Brits on coronavirus lockdown and told not to fly abroad for a month

Mother's Day and Easter were shelved today as travel curbs to fight the coronavirus hammered family get-togethers. Britons were told not to travel anywhere in the world unless it is essential as the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab imposed the tightest possible restrictions on people’s travel plans, telling citizens not to leave the country, […]

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Coronavirus: Mortgage holiday and £330bn of government-backed loans announced

Government-backed loans worth £330bn and a three-month mortgage holiday have been announced by the chancellor as part of “unprecedented” measures to help businesses and families. Rishi Sunak unveiled the package of support at a Downing Street news conference as he said the UK faced an “economic emergency” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “We have never, in peacetime, faced […]

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Coronavirus: ‘We have to go further’ – PM tells Britons to avoid pubs, restaurants and non-essential travel

Boris Johnson has told Britons to avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres and to only make essential journeys in the “national fightback” against coronavirus. The prime minister told a Downing Street news conference the number of coronavirus cases in the UK could now double every five or six days without “drastic action”. “Today, we need to go further,” Mr Johnson […]

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Biden aims to shut out Sanders in Democratic primaries amid coronavirus fears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden will look to build on his dominant lead in the Democratic presidential race when three states cast votes on Tuesday, but Ohio postponed its planned primary over health concerns amid the coronavirus outbreak. Biden, the front-runner, hopes big victories in nominating contests in Florida, Illinois and Arizona can help him amass a nearly unassailable edge […]

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Factbox: Biden vows to pick woman for a running mate; some potential names

(Reuters) – During Sunday night’s debate, former Vice President Joe Biden vowed to select a woman as his running mate if he becomes the Democratic nominee for president. Biden, who is vying with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for the nomination, has said there is a deep bench of women he can choose from, including several who made their own strong […]

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Labour leadership cancelled: What does coronavirus mean for Labour election?

COVID-19 has spread to 155 countries, infected more than 179,000 and killed at least 7,000 people. In the UK, the number of confirmed cases rises every day with the tally currently at 1,543 and 55 deaths. The pandemic has led to the cancellation of sporting events and the Labour leadership race has not escaped the effects of coronavirus. What does […]

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EU propose banning all foreigners from entering bloc for 30 days

The European Union's executive on Monday proposed a 30-day ban on incoming travel for foreigners to the bloc to battle the spread of coronavirus. "The less travel, the more we can contain the virus. Therefore … I propose to the heads of state and government to introduce temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU," said European Commission chief Asked […]

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UK rail services face being stripped back as coronavirus leaves ‘ghost trains’

Rail services could be slashed as passenger numbers plummet amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Transport Secretary said there was no point running “ghost trains” as employees chose to work from home rather than commute. Grant Shapps, who will be meeting with train operators this week, added there was no point running "ghost trains" if people cut back on travel. He […]

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Biden and Sanders Assume Fighting Stances, a Healthy 6 Feet Apart

“Come on, Joe, you’re an honest guy,” Mr. Sanders said at one point on Sunday night. “Why don’t you just tell the truth here?” he said at another. “I will talk to the governor!” he replied in one flourish, after the former vice president suggested his rival consult Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York on Mr. Biden’s history with […]

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Factbox: Biden, Sanders focus on coronavirus crisis in first one-on-one Democratic debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contenders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders faced off on Sunday in their first one-on-one debate, a key moment before votes in four states on Tuesday that could give Biden an insurmountable lead in the party’s White House race. The former vice president and the U.S. senator from Vermont initially focused their discussion on the coronavirus […]

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