JCB boss warns relying on electric cars would leave Britain at the mercy of Beijing

The boss of JCB has revealed that digger orders ground to halt at the height of the pandemic, forcing the billionaire into furloughing thousands of staff and tapping the Government’s emergency loans scheme.

Lord Bamford expressed his shock after JCB stopped production as the pandemic hit. He said: “[In early March], my business went from having orders on hand of £1.5bn to by Mar 20, orders on hand of virtually zero. It was so dramatic. That sort of thing never happened in the history of our business before.”

The firm also tapped the Treasury’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility for a

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Beijing travelers face restrictions amid spiraling virus cases

Beijing reported 21 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, ten fewer than the day before, as other parts of China imposed restrictions on people entering from the capital.

The city has now logged 158 new infections since June 11 after going nearly two months without recording a single case.

Authorities have raised the capital’s public health emergency response level from three to two. In an effort to stamp out emerging coronavirus hot spots before they grow, authorities have also locked down several residential compounds, launched mass testing and tracing initiatives, and closed certain businesses just days after they had reopened.


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Coronavirus latest: Beijing outbreak raises market hygiene concerns

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 8,320,288, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 447,628.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Thursday, June 18

12:30 p.m. Low hygiene standards in China’s wholesale food markets and vulnerabilities in the country’s food supply chain need to be urgently addressed, a leading body of the ruling party declares. More than 100 Beijing

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Beijing reimposes restrictions amid resurgence of coronavirus

The municipal government of Beijing raised its COVID-19 emergency response level and reimposed some drastic disease-control measures after a new cluster of infections emerged in China’s capital.

The Beijing government elevated the city’s emergency response one notch to level 2, the second-highest among four levels of disease response, authorities said Tuesday night. The capital quickly rolled back reopening measures just days after most leisure venues in the city resumed services.

A resurgence of the pandemic flared up since last week as dozens of new infections were detected in connection with the now-closed Xinfadi Market, a local wholesale food market that

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