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Positive Financial News from the FT – Positive Coronavirus News #PositiveCoronavirisNews

We may have passed peak uncertainty and there is definitely a reason to start buying again — carefully

A food delivery courier passes a closed Louis Vuitton store, operated by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, in central London, U.K., on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The U.K. is in lockdown after Boris Johnson ordered sweeping measures to stop people leaving their homes

A Deliveroo rider during the lockdown in central London. The company is part-owned by Amazon which remains a good bet for equity investment © Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The writer is editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek

Everyone in the global financial market wants the same thing. They want to find a bit of data they can absolutely believe to be accurate and they want to use it to cut the risk levels embedded in their portfolio. 

Too bad. They can’t have accuracy on anything and there are no low risk assets to buy. That everyone knows both these things explains the hysterical swings in indices this week. By Friday, nine trading days in March had made it on to analyst lists at Bianco Research as the biggest one-day gains and losses since the second world war. No other month comes close. 

All is not lost, however. It is possible that we are near — or have even passed — the peak uncertainty bit of this crisis.

We know for example that Covid-19 cases probably peaked in China in early February, and now look to be peaking in Italy. We also know that China is recovering fast: according to Macquarie, coal consumption is at 95 per cent of the normal level for this time of year, traffic congestion is normalising and car sales are even rising again (slightly). The consensus appears to be that China is 85 per cent back to normal. 

We also have a sense of just how bad things were at their worst in China: industrial profits fell by 38 per centin February. So we have a rough — very rough — guide as to what might happen elsewhere, leaving aside second round infections. Think: a month of complete lockdown, followed by a few slightly easier months and, barring any new horrors, a return to a new kind of normal by early June.

We know one other important thing too: governments and central banks are prepared to blow more than the doors off our current monetary and fiscal systems to get their economies to the other side (30 per cent of the world’s population is in some form of lockdown). 

They are prepared to blur the line completely between monetary and fiscal policy, with unlimited money creation and spending, to try and replace the parts of the economy they have shut down. The new package from the US comes in at nearly $2tn, which is a genuinely stunning 9.5 per cent of gross domestic product — or what GDP once was. Total global fiscal stimulus now comes to about 3 per cent of global GDP.

You might not like all of this. You might note that no amount of cash can make restaurant bookings rise from zero when the collapse in growth is due to physical restraint. And you might be terrified of the post-virus consequences of what amounts to helicopter money, as there will be no option but to monetise government debt from here on. But it does at least provide a clarity, of sorts.

Passing peak uncertainty is not the same at achieving certainty. But some forecasts are coming back into the market. US earnings are expected to fall by up to 60 per cent over the next couple of years, rather than rise this year by 10 per cent or so, as was expected in January. And the GDP of most economies is expected to fall by something like 35 per cent during the periods they are locked down: this, at least, is what Capital Economics suggests.

What about equity markets? We have some sense now of where we are going. We also know that markets tend to turn three months or so before economies do. So should we assume that this has been the fastest bull-to-bear-to-bull turn in history, where some of the worst short-term fundamentals ever have been overwhelmed by the greatest stimulus package in history? 

In-out-and-in-again in just a month would be too brave a call. If this crash works like most crashes, there is every chance that we will test the lows again. Just ask any technical analyst! But there is definitely reason to start buying. 

The first thing to note is that even after the bounces of this week, equities are no longer expensive. So-called Shiller price to earnings ratios, one of the better indicators of long-term value, show that equities, particularly outside the US, are at 20-year lows at least. 

It’s also worth noting, as Pictet’s Luca Paolini points out, that while you might think you have just lived through one of the greatest bull markets ever, if on Wednesday you had looked at the last 10 years only, some 90 per cent of global markets were showing negative returns. 

It’s also hard to see the alternative to stocks. The bond market is hardly a long-term safe haven. Cash isn’t either: in the short term, too many dominoes are falling in too many places to be sure of the financial system. In a world of limited crisis hitting unlimited stimulus, inflation is also a worry. 

So buy for the long term, but buy carefully. There is a good argument that in a time of unbounded quantitative easing, it doesn’t matter what you buy. All equities, all assets even, will move in tandem. But why take the risk? In most bear markets everything goes down. But not everything comes up again. 

