Coronavirus: Rise in unemployment claims and British test regime criticized


Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus outbreak this Tuesday morning. We will have another update for you at 6:00 p.m. BST.

1. Strong increase in unemployment benefit claims

The figures just released show that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK soared last month – the first full month of the coronavirus shutdown – increasing from 856,500 to 2.097 million in April. This is because research by an independent think-tank has found that young people are the most likely to have lost their jobs or see their income cut due to the pandemic. The BBC spoke to three people who were recently laid off.

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2. ‘Inadequate’ tests, say MEPs

The multi-stakeholder Science and Technology Committee has criticized the UK’s approach to coronavirus testing and warned that it is not clear that lessons have been learned from the early failures. It comes after Secretary of Health Matt Hancock announced that anyone in the UK aged five and older with symptoms could now request a test. Learn more about the test system.

3. Football advances slightly

From today, English Premier League footballers can resume group training under strict conditions. Clubs can expect surprise inspections to monitor compliance. A decision as to whether or how to end the season has not yet been made, and it is now expected that the suggested June 12 restart date will have to be postponed.

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Players have been training individually so far

4. Have VE Day evenings caused a spike in business?

Professor John Wright, doctor and epidemiologist at Bradford, writes a front-line journal for BBC News on coronaviruses. He believes there may be a connection between a jump in cases at his hospital and the Victory Day celebrations that ended in fist fights or hugs. Also get the latest photo in your area.

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A street party in Chester, in period attire

5. How people with disabilities solve problems

The online world offers a lifeline to many people with disabilities, especially those who have found themselves without their caregivers. We go inside such a community, The Bunker, which gives ideas like using a smart speaker instead of a human support system.

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Dennis Queen says company is key to Bunker

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