Watch again: Rishi Sunak holds latest Covid-19 briefing

Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out plans for the jobs retention scheme to begin tapering from August, with employers expected to contribute 20 per cent of their staff’s salaries.

He appeared alongside Stephen Powis, the National Medical Director of NHS England, at the daily Downing Street briefing.

This morning, Environment Secretary George Eustice admitted that hospitality and other shuttered sectors would find this the “greatest challenge”.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Canadian physician treating COVID-19 patients in India remotely
  • NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and a “one-dose summer”
  • COVID cover-up efforts by Chinese Communist Party are ‘staggering’: Pompeo
  • Christ the Redeemer lit up with vaccine message
  • UN Chief: Bloodshed must stop immediately
  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

  • French DJ performs set at 3000 meters
  • Matt Hancock: unlocking will go ahead next week despite India variant
  • UK to make final lockdown easing decision on June 14, says Matt Hancock
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