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15/06/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

15 June 2020

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


Hong Kong's Disneyland to reopen on June 18 after coronavirus break

Jun 15th, 2020viaReuters UK - Technology, Media and Telecommunications News

Hong Kong’s Disneyland theme park said on Monday it will reopen on June 18 to a reduced number of visitors and with enhanced health measures.

Coronavirus: China to launch new airline despite travel downturn

Jun 15th, 2020viaBBC News - Business

China's second-biggest airline is to launch a new carrier despite a severe global downturn in passengers caused by the coronavirus pandemic. China Eastern has joined forces with a range of partners including China's biggest online travel agency Trip.com.


Leading UK charities urge PM to seek green recovery from Covid-19

Jun 15th, 2020viaThe Guardian - Climate Change

The chiefs of some of Britain’s leading charities have written to the prime minister to demand a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis, urging him to use economic rescue packages to build low-carbon infrastructure and spur the creation of long-term green jobs.

Majority of businesses expect growth to slump after coronavirus passes

Jun 14th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

British businesses are pessimistic about their growth once the coronavirus crisis passes, as they continue to face significant obstacles to running normal operations. A survey commissioned by UK Finance and undertaken by BDRC found that the Covid-19 crisis has negatively impacted nearly 70 per cent of businesses in Britain.

More than a million left out of coronavirus income support, say MPs

Jun 14th, 2020viaGuardian UK - Business

The Treasury should act to help more than a million people who have fallen through the cracks in the government’s Covid-19 income support schemes, according to a report by an influential group of MPs.

Coronavirus: NI hotels and cafes could reopen in early July

Jun 14th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Hotels, bars and cafes could reopen on 3 July in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Executive agrees to the plan. BBC News NI has been told ministers will consider a timetable of opening at their executive meeting on Monday.

Capita to axe at least 200 jobs amid coronavirus cost-cutting

Jun 14th, 2020viaGuardian UK - Business

Outsourcing firm is working on 100 government pandemic response projects, but says these will not be affected Coronavirus.

Workplace testing could diagnose Covid-19 within two hours

Jun 13th, 2020viaThe Daily Telegraph - News

Coronavirus tests are to be carried out in workplaces across the country, under Government plans to significantly exceed the current 200,000-a-day testing target and help firms to re-open.

Insurance industry opposition to coronavirus payouts begins to crumble

Jun 13th, 2020viaThe Daily Telegraph - Companies

The insurance industry’s resistance to paying out on business interruption claims has begun to splinter ahead of a High Court battle with the City regulator.

Coronavirus: Government must not let workers be abandoned as furlough scheme winds down, union chief warns

Jun 13th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

The government must not abandon workers, including vulnerable people forced to shield, as the coronavirus furlough scheme winds up, the head of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said.

Scottish student accommodation sector ‘dealt harsh blow’ by coronavirus

Jun 13th, 2020viaHerald Scotland

THE coronavirus pandemic has “dealt a harsh blow” to the student accommodation sector with nearly £100 million in rent waived, according to Scottish legal experts.

Coronavirus: Independent cinemas fear for their futures in a socially-distanced world

Jun 13th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

Numbers able to attend screenings will have to be cut to accommodate social distancing.

General UK News

Coronavirus: NI pupils to be taught in protective 'bubbles'

Jun 15th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Many pupils are set to be taught in small group "pods" or "bubbles" when schools reopen in Northern Ireland. Children would remain in the same small classes every day they are in school to reduce mixing with others.

Coronavirus: Face coverings compulsory on public transport in England

Jun 15th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Anyone travelling on public transport in England must wear a face covering from Monday under a new rule. More than 3,000 extra staff including police officers are being deployed at stations to make sure people comply.

Coronavirus: Surrogate parents 'should be at birth' in lockdown

Jun 14th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

Parents having a surrogate baby should be allowed to be present at the birth and care for the newborn, despite coronavirus, a help group has said.

Coronavirus: Summer holiday plans at risk over lack of travel insurance

Jun 14th, 2020viaBBC News - Business

Holidaymakers are unlikely to be covered by new travel insurance if they cancel an overseas break this summer because they are told to self-isolate. At present, no policies cover trips abroad as UK Foreign Office advice is to avoid all but essential travel.

Spain says UK visitors welcome from June 21 if Covid-19 situation remains stable

Jun 14th, 2020viaThe Daily Telegraph - News

British holidaymakers will be allowed to travel to Spain from June 21 so long as the Covid-19 situation allows, as the government seeks to salvage what's left of the summer tourism market.

Coronavirus: School exam timetable in Scotland could be put back next year

Jun 14th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Next year's exams may take place later than normal, according to Education Secretary John Swinney. He told BBC Scotland's Politics Scotland it was possible the timetable could be put back to allow courses to be completed.

Coronavirus: Child psychologists highlight mental health risks of lockdown

Jun 14th, 2020viaBBC - Education

The delay in getting children and adolescents back to schools is a "national disaster" that is putting their mental health at risk, say leading psychologists. In an open letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, they say the isolation of lockdown is harming already vulnerable young people.

Coronavirus: Call for answers over 'omitted' BAME pages of report

Jun 13th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The government is facing growing pressure to publish recommendations to protect black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people from Covid-19. The British Medical Association is asking why pages with recommendations to safeguard BAME communities were "omitted" from a key report.

Coronavirus: Details revealed for Edinburgh schools' return

Jun 12th, 2020viaBBC - Scotland

Edinburgh has revealed details of its plans to get pupils back to school in August. The city council said it intends for one third of pupils to be in school buildings at any one time. Children will be asked to attend for full days between Monday and Thursday.

Global Situation

Thailand ends curfew, marks 21 days with no local coronavirus cases

Jun 15th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Thailand on Monday lifted a nationwide curfew after more than two months and allowed restaurants to resume selling alcohol as the coronavirus crisis eased, with 21 days since a recorded case of local transmission.

Beijing lockdown tightens as new coronavirus outbreak spreads

Jun 15th, 2020viaThe Guardian World News

Beijing authorities have locked down residential compounds and fired officials over a new Covid-19 outbreak as health officials warned the risk of the outbreak worsening was “very high”.

Macron claims a 'first victory' against coronavirus for France

Jun 14th, 2020viaThe Daily Telegraph - News

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday gave Paris restaurants and cafés the green light to reopen fully and serve customers indoors, saying France has won “a first victory against the coronavirus.”

Astrazeneca wins coronavirus vaccine deal with Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands

Jun 13th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) said on Saturday it signed a contract with Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands to supply Europe with a vaccine against the coronavirus, with deliveries starting by the end of 2020.

Spain's Galicia to be first region to exit coronavirus lockdown

Jun 12th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Spain’s northern region of Galicia will be the first to exit the country’s coronavirus lockdown from Monday, Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Friday, part of a gradual opening up that Spain hopes can save its summer tourism season.

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