Covid-19 Outbreak: Latest News

6 April 2020

 

News items sourced from various news outlets around the world. This page was created on 2 March and will be updated continuously. Last updated on 6 April. 

  • 6 April - Coronavirus: The Queen's message seen by 24 million, BBC News
  • 6 April -Face masks become essential item for coronavirus prevention after CDC recommendation, WSLS 10 News
  • 6 April -India has closed its railways for the first time in 167 years. Now trains are being turned into hospitals, CNN
  • 6 April - Pound rises with UK prime minister 'still in charge' in hospital, Yahoo News
  • 6 April -Singapore announces third stimulus package worth $3.6 billion to soften coronavirus impact, CNBC
  • 6 April -Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus, Guardian
  • 6 April - Global trade is in sharp decline. Open supply lines will be vital to fighting the pandemic - says WTO Chief Roberto Azevedo - Barron's
  • 6 April - Thailand's customs offices remain open nationwide - Pattaya Mail
  • 6 April - Apple promises to deliver more than a million face shields each week - Telegraph
  • 5 April: China's exports of key medical supplies rise to $1.5 billion amid global shortage of anti-virus gear - RT
  • 5 April - Virus forces changes to Hawaii customs - ABC
  • 3 April - WTO issues new report on worldwide trade in COVID-19 medical products, WTO
  • 3 April -Heathrow to close one runway due to drop in air traffic, Warrington Guardian
  • 3 April -Coronavirus Live Updates: Global Cases Exceed 1 Million, New York Times
  • 2 April -How climate change and the coronavirus are linked, WEF
  • 2 April - Big biotech venture funds raise billions despite coronavirus fears, STAT News
  • 2 April -BFPG Explains: COVID-19 and Multilateralism, British Foreign Policy Group
  • 2 April -Pharma supply chain: 3 things to know today, IOE&IT
  • 2 April - No 10 seeks to end coronavirus lockdown with 'immunity passports', The Guardian
  • 2 April - Tests of potential coronavirus vaccine spur growth of virus-fighting antibodies, USA Today
  • 2 April - Declaration by NATO Foreign Ministers on the coronavirus pandemic, GOV.UK
  • 2 April - TIACA urges immediate support for air cargo, Ajot
  • 2 April - COVID-19 European measures, Deloitte LLP
  • 2 April - Coronavirus: 90-minute COVID-19 test with 98.7% accuracy to be rolled out across UK, Sky News
  • 2 April -Coronavirus: Australian scientists begin tests of potential vaccines, BBC News
  • 2 April -Japan not ready to declare virus emergency - Bloomberg
  • 2 April - China VAT Incentives to Help Business, Bloomberg
  • 2 April - Investors fight back: 'We're buying cruise firms, drinks companies and Asian stocks' - Telegraph
  • 2 April - Why the G20 needs to step up now, The Qrius
  • 2 April - Demand for health gadgets surges in lockdown - Bloomberg
  • 2 April -G-20 prepares coronavirus rescue package for Africa, Politico
  • 1 April - Customs Duty and VAT stopped on urgent medical equipment, Business Matters News
  • 1 April -Manufacturing confidence plumments in Sweden - Bloomberg
  • 1 April - Russian military plane with masks & other Covid-19 aid departs for US - RT
  • 1 April - Ship Suppliers Must be Classed as Essential Workers, says ISSA - Hellenic Ship News
  • 1 April -The five economies coronavirus will hit the hardest revealed, JP Morgan's weekly economic forecast - The Telegraph
  • 1 April -Falsified medical products, including in vitro diagnostics, that claim to prevent, detect, treat or cure COVID-19, WHO
  • 1 April -Australia to subsidise air freight for agri exports to offset virus freeze, Reuters
  • 1 April -Coronavirus: Greatest test since World War Two, says UN chief, BBC News
  • 1 April -UK aims to test 25,000 a day for coronavirus by mid-April: minister, Reuters
  • 1 April - SSRO statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, GOV.UK
  • 31 March - Call for government to include import taxes in COVID-19 deferment scheme - IOE&IT
  • 31 March - Airbnb will give $250 million to hosts who lost income to virus - Economic Times
  • List of national legislation of countries that adopted temporary export restrictions on certain categories of critical medical supplies in response to COVID-19 - WCO
  • 31 March:-G20 Trade Ministers agree to ensure uninterrupted flow of vital medical supplies - Economic Times
  • 31 March -Europe sends medical goods to Iran in trade test, Reuters
