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UK bank holidays – GOV.UK

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The most lusted-after spots in Britain during lockdown

BRITS cooped up in their houses during lockdown are pining after family days out and nature spots. Among the top spots in Britain are Trebah Garden …

The most lusted-after spots in Britain during lockdown

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Harry Kane has ‘deliberately’ opened door to leave Tottenham and perfectly fits Man Utd transfer policy, says Neville

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville has revealed Harry Kane has left the door open to leave Tottenham after the striker failed to rule out a move …

Harry Kane has ‘deliberately’ opened door to leave Tottenham and perfectly fits Man Utd transfer policy, says Neville

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Premier League could play multiple games a day at Wembley to finish 2019/20 season

The Football Association have reportedly offered the use of Wembley and St George’s Park to the Premier League in a bid to complete the remainder of …

Premier League could play multiple games a day at Wembley to finish 2019/20 season

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Harry Kane has ‘deliberately’ opened door to leave Tottenham and perfectly fits Man Utd transfer policy, says Neville

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville has revealed Harry Kane has left the door open to leave Tottenham after the striker failed to rule out a move …

Harry Kane has ‘deliberately’ opened door to leave Tottenham and perfectly fits Man Utd transfer policy, says Neville

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Premier League could play multiple games a day at Wembley to finish 2019/20 season

The Football Association have reportedly offered the use of Wembley and St George’s Park to the Premier League in a bid to complete the remainder of …

Premier League could play multiple games a day at Wembley to finish 2019/20 season

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Rolls-Royce wants you to design the luxury car of the future (if you are a child)

If you’re stuck at home with your kids right now and need something to do for them, Rolls-Royce may have the answer to your prayers. The Rolls-Royce …

Rolls-Royce wants you to design the luxury car of the future (if you are a child)

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Why Arsenal ignored recommendation to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he was just 21

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang eventually signed for Arsenal in January 2018 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal ignored a recommendation from their scouting …

Why Arsenal ignored recommendation to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he was just 21

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Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

Gary Lineker urged Aston Villa and his Premier League rivals not to put personnel on the run. Match of the Day host said top clubs should avoid …

Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

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Call for government to include import taxes in payments to be deferred 

 

FCA ‘right to step in’ on consumer credit – but measures must cover all forms of borrowing 

 

OECD updates G20 summit on outlook for global economy 


 

 

 

 

 

 
           

Small businesses facing mental health crisis as Coronavirus piles on the woes

 

StepChange welcomes FCA emergency financial relief proposals 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
           

Conveyancing Association and Lease Administrators work together to help home movers during Coronavirus crisis 

 

Response to self-employed income support scheme 

 

Relief for the self-employed, but dedicated hardship fund ‘needed now’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
           

Three out of Five UK Households Negatively Financially Impacted by COVID-19 

Foundation Home Loans – update and comment 

 

The Money Stats – March 2020 – Portrait of a Pre-Crisis UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
           

Time for employers to show loyalty to their staff says entrepreneur 

 

Maintaining a Productive and Healthy Workforce During Coronavirus 

 

‘Lenders must stick to the spirit of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes, not the letter’ 

 
           
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Coronavirus News Roundup

#PositiveCoronavirusNews

Thom Gibbs & Harriet Barber

1 APRIL 2020 • 11:30 AM

The list of beloved cultural institutions this virus has seen off is appalling. Glastonbury, all West End productions, Fast and Furious 9, it’s enough to make you pick up a worthy book for the first time in a decade.

But there’s one hardy entity which is here to save us from pretending we understand Joyce. Give it up for the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Eurovision should be a relic. It’s highly kitsch, frequently gauche and an example of the continent working together in a post-borders spirit of friendship. All things to have fallen severely out of fashion in recent years.

But the show must go on, albeit in an online audience-free format. After postponing the traditional competition two weeks ago its organisers have now announced that there will be a new show airing on the original date for the final, Saturday 16 May.

Europe Shine A Light, bringing to mind one of our nation’s finest moments in the competition…

…will bring together all 41 (forty one! I challenge you to name more than 35 European countries) songs that were entered.

They’ll be performed in remote locations, with no competitive element, and the whole thing is optimistically expected to last around two hours.

Let’s hope the traditional spirit of Eurovision remains. We want curious performance choices, mostly dreadful music but the odd legitimately excellent banger, like this year’s entry from Iceland:

Perhaps something we can do without this time is laggy video communication over long distances. There’s quite enough of that currently in our lives.

Elsewhere, people are heeding the sounds of creaking from their larders and beginning to realise there’s only so much you can stockpile, so rationing is coming to an end in several supermarkets

An app will tell you if you come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. If that sounds like a dystopian future where government tracking of the populance is not only wielded, but actively welcomed by the people, well, welcome to April 2020. 