So buy the things that probably will. Market leaders with little or no debt, experienced management, operating in sectors that offer some relief during lockdowns. And think about the Fangs: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. The giant tech stocks that led the US bull market for the last decade had become so stupidly expensive that many thought they would also trigger its end. Instead they are the companies providing the few services we now really need. You can’t put a price on that.

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Royal Mint changed Tac and making Covid-19 Visors for NHS – Positive Coronavirus News #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Credit: Royal MintThe Royal Mint has begun mass manufacturing medical visors to protect frontline NHS staff from coronavirus.

Based in Llantrisant, engineers at The Royal Mint developed a medically approved visor design which they can produce thousands of each day. 

The first batch of visors are already in use at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital in south Wales. 

Health care workers have expressed concern over the amount of PPEavailable to them, despite Welsh Government reassurance that there is enough to go around. 

The Royal Mint, usually known for making money and coins, are turning their focus to helping protect people against COVID-19 by making valuable personal protective equipment (PPE).

Engineers at the site found a basic design for medical visors online. They then adapted and developed their own prototype, which was approved for medical use within 48 hours.

The design will also soon be released online, enabling other companies to manufacture even more.

The Royal Mint say they can produce thousands of masks every day, subject to getting enough of the raw components.

The masks are made with a type of 1mm clear plastic which is currently in low supply. They are appealing to manufacturers across the UK to help them source the material that forms the potentially life-saving protective equipment.

The first batch of visors manufactured by The Royal Mint are already in use at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will receive the visors initially, with some already in use at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

The CEO of Cwm Tag Morgannwg University Health Board thanked The Royal Mint for their support.

We are incredibly grateful to the Royal Mint for this work. This equipment will be vitally important for our frontline staff to protect themselves and others as they work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The generosity of organisations such as The Royal Mint as well as our communities has been humbling and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support for our staff and the NHS.

– DR SHARON HOPKINS, CEO CWM TAF MORGANNWG UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD

Leighton John, Director of Operations for The Royal Mint said: “My sister works for the NHS and it really focuses your mind on the challenges they are facing, and the opportunity we have to support them.

“On Wednesday at 9am we knew nothing about medical visors, but we set our engineers the task of developing essential medical equipment which could be easily made on site – within seven hours they’d created a medical visor, and within 48 hours it was approved for mass manufacture. We’ll shortly post the specifications on our website to enable other firms to make them too.

“We are now developing the production line, and urgently calling for help to source 1.0mm PET clear plastic which is in low supply across the UK. We believe firms will have this in stock, and we’d urge them to get in touch with us so we can continue to support our NHS.”

Visors, masks, aprons and gloves are all valuable items of PPE used to prevent frontline workers from contracting coronavirus. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Some health care workers are worried about access to protective equipment like masks. One GP based in Bangor told ITV Cymru Wales that she and her colleagues feel “forced to make decisions” based on the “availability of PPE” and not based on “clinical judgement”.

On Wednesday 25, the Welsh Government announced that they would be making more PPE available to health and social care staff.

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Travel companies do their best to lift morale from the coronavirus outbreak

The world of travel is in turmoil right now, but hoteliers, tour operators and transportation companies are making great efforts to help Britons …

Travel companies do their best to lift morale from the coronavirus outbreak

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Another Great Online Business Networking Event with The Outstanding Network this morning!

This morning I attended another fantastic online Business Networking & Business Support Group Event with Pat Slattery @slatteryp and The Outstanding Network.

You can join the Outstanding Network Group on Facebook and click the daily Zoom link to join the 11am, daily online networking and business support group event!

Today we had the pleasure of hearing from Dave Browne from the Black Donnelley’s – A Dublin Band who are currently based in Las Vegas, USA who are two times Guinness World Record Holders, one of which was gigging 60 Times Across 50 States in 40 Days and a Documentary Movie of this achievement is available to watch on Amazon Prime and many other platforms – see link to download.

This sounds like a great watch. especially for those who are Irish or Love Irish Music and Culture.

The Outstanding Network, Online Business Networking and Support Group Event is at 11am everyday and some other upcoming online Introbiz Networking Events can be found via the link.

