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COVID 19, CORONA VIRUS UPDATE


1 month ago

11:17

Worldwide COVID-19 Cases

Worldwide COVID-19 cases pass 18.5 million.


1 month ago

11:13

Italy

Italy records lower COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.


1 month ago

11:12

COVID-19 Vaccine

The race to developing a vaccine is getting joined by more pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine that can help stop the spread of the virus.


1 month ago

11:09

Worldwide COVID-19 Cases

Worldwide COVID-19 cases pass 17 million.


1 month ago

11:07

Red Cross, Philippines

The Red Cross in the Philippines is sensitising people on COVID-19 as more cases are being recorded.


1 month ago

11:05

St Wolfgang, Austria

St Wolfgang, a popular resort town in Austria has issued an order mandating restaurants and clubs to close early and has advised people to avoid crowded places in the wake of a possible new outbreak of COVID-19.


1 month ago

11:01

Tony Blair

Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister believes the COVID-19 virus will not be eliminated. He went further to urge the current UK government to look at measures to contain the virus instead.


2 months ago

00:51

Worldwide COVID-19 Cases

Worldwide COVID-19 cases hit 15.2 million.


2 months ago

19:52

Worldwide COVID-19 cases

Worldwide COVID-19 cases pass 14.7 million.


2 months ago

01:00

Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine

Oxford Coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response but, experts say it is to soon to conclude it can stop the infection of COVID-19 in people.


2 months ago

00:57

Hong Kong

Hong Kong records biggest one day rise in COVID-19 cases


2 months ago

21:52

India

COVID-19 Cases in India hits 1 million.


2 months ago

21:52

Brazil

COVID-19 cases in Brazil surpasses 2 million.


2 months ago

21:51

South Africa

COVID-19 cases in South Africa passes 300,000.


2 months ago

23:51

UK COVID-19 deaths

UK COVID-19 death toll hits 45,000 


2 months ago

21:51

Tokyo Raises its Pandemic Alert Level

Tokyo raises its alert level to “red”, days after new COVID-19 cases passes recorded highs. 


2 months ago

23:59

US International Students Deportation Plan Stopped

Trump administration stops deportation plan of international students.


2 months ago

23:56

California Reimposes Restrictions

California reimposes restrictions due to a surge in cases of COVID-19


2 months ago

13:25

Daily Record of Worldwide Covid-19 cases

A new record of Worldwide Covid-19 cases hits 230,370 under 24 hours. 


2 months ago

13:22

Walt Disney World Reopens

Despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida, Walt Disney World reopens.


2 months ago

14:32

EU COVID-19 Vaccine Programme

The UK rejects offer to join the EU’s COVID-19 vaccine programme.


2 months ago

01:01

Committee to Evaluate The COVID-19 Pandemic Response.

The World Health Organization appoints a committee to evaluate the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


2 months ago

00:58

Worldwide COVID-19 Cases

Worldwide COVID-19 cases pass 12 million.


2 months ago

00:54

US COVID-19 cases

The US COVID-19 cases hit 3 million.


2 months ago

00:50

The US Informs The UN of its Withdrawal from the WHO

The US has officially notified the UN of its withdrawal from the WHO.


2 months ago

00:47

US International Students May Face Deportation

The Trump administration has brought a policy which might spell deportation for International Students should universities move to online learning.


2 months ago

00:42

13 UK Universities Could Face Insolvency

A recent report has revealed that 13 UK Universities could face insolvency without the aid of a government bailout.


2 months ago

00:41

UK Arts Industry Gets Support

The United Kingdom Government announced the sum of £1.57bn in support of UK arts industry.


2 months ago

00:39

Worldwide COVID-19 cases

Worldwide COVID-19 cases increase by 200,000 in 24 hours.


2 months ago

00:38

Worldwide COVID-19 Cases

Worldwide COVID-19 cases hit 11 million.


2 months ago

00:37

Compulsory Face Covering in Scotland

Scotland to make face coverings in shops compulsory starting 10th July. 

 

 


2 months ago

00:34

11,000 job cuts in 2 days.

UK businesses cut 11,000 jobs in 2 days.


2 months ago

00:32

Global Tourism to Take a Big Hit

A projected loss of up to $3.3tn will hit Global tourism according to the UN report.


2 months ago

00:30

80% Increase in Two Weeks

COVID-19 Cases in the US increased by 80% in two weeks.


2 months ago

00:29

The Pandemic is “not even close to being over”

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the pandemic is “not even close to being over”.

 


2 months ago

09:47

Worldwide Deaths of COVID-19

Worldwide deaths of COVID-19 pass half a million.


2 months ago

00:25

An Absolute Nightmare for the Country

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson says the coronavirus has been “an absolute nightmare for the country”.


2 months ago

09:48

Worldwide Deaths of COVID-19

Total deaths of COVID-19 stands at 495,288 since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019.


2 months ago

09:43

Spain Demonstration

Demonstrations across Spain against the COVID-19 pandemic


2 months ago

09:41

$6.9bn to Fight COVID-19

Global fundraising meeting raised $6.9bn to fight COVID-19.


2 months ago

09:39

Global Cases

Global COVID-19 cases hit 9.68 million.


2 months ago

09:32

US COVID-19 Cases

US COVID-19 cases hit 2.5 million.


2 months ago

09:37

US Highest single day cases

The US recorded its highest single-day cases of at least 40,870 new cases of Covid-19.


