Streets Quiet in London as England Starts Second Lockdown

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    Streets in London were quiet on Thursday as England entered the first day of its second national lockdown. Aerial footage shows the normally bustling central areas including around Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the South Bank as almost empty. The British government and the Bank of England joined forces Thursday to provide further support to an economy that is set for a difficult winter following the imposition of new coronavirus lockdown measures. Hours after the central bank increased its monetary stimulus by a bigger than anticipated 150 billion pounds ($195 billion), Treasury chief Rishi Sunak said the government’s salary support program will be extended through March. The extension of the program, which sees the government pay 80% of the wages of people retained by firms rather than made redundant, comes on the day that England is back in lockdown and the other nations of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – are living under heightened restrictions as a result of surging coronavirus infections. The extension to the salary support program follows the government’s decision last week to reinstate it at least until December 2, when the lockdown in England is due to end.

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