Merlin Industrial Products update

The world epidemic that is Covid-19 continues to rage across the planet with now more than 500,000 deaths.

Some countries fare better than others as they juggle the importance of their economies with the safety of their citizens.

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New Steel partition system that can be easily cleaned.

Within the current age of technology we feel that the cure should already have been invented and, by now be available at every health centre so that we can move on and plan that holiday, wedding, birthday party.

Unfortunately the cure is still not in sight and many people tire of the differences in their workstyles, be they from home, at work but with distancing measures or worse of all out of work or furloghed.

The staff at Merlin Industrial were fortunate in that they had the technology in place to work from several locations, and all of their workforce are well and able to answer enquiries along with offering some small bit of normalcy during the epidemic.

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Need to make a din? then this cutting station system is for you.

If you have a requirement for an industrial product or need social distancing equipment to get back to work, contact them on their free 0800 0418 650 UK telephone and they will be keen to help you.

Covid-19 to run and run

Beijing reinstated lockdown as US officials warn the same could happen here

The pandemic is still with us, experts warn, and we need to be ready for upticks.

Masked people line up to have swabs stuck in their faces.
Enlarge / BEIJING, CHINA – JUNE 15: A Chinese epidemic control worker performs a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 on a man who had contact with the the Xinfadi Wholesale Market. Authorities are trying to contain the outbreak linked to the Xinfadi wholesale food market, Beijing’s biggest supplier of produce and meat. Several neighborhoods have been locked down, and at least two other food markets were closed, as tens of thousands of people are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 at sites set up around the city.

Authorities in Beijing have locked down parts of the city, reinstated some restrictions, and are testing tens of thousands of residents amid a burst of new SARS-CoV-2 infections.

As of Monday, authorities have reported 79 cases in four days. Almost all of the cases link to the Xinfadi food market, the city’s largest wholesale meat and vegetable market. The market has a staggeringly large number of patrons, and experts fear that there are many more cases yet to be identified, each of which could spark additional outbreaks.

Before this, Beijing had gone more than 50 days without seeing any locally acquired cases of COVID-19.

In a press conference Monday, experts at the World Health Organization said the outbreak was significant.

“Certainly, in China, when you have spent over 50 days without having any significant local transmission, a cluster like this is a concern and it needs to be investigated and controlled,” said WHO Executive Director Michael Ryan. “And that is what the Chinese authorities are doing.”

Over the weekend as the outbreak in Beijing became clear, authorities there shut down and sealed off the market, locked down some nearby neighborhoods, began extensive testing, and banned large gatherings.

With the swift action, Zeng Guang, a senior epidemiologist with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted in the Beijing Daily as saying that “Beijing will not become a second Wuhan.” He urged residents to not be nervous and “follow the government’s command, trust the disease control personnel, and trust the doctors.”

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted the outbreak in his opening remarks at today’s press conference, adding that “Even in countries that have demonstrated the ability to suppress transmission, countries must stay alert to the possibility of resurgence.”

Meanwhile, health experts in the United States are warning of the potential for a similar reinstatement of restrictions and lockdowns. Cases are increasing in 22 states, and many of the increases are not due to increased testing. Yet, many Americans appear to be shrugging social-distancing recommendations and precautions.

On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned that the state could suspend reopening plans after receiving around 25,000 complaints of businesses violating social-distancing measures. Houston is also considering reimposing a lockdown after a resurgence in cases, according to CBS News.

EV News for the UK – Engadget

Just in today from the Engadget site regarding UK government grants for Electric Vehicles.

Original article here >

The UK car market has taken a bruising due to COVID-19, like much of Europe, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson may be counting on electric vehicles to bring it back. The Telegraph sources (via Reuters) understand that Johnson’s team is drafting plans that would give drivers up to £6,000, or about $7,627, if they exchange their combustion engine car for an EV. The Prime Minister would tentatively announce this on July 6th as part of a broader plan to help the British economy recover as lockdown measures ease.

This would be a pragmatic move if accurate. It would theoretically give a boost to the overall British economy, and would be particularly beneficial for Jaguar, Mini and other brands that manufacture at least some of their EVs domestically. A swap incentive might even be necessary to fulfill long-term goals. The UK wants to ban sales of new combustion cars by 2035, and that may be challenging if there isn’t a thriving EV market by that point. A reward for ditching diesel and petrol could accelerate that adoption, particularly among cost-conscious buyers who may like the lower running costs of EVs but can’t justify the higher up-front prices.

There could be challenges to implementing such a plan. While the charging infrastructure is growing, it’s not clear that there are enough stations (or a sufficiently prepared electrical grid) to handle a spike in demand. That’s also assuming people are in the mood for buying cars at a time when COVID-19 remains a lingering threat. If the UK goes ahead with the idea, though, its strategy could serve as a template for other countries that want to help the environment while their car markets bounce back.