Thursday, 13th February Daily Roundup - British Herald
February 17, 2020
Daily Roundup

Thursday, 13th February Daily Roundup

Here’s a quick summary of what has happened around the world over the last 24 hours, brought to you exclusively by British Herald

Local News

A Post-Brexit Shakeup, Royalty and Technology- quite a mixed bag of local news we have here today! 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reshape his government, appointing a team he hopes will deliver his vision for Britain beyond Brexit and heal the divisions both in his Conservative Party and the country. The reshuffle is not expected to be as explosive as some commentators had suggested. 

Duchess Kate headed to Northern Ireland on a surprise visit to promote her early-years survey and met with local families. This was her first solo visit to Northern Ireland and she toured the Ark Open Farm which specialises in rare cattle breeds and has child-friendly play areas and activities.

Duchess Kate’s brother-in-law Prince Harry has been approached by Goldman-Sachs for the role of a guest speaker on its “Talks at GS” interview series.

The Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament had been damaged more severely than previously imagined by the German bombs during World War II, according to experts. The bill for the restoration of Big Ben has risen by approximately 20 million pounds.

Britain said that it would impose a new duty of care to hold big tech companies responsible for the harmful content on their platforms. Companies like Facebook, Google, Snap need to be more careful to better protect their users from such content.

World News

The Chinese province at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in deaths and thousands more cases on Thursday under a new diagnostic method, suggesting a much bigger crisis facing China and the world.  

Health officials in Hubei said 242 people had died from the flu-like virus on Wednesday, the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen was identified in December.

That took total deaths in China from the newly discovered virus to 1,367, up 254 from the previous day. As a result of a new diagnostic procedure, another new 14,840 cases were reported in the central province on Thursday, from 2,015 new cases nationwide a day earlier.

About 60,000 people have now been confirmed to have the virus, the vast majority of them in China.

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