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Royal Mail cuts 2,000 jobs due to pandemic

Thursday 25 June


Thursday 25 June 2020 News Briefing – Today’s headlines are dominated by the global Coronavirus Pandemic. As of 6:30 am (GMT), these are the global active numbers.


Coronavirus Cases: 9,534,437

Deaths: 485,176

Recovered: 5,179,747

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  • Delhi surpasses Mumbai as India’s worst-hit city as country reports largest single-day jump in cases.

  • Covid-19 antibody test lacks ‘proper assessment.’

  • Royal Mail to cut 2,000 jobs  as pandemic adds to ‘challenges.’

  • WHO warns pandemic has not reached its peak in the Americas.

  • Covid-19 pandemic will cost the global economy $12 trillion.


Delhi surpasses Mumbai as India’s worst-hit city as country reports largest single-day jump in cases 

CNN says Delhi on Wednesday surpassed Mumbai as the worst-hit Indian city by the coronavirus pandemic

Delhi has so far reported a total of 70,390 coronavirus cases while Mumbai has seen 69,625 cases, according to health authorities. 

India reported 16,922 new coronavirus cases on Thursday — the highest single-day jump so far, bringing the total number of cases found in the country to 473,105, according to its health ministry. India also registered 418 virus-related deaths in the past day, raising the death toll to 14,894. 

Read the full story on CNN


Covid-19 antibody test lacks ‘proper assessment’ 

BBC News says Covid-19 antibody tests for NHS and care staff are being rolled out without “adequate assessment”, experts warn.

The tests could place an unnecessary burden on the NHS, the 14 senior academics say in a letter in the BMJ,

Last month, the government said it had bought 10 million antibody tests and asked NHS trusts and care homes to make them available to staff in England.

Officials say the blood tests – to see if someone has had the virus – will play an “increasingly important role”.

Read the full story on BBC


WHO warns pandemic has not reached its peak in the Americas

The Guardian says as Dr Tedros warned of a shortage in oxygen supply in the face of cases increasing by about 1 million per week, the head of the WHO emergencies programme, Dr Mike Ryan, said the pandemic in many Latin American countries was still intense as deaths in the region surpassed 100,000 this week.

Many countries had experienced 25-50% increases in cases in the past week, he said.

“I would characterise the situation in the Americas in general as still evolving, not having reached its peak yet, and likely to result in sustained numbers of cases and continued deaths,” he said.

Read the full story on The Guardian 


Royal Mail to cut 2,000 jobs  as pandemic adds to ‘challenges’ 

Sky News says Royal Mail is to cut 2,000 jobs in a restructuring prompted by the “additional challenges” of the coronavirus pandemic.

The cuts will reduce the number of UK management roles in the business, currently totalling 9,700, by around a fifth – mainly affecting the most senior leaders, whose numbers will be cut by about half.

Read the full story on Sky News


Covid-19 pandemic will cost the global economy $12 trillion 

Arab News says The COVID-19 pandemic will have cost the global economy $12 trillion by the end of next year, the International Monetary Fund predicted on Wednesday.

The pandemic was “a crisis like no other,” the contraction in the global economy would be significantly worse than it previously thought, and recovery was “uncertain,” the IMF said in a gloomy update to its World Economic Outlook

Read the full story on Arab News



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A quick look at the other top headlines from around the world

Three men indicted on murder charges for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery 

France24 says the three men arrested after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a young black jogger in the southern United States, were formally indicted on murder charges by a grand jury on Wednesday.

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EU students will be charged more to study at UK Universities from 2021

EuroNews says students from the European Union wishing to study in Britain from the 2021 academic year will have to pay higher fees because of Brexit, the UK government has confirmed.

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Gambia denies plans to relax homosexuality laws

AfricaNews says The Gambia said on Tuesday that it would neither decriminalise homosexuality nor review its laws, following weeks of controversy over the issue in the tiny West African state.

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Saudi Arabia condemns attacks by Yemen’s Houthis on Riyadh

Aljazeera News says Saudi Arabia’s cabinet has condemned Yemen’s Houthis for targeting the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with eight armed drones and three ballistic missiles, state news agency SPA said in a statement.

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Japan confirms scrapping US missile defence system

CNA says Japan has scrapped the deployment of a multibillion-dollar US anti-missile system, the government confirmed Thursday (Jun 25), days after saying the programme had been suspended.

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Swimming pools should reopen for mental health says Olympic Champion Adam Peaty

Swimming pools should reopen for mental health says Peaty

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Mel Gibson reacts to Winona Ryders claims

Mel Gibson reacts to claims he used antisemitic slur against Winona Ryder

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