  • 31 March - Mexico widens shutdown as number of cases surged past 1,000 - health emergency declared, Reuters 
  • 31 March - American Airlines has confirmed it will seek $12bn (£9.7bn) of financial support from the US government because of the impact of coronavirus, BBC News
  • 31 March - UK insurers tighten conditions to explicitly exclude coronaviruses, FR24 News
  • 31 March - British Airways temporarily suspends flights from Gatwick Airport, Sky News
  • 31 March - UK FTSE 100 poised for worst quarter since 1987, Financial Times
  • 31 March - Coronavirus epidemic 'far from over' in Asia-Pacific, WHO warns - The Guardian
  • 30 March - G20 Trade Ministers to hold emergency video conference - FXStreet
  • 30 March - Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers, European Commission
  • 30 March -Coronavirus: UK spread shows early signs of slowing – key adviser, The Guardian
  • 30 March - UK 'right at the top of league table' for testing - health minister, Sky News
  • 30 March -UK start-ups call for emergency support to help them survive coronavirus crisis, CNBC
  • 30 March -Coronavirus: UK broadband data caps removed during pandemic, BBC News
  • 30 March - Brazil: Coffee importers stockpiling on fears over coronavirus lockdowns, Reuters
  • 30 March - Coronavirus: Amazon workers plan strike at New York facility, Kiro 7 Seattle
  • 30 March -Fresh out of medical school, young Italian doctors are being fast-tracked to the coronavirus frontline, CNN
  • 30 March - Coronavirus forces economics profession to leave comfort zone, The Guardian
  • 30 March -Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines to April 30 as U.S. Cases Top 140,000, New York Times
  • 27 March - Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive, BBC News
  • 27 March -As Coronavirus Spread, Largest Stimulus in History United a Polarized Senate, New York Times
  • 27 March - NHS Confederation: Protective gear guidance 'to be updated', BBC News
  • 27 March -Coronavirus: Can EU get a grip on crisis?, BBC News
  • 27 March -European banks should halt 2020 dividends due to epidemic: trade body, Reuters
  • 27 March -Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?, Guardian
  • 27 March -Coronavirus travel: China bars foreign visitors as imported cases rise, BBC News
  • 26 March -Coronavirus: US now global epicentre of pandemic, BBC News
  • 26 March -Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses, GOV.UK
  • Trump May Defer Tariff Payments to Help Businesses, New York Times
  • 26 March - UKGovernment orders 10,000 ventilators from Sir James Dyson, The Telegraph
  • 26 March Bank of England, UK government to resume fight against coronavirus slump, Reuters
  • 26 March -OC doctor invents device to monitor coronavirus symptoms, Fox 11
  • 26 March - Coronavirus measures could cause global food shortage, UN warns, The Guardian
  • 26 March -Coronavirus: medical association warns Australia must protect supplies amid report of stockpiling by China-backed firm, The Guardian
  • 25 March -Azevêdo sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to COVID-19 crisis, WTO
  • 25 March - 5 Key Things in the US $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package, New York Times
  • 25 March - UK Tells Banks to Keep Lending Through Coronavirus, New York Times
  • 25 March - Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, The Guardian
  • 25 March - President Donald Trump and the US Senate have agreed an economic relief package worth more than $1.8 trillion (£1.5tn), sending Asian shares higher, BBC 
  • 25 March - Coronavirus briefing: UK construction worker warning and India lockdown, BBC News
  • 25 March - UK inflation falls from six-month high, Coronavirus to trigger slide, Reuters
  • 25 March - Coronavirus latest news: More than 170,000 sign up to NHS volunteer army, The Telegraph
  • 24 March - The Olympics will be delayed for a year, Japan’s prime minister says, New York Times
  • 24 March - Coronavirus: What are the new restrictions and why are they needed?, BBC
  • 24 March - Around 20% of global population under coronavirus lockdown, Guardian
  • 24 March - China to lift lockdown on Wuhan, ground zero of coronavirus pandemic, CNN
  • 24 March - Boris Johnson issues stay-at-home order, sending UK into lockdown to fight coronavirus pandemic, CNN
  • 23 March - Coronavirus in UAE: Malls closed, flights suspended: All we know so far, Khaleej Times
