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Daily Covid-19 Brief: Tuesday, June 2

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Daily Covid-19 Brief: Tuesday, June 2

Each day, our Public Policy team will be reporting on the latest news in the evolving situation. To view the previous day’s summary, please click here.

The Government is looking into ways to relaxing travel quarantine rules for people entering the UK

  • The restrictions are due to come in on Monday 8th June, after which individuals will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Businesses have expressed concern of the damage will have on businesses, in particular the travel industry.
  • One of the options under consideration could include expanding the list of workers who are exempt from the 14-day rule, or travel corridors to countries with low infection rates, which the government has previously said it was considering.

 The Government has publishes report into BAME Covid-19 deaths

  • Public Health England has released a report which looks at why people from ethnic minority backgrounds are disproportionately dying from Covid-19.
  • The report indicates that age remains the largest risk factor, with being male the second. Taking away age and sex, individuals of Asian, Caribbean and black ethnicities have higher risk of death than people of white British ethnicity.
  • The report does not take into account occupation or obesity, despite both being known to be risk factors.
  • The review states that further work is planned to obtain, link and analyse data.
  • Moreover, relevant guidance and key policies should be adapted to mitigate or reduce the impact of COVID-19 on particular population groups with the review stating that “It seems likely that it will be difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 unless these inequalities can be addressed.”

Other UK COVID 19 news 

  • MPs have returned from the Whitsun Recess. Parliament has voted against the continued use of remote voting, with a queueing system being used for MPs to vote in the Chamber whilst maintaining social distancing.
  • The head of the UK’s statistics watchdog has said the daily government numbers on Covid-19 testing are “far from complete and comprehensible”. Sir David Norgrove, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said the daily figures had “limited value” in helping track the epidemic and that they appeared “to show the largest possible number of tests, even at the expense of understanding”.
  • The FCA has laid out support and guidance around mortgage payments during the pandemic. The regulator indicated that customers who were experiencing temporary payment difficulties were eligible for a full or part payment holiday until 31 October 2020. Until this date lenders will also not be allowed to repossess homes.
  • The Government has announced there will no longer be televised briefings at weekends, starting this week.

World COVID 19 news

  • As the US sees the continuation of widespread protests, experts are warning the demonstrations are increasing the risk of a resurgence of the pandemic – even if most of the protesters are wearing masks.
  • The World Health Organization has warned that Latin America should not ease lockdowns yet as the region is not yet at its peak in terms of infections and deaths.
  • Czech Republic officials have announced a new traffic light system for travel. Europe is divided into green, amber and red countries with different movement restrictions. Sweden and the UK are both designated red for now.
  • Abu Dhabi has enforced a one-week ban on traffic into and out of the emirate as a whole.

Private sector updates

  • Marriott has reopened all of its hotels in China and the group says it has seen a recovery in business travel.
  • A report by Which? has found that vulnerable people are at risk of being left with no way to pay for essential products and services as the pandemic has accelerated the UK’s move towards a cashless society.
  • The 2020 Formula 1 season will start in Austria on 5 July, the first of a run of eight races in Europe – including two at Silverstone in the UK.
  • EasyJet says it hopes to resume flights on 75% of its route network by the end of August, although the number of daily services will still be significantly down for a normal summer season.

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