Tag: Covid-19 News

#MorningMotivation About incremental steps to help you out of lockdown or shielding…

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: #MorningMotivation about taking incremental steps towards your goals. Motivation by #MikeArmstrong💪 https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/MorningMotivation-about-taking-incremental-steps-towards-your-goals–Motivation-by-MikeArmstrong-eh7chi

#MorningMotivation about taking incremental steps towards your goals. Motivation by #MikeArmstrong💪😎🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇬🇧🌍🎙This morning’s Motivation is for people coming out of lockdown or shielding. – Another Morning Motivation Episode #MorningMotivation where Mike Armstrong talks about the various Steps that you can take to build yourself up to your larger goals. A Daily Motivation Series on the Mike Armstrong Podcast #SMART #MikeArmstrongPodcast 👑 🎙 #MikeArmstrong #YouCanDoIt #PositivityPodcast #Motivation #MotivationalPodcast #Entrepreneurship #PersonalDevelopmentPodcast #SalesPodcast #MarketingPodcast 😎 #Sales #Marketing #PersonalDevelopment #WOLFofWALES #WOW 🐺🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #WOWPodcast #SalesTraining #LifeCoaching #BusinessTraining from #MikeArmstrong Teaching people how to achieve their goals and dreams via various motivation, education and personal development teachings! #MikeArmstrongSalesTraining #MikeArmstrongMarketingTraining #MikeArmstrongBusinessTraining #MikeArmstrongEntrepreneurTraining #MikeArmstrongTraining #MATraining on his #YouCanDoItPodcast – #MikeArmstrongPodcast / #MikeArmstrongPodcasts – Rapid Business Growth, Personal Development and Sales & Marketing Training & Advice From #MikeArmstrong on the #YouCanDoItPodcast #YCDI #YCDIPodcast featuring the #Awesome Mike Armstrong #AwesomeArmstrong – #Motivation #Motivated #Motivational #MotivationalPodcast – #10x #20x #Infinityx  #BusinessGrowth #RapidBusinessGrowth #PersonalGrowth #PersonalDevelopment 🚀😎 – #MikeArmstrongYouCanDoItPodcast – More About Mike;  Mike is “The Awesome Mike Armstrong” – A #Philanthropic #Entrepreneur who loves to help people. He’s also an Author, Speaker, Mentor, Coach, Blogger, Vlogger & Podcaster who lives to help people especially; Struggling Business Owners and Entrepreneurs who need a lift and those suffering with Mental Health issues #MentalHealth #MentalWellbeing #MentalHealthSupport. Mike has spent years cultivating an awesome global network, and is currently building an #AwesomeArmy of similarly minded #Philanthropist #Entrepreneurs and is happy to share the contacts and the love with those who are deserving. If that’s you please get in touch with Mike. Mike Armstrong of Mike Armstrong Ltd | MA Group | MA Consultancy | MA Web | MA Training | Marketing Wales / WelshBiz | Tourism Wales | Things To Do In | MA News | MAN Media | MA Property | Mike Armstrong News & Mike Armstrong’s You Can Do It Podcast.

Mike’s areas of Interest and Expertise include Welsh Business News & Events, UK Business News & Events, Global Business News & Events, Business Advice & Personal Development, Rapid Business Growth, Happiness, Success, Goal Achieving, Knowledge Sharing, Elite Performance, as well as Sales & Marketing Mentoring, Coaching, Training and Services inc. Sales & Marketing Strategy & Services, Social Media Strategy & Services, SEO Strategy & Services, Content Marketing Strategy & Services, Ecommerce Strategy & Services, Business Growth Strategy & Services and Property Maintenance, Property Management and Property Development Joint Ventures (JV’s) – All aimed at Biz Owners, Entrepreneurs, Speakers, Coaches, Startups, Networkers, Global Networks and people in need of help, support, love and a pick me up etc.

