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Steven Swinford
Deputy Political Editor, The Times
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Steven Swinford 3h
Matt Hancock says that premier league players must take a pay cut 'The first thing Premier League footballers should do is make a contribution and take a pay cut'
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Steven Swinford 4h
Matt Hancock announces a new target - 100,000 coronavirus tests a day (both antigen and antibody) by the end of the month 'We are in the midst of a war against an invisible enemy. It is a war in which all of humanity are on the same side'
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Matt Hancock says that several of the tests the Government is checking has failed One was wrong in 3 out of 4 cases Not clear if this is one that the Government has already bought in huge numbers
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Matt Hancock says he wants to ‘level with’ the public ‘I’m going to level with you about the challenges we face ‘Unlike some countries we didn’t go into this crisis with a huge diagnostic industry. We did not have the scale’
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Chris Smyth 4h
Excl: antibody test is already being used successfully by the government and will now ramp up for research, raising hopes for "game-changer" home checks
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No 10 suggests that further restrictions could be imposed if people fail to follow social distancing rules It follows a ‘concerning’ rise in number of motor vehicles on roads ‘If we need to take further steps the PM won’t hesitate to do so’
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Britain is ‘looking at’ giving people ‘immunity certificates’ if antibody tests show they have had coronavirus No 10: ‘This is something which has been discussed in other countries ‘We are always looking to learn from other ideas.’
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Steven Swinford 14h
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Rishi Sunak will announce overhaul to the Government's Coronavirus loan scheme at a Downing Street press conference tomorrow Businesses still required to show they were creditworthy before Coronavirus crisis hit - Govt doesn't want to prop up companies that were already failing
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Steven Swinford 14h
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Cost of relaxing rules around Government bail-out scheme will not be insignificant - some in industry talking about figures in excess of another £1bn But compared to overall size of package there's a view that ensuring businesses have access to the money they need matters more
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Steven Swinford 14h
Exclusive: Rishi Sunak will overhaul Government’s bailout package for businesses: * Banks banned from requesting personal guarantees for loans up to £250,000 * Govt to remove requirement for businesses to show they have no other way of accessing money
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Steven Swinford Apr 1
There's been an increase in the number of cars and other vehicles on Britain's roads for the first time in a fortnight There's concern about the 'uptick' in motor vehicle travel - officials urge people to stay home
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Steven Swinford Apr 1
Alok Sharma, business secretary, warns banks it is 'completely unacceptable' to fail to lend to businesses hit by coronavirus 'Just as the taxpayer stepped in to help the banks we will work with the banks to repay that favour and support businesses'
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Steven Swinford Apr 1
Latest coronavirus update makes for grim reading: * Death toll rises by 563 to 2352 * 29,474 have tested positive for coronavirus * 10,677 of them have been hospitalised
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Steven Swinford Apr 1
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No 10 says that any spare testing capacity must be used to test frontline NHS workers 'A clear instruction has been sent to all NHS hospital trusts that where capacity is available it should be used on testing frontline staff'
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Steven Swinford Apr 1
Only *2000* frontline NHS staff have been tested for coronavirus There’s still a significant gap between testing capacity and number of tests actually being carried out Test capacity stands at 12,750, but on Monday only 8,630 tests were carried out
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Chris Smyth Apr 1
Want to work at the Nightingale Hospital? Apply here No clinical skills required
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Steven Swinford Apr 1
Robert Jenrick, communities secretary, says he hopes to see ‘significant improvements’ in number of people contracting coronavirus and fatality rate ‘in next week or two’ He says there is a lag between social distancing measures being implemented and fatalities beginning to fall
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Steven Swinford Mar 31
Michael Gove says that the increase in the number of people dying from coronavirus is deeply shocking He says that when the peak comes will depend on how closely people follow social distancing guidelines - it's not a fixed date
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Steven Swinford Mar 31
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Stephen Powys, Medical Director of NHS England: 'Winter could come and those green shoots could turn out to be not the hopeful green shoots we thought they might be'
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Steven Swinford Mar 31
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NHS England says that there are some 'green shoots' as number of infections is not rising as rapidly as it was - but adds that this is 'not the time to take our foot off the pedal'
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