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    UK PM Boris Johnson halts easing of lockdown as coronavirus cases see resurgence

    He also extended rules making face coverings compulsory in more indoor settings. “Our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control,” Johnson said in a televised press conference.

    Go back to work, try to lead more normal lives: Boris Johnson

    Addressing People's Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) on social media, the UK prime minister urged people to start going back to work if they can and feel confident to return to shops and restaurants as they begin opening up by following the social distancing guidance.

    Second nation-wide Covid-19 lockdown like nuclear deterrent: UK PM Boris Johnson

    London, Jul 19 () UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has likened the imposition of a second nation-wide coronavirus lockdown to a "nuclear deterrent" that he would rather not use.

    UK PM Boris Johnson launches Jet Zero Council to cut airline emissions

    Boris Johnson marked his one year in office as the UK Prime Minister on Wednesday with a new Jet Zero Council to tackle aviation emissions as part of a wider 350-million pound plan to step up efforts to tackle climate change.

    Britain reviewing covid-fighting options including London lockdown

    ​Ministers are seeking to balance the need to damp down flare-ups of the virus while rebooting the UK economy.

    UK's Boris Johnson pledges to let in Hong Kong citizens if needed

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens as the city's leader arrived in Beijing for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their futures.

    Boris Johnson on the U.K.'s coronavirus lockdown

    London: Britain's coronavirus lockdown will stay in place until at least June 1, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, as he unveiled cautious plans to lift restrictions imposed seven weeks ago."This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week," he said in a televised address but added that some primary school children could return and shops re-open from June 1.Boris Johnson on the U.K.'s coronavirus lockdown

    UK PM Johnson says maybe he could have managed coronavirus pandemic differently

    Johnson has come under fire from critics over his handling of the pandemic, from the high official death toll of over 45,000 and the slow roll-out of testing to a later lockdown than many other countries.

    UK's Boris Johnson says he will double down on spending plans

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he planned to double down on his plans to increase public investment and a return to austerity would be a mistake as the country tries to recover from the coronavirus hit to the economy.

    Donald Trump on UK's Huawei 5G network ban: 'I did this myself'

    U.S. President Donald Trump said that he was responsible for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G network from the end of 2027.

    When will Boris Johnson send Britain back to work?

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due this week to present a possible way out of the coronavirus lockdown to get the world's fifth largest economy back to work without triggering a second spike in cases. The government is obliged to review the lockdown by May 7 and Johnson has said he would like to set out a roadmap and a menu of options for easing restrictions. However, Johnson has also outlined five tests that must be met before the restrictions can be lifted in the country with the second-highest death toll in Europe after Italy.

    Coronavirus vaccine may never be found, warns UK PM Boris Johnson

    "A mass vaccine or treatment may be more than a year away," said UK PM Boris Johnson, highlighting the work being done in the UK by scientists at Oxford University and Imperial College London towards this mission.

    UK PM Boris Johnson spells out plan to ease lockdown

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his plan for an easing of lockdown measures on Monday including new advice for people to wear face coverings when in crowded places. (AP)UK PM Boris Johnson spells out plan to ease lockdown

    Antibody immunity to novel coronavirus may be short-lived: UK study

    Patients who recover from the novel coronavirus may have an antibody response that makes them immune to the deadly virus only for a few months, a new study in the UK has found.

    UK PM Boris Johnson confirms visa plans for 3 million Hong Kong citizens

    Writing in ‘The Times', the UK prime minister said the offer would be triggered only if China presses ahead with the new law which threatens to strip the former British colony of its traditional freedoms. An estimated 3,50,000 Hongkongers hold British National (Overseas) passports and another 2.5 million would be eligible to apply for them. At present, these BNO passports only allow visa-free access to the UK for up to six months.

    Back at work, British PM Boris Johnson faces lockdown Catch-22

    ​The United Kingdom is on course to be among the worst hit European states with more than 20,732 hospital deaths reported as of Saturday. ​But the most stringent lockdown in peacetime history has left the economy facing possibly the deepest recession in three centuries and the biggest debt splurge since World War Two.

    No change in British PM Boris Johnson's condition: Sources

    There has been no change in Boris Johnson's condition, two sources close to him said on Tuesday, after the British prime minister was taken into intensive care following a deterioration in his coronavirus symptoms.

    British PM Boris Johnson discharged from hospital

    "On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work. He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas' for the brilliant care he has received," a spokesman said.

