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24/08/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

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



Coronavirus job losses may deepen regional inequality - Labour

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC News - Business
Job losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic will hurt some parts of the UK more than others and deepen regional inequality, Labour has said. Areas with a high proportion of workers in struggling sectors, such as aviation, retail and manufacturing, would be hardest hit, the party added. 


General UK News

Boris Johnson says it is 'vitally important' children return to class

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Boris Johnson says it would be far more damaging for a child's development for them to stay at home.

Masks should be worn from the age of 12 - WHO

 Aug 22nd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Coronavirus: How to wear a face covering The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidance saying children over the age of 12 should wear masks, in line with recommended practice for adults in their country or area. It admits little is known about how children transmit the virus but cites ...

National Trust boss denies expert job cuts would 'dumb down' charity

 Aug 22nd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
The National Trust's director general has denied the charity will "dumb down" after a leaked document suggested many top experts could lose their jobs as a result of coronavirus. The heritage charity is facing £200m of losses after closing its shops, cafes, houses and gardens during the pandemic. 

'No socialising' rules in parts of North West

 Aug 22nd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Residents in Oldham, Blackburn and parts of Pendle can no longer socialise with other households under new measures introuced to stem the spread of coronavirus. The new rules came into place at midnight after a rise in cases. 

Call to extend eviction ban due to pandemic

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC News - UK
There are calls for renters in Wales to get more protection from eviction over fears that homelessness services could "crack" under increased demand. In England - except in certain circumstances - renters will get six months' notice of their landlord's plan to evict them until March 2021. 

Food factory cluster cases in Coupar Angus up to 90

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
The number of positive Covid-19 cases linked to a food processing plant in Coupar Angus has now reached 90. A total of 79 employees at the 2 Sisters factory have tested positive, plus 11 of their contacts. 

Fewer GCSE exams for students in 2021

 Aug 22nd, 2020 via BBC News - UK
Pupils taking GCSEs in Northern Ireland are set to sit fewer exams in 2021. That is according to a senior official at the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). 

Isle of Man resident jailed for quarantine bank visit

 Aug 22nd, 2020 via BBC News - Isle Of Man
A man who went "out and about" when he should have been in quarantine after returning to the Isle of Man from the UK has been jailed. Alistair McCormick, of South Quay in Douglas, admitted visiting a branch of a bank in Douglas on 21 August.

Day-to-Day Impact

Charities warn of alcohol problems increasing in lockdown

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC News - UK
Alcohol charities are warning of the dangers of more people drinking during the pandemic. Addiction services say they have seen an increase in referrals and different groups of people trying to access help. One support organisation has recorded a 200% increase in people contacting its online service in Scotland. 

Teens' anxiety levels dropped during pandemic, study finds

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Anxiety levels among young teenagers dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, a study has suggested. Thirteen to 14-year-olds were less anxious during lockdown than they had been last October, according to the University of Bristol survey. Researchers surveyed 1,000 secondary school children in south west England.

Coronavirus pandemic halts life-saving UK cancer and heart disease research

 Aug 22nd, 2020 via Guardian UK - The Observer
More than 1,500 clinical trials of new drugs and treatments for cancers, heart disease and other serious illnesses have been permanently closed down in Britain in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, a further 9,000 have been suspended and most will need major cash injections if they are ...

Covid-19 cuts short student's year abroad studying

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC - Wales
What happens when a global pandemic strikes and you are thousands of miles from home?

Global Situation

US approves use of blood plasma treatment on coronavirus patients

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency authorisation for the use of plasma to treat coronavirus patients. The technique uses antibody-rich blood plasma from people who've recovered from the disease, and has already been used on over 70,000 people in the US. 

Peru nightclub crush kills 13 people after police raid over lack of social distancing

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via The Independent - News
At least 13 people died in a crush as partygoers tried to flee a Lima nightclub raided by police because it was in breach of coronavirus restrictions. People were crushed to death or suffocated as around 120 people tried to escape the Thomas Restobar club on Saturday.

Coronavirus in South Africa: Whistleblower questions winter tent deaths

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Suspected Covid-19 patients were routinely left in an open tent, in sub-zero temperatures, the BBC finds.

Coronavirus pandemic could be over within two years - WHO head

 Aug 21st, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says he hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be over in under two years. Speaking in Geneva on Friday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Spanish flu of 1918 took two years to overcome.

Global dividends plunge by $108bn during Covid-19 crisis

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via Guardian UK - Business
The amount paid out by big companies to their investors plummeted between April and June as firms cancelled or cut their dividends to conserve cash during the coronavirus pandemic crisis. 

Official Guidance/Reports

Study finds very low numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

 Aug 23rd, 2020 via Gov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
only 0.01% of open educational settings had an outbreak out of more than 1 million children attending pre-school and primary school in June, just 70 children were affected infections in the wider community likely driving cases in schools children were more likely to acquire SARS-CoV-2 infection at home than in ...


Further Reading