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Covid19 NEWS

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Published on Friday, August 7, 2020 - 14:44

WHO says true figure across Africa could be much higher; cases continue to surge in Europe

UN agencies are scrambling to support victims of the devastating warehouse explosion in Beirut, which has undermined an already weakened healthcare system in Lebanon, officials have said.

Bed capacity has fallen by 500 after hospitals were damaged in the blast, a World Health Organisation spokesman told a virtual United Nations briefing.

Related: Beirut explosion: Lebanon security forces fire teargas at protesters as anger mounts

More than 3.5 million health workers in India have embarked on a two-day strike to secure better wages and personal protective equipment (PPE).

It comes as the country reported a record daily jump in Covid-19 infections of Friday, taking its total caseload to over two million.

In some places, we had a lot of difficulty reaching households, especially in the mountainous regions... Households would be very far apart and we had to get to each of them on foot.

“During rains, we had to cross rivers by boat and rope bridges too.”

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Published on Friday, August 7, 2020 - 14:42

Rolling live coverage of business, economics and financial markets as investors focus on US-China tensions and non-farm payrolls

With chancellor Rishi Sunak today signalling that there is unlikely to be any extension to the furlough scheme, it appears the UK economy could be about to experience the delayed unemployment reaction from a historic recession.

At mid-morning European stock markets have lost even the slight hint of optimism from the opening hour.

The FTSE 100 has now lost 0.3%, or 20 points - another nine points down and it will fall below the 6,000 mark.

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Published on Friday, August 7, 2020 - 14:40

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns ‘there is always the risk of disruption to travel plans and people need to bear that in mind’

Parents and staff are still confused over the wearing of face coverings in schools, say Unison, and clearer guidance is needed on face coverings in schools in England.

The union has written to secretary of state for education Gavin Williamson urging him to allow all school staff to be allowed to wear face coverings if they choose.

The landlord of a Staffordshire pub linked to a coronavirus outbreak has admitted he was “simply not strong enough” in ensuring social distancing measures were enforced.

Custodio Pinto, who runs the Crown and Anchor in Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, apologised on Facebook after at least 19 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were linked to the venue.

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Published on Friday, August 7, 2020 - 14:27

As Victoria reported 911 infected healthcare workers, Scott Morrison said rest of the country needed to heed lessons already learned

Rapid response units aimed at preventing Covid-19 outbreaks in aged care could be rolled out across Australia as leaders plan ways to prevent a repeat of the heartbreak seen in Victoria.

Governments across the country are “preparing for the worst, hoping for the best” when it comes to responding to outbreaks in the aged care sector, according to Prof Paul Kelly, the acting chief medical officer.

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Published on Friday, August 7, 2020 - 14:20

Victoria reports 450 new cases and 11 deaths; WA delays easing of restrictions; 911 Victorian healthcare workers infected. This blog is now closed

With that we’ll be closing the blog for today. Thanks for reading along today and earlier in the week.

Of course, we will be back tomorrow and Sunday with the latest news.

And as the day is drawing to a close, we can confirm Australia has surpassed 20,000 cumulative Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Prime minister Scott Morrison announced this earlier today.

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