Daily News Briefing: All non-essential shops to reopen from 15 June – PM

Tuesday 26 May


Tuesday 26 May 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: 5,590,358

Deaths: 347,907

Recovered: 2,366,574

Today’s Outlook
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  • Brazil records more than 11,000 new cases in 24 hours. 
  • WHO chief calls Japan’s battle against the coronavirus a ‘success.’ 
  • England: Non-essential shops to reopen from June 15.
  • Dominic Cummings refuses to resign or apologies for lockdown breach. 
  • France’s health workers are set to get a ‘significant’ pay rise after the pandemic.
  • Saudi Arabia eases lockdown restrictions.  

Coronavirus live: Brazil reports more than 11,000 new cases in the past 24 hours

CNN says Brazil has registered 11,687 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 374,898. 

The Brazilian health ministry confirmed 807 new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 23,473. 

Brazil’s growing outbreak has caused the country to rise in the global rankings of countries most affected by the pandemic. It is now only second to the United States in the reported number of cases.

Read the full story on CNN


WHO chief deems Japan’s battle against coronavirus a ‘success’

Japan Times says the head of the World Health Organisation on Monday called Japan’s efforts in tackling the spread of the new coronavirus a “success.”

The WHO’s Director-General made the assessment during a news conference in Geneva held in wake of Japan’s decision to lift a state of emergency in all parts of the nation after it was first declared in early April.

Read the full story on Japan Times


Non-essential shops to reopen from 15 June – PM

BBC News says all non-essential retailers will reopen in England from 15 June, the prime minister has announced. 

However, the move is “contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus,” and retailers will have to adhere to new guidelines to protect shoppers and workers, the PM added. 

The latest updates in the plans to ease the lockdown come as the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK rose by 121 to 26,914.

Read the full story on BBC News


Dominic Cummings: Boris Johnson’s aide refuses to apologise or resign for lockdown breach 

The Guardian says the crisis that has engulfed the government over Dominic Cummings’ conduct continued to rage unabated after an unprecedented press conference in which the prime minister’s chief aide repeatedly refused to resign or apologise for breaking lockdown rules. 

After an outpouring of public anger rattled No  10, he attempted to explain why he drove 264 miles from London to his parents’ estate in Durham despite suspecting that both he and his wife had coronavirus.

Read the full story on The Guardian 


France’s health workers to get ‘significant’ pay rises after coronavirus pandemic

France24 says PM Edouard Philippe has said health workers would soon get hefty pay increases as part of an overhaul of France’s hospital system in response to the coronavirus crisis. 

“I can say without ambiguity, the increase will be significant,” Philippe said while kicking off consultations with doctors and nurses that are expected to conclude in July. 

Read the full story on France24


Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Arab News says Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Sunday 31 May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Read the full story on Arab News



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

Chinese media trolls Pompeo, depicting him using dollars to lure Hong Kong protesters to hell

RT News says a Chinese state media outlet has mocked Mike Pompeo, who is tasked with ‘certifying’ Hong Kong’s autonomy, depicting him dressed as a sheep, seducing protesters with cash into falling off a cliff into the fires of hell.

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WATCH: Boy, 12, remains calm as bear emerges just metres away 

EuroNews says this is the moment a 12-year-old boy kept remarkably calm after a bear emerged from bushes just metres away from him.

The encounter happened as Alessandro was hiking with his family above Sporminore in Italy’s northern region of Trentino-Sud Tyrol.

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Burundi ruling party candidate wins the presidential election

AfricaNews says Burundi’s ruling party candidate won a presidential election held last week, securing 68.72% of the vote, the electoral commission said on Monday.

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First Iranian oil tanker reaches Venezuelan waters 

Aljazeera says the first of five Iranian oil tankers heading to Venezuela to help ease fuel shortages entered the country’s waters, encountering no immediate signs of US interference amid a diplomatic standoff.

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Taiwan offers ‘necessary assistance’ to Hong Kong’s people

CNA says Taiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with “necessary assistance”, President Tsai Ing-wen said, after a resurgence in protests in the city against newly proposed national security legislation from Beijing.

Taiwan has become a refuge for a small but growing number of protesters fleeing Hong Kong, which has been convulsed since last year by protests.

What’s been causing this week’s New Zealand earthquakes?  

NZ Herald says New Zealand has just been rattled by a second quake above 5.0 in little over 24 hours – so what do we know about what’s going on off the coast of Levin?

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