  • 23 March - 'Existential crisis': airline workers fear layoffs amid coronavirus pandemicThe Guardian
  • 23 March - Spain distributes 650,000 testing kits as coronavirus deaths rise steeply, The Guardian
  • 23 March - US Senate to resume talks on massive economic stimulus bill for the Coronavirus after Democrats block vote on legislation, Washington Post
  • 23 March - Coronavirus UK - Business support to launch from today, GOV.UK
  • 23 March - China Begins Its Phase 1 Clinical Trial For Coronavirus Vaccine, Medical Dialogues
  • 23 March - Canada Threatens to Boycott Olympics; Democrats Stall Trillion-Dollar Stimulus Plan, New York Times
  • 23 March - Millions in India under coronavirus lockdown as major cities restrict daily life, CNN
  • 23 March - Jury trials on hold in England and Wales due to coronavirus fears, The Guardian
  • 23 March - COVID-19 Urgent Notice: counterfeit medical supplies and introduction of export controls on personal protective equipment, WHO
  • 23 March - UK rail franchise agreements suspended to avoid company collapses, Sky News
  • 21 March - Global coronavirus death toll tops 11,500, worldwide cases surpass 277,000, Johns Hopkins University
  • 21 March - Google launches educational coronavirus website, CNN
  • 21 March - Coronavirus cases climb across Asia Pacific as lockdowns in US widen, The Guardian
  • 21 March - Food banks ask UK supermarkets to set aside coronavirus supplies, The Guardian
  • 20 March - Notice to exporters 2020/08: coronavirus (COVID-19) - export licence handling, GOV.UK
  • 20 March - Coronavirus lockdown - People arriving into Jersey from the UK are now being told to self-isolate for 14 days, Jersey Evening Post
  • 20 March - Coronavirus: Bank of England cancels bank stress tests that prove they can cope with crisis, Yahoo News
  • 20 March - Ford to suspend production in Brazil, Argentina due to coronavirus, Reuters
  • 20 March - UK Hopes Newly-Made Ventilators Will Be Ready for Coronavirus Fight Next Week, New York Times
  • 20 March - UK Coronavirus: Rail services to be cut down from Monday, Sky News
  • 20 March - US sees its first statewide stay-at-home order as reported coronavirus cases jump past 13,000, CNN
  • 20 March - Trials to begin on Covid-19 vaccine in UK next month, The Guardian
  • 20 March - Chile moves to postpone constitutional referendum amid coronavirus crisis, The Guardian
  • 20 March - Trump cancels G7 at Camp David and makes it a teleconference due to coronavirus, CNN
  • 19 March - 'Zero prospect' of London lockdown involving movement limits, says No 10, The Guardian
  • 19 March - E.U. Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier Has Coronavirus, Time
  • 19 March - New analysis breaks down age-group risk for coronavirus — and shows millennials are not invincible, Stat News
  • 19 March -Coronavirus, China, Italy: Your Thursday BriefingNew York Times
  • 19 March - First details of #Trump’s economic package includes $500 billion for direct payments to taxpayers and $500 billion in loans for businesses, New York Times
  • 19 March - China reports no domestic cases of coronavirus for first time since outbreak began, The Guardian
  • 19 March - Amazon Confirms First Known Coronavirus Case in an American Warehouse, The Atlantic
    19 March - WHO to launch multinational trial to jumpstart search for coronavirus drugs, Stat News
  • 18 March - BMW and Toyota suspend UK car production, BBC News
  • 18 March - UK coronavirus testing will increase to 25,000 a day, says Boris Johnson, The Guardian
  • 18 March - Big downturn at California’s Long Beach port illustrates impact of coronavirus impact on global trade, Financial Times
  • 18 March - The British Ports Association (BPA) has urged the UK government to ensure ports remain open and that its measures to fight the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic do not hinder the movement of trade, Port Technology
  • 18 March -Japanese flu drug 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus, says China, The Guardian
  • 18 March -WHO says 'aggressive' action needed in South-east Asia to stop Covid-19, Straits Times
  • 18 March -Global death toll nears 8,000 - 81,961 recoveredGlobal Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE)
  • 18 March -Virus confronts leaders with one of modern history's gravest challenges, CNN
  • 17 March - S&P project China's economy to expand 2.7%-3.2%, and the eurozone economy to contract 0.5%-1.0% in 2020, S&P Global
