Coronavirus as it happened: Pubs to shut and government to pay private sector wages

20 March 2020, 06:27 | Updated: 21 March 2020, 00:39

Pubs, clubs and restaurants will need to close from this evening onwards
Pubs, clubs and restaurants will need to close from this evening onwards. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Pubs, clubs and restaurants closed on Friday evening and the government is set to pay vast swathes of private sector incomes.

Meanwhile, Northwick Park Hospital declared a "critical incident" after a surge of coronavirus patients following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Schools close across the UK on Friday - for what could be months - with GCSEs and A-Level exams which should've been sat this summer have been cancelled.

Read more: Who is a key worker and what children are classed as vulnerable in UK school closures?

It means an uncertain time for many parents, though lessons for kids of so-called "key workers" will still go ahead.

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