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26/03/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

26 March 2020

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

Day-to-Day Impact

Coronavirus: Schools 'may open over Easter holidays'

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Some schools may have to open over the Easter holidays to look after the children of key workers. That is according to updated guidance from the Department of Education (DE).

Coronavirus: Almost 20,000 new NI claims for universal credit

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Almost 20,000 new claims for universal credit in Northern Ireland have been received in the past fortnight, the BBC understands. The Department for Communities usually deals with 1,600 new claims per week. Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK have applied for it following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Warmer weather may slow spread of disease, studies suggest

Mar 26th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

The researchers found all cities with significant outbreaks of the coronavirus – such as Wuhan, Tokyo and Milan – have similar winter climates with average temperatures of 5C to 11C and humidity between 47 and 79 per cent.

UK orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson for coronavirus patients

Mar 25th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Britain has ordered 10,000 medical ventilators designed at breakneck speed by vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson, billionaire founder James Dyson said, as the country tries to boost the number of devices available to treat coronavirus patients.

Coronavirus: Thousands volunteer to help NHS with vulnerable

Mar 25th, 2020viaBBC News - Shropshire

The number of people who have volunteered to help the NHS in its fight against coronavirus has passed half a million, double the government's recruitment target. Speaking at his daily news conference, PM Boris Johnson said all 504,303 could now play an "absolutely crucial" role.

Coronavirus lockdown will be imposed by force in England

Mar 25th, 2020viaThe Guardian - Health

Police will be authorised to use force to send people back home if they refuse to obey the coronavirus lockdown, under government plans.

Britain launches ad campaign to save lives over coronavirus

Mar 25th, 2020viaReuters UK - UK News

Britain is stepping up a media campaign on TV, radio, print and social media to ram home the message that people need to stay at home to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Situation

Japan warns of coronavirus spread but no state of emergency now

Mar 26th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Japan warned on Thursday of a high risk the coronavirus would spread widely as the government prepared a taskforce to handle the crisis but the economy minister said the administration was not thinking of declaring a state of emergency now.

Despite coronavirus, it's 'business as usual' for World Cup workers in Qatar

Mar 26th, 2020viaThe Guardian - World News

Migrant labourers building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are still being sent to work on crowded construction sites, despite a government order outlawing “all forms of gatherings” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus measures could cause global food shortage, UN warns

Mar 26th, 2020viaThe Guardian Australia World News

Protectionist measures by national governments during the coronavirus crisis could provoke food shortages around the world, the UN’s food body has warned.

Coronavirus ‘medicine’ could trigger social breakdown

Mar 26th, 2020viaFinancial Times - Asia Homepage

Jacob Wallenberg tells governments to consider economic threat from crisis

G20 to hold emergency video summit to discuss coronavirus

Mar 26th, 2020viaThe Guardian Australia World News

After weeks of inaction and division, the leaders of the G20 major economies will hold an emergency video-conference summit to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, but hopes of a coordinated global response remain low.

Satellite images show emissions drops over European cities amid coronavirus lockdown

Mar 25th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

Pollution has declined in some European cities as many countries have ground to a halt in efforts to battle the coronavirus outbreak. Satellite images show nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations from 10 March to 22 March, compared to the same period last year.

Pharmacies set policies to stop U.S. hoarding of potential coronavirus treatments

Mar 25th, 2020viaReuters UK - Financial Services News

Pharmacies CVS Health and Express Scripts, part of Cigna Corp, are setting up measures to prevent hoarding in the United States of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and other treatments that are being tried against the new coronavirus.

Canada coronavirus stimulus package promises cash, student loan delays; new measures on the way

Mar 25th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Canada’s C$27 billion ($18.8 billion) aid package will give people affected by the coronavirus outbreak C$2,000 a month and delay student loan repayments, among other measures to boost the economy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.

Global rush for coronavirus drug sees India stop exports

Mar 25th, 2020viaFinancial Times - Asia Homepage

Supplies of chloroquine hoarded despite lack of concrete evidence about its effectiveness


How UK banks are offering coronavirus support to customers

Mar 26th, 2020viaGuardian - Banking

Britain’s banks have been rushing out measures to help people who face getting into financial difficulty as a result of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Rishi Sunak to unveil financial aid for self-employed

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Self-employed workers facing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus are set to be offered a package of support from the government. Chancellor Rishi Sunak will unveil the measures later.

Bank of England, UK government to resume fight against coronavirus slump

Mar 26th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

The Bank of England and Britain’s finance ministry will resume their coordinated drive on Thursday to prevent the coronavirus-related shutdown of swathes of the economy from triggering a long and deep recession.

Cybersecurity experts come together to fight coronavirus-related hacking

Mar 26th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

An international group of nearly 400 volunteers with expertise in cybersecurity formed on Wednesday to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus.

How are food supply networks coping with coronavirus?

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Continuing pictures of empty shelves at UK supermarkets have sparked ongoing worries about food shortages. The supermarkets are confident that they can cope, not least because there is a limit to how much people can sensibly stockpile. So they believe that shopping patterns should return to normal eventually.

Coronavirus: The tax questions facing those stuck in the UK

Mar 26th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Covid-19 is impacting everybody in one way or another, including those who were not expecting to be UK tax residents but now find themselves unable to leave the country.

Banks warned against profiteering from UK coronavirus crisis

Mar 25th, 2020viaGuardian - Banking

British companies, including major banks, have been warned against profiteering from the coronavirus crisis and told to pass on the benefits of historic stimulus measures to their customers.

Wetherspoon and Sports Direct demand clarity on coronavirus payments

Mar 25th, 2020viaFinancial Times

Sadiq Khan calls coronavirus rental protections 'inadequate'

Mar 25th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Sadiq Khan has demanded for more support to be given to the capital’s renters during the coronavirus crisis in an escalation of tensions between the government and City Hall.

Legal Developments

Coronavirus: Emergency legislation becomes law, giving ministers unprecedented powers to tackle outbreak

Mar 25th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

Draconian emergency powers to help ministers deal with the covid-19 pandemic have become law, as the Queen granted the legislation royal assent. It comes after both the Lords and the Commons passed the unprecedented 329-page bill in just three days, bringing into force the Coronavirus Act 2020.

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