Daily News Briefing: England’s Test and Trace system will start on Thursday

Thursday 28 May


Thursday 28 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: 5,792,253

Deaths: 357,467

Recovered: 2,498,730

Today’s Outlook
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  • Disney CEO says it’s safe to return to Disney World.
  • Japan seeing fewer deaths than last year – despite pandemic. 
  • Test and trace system will start on Thursday.
  • Tory anger grows as dozens of MPs ignore PM’s calls to move on from the Dominic Cummings crisis.
  • Coronavirus pandemic exposes inequality in Ecuador’s  Guayaquil.
  • USA Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000.

Disney CEO explains why it’s safe to go back to Disney World

CNN says Disney World is set to reopen — but is it safe to return to the ”most magical place on Earth”? Disney CEO Bob Chapek believes so.

The Disney resort in Orlando, Florida, plans to reopen on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, the company said Wednesday.

Read the full story on CNN


Japan seeing fewer deaths than last year – despite the coronavirus 

Japan Times says the number of deaths across the nation fell in the first three months of 2020 despite the novel coronavirus, according to data issued by the health ministry. The data adds weight to the government’s position it was able to control the first wave of infections in the pandemic. 

The mortality data, released Tuesday, showed Japan recorded 368,793 deaths in the first three months of this year – a  0.7 per cent fall from the average of the same period in the past five years.

Read the full story on Japan Times


Test and trace system will start on Thursday

BBC News says a massive system to find people who come into close contact with those infected with coronavirus will start in England on Thursday, Boris Johnson has said. 

PM Boris Johnson said it “will change people’s lives.” The aim of the system is to move from lockdown for all towards more targeted measures.

Read the full story on BBC News


Tory anger grows as dozens of MPs defy Boris Johnson’s call to move on

The Guardian says more than 60 Conservative MPs have continued to defy Boris Johnson’s calls to “move on” from the Dominic Cummings crisis. 

Former chancellor Sajid Javid said the journey Cummings took was not “necessary of justified” as the number of backbenchers calling for Cummings to resign or be sacked grew to 44, with a total of 61 Tory MPs weighing in to criticise him.

Read the full story on The Guardian


Coronavirus pandemic exposes inequality in Ecuador’s  Guayaquil

Aljazeera says the pandemic’s strain on the working class highlights deep divisions in economic power, analysts and residents say.

Residents Victoria Sanchez and her mother showed up at their local hospital in Ecuador’s Guayaquil for her mother’s weekly dialysis treatment last month, but hospital staff refused to let the mother in due to her runny nose. 

Hospital staff feared it was Covid-19 and said they could not risk exposing other patients in the dialysis ward, Sanchez says they told her.

Read the full story on Aljazeera


US Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000

France24 says the novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday. There has recently been a slowdown in deaths which has encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdown

About 1,400 Americans have died on average each day in May, down from a peak of 2,000 in April, according to the tally of state and country data on Covid-19 deaths. 

Read the full story on France24

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

Looters ransack shops in Minneapolis descends into chaos after police killing of black man (VIDEOS) 

RT News says gangs of looters have cleared out a number of shops in Minneapolis as hectic protests over a police killing of an unarmed black man escalate into riots, with violent clashes erupting between demonstrators and law enforcement.

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France declares war on podcasts, click-bait and chick-lit

EuroNews says France has come up with new words for podcasts, clickbait and chick-lit in an effort to stop its citizens using the English terms instead.

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Luanda Leaks: Isabel dos Santos to challenge asset seizure

AfricaNews says Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo have decided to challenge the freezing of their assets in the context of an investigation for embezzlement of public funds, their lawyer said Tuesday.

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Turkey’s rulers plot law changes to block breakaway parties’ power grab

Arab News says Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is looking at ways to change electoral laws in order to block challenges to power from two new breakaway political parties.

Read on.


US revokes Hong Kong’s special status as anger grows over China law

CNA says the United States has revoked Hong Kong’s special status under US law, opening the way for the city to be stripped of trading privileges, as Washington accused China of trampling on the territory’s autonomy.

Read on. 


sports news

arts & ent

Formula 1 cost-cutting proposals approved

Formula 1’s cost-cutting proposals approved by FIA

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Jimmy Fallon apologies for 'blackface' skit

Jimmy Fallon apologies for ‘blackface’ skit

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