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Wednesday
8th April 2020

Around the world

Coronavirus in Wuhan: 'Please learn from our mistakes'

As the Chinese city lifts its quarantine, residents share lessons learnt from the outbreak.

Coronavirus warship row: Acting US Navy secretary resigns

The acting Navy chief was under fire for ousting a captain who pleaded for help fighting Covid-19.

In the UK

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson spends second night in intensive care

Boris Johnson's condition is "stable", No 10 says, as the foreign secretary describes him as a "fighter".

Coronavirus: Mental health hotline for NHS staff

Health workers can call or text the free number to get support and advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Politics

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson spends second night in intensive care

Boris Johnson's condition is "stable", No 10 says, as the foreign secretary describes him as a "fighter".

Brexit trade talks continuing in ‘difficult times’

The UK’s chief negotiator says more discussions will take place with the EU in April and May.

Education

Coronavirus: The impossibility of home-schooling a nation

Two weeks after the school shutdown, are parents and teachers lowering expectations?

Coronavirus: Scientists question school closures impact

Countries should now question whether keeping schools shut is justified, says one team of scientists.

Health

Coronavirus: Mental health hotline for NHS staff

Health workers can call or text the free number to get support and advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most coronavirus deaths occurring in hospitals

Latest figures show some are happening in the community but most are on hospital wards.

Business

Job Retention Scheme may cost three times initial estimate

The UK's Job Retention Scheme may cost £30-40bn over three months, according new analysis

Coronavirus: What’s life like when you're on furlough?

With growing numbers of people being furloughed, how is this affecting them and their employers?

Science

Coronavirus: 'Keep cats indoors', vets recommend

Vets stress that pets pose little to no risk to their owners but recommend keeping cats indoors.

Event Horizon Telescope: Black hole produces twisting jet

The team behind the first image of a black hole reveals something else from that historic picture.

Technology

Coronavirus: Twitter boss pledges $1bn for relief effort

Jack Dorsey said he would give 28% of his wealth towards efforts to "disarm" the pandemic.

Coronavirus: YouTube tightens rules after David Icke 5G interview

Videos will now be deleted if they falsely link coronavirus to 5G mobile networks.

Entertainment

Tim Burgess on the power of listening to music ‘together, apart’

How online listening parties at home, with The Charlatans singer, became the new going out.

ITV drama Quiz explores Millionaire cough scandal

A three-part series tells the story of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? coughing scandal.