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Wales Rural Network News Roundup from 2020

Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows

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Glastir Woodland Creation

The expression of interest window for Glastir Woodland Creation is now open. The closing date has been extended to 31 July 2020.
There have been a number of changes to the application process for Glastir Woodland Creation. Important information on these changes is available in the guidance on our website.pollin

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Glastir Small Grants: landscape and pollinators 2019

In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the claim deadline has been extended until 30 September 2020. All claims must be submitted by this date.msbf

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Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

MSBF is an investment fund for projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.

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KWS

Supplementary Guidance note for LEADER Local Action Groups and their Administrative Bodies 

LEADER is re-purposing its activities for the rest of the programme this does not replace existing guidance but there is supplementary guidance to assist.

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cows

Dairy Support Scheme

The Welsh Dairy Support Scheme application aimed at supporting dairy producers to maintain production capacity during coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available on RPW Online and will close on 14 August.

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Live broadcasts to connect farmers with Farming Connect demonstration farm projects

As a result of the temporary suspension of its on-farm events this summer, Farming Connect will bring a series of live digital broadcasts from its demonstration sites to continue their engagement with farmers during the current pandemic. All events are scheduled to start at 19:30 and will be streamed live via the Zoom platform.

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Consultation to tackle supply chain issues across UK dairy sector launched

A consultation to tackle supply chain issues across the UK dairy sector and provide new fairer conditions for milk contracts has today been launched by UK Governments.farmwell

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FarmWell Wales

FarmWell Wales provides Welsh farmers with the most up-to-date information and details of support services. This can help them and their businesses stay resilient through times of change and volatility.fc covid

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Farming Connect – Coronavirus (Covid 19) “Whatever concerns you have about your business, this is not the time to shoulder your worries in silence, we will find you an expert who will listen to you and provide the confidential guidance and support you need either over the phone or digitally,” is the message from Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which together with Lantra Wales, delivers Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. liaison

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Farm Liaison Service

Confidential, one-to-one guidance and support. If you need to discuss any issues contact one of the Farm Liaison Service staff.

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Welsh Government – COVID-19; (Coronavirus)

Keep Wales safe:

  • always observe social distancing
  • wash your hands regularly
  • if you are meeting one other household, stay outdoors 
  • work from home if you can

Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms.

Rural Payments Wales (RPW) statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) news

COVID-19 LEADER Activities

COVID-19 Business & Sector specific Newsletters

Are there any activities in your area to support communities during the pandemic, email any information to ruralnetwork@gov.uk.

Wales Skills Matching Service

A new online service, which will match employers with jobseekers looking for agricultural, land and veterinary work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has been launched.

Food & Drink Wales – North Wales Economic Ambition Board 

We have produced a Business survey to focus on the impact of COVID-19, how it has affected local businesses and their industries with a view to understanding what needs to be done to spark and support a revival when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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Announcing Farming Connect’s Agri Academy Class of 2020 – waiting to zoom into action!

Chicory could hold key to higher lamb DLWG at Denbighshire sheep farm

TUCK IN – sharing insights on marketing in a crisis

Claw Bands Help Welsh Lobsters Stand Out In The Home Crowd

Welsh sheep famers’ opinions needed

Local food and drink website announced

Key local bus service to be maintained until December

New site highlights employment in crucial period for food and drink sector

Retail Figures Show Growth in Red Meat Sales

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nrw

Natural Resources Wales consultation launched

A consultation on changes to guidance for assessing the impact of ammonia and nitrogen from agricultural developments has been launched by Natural Resources Wales and will close on 31 August 2020.

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Preparing Wales website

Following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January we are now in a transition period; during this time, the way you do business with the EU will not change. However, you will need to prepare and make changes to continue to do business at the end of the transition period.

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Grants Online

Rural Development Grants across the UK.

The National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Funding can help you to make a difference in your community.

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EIP-AGRI actions on organic farming

The EIP-AGRI network supports organic farming by promoting and sharing innovative practices.

EIP-AGRI – Innovation Support Services

New EIP-AGRI video on Innovation Support Services.

Three public consultations on climate change

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.enrd

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New LEADER cooperation resources online!

The document will be updated twice per year (next update scheduled for October 2020) and aims to provide information to LEADER stakeholders about the state of play of LEADER transnational cooperation in the EU, supplementing other relevant information provided by the ENRD Contact Point.

Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages – final report

The final report of the Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages, initiated by the European Parliament, is now available.

Rural, digital, attractive – digital solutions for rural areas

A study by the German federal IT Competence Office (ÖFIT) reviews challenges and success factors of 49 rural development projects which are pursuing digital solutions to improve local services and quality of life in rural areas.

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10th annual European Algae Industry Summit

Date: 20/21 October 2020

Location: Reykjavik

What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils

Date: 31 August 2020

Location: Portugal

Towards carbon neutral agriculture

Date: 09/10 September 2020

Location: Estonia

EIP-AGRI seminar: Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice

Date: 07/08 October 2020

Location: Portugal

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Premier Inn throws open its doors to tourist… #UKBiz #BizNews

Premier Inn throws open its doors to tourists

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/premier-inn-throws-open-its-doors-to-tourists-2t09x6sdx

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Covid-19 may not have been born in China, says the expert from the University of Oxford

Dr. Jefferson believes that many viruses are inactive around the world and emerge when conditions are favorable. It also means that they can quickly …

Covid-19 may not have been born in China, says the expert from the University of Oxford

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Glaxo Smith Kline nears £500m UK Coronavirus vaccine – #BizNews #UKBiz

Glaxo Smith Kline nears £500m UK coronavirus vaccine deal

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/glaxo-smith-kline-nears-500m-uk-coronavirus-vaccine-deal-km8xqm3s8

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Raise your glass in England as the pubs and restaurants open (but be careful)..

Raise your glass but remember pubs are infection hotspots

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/raise-your-glass-but-remember-pubs-are-infection-hotspots-8vxxg9pjv

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Morning Motivation and Personal Development from #MikeArmstrong on the Mike Armstrong Podcast

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: #MorningMotivation Keep on Keeping on & Work The System 💪 Morning Motivation & Personal Development🎙 https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/MorningMotivation-Keep-on-Keeping-on–Work-The-System–Morning-Motivation–Personal-Development-eg9s71

#MorningMotivation Keep on Keeping on & Work The System 💪 Morning Motivation & Personal Development🎙😎🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇬🇧🌍 – Another Morning Motivation Episode #MorningMotivation where Mike Armstrong shares you motivation, inspiration & personal development to help inspire people in the morning and this morning’s episode includes the 4th of July Independance day for the USA & Now England, UK 🇺🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇬🇧 🎙 #MikeArmstrong #YouCanDoIt #PositivityPodcast #Motivation #MotivationalPodcast #Entrepreneurship #PersonalDevelopmentPodcast #SalesPodcast #MarketingPodcast 😎 #Sales #Marketing #PersonalDevelopment #WOLFofWALES #WOW 🐺🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #WOWPodcast #SalesTraining #LifeCoaching #BusinessTraining from #MikeArmstrong Teaching people how to achieve their goals and dreams via various motivation, education and personal development teachings! #MikeArmstrongSalesTraining #MikeArmstrongMarketingTraining #MikeArmstrongBusinessTraining #MikeArmstrongEntrepreneurTraining #MikeArmstrongTraining #MATraining on his #YouCanDoItPodcast – #MikeArmstrongPodcast / #MikeArmstrongPodcasts – Rapid Business Growth, Personal Development and Sales & Marketing Training & Advice From #MikeArmstrong on the #YouCanDoItPodcast #YCDI #YCDIPodcast featuring the #Awesome Mike Armstrong #AwesomeArmstrong – #Motivation #Motivated #Motivational #MotivationalPodcast – #10x #20x #Infinityx  #BusinessGrowth #RapidBusinessGrowth #PersonalGrowth #PersonalDevelopment 🚀😎 – #MikeArmstrongYouCanDoItPodcast – More About Mike;  Mike is “The Awesome Mike Armstrong” – A #Philanthropic #Entrepreneur who loves to help people. He’s also an Author, Speaker, Mentor, Coach, Blogger, Vlogger & Podcaster who lives to help people especially; Struggling Business Owners and Entrepreneurs who need a lift and those suffering with Mental Health issues #MentalHealth #MentalWellbeing #MentalHealthSupport. Mike has spent years cultivating an awesome global network, and is currently building an #AwesomeArmy of similarly minded #Philanthropist #Entrepreneurs and is happy to share the contacts and the love with those who are deserving. If that’s you please get in touch with Mike. Mike Armstrong of Mike Armstrong Ltd | MA Group | MA Consultancy | MA Web | MA Training | Marketing Wales / WelshBiz | Tourism Wales | Things To Do In | MA News | MAN Media | MA Property | Mike Armstrong News & Mike Armstrong’s You Can Do It Podcast.

