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Daily News Briefing: New Covid-19 restrictions for England likely next week

New Covid-19 restrictions for England likely next week

Thursday 8 October

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Thursday 8 October 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.

Global COVID-19 UPDATE

Coronavirus Cases: 36,401,583

Deaths: 1,060,563

Recovered: 27,418,538

Today’s Outlook
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  • Covid: New restrictions for England likely next week.
  • Germany’s case rise by highest total since early April.
  • France records record all-time high of nearly 19,000 cases in 24 hours.
  • G20 tourism ministers discuss post-pandemic revival plan for the tourism sector.
  • What crisis? Billionaires rack up record fortunes, survey shows.
  • Two White House officials concede Trump has not been tested daily for coronavirus.

Covid: New restrictions for England likely next week

BBC News says coronavirus restrictions are to be further tightened in parts of England early next week, with the closure of bars and restaurants a possibility, the BBC has been told.

There could also be a ban on overnight stays away from home.

No 10 is also likely to introduce a three-tier system for local lockdowns, with different parts of the country placed in different categories.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Germany’s case rise by highest total since early April

The Guardian says the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by a staggering 4,058 to 310,144, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.

The reported death toll rose by 16 to 9,578, the tally showed.

Read the full story on The Guardian

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France records record new all-time high of nearly 19,000 cases in 24 hours

France24 says French health authorities reported 18,746 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over 24 hours on Wednesday, a new all-time daily high, and almost double Tuesday’s tally of 10,489.

The French Covid-19 death toll was up by 80, at 32,445, and the cumulative number of cases now totals 653,509.

Read the full story on France24

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G20 tourism ministers discuss post-pandemic revival plan for tourism sector

Arab News says the tourism ministers of G20 countries met to discuss ways of reviving the tourism sector, which has been severely affected by the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

They highlighted the crucial role of tourism as a means of achieving sustainable socio-economic development and talked about the challenges the sector is facing as a result of the pandemic.

Read the full story on Arab News

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What crisis? Billionaires rack up record fortunes, survey shows

Aljazeera says the coronavirus crisis may have driven millions of people out of work globally, but the rebound in stock and other asset prices from the depths of a steep plunge has pushed up the wealth of the richest to even more dizzying heights, a new survey shows.

While the authors of the survey say today’s newly minted billionaires – many of whom are involved in cutting-edge technology and healthcare – are making the world a better place, critics have argued that their surging wealth is a cause of growing social and political instability.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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Two White House officials concede Trump has not been tested daily for coronavirus

CNN says two White House officials conceded today that President Trump has not been tested daily for coronavirus

One official drew a distinction between the frequency of Trump’s testing versus the testing of people around the President. 

The official said Trump is tested “regularly” while people around the President are tested “daily.” 

Read the full story on CNN

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A quick look at the other top stories 

Pence, Harris address racism, Covid-19, Supreme Court in debate

Aljazeera says after the subterranean bar set by the first debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the VP debate offered Americans a far more thoughtful discussion of policy differences.

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Coronavirus: Brussels orders bars and cafés to close for a month amid COVID-19 surge 

Euronews says bars and cafés in Brussels were on Wednesday ordered to shut for a month due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The regional government said in a statement that the wider Brussels area currently has a 14-day incidence rate of 502.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants — more than double the national rate of 232.8 cases per 100,000 population.

Read on

 

‘Protect Workers’: Unions press South Africa govt on jobs, economy

Africanews says South Africa’s largest trade unions held nationwide marches on Wednesday to protest the high level of job destruction, the poor state of transport, corruption and the lack of measures to combat the deep crisis generated in Africa’s second-largest economy by the pandemic.

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Jordon to administer 230,000 shots of seasonal flu vaccine

Arab News says Jordan’s health ministry will be conducting a massive vaccination program for seasonal flu, administering 230,000 shots to medical personnel and the elderly first.

Read on

Mighty little global star: Netflix’s Indian superhero toddler

France24 says it was a quest worthy of a superhero. Animator Rajiv Chilaka spent years flogging his pitch about a superhuman Indian child to Western executives, to no avail.

Read on

 

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