Perhaps best of all, the current climate has dimmed the powers of one of the year’s most tedious days. It’s gone midday and I’m yet to see a laboured April Fools gag from a corporation.  

Here’s Harriet with the rest of today’s good news.

• NHS Nightingale has officially opened at the Excel centre in East London. The 4,000-bed hospital, which was built with the assistance of the Army, will help reduce pressure on existing services amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

• Social distancing is working. New research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has estimated that before the lockdown was introduced in the UK one positive person would infect 2.6 other people – now they infect 0.62.

• The public and businesses have donated over £100,000 in just a few hours to a Donate-A-Ride scheme, which offers free trips to and from hospital to London’s frontline NHS workers.

• Japan’s Fujifilm has started clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China. Trials in China have suggested Avigan could play a role in shortening the recovery time for patients infected with coronavirus.

• A man with a 3D-printing hobby has created a production line for protective masks.  Sid Lovatt from North Yorkshire has been creating masks and visors after receiving requests from care homes, GP surgeries and his local hospital ward.

• Thailand is giving its public free mobile data for those in isolation to help people work from home and families stay connected.

• Boots UK is going to donate over 200,000 toiletries to vulnerable people and NHS workers to use between busy shifts. The donations will include hand cream, shower gel and toothpaste.

• By Harriet Barber

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There’s a solution to coronavirus confusion – just use the ‘E’ word

England’s flagIfan Morgan Jones Some of us who take a great deal of interest in Welsh politics have long been worried about the lack of public …

There’s a solution to coronavirus confusion – just use the ‘E’ word

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Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

With more families staying at home at work and children not going to school because of the continuing pandemic, the speed of the Internet and mobile …

Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

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Positive Coronavirus News roundup… #PositiveCoronavirusNews

  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown.
  • British scientists have developed a new ventilator for the NHS in just a week – they hope the simple design will make it easy for manufacturers to produce en masse.
  • Families in America, Canada and some parts of Britain, have been decking their houses like it’s Christmas with fairy lights, decorations and inflatables.
  • Millions of the world’s poorest people will receive over 20 million hygiene and cleaning products, including soap and bleach, from a new campaign by Unilever and the Department for International Development.
  • A mental health company called Unmind has made their online resources free for all NHS workers to combat the impact of pressure and demand on staff mental health caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ve already had 7,000 NHS staff members sign up.
  • A 96-year-old woman is now the oldest South Korean to fully recover from the coronavirus.
  • The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal has raised almost £11 million since launching a week ago (Weds 18). The first £2.5 million is now being distributed to front-line charities, which will deliver food to isolated people, help people recover after leaving hospital, and protect vulnerable children now schools are closed.

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Government in talks over state acquisition of Flybe: CityAM

The collapsed administrator of Flybe airline, EY, has denied reports that he is in talks with the government to purchase the regional airline for …

Government in talks over state acquisition of Flybe: CityAM

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  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown.

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Coronavirus: Gary Neville outlines 5 things that must happen while the epidemic threatens the season

Gary Neville has outlined five things he believes must happen to patch things up in the Premier League amid the coronavirus epidemic. The spread of …

Coronavirus: Gary Neville outlines 5 things that must happen while the epidemic threatens the season

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Heathrow worker dad, 61, and pharmacist daughter, 33, die from coronavirus just 24 hours apart

A FRONTLINE Heathrow immigration officer and his daughter died from coronavirus 24 hours apart. Terminal 3 worker Sudhir Sharma, 61, passed away on …

Heathrow worker dad, 61, and pharmacist daughter, 33, die from coronavirus just 24 hours apart

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Police ask train passengers why they travel as the coronoavirus blockade continues

The police will stop the passengers on the train to question them about their movements as the coronavirus blockade continues, with everyone urged to…

Police ask train passengers why they travel as the coronoavirus blockade continues

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Woman infects cat with coronavirus in third known human-to-animal transmission

The virus was detected in the animal’s faeces after it had breathing difficulties and diarrhoea (Picture: Getty Images)A woman has infected her cat …

Woman infects cat with coronavirus in third known human-to-animal transmission

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Phillip Schofield celebrates wife Steph’s 56th birthday in coronavirus lockdown

Phillip Schofield and his daughters helped celebrate wife Steph’s birthday in the middle of the coronavirus lockdown. Steph turned 56 on Friday and …

Phillip Schofield celebrates wife Steph’s 56th birthday in coronavirus lockdown

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‘I’m very sorry’: the Mercedes driver filmed taking all the rubber gloves from the petrol pump apologizes for being ‘selfish and irresponsible’

