Sunday, August 30, 2020

20 things that happened w/b 30th August #coronavirus

• concerns over students returning to universities
• Notting Hill Carnival goes digital
• several cases on flight from Greek island
• Eat Out To Help Out scheme ends
• calls to delay next year's exams
• concern over increase in cases in Scotland
• back to school... back to work?
• visiting restrictions imposed in Glasgow
• Hong Kong starts mass testing
• 40% of UK deaths were in care homes
• retreat on easing Manchester lockdown
• shortage of Track & Trace tests
• US expects vaccine at start of November
• Eng/Wales/Scot/NI quarantine lists diverge
• Batman (actor) tests +ve during filming
• Eat Out To Help Out used 100m times
• testing at airports wouldn't help (PM)
• civil servants should return to the office
• anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne
• tougher lockdown measures in Bolton

Worldwide deaths: 840,000 → 875,000
Worldwide cases: 24,800,000 → 26,700,000
UK deaths: 41,498 → 41,549
UK cases: 332,752 → 344,164
FTSE: down 3% (5963 → 5799)

20 things that happened w/b 23rd August #coronavirus

• campaign to persuade parents that school is 'safe'
• increased fines for organisers of mass gatherings
• Tesco add 16000 home delivery jobs
• Scottish high schools to require face coverings
• 1st confirmed case of patient being re-infected
• 1st known UK case was on 21st February
• England follows Scotland on masks in schools
• millions of workers may not return to the office
• Usain Bolt tests positive
• 1 in 4 jobs to go at Gatwick Airport
• low paid to get £13 a day to self-isolate
• Jamaica and Switzerland join quarantine list
• outbreak at Norfolk poultry factory
• Paris makes masks mandatory
• highest number of new cases for 2 months
• Pret to cut quarter of its workforce
• restrictions eased in parts of NW England
• risk to children is 'vanishingly small'
• up to 85,000 deaths in worst case winter scenario
• virus badly affecting several Pacific islands

Worldwide deaths: 800,000 → 840,000
Worldwide cases: 23,000,000 → 24,800,000
UK deaths: 41,423 → 41,498
UK cases: 324,601 → 332,752
FTSE: down 1% (6001 → 5963)

20 things that happened w/b 16th August #coronavirus

• shielding ends in Wales
• Public Health England to be replaced
• New Zealand delays election
• Ryanair cuts flights
• A levels, belatedly, to match teacher assessment
• MP's wife to head PHE replacement
• M&S to lose 7000 jobs
• masks compulsory in French workplaces
• NI at risk of 'a slippery and treacherous slope'
• Florida death toll passes 10,000
• ONS to test 150,000 people a fortnight
• GCSEs match teacher assessment
• fewer test results ready in 24 hours
• Portugal off the quarantine list, Croatia on
• government debt exceeds 100% of GDP
• ban on socialising in Blackburn/Oldham/Pendle
• R value may have risen above 1
• eviction ban extended for another month
• pandemic "could be over in two years" (WHO)
• virus "will be with us forever" (SAGE)

Worldwide deaths: 770,000 → 800,000
Worldwide cases: 21,300,000 → 23,000,000
UK deaths: 41,361 → 41,423
UK cases: 317,379 → 324,601
FTSE: down 1% (6090 → 6001)

20 things that happened w/b 9th August #coronavirus

• "moral duty" to reopen schools (PM)
• Brazil passes 100,000 deaths
• soft play reopens in Wales
• 'suppress, suppress, suppress' (WHO)
• contact tracing team to be reduced by 6000
• retail sales rise, employment falls
• Russia registers first vaccine
• 10m Ate Out To Help Out last week
• 4 cases in NZ (after 100 days with none)
• France "going the wrong way"
• UK in recession after 20% quarterly fall
• Govt reduces deaths total by 5400*
• 13% of Londoners have antibodies (6% nationally)
• examless A-level awards prove unsatisfactory
• outbreak at Northampton sandwich factory
• France added to UK's quarantine list
• tourists in France scramble home
• UK cases levelling off (ONS)
• bowling alleys, casinos and theatres re-open
• South Africa eases lockdown

Worldwide deaths: 720,000 → 770,000
Worldwide cases: 19,500,000 → 21,300,000
UK deaths: 46,566 → 41,361*
UK cases: 309,763 → 317,379
FTSE: up 1% (6032 → 6090)

20 things that happened w/b 2nd August #coronavirus

• Melbourne under curfew
• employers now contributing to furlough
• PM considers response to second-wave scenarios
• opening schools in September "a priority"
• virus now 'extraordinarily widespread' in US
• 90 minute tests for hospitals and care homes
• Eat Out to Help Out scheme begins
• test and trace not yet good enough for autumn
• exam-less grades for Scottish pupils
• localised lockdown in Aberdeen
• UK 'underestimated virus threat from Europe'
• cases rising in France, Spain and Greece
• Govt has bought 50m unusable NHS masks
• downturn less bad than feared (Bank of England)
• Belgium added to UK quarantine list
• India is the third country to pass 2m cases
• stricter lockdown measures in Preston
• masks required in museums, churches, etc
• ¾m care home test kits recalled
• redundancies up fivefold

Worldwide deaths: 680,000 → 720,000
Worldwide cases: 17,700,000 → 19,500,000
UK deaths: 46,193 → 46,566
UK cases: 303,952 → 309,763
FTSE: up 2% (5897 → 6032)

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