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British diplomat Steven Dick dies in Hungary after contracting coronavirus

A British diplomat has died in Hungary after contracting coronavirus, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Steven Dick, 37, served as the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest and had previously been posted in Kabul and Riyadh.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He passed away on Tuesday after testing positive for Covid-19.

In a statement his parents Steven and Carol Dick described him as a "kind, funny and generous" son.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程They said: "It was always his dream to work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and he was very happy representing our country overseas.

"We are devastated by his loss and ask for privacy at this tragic time."

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "I am desperately saddened by the news of Steven's death and my heart goes out to his parents Steven and Carol.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"Steven was a dedicated diplomat and represented his country with great skill and passion. He will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him."

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Thank you for joining us today.

We'll be back tomorrow as Rishi Sunak unveils his much-anticipated package of support for self-employed workers.

Britain's deputy ambassador to Hungary dies of coronavirus

Steven Dick died in hospital in Budapest on Tuesday. The 37-year-old had been with the Foreign Office since 2008.

His parents Steven and Carol Dick said: "Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew.

"He was kind, funny and generous. It was always his dream to work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and he was very happy representing our country overseas."

Boris Johnson closes the press conference

H2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程e signs off by asking the public to "remember the essentials".

The Prime Minister says we will beat coronavirus by "protecting our NHS" and "staying at home".

Chris Whitty says the coronavirus peak will 'probably be manageable'

The Chief Medical Officer says there is not enormous pressure on critical beds at the moment, but admits the pressure will intensify in the comings week.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He says if everybody sticks to the social distancing rules then the situation will “probably be manageable”.

Will Boris Johnson apologise to self-employed workers?

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Prime Minister says the Government has moved with "extraordinary speed" to support workers and "prop up" the whole economy.

He says: "Yes, of course, it was easier to more furthest and fastest with employees. It's been more complex to support the self-employed.

"But that has been done. Rishi Sunak will be announcing a package tomorrow."

Boris Johnson confirms he is looking at profiteering

The Prime Minister says: "I dislike it very much and I do not want to see people profiteering, people exploiting people's need at a critical time. We are indeed looking very carefully at what's going on.

"We're looking at the legislative framework to see what it may be necessary to do to prevent profiteering just as happened in war time many years ago."

Chris Whitty says Britons will not be able to order tests on the internet next week

Chris Whitty says once the Government is "confident" the test works, they want to find out how many people are carrying the virus with no symptoms.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He says testing NHS workers is also a priority.

He adds: "I do not think - and I want to be clear - this is something you'll suddenly be ordering on the internet next week."

How did the UK come to be so woefully behind other countries in deploying tests?

B2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程oris Johnson says the UK is "massively ramping up" its testing.

He says the country is hiking the number of tests per day from 5,000 to 25,000 tests a day, and then hopefully 250,000.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Chris Whitty says that the UK has conducted 97,000 tests, and says "what we need is to scale it up".

Chief Medical Officer stresses the importance of accurate testing

Chris Whitty says that the UK has acquired "a lot of tests".

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He said: "The key thing to do is to evaluate if these tests are accurate enough to be used by the general public.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"Inaccurate testing is something we really should be avoiding."

Boris Johnson says those going to work must follow social distancing advice

The Prime Minister says that if it is "absolutely necessary for you to go to work" then it is "vital that your employer follows the rules as set out by Public Health England".

He insists that it is important "proper rules on social distancing do apply".

Have 50% of Britons had coronavirus?

O2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程n reports that 50 per cent of the population could have had the virus, Sir Patrick Vallance says: "We simply don't know at the moment.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"We don't know at a general population level and that's why it's so important to get this test in place."

Chief Scientific Adviser says tests are important to work out how many people are asymptomatic

Sir Patrick Vallance says it is going to be important to work out "how many people have had the virus asymptomatically".

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He said: "These tests are crucially important, we need more of them and people are working very hard to get them in place."

Chris Whitty says the Government wants tests NHS workers as a 'priority'

The Chief Medical Officer says what the Government "would like to do next" is test NHS workers who are self-isolating who are currently not being tested.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He said: "The next priority is to get critical workers back to work or to say to them you have got this." 

