The past week has seen Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing a nationwide lockdown in bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the UK – before himself testing positive for the infection.
In other measures to tackle the pandemic and its effects, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a package of financial aid for self-employed workers and 80% wage subsidies for staff kept on by their employers.
The government has also announced that coronavirus home-testing kits are soon to become available both to healthcare workers and the general public in the UK. The “game changing” fingerprick tests can detect whether a person has had the virus and is therefore likely to have some immunity.
The encouraging news came as a 21-year-old woman from Buckinghamshire with no underlying health conditions died after contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus. The death of Chloe Middleton was announced by her family, who have called for people to “please, please adhere to government rules” and stay at home.
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A leaked email to embassy officials in Europe and Eurasia from US State Department officials has revealed that the Donald Trump administration is seeking information on which countries could sell “critical medical supplies and equipment” needed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in America.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government eased restrictions in Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, while Spain became the country with the second highest death rate, after Italy.
Back in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn took part in his final Prime Minister’s Questions as Labour leader, while Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond was acquitted of all charges in his sexual assault trial.