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Coronavirus: UK ‘wasting time’ on NHS protective gear orders

UK clothes makers say the government has wasted time in ordering personal protective equipment for NHS staff.Fashion and textile firms believe they could have begun making gowns and masks for front-line workers 10 days ago.”The government is dragging its heels and it is really, really frustrating,” said Kate Hills …

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Coronavirus: Six things that are booming in sales

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, many retailers are seeing trade collapse, but others are overwhelmed by demand. “We’re as busy as at Christmas time,” says the owner of an online coffee business, “we’re selling double.”An outdoor games supplier is in the same position: “We’ve sold out of table …

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Governments, central banks must boost efforts to help economies cope with crisis – BIS chief

LONDON (Reuters) – Governments and central banks need to step up efforts urgently to support their economies in the face of the coronavirus crisis, the head of the Bank for International Settlements said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Bank of Mexico Governor Agustin Carstens gestures during the delivery quarterly report from …

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China defends against incoming second wave of coronavirus

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – A growing number of imported coronavirus cases in China, where the epidemic originated in December, risked fanning a second wave of infections when domestic transmissions had “basically been stopped”, a senior health official said on Sunday. A man wearing a face mask skateboards on a street …

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In China, walled up Wuhan awaits life beyond the barricades

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – The bright yellow barricades snake through the streets of Wuhan,dividing up the epicentre of China’s coronavirus outbreak into segments that can be easily monitored for people disobeying orders to stay home. A resident wearing a raincoat rides a bicycle past barriers built up …

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Deliveroo pledges 500,000 free meals for NHS staff

Deliveroo, the food delivery service, is to deliver 500,000 free meals to NHS workers across Britain as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies.Sky News has learnt that the company will announce later on Sunday that it has begun delivering the meals to NHS trusts, and that it is changing its app to …

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Coronavirus: Euroclear faces backlash over trebling of fees

Euroclear, one of the world’s largest settlement houses for financial transactions, is facing a furious backlash from investors over a plan to hike fees for protecting assets during the coronavirus pandemic.Sky News has learnt that Euroclear UK and Ireland (EUI) has informed customers that it plans to triple its …

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Employees unable to take annual leave can carry it over for two years – government

Employees who cannot take all their annual leave due to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to carry it over for two years, the business secretary has said.Alok Sharma spoke about the move at the government’s daily briefing about the COVID-19 crisis on Saturday.
He said: “We’ve introduced measures …

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UK coronavirus death toll rises to 1,019, up 260 in one day

A police car is seen in Richmond Park as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) – Britain said 1,019 people had died after testing positive for coronavirus by 1700 GMT on Friday, a rise of 260 on the total 24 hours earlier. The number of …

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