Mike’s areas of Interest and Expertise include Welsh Business News & Events, UK Business News & Events, Global Business News & Events, Business Advice & Personal Development, Rapid Business Growth, Happiness, Success, Goal Achieving, Knowledge Sharing, Elite Performance, as well as Sales & Marketing Mentoring, Coaching, Training and Services inc. Sales & Marketing Strategy & Services, Social Media Strategy & Services, SEO Strategy & Services, Content Marketing Strategy & Services, Ecommerce Strategy & Services, Business Growth Strategy & Services and Property Maintenance, Property Management and Property Development Joint Ventures (JV’s) – All aimed at Biz Owners, Entrepreneurs, Speakers, Coaches, Startups, Networkers, Global Networks and people in need of help, support, love and a pick me up etc.

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Pubs opening up from 6am tomorrow… #BizNews #UKBiz

Coronavirus: Pubs prepare to roll out the barrel from 6am tomorrow

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pubs-prepare-to-roll-out-the-barrel-from-6am-tomorrow-wkj55qjx3

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#UKBiz #PositiveCoronavirusNews – Boris Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ spending spree to boost recovery #BizNews

Boris Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ spending spree to boost Britain’s recovery from coronavirus

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/new-deal-spending-spree-to-boost-britain-s-recovery-vmg95rgkz

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Senedd roundup: Minister reveals virus testing plans as schools reopen – Nation.Cymru

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has revealed the government is undertaking a programme of antibody testing of school staff who have been working in hub schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has also made plans for the rapid deployment of antigen testing if there are any outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools or if schools have failed to follow the government guidelines for infection prevention measures.

Schools in Wales have been closed to most pupils since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in March but are due to reopen on Monday.

Around 6,000 pupils, the children of key workers and those deemed vulnerable, have attended hub schools across Wales since the shutdown and residential and special schools have continued operating.

Mobile Testing Units could be deployed if required and plans have been made to establish temporary testing facilities and drop off and collection routes if needed.

In a written statement Mr Gething revealed testing is being rolled out to at least 10% of schools staff who have worked in hub schools during the pandemic.

Over 9000 people will be tested under the programme and the government is hoping the results will assist in understanding the spread of the virus amongst school staff.

In the statement Mr Gething wrote that antibody testing will be repeated following the end of term with an additional sample group consisting of the broader school community.

Retesting of the original group will also take place to provide information about both the duration of the infection for individuals that previously tested positive and the rate of the spread of Covid-19 in individuals that previously tested negative.

Official figures up to May 31 report that a total of 24 education workers have tested positive for the virus out of the 440 tests carried out.

Five more deaths from coronavirus have been reported by Public Health Wales.  The total  number of deaths now stands at 1,502.

There were 46 new cases reported over the last 24 hours taking the overall total for confirmed infections in Wales to 15,577. Yesterday 3,246 tests for the virus were carried out.

— Read more on nation.cymru/news/senedd-roundup-minister-reveals-virus-testing-plans-as-schools-reopen/

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#BritishBusinessNews – Virgin Atlantic races for a £900m bailout #BizNews #UKBiz #GlobalBiz

Virgin Atlantic races for £900m bailout

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/virgin-atlantic-races-for-900m-bailout-kpj5n8p88

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – shrinking theatre land prepares to raise the curtain on new era…

Shrinking theatreland prepares to raise the curtain on a new era

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-shrinking-theatreland-prepares-to-raise-the-curtain-on-a-new-era-rj98tn3z2

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews as holidays are back on, with Travel ‘traffic light’ plan… #TravelNews

Holiday season back on with travel ‘traffic light’ plan

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/holiday-season-back-on-with-travel-traffic-light-plan-92sqpzrdr

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – 1st British Tourists return to Spain… #TravelNews

Braving the costas: first British tourists return to Spain’s beaches

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/braving-the-costas-first-british-tourists-return-to-spains-beaches-b20psrdvd

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Info about Coronavirus and a vaccine etc.

