As of 9:50am on 7 July 2020, there are 11,468,979 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world. [World Health Organisation]
As of 9am on 6 July 2020, there are 285,768 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK out of 10,651,308 tested. [GOV.UK]
216 countries, areas or territories are affected by COVID-19 with Latin America being the epicentre of the virus. [World Health Organisation]
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The Department for Transport (DfT) published a travel corridor list of 59 places, including some overseas territories, that English travellers can visit without having to quarantine on their return to the UK. However, only 27 of the 59 destinations have no restrictions at all on British travellers, so countries like Australia and New Zealand, while on DfT’s approved list, remain closed to British visitors
The Prime Minister outlined his plans to place job creation and infrastructure delivery at the centre of the government’s plans to drive economic growth and “build back better” from the coronavirus outbreak
The government announced the expansion of the Future Fund support scheme for early-stage, high growth businesses, enabling a greater range of firms to apply for this funding
The government announced that mandatory MOT testing, previously suspended as part of measures to support drivers through the coronavirus lockdown, will be reintroduced from 1 August
The government said it will lift the UK's two-week coronavirus quarantine rule for visitors arriving from some 'low-risk' countries. The government said it will publish a list next week of the countries from where people will be allowed to enter Britain without needing to self-isolate for 14 days, as currently required
The border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales, is to close for the first time in a century as the nation grapples with a resurgence in coronavirus cases. The closure comes after a ban was put in place yesterday on travel from Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, to its largest, Sydney. A partial lockdown will also be implemented on Melbourne’s more than five million residents and will last for six weeks
China’s services sector expanded at the fastest pace in over a decade in June as the easing of coronavirus-related lockdown measures revived consumer demand. The Caixin/Markit services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 58.4, the highest reading since April 2010, from May’s 55.0. The rebound suggests China’s overall recovery is becoming more balanced and broader, though analysts believe it will take months for activity to return to pre-crisis levels
The EU lifted the ban on travellers from 14 nations outside the EU: Canada, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Algeria, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. The controversial list, which reflected strong member state lobbying, excluded the US but added China as a 15th nation subject to ‘confirmation of reciprocity’. The council decision is a recommendation, not an obligation, and calls for the list to be reviewed every two weeks
South Korean President Moon Jae-in held an hour-long video conference with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel to discuss co-ordination of the coronavirus recovery. In the 10 years since the EU and Korea struck their trade deal, EU exports to the country have increased by 70% and the EU is the largest investor in Korea, but there are still issues over access of EU beef and labour rights
A new WTO report analysing new trade measures implemented by G20 economies between mid-October 2019 and mid-May of this year showed that, despite a number of import facilitative measures in this period, only 36% of the restrictions imposed during the pandemic have been rolled back. The stock of import-restrictive measures implemented since 2009 and still in force continues to grow — now affecting an estimated 10.3% of G20 imports (USD 1.6 trillion)
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