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10/08/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

10 August 2020
Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

UK

Coronavirus: Redundancies rise fivefold as pandemic hits jobs

 Aug 8th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
A BBC Freedom of Information request shows there has rapid rise in firms planning to cut staff.

Travel industry urges UK to rethink Covid-19 quarantine policy

 Aug 9th, 2020 via Guardian UK - Business
The travel industry has urged the government to rethink its 14-day quarantine policy for holidaymakers as rising coronavirus cases on the continent – including France and Greece – put more countries within the scope of the blunt approach.

Pret A Manger to cut staff hours in coronavirus restructuring

 Aug 9th, 2020 via City AM - News
Pret A Manger has asked thousands of its staff to work fewer hours, as the lunch chain restructures its business after the coronavirus pandemic.

Two-thirds of UK’s furloughed workers continued job in Covid-19 lockdown

 Aug 9th, 2020 via Guardian UK - The Observer
The majority of people who have been furloughed have carried on working during lockdown, with men significantly more likely than women to flout the rules of the scheme and work for their employer when they are not allowed to do so.

Coronavirus: Evening Standard to cut third of workforce

 Aug 7th, 2020 via BBC News - London
The Evening Standard newspaper is to cut around a third of its workforce after advertising and circulation were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. About 115 employees at the London newspaper will be affected by a restructure, according to PA Media.

 

General UK News

Coronavirus: Little evidence of Covid transmission in schools, says Williamson
 
 Aug 10th, 2020 via BBC News - Education & Family  
The education secretary says a study will downplay the risk of Covid in schools, ahead of reopenings.
 
Coronavirus: Fix contact tracing or shut pubs, Mayor Andy Burnham says

 Aug 9th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Pubs may have to shut to allow schools to safely reopen if the NHS Test and Trace system is not "fixed urgently", the Greater Manchester mayor has said.

Only half of Britons would definitely have Covid-19 vaccination

 Aug 9th, 2020 via The Guardian News
Only half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Randox recalls up to 750,000 test kits over safety concerns


 Aug 8th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Some kits sent to care homes should be returned, but the government says the risk to safety is low.

UK coronavirus reproduction rate rises to 0.8-1

 Aug 7th, 2020 via Reuters UK - UK News
The reproduction number of the coronavirus among people in the United Kingdom has risen to 0.8-1, Britain’s health ministry said on Friday. Last week, the R rate stood at 0.8-0.9, itself up from 0.7-0.9 the previous week.

 

Global Situation

Australia borders to stay shut as COVID-19 daily deaths reach record
 Aug 10th, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said internal border closures were unlikely to lift before Christmas, as the country on Monday reported a record single day rise in COVID-19 deaths.

CanSino to start Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi

 Aug 9th, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
Saudi Arabia will soon begin Phase III clinical trials on around 5,000 people for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s CanSino Biologics Inc (6185.HK), a Saudi health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. 

Coronavirus: New Zealand marks 100 days without community spread

 Aug 9th, 2020 via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
New Zealand has gone 100 days without recording a locally transmitted Covid-19 case, a milestone that has both been welcomed and brought warnings against complacency.

Coronavirus severely restricts Antarctic science

 Aug 7th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Keeping Covid out of Antarctica means little research will be done on the continent in 2020-2021.

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