Sunday, October 25, 2020

20 things that happened w/b 25th October #coronavirus

• Spain introduces night-time curfew
• Wales anticipates another firebreak in January
• row about free school meal vouchers, again
• Nottinghamshire → tier 3
• Tory MPs call for roadmap out of lockdown
• study says antibodies decline rapidly
• sharp rise in deaths across Europe
• Staffordshire → tier 2
• 'too early to say what Christmas rules will be'
• Heathrow no longer Europe's busiest airport
• 2/3 of businesses at risk of insolvency
• second national lockdown in France
• 100,000 catching virus every day
• E Yorks → tier 2, W Yorks → tier 3
• Melbourne emerges from four month lockdown
• ½ million in England had virus last week
• Govt trying to avoid blanket measures
• cases now well above worst-case scenario
4 week lockdown across England from next week
• furlough scheme extended by a month

Worldwide deaths: 1,150,000 → 1,190,000
Worldwide cases: 42,400,000 → 45,800,000
UK deaths: 44,745 → 46,555
UK cases: 854,010 → 1,011,660
FTSE: down 5% (5860 → 5577)

20 things that happened w/b 18th October #coronavirus

• police allowed access to test and trace data
• Manchester still refusing to join tier 3
• Italy tightens the rules
2½ week "firebreak" lockdown in Wales
• high level restrictions for 6 weeks in Ireland
• 'tsunami' of new infections in Belgium
• Heathrow - tests for those flying to Hong Kong
• tier 3 imposed on Greater Manchester
• ..."a game of poker with people's lives”
• Melania Trump still has lingering cough
• South Yorkshire is next into tier 3
• Chancellor offers extra aid for tier 2
• Scots told to prepare for 'digital Christmas'
• Stoke, Coventry and Slough → tier 2
• Test and Trace needs to improve (PM)
• Scotland to introduce 5-tier system
• PM hopes families can celebrate Xmas together
• Warrington → tier 3
• Polish president tests positive
• yet another (small) anti-lockdown protest

Worldwide deaths: 1,110,000 → 1,150,000
Worldwide cases: 39,500,000 → 42,400,000
UK deaths: 43,579 → 44,745
UK cases: 705,428 → 854,010
FTSE: down 1% (5919 → 5860)

20 things that happened w/b 11th October #coronavirus

• second national lockdown possible
• Trump claims he's now immune
• three Nightingale hospitals on standby
3-tier lockdown restrictions introduced
• Liverpool placed in 'Very High' tier - pubs closed
• scientists warn measures are insufficient
• unemployment at 3 year high
• confirmed case of reinfection in Nevada
• Sir Keir proposes 3 week circuit breaker
• PM defends regional restrictions
• NI closes schools for 2 weeks (& pubs for 4)
• Wales bans visitors from tiers 2 & 3
• London, Essex and York move to tier 2
• Italy joins the quarantine list
• masks required in Scottish workplaces
• Manchester holds out against joining tier 3
• R is between 1.3 and 1.5
• fast turnaround tests due in a few weeks (PM)
• month-long curfew in nine French cities
• Israel eases second lockdown

Worldwide deaths: 1,070,000 → 1,110,000
Worldwide cases: 37,000,000 → 39,500,000
UK deaths: 42,760 → 43,579
UK cases: 590,844 → 705,428
FTSE: down 2% (6016 → 5919)

20 things that happened w/b 4th October #coronavirus

• London Marathon for elite runners only
• Cineworld to close all cinemas
• "bumpy through to Christmas" (PM)
• numerous other White House staff test positive
• Trump briefly leaves hospital for a motorcade
• 15841 cases uncounted (& not followed up)
• Trump 'feeling really good' - leaves hospital
• PM looks ahead to a post-Covid UK
• hospital admissions jump by 25%
• shortage of tests across the NHS
• intensive care filling up in Paris
• pubs to close for 2 weeks in central Scotland
• new 3-tier restrictions expected on Monday
• getting Covid "a blessing from God" (Trump)
• cafes/bars in Brussels closed for a month
• economy still 9% below pre-pandemic levels
• cases have 'increased rapidly' (ONS)
• new Job Support Scheme will pay 2/3 of wages
• delayed honours list recognises care workers
• Northern mayors say govt support insufficient

Worldwide deaths: 1,030,000 → 1,070,000
Worldwide cases: 34,700,000 → 37,000,000
UK deaths: 42,317 → 42,760
UK cases: 480,017 → 590,844
FTSE: up 2% (5902 → 6016)

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