Category: Positive Coronavirus News

#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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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.”

 
 
 

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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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Positive Coronavirus News – Johnson in Major U-turn after Rashford campaign #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Free school meals: Johnson in U-turn after Rashford campaign

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/victory-for-rashford-as-johnson-makes-u-turn-on-free-school-meals-fwqltq62r

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – New drug declared first to safe lives of Coronavirus patients #CoronavirusNews

Dexamethasone declared first drug to save lives of coronavirus patients

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nhs-hospitals-urged-to-start-using-dexamethasone-after-dramatic-breakthrough-vp2mnw29b

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – “Ending child poverty is a bigger trophy than an in football”, says Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford: Ending child poverty is a bigger trophy than any in football

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ending-child-poverty-is-a-bigger-trophy-than-any-in-football-vz7z3brpp

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Nervous shoppers could be tempted with VAT cut #BizNews

Coronavirus: Nervous shoppers could be tempted with VAT cut

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-nervous-shoppers-could-be-tempted-with-vat-cut-q7j67hf78

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Human trials for £3 jab expected to start this week – #CoronavirusNews

Human trials for £3 jab expected to start this week

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/human-trials-for-3-jab-expected-to-start-this-week-69xwqvzmk

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Facemasks shown to cut spread of #Coronavirus – #CoronavirusNews

Facemasks shown to cut spread of coronavirus

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/facemasks-shown-to-cut-spread-of-covid-19-9r92zfpb8

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Latest Coronavirus Lockdown Rules for England…

What are the new lockdown rules on households merging?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/what-are-the-new-lockdown-rules-on-households-merging-j0ncc7wdt

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Coronavirus Contact Tracing App said to be ready in weeks…

Coronavirus contact tracing app ready in weeks

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-contact-tracing-app-is-nearly-ready-xhmg0s7dh

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Pubs set for June 22 reopening in an attempt to ‘save the summer’ – #BizNews

Pubs set for June 22 reopening in attempt to ‘save the summer’

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/relaxing-sunday-trading-laws-would-hit-key-workers-hardest-nbnthb6td

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – No new deaths recorded by Greater Manchester hospitals in daily coronavirus numbers #NorthernBiz

No new deaths in Greater Manchester hospitals were recorded for the first time in their daily coronavirus data during the blockade. The NHS publishes…

No new deaths recorded by Greater Manchester hospitals in daily coronavirus numbers

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#UKBiz – Jobs bloodbath accelerates easing of lockdown for pubs, restaurants and weddings – #BizNews

Jobs bloodbath accelerates easing of lockdown for pubs, restaurants and weddings

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jobs-bloodbath-accelerates-easing-of-lockdown-for-pubs-restaurants-and-weddings-wgmlfzzpx

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#BritishBusinessNews – It’s about time but now the Economy is starting to take priority – #PositiveCoronavirusNewd

Coronavirus lockdown: now it’s the economy, stupid

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-lockdown-now-its-the-economy-stupid-qpspdk0r9

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Coronavirus infections halve, new figures show

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-infections-halve-new-figures-show-568h5w29z

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Apprenticeship promised to every young person…

Apprenticeship promised for every young person

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/apprenticeship-promised-for-every-young-person-3sb0r2mxp

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Holidays in Portugal boosted by air bridge talks…

Coronavirus: Holidays in Portugal boosted by air bridge talks

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/air-bridge-talks-renew-hope-of-holidays-in-portugal-9z959h5km

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Welsh Business Confidence Improves But Remains in the Red – Business News Wales

Business confidence in Wales increased 17 points during May to -35%, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank.

Overall confidence for firms in Wales increased 17 points in the past month to – 35%
Firms’ confidence in their own business prospects was -27%, compared with – 39% in April
More businesses re-opened their doors in May but more than a quarter (25%) still not trading
Companies in Wales reported higher confidence in their own business prospects month-on-month, albeit still a negative recording at -27%. When taken alongside their views of the economy, this gives a headline confidence reading of -35%. The Business Barometer questions 1,200 businesses monthly and provides early signals about UK economic trends both regionally and nationwide.

In an illustration of the impact COVID-19 is having on the region’s business, the majority of firms continued to see demand negatively affected during May, but with the picture improving slightly since April. Three quarters (76%) experienced a fall in demand for their products and services in May, down one point on the month before. Meanwhile, 7% experienced an increase in demand, up two points on April.

The number of firms in the region operating at less than 50% capacity decreased by a point to 27%. A quarter of firms (25%) weren’t operating at all, down from a third (34%) in April.

Of the 63% of businesses reporting disruption to their supply chain during May, more than a quarter (28%) expected the situation to improve within three months, while just 5% expected it would take more than 12 months to return to normal levels.

Amanda Dorel, regional director for Wales at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said:

While Welsh firms are still firmly in the grip of the economic disruption caused by COVID-19, we can take positives from the green shoots of recovery seen in their confidence levels this month. Having seen record lows in April for the Welsh region, many businesses are beginning to open their doors again in some capacity.

We have supported businesses in every part of the country in recent weeks through emergency funding and will continue do so, with firms’ liquidity likely to be an important issue as the economy starts to open up again.

National overview

Across the UK, business confidence held steady month-on-month, dipping just one point to -33%. The North East and London both saw confidence rise compared to April, scoring the joint-highest confidence reading at -20%. The South West had the lowest confidence at -51%, compared to -35% the month before.
— Read on businessnewswales.com/welsh-business-confidence-improves-but-remains-in-the-red/

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Boost for Sport, as UK Government relaxes quarantine rules for elite sport…

Boost for Silverstone and Champions League teams with government to relax quarantine rules for elite sport

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/boost-for-silverstone-and-champions-league-teams-with-government-to-relax-quarantine-rules-for-elite-sport-w3l9kxpc2

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Swimming Pools to open up in July, but will look very different…

Coronavirus: swimming pools gear up to take the plunge with July reopening

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-swimming-pools-gear-up-to-take-the-plunge-with-july-reopening-jbkfp5vnx

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Most Primary Schools in England will open on Monday

Coronavirus: Most English primary schools to open on Monday

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-most-english-primary-schools-to-open-on-monday-gzp936n7m

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Pubs could open sooner than July…

Pubs could open sooner than July

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pubs-could-open-sooner-than-july-f2fvd0mmk

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Spain wants air bridge to lure British Tourists….

Spain wants air bridge to lure British tourists

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/france-releases-14-000-prisoners-early-to-ease-crowding-nzq25h80b

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Due your duty and we can defeat Coronavirus…

Do your duty and we can defeat coronavirus, Britain told

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uks-coronavirus-test-and-trace-system-wont-be-really-ready-for-months-xh736lk2x

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – World Stock Markets rise as #Lockdowns are relaxed…

World stock markets rise as lockdowns are relaxed

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/world-stock-markets-rise-as-lockdowns-are-relaxed-8vqpl6smt

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