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29/06/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

29 June 2020

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

International Business/Economy

South Africa to reopen casinos and cinemas despite COVID-19 spread

Jun 26th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

South Africa will allow casinos and cinemas to reopen and restaurants to resume sit-down meals on Monday in a further easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions despite a sharp rise in infections.

Amazon workers in Germany to go on strike over coronavirus infections

Jun 28th, 2020viaReuters UK - Technology

Workers at six Amazon sites in Germany will go on strike on Monday in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said.

Coronavirus: Delta to extend caps on passenger numbers

Jun 26th, 2020viaBBC News - Business

The boss of Delta Airlines says the carrier will continue to limit the number of people on its planes beyond September. So far the airline has been capping the numbers on board its flights to no more than 60% of capacity.

UK Business/Economy

Coronavirus: Holiday bookings 'explode' as travel restrictions ease

Jun 27th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Britons will be able to visit some European countries without self-isolating on their return.

Coronavirus: Welsh Guidelines issued for food factories

Jun 26th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

Meat plants should consider staggered staff starts and gaps between carcasses on production lines to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to new Welsh Government guidelines.

Coronavirus: Manufacturing sector may not recover until 2022 despite pivot to PPE, report claims

Jun 29th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

The UK's manufacturing sector will be unable to return to levels of growth seen before the coronavirus pandemic until 2022, a new report has predicted.

Virgin Atlantic seeks up to £900m in rescue bid after coronavirus turbulence

Jun 28th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

Embattled airline Virgin Atlantic is looking to raise up to £900m in a last-ditch rescue bid days after it said it was unlikely to secure a government bailout.

UK cinemas set for worst year since 1996 due to coronavirus

Jun 28th, 2020viaGuardian UK - Business

The UK cinema industry is on track for its worst year since 1996, with box office and advertising revenue set to be down nu almost £900m due to the impact of Covid-19.

Coronavirus: UK to open up European holidays from 6 July

Jun 26th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

UK holidaymakers are expected to be allowed to travel to Spain, France and Greece this summer after ministers confirmed people returning from certain countries will not have to quarantine. The rules will be relaxed on 6 July after a review of health measures.

Coronavirus: Shops reopen in Scotland as lockdown restrictions ease

Jun 28th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

Shops with on-street access and some workplaces such as factories are reopening following an easing of Scotland's lockdown. Small weddings and civil partnerships can now be held outdoors and zoos and safari parks will be able to reopen, but only to visitors who live nearby.

Coronavirus: Post Office ends travel money suspension

Jun 26th, 2020viaBBC News - Business

The UK's biggest travel money provider is resuming services suspended during coronavirus lockdown as tourists gear up for a potential summer getaway. The Post Office, which deals with about one in four travel money exchanges, is ending its suspension of services such as delivery and click and collect.

General UK News

Leicester could face first local lockdown 'within days' after coronavirus outbreak

Jun 28th, 2020viaThe Independent - Health

The city of Leicester could reportedly be locked down after a surge in coronavirus cases. Britain's potential first local lockdown could happen "within days," The Sunday Times has reported.

Coronavirus: Huge increase in lockdown speeding drivers

Jun 29th, 2020viaBBC News - Shropshire

There was a 71% increase in drivers caught speeding in London when the coronavirus lockdown started, new figures show. The Met Police issued 3,282 Traffic Offence Reports to drivers suspected of exceeding the limit in April, compared with 1,922 in April 2019.

Coronavirus: Barnardo's declares fostering 'crisis' in lockdown

Jun 27th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a "crisis" for foster caring in Wales, according to a children's charity. Barnardo's Cymru has seen a 45% rise in the number of children needing foster care at the same time as a 51% fall in parent inquiries during lockdown.

Government refuses to abolish coronavirus law used unlawfully in every prosecution

Jun 28th, 2020viaThe Independent - News

The government is refusing to repeal a “draconian” coronavirus law – despite it being used to wrongly prosecute scores of people.

Coronavirus: Welsh pupils return to school after three months

Jun 28th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

How have schools been preparing to reopen? Pupils are starting to return to schools in Wales for the first time since March.

Coronavirus: Face masks to be compulsory on NI public transport

Jun 29th, 2020viaBBC News - UK

A proposal to make face coverings mandatory on public transport in Northern Ireland is expected to be signed off later by Stormont ministers.

Coronavirus: Special school pupils to return from 24 August

Jun 26th, 2020viaBBC World - Northern Ireland

Some pupils can return to special schools in Northern Ireland from 24 August. That is according to guidance from the Department of Education. However, many pupils may only be able to attend part-time initially and the number of therapies available to them could be reduced.

Coronavirus: Expert says Scotland 'could be Covid-free by end of summer'

Jun 27th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Prof Devi Sridhar says the country could eliminate the coronavirus if the decline in new cases continues.

Coronavirus: UK 'on knife edge' ahead of lockdown easing, scientist warns

Jun 28th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

A government scientist says he is "worried" about a surge in cases when pubs and restaurants reopen.

Global Situation

Singapore hands out coronavirus tracing devices

Jun 29th, 2020viaBBC News - Technology

Singapore has started to hand out Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing devices as part of its measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The so-called TraceTogether tokens are an alternative to the government's contact tracing smartphone app.

Mexico reports 5,441 new coronavirus cases, 719 more deaths

Jun 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Mexico’s health ministry reported on Friday 5,441 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 719 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 208,392 cases and 25,779 deaths.

Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 687 to 193,243 - RKI

Jun 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 687 to 193,243, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday.

China sees uptick in new COVID-19 cases, including 17 in Beijing

Jun 27th, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

Mainland China reported on Saturday the highest number of new coronavirus cases in four days, driven by a COVID-19 resurgence in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Global coronavirus death toll tops 500,000

Jun 29th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

The death toll from coronavirus surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave. The respiratory illness caused by the new ...

Health secretary: ‘Window is closing’ to stop coronavirus as US cases pass 2.5m

Jun 28th, 2020viaThe Guardian - World News

US health secretary Alex Azar has warned that “the window is closing” on the country’s chance to take action to effectively curb the coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases surpassed 2.5m.

Official Guidance/Reports

Guidance: COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

Jun 28th, 2020viaGov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This guidance is designed to assist people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England.

Guidance: COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July

Jun 28th, 2020viaGov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This guidance is designed to assist places of worship to prepare to open for a broader range of activities on 4 July.

Further Reading