Daily News Briefing: Three-quarters of BAME medics fear infection, as survey highlights lack of PPE

Monday 18 May


Monday 18 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: 4,805,554

Deaths: 316,753

Recovered: 1,860,215

Today’s Outlook
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  • Over three-quarters of BAME medics fear they will contract the disease.
  • Stations put crowd control measures in place, as the UK goes back to work.
  • Trump officials deflect blame for US death toll, escalate reopening push.
  • Japan slips into a recession, but worse is still to come.
  • Iran faces the second wave of coronavirus infections.

Trump officials deflect blame for US death toll, escalate reopening push

CNN says two of President Trump’s top officials are now pointing the finger at the administration’s own scientists and Americans’ pre-existing health conditions to explain the country’s world-leading Covid-19 death toll.

Alex Azar suggested Sunday that underlying health conditions, including among minorities, were one reason for the high American death toll — nearly 90,000 as of Sunday evening. And Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro added the government’s own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to its list of scapegoats alongside China and the Obama administration.

Read the full story on CNN


Coronavirus: Stations put crowd control measures in place 

BBC News says new measures have been deployed on trains and at stations amid fears that more people might use public transport to return to work in England this week.

Train firms have operated reduced services due to coronavirus, but more frequent trains are now running.

Security guards with crowd management training will be at some stations.

People are being encouraged to go back to work in England, but to only use public transport for essential journeys when they have no alternative.

Read the full story on BBC News


Over three-quarters of BAME medics fear they will contract the disease

The Guardian says more than three-quarters of black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors are worried about contracting coronavirus in the course of their work, according to a survey that highlights the continuing lack of protection for frontline NHS staff.

Doctors said poor access to personal protective equipment, insufficient training on how to fit masks and lengthy waits for virus testing left them in fear of catching the virus and passing it on to those they lived with.

Read the full story on The Guardian


Japan slips into recession, but worse is still to come

Japan Times says Japan’s economy sank into a recession last quarter that’s likely to deepen further as households limit spending to essentials and companies cut investment, production and hiring to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gross domestic product shrank an annualized 3.4 per cent in the January-March quarter compared with the previous quarter as exports slid and social distancing crimped consumer spending, Cabinet Office figures showed.

Read the full story on Japan Times 


Iran faces ‘second wave of virus’ as death toll surges towards 7,000

 Arab News says large swaths of Iran faced a lethal “second wave” of coronavirus infections on Sunday as the official death toll surged toward 7,000.

The southwestern province of Khuzestan is the new focal point, with the most critical “red” ranking on the country’s colour-coded risk scale. “Khuzestan is in a critical situation,” Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said

Read the full story on Arab News

A quick look at the other top stories from around the globe. 

‘Take the red pill’ Elon Musk sends Twitter into Matrix Meltdown

RT News says Elon Musk has again triggered an online storm, telling the public to “take the red pill.” The Matrix reference got him showered in praise from conservatives, but the creators of the movie are not amused. 

Read on. 

Motorcyclists death leads to clashes with the police in Paris suburb

France24 says youths clashed with police into the early hours of Monday morning after the death of a young man on a motorcycle. Some in the Paris suburb community blame his death on the police. 

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AU and UN concerned over Burundi election violence

BBC News says the African Union and the United Nations have raised concern about clashes in Burundi between rival supporters during campaigns ahead of next Wednesday’s election.

Read on. 

Egyptian media outlet Mada Masr says editor arrested 

Aljazeera News says a prominent investigative media outlet in Egypt said security forces have detained its editor-in-chief, the latest arrest amid a wider crackdown on dissent in the North African country.

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Chinese envoy to Israel found dead, ‘health reasons’ likely cause: Beijing

CNA says China’s ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, died at his home in Tel Aviv on Sunday, apparently from natural causes, a statement from Beijing said.

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