NEWS DIGEST 21.05.2020: Budget airline to restart flights

 

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Today’s News Digest is from Google News. The budget airline EasyJet, which like many others in the aviation industry was forced to ground all flights during the coronavirus crisis, has announced it will start flying again. The airline said it plans to resume some flights next month, mainly domestic journeys in the UK and France. Passengers and crew will be expected to wear face masks when boarding their planes – Coronavirus: EasyJet to resume flights in June (BBC News)

According to Sky News, the first EasyJet flights will take off from the runway on the 15th June, 2020. Depending on customer demand, planes will begin flying from Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast airports, the company said. The operator has furloughed a large number of its staff and taken on a £600 million bailout from a British government financial scheme aimed at helping companies impacted by lockdowns. In addition to the rules on everyone donning face masks, the airline will also provide hand gel on all planes and the planes themselves will be routinely disinfected – Coronavirus: EasyJet to resume flights next month with strict face mask rule (Sky News)

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Senior staff in the National Health Service (NHS), the UK’s health authority and provider, have warned that time is running out for a viable testing and tracking regime to be set up and set running. Failing to have such a system in place could lead to a second surge in coronavirus infections, with the NHS bearing the brunt. The NHS Confederation also warned that a second surge will have severe consequences to its staff and patients. Its chief executive Niall Dickson said: “We are 10 weeks into the pandemic and developing a strategy with a well worked through local base should have been in place much sooner,”  “If we do not rapidly instigate the right system, involving the right people, then the ramifications for the NHS, including its staff and its patients, could be severe.”Coronavirus: Time running out on track and trace, NHS leaders warn (BBC News)

A woman in the English city of Wigan who died after a ‘horror’ double stabbing murder has been named by the Manchester Evening News. Melissa Belshaw was viciously attacked in her home yesterday afternoon along with a man. Her assailant, described as a ’36-year-old man’ has been arrested and charged by police with murder and attempted murder. Belshaw was described by family as ‘caring and lovely’, a family-oriented mother with a ‘good heart’ – Woman killed in horror double stabbing named as ‘loving, caring’ mum Melissa Belshaw (Manchester Evening News)

Global coronavirus infections have now risen to five million, reported Sky News. The World Health Organization said that yesterday saw the highest number of new infections so far to date, with around 106,000 counted. Over 328,100 have died from the virus to date, according to tracking researchers at the US’ Johns Hopkins University. The largest number of new cases was reported from the Latin American region, with Brazil being at the top – Coronavirus cases worldwide top five million (Sky News)

The United States president Donald Trump has decided to head up a meeting of G7 industrially developed nations with attendees being physically present despite his country and much of the world being on lockdown and carrying out meetings virtually, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper reported. Trump is this year’s G7 Summit head of proceedings and originally planned for a virtual conference, before changing his mind. “I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, D.C., at the legendary Camp David,” the president tweeted on Wednesday. “The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all – normalization!” – Trump considers an in-person G7 meeting despite coronavirus pandemic (The Guardian)

Back in the UK, police in the southern English county of Devon have castigated holidaymakers taking advantage of eased lockdown restrictions for creating traffic gridlock on the county’s roads as they head to nearby beaches. Much of the UK has experienced fine sunny weather in the past week, with thousands of people thronging beaches to make the most of the good conditions. Long tailbacks were reported in the northern parts of Devon this past Monday, and some beaches were forced to shut down their car parks due to the sudden deluge of sunseekers – Police blast tourists ‘from across UK’ grinding Devon coast roads to ‘gridlock’ in lockdown heatwave (Evening Standard)

The Guardian asked why little international attention was being paid to the successes made by African countries in the war on the virus, in comparison with those in Europe or the United States. For example, a company in Senegal has developed a cheap coronavirus test that is hoped to be able to detect current and previous infections in a patient in just ten minutes as opposed to several days in Europe. Senegal has so far only had thirty deaths from coronavirus, after immediately taking precautions when the first infections were reported outside China in January 2020 – Why are Africa’s coronavirus successes being overlooked? (The Guardian)

Back in Europe, the trade agreement tussle between the European Union and the United Kingdom continues to roll on, with a German economist, Hans-Olaf Henkel, claiming that Britain leaving will mean countries in the north of the Union’s area being left at the mercy of their southern neighbours, the UK’s Daily Express newspaper said. The economist, who also served as a member of the European Parliament, further insisted that the bloc would suffer economically and political from the British departure, and that Brexit would see nations such as Italy and Greece, as well as regional leader France, force their decisions on northern countries such as Henkel’s own Germany – Brexit hurts EU MORE than UK as ‘last country with common sense’ leaves – German economist (Express)

 

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