  • 17 March – Increase in trade above Christmas levels in the food manufacturing sector. Surge in demand for to store frozen food. – Food Manufacture
  • 17 March -US, UK coronavirus strategies shifted following UK epidemiologists' ominous report, CNN
  • 17 March -Updates as UK bans foreign travel and schools could close before Easter, My London
  • 17 March -New government structures to coordinate response to coronavirus, GOV.UK
  • 17 March - Euro 2020 postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus, ESPN 
  • 17 March -Coronavirus: Europe plans full border closure in virus battle, BBC News
  • 17 March - Coronavirus: Economic growth will be slowest since the financial crash, Insider Magazine
  • 17 March -South-east Asian countries impose coronavirus restrictions, The Guardian
  • 17 March -UK, EU looking at ways for video conferencing for trade talks - UK spokesman, Forex Live
  • 17 March -Coronavirus vaccine trial administers first dose to participant, CNN Health
  • 16 March -UK government vows to accelerate coronavirus testing, The Guardian
  • 16 March -Grand National cancelled because of coronavirus pandemic, BBC News
  • 16 March -African countries shut doors against Europe, America to combat coronavirus, CNN
  • 16 March -Coronavirus: France imposes lockdown as EU calls for 30-day travel ban, The Guardian
  • 16 March -UK closes down social life for 12 weeks as coronavirus outbreak accelerates, Reuters
  • 16 March  -Calls for decisive action follow survey showing UK exports slumped to lowest level in three years, The Guardian
  • 16 March - Hong Kong Shutdown Is a Lesson to the World in Halting the Virus, Bloomberg
  • 16 March - China’s Support Policies for Businesses Under COVID-19: A Comprehensive List, Dezan Shira
  • 16 March - Coronavirus: Airlines slash more flights, BBC News
  • 16 March - Stocks plunge despite global central bank actionBBC News
  • 16 March - Coronavirus Travel Restrictions, Across the GlobeNew York Times
  • 16 March - Coronavirus: Norway to close ports, airports from Monday (today), says PM, Straits Times
  • 16 March - Rate cuts: US goes to almost zero and launches huge trade stimulus programme, BBC News
  • 15 March - Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, plans to pay their small suppliers immediately to help them stay in business during the coronavirus outbreak “for the next weeks and months” - PYMNTS
  • 15 March - From 12:00 pm on March 15, Vietnam have suspended all visas and deny entry to travellers from the UK and the 26 Schengen countries; visa on arrival for all foreign nationals have also been suspended, except for those on official or diplomatic trips - Dezan Shira
  • 15 March - Latest London figures reveal 407 confirmed cases, My London News
  • 15 March - Coronavirus Live Updates: Chaos at U.S. Airports, New Restrictions on International Travel Around the World, New York Times
  • 15 March - Germany to impose border controls over coronavirus, BBC News
  • 14 March - UK to ban mass gatherings in coronavirus U-turnThe Guardian
  • 14 March - Spain set to declare national lockdown, BBC News
  • 14 March - Trump takes coronavirus test, The Guardian
  • 14 March - US to extend coronavirus travel ban to UK and Ireland, BBC News
  • 13 March - Brazil president Bolsonaro reportedly tests positive, The Guardian
  • 13 March - The coronavirus pandemic: visualising the global crisis, The Guardian
  • 13 March - America faces a new normal as coronavirus outbreaks show no sign of slowing down, CNN Health
  • 13 March - Premier League and British football shuts down until April due to coronavirus – live, The Guardian
  • 13 March - Boris Johnson urges top UK tech firms to join coronavirus fight, Guardian
  • 13 March - The Virus Reaches Into Halls of Power Around the World, New York Times
  • 13 March - Australia coronavirus: Peter Dutton tests positive for Covid-19 as Morrison reverses decision to attend NRL game, The Guardian 
  • 12 March - Coronavirus takes toll on European supply chains and business, Euronews
  • 12 March - British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer, Tesco, claim panic buying is not threatening their supply chains - Metro
  • 12 March - Apple closes all stores outside Greater China for 2 weeks, Bloomberg
