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Day: July 17, 2020

BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet
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BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet

    British Airways is to retire its fleet of Boeing 747s with immediate effect. Britain's flag carrier has announced this morning that its 31 Boeing 747s are to be retired due to falling demand in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The company said: It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect. It is unlikely our magnificent 'queen of the skies will ever operate commercial services for British Airways again due to the downturn in travel caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic. While the aircraft will always have a special place in our heart, as we head into the future we will be operating more flights on modern, fuel-efficient aircraft such as our new A350s and 787s, to help us achieve net-zero carb...
Urgent review into virus death data
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Urgent review into virus death data

    An urgent review has been ordered into how daily coronavirus death figures are calculated after it was claimed the current method did not account for people recovering from COVID-19. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has asked for the examination of Public Health England's data, which states there have so far been 45,119 COVID-19 associated deaths. A government source confirmed that PHE's current method of calculation means if a person was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 but subsequently died of unrelated causes, their death would still be counted as part of the PHE coronavirus death tally. The review ordered by Mr Hancock aims to sort out the issue and establish the impact on the overall death tally.
Boris Johnson unveils new ‘road map’
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Boris Johnson unveils new ‘road map’

    Boris Johnson is set to announce that the NHS will be given an extra £3 billion in funding so it can prepare for a possible second wave of Covid-19. The Prime Minister will also use a Downing Street press conference later today to commit to a new target of reaching the capacity for 500,000 coronavirus tests a day by November. The funding for the NHS in England will allow private hospital capacity to be used and for Nightingale hospitals to be maintained until the end of March. It comes after the death toll in the UK rose by 66 on Thursday. No deaths were reported in Northern Ireland and Wales, while England recorded 19 and Scotland recorded one.