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UK Government – Employee & Employer Advice…

Published 10 March 2020  Last updated 17 March 2020 — see all updates From: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England The NHS provide public information about the virus and the latest advice on how to protect yourself. If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service. If you are an employer or a business owner we encourage you to read and follow the guidance for employers and businesses. This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on: the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) how to help prevent spread of all
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The latest Coronavirus News from Boris Johnson…

Boris Johnson is outlining the next steps in the UK’s plan to fight coronavirus at the first of a series of daily news conferences. The briefing was expected to have details about steps the government may take to protect elderly and vulnerable people. The over-70s have been told they are allowed to go out for walks when their period of staying at home begins . The first person in Wales to die with Covid-19 brings the UK total to 36. Most of those who have died in the UK have been people over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions. The total
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UK & Global Business News From Morning Brew…

TOGETHER WITH Good morning. These are certainly unusual times. The NBA is suspended, Italy is locked down, Tom Hanks has coronavirus, and many of you are currently reading this in PJs. We’re gonna get through this.And we want readers to know that now more than ever we are laser-focused on bringing you the most important business news every morning. If there’s ever any way we can be more useful to you, our inbox is always open.  Have a great day, and remember: When videoconferencing, the mute button is your friend. MARKETS NASDAQ 7,952.05 – 4.70% S&P 2,741.38 – 4.89% DJIA 23,553.22
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F1 2020 season now expected to start at end of May, due to Coronavirus, say Formula 1 and FIA

Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, Formula 1 and governing body the FIA have said they now ‘expect’ the 2020 season to begin at the end of May – though this will be regularly reviewed. The outbreak of COVID-19 forced the Chinese round of the calender to be postponed last month. Then on Thursday, the opening race of the season in Melbourne was also called off, after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus. Today, the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was due to take
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Irish Business News / IrishBiz – Prolonged Coronavirus Outbreak Could Place the Irish Republic in to a Recession…

A prolonged outbreak of coronavirus in the Republic could push the economy into recession, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned. The think tank said the economy could shrink for the first time since the financial crisis if the country remained on lockdown for an extended period. The institute’s Kieran McQuinn said that if the outbreak can be contained to a single quarter and “if by June/July things are returning to normal then the Irish economy should still register positive growth this year”. However, if the issue and particularly the “lockdown” goes beyond that period “we’re looking at
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European Business News / EuropeanBiz – Will European Banks be able to cope with this Global Pandemic – Interesting FT Article…

More than a decade on from the financial crisis, Europe’s banks are facing the first major test of their resilience. This week growing fears about the coronavirus pandemic and an oil price war prompted a widespread market sell-off. Companies have spent a decade gorging on cheap debt in an ultra-low interest rate environment. A wave of defaults is now likely, and rising loan impairments will hit banks’ already anaemic earnings. Since their recent peak almost a month ago, European banks indices have plunged 40 per cent in an indiscriminate sell off of financial stocks. This outpaces the 25 per cent
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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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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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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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