Coronavirus latest: US deaths slow, tracking trend for falling hospitalisations

First-time claims for unemployment advantages rose to 861,000 final week, in a setback to the US labour market’s restoration from a winter Covid-19 surge. The variety of jobless claims filed for normal state programmes elevated by 13,000 within the week ending February 13, from 848,000 the earlier week.

Fast quarterly development charges “are not a boon” if ranges of output stay under pre-pandemic ranges and unemployment is excessive, stated an exterior member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. As the UK economic system reopens, “we may see strong quarterly GDP growth rates in the second and third quarter”, Michael Saunders stated.

Turkey’s central financial institution saved charges on maintain for a second month because it stood agency on a promise to keep up a hawkish stance till double-digit inflation comes beneath management. The determination to carry the benchmark one-week repo price regular at 17 per cent was in keeping with analysts’ expectations, based on a Bloomberg survey of 25 economists.

Nigeria’s medicine regulator has accepted the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use, as Africa’s most populous nation is but to start inoculating its residents. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control stated it had made the advice after reviewing the jab’s efficacy.

About 40 per cent of Hong Kongers surveyed had been keen to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine, a college research within the metropolis confirmed on Thursday. The outcomes had been revealed as native authorities gave closing approval to Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines.

India has tightened guidelines for worldwide journey after authorities detected instances of two extra extremely infectious variants of coronavirus. The well being ministry stated 4 individuals who had returned final month from South Africa, and one other passenger from Brazil, had been contaminated with the brand new variants discovered within the two international locations.

Barclays stated it would restart its dividend after a second-consecutive quarter of declining coronavirus loan-loss provisions. While the London-based lender reported a 68 per cent plunge in fourth-quarter web revenue to £220m, that was higher than analysts’ expectations for a £17m loss.

Air France-KLM is poised to obtain extra authorities bail-out funds after the fallout from the pandemic pushed the Franco-Dutch service to an annual €7.1bn web loss. The struggling airline warned there’s extra ache to return because the coronavirus disaster ravages the journey trade.

Nestlé, the world’s largest meals firm, posted its highest gross sales development in 5 years on Thursday because the pandemic prompted customers to spend extra on pet care and dietary dietary supplements. Sales development, calculated on an natural foundation, ticked as much as 3.6 per cent for 2020 from 3.5 per cent a yr earlier.