A filmed Mercedes driver taking all the rubber gloves from a petrol pump in Salford apologized for his “selfish and irresponsible actions” by saying …

‘I’m very sorry’: the Mercedes driver filmed taking all the rubber gloves from the petrol pump apologizes for being ‘selfish and irresponsible’

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Brexit: EU-UK meeting to continue via video link

Copyright of the imagePA Media Caption of the image Michael Gove will not meet EU officials face to face for a whileA post-Brexit meeting between the…

Brexit: EU-UK meeting to continue via video link

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Former Manchester United man wants Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to play together in midfield

The signing of Bruno Fernandes may have cleared the path for Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United but a former Red Devil believes the pair should …

Former Manchester United man wants Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to play together in midfield

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All the latest UK & Global Coronavirus News from the BBC

 

 
 
It was an emotional moment for those who took part – not least the NHS staff and care workers being saluted by the nation. The Royal Family and prime minister joined well-wishers who flocked to front doorsteps, balconies and windows on Thursday evening night to applaud those dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. It came after figures revealed the UK death toll rose from 475 to 578 in one day, with 11,658 confirmed cases.

There will be additional support for the NHS from firefighters, who have agreed to drive ambulances and deliver essential supplies if required. However, unions point out many are off-work in self-isolation. And, with NHS leaders saying staff feel “at risk” of contracting the virus unless they wear protective equipment while dealing with all patients, the BBC is told guidance is expected to be updated within two days. 

Normal life continues to be seriously affected. As vulnerable people continue to report problems getting groceries while in isolation, supermarkets are to use a government database of the 1.5 million people deemed most at risk to help prioritise delivery slots. Sharon Cranfield, from Surrey, tells us she’s reliant on deliveries because her daughter Jessica, 19, has cystic fibrosis, adding: “I’m terrified of going to the shops.” There are signs, too, the housing market is grinding to a halt, with transactions agreed before the lockdown falling through.

We dig into the detail of the government’s latest financial support package to find out what help is available to self-employed people. Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the government’s response to coronavirus proves he was “absolutely right” during December’s election campaign that public spending could be increased .

 
 
 

 
 
The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 85,500 positive tests – overtaking both China and Italy. However, the US death toll remains much lower, at less than 1,300. Some 8,215 people have died in Italy. President Donald Trump predicts the US will get back to work “pretty quickly”, calling the figures “a tribute to the amount of testing that we’re doing”. 

Back in China, where the outbreak began, the government is temporarily banning all foreign visitors to prevent a further rise in the number of imported cases. Meanwhile, South Africa has begun a three-week lockdown. And while recent numbers from Italy’s worst-hit northern region suggest the epidemic might be slowing there, fresh fearshave arisen for poorer communities in the south.

Meanwhile, doctors, aid workers and the United Nations say camps for the displaced in north-western Syriacould be devastated by an outbreak. Follow all the latest global developments via our live page.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
EU leaders meeting on Thursday – by socially-distant video conference – glaringly failed to agree to share the debt they are all racking up fighting Covid-19. From her flat in Berlin, where she is self-isolating after her doctor tested positive for the virus, German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly admitted to the disharmony over financial instruments.

What leaders did agree on was asking Eurogroup finance ministers to explore the subject further, reporting back in two weeks‘ time. The EU is famous for kicking difficult decisions down the road but in coronavirus terms, with spiralling infection and death rates, two weeks feels like an eternity.

 
 
 
Katya Adler

BBC Europe editor

 
 
 
 

 
 
The Coronavirus Newscast team is joined by Sean Farrington, from Radio 5 live’s Wake Up To Money, to help unpack the government’s new measures to support the self-employed. And musician Charli XCX offers some tips on keeping fit, staying creative and painting rocks in self-isolation. Meanwhile, the World Service’s Science in Actionexamines why China’s strong social distancing policies seem to have been successful in stopping the spread of the virus .

 
 
 

 
 
Some front pages use photographs of staff at the Royal Liverpool Hospital taking in the nation’s gratitude for the work of the NHS during the applause that rang around the UK. Others feature the members of the public – and young royals Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – saluting the medical staff and carers. “Checkpoint Britain” is the main headline for both the Daily Express and the Metro, as they report police measures to enforce social distancing. The Daily Star describes those driving without good reason as “Checkpoint Charlies”. The effects of the virus on the property market is the big story for the Daily Mail, under the headline: “Don’t move home.” The housing market was “plunged into chaos” after the government called on people to delay moving home, the Times reports. Meanwhile, the Sun looks at the UK’s latest virus statistics to declare: “One Brit dies every 13 minutes.”

 
 
   
   
 

 

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