    Boris Johnson continues to improve in ICU with Covid-19

    The 55-year-old was shifted to the ICU of St.Thomas' Hospital in London on Monday night as his condition worsened over 10 days after he had tested positive for the coronavirus and went into self-isolation. He has since received "standard oxygen treatment" but has not been diagnosed with pneumonia or required a ventilator to aid his breathing.

    UK PM Boris Johnson back in London after virus recovery

    Johnson will resume his duties on Monday after recovering at his country residence.

    UK FM Rishi Sunak urges British public to help restart economy on 'Super Saturday'

    Bars, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers across England began opening up on what has been branded "Super Saturday" due to the coronavirus lockdown measures being significantly eased. Last week, he had revealed on Twitter that though he isn't a drinker, he was excited about pubs reopening.

    UK to end quarantine for travelers from 'low-risk' countries

    The British government said Friday it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from a number of countries deemed "lower risk" for the coronavirus.

    UK PM Boris Johnson sure to be back at work soon, Minister says

    "He is also right now, as he is fully recovering, doing what we are asking people across the country to do, he is taking the advice of the medical experts and the doctors and doing as the doctors outlined him to do," Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told Sky.

    UK PM pledges 'infrastructure revolution' for virus crisis

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged on Tuesday to deliver an "infrastructure revolution" to help Britain build its way out of the economic devastation of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Boris Johnson says Britons fatter than most Europeans, feels tackling obesity key to fighting diseases like Covid

    The pandemic has persuaded Johnson of the need to address obesity as a major health issue.

    UK PM Boris Johnson moves out of intensive care

    "The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery," the spokesman said. "He is in extremely good spirits."

    British PM Boris Johnson still in hospital with persistent coronavirus symptoms

    Johnson, who had been isolating in Downing Street after testing positive for the virus last month, was taken to hospital on Sunday night because he still had a high temperature and his doctors felt he needed additional tests.

    Boris Johnson taking short walks, doing puzzles, watching films in hospital

    It also emerged on Sunday that puzzles, sudoku and films are keeping UK prime minister Boris Johnson occupied while he remains under close monitoring by the medical staff at St. Thomas' Hospital in London.

    Beware the second coronavirus wave, British medics warn politicians

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that pubs, restaurants and hotels could reopen in England early next month, easing the coronavirus lockdown that has all but shut the economy.

    Boris Johnson out of ICU, must rest up, says his father

    Downing Street said Johnson, 55, is in extremely good spirits at the St Thomas' Hospital ward as his father, Stanley Johnson, called on his son to rest up. Stanley Johnson said that he thinks his son's illness has "got the whole country to realise this is a serious event".

    British PM Boris Johnson launches new Covid-19 alert system as lockdown 'modified'

    In a televised address to the nation, Johnson laid out a five-level alert system that the government will be constantly monitoring based on scientific data to track the rate at which the deadly virus is spreading – referred to as the “R” rate.

    UK PM to set July 4 date to end COVID-19 lockdown with bars reopening

    The UK prime minister is expected to tell Parliament that the 2-metre social distancing rule will also be halved to 1 metre (3ft 3in) from July 4, with some mitigating measures. The government had come under pressure from the hospitality sector, and some MPs from within the ruling Conservative Party, to relax the 2m rule.

    No end to lockdown yet but 'careful' easing begins, British PM Boris Johnson says

    "This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week," PM Boris Johnson said in a televised address but added that some primary school children could return and shops re-open from June 1.

    UK park stabbings that killed 3 declared terrorist attack

    The local Thames Valley Police had initially launched a murder inquiry and said it was keeping an open mind on the motive behind the knife rampage in a busy park in the city centre on Saturday evening.

    UK PM Boris Johnson hospitalised for coronavirus tests after persistent symptoms

    Johnson, who was isolating in Downing Street after testing positive last month, still had a high temperature and so his doctors felt he should go to an undisclosed hospital for tests in what the government said was a "precautionary step".

    View: China is losing its charm with Britain

    If Britain does not stop meddling in China's internal affairs, it faces "substantial damage" to its economy, according to state propaganda.

    UK PM Boris Johnson plans to reduce Huawei's role in 5G network ahead of his US June trip

    Ahead of his US trip British Prime Minister plans to reduce Huawei's involvement in Britain’s 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, now self-isolating

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Prime Minister confirmed on twitter, "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this,"Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, now self-isolating

    British PM Boris Johnson, heath secretary Hancock have coronavirus

    In a video message posted on Twitter, the 55-year-old Johnson said he will continue to lead the UK government's response to the deadly virus, which has claimed 578 lives in the country. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," Johnson said on Twitter.

