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UK pubs and restaurants asked to shut in virus fight

Cafes, pubs and restaurants must close from Friday night – except for take-away food – to tackle coronavirus, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. All the UK’s nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres have also been told to close “as soon as they reasonably can”. Johnson said the situation would be reviewed each month.The chancellor has said the ...

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UK health staff ‘terrified’ over lack of kit to fight virus

British doctors and health workers have raised the alarm about a lack of sufficient protective kit to treat potential coronavirus patients, potentially exposing themselves and putting vulnerable patients at risk. One doctor said he felt “terrified” of the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for carers. “I may be OK — I’m young and healthy — but I can’t ...

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Coronavirus: Thousands of retired medics asked to return to NHS

Letters are being sent to more than 65,000 retired doctors and nurses asking them to return to the NHS to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Senior officials say the ex-employees are needed to boost frontline services, reports UK.Meanwhile, the government has pledged to ensure that all hospitals have enough protective gear and ventilators. It has also published a list of ...

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Coronavirus: UK interest rates slashed again in emergency move

    The Bank of England has cut interest rates again in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the second cut in interest rates in just over a week, bringing them down to 0.1% from 0.25%. Interest rates are now at the lowest ever in the ...

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Coronavirus: Many schools ‘will have to shut in days’

  Many schools across the UK will not be able to remain open past the end of the week, says a head teachers’ leader. ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton said experienced head teachers in large schools were saying they would struggle to stay up and running past Friday. It comes after teaching unions spoke of the “intolerable pressure” of staying ...

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Coronavirus: Chancellor unveils £330bn lifeline for economy

The government has unveiled a package of financial measures to shore up the economy against the coronavirus impact. These include £330bn for companies to access finance, support for airlines, a business rates holiday, and help for small firms without insurance. Chancellor Rishi Sunak told a press conference it was an “economic emergency. Never in peacetime have we faced an economic ...

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2nd British-Bangladeshi dies from coronavirus in UK

Another British national of Bangladeshi origin succumbed to coronavirus infection on Friday morning at a hospital in London of UK, the 12th death from the disease in the country. The deceased, aged 36, breathed his last at Royal London Hospital in the British capital He went to UK from Sylhet few years back and was staying in Tower Hamlets. Earlier ...

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Newborn baby tests positive for coronavirus in London

Child’s mother, who was taken to hospital days before birth with suspected pneumonia, also has virus A newborn baby has tested positive for coronavirus in what is thought to be the youngest case of the disease in the UK, it has emerged. The child’s mother, who was taken to a north London hospital days before the birth with suspected pneumonia, ...

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UK estimates 5,000-10,000 people ‘likely’ have COVID-19

Britain on Thursday said up to 10,000 people in the UK could be infected with the novel coronavirus, as it announced new measures to slow the spread of the outbreak. Government chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said there were 590 confirmed cases but it was “much more likely we’ve got somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people infected”. Britain was on ...

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Coronavirus UK: Schools to close for up to TWO MONTHS

BORIS JOHNSON is set to announce the closure of all UK schools this afternoon, as he initiates the “delay phase” of the coronavirus response. Boris Johnson will chair an emergency COBRA meeting on coronavirus today, where he is expected to escalate the country’s response to coronavirus. The Government is poised to move to the “delay phase”, which includes social distancing ...

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