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20/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

20 April 2020
Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).


European shares rise as coronavirus death toll slows

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Financial Services News

European shares edged higher on Monday as coronavirus deaths slowed in hotspots Italy and Spain, but the mood remained cautious with companies preparing to report their worst quarterly earnings since the 2008 financial crisis.

UK finance jobseekers increase 43% in first quarter, coronavirus impacts hiring

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Personal Finance News

The number of UK finance professionals seeking new jobs rose by more than 40% in the first quarter compared with the last three months of 2019, even as coronavirus forced employers to pause hiring and cut salary offers by 37%, data released on Monday showed.

UK launches fund to help fast-growing businesses through coronavirus crisis

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

British finance minister Rishi Sunak launched a new scheme on Monday to protect fast-growing and innovative companies from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Singapore confirms record jump of 1,426 COVID-19 cases

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Singapore’s health ministry confirmed on Monday an additional 1,426 cases of COVID-19 infection, a record daily jump that took the city-state’s tally to 8,014. The ministry said the vast majority of the new cases were among migrant workers living in dormitories.

Poland may retighten coronavirus restrictions if cases spike - minister

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Poland may reverse the loosening of restrictions to curb the spread of the new coronavirus if the number of new cases rises significantly, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Monday. “It can be always (reversed),” Szumowski told public radio

Coronavirus cases in Peru top 15,000, second highest in Latin America

Apr 19th, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

Peru reported over 15,000 cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the second-highest tally in Latin America, as the disease continues to ravage the economy of the world’s No. 2 copper producer. The crisis has paralyzed Peru and left millions without jobs.

China says Australia's questions on its COVID-19 handling groundless

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

China said on Monday Australia’s questioning of Beijing’s transparency on the coronavirus epidemic was groundless, reiterating that it has been open and transparent.

Italy's borrowing costs rise ahead of key coronavirus meeting

Apr 20th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Italy’s borrowing costs have risen again today as investors nervously await an EU meeting on Thursday where countries will try to thrash out an agreement on how to tackle the coronavirus fallout.

Russian coronavirus cases surpass 47,000, new cases drop

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Russia reported 4,268 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday, fewer than 6,060 on the previous day, which took the total number of cases to 47,121. Forty-four Russian coronavirus patients died in the last 24 hours, the Russian coronavirus crisis response center said.

Coronavirus lockdown: NZ to ease restrictions after 'stopping explosion'

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has thanked people for "stopping an uncontrolled explosion of Covid-19", as she announced an easing of lockdown. The country has been praised for its quick and strict response to the virus, and will move from "Level 4" lockdown to "Level 3" late next Monday.


News story: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme up and running

Apr 20th, 2020viaGov.uk - Coronavirus Updates

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live today, with businesses able to claim up to £2,500 a month towards staff wages.

General UK News

Coronavirus: University's rapid test could be used 'in weeks'

Apr 19th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

A rapid test for detecting Covid-19 has been developed by scientists at the University of South Wales. The team has also created a portable device which can produce an accurate result in 20-30 minutes without having to return a sample to the laboratory.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson fears second peak from relaxing lockdown

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Boris Johnson has told colleagues his concerns that relaxing lockdown measures too soon could lead to a second outbreak of coronavirus. The PM is understood to have met his deputy Dominic Raab at Chequers on Friday to discuss the crisis.

Picking for Britain - coronavirus crisis draws workers to farms

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

Thousands of Britons have answered the call for backbreaking work on the country’s fruit and vegetable farms this summer as the coronavirus crisis keeps Eastern European workers away but it may still not be enough to secure the harvest.

Day-to-Day Impact

UK house prices dip as coronavirus lockdown makes sales 'almost impossible'

Apr 19th, 2020viaCity AM - News

UK house prices dipped during the coronavirus lockdown as experts warned the housing market was barely functioning due to the restrictions. The latest data from Rightmove showed that the averag price of property coming to market dipped 0.2 per cent to £311,950.

Hay fever or coronavirus: The symptoms compared

Apr 19th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The is warning people not to mix up the symptoms of coronavirus with hay fever.

Global Situation

EU economics chief: 1.5 trillion euros in aid could be needed to tackle coronavirus

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

The European Union’s Economics Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni told German magazine Der Spiegel that aid worth around 1.5 trillion euros (1.31 trillion pounds) could be needed to tackle the coronavirus crisis. “The Eurogroup has now made proposals for aid worth more than 500 billion euros to finance healthcare ...

Legal Developments

Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEND risk assessment guidance

Apr 19th, 2020viaDepartment for Education (gov.uk) - All Content

Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Coronavirus: Lawyers see 'spike' in will inquiries

Apr 19th, 2020viaBBC - Scotland

Solicitors in the UK are reporting a "spike" in the number of people seeking to make or update their wills amid the coronavirus pandemic. One law firm has attributed the rise in part to people being "sadly confronted with their own mortality during these times of loss".

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