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European Business News / EuropeanBiz – Latest European Economic News After Coronavirus Impact…

Europe’s economy was meant to have a decent year in 2020. Factory production in the 19-country eurozone rose strongly in January, after a tentative truce in the US-China trade war. Consumer confidence was strong. Housebuilders’ order books were full. The stage was set for a solid, albeit unspectacular year. The European economy would see “steady and moderate growth”, predicted the European commission’s economic forecast on 13 February. It also warned of clouds on the horizon, including a new virus. Noting mounting concern about coronavirus, as well as “downside” risks, the Brussels forecast concluded the outbreak would peak in the first three
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Scottish Business News / ScotBiz – New Coronavirus Helpline Launched for Scottish Businesses…

A new helpline has been launched to supply Scottish businesses with tailored advice on coronavirus. It will be open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:30, based at Scottish Enterprise’s call centre in Clydebank. Call handlers will answer questions from businesses related to Covid-19 as well as relaying the challenges faced by businesses to the Scottish government. It comes as the UK enters the second phase of virus management. The helpline number is 0300 303 0660. Where are the Scottish cases?. . . On Thursday the Scottish government advised that gatherings of over 500 people should be cancelled from Monday to
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Scottish Business News / ScotBiz – £320m Scottish Business Coronavirus Rescue Package From Scottish Government…

Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced a £320m rescue package for businesses. The cash is being made available to support business through the Covid-19 outbreak. She also revealed that a £50m hardship fund will be made available to people who lose their jobs as a result of a downturn caused by the virus.  The action has been taken to try to limit the impact of the pandemic on Scotland’s economy. The first Scots fatality was confirmed on Friday after an elderly patient with underlying health issues died in the NHS Lothian area. During the 2020-21 financial year, business will
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Hospitality Jobs Could Go Unless The Industry Is Helped More…

Hotel, cafe and dining chains will fail and jobs will go if the government does not do more to help the industry, a trade group has warned the chancellor. In a letter to Rishi Sunak, lobby group UK Hospitality said coronavirus was an “existential threat” to the sector.  It wants to change laws to allow temporary staff redundancies. UK Hospitality boss Kate Nicholls said, without help, “a significant number” of jobs could disappear by May. In the letter, seen by the BBC, Ms Nicholls suggested broader support for the sector such as introducing measures “to permit temporary staff redundancies where
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UK Coronavirus Deaths Double In 24 Hours according to BBC…

Ten more people in the UK have died in the last 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 21. The UK government’s chief medical adviser said the patients were all in “at-risk” groups from across England. The total number of confirmed cases in the UK has reached 1,140 while 37,746 people have been tested. It comes as US President Donald Trump decided to suspend all travel between the US and the UK and Ireland . Vice president Mike Pence said the ban would begin at midnight on Monday eastern standard time (04:00 GMT), following a
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Spain to become 2nd European Country to issue a Nationwide ban and UK and Ireland added to US Travel Ban List…

Spain is set to join Italy by becoming the second country in Europe to impose a nationwide lockdown as part of its effort to slow the spread of the Covid-19pandemic. The news came as the UK’s death toll from coronavirus nearly doubled, by rising from 11 to 21, and the UK government was reportedly preparing to ban mass gatherings from next week Boris Johnson has faced criticism for not taking tougher action against the outbreak and his government’s plan to build up immunity within the population to fight the virus over a prolonged period, rather than introducing mass lockdowns, has been questioned by health experts. Download the new Independent Premium
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WRU Chairman Gareth Davies defends Six Nations decision to pull Wales v Scotland…

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies has defended the decision to postpone Wales’ Six Nations match against Scotland in Cardiff just 24 hours before kick-off. The WRU had said earlier on Friday that the game at the Principality Stadium would go ahead but then called it off because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It has been a tough week,” said Davies.  “But we believe it was the proper and responsible thing to do.” Wales v Scotland match off because of coronavirus ‘Six Nations loses sight of bigger picture amid fog’ Davies added: “I don’t think we could’ve dealt with it any better. We
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What are the early warning signs for Coronavirus?

What are the early warning signs? As Coronavirus a.k.a Covid-19 is a new virus, experts are still working to understand it. However, health officials say the most common symptoms of coronavirus infection usually include: A cough A high temperature Shortness of breath Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea – but these are usually mild and begin gradually. Developing these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have the illness and they are similar to other illnesses, such as the common cold or flu. Some people will not develop all of these symptoms
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Pro 14 Suspended Indefinitely due to Coronavirus…

The current Guinness PRO14 season has been suspended in response to the evolving Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak. The PRO14 is an international league. Cross border travel is inevitable and that brings with it unique challenges. With governments in Italy and Ireland already putting in place clear directives and restrictions around public activities and travel, the decision to suspend the competition is appropriate. It is in the best interests of everyone that games are not played at this time. The suspension has been directed by the board of Celtic Rugby DAC and the decision will remain under constant review. David Jordan,
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Coronavirus – What is it?