2 months ago

09:35

Worldwide COVID-19 cases 

COVID-19 worldwide cases go above 9.6 million.


2 months ago

09:34

Brazil New Cases

Brazil records 46,800 cases within 24 hours.


2 months ago

09:34

France Testing

France plans 1.3m test to find 'Hidden Clusters'.


2 months ago

09:32

Major Incident in Bournemouth, England

‘Major incident’ declared in Bournemouth, England after thousands flock to beaches as lockdown eases and temperatures rise.

 

 


2 months ago

09:32

Major Incident in Bournemouth, England

‘Major incident’ declared in Bournemouth, England after thousands flock to beaches as lockdown eases and temperatures rise.

 

 


2 months ago

09:29

Rising Cases in Europe

Europe records a rise in the weekly number of cases for the first time in months.


2 months ago

09:27

UK Possible Second Wave

UK health officials warn of the risk of a second wave.


Coronavirus Timeline & Update

The COVID-19 global pandemic that is currently sweeping over us hardly registered in public discourse even as recently as February 2020.  But where did Coronavirus start, how did it progress, and what has been (and will continue to be) the impact for global and UK immigration?

What is COVID-19?

Almost everyone on the planet has heard of COVID-19 and will know it is a virus, but they may not be aware of what it really is.  Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses which affect both animals and humans.  In fact, the SARS virus from the early 2000s was a Coronavirus.  Coronavirus disease 2019 (or COVID-19 to give it it's shortened name) is also known as 'severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2' (SARS-CoV-2).  The virus is typically spread through contact with infected surfaced and airborne droplets created when coughing, sneezing, or talking.  What characterises this group of viruses is the impact on the respiratory system, but in some cases, it can lead to serious respiratory tract problems, including viral pneumonia.  For some, this can progress to multiple organ failure and possibly death.  Most cases are, however, mild and patients go on to make a complete recovery within two weeks.

When did Coronavirus start?

There is currently considerable debate over how and when Coronavirus (COVID-19) developed.  The precise origin is unknown, but, according to the South China Morning Post, the earliest case was unofficially reported to have occurred on 17th November 2019 in Wuhan, China.  It is believed COVID-19 may have started from a seafood market in Wuhan, where wild animals, including marmots, birds, rabbits, bats and snakes, are butchered and sold illegally.  There is, however, no definitive proof that this was the real source of Coronavirus.

If anyone is in any doubt as to how fast the virus has spread, only as recently as 18th January the BBC News ran with an article 'New virus in China 'will have infected hundreds'’.  The article stated, "Two people are known to have died from the respiratory illness, which appeared in Wuhan city in December.  Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that on 22nd January, there were over 500 cases confirmed in China, two in Japan, two in Thailand, one in South Korea, one in Taiwan, and one in the United States.  Fast forward just one week, and there were over 6,000 cases in China, and the virus had spread into Europe, including France and Germany.  By late-February, the second largest number of cases outside of China were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship (691 cases on 23rd February).  After this point, cases in other parts of the world exploded. By 25th March 2020, Italy was the second most impacted country with nearly 75,000 confirmed cases.  As of the day of writing this article (3rd April 2020), the United States has the highest amount of confirmed cases at 245,138, with Italy at 115,242 cases, and Spain at similar levels.

The number of cases of Coronavirus can be misleading as a measure of the global impact of the virus.  This is because each country has different testing regimes, and not all countries will be reporting data in the same way.  From the perspective of how many people have now died from COVID-19, Italy has the highest amount of fatalities at 13,915 as of 3rd April 2020, followed by Spain at 10,348, and France at 5,387.  The United States is seeing a rapid increase in the number of deaths now.  Given the explosion in the number of confirmed cases, it is likely it will soon rise to the top of the table for Coronavirus related deaths.  In large part, this is because of the known lag between the initial onset of symptoms and death.  According to research by Verity et al., entitled 'Estimates of the severity of coronavirus disease 2019: a model-based analysis', "the mean duration from onset of symptoms to death to be 17·8 days".  Hence, the near quarter of a million confirmed cases as of today will likely translate to a large number of deaths by the middle of April 2020.

How has COVID-19 impacted on the movement of people globally and in the UK?

Most countries have now implemented their own form of 'lockdown' in a bid to prevent further transmission of the virus and to stop health services from being overloaded.  Not only have lockdown measures halted the movement of people within their own countries, but many have also closed their borders, effectively curtailing international travel and hence migration.  This has led many airlines to halt their operations, including British Airways who recently announced the suspension and furloughing of over 30,000 staff.

In practical terms, for immigrants in the UK whose, the visa is about to expire but cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation, the Home Office has confirmed that those visas will be extended to 31st May 2020.  Those in this situation should contact the Coronavirus immigration solicitors help centre to extend their visa.

NHS workers from overseas who are currently in the UK and whose visas are due to expire by 1st October 2020 will have their stay automatically extended by one year.

UK based visa application centres were closed on 27th March, and Sopra Steria who process applications for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), has suspended all services.  This means that any new or existing immigration applications will not be processed until UKVI resumes its normal operations.  Additionally, many UK's Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed across the world, and VFS Global has stopped UK visa services until further notice.
Final words

COVID-19 poses a unique threat in our modern world, to our health, daily lives, and economic prosperity.  Any impact is only expected to be temporary and it is hoped that countries will start to resume nearly normal service within six to twelve months.  Only time will tell.

 

 

 

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