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Swedish students forced to foresake exchange abroad – Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio – Wave good bye to income from foreign students! Thanks Trump for noting?

Picture of two students and a sign about social distancing

Last year, about 23,500 Swedish students spent a semester studying abroad. Due to Covid-19 and the uncertainties around international travel, many universities have had to cancel their students’ exchange semesters this year.

The University of Gothenburg has postponed all but a few exchanges, while Södertörn University strongly advises its students against travelling abroad. Both universities stress the decision was a difficult one, made with the students’ best interest at heart.

Source: Swedish students forced to foresake exchange abroad – Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio

The Small Biz Double-Dip: Temp Companies Got Cheap Government Money, Got Paid by Clients for the Same Workers — ProPublica Trump watching store? Not hardly – fail!

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses were temp agencies. Many have been able to turn the government loans into profits.

Source: The Small Biz Double-Dip: Temp Companies Got Cheap Government Money, Got Paid by Clients for the Same Workers — ProPublica

Over the red line: Hospitals report over 100% capacity – The Jerusalem Post

Coronavirus test site for the residents of Bnei Brak (photo credit: ROI HADI)

Israeli hospitals are straining under the weight of the novel coronavirus, and the latest reports show that some of them are at more than 100% capacity in a month when hospitalizations are normally down.

The number of coronavirus patients continues to increase, with the percentage of those testing positive out of those screened close to 9% in the last day, the Health Ministry reported.

Source: Over the red line: Hospitals report over 100% capacity – The Jerusalem Post

‘People don’t want to fly’: Covid-19 reawakens Europe’s sleeper trains | World news | The Guardian

For all their promise of romance and adventure, Europe’s sleeper trains had appeared to have reached the end of the line.

Cripplingly expensive to run and forsaken by travellers for budget airlines, a decision by the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn to terminate the service connecting Paris to Berlin six years ago ushered in the closure of routes across the continent including almost all of France’s network.

But as Europe continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, there are tentative signs of a new dawn for the couchettes and twin bunks, as the concerns of both governments and travellers’ over the environmental impact of short-haul flights are being complemented by a desire to avoid airport departure lounges and security queues.

 

Source: ‘People don’t want to fly’: Covid-19 reawakens Europe’s sleeper trains | World news | The Guardian

Revealed: new evidence links Brazil meat giant JBS to Amazon deforestation | Environment | The Guardian

New evidence appears to connect JBS, the world’s biggest meat company, to cattle supplied from a farm in the Brazilian Amazon which is under sanction for illegal deforestation.

This is the fifth time in a year that allegations have surfaced connecting the company to Amazon farmers linked with illegal deforestation.

 

Source: Revealed: new evidence links Brazil meat giant JBS to Amazon deforestation | Environment | The Guardian

What Europe Can Learn from Scotland in Fighting the Pandemic – DER SPIEGEL

Sridhar: Virologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, clinicians, pharmacologists, they all figure out what to do in this pandemic. My task is then to find out how best to implement these measures. It’s about leadership, strategy, logistics, financing and the structures of delivering public health. How do you convince people to wear face coverings and practice social distancing? How do you get governments to work together in fighting this virus? How do you get the right partners at the table? What is good leadership? Often it is quite clear what should be done. But to actually do it is horribly difficult. I am doing my best to help with this.

Source: What Europe Can Learn from Scotland in Fighting the Pandemic – DER SPIEGEL

Coronavirus latest: Mandatory airport tests for at-risk German returnees | News | DW | 27.07.2020

Germany’s health minister has announced plans to make tests mandatory for people returning from at-risk areas. The initial plan was to provide the tests free, but on a voluntary basis.

Source: Coronavirus latest: Mandatory airport tests for at-risk German returnees | News | DW | 27.07.2020

Avian Flu Diary: COVID: HK New Daily Record, Vietnam Evacuates 80K From Da Nang

Hong Kong third wave: public gatherings limited to two people, dining at restaurants banned as record 145 Covid-19 cases recorded

Vietnam to evacuate 80,000 people from Danang after virus outbreak

Those who are evacuated will be required to go into home quarantine for 14 days. Meanwhile, local residents have been ordered to observe heightened social distancing and to wear masks.

Source: Avian Flu Diary: COVID: HK New Daily Record, Vietnam Evacuates 80K From Da Nang