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Britain’s #Coronavirus peak will be in next few weeks, health minister says

Britain’s #Coronavirus peak will be in next few weeks, health minister says

| April 3, 2020

“The modelling suggests that that peak will be slightly sooner than previous, in the next few weeks but it is very, very sensitive to how many people follow the social distancing guidelines,” Hancock told BBC radio.

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UK throws lifeline to self-employed hit by #Coronavirus

UK throws lifeline to self-employed hit by #Coronavirus

| March 29, 2020

Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, who had previously announced the state would pay part of the wages of employees to dissuade their firms from laying them off, had come under pressure to offer a similar lifeline to Britain’s 5 million self-employed workers. Governments around the world are scrambling to avert economic catastrophe, underlined on Thursday by […]

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#Coronavirus – UK PM Johnson says support for self-employed coming in ‘next couple of days’

#Coronavirus – UK PM Johnson says support for self-employed coming in ‘next couple of days’

| March 25, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (25 March) that the government would set out “in the next couple of days” what support it would be giving self-employed workers to help them through the coronavirus outbreak, write Alistair Smout and Kylie MacLellan. Finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday the government was working on […]

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UK unveils £330 billion lifeline for firms hit by #Coronavirus

UK unveils £330 billion lifeline for firms hit by #Coronavirus

| March 18, 2020

Britain said it would launch a £330 billion lifeline of loan guarantees and provide a further £20bn in tax cuts, grants and other help for businesses facing the risk of collapse from the spread of coronavirus, write Costas Pitas and Andy Bruce. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak again pledged to do “whatever it takes” […]

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British schools struggle to stay open amid #Coronavirus outbreak

British schools struggle to stay open amid #Coronavirus outbreak

| March 18, 2020

Schools across Britain are struggling to stay open today (18 March), with some forced to partially or fully close as staff and students stayed at home because of the spread of coronavirus, writes Andrew MacAskill. The closures come amid confusion about why schools are being advised to stay open when the government has stepped up […]

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Sobering #COVID-19 study prompted Britain to toughen its approach

Sobering #COVID-19 study prompted Britain to toughen its approach

| March 17, 2020

A piece of research that helped convince the British government to impose more stringent measures to contain COVID-19 painted a worst-case picture of hundreds of thousands of deaths and a health service overwhelmed with severely sick patients, write Kate Kelland and Elizabeth Piper.  In a sharp toughening of Britain’s approach to the outbreak on Monday […]

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UK closes down social life as #Coronavirus outbreak accelerates

UK closes down social life as #Coronavirus outbreak accelerates

| March 17, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (16 March) shut down social life in Britain and ordered the most vulnerable to isolate for 12 weeks, ramping up the battle against a coronavirus outbreak just as it accelerates towards it peak, write Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan. Johnson had faced a backlash after his government took a […]

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