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27/03/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

27 March 2020

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


Coronavirus: Tears, fears and anxiety amid job losses

Mar 27th, 2020viaBBC News - US & Canada

My income vanished overnight with no safety net' 25 March 2020 Tears, fears and anxiety amid pandemic job losses.

G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy in fight against coronavirus

Mar 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject over $5 trillion (£4.1 trillion) into the global economy to limit job and income losses from the coronavirus and “do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic.”


Australian federal, state leaders meet to discuss coronavirus pandemic

Mar 26th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Australian federal and state leaders will meet on Friday, the country’s prime minister said, amid growing expectations the largest states could enforce a wide-ranging lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. House leaders determined to pass $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill

Mar 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives are determined to pass a $2.2 trillion (£1.81 trillion) coronavirus relief bill on Friday, or at the very latest on Saturday, hoping to provide the quickest help possible as deaths mount and the economy reels.

Coronavirus: South Africa begins three-week lockdown

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

South African security forces have begun enforcing a three-week nationwide lockdown in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. All but essential movement is forbidden and both the army and the police are enforcing the measures. Ahead of the midnight deadline there were long queues outside supermarkets as ...

France's Macron says he and Trump preparing an initiative on coronavirus crisis - Twitter

Mar 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he had a “very good discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump over the coronavirus crisis and that the two were preparing a new initiative to combat the pandemic.

Clap for our Carers: National applause for coronavirus health workers

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page


Coronavirus: Government issues disinformation warning as extremists and conspiracy theorists exploit crisis

Mar 27th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

The government has issued a warning over the spread of disinformation on coronavirus as conspiracy theorists, extremists and fraudsters exploit the pandemic. Fake medical advice and dangerous “cures” are being shared widely on social networks, alongside fake videos being used to target racial and religious minorities.

Coronavirus: Jeremy Corbyn says he was proved "right" on public spending

Mar 27th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Jeremy Corbyn says he "did everything" he could to win elections Jeremy Corbyn says the government's response to coronavirus proves he was "absolutely right" about public spending at the 2019 general election.

Coronavirus: MPs call for more clarity on England-only measures

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

Fifteen Welsh Labour MPs are urging UK ministers to state clearly when measures to deal with the coronavirus crisis apply to England only.

Coronavirus: Car industry warns UK could produce 200,000 fewer cars this year

Mar 27th, 2020viaCity AM - News

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could see the UK produce 200,000 fewer cars in 2020, a fall of 18 per cent on last year’s total output.

Coronavirus: Supermarkets to get government list of vulnerable people

Mar 27th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Supermarkets will use a government database of 1.5 million vulnerable shoppers to help prioritise delivery slots during the coronavirus pandemic. Sainsbury’s and Waitrose say they will begin writing to people on the list next week.

Coronavirus: Fines for breaking stay-at-home law in Wales announced

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

People who breach stringent new rules on life brought in to tackle the coronavirus outbreak risk a £60 fine. First Minister Mark Drakeford has signed into law new regulations setting out how the measures will be enforced.

Global Situation

Bosnia crams thousands of migrants into tent camp to 'halt Covid-19 spread'

Mar 27th, 2020viaThe Guardian - World News

Authorities in Bosnia have ordered the transfer of thousands of migrants to a remote camp in Lipa, a village about 25 kilometres from the border with Croatia, due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Overseas arrivals to Australia to be quarantined in hotels for two weeks over coronavirus

Mar 27th, 2020viaThe Guardian Australia News

Australian citizens and residents returning from overseas will be forced to quarantine in hotels in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19 from returning passengers in breach of existing self-isolation requirements.

EU leaders clash over economic response to coronavirus crisis

Mar 26th, 2020viaGuardian UK - Business

European leaders have clashed over how to pull their economies through the coronavirus crisis, as Italy accused other member states of a timid response to an unprecedented economic shock.

China prepares to seal itself off from the world to stem 'imported' coronavirus cases

Mar 27th, 2020viaThe Guardian - US Network

China will temporarily bar the entry of almost all foreigners and drastically reduce flights to the country, as it tries to head off a second wave of infections caused by travellers coming from abroad.

Official Guidance/Reports

Claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Mar 26th, 2020viaGov.UK News

Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK transport and travel advice

Mar 26th, 2020viaDepartment for Transport (gov.uk) - All Content

Stay at home only go outside for food or health reasons or travelling to and from work but only where you cannot work from home when outside, stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people wash your hands as soon as you get home Anyone can spread coronavirus.


Coronavirus: Protective gear guidance 'to be updated'

Mar 27th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Guidance for health workers on personal protective equipment is expected to be updated within two days, the BBC has been told. There have been calls for greater clarity on PPE as frontline staff deal with coronavirus.

NHS to move nurses to London to help with coronavirus 'tsunami'

Mar 26th, 2020viaThe Guardian - Health

Nurses will be transferred to London from other parts of England under NHS plans to help hospitals in the capital facing a “tsunami” of Covid-19 patients within days, the Guardian has learned. Quick guide UK lockdown: what are the coronavirus restrictions? Show Hide What do the restrictions involve?

Coronavirus: Virtual GP appointments to ease pressure

Mar 26th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

All Welsh GPs will soon be able to offer video consultations in a bid to ease pressure on the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. A pilot scheme in the Aneurin Bevan health board area is to be expanded ahead of schedule. With many surgeries limiting face-to-face contact, GPs are being ...

Covid-19 self-test could allow return to work, says Public Health England

Mar 26th, 2020viaThe Guardian - Health

Self-testing at home to find out whether somebody has had Covid-19 is an efficient way to find out if they are safe to return to work, a senior health official has said.


Singapore Airlines latest to get massive rescue amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) said it had secured up to S$19 billion (10.90 billion pounds) of funding to help see it through the coronavirus crisis and expand afterward, in a sign of confidence travel demand will eventually return.

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