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29/07/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

29 July 2020
Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

UK

MPs urge government to provide targeted emergency coronavirus support

Jul 29th, 2020 via The Guardian - Airline Industry
The government should prepare to step in with targeted emergency support to help people and businesses that would be hardest hit by a second surge in coronavirus infections, a group of MPs has warned. 

Coronavirus: Business rescue package has 'delayed the inevitable'

Jul 28th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Insolvencies slow during lockdown, but experts say the worst is yet to come.

Coronavirus: TV Dragon Bannatyne warns of 600 health club job cuts

Jul 28th, 2020 via BBC News - UK
Ex-Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne says he could be forced to close his health clubs in Scotland if they cannot reopen by the end of August. 

General UK News

Coronavirus: UK signs deal for 60m doses of potential vaccine

Jul 29th, 2020 via The Guardian News
The government has signed a deal with the pharmaceutical firms GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi Pasteur for 60m doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine. 

Coronavirus: Could e-scooters help solve transport problems?

Jul 28th, 2020 via BBC - Wales
Lean green commuting machines? Will electric scooters soon be on Welsh roads? Supporters of electric scooters say councils should allow people to hire them to deal with reduced public transport options due to coronavirus. 

Global Situation

Vietnam warns Hanoi to prepare for risk of COVID-19 outbreak

Jul 29th, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
Vietnam, virus-free for months, was bracing for another wave of COVID-19 infections on Wednesday after local media reported a case in the capital, Hanoi, linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Danang. 

Coronavirus: Hong Kong implements strict measures amid new cases

Jul 28th, 2020 via BBC - Front Page
Hong Kong is introducing some of its toughest measures yet to control the coronavirus, following a sustained peak in new cases. From Wednesday, dining in restaurants is banned and only two people from different households can meet each other. Face masks must also be worn in all public places. 

France reports slower increase in COVID-19 cases

Jul 28th, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
French health authorities reported 725 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, below the daily average of 924 over the past week but unlikely to alleviate fears of a second wave. 

WHO says COVID-19 pandemic is 'one big wave', not seasonal

Jul 28th, 2020 via Reuters UK - World News
A World Health Organization official on Tuesday described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does not share influenza’s tendency to follow seasons. 

Official Guidance/Reports

Penalties for not telling HMRC about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant overpayments - CC/FS48

Jul 28th, 2020 via Gov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you've received a grant but were not eligible or you've been overpaid, find out what penalties you may have to pay if you do not tell HMRC. 

Further Reading