5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Thursday 13th February 2020
Justin Waite
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5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Thursday 13th February 2020

5. Asian stock markets wobbled today while safe-havens such as the yen, gold and bonds rose as the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the outbreak’s epicenter jumped.

Officials have adopted a new methodology for counting infections which has seen reported new death double to 242 and confirmed 14,840 new cases, which is a sevenfold increase from yesterday.

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4. The UK's planned ban on sales of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars could start as early as 2032, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.

Last week, the government sparked industry concern after bringing the date forward from 2040 to 2035 in a bid to hit zero-carbon emission targets.

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3. Taiwan’s Foxconn, the supplier of Apple's iPhone, said today that recent Reuters reports on its plant resumption plans in China were not factual but didn't elaborate on their production status beyond this.

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2. New BP boss Bernard Looney has said he wants the company to sharply cut net carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Mr Looney said the 111-year-old company needed to "reinvent" itself, a strategy that will eventually include more investment in alternative energy.

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1. British house prices rose at the fastest pace in nearly three years last month, adding to signs of a rebound in consumer sentiment since December’s election lifted some Brexit uncertainty.

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