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22/07/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

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

International

Coronavirus: Airlines call for joint US-European testing scheme

Jul 22nd, 2020 via BBC News - Business
Major airlines have asked for a joint coronavirus testing programme, so that travel may resume between the US and Europe. The owner of British Airways and United Airlines are among the carriers that have signed a letter to US and European Union leaders. 

UK

Coronavirus in Scotland: Beauticians, nail salons and tattoo parlours reopen

Jul 21st, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Scotland continues with Phase 3 of its route map out of lockdown as more restrictions are lifted. Beauty salons, tattoo parlours and tailors can now reopen with enhanced hygiene measures in place. 

General UK News

1 in 5 received coronavirus-related communications suspected to be a scam, survey finds

Jul 22nd, 2020 via The Independent - News
Almost half did not report suspected scam because they did not know who to go to

Coronavirus: Garden attractions frustrated by 'no-shows'

Jul 22nd, 2020 via BBC News - London
Outdoor garden attractions have expressed their frustration over "no-shows". National Trust, Kew Gardens and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said their members were booking slots to visit and then cancelling or not turning up.

Coronavirus: UK passport application backlog reaches 400,000


Jul 21st, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
A backlog of more than 400,000 passport applications has mounted due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, figures show. Home Office minister Baroness Williams said reduced staffing to allow social distancing meant forms were taking longer to process. 

Coronavirus: Universities and colleges in Wales to get £50m help

Jul 21st, 2020 via BBC - Education
Universities and colleges in Wales are to receive a £50m support package to soften the impact of coronavirus. The Welsh Government fund aims to safeguard teaching and research as well as helping students. 

Coronavirus: Lockdown could lead to 'layered' mental health issues

Jul 21st, 2020 via BBC News - UK
Consultant psychologist Dr Bob Colgate said mental health issues could be worsened by isolation and job fears.

UK targets up to 12 Covid-19 vaccines from around the world

Jul 21st, 2020 via The Guardian News
The UK government aims to secure stocks of not one vaccine or even two but up to 12 that are being developed around the world, hedging its bets to ensure it has something that works as early as possible

Global Situation

Japan's GoTo domestic tourism push stalls amid fears of Covid-19 'disaster'

Jul 22nd, 2020 via The Guardian World News
A government-sponsored campaign to revive domestic tourism in Japan has begun in disarray amid fears it could cause a coronavirus “disaster”.

Coronavirus: How the outbreak has hit tourism in Africa

Jul 21st, 2020 via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
Africa's tourism sector is battling to survive as coronavirus keeps away holidaymakers from abroad.

Coronavirus: The great contact-tracing apps mystery

Jul 21st, 2020 via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
Germany and Switzerland are not sure how well their apps are working as the data is out of bounds.

World markets surge on promising Covid-19 vaccine and EU deal

Jul 21st, 2020 via Guardian UK - Business
The euro hit an 18-month high and stock markets gained ground after the EU agreed a €750bn pandemic recovery fund, in a deal struck hot on the heels of reports that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready within months. 

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