Coronavirus - 2 August


• Metropolitan Manila extends curfew hours

• Florida breaks US record for hospitalisations

• UAE to vaccinate children with Sinopharm

• Lockdown extended in Queensland

• Loneliness increases 44% in England, ONS

World news

• Two rounds of testing through swabs and air samples at London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly station s have found no traces of Covid -19 , according to Network Rail.

• Metropolitan Manila, already subject to a six -hour curfew from 10pm, will bring forward that curfew by two hours to 8pm.

• A lockdown in Brisbane and other parts of south east Queensland in Australia has been extended. Due to end on Tuesday, the lockdown will now run until at least Sunday. • In Portugal, bars and clubs have reopened for the first time since the pandemic began. However, clients must remain seated and no dancing is allowed.

• In China, a total of 15 provinces and municipalities have now confirmed cases, 12 of which are connected to an outbreak that began in Nanjing in China's eastern Jiangsu province .

• All train services into Beijing from newly designated high -risk areas have been suspended. All flight connections with the eastern city of Yangzhou have also been halted.

• As of 2 August, a total of 281 cases have been linked to the Olympics since 1 July, according to data collected by the International Olympic Committee. Half of these cases were among contractors providing services at the Olympic venues, and the majority of the cases were Japanese. • According to local media polls in Tokyo, almost 60% of people would like to see a lockdown imposed . • Almost 300 "fraudulent applications" for vaccine certificates for international travel have been rejected in Northern Ireland.

• Berlin authorities have banned three demonstrations planned for today by opponents of vaccination and restrictions.

• 52% of the German population is now fully vaccinated.

• On Sunday Florida broke a previous record in the US for current hospitalisations, as the number of patients in hospitals due to the virus rose to 10,207.

• New Zealand is opening a travel corridor from Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu, to allow seasonal workers into the country without quarantine.

• In Sydney, 300 soldiers, unarmed and under police command, have begun door -to -door visits to ensure people who have tested positive are isolating at their homes.

• A report from Carnegie UK using ONS data has shown:

• Overall wellbeing in England decreased in the last year. Gross domestic wellbeing (GDWe ) based on ONS data, was 6.79 out of 10 for 2019/20, compared with 6.89 for 2018/19, its lowest level since 2015/16.

• The number of adults in England feeling lonely has been increasing since 2017 and in the last year jumped by 44%, from 2.6 million to 3.7 million.

• Trust in government is at an -all time low following a nearly 40% drop from 2018/19 to 2019/20 (from 31% to 19%). This report is prepared solely for the use of Amelia Young Peel Hunt Coronavirus: Breaking news 2 August 2 August 2021 4

• The UAE will start providing China’s Sinopharm vaccine to children aged 3- 17.

• Hong Kong civil servants, teachers and healthcare workers must get vaccinated or pay for regular testing, the city’s leader has announced.

• Poland is to increase security at vaccination points following two arson incidents yesterday.