    Boris Johnson under pressure to speed up coronavirus testing

    A week ago a national shut-down was ordered by PM Boris Johnson — who himself has contracted the illness and is in isolation. On Monday, the government's chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said the restrictions were having an impact on reducing transport as well as cutting contact between members of the public in stores, bars and restaurants.

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says doctors had plan in case he died of Covid-19

    Johnson, 55, first announced he had contracted Covid-19 on March 27 but maintained he had only mild symptoms. Yet he failed to shake the illness after a week of self-isolation. He was taken to hospital as a precaution on April 5 for further tests but within 24 hours was moved to intensive care.

    View: UK should tear down Churchill’s statue

    This is a Britain whose mind has been poisoned by such myths and, yes, held back by the weight of statues of slavers and imperialists. Prime minister Boris Johnson said that statues “teach us about our past, with all its faults.” Statues do not teach; schools do.

    UK formally rejects Brexit extension, backtracks on borders

    London and Brussels are racing to agree a new trade deal for when Britain leaves the EU's single market and customs union on December 31, but talks have stalled.

    UK PM Johnson offers new 'support bubbles' out of COVID-19 lockdown

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that, from Saturday, single adults can spend the night at another house in a so-called "support bubble", which means all members of the bubble must self isolate in case any one member develops symptoms of COVID-19.

    UK PM Boris Johnson tells cafes, pubs and restaurants to close tonight

    "We are telling cafes, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow," Johnson told reporters in Downing Street. "Though to be clear, they can continue to provide takeout services.

    Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak rail against racism as UK PM hails his diverse Cabinet

    Johnson issued a video statement on social media to reiterate that "yes, Black Lives Matter" but highlighted the need to also push through the message of social distancing at a time of "national trial" in a fight against the "deadly plague" of coronavirus.

    UK Defence Secretary to boost ability to handle space threat from Russia, China

    On Thursday, Britain said it was concerned about a Russian satellite test which involved the launch of a projectile with the "characteristics of a weapon".

    Shadow of second wave of the virus hangs over efforts by world leaders to restore normality

    From Italy to New Zealand, irrespective of how well the virus was contained, governments acknowledge that fresh waves of the deadly coronavirus are likely and that the policy tools to mitigate the damage are limited.

    Governments pledge $8.8 billion for global vaccines alliance

    The online meeting beat a target to raise $7.4 billion to provide vaccines at a much reduced cost to 300 million children worldwide over the next five years.

    The UK is on a collision course with China

    The more immediate anger is trained on China’s treatment of Hong Kong. Whereas EU foreign ministers avoided any threat of sanctions & instead expressed 'grave concern' at Beijing’s actions in regard to the territory, the UK - which did not take part in the EU call since it is no longer a member of the bloc - stepped up with a concrete response.

    Post-Brexit trade talks resume but little sign of breakthrough

    Trade negotiators from Britain and the EU embarked on a fourth round of post-Brexit negotiations Tuesday but no-one in London or Brussels expects a breakthrough this week.

    UK's Boris Johnson faces probe over luxury holiday: Report

    Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds, with whom he recently announced he was expecting a baby, went on a trip to the privately owned island of Mustique over the New Year. In the register of MPs' interests, he claimed the 15,000 pounds holiday was provided by David Ross, a businessman and donor to his Conservative party.

    Boris Johnson making 'good progress' in virus recovery as UK death toll nears 10,000

    The 55-year-old leader was spending his second full day out of intensive care at London's St Thomas' Hospital, where he has been able to take short walks between periods of rest, according to Downing Street.

    Michel Barnier tells UK to Be ‘More Realistic’ on trade talks

    “Clearly we want an agreement, but that cannot be an agreement at any cost,” Barnier said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper. “We will not accept — never accept — anything that makes the single market more fragile,” he added.

    Defending lockdown easing, UK foreign minister says it's the 'right step'

    From Monday, up to six people will be able to meet outside in England, some school classes will restart, elite competitive sport can resume without fans and more than 2 million people who have been "shielding" will be allowed to spend time outdoors.

    PM Boris Johnson up and walking in COVID-19 recovery as UK deaths near 9,000

    The prime minister's rapid health decline shook the country earlier this week, but he came out of three nights of intensive care at St Thomas' Hospital on Thursday. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after his symptoms persisted.

    UK PM Boris Johnson returns to work after recovering from COVID-19

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday after recovering from a serious coronavirus infection to face critical decisions over how and when to reopen the country’s paralyzed economy.UK PM Boris Johnson returns to work after recovering from COVID-19

    UK PM Boris Johnson under fire over handling of coronavirus crisis

    Since the lockdown, though, the UK government has given conflicting explanations of why it failed to join a European Union ventilator scheme and admitted there have been problems getting health workers enough protective equipment.

