As of 9am on 20 March 2020, 66,976 people have been tested in the UK, of which 62,993 were confirmed negative and 3,983 were confirmed positive. The Department of Health has reported today that the number of people who has died in the UK because of coronavirus has reached 177 (after England saw 39 more deaths – the biggest rise in a day). Total deaths in the world – 11277.
Boris Johnson ordered during his daily news conference that cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, theatres and gyms to close from tonight in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“Your sacrifice means we are putting the country in a better and stronger position and we will be able to save thousands of lives,” said Mr Johnson.
You can hear the whole conference below:
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 20, 2020
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Government grants will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers up to a total of £2,500 a month – that’s just above the median income (…) We are starting a great national effort to protect jobs. We want to look back on this time and remember how in the face of a generation-defining moment we undertook a collective national effort and we stood together. It’s on all of us.” He also said he would defer the next quarter of VAT payments for businesses until the end of June.
“We’re setting up a new coronavirus job retention scheme” says Chancellor Rishi Sunak
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 20, 2020