Rishi Sunak will set out help for self-employed tomorrow

Boris Johnson says the country is "getting through this together" with an unprecedented economic package and confirms the Chancellor will deliver measures to help the self-employed tomorrow.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He said: "I do think that when you look at the sheer scale of what the Government is doing to get this country through, we will cope and we are coping very well indeed."

Boris Johnson confirms 405,000 have volunteered to help the NHS

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Prime Minister says he wants to offer a "special thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help the NHS".

He says that in just 24 hours 405,000 people have responded to the call.

Prime Minister's press conference due to start soon

W2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程e are running a live stream above and you can follow the latest here.

Labour ask for urgent clarification on antibody testing kits

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has asked for "urgent clarification" on reports a coronavirus antibody test could soon be available for the general public.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He said: "This sounds like a welcome and potentially significant development in the battle to suppress the virus.

"We now need urgent clarification from the government about how many of these tests have been bought.

"We also call on ministers to outline a national testing plan with NHS and care staff as the priority, alongside clear arrangements for wider community testing."

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He added: "A panicked scramble to buy tests from high street chemists and online is the last thing we need."

Free parking for NHS workers

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirms that he has been working with councils to provide free parking for NHS workers throughout the coronavirus crisis.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He said: "These heroes will be able to park in on street parking bays and council owned carparks without having to worry about cost or time restrictions."

Coronavirus Bill passes through Parliament

I2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程t will now go to receive Royal Assent.

Use Dame Judi Dench or Sir David Attenborough to front coronavirus broadcasts, MPs told

Conservative Sir David Amess said that the much-loved screen stars are "very well respected" and likely to be "listened to in the way not all politicians are listened to".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ministers have led have the communications effort to help combat the spread of Covid-19, supported by medical and scientific experts.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Speaking in the Commons, Sir David said: "If we're going to do a few public service broadcasts, I can't think of anyone better than Sir David Attenborough or Dame Judi Dench to be asked would they do a couple of broadcasts for us.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"Because I think they're very well respected, they're probably listened to in the way that not all politicians are listened to, and I think young, old, middle age, I think - I haven't been in touch with them but I would assume they'd only be too delighted to help."

New Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

You can now ask an automated 'chatbot' questions about coronavirus.

Bishop Auckland MP explains why she signed up to be a NHS volunteer

D2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程ehenna Davison says she has signed up to volunteer because "I'm fit and healthy and can't see why I shouldn't".

A total of 170,000 people have signed up to be volunteers for the NHS overnight in an "astonishing" response to the coronavirus crisis

Ms Davison said: "It just shows what an incredible country we have, with such an amazing sense of community spirit and camaraderie."

Business Committee Chair writes to Mike Ashley

Rachel Reeves has written to the boss of Sports Direct, asking what measures are in place to support workers during the coronavirus.

It follows reports staff at the chain were ordered to come into work.

Mike Ashley could face an 'unlimited fine' for ignoring Government advice

The Prime Minister's spokesman confirms that businesses which "ignore the instructions" of the Government face enforcement action, the most severe of which is an "unlimited" fine.

Mr Ashley's retail company Sports Direct originally said it would stay open during the pandemic in order to provide fitness equipment.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程It has since backed down and agreed to shut shops, but there are reports staff are still being told they need to work in-store in order to receive their wages “doing tasks they deem as essential such as valuations for stock and web orders”.

The Queen and Prime Minister hold weekly meetings by phone

Boris Johnson and the Queen will have been conducting their weekly meetings by telephone call. 

The Prime Minister's official spokesman confirmed they did so last week and will be phoning each other again this week.

People will be able to test for coronavirus at home within days

The public will be able to conduct coronavirus antibody tests at home within a matter of days, rather than weeks and months, MPs have heard.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service, told the Science and Technology Committee that 3.5 million tests had been bought and would be available in the "near future".

She said the tests would also allow key workers - like doctors and nurses - to go back to work if they have developed antibodies.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Professor Peacock explained a small number of tests would be tested in a laboratory before being distributed via Amazon and in places like Boots.

Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests Easter recess may need to be extended

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Leader of the Commons tells the Chamber the date MPs return will be kept "under review".

He said:

"The legislature must be able to continue its vital democratic functions of conducting scrutiny, authorising spending and making laws, including the finance bill.

Whilst my business statement is made with the aim of bringing the house back, as normal, on 21 April, we will continue to keep the situation under review in line with medical advice and I will make further announcements about the plans for business when we return as necessary."

PMQs over

S2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程peaker Lindsay Hoyle closes the session by wishing Jeremy Corbyn "well on his final questions".

He also tells the Prime Minister he has the "wishes of everyone to make sure this country gets through this".

Boris Johnson asked about limited food delivery slots

C2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程onservative MP Steve Brine asks what the Prime Minister can do to help people how cannot get a slot for an online grocery delivery.

Boris Johnson says the Government has "changed the regulation" so supermarkets have more flexibility in their delivery hours.

Labour MP Kerry McCarthy asks about a replacement for free school meals

B2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程oris Johnson credits teachers and schools for working in an "incredibly difficult" situation.

He says finding an alternative to free school meals is a "top priority" and says the Government is working on a voucher scheme.

Ian Blackford suggests honours for NHS workers

The SNP's Westminster leader says NHS workers are "our heroes" who are "providing vital work to save the lives of others". 

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He says that Parliament should "find some way" to honour them once the pandemic is over.

Boris Johnson credits Mr Blackford for expressing himself in a "splendid" way and says that the message should be heard "loud and clear" across the UK.

Boris Johnson says black cabs could be used to get NHS staff to work

C2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程onservative MP Sir Charles Walker says there is an "army of black cab drivers" in London who are "itching" to get involved in fighting coronavirus.

He asks if they could be used to take NHS staff to work safely on a contractual basis.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Boris Johnson says Sir Charles has made a "superb" suggestion.

He says: "Indeed that has already been raised in our considerations. The black cab drivers are a fantastic service, they're an unsung service and I believe they can certainly rise to this challenge."

Jeremy Corbyn asks about Universal Credit queues 

The Labour leader notes there were queues of over 110,000 people trying to register for Universal Credit last night.

He asks if the Prime Minister will put extra resources into the DWP system and relax "draconian" requirements on people claiming so that money can get to people quickly.

Boris Johnson says that he has increased funding for Universal Credit so it goes up by £1,000-a-year, and says the Government has put another £7 billion into the welfare system.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"What we are not doing is closing down the whole UK economy," he adds.

Boris Johnson defends Government measures for workers

The Prime Minister says that he is "shortly bringing forward a package" to help the self-employed.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He says that Mr Corbyn must "recognise" the "exceptional and unprecedented" steps the Government has taken to protect workers.

Jeremy Corbyn begins the second half of PMQs

He notes that construction sites are still working on "non emergency work". 

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程The Labour leader says that builders are being forced into work and are putting "all of us at risk as a result". 

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Mr Corbyn asks if this should stop.

Boris Johnson says that "everybody should work at home unless they must go to work". 

Jeremy Hunt asks if we should introduce weekly testing for NHS staff

Boris Johnson says the UK is buying "millions" of tests and says NHS workers will be provided with tests as soon as possible.

Is the Prime Minister concerned about HS2 workers failing to socially distance?

C2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程onservative MP Rob Butler says contractors for HS2 are not properly following the social distancing advice. He says constituents have reported workers congregating in close proximity and "coughing over concerned residents".

Boris Johnson says that construction should only take place "in accordance" with Public Health England advice.

Boris Johnson suggests he could legislate against black market profiteering

Alexander Stafford MP asks the Prime Minister about stockpiling and asks if he thinks it is important to "stamp out" black market profiteering.

Boris Johnson replies by saying: "The profiteering is something we should be looking at as a legislative issue."

Labour MP asks about care home issue

L2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程abour’s Peter Kyle recalls a horrific case of a care home in his constituency, where a resident had to wait 10 days for the results of a test.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程By the time it arrived, 14 of the 20 residents had symptoms and seven of the staff were off sick.