    UK PM Boris Johnson 'improving' as he fights COVID-19 in intensive care

    The statement reiterated that the UK prime minister remains in "good spirits" as it was indicated that while he is not actively working, he remains in contact with his ministers and officials. "The Prime Minister remains clinically stable and is responding to treatment," a Downing Street spokesperson said.

    UK PM Boris Johnson in intensive care, needed oxygen after coronavirus symptoms worsened

    Johnson's personal battle with the virus has shaken the British government just as the United Kingdom enters what scientists say is likely to be one of the most deadly weeks of the pandemic, which has killed 70,000 people worldwide.

    100-year-old Captain Tom, who raised millions for health workers in Covid fight, to be knighted by Queen today

    The World War II veteran raised 33 million pounds by walking 100 laps of his garden.

    Boris Johnson to put UK on collision course with EU over trade

    The EU said that no deal will be possible unless Britain signs up to so-called level playing field provisions meant to ensure it doesn’t gain a competitive advantage. But Johnson’s office made clear only full independence will do — and insisted the premier would walk away and trade with the UK’s closest markets without a formal deal if necessary.

    China accuses Britain of helping Washington hurt Huawei

    On Tuesday, the British government announced Huawei would be excluded from work on the network because U.S. sanctions made it impossible to ensure the security of Chinese-supplied equipment.

    UK decides to stop Chinese firm Huawei equipment being used in their 5G network

    Huawei will be completely removed from the UK's 5G networks by the end of 2027, the UK government announced on Tuesday after a review by the country's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the Chinese telecommunications giant.UK decides to stop Chinese firm Huawei equipment being used in their 5G network

    COVID-19: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson shifted to ICU

    New Delhi, Apr 07 (ANI): United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had tested positive for coronavirus last month, was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Monday, UK media reported. Johnson was admitted to a hospital in London on Sunday evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “'Hang in there, Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Hope to see you out of hospital and in perfect health very soon.” UK has reported over 50,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus while more than 5000 have succumbed to the deadly virus. COVID-19: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson shifted to ICU

    United Kingdom to purge Huawei from 5G by 2027, angering China and pleasing Trump

    Britain's National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Johnson, decided on Tuesday to ban the purchase 5G components from the end of this year and to order the removal of all existing Huawei gear from the 5G network by 2027.

    Huawei faces ban in Britain, uncertainty swirls over timing, extent

    The debate has played out against a backdrop of a crackdown in Hong Kong and questions about China's handling of coronavirus, damaging relations between London and Beijing.

    Britain agrees to acquire antibody tests, boosting Coronavirus response

    Widespread availability of antibody tests may help Britain lift its lockdown restrictions, because they show who has already had the virus and might have a degree of immunity, meaning they can resume social contact with others.

    UK's Boris Johnson warns on coronavirus: Things to get worse before they get better

    PM Boris Johnson is warning Britons in a letter to 30 million households that things will get worse before they get better, as he himself self-isolates.

    How British Indians are leading Boris Johnson's new cabinet

    Rishi Sunak's cabinet colleague Patel, 47, a prominent Brexit campaigner, was also home secretary in the first Johnson government. She has, in fact, had a dramatic bounce back in her political career after being sacked in 2017 by then PM Theresa May as international development secretary.

    British Parliament clears Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

    Paving the way for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union later this month, British Parliament has voted in favour of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.

    "I owe them my life": UK PM Boris Johnson praises medics in his first comments after being releases from ICU

    Johnson, 55, was taken to St Thomas's Hospital in central London a week ago, suffering from persistent symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. On April 6 he was moved into intensive care, where he remained until April 9.

    UK may look to tap into international students impacted by Trump decision

    The UK is faced with the prospect of large losses if foreign student enrolments drop as a result of the pandemic.

    Coronavirus hits world superpowers as some look to reopen

    As health officials issued warnings against reopening economies too quickly, the coronavirus struck inside some of the world's superpowers, with a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin diagnosed just days after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary also tested positive.

    Rishi Sunak extends UK's COVID-19 job saving scheme to October

    UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak had pledged that there would be no "cliff-edge" cut-off of the scheme, which is aimed at preventing an estimated 1.2 million redundancies.

    Restart or re-stop? Economies reopen but chaos abounds

    Countries face a delicate balance of trying to restart economies without fueling a second wave of infections.

    Rishi Sunak unveils 1.57 billion pounds arts, culture COVID-19 rescue package

    Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access the funding boost put in place on Sunday night.