When will a coronavirus vaccine be delivered across the UK?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/when-will-a-coronavirus-vaccine-be-deliverded-across-the-uk-92qk9jm2x

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Factories and Services Leading the way as recovery begins… #BizNews #UKBiz

Factories and services lead the way as recovery begins to take hold

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/factories-and-services-lead-the-way-as-recovery-begins-to-take-hold-stc9p80j6

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Well at least for some, as many businesses can reopen on July 4th – Ser full list… #BizNews

What can reopen in July 4 lockdown changes? List in full

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/list-in-full-whats-reopening-in-july-4-lockdown-changes-8jj2q0x8w

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#CoronavirusNews – Britain will borrow £400bn to tackle recession, IMF Forecasts #UKNews

Britain will borrow £400bn to tackle recession, IMF forecasts

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-will-borrow-400bn-to-tackle-recession-imf-forecasts-sn9skkvgf

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#CoronavirusNews – Job Support Scheme Costs hit £30bn #Coronaviris

Coronavirus job support scheme costs hit £30bn

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-bob-support-scheme-could-cost-80bn-ktmjx6hdb

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews on Coronavirus from WHP – Well done Britain – but be careful…

Coronavirus: Well done Britain — but be careful, warns WHO

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-well-done-britain-but-be-careful-warns-who-n705dj37k

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Shops reopen in Wales with social distancing – Welsh Business News #WelshBiz

Coronavirus: Shops reopen in Wales with social distancing – BBC News
— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-wales-53116542

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews for British Holiday Makers #TravelNews

Spain lifts quarantine to welcome back British

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tui-restarts-holidays-to-europe-next-month-tpms32cxg

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews for Shoppers as Rishi Sunak plans emergency cut in VAT to rescue ailing economy #FinancialNews

Rishi Sunak plans emergency cut in VAT to rescue ailing economy

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rishi-sunak-plans-emergency-cut-in-vat-to-rescue-ailing-economy-l6glk27rp

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Latest News from BBC…

 

 
 

The prime minister has pledged £1bn to help school children in Englandaffected by the coronavirus lockdown. Schools have been closed to nearly all pupils since before the Easter break – and it is thought unlikely that most will return until after the summer holidays. Boris Johnson says the funding will mean the most disadvantaged pupils can get access to tutors through a £350m scheme, while primary and secondary schools have been allocated £650m to pay for one-to-one or group tuition. Head teachers say the funds are welcome but have asked for more details. The announcement comes as a report this week suggested most teachers believe their pupils are doing less – or much less work – than would be normal at this time of year, due to the lockdown. The report added that as many as a third of children are not engaging with the work that has been set for them. This comes on top of continuing concerns about how to get schools in England open safely come September.

Meanwhile, a study involving universities and health bodies across the UK has found that people with South Asian backgrounds are the most likely to die from Covid-19 after they have been admitted to hospital. The research looked at almost 35,000 patients at 260 hospitals in Great Britain and found that people of South Asian ethnicity were 20% more likely to die than white people. The study suggest that one of the reasons for this is the high levels of diabetes – both type one and type two – among people from that ethnic group. The scientists say their findings should influence policies for protecting people at work and who gets access to vaccines.

In other news, the Royal College of Nursing is calling on all healthcare employers to “care for those who have been caring” during the coronavirus pandemic. The RCN says those who have been working on the front line may be dealing with exhaustion, anxiety and other psychological problems. It wants to see improved testing for front-line healthcare staff and a commitment that nurses will not be pressured into working if they feel they do not have the right personal protective equipment.

