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27th Jun 2020

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27th Jun 2020

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26th Jun 2020

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25th Jun 2020

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25th Jun 2020

UK Possible Second Wave

23rd Jun 2020

Matt Hancock

22nd Jun 2020

UK COVID-19 Deaths

21st Jun 2020

COVID-19 second wave

20th Jun 2020

Greta Thunberg

19th Jun 2020

Contact Tracing App

17th Jun 2020

English Premier League

15th Jun 2020

Global COVID-19 Cases

14th Jun 2020

Northern Ireland

14th Jun 2020

Global COVID-19 Deaths

9th Jun 2020

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2nd Jun 2020

WHO and Donald Trump

31st May 2020

Global COVID-19 Cases

30th May 2020

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29th May 2020

English Premier League

27th May 2020

COVID-19 US Deaths

27th May 2020

COVID-19 Global Deaths

26th May 2020

Second peak of COVID-19

24th May 2020

Reopening of UK schools

18th May 2020

COVID-19 out of control

13th May 2020

US Death passes 80,000

COVID 19, CORONA VIRUS UPDATE


4 days ago

09:47

Worldwide Deaths of COVID-19

Worldwide deaths of COVID-19 pass half a million.


5 days 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.


5 days ago

09:43

Spain Demonstration

Demonstrations across Spain against the COVID-19 pandemic


6 days ago

09:41

$6.9bn to Fight COVID-19

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


6 days ago

09:39

Global Cases

Global COVID-19 cases hit 9.68 million.


6 days ago

09:32

US COVID-19 Cases

US COVID-19 cases hit 2.5 million.


1 week 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.


1 week ago

09:35

Worldwide COVID-19 cases 

COVID-19 worldwide cases go above 9.6 million.


1 week ago

09:34

Brazil New Cases

Brazil records 46,800 cases within 24 hours.


1 week ago

09:34

France Testing

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


1 week 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.

 

 


1 week 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.

 

 


1 week ago

09:29

Rising Cases in Europe

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


1 week ago

09:27

UK Possible Second Wave

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


1 week ago

14:13

Australia records first death in over a month, sparking second wave fears

Australia has recorded its first death in over a month, this has resulted in sparking concerns about a possible second wave. 


1 week ago

09:54

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, has said that the shielding scheme will be eased for people in England from 6 July.


1 week ago

08:58

UK COVID-19 Deaths

The UK COVID-19 death toll hits 42,632.


1 week ago

08:55

COVID-19 second wave

A survey carried out by the British Medical Association has found out that should a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a large number of doctors would not be able to cope with it. 

 

 


1 week ago

08:53

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist has said that the world must learn from the CPVID-19 pandemic and address climate change with all urgency.


2 weeks ago

00:01

Contact Tracing App

The UK government while making a U-turn on contact tracing app plans to give priority vaccine to over 50's and Key workers.


2 weeks ago

23:53

English Premier League

English Premier League football returns behind closed doors.


2 weeks ago

23:52

Global COVID-19 Cases

Global COVID-19 cases reach 8 million


2 weeks ago

23:52

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland plans to ease lockdown restrictions beginning Monday 15th of June.

 


2 weeks ago

23:50

Global COVID-19 Deaths

Global COVID-19 death toll passes 300,000.


2 weeks ago

23:49

UK Plans to Review 14 day self-isolation

The UK plans to review its original plan of self-isolating travellers for 14 days.


3 weeks ago

23:47

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Economy

Experts project that it will take 2 years for the global economy to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

 


3 weeks ago

23:45

Global COVID-19 Cases

Global COVID-19 cases reach 7 million.


3 weeks ago

23:44

Global Highest Daily Increase

With 136,000 new cases, this is the highest daily global increase in COVID-19 cases.


3 weeks ago

23:42

Global Daily Confirmed COVID-19 cases

Daily confirmed COVID-19 global cases rise over 100,000 a day.


3 weeks ago

23:40

Masks on UK Public Transport

Beginning June 15th the UK government will make it mandatory for masks to be worn on public transport.


1 month ago

23:38

WHO and Donald Trump

The World Health Organization has urged the president of the United States, Donald Trump not to terminate the relationship the organisation has with the US.


1 month ago

23:33

Lowest Increase in COVID-19 Daily Deaths

For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the UK records the lowest increase in COVID-19 daily deaths and infections.


1 month ago

23:31

Global COVID-19 Cases

Global COVID-19 cases pass 6 million.


1 month ago

23:30

US Withdraws From WHO

The United States withdraws from the WHO after President Trump’s criticism of the organisation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


1 month ago

23:28

English Premier League

Plans to return English Premier League football by June 17th begins.


1 month ago

23:26

COVID-19 US Deaths

COVID-19 US death toll passes 100,000.


1 month ago

23:25

COVID-19 Global Deaths

COVID-19 global death toll passes 350,000.


1 month ago

23:24

Second peak of COVID-19

As countries begin easing lockdown restrictions, the WHO warns of a ‘second peak’.


1 month ago

23:22

Non-essential Retailers to Open

The UK government has announced that from June 15th, non-essential retailers may reopen.


1 month ago

23:21

Reopening of UK schools

The UK plans to operate a phased reopening of schools beginning on June 1st for year one and year six while year ten and twelve reopen on by June 15th.


1 month ago

22:59

Travellers Entering the UK to Self-isolate for 14 days

From June 8th, travellers coming in to the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days.


1 month ago

22:38

Worldwide COVID-19 cases 

Worldwide COVID-19 cases pass 5 million.


1 month ago

22:37

Largest Single Day Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The WHO has reported 106,000 new cases making it the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases.


1 month ago

22:34

Reduced Global Carbon Emissions

The significant reduction in global carbon emissions has been attributed to the COVID-19 lockdown in place. 

 


1 month ago

22:32

COVID-19 out of control

Alex Azar the US health secretary has accused the World Health Organization of allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to ‘spin out of control.’


1 month ago

22:30

South Korea's Plan to Reopen Schools

South Korea plans to begin phased reopening of schools.


1 month ago

22:28

Reopening of public places in Spain

Spain set to reopen crucial public places.


1 month ago

22:26

Worldwide COVID-19 Deaths

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll passes 300,000.


1 month ago

22:25

US Death passes 80,000

COVID-19 United States death toll passes 80,000.


1 month ago

22:24

COVID-19 vaccine is not guaranteed

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has said that the COVID-19 vaccine is not guaranteed.


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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