  • 12 March - Australia has announced a AUD $17.6 billion (US$11.4 billion) economic stimulus package in a bid to keep Australians in jobs and support households. The package includes incentives to fast track investments, wage subsidies for apprentices, cash payments of up to $25,000 for small and medium businesses - Australia Govenrment
  • 13 March - Brazil's Bolsonaro tested for coronavirus: son, Gulf News
  • 12 March - Saudi Arabia expands travel ban to 39 states including EU, Saudi Gazette
  • 12 March - Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian prime minister, has the virus, New York Times
  • 12 March - How Covid-19 is affecting the UK drinks trade, Imbibe UK
  • 12 March - Coronavirus Cancellations: A Brief List, The New York Times
  • 12 MarchServices trade growth weakens as COVID-19 crisis hits global economy, WTO
  • 12 March - Brazilian Official Who Met With Trump Tests PositiveThe New York Times
    12 March - Australian Grand Prix postponed, BBC News
  • 12 March - N.Y.C. Will Introduce ‘More Restrictions’ as Number of Cases Rises to 62: Live Updates - The New York Times
  • 12 March - UK coronavirus cases: find out how many are in your area, The Guardian
  • 12 March - Ireland closes schools and colleges to halt coronavirus spread, CNN World
  • 12 March - Dow Drops 2,100 Points: Stocks In Meltdown After Temporary Trading Halt, NPR.org BBC News
  • 12 March - How Coronavirus Is Affecting The U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply, NPR.org
  • 12 March -Canada has taken the right steps to tackle the pandemic, but it may soon have to do a lot more, The Globe and Mail Inc
  • 12 March - Coronavirus: What is a pandemic and why use the term now? - BBC News
  • 11 MarchTwo in three Germans may become infected, Angela Merkel, The New York Times
  • 11 MarchShortage of key components hampers coronavirus testing, Los Angeles Times
  • 11 MarchCoronavirus pandemic declared: COVID-19 cases outside China soar 13-fold in two weeks, Sky News
  • 11 MarchIs China getting back to business? - BBC News
  • 11 MarchCoronavirus pandemic declared: COVID-19 cases outside China soar 13-fold in two weeks, Sky News
  • 11 March - ECB’s Lagarde warns of 2008-style crisis unless Europe acts, Economic Times
  • 9 March - 2020 Pound to Euro Exchange Rate Forecast: Global Coronavirus Market Fallout, UK Budget and ECB Cut - Where Next for GBP EUR Rates?, Exchange Rates UK
  • 9 March - Saudi schools shut, AlJazeera
  • 8 March - WHO Official Says Coronavirus Containment Remains Possible, NPR.org
  • 8 March - Italy announces lockdown as global coronavirus cases surpass 105,000 - The New York Times
  • 8 March - Coronavirus profiteers rise on Amazon, Sky News.
  • 8 March- Qatar bans arrivals from 14 countries, AlJazeera
  • 7 March- Italy Locks Down Much of the Country’s North Over the Coronavirus, The New York Times
  • 7 March- Italy reports biggest daily jump in death toll, BBC News
  • 7 March- China May Be Beating the Coronavirus, at a Painful Cost, The New York Times
  • 7 March- No Handshakes, No New Citizens: Coronavirus Halts Danish Naturalizations, The New York Times
  • 6 March- How testing failures allowed coronavirus to sweep the U.S., Politico
  • 6 March- 21 Coronavirus Cases on Cruise Ship Near California, The New York Times
  • 5 March - Empty shelves at Waitrose in London (toilet paper, ibuprofen, paracetamol, canned products), LinkedIn
  • 4 March- U.S. should give China leeway in implementing trade deal due to virus - Grassley, Yahoo News
  • 4 March- Almost a quarter of British retailers (24%) are reporting severe disruption to their supply of goods (food, fashion, health, beauty) as a result of the spread of coronavirus, Guardian.
  • 4 March- The UK ranks as the 7th economy most affected by coronavirus (trade impact estimated at USD 1917 million), UN Conference for Trade and Development
  • 4 March- Diageo’s operating profits could be up to £200m lower. China imports £75m-worth of Scotch whisky & £55m-worth of seafood annually. Export flows to China have slowed & storage capacity is becoming a problem, according to Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation. Import demand has slowed , particularly in restaurant & hotel trade, according to Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, Food Manufacture
  • 3 March- Panic buying – UK supermarkets have drawn up contingency plans, Sky News.
  • 2 March- Exceptional surge in demand for hand sanitisers, face masks - delivery delays for online supermarkets, Ocado.
 

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