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Morning Motivation – Positive Coronavirus News #PositiveCoronavirusNews

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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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British PM Johnson has coronavirus, self-isolates in Downing Street

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating at his Downing Street residence but said…

British PM Johnson has coronavirus, self-isolates in Downing Street

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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…

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

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Coronavirus: Leo Varadkar ‘now is the time for further action’

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Coronavirus: Leo Varadkar ‘now is the time for further action’

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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 …

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Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic to seek rescue in the coming days

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Irish PM tells nation to stay home to slow coronavirus spread

DUBLIN — Ireland’s prime minister told citizens to stay home until April 12 to help slow the spread of coronavirus, only leaving to shop for …

Irish PM tells nation to stay home to slow coronavirus spread

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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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Dolly Parton says coronavirus will make us ‘better people’ as she urges: ‘Just keep the faith!’

Dolly’s urging everyone to ‘keep the faith’ (Picture: DollyParton/Twitter)Dolly Parton has given her take on the coronavirus pandemic, explaining …

Dolly Parton says coronavirus will make us ‘better people’ as she urges: ‘Just keep the faith!’

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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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7 Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

1. Self-Motivation

One of the most important traits of entrepreneurs is self-motivation. When you want to succeed, you need to be able to push yourself. You aren’t answerable to anyone else as an entrepreneur, and that sometimes means that it’s hard to get moving without anyone to make you. You need to be dedicated to your plan and keep moving forward — even if you aren’t receiving an immediate paycheck.

2. Understand What You Offer

As an entrepreneur, you need to know what you offer, and how it fits into the market. Whether it’s a product or a service, you need to know where you fit in. That means you need to know when it’s time to tweak things a little bit. This also includes knowing whether you are high end, middle of the road or bargain. Being able to position yourself and then adjust as needed is an important part of entrepreneurship.

3. Take Risks

Successful entrepreneurs know that sometimes it’s important to take risks. Playing it safe almost never leads to success as a business owner. It’s not about taking just any risk, though. Understanding calculated risks that are more likely to pay off is an important part of being an entrepreneur. You’ll need to be willing to take a few risks to succeed.

4. Know How to Network

Knowing how to network is an important part of entrepreneurship. Sometimes who you know is an important part of success. Being able to connect with others and recognize partnership opportunities can take you a long way as a business owner. Figure out where to go for networking opportunities and make it a point to learn how to be effective.

5. Basic Money Management Skills and Knowledge

We often think of successful entrepreneurs as “big picture” people who don’t worry so much about managing the day to day. And it’s true that you might have an accountant or other team members to help you manage the business. However, if you want to be successful, you should still have basic money management skills and knowledge. Understand how money works so that you know where you stand, and so that you run your business on sound principles.

6. Flexibility

To a certain degree, you need to be flexible as an entrepreneur. Be willing to change as needed. Stay on top of your industry and be ready to adopt changes in processes and product as they are needed. Sometimes, you also need flexibility in your thinking. This is an essential part of problem-solving. You want to be able find unique and effective solutions to issues.

7. Passion

Finally, successful entrepreneurs are passionate. They feel deeply about their product or service or mission. Passion is what will help you find motivation when you are discouraged and it will drive your forward. Passion is fuel for successful entrepreneurship. If you find yourself losing your passion, that might be the clue that it’s time to move on to something else (that stokes your passion). There are many serial entrepreneurs that create successful businesses, sell them, and then create something else.

As you consider your characteristics, think about how to better develop them to help you become a better entrepreneur.

This was taken from a due.com blog post – see https://due.com/blog/7-characteristics-of-successful-entrepreneurs/ for more info and other news!

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Dave King leaves the Rangers and reveals funding plans “pending” due to the coronavirus crisis

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Dave King leaves the Rangers and reveals funding plans “pending” due to the coronavirus crisis

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

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

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Coronavirus: Stay home plea as Scotland deaths rise to 33

Eight more people with Covid-19 die in Scotland as the FM urges people to observe lockdown rules this weekend.

Coronavirus: Stay home plea as Scotland deaths rise to 33

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Had a great time Online Business Networking over the past three day…

It’s been an incredible 3 days of Online Business Networking for me with 4 Events in 3 days.

