COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 20th August 2020

UK

Birmingham is on the brink of being forced into lockdown as Matt Hancock ‘chairs a Gold Command meeting over spiralling cases in the city’

http://dailym.ai/3l30p3p

Nearly half of British parents will NOT get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, poll claims

http://dailym.ai/34iazaD

Europe

German university study reveals most people vastly underestimating the rate of COVID-19 increase due to an ‘exponential growth bias

https://bbc.in/3l6YDyu

Italy’s teachers want guarantees they won’t be prosecuted if pupils catch coronavirus

https://bit.ly/329deRc

Sweden’s COVID-19 expert comes under fire for appearing to ask whether a higher death rate in old people was a fair price to pay for herd immunity

http://dailym.ai/31fXlJr

Lourdes Assumption pilgrimage attendance falls by 80%

https://bit.ly/3l0lKKR

World

Paul Tambyah, senior consultant at the National University of Singapore, says coronavirus mutation ‘may be a good thing thing’ – more infectious but less deadly

http://dailym.ai/34gMMI3

The pandemic appears to have spared Africa so far. Scientists are struggling to explain why

https://bit.ly/3j2ZNcp

And finally, people are speculating what’s in the Russian vaccine