What is coronavirus? Coronavirus is the name for a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS. For more Coronavirus News click here.
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Six Nations News – Wales v Scotland off due to Coronavirus

Wales’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The two other scheduled games in round five had already been postponed and no dates have been confirmed for completing the 2020 Championship. The Welsh Rugby Union, which had insisted earlier on Friday the game would go ahead, said it was “in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries”. Several sports have been severely disrupted, with all Premier League and EFL football matches suspended until 3 April. A
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Full list of coronavirus confirmed cases in Wales – The epidemic can no longer be contained and cases are being confirmed daily – Wales News

The coronavirus pandemic has been declared the “worst public health crisis for a generation” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He said families will continue to “lose loved ones before their time” as the outbreak worsens. Six new incidents of Coronavirus / Covid-19 have been confirmed in Wales – including one in Wrexham – bring the total of positive cases to 25. As of 9am on Thursday, a total of 29,764 people had been tested for coronavirus in the UK Of that, 590 tested positive and 10 patients who tested positive for Coronavirus / Covid-19 have died. Two other British nationals
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Everything that you need to know about the Coronavirus, as per the Sun

WITH the UK now in the second stage of tackling coronavirus, Brits are urged to be aware of the symptoms of the deadly illness. The most recent figures show that at least 590 people have Covid-19 in the UK – and ten people have died in British hospitals. ⚠️ Read the Sun’s coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates ” style=”max-width: 100%; display: block !important”> What is coronavirus? Coronavirus is the name for a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SAR. The new disease that emerged in China in December
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Concerns over UK Government Plan to allow most of the population to become infected with the Coronavirus…

Latest UK Coronavirus News from the Independent says that the former health secretary has voiced his fears about the UK’s response to coronavirus after Boris Johnson warned it was the worst public health crisis in a generation. Jeremy Hunt said he did not understand why large gatherings had not been cancelled, adding: “I think it is surprising and concerning that we’re not doing any of it at all when we have just four weeks before we get to the stage that Italy is at.” Up to 10,000 people might be infected in the UK, officials said last night, as Britain
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The Premier League has decided to postpone all matches until the 3rd of April due to Coronavirus

Premier League News from the Guardian: Following a Friday morning meeting between all 20 clubs. “It was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” reads a statement. The Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, describes this is an “unprecedented sitaution” and adds: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by Covid-19. In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare
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TOKYO 2020 could be postponed for two years due to coronavirus…

TOKYO 2020 could be postponed for two years due to coronavirus, according to a top Olympic chief. Haruyuki Takahashi is part of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and believes a delay to push the event back is a more feasible option than scrapping the Games entirely. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be delayed by two years according to one top chief – which could cause chaos for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham IOC and Tokyo 2020 officials remain adamant the Olympics will still be staged in July and August as planned. But Takahashi admitted contingency plans will need to
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Sports News / Rugby News – England decision to exclude Mako Vunipola, unnecessary…

England’s decision to exclude prop Mako Vunipola as a precautionary measure against coronavirus was “unnecessary”, says Public Health England (PHE). Vunipola was stood down for England’s Six Nations match with Wales after recently travelling through Hong Kong. The prop has trained with Saracens this week and will start against Leicester in the Premiership on Saturday. “PHE current guidance on coronavirus is clear on when self-isolation is necessary,” a PHE tweet said. “Earlier this week the RFU asked a player, having returned from travel overseas, to not attend the camp to avoid the risk of spread, which was not necessary as
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Health News & Tech News from China…

Disinfecting robots, smart helmets, thermal camera-equipped drones and advanced facial recognition software are all being deployed in the fight against Covid-19 at the heart of the outbreak in China. President Xi Jinping has called on the country’s tech sector to help battle the epidemic.  Healthcare tech is also being used to identify coronavirus symptoms, find new treatments and monitor the spread of the disease, which has so far infected more than 90,000 people worldwide. But is it up to the job? Robots to the rescue Several Chinese firms have developed automated technologies for contactless delivery, spraying disinfectants and performing basic
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Battling coronavirus-misinformation in the age of social media…

Public health professionals trying to provide the nation with facts about the spread of coronavirus are battling a wave of misinformation, as they wrestle with the first major British health crisis of the smartphone era. Officials are providing regular updates to the media on the spread of the infection, but at the same time half-truths about the best way to treat the illness are already going viral on WhatsApp and other messaging services. Some are suggesting dubious herbal remedies, while one viral message – which claims to be advice from an uncle who is a Chinese doctor – mixes standard
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