First on Wednesday evening was the #Introbiz @Introbiz Cardiff, South Wales & Global #OnlineNetworking #Masterclass Events with Sharon Lechter @sharonlechter

Then it was the Thursday morning’s online Business Networking & Masterclass event with Introbiz Swansea & West Wales @IntrobizW and Marianne Pettifor @MariannePettif4

Friday morning then saw two online Business Networking Events:

The first being another Introbiz Event, this time Featuring former Apprentice finalist, Jess Cunningham @TheProdigalFox

This was followed by an online Business Networking Event with Pat Slattery @slatteryp and his Outstanding Network.

The Outstanding Networking Event is at 11am everyday and the list of upcoming Introbiz Networking Events Online is available via the link.

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Please see our latest Blog summarising what we know so far about yesterday’s announcement by the Chancellor: https://www.onthespottax.co.uk/blog/entry/2020/03/26/coronavirus-a-new-world-grants-for-sole-traders The grants are targeted towards established trading sole traders and partnerships who mostly live off their trading profits. This seems to be the last major financial package…

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The Chancellor, has announced a new Self-employment Income Support Scheme to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. GOV‌.UK has further details about who is eligible for the scheme and how it will work. Self-employed people do not need to get in…

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As St Peter & St James are not trading through their shops at the moment they are trying to raise as much as they can on their eBay site. Due to this they are looking to borrow 3 digital cameras and 3 weighing scales for…

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On Wednesday 25th March we held our first ‘Ask the Expert’ zoom meeting on Business Finance in conjunction with Simply Business Finance Limited and Mid Sussex District Council . During this difficult time we’re opening these events up to our members and non-members in the local area…

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The Government has released some new information about a tax helpline to support businesses affected by Covid-19. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=abf58be4-7483-44cd-bb85-455b78fce0ae&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate   The Local Enterprise Partnership (Coast to Capital) have set up an on-line portal through which businesses can record details of…

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At the Jonathan Lea Network we have recently noticed an increase in enquiries about wills. We do hope this is more to do with many us now not having to go to work (or at least travel to their usual office) and therefore some of us…

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Following further restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus announced on 23 March 2020, the Chancellor has announced that the retail, hospitality and leisure discount will also apply to estate agents, lettings agencies and bingo halls that have closed as a result of Covid-19 measures….

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Below is information on the next Micro Business Grant Scheme which is scheduled to launch at the end of April. Micro Business Grant A4 flyer 2020+3 A guidance note is also available for businesses interested in applying. Micro Business Grant Scheme – Guidance Note v4…

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Here, at Travail Employment, we’re working hard to source employment for people whose work lives have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  We’re taking an influx of calls from candidates who are able – and need – to work.  If you’re business is within…

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Join Stephanie Drinkwater for a virtual coffee, chat or call, please message first on sdrinkwater@handpicked.co.ukRegional Account Manager Hand Picked Hotels Dear valued guests, loyalty members and friends of Hand Picked Hotels Our wonderful guests and loyal and valued team members are at the heart…

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These products  are designed to preserve long term wellness that carries you through all your body’s  highs and lows. Together the 3 products  Build,Sustain and Enhance  your body’s performance levels. The products will boost your your Immune  System and achieve  a long term state of well…

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With the ‘Lock-Down’ situation taking hold, it is even more important to know there are people out there willing to help and support you, with your technology, computers, smart devices as you use them even more to work from home, keep in touch with family…

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The council have had specific concerns raised over the prospect of increased fly-tipping and particularly in relation to builders’ waste as they continue to operate.  In case anyone was unaware, the WSCC Transfer Stations (e.g. Burgess Hill) remain open for commercial waste and it is…

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How to create relevant and authentic brand imagery on lockdown by Rebecca Downie. Read the full article here >> Rebecca Downie Photography – HHBA Member directory profile

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The coronavirus pandemic is set to fundamentally change the way we live our lives. It’s an anxious and upsetting time, and while the primary concern is health, our financial wellbeing is also important. Many are worrying about losing their jobs, paying their mortgages and how…

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Here is the link to the DMH Stallard website with all of our coronavirus related news and articles we have published to date – https://www.dmhstallard.com/coronavirus-updates There is a particular good one with Q&A’s about the Job Retention Scheme.

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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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