Mr Kyle asks when same-day results will be available and asks when care home staff will get personal protection equipment.

Boris Johnson says that same-day testing will be brought in "as soon as possible" and says care home staff will have PPE by "the end of this week".

Boris Johnson says there are 'particular complexities' about self-employed issue

The Prime Minister says: "All I can say is that  we are working as fast as we possibly can to get the appropriate package of support for everybody in this country."

The SNP's Ian Blackford says there is "frustration" as the country has gone into lockdown and workers are without income.

He says: "Telling them to wait another day simply isn't good enough."

Mr Blackford notes that Ireland, Germany and Denmark already have systems in place to support the self-employed.

Boris Johnson says we will hear more about self-employed support 'in the next couple of days'

The Prime Minister says that the Government is "putting our arms around the country" and promises support is on hand for every worker.

He admits that there needs to be help for the self-employed and says that there will be more information on that "in the next couple of days".

Boris Johnson says he is 'delighted' to hear Jeremy Corbyn is not retiring

The Prime Minister tells the Commons: " I'm delighted to hear he's not retiring.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"That will be warmly welcomed by his successor."

Jeremy Corbyn says British people abroad feel 'abandoned by their Government'

He asks what the Prime Minister is doing to bring people home and cover the cost of their emergency medical needs.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Boris Johnson says the Government is doing "everything we can".

He says a "huge operation is going on to repatriate them".

Jeremy Corbyn says tenants are being 'threatened with eviction'

Boris Johnson says the Government has "lifted up" the local housing allowance and says that no fault evictions are no longer legal.

Boris Johnson challenged over protective equipment for NHS workers

Jeremy Corbyn asks the Prime Minister when all NHS staff will get the PPE equipment they "desperately need"?

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Mr Johnson says he is "absolutely right" to raise the issue and confirms that the Army is currently distributing stocks to hospitals.

"In the last 24 hours they have distributed seven and a half million pieces of equipment," he says.

What is the PMs plan to make sure key workers can get food?

B2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程oris Johnson says he has been "in regular contact" with supermarket chains.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He says in his discussions, they had been "absolutely determined" to make sure that key workers get dedicated time to shop in supermarkets.

"If there is a particular problem I will raise it with them again," he adds.

Jeremy Corbyn asks why carers are not being tested

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Labour leader asks: "When will all the social care staff have access to testing?"

Boris Johnson says he will provide testing kits to care workers "as soon as possible".

Jeremy Corbyn says he'll 'be around'

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Labour leader thanks the Prime Minister for his tribute but notes "he was talking as though was a sort of obituary".

He says: "Just to let him know, my voice will not be stilled. I'll be around, I'll be campaigning, I'll be arguing and I'll be demanding justice for the people of this country, and indeed, the rest of the world."

Jeremy Corbyn asks about coronavirus testing

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Labour leader asks the Prime Minister what action is being taken to ensure that testing is being "prioritised".

He also wonders why testing procurement was not done "months ago".

Boris Johnson replies by saying testing is "vital" to our success in beating the coronavirus.

He says the UK is "massively increasing" its testing campaign - going up from 5,000 to 25,000 per day.

Boris Johnson pays tribute to Jeremy Corbyn

The Prime Minister thanks the Labour leader for his service "to party and the country over the last four years".

He says: "We may not agree about everything but no-one can doubt his sincerity and his determination to build a better society."

Boris Johnson begins with a tribute for NHS workers

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Prime Minister says it is in "order to protect them and help them" that the Government has brought in new stringent measures to tackle coronavirus.

Bumper PMQs about to get underway

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程oday's one hour session will be Jeremy Corbyn's last appearance as leader of the opposition.

We will bring you the latest here, and you can watch a live stream above.

Jacob Rees-Mogg thanks MPs for 'coming together' to pass the Coronavirus Bill

D2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程espite sending them home a week early, the Commons Leader says: "Further discussions will continue within Government, with the parliamentary authorities and members to ensure Parliament operates safely for all those who work there.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"The legislature must be able to continue its vital democratic functions of conducting scrutiny, authorising spending and making laws.

