NEWS DIGEST 11.07.2020: Still surviving the pandemic


Our news digest this morning comes from my personal Twitter account @VShah1984.  UK journalism site’s Newsrewired blog discusses how people can maximise teamwork in remote working for reporters under the ‘new normal’, with writers facing a new kind of stress in dealing with and working at ‘makeshift newsdesks’. It is about juniors and senior staff understanding each other’s workloads and stress levels and greater communication between teams – How can we improve team communication in times of working from home? (Newsrewired Blog/

American health authorities have reported an eleventh case of dengue fever in the Florida Keys region. A local spokesperson said that officials were working to get to the bottom of the cluster of fever infections. Health department officials believe all 11 cases were locally acquired – #Breaking144 – An 11th case of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral illness, has been confirmed in the Flori da Keys, officials of the state’s Department of Health announced this week (#AceBreakingNews)

Harjinder Singh Kukreja @SinghLions, a Sikh restaurateur and chocolatier from the Punjab state of India, tweeted his thanks to the Muslim community of Malerkotla, a town in the state’s Sangrur district, who came together to donate wheat for the langar (communal kitchen) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, also in Punjab. The resplendent temple is the holiest pilgrimage site for the Sikh faith.

Returning to, the site posted an article this week on how the digital television industry in the UK is now been considered essential to generating future economic and social values, in particular its importance in creating revenue, jobs and moulding British creativity and the arts – UK digital TV technology industry critical to future economic and social value generation (

The government of Spain is urging tourists to visit the country as coronavirus lockdowns across Europe are eased, allowing more permissive levels of international travel, ‘expat’ newspaper The Olive Press has reported. As British tourists began returning to the famous Costa del Sol tourism region, high unemployment rates caused by the pandemic have pushed decision makers to try and get visitor numbers back up to revitalise the national economy – OPINION: Spain’s economy needs tourists, it’s good to have you back (The Olive Press)

Back in the USA, an additional 1.3 million people have now lost their jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pummel the economy, with widespread store and business closures. Total claims for state unemployment benefits now run at 48 million and rising since the beginning of the crisis in March 2020, according to Twitter and associated news outlets – 1.3 million Americans file for unemployment as job losses continue (Twitter)

British footballing legend Jack Charlton, who helped England lift the World Cup in 1966 and also had a spell managing the Ireland national side has died at the age of 85, HEMNA Community member and news blog #AceBreakingNews has announced. The sportsperson passed away with his family by his side at his home in Northumberland, England, according to an initial report by BBC Sport – #Breaking144 – Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, has died aged 85 BBC Sport reports (#AceBreakingNews)

The Mauritian government has said it is working tirelessly with supplier to ensure the island nation has an adequate supply of drugs and medical supplies, the Ministry of Health’s medical representative Dr Kailesh Jagutpal said this morning. Due to Mauritius’ quarantine rules that effectively closed the country’s borders, supplies were running low, and the ministry reached out to trading partner the People’s Republic of China to urgently bring in new equipment. The government has been criticised for not doing enough to prevent the likelihood of shortages – Polémique autour des achats sous le confinement : « Nous avons ouvert la porte à tous les fournisseurs… », affirme Jagutpal (

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