3rd Apr 2020
3 Things we learned this week - Friday 3rd April 2020
Following another week of further restrictions on movement, increasing numbers of cases, a number of businesses continuing to struggle and financial aid starting to be provided to those that need it, it’s important to keep up with the major news stories that affect you and people around the world. Therefore, here are 3 things we learned this week.
1) The number of coronavirus cases approached 1 million
The head of the World Health Organization recently announced that the number of people infected by the COVID-19 virus globally is expected to reach a million within days as several countries regarded as the epicentres of the pandemic in Europe, such as Spain, Italy, UK, France and Russia, have seen sharp increases in citizens testing positive.
There is growing concern in several countries about supplies of protection equipment for medical workers, while more restrictions and curfews are being put in place around the world and the WHO is set to discuss whether to change its advice and promote wider use of face masks for those people in public places.
With unemployment rates also rising around the world and testing for vaccines still taking time, it is becoming even more important for all of us to follow protocols, to stay home as much as we can and only leave for the most necessary of reasons.
2) Rent strikes and loan freezes
A number of university students in Bristol staged a "rent strike" as the pandemic has impacted their ability to pay for accommodation. Many students have lost part-time jobs that helped provide income for them to pay rent and as a result are withholding final rent payments and are campaigning to have them cancelled or heavily reduced in light of the circumstances.
Meanwhile, several people in the UK struggling with loan repayments and overdraft fees will be granted temporary relief under new government proposals announced this week. The Financial Conduct Authority, which supervises banks and credit providers across the country, is asking banks to freeze payments on loans and credit cards for up to three months for those facing difficulties.
3) Wimbledon cancelled
Following the postponement of Euro 2020, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and many other sporting events in the first half of 2020, the Wimbledon tennis Championship, due to take place between June 29th-July 12th was also cancelled this week with all tennis events now abandoned until at least July 13th.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK’s premiere tennis tournament will not take place for the first time since World War Two. The French Open, which was due to begin in May, has been rescheduled to 20 September-4 October. However plans to reschedule Wimbledon have not been announced as of yet.
Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced that ‘this is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.’
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