The report on Tuesday of a powerful treatment for the new coronavirus brought skepticism along with optimism among U.S. doctors, who said the recent withdrawal of an influential COVID-19 study left them wanting to see more data.
The number of people on British employers’ payrolls fell by more than 600,000 in April and May as the coronavirus lockdown hit the labour market, and vacancies plunged by the most on record, data showed on Tuesday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that Britain must able to speak out about “serious concerns” about the origins of COVID-19, Hong Kong and the country’s critical national infrastructure with China.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to relax rules on outdoor dining and weddings, as well as speeding up government investment plans in a bid to limit the economic damage from the coronavirus, newspapers reported on Saturday.
Three opinion polls released in Britain on Saturday showed support falling for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, as public confidence in the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic declines.
British consumer confidence in late May fell to its lowest level since the global financial crisis over a decade ago as people worried about a rise in unemployment and falling house prices caused by the coronavirus crisis, a survey showed on Friday.
People across almost all the world’s leading rich economies have turned more sceptical about their governments’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic with confidence slumping the most in Britain, a survey showed on Thursday.
Britain’s government borrowed more than it has done in any month on record in April, adding 62.1 billion pounds to its budget deficit, as it sought to tackle the coronavirus crisis through higher spending.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday a programme to test and trace those suspected of having been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 would be in place by June 1.
British finance minister Rishi Sunak said more than 2 million claims for one-off grants, worth 6 billion pounds, had been made under a scheme to provide income support for self-employed people during the coronavirus crisis.
More than three-quarters of British have applied for the government’s emergency — and hugely expensive — job retention scheme to help them through the coronavirus lockdown, according to an official survey.
Boris Johnson supports the approach of his Chancellor, agreeing it is too soon to look at how to fund the longer-term financing cost of measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, a spokesman for the British prime minister said.
Britain’s economy shrank by a record 5.8% in March as the coronavirus crisis escalated and the government shut down much of the country, according to official data that point towards an even bigger hit to come.
Men in the lowest-skilled jobs had the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 among working-age people in England and Wales, according to data on Monday which also showed deaths among nurses and doctors was no higher than the average.
A new government goal of reaching reach 200,000 tests by the end of the month announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is an operational target to increase capacity and widen its COVID-19 testing programme, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Britain will likely offer some volatile inflation readings in the months ahead because the coronavirus shutdown has prevented statisticians from getting any prices on a wide range of items including pints of draft beer, haircuts and holidays
People from some ethnic minorities in Britain are dying in disproportionate numbers from COVID-19, possibly in part because they are more likely to work in healthcare and other sectors most exposed to the virus, a leading think tank said on Friday.
The head of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said now was the time to take risks by betting on a COVID-19 vaccine and he should know by June or July whether one from its University of Oxford partner will be effective or not.
Britain has released 40 of a possible 4,000 prisoners that were identified for early release, after the government got a better control on the spread of the coronavirus in prisons, Justice Minister Robert Buckland said on Thursday.
Britain’s health minister sought to downplay news on Tuesday that the true extent of the country’s COVID-19 death toll was more than 40% higher than the government’s daily figures indicated as of April 10.