Coronavirus latest: Asia-Pacific stocks fall on fears over sharp rise in US cases

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Germany’s coronavirus infection rate has shot up to its highest level for weeks after more than 1,300 abattoir employees tested positive for the virus, sparking a debate about working conditions in its meat processing industry.

Millions of workers on European employment protection schemes are at high risk of losing their jobs when support is withdrawn, highlighting the dilemma for governments as they extend or amend their public subsidies.

Insurance companies are delaying the issuance of new policies to people in UK who have had Covid-19, which medical unions say is deterring some doctors from getting tested for the virus. Insurers including Aviva, Royal London and Legal & General are putting applications on hold for up to 3 months if people indicate they are at risk.

UK workers treated unfairly by their employer face waiting up to two years for legal redress, because a backlog of cases in the employment tribunal system has become much worse during the coronavirus lockdown.

The UK government will immediately tighten takeover laws to ensure British businesses critical to tackling the coronavirus pandemic are less susceptible to hostile foreign takeovers owing to the economic downturn.

Demand for places at business school has rebounded, as prospective students flee a labour market battered by the coronavirus. Data gathered by the Financial Times from 13 of the top 20 schools on its ranking list found that all had attracted more applications for the MBA classes starting later this year than for the same period in 2019.

Spain on Sunday began to accept British visitors — without the need for quarantine — as it seeks to save its tourist season from the devastation inflicted by the coronavirus crisis.