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National would introduce a GST refund scheme for businesses badly affected by the Covid-19 crisis to help with cash flow, leader Simon Bridges said in a major pre-Budget speech today. Full story:


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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • ‘I don’t recognise that’: Rishi Sunak pressed on possible pre-election reversal of tax rises
  • COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for Pacific Islands ‘could take years’
  • Virus closely related to SARS-CoV-2 found in horseshoe bats in Southeast Asia
  • Ecuador health minister steps down over COVID vaccine roll-out
  • COVID-19: What businesses need from the Budget
  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

  • Kate Winslet on how ‘Contagion’ predicted a pandemic | The Graham Norton Show – BBC
  • Best Bits of the week: Holly wants to lick Phil’s face when social distancing ends! | This Morning
  • Prime Minister urges team of five million to stick with her in latest lockdown
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