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Coronavirus: Private renters need more help to ‘ride out crisis’

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of private renters who have lost their jobs could be facing eviction when the coronavirus lockdown ends, the government has been warned. Almost half a million people are at “high risk” of homelessness, according to 187 local councils across England. And charity Shelter says first time benefit claimants face falling […]

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Coronavirus: ‘Severe consequences’ if lockdown lifted too early

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Social distancing measures have been introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus Lifting some lockdown restrictions too early could have severe consequences, Northern Ireland’s finance minister has warned. Conor Murphy said he hopes the executive will publish a plan for “phased relaxation” in NI on Thursday. It is more […]

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Coronavirus: Not possible to ‘reliably’ compare death tolls at this stage – Raab

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has insisted it is not yet possible to “reliably” compare coronavirus death tolls country-by-country. It comes as the UK reported its death total as 29,427, which is now higher than Italy’s 29,315. Answering the BBC’s David Shukman at Tuesday’s Downing Street briefing, Mr Raab said: “I don’t think you can make […]