    Pressure mounts on UK govt for public inquiry into higher risk of COVID-19 among ethnic minorities

    Pressure mounted on the UK government on Sunday to launch an independent public inquiry into the reasons behind the higher risk faced by ethnic minorities, including Indians, in the country from the coronavirus.

    UK plans 14-day compulsory quarantine for all airport arrivals

    The UK is planning to bring in compulsory 14-day quarantine for all travellers arriving in the country from any part of the world, except the Republic of Ireland, as part of measures to track the spread of coronavirus.

    India's Bharti and UK win auction for satellite operator OneWeb: Report

    OneWeb filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the end of March after its biggest investor SoftBank Group Corp pulled funding, with an auction held on Thursday.

    UK could start easing virus lockdown next week: PM

    Speaking in parliament for the first time since he himself was hospitalised with coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government would review the data and he would set out the next steps on Sunday.

    UK overtakes Italy with Europe's highest official coronavirus death toll

    Weekly figures from Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, raising the total for the United Kingdom to 32,313 as of late April. Only the United States has suffered more deaths than Britain, according to the data so far.

    World leaders pledge $8 billion to fight COVID-19 but U.S. steers clear

    "We've had several discussions with our American partners and I'm convinced the Americans will eventually commit to this dynamic because it's the way forward for the world," French President Emmanuel Macron said.

    It's humanity against the virus, British PM tells COVID-19 global summit

    The Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference was co-hosted by the UK and eight other countries and organisations including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the European Commission.

    When will PM Johnson send Britain back to work?

    The government is obliged to review the lockdown by May 7 and Johnson has said he would like to set out a roadmap and a menu of options for easing restrictions.

    Global coronavirus cases surpass 3.5 million, although rate slowing

    North America and European countries accounted for most of the new cases reported in recent days, but numbers were rising from smaller bases in Latin America, Africa and Russia.

    EU, Britain intensify talks on post-Brexit future

    The EU and Britain launched Monday an intense five weeks of negotiations on a deal to define their post-Brexit relations, with London keen to wrap things up quickly.

    May brings reopenings around the globe as virus toll climbs

    Many communities around the world are inching toward normalcy without certainty over whether they've vanquished outbreaks of the virus.

    British PM Johnson: Too risky to relax coronavirus lockdown yet

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has returned to Downing Street, a month after being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, to take charge of the UK's response to the pandemic outbreak in the country that has claimed the lives of over 20,000 people.

    British PM Johnson set to return to work

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that Johnson would be back in his Downing Street office on Monday after recovering from the virus and was in “good spirits” and “raring to go”.

    Britain nears grim milestone of 20,000 coronavirus hospital deaths

    Britain has the fifth highest official coronavirus death toll in the world, after the United States, Italy, Spain and France. Scientists have said that the death rate will start to decline quickly only in another couple of weeks.

    Virus toll nears 200,000 as UN pushes for global vaccine effort

    Governments around the world are struggling to limit the economic devastation unleashed by the virus, which has infected nearly 2.8 million people and left half of humanity under some form of lockdown.

    British Parliament finally approves Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

    Britain's House of Commons on Thursday ratified Prime Minister Boris Johnson's withdrawal agreement by 330 votes to 231, clearing the way for Brexit to happen after years of delay on January 31. The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement Bill must still be passed by the unelected House of Lords and the European Parliament, which is seen as a formality, before Britain ends almost 50 years of membership in the European integration project. British Parliament finally approves Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

    Brexit talks resume under coronavirus cloud

    British and EU officials resumed Brexit trade talks Monday after a break because of the coronavirus, which is making an end-of-year deal look even more unlikely.

    United Kingdom virus death toll rises by 449 to 16,509: Ministry

    Data showing the day people died, rather than when deaths were reported, "clearly shows we are in a steadily, but rather slowly, improving position since the peak of deaths 12 days ago on April 8", he said.

    Baby power: Boris Johnson, girlfriend announce first child and engagement

    Johnson was previously married to Marina Wheeler, and earlier to Allegra Mostyn-Owen, so Symonds will be his third wife.

    UK government extends virus lockdown by at least 3 weeks

    Before the official announcement, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said "it is too early to make a change" to the lockdown the government ordered on March 23 to slow the spread of the virus. Schools, pubs, restaurants and most shops are closed, and most people are allowed to leave home only for essential errands or exercise.

    UK will recover 'quickly and strongly' after COVID-19 crisis: Rishi Sunak

    The economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis would be "significant, but temporary", UK's Indian-origin finance minister Rishi Sunak has said, exuding confidence that Britain's economy will bounce back "quickly and strongly" once the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control.

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