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Stockpiling spree hit £1.9bn ahead of virus lockdown

Stockpiling spree hit £1.9bn ahead of virus lockdown

Business
UK shoppers spent an extra £1.9bn stockpiling groceries in the run-up to the coronavirus lockdown, according to figures for the industry.The data from Nielsen follows a brutal week for the wider retail sector that has seen high street operations all but shut down, with hundreds of thousands of staff given a leave of absence pending wage support from the government. Supermarkets handled an additional 79 million shopping trips in the four weeks to 21 March, the report said, as consumers rushed to get essentials as COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus in sport live updates: Wayne Rooney hits out, 2020 Olympics ‘will go ahead’, ‘unjust’ to deny Liverpool title

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sport… Liverpool set to be crowned champions, Leeds and West Brom to get promotion – Premier League ‘plan’ emerge West Ham chief Karren Brady says Premier League campaign should be declared null and void FA chief Greg Clarke tells Premier League that this season CANNOT be completed […] talkSPORT
Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, says Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe

Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, says Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe

Sports
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in July, despite coronavirus concerns resulting in the postponement of sporting events.Abe added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have the final decision whether Tokyo 2020 goes ahead."We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned," Abe said. Japan has had more than 1,400 cases and 28 deaths resulting from coronavirus.Coronavirus wipes out most of world's major sports eventsCoronavirus in sport latestThe Tokyo Games is expected to cost about 1.35 trillion yen (£10.26bn), organisers said in December.The Japan section of the Olympic Torch relay is
Harvey Weinstein moved from hospital to jail ahead of sentencing

Harvey Weinstein moved from hospital to jail ahead of sentencing

Entertainment
Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been moved from hospital to an infirmary unit at Rikers Island jail in New York City.Weinstein was found guilty on 24 February of one count of carrying out a criminal sex act on a woman in 2006 and one count of third-degree rape for a 2013 attack on another woman. But instead of being taken straight to prison to await his sentencing, he was taken from the court in Manhattan to Bellevue Hospital due to concerns about his blood pressure and heart palpitations. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer said the 67-year-old had a "successful" heart procedure but gave no further details.Weinstein also has a number of other health conditions, according to his lawyers - back problems following a car crash last summer and a condition that requires ...
HS2: Chancellor Sajid Javid backs project ahead of crucial meeting

HS2: Chancellor Sajid Javid backs project ahead of crucial meeting

Business
Sajid Javid has decided to throw his support behind HS2 ahead of a key meeting with Boris Johnson later.The chancellor is expected to tell the PM he supports the controversial London to Birmingham rail link after studying Treasury analysis of its impact, as first reported by the Financial Times.A leaked report has suggested the project could cost almost double the £56bn originally expected in 2015.Mr Johnson has said MPs can expect a decision "very shortly".No 10 said a final decision on the rail link would not be taken on Thursday - although the meeting, also involving Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, is expected to go a long way to coming up with a decision about whether to back the project.The BBC's political editor Laura Kue