In other Covid-19 news, health officials are working to tackle two outbreaks in England – in Leicester and Cleckheaton. Schools in Northern Ireland are to follow social-distancing of 1m which officials say will mean full classes will be able to attend. In Scotland, new rules on how members of different households can meet uphave come into effect. And in Wales, the first minister is set to announce further changes to the nation’s lockdown rules later on Friday.

And the BBC’s head of statistics has been casting his eye over the UK’s death toll from Covid-19 and comparing it with other countries. You can read his conclusions here.

 
 
 

 
 

In the US, a passenger on an American Airlines’ flight has been removed after he refused to wear a face covering. Forrner actor Brandon Straka was asked to leave the service from New York to Dallas on Wednesday after he refused to comply with the crew’s request. He says he was ejected after saying there was no federal law which required him to wear a mask. But American Airlines says its policy is that passengers who refused to cover their face will not be allowed to board . Strict new laws for air passengers have been also enacted in Europe – as our video explains.

 

Elsewhere, the BBC’s Rome correspondent, Mark Lowen, has been back to Lombardy, the Italian region which has borne the brunt of the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The area has been dubbed “the Wuhan of the West” after the Chinese city where the virus originated. You can see Mark’s report here. And speaking of Wuhan, BBC China correspondent John Sudworth has been back to the city and has been speaking to Adam Fleming on the Coronavirus Newscast.

 

You can get all of the day’s developments as they happen on our live page, plus we have a whole section of the BBC News website dedicated to coronavirus , including explainers to help you understand the outbreak and the latest advice.

 

 
 
 

 
 

As the UK economy continues to take a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests that there are currently around 20 people chasing every job vacancy in poorer parts of the country, with economists saying unemployment could surge this year . According to the Institute for Employment Studies, ex-industrial and inner-city areas have been hardest hit, while in wealthier areas there are five people out of work for every vacancy. The government has responded to the study by saying it has taken “unprecedented action” to support the economy.

 

One consequence of how lockdown rules have restricted the number of people who can attend funerals is that charitable donations have dropped to a fifth of the usual level. Because fewer people are going to funeral services, less money is being dropped in collection plates. This “ In Memoriam” fundraising usually brings in £1m a year for the British Lung Foundation. And the drop-off in giving comes at a time when many charities are seeing extra demand for their services – or are carrying out vital medical research. You can read the full story here.

 
 
 

 
 
   

Australia Country hit by “stated-based” cyber attack.

 
   

NZ Police officer shot dead at routine traffic stop. 

 
   

Slavery Bank and Church of England sorry for ties to trade.

 
   

US Trump bid to end immigration policy ‘unlawful’.

 
 
 
 

 

As people across the UK venture further afield for exercise, or return to the workplace while avoiding public transport, bikes are one of the latest items people are struggling to get their hands on. With the six-week school break soon to begin but a ban on foreign travel firmly in place, secondary school teacher Saskia Breet began looking for bikes to buy in mid-May but the hunt soon became “frustrating”. “When I rang various different bike shops around Bristol – some big brands like Trek, and some smaller independent shops – they all just said either ‘it’s completely sold out and we’re not getting any more stock this year’, or ‘we don’t know when we’ll have a new shipment for that particular model’,” she says.  Recent high demand has meant Trek has sold out of the 2020 models of most of its bikes earlier than expected. It has made 2021 models available to pre-order but customer service staff told the BBC: “If you were to place a pre-order now the stock would likely arrive in January.”

 
 
 

Alice Evans and Ella Wills

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Images of Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn make it on to the front pages of several papers, following her death on Thursday at the age of 103. The Daily Express says the Queen – who was “very, very sad” to hear the news – led the country in mourning. The Daily Mail’s lead says efforts to tackle coronavirus have had another setback, following the health secretary’s decision to abandon the government’s own tracing app because it will not work on “millions of phones”. The Times reports that ministers have tried to play down the problem, with Matt Hancock saying they will work with Apple and Google to develop a new app. And the Guardian leads on what it says is a “damning review” of Labour’s defeat at the last general election, which warns the party has a long road to recovery. Read our take on the morning papers here.

 
   
   
 

 
 

 

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