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‘I don’t know who I am anymore’: Lives shattered by the coronavirus jobs crisis

‘I don’t know who I am anymore’: Lives shattered by the coronavirus jobs crisis

Business
The economic consequences of coronavirus are gathering in the wake of the health emergency.The outbreak has already upended millions of lives and left many uncertain about their future, and worse is likely to follow, with recession certain and a massive impact looming for the jobs market. The headline job market figures from the Office of National Statistics, for the three months to March, are deceptive.They show that employment remained at a record high of nearly 77%.But behind that figure, which includes only a week of lockdown and lags behind the position today, are numbers that speak of a looming crisis. Adver...
Business leaders ‘clamouring’ to know when lockdown will be eased

Business leaders ‘clamouring’ to know when lockdown will be eased

Business
Business leaders are "clamouring" to know when the lockdown will start to ease as fears grow about the longer term outlook for the economy, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD).The IoD said bosses needed to be able to make plans but had "no idea what will be happening in a few weeks' time". It came as a new forecast from the EY ITEM Club suggested the UK economy would take three years to recover from its coronavirus slump.Details of the deepening impact of the crisis on business add to the pressure on Boris Johnson about when and how to ease the lockdown as he returns to work after being himself struck down by the illness.Speaking in Downing Street, the prime minister said he understood the frustration of business but underlined the need to continue the lockdown for now. ...
Coronavirus and football: ‘Impossible to know’ when restart will be

Coronavirus and football: ‘Impossible to know’ when restart will be

Sports
Football will "no doubt" return behind closed doors but it is "impossible" to know when that will be, says the body that represents Europe's top leagues.Alberto Colombo, the deputy general secretary of European Leagues, said the suspension of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic was "a huge crisis"."The vast majority" of the association's members, which includes the Premier League and the English Football League, are prioritising a return to action, he said. But he admitted that "a small number" of countries, including Belgium, were now considering cancelling their campaigns.What should happen to the Premier League season?What is the state of play in Europe's major leagues?Football ...
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Health
There are faint glimmers of hope as deaths from the new coronavirus in New York appear to be leveling offBy The Associated PressApril 6, 2020, 9:56 PM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article There are faint glimmers of hope as deaths from the new coronavirus in New York appear to be leveling off. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that it's too early to relax restrictions on social distancing but said the apparent slowdown in deaths is a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., a trend that seems to be taking hold as well in hard-hit Italy and Spain. New York City remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., and New Orleans and Detroit still face worrying days ahead even as President Donald Trump an...
Coronavirus: What we still don’t know about Covid-19

Coronavirus: What we still don’t know about Covid-19

Health
It feels like an eternity ago, but the world only became aware of the coronavirus in December. Despite incredible efforts by scientists around the world, there is still much we do not understand, and we are all now part of a planet-wide experiment trying to find answers.Here are some of the big outstanding questions.1. How many people have been infected.It is one of the most basic questions, but also one of the most crucial. There have been hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases around the world, but this is only a fraction of the total number of infections. And the figures are further confused by an unknown number of asymptomatic cases - people who have the virus but don't feel ill.Developing an antibody test will allow researchers to see whether anyon...