Daily News Briefing: Long queues as shops reopen in England

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Monday 15 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: 8,008,787

Deaths: 435,865

Recovered: 4,135,523

Today’s Outlook
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  • Long queues as shops reopen in England.

  • Germany lifts travel warning for 27 countries.

  • France accelerates lifting of lockdown after ‘first victory’ against covid-19.

  • NHS: Migrant staff still paying a fee despite Boris u-turn.

  • Indian journalists targeted for coronavirus reporting.

Long queues as shops reopen in England

BBC News says pent-up demand has prompted queues at some shops as rules are relaxed in England after a three-month lockdown.

Long queues were reported outside Primark shops in London and Birmingham ahead of their 8 am opening time.

The chain, which like other clothing shops has been closed since 23 March, does not offer online shopping meaning customers can only buy in the store.

All shops in England are allowed to open, although retailers have had to introduce strict safety measures.

Read the full story on BBC News


Germany lifts travel warning for 27 countries

CNN says Germany has lifted its travel warning for 27 countries in continental Europe.

Spain is not included in the list, but some German tourists can now travel to the popular Balearic island of Mallorca.

Frankfurt airport this morning remained quiet, however. Only two flights are leaving for Palma de Mallorca today the departure display showed, according to CNN affiliate n-tv. 

Read the full story on CNN 


France accelerates lifting of lockdown after ‘first victory’ against covid-19

France24 says French President Macron said on Sunday said he was accelerating plans to ease the country’s coronavirus lockdown to revive the euro zone’s second-biggest economy more swiftly.

“The fight against the epidemic is not finished but I am happy about this first victory against the virus,” Macron said in an address to the nation.

Read the full story on France24


NHS: Migrant staff still paying a fee despite Boris u-turn

The Guardian says foreign NHS workers and carers are still being charged for using the health service, despite the prime minister’s pledge to scrap these fees “as soon as possible”.

On 21 May, Boris Johnson said that the £400 annual fee paid by non-EU migrants to use the NHS – on top of other mounting visa costs – should be removed for health and care workers.

Read the full story on The Guardian


Indian journalists targeted for coronavirus reporting

Aljazeera says at least 55 journalists faced arrest, physical assaults, alleged destruction of properties and threats for reporting on COVID-19 or exercising freedom of opinion and expression during India’s lockdown from 25 March to 31 May 2020.

India has become the riskiest place for the journalist in the world,” Suhas Chakma said.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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

Atlanta police release bodycam footage leading up to the death of Rayshard Brookes 

Fox News says the Atlanta Police Department has released officer bodycam and dashcam video of the events leading up to the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks on Friday night.

Watch the footage here.

Russia sentences former US marine to 16 years in prison for espionage 

Euronews says a Russian court sentenced Paul Whelan, an American and British citizen to 16 years in prison for espionage, the US ambassador said outside a Moscow courthouse.

Whelan, a former US marine, was arrested in a Russian hotel on December 28. Whelan said he had been set up when he was handed a flash drive with classified information on it.

Read on.

Morroco’s King Mohammad VI undergoes successful heart operation

AfricaNews says

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI “on Sunday successfully underwent” a heart operation at the clinic of the Royal Palace in Rabat after a “recurrence of heart rhythm disorder such as atrial flutter,” his medical team announced.

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Israel greenlights illegal ‘Trump’ settlement in Golan Heights

Aljazeera says an Israeli cabinet minister said the government has approved plans to build a new illegal settlement in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after President Trump. 

Read on.

Black Lives Matter protesters march through Tokyo

CNA says thousands of protesters in Tokyo took part in a Black Lives Matter march on Sunday, calling for an end to racial discrimination and police abuse after the killing of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

Read on.


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arts & ent

Jay Pharoah says LAPD officer put knee on his neck

Russell wins virtual F1 title as glitches cause Albon to ‘vanish’

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Russell wins F1 title

Comedian says LAPD officer ‘took his knee and put it on my neck’ 

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