Month: May 2020

UK PM defends top aide over lockdown breach, announces schools to partially reopen
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UK PM defends top aide over lockdown breach, announces schools to partially reopen

Issued on: 24/05/2020 – 19:39Modified: 24/05/2020 – 19:39

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday he wouldn't fire his chief aide for allegedly violating the national lockdown rules that he helped to create by driving the length of England to his parents' house while he was infected with the coronavirus.

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Defying a growing clamor from public and politicians, Johnson said Dominic Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity” when he drove 250 miles (400 kilometers) from London to Durham, in northeast England, with his wife and son at the end of March.

Britain's lockdown, which began March 23, stipulated that people should remain at their primary residence, leaving only for essential local errands and exercise. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms was told to completely isolate themselves.

Cummings says he traveled to be near extended family because his wife was showing COVID-19 symptoms, he correctly thought he was also infected ..

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On the Covid-19 frontline: Doctor MEPs on their return to medical service

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In the second part of Talking Europe, we bring you a special round-table discussion with three doctors-turned-Members of the European Parliament, who returned to the health frontline amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They share their experiencRead More – Source

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Eurozone bailout chief: ‘No government can be blamed’ for economic hit from Covid-19
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Eurozone bailout chief: ‘No government can be blamed’ for economic hit from Covid-19

Issued on: 25/05/2020 – 12:20Modified: 25/05/2020 – 12:21

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As Europe stares down the barrel of a major economic contraction due to the pandemic, how can the continent get its workers and businesses back on their feet? How much money will have to be spent on the recovery and where will the funds come from? Catherine Nicholson speaks to the head of the eurozone's bailout fund, Klaus Regling, who is managing director of the European Stability Mechanism.

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Regling tells us he expects the coming economic crisis sparked by Covid-19 to be as severe as the Great Depression, and that he expects more than one eurozone state to apply for a loan from the ESM's new coronavirus Pandemic Crisis Support facility, despite the stigma attached to ESM loans after the bailouts and painful austerity of the last decade.

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