Health and Education

The prime minister said it is time for everyone in the UK to stop non-essential contact as the government unveiled a dramatic escalation of measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The advice is “particularly important” to pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 70, said Boris Johnson. A rapid increase in the spread of the...

Don’t be selfish – UK supermarkets plea to Brits

Supermarkets are appealing to Britons to stop being selfish as shelves are emptied by customers panic-buying and stockpiling amidst rising coronavirus fears. “We understand your concerns but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.,” states an extraordinary open letter from the UK’s major grocery operators that urges people to shop responsibly and with...

Coronavirus action plan: Government accused of gambling with lives

After days of anticipation, the government finally announced yesterday that the UK is now in the delay phase. But if you were hoping for severer measures in the government's...

PM warns ‘many more will lose loved ones’ as UK enters ‘delay phase’ and...

The prime minister has announced the UK has moved to phase two ‘delay’ in its fight against the coronavirus, calling the outbreak “the worst public health crisis for a...

Health minister tests positive for coronavirus – Parliament stays open

Health minister Nadine Dorries has become the first MP to test positive for the coronavirus prompting questions as to why the Commons has not closed in line with medical...

Chancellor – ‘NHS will get whatever it needs to tackle coronavrius’

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has promised the NHS will get “whatever resources it needs” to combat the coronavirus outbreak, as the number of positive cases in the UK rose by 64 to total 273. Rishi Sunak said the UK’s “strong” economic foundations enabled him to provide extra funding which could include help for individuals and businesses financially affected by...

Coronavirus cases jump to 206 – public told to prepare for...

The public has been warned to prepare for “social distancing” as the number of coronavirus cases in the UK jumped to 206 – a 25% increase from the 164 cases recorded yesterday. England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jennie Harries told the BBC the UK is “teetering on the edge” of sustained transmission but remains in the “containment phase” of...

Coronavirus won’t delay Brexit – but could cause recession

Brexit will not be delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesman for the prime minister has confirmed, saying the UK will not ask for an extension to the transition period which expires on December 31, 2020. However, the outbreak could push the UK’s economy to the brink of recession, warned Goldman Sachs as the number of confirmed cases continues to...
Self-isolation advice

Self-isolation sick pay – Labour calls for emergency legislation

The government's worst-case scenario sees up to twenty per cent of the workforce staying at home either because they are sick or to self-isolate. But will they get paid? Businesses, employer groups and unions have pointed out that many workers may not be entitled to any sick pay. As a result, Labour has called for the introduction of emergency...

Coronavirus – Army part of action plan to battle outbreak

Boris Johnson has said the army is on standby as part of the government’s “battle plan” to fight the coronavirus, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the UK rises to 51. Health secretary Matt Hancock warned the virus poses an “increasingly serious” threat and told MPs it was "becoming more likely that we will see widespread transmission here in...