Sadiq Khan calls for 'action today' on construction workers

As noted in our 08.51 post, the row between the Mayor of London and the Government doesn't seem to be calming down.

Mr Khan tells the Government: "You can’t keep a safe distance on sites so the virus will spread and more people will die."

Government science adviser says there are 'hotspots' where hospitals already overwhelmed

Professor Neil Ferguson admits there are "individuals hotspots" where ICUs and hospitals are "already being overwhelmed" by coronavirus.

The Telegraph's Europe Editor Peter Foster reports that London hospitals could be overwhelmed by the middle of next week.

Dominic Raab will hold discussions with G7 leaders today

The Foreign Secretary says the nations are working together to keep air routes open, find a vaccine, keep trade open, support vulnerable countries and beat coronavirus.

Government science adviser says only 'large scale testing' will allow lockdown to end

P2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程rofessor Neil Ferguson says that only "large scale testing and contact tracing" will bring the country's lockdown to an end and allow the economy to restarts.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He says that in the next few weeks the UK will have a "testing capacity" comparable with South Korea.

When asked if the economic risk of a long-term lockdown could harm health more than coronavirus, he admits that is a "very important consideration".

Professor Ferguson says that the goal for later in the year is to use testing and contact tracing to ensure infections remain at low levels "indefinitely".

Professor Neil Ferguson does not expect most of the country to get coronavirus

The Government adviser says that with the "current strategy", he does not think the majority of the population will contact coronavirus

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He says the "new strategy" is to suppress the virus until there are other measures available to protect people, such as  a vaccine. 

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He estimates there will be 20,000 fatalities with the lockdown in place, but says "it could be substantially lower than that".

Professor Neil Ferguson explains changing science guidance

The Imperial scientist explains that the starting point was looking at measures that would "not have this country locked down for a year or more".

He said that scientists were trying to balance "mitigating the health impact of the epidemic" against the "economic impact and the impact on the NHS".

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程When it became apparent that such a strategy would potentially overwhelm the health service, he said scientists started "slightly reluctantly" looking at "more intensive strategies".

He said: "Reluctantly because... we'll be paying for this in decades to come in terms of the economic impact."

Prince Charles has coronavirus

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for the virus and displays mild symptoms.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程A Clarence House spokesman said he was "displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual".

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Government science adviser 'confident' ICU capacity will not be breached

Professor Neil Ferguson tells the Science Committee that experts are "reasonably confident"  that ICU capacity "won’t be breached at national levels" by coronavirus.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程The peak demand on ICU expected in 2.5-3 weeks and then declining, Professor Ferguson predicts.

MPs question two of the Government's leading science advisers

We're switching over to the Science Committee now.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Neil Ferguson, whose prediction of a quarter of a million deaths without further action prompted Boris Johnson to order people to stay at home, are both giving evidence.

DWP Permanent Secretary says he can't rule out further delays

Peter Schofield warns that there may be further delays to payments because of a “surge” in applications.

He says that there has been a “massive redeployment of staff” to help during the crisis.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程The Department is not processing any new Personal Independence Payment claims for now, with all resources going into verifying new applicants over the phone and “paying people in full and on time”.

Double PMQs today

P2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程rime Minister's Questions is expected to last twice as long today, in order to provide more scrutiny before Parliament breaks up for recess.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程It's Jeremy Corbyn's last opportunity to grill Boris Johnson, as he will be standing down as Labour leader in 10 days time.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Mr Corbyn has taken part in almost 150 PMQs sessions over his four and a half years in charge.

People are facing long queues for Universal Credit because Government is trying to stop robots claiming money

Therese Coffey says that people are facing long queues to get registered for Universal Credit because the Government is trying to stop "robots and other people" claiming money.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程After removing the "face-to-face" element from the identification process, the DWP Secretary says it is important verifications are in place to ensure the right people receive payments.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程She said: "That's why we're maintaining verification in one way."

Isn't Universal Credit supposed to be 'agile'?

Chair of the DWP Select Committee Stephen Timms asks why there is a difficulty in changing the advanced payments system.

