Daily News Briefing: Jersey ‘circuit breaker’ - Covid-19 vaccine logistical challenges - UAE Space launch

Daily News Briefing: Jersey ‘circuit breaker’ - Covid-19 vaccine logistical challenges - UAE Space launch

Thursday 3 December


Friday 3 April 2020 News Briefing – As of 6:30 am (GMT), these are the global active Covid-19  numbers.


Coronavirus Cases: 64,845,926

Deaths: 1,499,357

Recovered: 44,942,203

  • Jersey to enter ‘hospitality circuit breaker’ until 4 January.
  • Boris Johnson warns of ‘immense logistical challenges’ in distributing vaccine.
  • Ex-French leader Valery Giscard d’Estaing dies at age 94.
  • Cyclone hits Sri Lanka as southern India hunkers down.
  • US to draw down staff from Baghdad embassy amid ‘security concerns’ as anniversary of Soleimani assassination draws near – reports.
  • Rights groups urge Bangladesh to halt Rohingya relocation.
  • UAE launches satellite to celebrate National Day

The secret scheme to skim millions off central Asia’s pipeline megaproject – FT

‘Covid fatigue’ and Christmas lures eager shoppers – BBC Business

COVID-19: Tesco and Morrisons give up £859m coronavirus business rates relief – Sky News

EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers – BBC Business 

Jersey to enter ‘hospitality circuit breaker’ until 4 January

BBC News says pubs, bars and restaurants in Jersey are set to close on Friday for up to a month in order to tackle a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The “hospitality circuit breaker” comes amid fears health services could be overwhelmed.

Food and hospitality outlets, except takeaways, will have to shut.

All shops can stay open, but indoor sport and fitness classes and gyms must close and the 2m distancing law is to be brought back into force.

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Boris Johnson warns of ‘immense logistical challenges’ in distributing vaccine

Sky News says it will take “some months” for the UK’s most vulnerable people to be vaccinated against coronavirus, the prime minister has said.

Boris Johnson acknowledged there will be “immense logistical challenges” in distributing the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine, which has been approved for use in the UK.

“It will inevitably take some months before all the most vulnerable are protected – long, cold months,” he said.

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Ex-French leader Valery Giscard d’Estaing dies at age 94

Euronews says Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the president of France from 1974 to 1981 who became a champion of European integration, died on Wednesday. He was 94.

Giscard d’Estaing’s office said he passed away in his family home in the Loir-et-Cher region, in central France, after contracting Covid-19.

“In accordance with his wishes, his funeral will take place in strict privacy,” his office said.

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Cyclone hits Sri Lanka as southern India hunkers down

France24 says Cyclone Burevi hit Sri Lanka overnight, rattling the island nation but leaving it relatively unscathed on its way to southern India, officials said Thursday.

Burevi, the second cyclone in the southern Bay of Bengal in a week, slammed into north-eastern Sri Lanka just before midnight.

Packing winds up to 60 miles an hour, it soaked parts of the country but caused no casualties and less devastation than feared.

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US to draw down staff from Baghdad embassy amid ‘security concerns’ as anniversary of Soleimani assassination draws near – reports

RT News says Washington is set to pull diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad in an effort to “minimize risk” as the one-year anniversary of the US kill strike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani approaches, according to several reports.

The drawdown comes amid heightened security concerns in Iraq, namely fears of upcoming attacks from militant groups looking to avenge Soleimani’s assassination last year, AFP, CNN and the Washington Post reported independently on Wednesday, citing American and Iraqi officials familiar with the move.

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Rights groups urge Bangladesh to halt Rohingya relocation

Aljazeera says Bangladesh has begun preparations to move thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast, officials said, despite opposition from many refugees and human rights groups who have urged to halt the relocation.

“Bangladesh should halt this hasty relocation process,” said Ismail Wolff, regional director of Fortify Rights. “Not one refugee should be moved until all human rights and humanitarian concerns have been resolved and genuine informed consent is assured.”

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UAE launches satellite to celebrate National Day

Arab News says the UAE has launched the “Falcon Eye” satellite into space to mark its 49th National Day, state news agency WAM has reported.

The Soyuz ST-A rocket took off from the French Guiana Space Centre carrying the Gulf country’s earth-observation satellite that could take high-resolution images.

The satellite will be used for mapping, agricultural and environmental monitoring, urban planning, helping with response planning for natural disasters, as well as monitoring the UAE’s borders and coasts.

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In Review

Former President Barack Obama has cautioned young Democrat activists against using snappy slogans such as “defund the police” if they want to bring about genuine reforms in the US.

Defund the Police became a widely-used phrase after the killing of George Floyd.

Mr Obama said “you lost a big audience the minute you say it”, making it “a lot less likely” to effect change.


What’s the media saying?

Barack Obama criticizes ‘Defund the Police’ slogan but faces backlash – The Guardian 

The Squad teams up on Obama: AOC, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley slam Obama for saying ‘defund the police’ is a ‘snappy slogan that alienates voters’ by insisting it is a MANDATE and say they are fed up with attacks on activists – Daily Mail 

‘It’s not a slogan’: Ilhan Omar fires back at Obama for attacking ‘defund the police’ campaign – The Independent 


Obama’s denouncement of defunding police opens Democratic divisions – Boston Herald 


COVID-19 hospitalizations pass 100K in US and could double soon; experts fear weary staff will be ‘overrun’ by patients

The number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients nationwide passed the 100,000 mark on Wednesday, an alarming statistic fueling enormous strain on the health care system and its brave but beleaguered workers. – USA Today 

Hungarian MEP facing expulsion from EPP group over Gestapo comments 

The head of the European Parliament delegation representing Hungary’s ruling party is being targeted for expulsion from his political group in the European Union legislature after comparing the group’s leader to the Gestapo. – Euronews

Damaged roads, airports could slow aid work in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Aid workers hoping to access Ethiopia’s Tigray region will have to overcome challenges such as the region’s damaged infrastructure to develop tons of relief items to those in need.- Africanews

Lebanon crisis: France’s Macron announces fund for sustained aid

Emmanuel Macron announced a World Bank-hosted humanitarian fund for crisis-hit Lebanon on Wednesday, saying relief would bypass the country’s increasingly ostracised politicians and go directly to the Lebanese people and trusted NGOs. – Aljazeera 

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai remanded into custody on fraud charge

Jimmy Lai was remanded into custody on Thursday after being charged with fraud, the latest in a string of prosecutions brought against high-profile Beijing critics and democracy campaigners. – CNA 


sports news

arts & ent

Man Utd V PSG

Man Utd beaten by PSG as last-16 hopes go to final group game – Read on

Coronation Street

COVID-19: Coronation Street would be in Tier 3 and Rovers Return could only do takeaway, minister says – Read on

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