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20/05/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

20 May 2020

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

Global Business/Economy

Jacinda Ardern flags four-day working week as way to rebuild New Zealand after Covid-19

May 20th, 2020viaThe Guardian World News

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has suggested employers to consider a four-day working week and other flexible working options as a way to boost tourism and help employees address persistent work/life balance issues.

Coronavirus bites into Australia's bushfire recovery

May 19th, 2020viaBBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

Australia was only just emerging from devastating bushfires when the coronavirus struck

Spain ready to approve new credit lines to help companies cope with COVID-19

May 19th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain said on Tuesday it would approve new liquidity lifelines to help companies and households weather the coronavirus crisis after releasing another tranche of the 100 billion euros (89 billion pounds) of state-backed credit announced in March.

UK Business/Economy

Coronavirus: Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs worldwide

May 20th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The aerospace company blames the "unprecedented" slowdown in the aviation industry for the cuts.

Coronavirus: Serco apologises for sharing contact tracers' email addresses

May 20th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after accidentally sharing the email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers. The company is training staff to trace cases of Covid-19 for the UK government.

Coronavirus: Third of North Sea oil and gas 'could be untouched'

May 20th, 2020viaBBC - Scotland

A third of all available oil and gas in the North Sea could be left untouched if the price of Brent Crude remains at $25 a barrel, according to a new study.

Coronavirus: Over half of UK firms cannot reopen fully, survey shows

May 19th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Almost 50 per cent of UK firms are only ready to partially reopen their businesses as the government lifts the coronavirus lockdown, a survey has shown, with one in 10 saying they cannot restart at all due to Covid guidelines.

TUC boss calls for new council to build fairer economy after Covid-19

May 19th, 2020viaThe Guardian - Economics

The leader of the Trades Union Congress has declared “the state is back” as the UK’s biggest unions urged the government to form a national recovery council in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Welsh B&Bs fear closure without lockdown payments

May 19th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

Bed and breakfast owners in Wales are facing uncertain futures as many are unable get grants equal to those paid elsewhere in the UK.

General UK News

Coronavirus: Ministers under pressure over schools return date

May 20th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Ministers are facing further pressure from council leaders and teaching unions to reconsider plans to reopen English primary schools to some pupils from 1 June.

Coronavirus: Early testing strategy was to 'build capacity'

May 19th, 2020viaBBC News - UK Politics

Covid-19 testing strategy was to 'build capacity'

Coronavirus: Social distancing on trains 'at risk'

May 19th, 2020viaBBC News - Birmingham & Black Country

Train vandals are risking public health by undermining efforts to help passengers observe social distancing, a company warns.

Fifth of patients with Covid-19 may have caught it in hospital, study finds

May 19th, 2020viaThe Guardian News

A fifth of coronavirus infections among hospital patients and almost nine in 10 infections among healthcare workers may have been caught in hospital, researchers have revealed.

UK government scientists looking at how to ease coronavirus lockdown faster for remote areas

May 19th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

The government’s top scientists are looking at ways of lifting the lockdown at a faster rate in remote parts of the UK that have very few or no coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus: Cruise ships to moor in Glasgow amid Clyde dispute

May 19th, 2020viaBBC - Scotland

Three cruise ships are to be moored in Glasgow amid a dispute between the harbour operator and a neighbouring council.

Football and coronavirus: PFA study finds 22% feel depressed or considered self-harm

May 19th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Depression and thoughts of self-harm have affected more than a fifth of current and former footballers surveyed by the players' union during the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Situation

Coronavirus fallout to slow global growth in renewable energy

May 20th, 2020viaGuardian - Energy

The global growth of renewable energy will slow for the first time in 20 years due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which will “hurt but not halt” the rise of clean energy.

Coronavirus: World Bank warns 60m at risk of 'extreme poverty'

May 20th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Up to 60m people will be pushed into "extreme poverty" by the coronavirus warns the president of the World Bank.

Official Guidance/Reports

News story: Secretary of State Co-Chairs Joint Ministerial Covid-19 Conference Call

May 19th, 2020viaHM Government (gov.uk) - Coronavirus Updates

A Joint statement following a COVID-19 virtual meeting chaired by Secretary of State and Tanaiste.

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