Tuesday, 19th May Daily Roundup - British Herald
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Tuesday, 19th May Daily Roundup

Here’s a quick summary of what has happened around the world over the last 24 hours, brought to you exclusively by British Herald

Local News

UK’s testing scheme was extended to permit anyone above the age of five exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to book a test to confirm having the virus, according to British health minister Matt Hancock. 21,000 staff have been employed to work for its tracing system, according to Hancock. The tracing system is designed to find people who had contact with those with the coronavirus.

British finance minister Rishi Sunak revealed that over 2 million claims for one-off grants amounting to 6 billion pounds had been made via a scheme to provide self-employed people support during the coronavirus crisis. The UK has also increased the loan size that large businesses can borrow to get them through the pandemic. This shall take effect from next week. The loan size has been raised from 50 million pounds to 200 million pounds.

In other news, the United Kingdom on Tuesday announced a new post-Brexit tariff regime to replace the European Union’s external tariff, maintaining a 10% tariff on cars but cutting levies on tens of billions of dollars of supply chain imports.

World News

Authorities in eastern India and Bangladesh were relocating tens of thousands of villagers away from the coastline on Tuesday ahead of a super cyclone that is expected to inflict large-scale damage as both countries struggle to contain the coronavirus.

Coronavirus quarantine shelters in India were being converted to cyclone shelters, leaving authorities to manage social distancing to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.  

In neighbouring Bangladesh officials were moving people to higher ground and urged them to maintain social distance and wear masks as the country has recorded over 20,995 coronavirus cases and 314 deaths so far.

India’s weather office said the Super Cyclone Amphan had reached winds of up to 240 kmh (145 mph) with gusts of around 265 kph (165 mph) over the Bay of Bengal on Monday night and was expected to make a landfall on Wednesday.

Such wind speeds, according to weather officials, could make Amphan one of the biggest storms to hit Indian in about a decade.

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