The coronavirus pandemic has continued to make the headlines as it affects the health and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. Here’s your morning talk about everything you might have missed overnight.
Trump suspends immigration to the United States
Donald Trump has declared that he will temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States by executive decree in a surprise decision that has been criticized as an attempt to divert attention from the coronavirus pandemic.
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The president tweeted that the decision was made in light of what is known as Covid-19’s “invisible enemy” and the need to “protect the jobs of our GREAT American citizens.”
It was not immediately clear exactly what immigration programs would be affected, what legal basis there was for the decision, or why Mr. Trump decided to act now – although the President has long promised to suppress immigration to United States.
Trump did not mention the suspension in his previous daily press conference on coronaviruses, where he instead spent time criticizing Republican and Democratic governors who questioned his response to the pandemic.
Mandatory masks “could compromise NHS supplies” because doctors said not to work without PPE
Hospital supplies of face masks could be “compromised” if the government advised the public to start wearing them, a senior health official said.
Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Providers, said the water repellents were “essential to the safety” of health and care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Securing the supply of masks, in the event of high global demand, is crucial. This must be a key consideration for the government, “said Mr. Hopson.
“There must be clear evidence that wearing masks, as well as other measures, will provide sufficiently significant benefits to break us out of the lockdown and potentially jeopardize the supply of NHS masks. “
The warning came as the head of the Royal College of Anesthetists said The independent doctors should not treat patients without the protective equipment they need to keep themselves safe.
Although the World Health Organization has already stated that members of the public should only wear masks if they are sick or caring for a sick person, science advisers to the British government will meet later to determine whether to advise the general population to wear them.
Coronavirus disproportionately affects UK BAME communities, new figures show
According to new NHS data, more than 16% of people who have died from coronaviruses are from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities.
On Monday, the NHS England released data showing the ethnic distribution of people who died after being tested positive for Covid-19.
The figures, which used data until 5 p.m. on April 17, revealed that of the 13,918 patients who died in hospitals in England, 73.6% were white, 16.2% belonged BAME ethnic group and 0.7% mixed ethnicity – while the remaining 9.5% had no declared or identifiable ethnicity.
The data was released after a journal was announced to examine what appeared to be a disproportionate number of BAME people severely affected by Covid-19.
Oil prices turn negative and drop to minus $ 37 as demand collapses during pandemic
Oil prices in the United States have dropped to historic lows after an unprecedented drop in crude demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures prices fell the most, falling to minus – $ 40 per barrel before settling for less – $ 37.63 per barrel – the first time in history that a US oil futures contract has become negative.
With countries stuck around the world, there has been a huge drop in demand for industry, which has raised concerns about the storage of excess oil.
A negative price means that traders essentially offered to pay people to get the oil removed.
Over 140,000 businesses seek government help on first day of employment
More than 140,000 businesses have requested government assistance for 1 million workers on leave within hours of the government’s employment program, said the Chancellor.
Rishi Sunak told the Downing Street daily on Monday that companies would receive money within six days of the coronavirus retention program, which allows companies to put staff on leave while the government pays up to 80% of their salary.
“At 4 pm this afternoon, more than 140,000 companies have applied and the grants they will receive will help pay the wages of more than a million people,” said Sunak.
“One million people who, had they not been on leave, would have risked losing their jobs.”
The Chancellor announced the plan last month as part of plans to protect the economy during the UK coronavirus shutdown.