Elections delayed after officials said coronavirus crisis would affect campaigning and votingCoronavirus – live updatesLocal elections and the London mayoral election have been postponed for a year to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The government made the decision to push back the 7 May elections after the Electoral Commission said the health crisis would have an impact on campaigning and voting.“We will bring forward legislation to postpone local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections until May next year,” a government spokesman said. Continue reading...
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Despite calls from medical specialists about dangers of coronavirus spread, state government says polls will go...Despite calls from medical specialists about dangers of coronavirus spread, state government says polls will go aheadA leading medical ethicist said Queensland was taking a “lethal risk” by holding elections on Saturday, as the Australian Medical Association, virologists and others called for them to be postponed because of coronavirus.Local government elections will be held in council areas across the state. Byelections will be held in two key state electorates, Bundamba and Currumbin. Continue reading...
The coronavirus election: Ohio voters show up despite postponement, Florida poll workers stay home and Illinois...The coronavirus election: Ohio voters show up despite postponement, Florida poll workers stay home and Illinois voters don't know where to go.
Coronavirus latest updates: UK advises against 'all but essential' travel to US and warns over 70s will have to self-isolate 'within weeks'
UK also not ruling out ordering closure of all bars, restaurants and non-essential shops while France...UK also not ruling out ordering closure of all bars, restaurants and non-essential shops while France and Israel announce partial closure of countriesTrump tests negative for coronavirusAll overseas arrivals in Australia must self-isolate for 14 daysAirlines face meltdown as global travel bans multiplyChinese executive who called Xi ‘clown’ over Covid-19 response ‘missing’ See all of our coronavirus coverage 12.31pm GMT Related: 'People are just panicking': midwesterners unmoved over coronavirus outbreak 12.28pm GMT Universities Scotland has said in a statement that the country’s higher education institutions will remain open – subject to expert advice – but that teaching and assessments will shift online.Universities have no plans to close. The way that universities deliver their teaching and other services will change over the coming weeks, in light of new advice, and to recognise that students may wish to work from home, in the UK or overseas. Universities will not close as they have commitments to students, including those who live on campus. Many research facilities must run around the clock and student support and IT infrastructure systems require continuous attention. Continue reading...