Daily News Briefing: What to expect when non-essential shops reopen

Wednesday 27 May


Wednesday 27 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: 5,687,877

Deaths: 352,265

Recovered: 2,431,754

Today’s Outlook
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  • Covid-19 cases rise in 17 states, Americans divided on facemasks.
  • Osaka izakaya woos virus-wary drinkers back with face shields.
  • Boris Johnson to face senior MPs amid Cummings’ row.
  • England: What to expect when non-essential shops reopen. 
  • Saudis, expats ready to restart their lives, vow to stick to health rules.
  • Trump administrations considering back-to-work bonuses as part of next stimulus.

Live Updates: Covid-19 cases rise in 17 states, Americans divided on facemasks 

CNN says as more places across the US offer people a chance to shop or dine inside, the issue of whether to wear a mask has become a flashpoint. 

There are 17 states where the number of coronavirus cases are trending up and many governors have told citizens that now is an important time to wear a face covering.

Read the full story on CNN


Osaka izakaya woos virus-wary drinkers back with face shields

Japan Times says a Japanese-style izakaya pub in Osaka has started distributing free face shields for use by its customers, in the hope of regaining drinkers after the state of emergency was lifted. 

The izakaya started the initiative on Monday. The transparent face shields protect against droplets while face -to- face socialising and allow customers to enjoy drinking safely.

Read the full story on Japan Times


Johnson to face senior MPs amid Cummings row

BBC News says Boris Johnson will be questioned by senior MPs later amid calls for his top adviser, Dominic Cummings, to resign. It marks the first time he has appeared before the Commons Liaison Committee the only committee that gets to question the PM – since taking office. 

 Committee members are expected to ask Mr Johnson about No10’s handling of the pandemic. And there are likely to be questions regarding Dominic Cummings’ controversial lockdown trip to County Durham.

Read the full story on BBC News


What to expect when non-essential shops reopen

The Guardian says closed changing rooms, one-way systems on the shop floor and restrictions on touching merchandise will greet shoppers when non-essential retailers reopen some stores next month. 

Stores are following the example of supermarkets, DIY chains and furniture retailers which have been limiting the number of shoppers with queue systems as well as installing plastic screens and supplying face masks to staff.

Read the full story on The Guardian


Saudis, expats ready to restart their lives, vow to stick to health guidelines

Arab News says Saudis and expats on Tuesday cautiously welcomed the government’s decision to ease lockdown restrictions, saying the risk was not over and people should follow guidelines the Health Ministry has issued to keep the virus at bay. 

The restrictions will be lifted in three phases, during which the authorities will monitor and assess the situation and introduce changes if needed.

Read the full story on Arab News


Trump administrations considering back-to-work bonuses as part of next stimulus

Fox News says the Trump administration is considering a weekly back-to-work bonus for Americans returning to employment, part of a range of options the administration is weighing to revive the economy as the country begins to reopen.

“It may well be, it’s something we’re looking at very carefully,! White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom”. 

Read the full story on Fox News



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

Four US policemen fired after death of unarmed black man

France24 says a video of a handcuffed black man dying while a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for more than five minutes sparked a fresh furore in the US over police treatment of African Americans Tuesday.

Read on. 


EU to announce green strings for post-pandemic funding

EuroNews says the coronavirus crisis has reduced daily emissions in Europe by an estimated 27 per cent, but how can Brussels capitalise on green gains?

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2,500 schools closed in Burkina Faso due to unrest 

AfricaNews says an increase in jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso since 2017 has led to the closure of more than 2,000 schools, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday.

Read on. 

Saudi Arabia to allow mosques to reopen for Friday prayers 

Aljazeera News says Saudi Arabia will allow mosques to open for Friday prayers, state TV has reported, as the kingdom eases restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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900 Taliban prisoners to be freed by Afghan govt under Eid truce in biggest ever single-step release

RT News says Kabul plans to set free as many as 900 Taliban prisoners in the biggest-ever release of its kind to date. The two sides are moving closer to launching intra-Afghan peace talks, scheduled as part of the US-brokered peace process.

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