lowest level on record last month after the government ordered all non-essential stores to close during the coronavirus lockdown.

Sunak says growth best way to erode coronavirus debt mountain

Apr 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

LONDON (Reuters) - A rebound in economic growth, rather than tax rises or a long-term squeeze on spending, would be the best way to lower the burden of national debt created by the coronavirus shutdown, British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus: Vital to start planning for economic recovery, CBI says

Apr 14th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

The head of the UK’s largest business lobbying group has said that the UK must begin to plan its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic even while the death toll continues to rise.

General UK News

Coronavirus: More tests promised for care homes

Apr 15th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

All care home residents and staff with Covid-19 symptoms will be tested for coronavirus as laboratory capacity increases, the government has promised.

Coronavirus: Museums 'will not survive' virus lockdown

Apr 15th, 2020viaBBC News - London

Some of the UK's attractions and museums will be lost due to the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on their finances, arts bodies have warned. Independent institutions that usually depend on entrance fees and are not backed by regular grants or funding are thought to be most at risk.

Coronavirus: Call for cash to replace school meal vouchers

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC - Scotland

The families of children entitled to free school meals should receive cash payments while schools are closed, according to campaigners.

Coronavirus: Thousands of shielding letters go to wrong addresses

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The Welsh Government has "sincerely apologised" after 13,000 letters meant for people most vulnerable to coronavirus were sent to the wrong addresses.

Coronavirus: Vodafone boss hits out at 'deluded' 5G conspiracy theorists after phone mast serving Nightingale hospital attacked

Apr 14th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

A mast providing mobile connectivity to the Nightingale hospital in Birmingham was among 20 suspected arson attacks against phone masts over the Easter weekend.

Coronavirus: HMP Wymott prisoners transferred due to outbreak

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC News - Lancashire

Inmates at a Lancashire prison have been transferred after a serious outbreak of Covid-19 and the death of a member of staff. Jo Farrar, head of Prison and Probation Service, told a hearing of the Commons Justice Committee some prisoners had been moved from HMP Wymott in Leyland.

Coronavirus: 'Too early' for conclusions on UK response

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

'Too early' for conclusions on coronavirus response

Suspended by coronavirus, UK parliament plans virtual return

Apr 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s parliament plans to restart some proceedings next week, the Speaker of the House of Commons said on Tuesday, adapting a centuries-old institution for the coronavirus outbreak by going largely virtual.

Global Situation

Coronavirus lockdown: India to ease farming restrictions, travel still banned

Apr 15th, 2020viaBBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

A day after extending a nationwide lockdown, India has relaxed restrictions on farming, banking and public works, but transport services and most businesses remain closed.

Vietnam introduces 'fake news' fines for coronavirus misinformation

Apr 15th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

HANOI (Reuters) - A new decree took effect in Vietnam on Wednesday introducing fines for the dissemination of ‘fake news’ or rumours on social media, amid the rapid spread of comment online about the novel coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.

Jacinda Ardern and ministers take 20% pay cut in solidarity with those hit by Covid-19

Apr 15th, 2020viaThe Guardian Australia World News

New Zealand’s prime minister has said she and other ministers will take a 20% pay cut to show solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll continues to rise.

Coronavirus: Why lockdowns may not be the answer in Africa

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC - Latest Published Stories

Many African countries have introduced lockdowns in order to halt the spread of coronavirus, but, as Alex de Waal and Paul Richards argue, ordinary people have to be involved in choosing the solutions that will work for them.

Coronavirus: US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The World Health Organization "failed in its basic duty" over coronavirus, Donald Trump says.

Coronavirus: Cannes film festival not possible 'in original form’

Apr 14th, 2020viaBBC - Latest Published Stories

The Cannes film festival will not take place “in its original form” this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers first postponed the festival last month, saying that they would aim to stage it in June or July this year.

Unclear how long coronavirus-related restrictions will remain on military: Pentagon

Apr 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday said he was extending a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad and that it was unclear how long coronavirus-related restrictions would remain on military personnel.

Spain, Austria ease coronavirus curbs, U.S. debates risks

Apr 14th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

MADRID/LONDON (Reuters) - Spain and Austria allowed partial returns to work on Tuesday but Britain, France and India extended lockdowns to rein in the new coronavirus.

Legal Developments

Suspects to avoid criminal charges in UK during Covid-19 crisis

Apr 14th, 2020viaThe Guardian – Law

Suspected offenders are set to avoid criminal charges under unprecedented new guidance to ease the burden on the justice system during the coronavirus outbreak.

Official Guidance/Reports

Policy paper: Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 14 April 2020

Apr 14th, 2020viaGov.uk - All Policy Papers and Consultations

Press conference slides and data sets used by Professor Stephen Powis

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Further Reading