Archives for Coronavirus News

Irish Business News / IrishBiz – Business Reactions to Governments Coronavirus Measures…

Business and worker representative bodies have been reacting to the Government’s decision to close schools and cultural institutions, as well as limit large gatherings of people. There has been broad support for the move – though some have raised questions about the finer detail of the implementation. The Irish Congress of Trade Unionssaid it was essential that workers and employers comply with the public health advice issued. However it also said that front-line workers – including medical staff – cannot work from home. It also noted that the closure of schools and crèches will raise questions around childcare. Business group Ibec said that
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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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Staff to go at British Airways due to Coronavirus

British Airways is to ground flights ‘like never before’ and lay off staff in response to the coronavirus. In a memo to staff titled “The Survival of British Airways”, boss Alex Cruz warned that job cuts could be “short term, perhaps long term”. The airline industry was facing a “crisis of global proportions” that was worse than that caused by the SARS virus or 9/11.  Meanwhile, Ryanair told staff they may be forced to take leave from Monday. An internal memo to Ryanair staff, seen by the BBC, said crew may be allocated to take unpaid leave due to cancelled
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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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Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – Welsh Businesses to get Coronavirus Support from Welsh Government

First minister Mark Drakeford has promised to put every penny it receives from Budget announcement into helping firms on rates. Welsh Government has vowed that every penny of extra funding for Wales that stems from the UK chancellor’s decision to scrap business rates for thousands of English firms will go into supporting companies in Wales. Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday announced that the UK Government is scrapping business rates for small venues and shops this year in response to the coronavirus crisis. In his Budget speech, he said other venues, such as bed and breakfasts, gyms and leisure centres, with
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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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Tech Event News…

As the novel coronavirus continues to take a human and economic toll across the world, the lucrative business of tech conferences is not immune.  The direct economic loss from the cancellation of major tech conferences like Google I/O, Facebook’s F8 event, and Mobile World Congress over coronavirus has already passed $500 million, according to estimates the data intelligence company PredictHQ pulled for Recode. That number doesn’t even include what event organisers like Facebook itself would have made from the event. The figure just covers the losses to airlines, hotels, restaurants, and transportation providers that would normally make money from attendees’ purchases.  Some $480 million —
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