Revealed: Italy’s call for urgent help was ignored as coronavirus swept through Europe

For some, it was all too late. “If Italy could have done it 10 or 14 days before it would have been better. The ministry of health wanted to do that but it took time to convince the government,” prof Walter Ricciardi, a senior adviser to the Italian health ministry said. “But they [the other […]

UK manufacturing shows hint of recovery after coronavirus

The monthly snapshot from IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, which is closely watched by the Treasury for early warning signals about the economy, indicated that the downturn in the manufacturing sector eased last month as lockdown measures were gradually lifted.

Why the UK failed to get coronavirus testing up to speed

For now, the antigen tests are crucial for controlling the spread of the virus. But as we get over the peak of the epidemic, antibody tests will help us recover a semblance of normality. By detecting which individuals are immune from the virus, they could allow them to return to work. Essential workers with immunity […]

Crunching the coronavirus curve is better than flattening it, as New Zealand is showing

The second scenario: in the absence of a vaccine or antiviral, some kind of population immunity will be built up so that the virus is not actively transmitting at a high level. This assumes that having the coronavirus leads to immunity for at least two or three years and that subsequent reinfection is mild. Even […]

Questions are raised over Chinese President Xi’s early involvement in the Coronavirus outbreak

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Half a million UK businesses are ‘on the verge of collapse’ due to coronavirus crisis

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Almost half say government is ‘not prepared’ to avoid second wave of coronavirus

SAGE advisor Prof Edmunds told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I would still prefer to see the cases come down lower than they are at the moment.”

Polls show gap narrowing between Labour and Tories amid coronavirus crisis

The PM faces scrutiny over easing lockdown despite hundreds of new deaths a day; as well as the failure to roll out a test and trace mobile app yet, and the death toll in care homes.

US STOCKS-Wall Street tumbles on rising coronavirus cases; banks lead declines

“You’re seeing a pretty dramatic increase in cases,” said Kevin Grogan, managing director of investment strategy at Buckingham Strategic Wealth in St. Louis. “If people start feeling again like it’s not safe to eat out or go shopping, that could have a really negative impact on the stock market.”

US STOCKS-Wall Street ends lower as coronavirus surge prompts renewed restrictions

A Wall Street Journal report that the Phase 1 U.S.-China trade deal could be at risk placed additional pressure on U.S. stocks. According to that report, Chinese officials warned that “meddling” in Hong Kong and Taiwan could lead Beijing to back away from its commitment to purchase U.S. farm goods.