Wasn't Universal Credit supposed to be "agile"?

Therese Coffey says the "agility" of the system is in responding to fluctuations in claimant income month-to-month, not the current situation.

Therese Coffey says Universal Credit advances can be paid 'pretty quickly'

When the DWP Secretary is tackled over the five week wait for payment, Dr Coffey says the "underlying principles of Universal Credit have not gone away" but insists advances can be paid "pretty quickly".

She says it would "technically difficult" to change the advance payments system and says turning them into grants is not currently being considered.

DWP Permanent Secretary Peter Schofield says he recognises the inability to change the system might be "an unwelcome message".

Therese Coffey says Universal Credit is 'ready' to help self-employed

The DWP Secretary says that Universal Credit is "absolutely an option" for self-employed people struggling because of coronavirus.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程She said that they may also be entitled to extra housing cost support and extra money if they have children.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Dr Coffey noted that the Chancellor is working to devise a package for self-employed people, but admitted it is "very difficult trying to devise one scheme trying to fit five million individuals".

In the meantime she notes that Universal Credit is "open" and "ready" to support people.

She says that in the last nine days nearly half a million claims have been processed.

Therese Coffey questioned by Work and Pensions Committee

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is currently being questioned about her department's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Grant Shapps grants six month MOT extension

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Transport Secretary announces that your MOT is due from 30th March 2020 you will automatically receive a six month extension.

Early release from prison considered

Offenders could be released early from jail as increasing numbers of staff and prisoners are forced into self-isolation by the coronavirus, Charles Hymas reports.

The Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told MPs that he was considering the release of up to 50 pregnant female prisoners and some of the 9,000 inmates2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程 being held on remand before they go to trial as well as those due for imminent release having completed their sentences.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Asked by MPs on the Justice Committee if early release was an option to cope with the crisis, he said: “I have to bring that as part of the equation here.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程However, I want to reassure the committee that the question of risk is to be up there in terms of the way this is done if we are to do this.”

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Underground row rumbles on

After a testy phone call between Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Sadiq Khan yesterday, there still appears to be tension between the Mayor of London and the Government over packed tube trains.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程This morning Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick urged Mr Khan to lay on more trains to solve the issue, saying it was the mayor's responsibility "to find a solution to that". 

However, Mr Khan is warning that Underground services may reduce further, as staff continue to fall ill.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He heaped blame on the Government, saying: "It remains the case that too many of the people using TfL services at the busiest times work in construction.

"I repeat my call on the Government to ban non-safety construction work during this period."

Police could be brought in to tackle construction sites flouting social distancing rules

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that if building sites could not operate withing Public Health England's guidance then they "unfortunately can't remain open".

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Mr Jenrick said that the Government is "taking powers" to ensure that the police and local authorities can fine those who are "flouting" social distancing rules.

He said: "You’ve already seen in the last 24 the police playing - quite correctly - a strong role in ensuring that we do abide by the rules."

Robert Jenrick says self-employed won't have to 'wait very long' for support

T2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程he Housing Secretary insisted that the Government is "very alive" to the issue and said the Chancellor was looking at a "similar" package of support to the one offered to employees.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Mr Jenrick said: "It is a complicated challenge. It’s operationally very difficult to design a scheme similar to the one for employees because we don’t have such up to date records of how much people earn and there isn’t that link between the employee and the company, which is what the other scheme is designed to maintain.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程"This is different and more complex situation, but we’re very alive to it.

"We’re trying to work through what would be a sensible and fair way to support those people and I expect the Chancellor will make a statement shortly."

Good morning

M2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Ps will question two of the Government's leading advisers about its response to the pandemic this morning.

Members of the Science and Technology Committee will take evidence from Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Neil Ferguson, whose prediction of a quarter of a million deaths without further action prompted Boris Johnson to order people to stay at home.

Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak is still under pressure to deliver a package of support for self-employed people. 

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程The Coronavirus Bill should pass through Parliament today. If that goes ahead, Parliament looks set to be suspended tonight.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has a motion on the order paper calling for the House to rise tonight, meaning it will be shut for at least four weeks.