Coronavirus: Live Updates

Updated 2nd April 2020, 17:32. For the latest medical advice, visit

On the left hand side of this page (or at the bottom, if you're on a mobile device) you can see a number of links which set out the support for businesses and individuals, as well as more information on the Coronavirus outbreak.

Live Updates:

Updates to the Coronavirus Business Loan Scheme

16:04, 03/04/2019

Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced updates to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The changes include: 

  • current loan scheme extended so more small businesses can benefit
  • lenders banned from requesting personal guarantees on loans under £250,000
  • new scheme announced to bolster support for larger firms not currently eligible for loans

A plan for 100,000 coronavirus tests a day

22:00, 02/04/2019

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced a plan for 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of this month. 

Professor John Newton the Director of Health Improvement for Public Health England, has been appointed to help deliver the new plans and bring together industry, universities, NHS and government behind the ambitious testing targets.

Click here to find out more. 

Clap for our carers

20:15, 02/04/2019

Support for people who have just moved jobs

19:07, 01/04/2020

If you left your job after 28th Feburary, have been left with no work because of coronavirus, and are not claiming furlough, you can now be re-employed by your previous employer. They can put you on furlough leave, so you will be paid 80% of your previous salary, or £2,500 a month. 

Click here for more information.

British Citizens Abroad

12:01, 31/03/2020

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced a new partnership between government and airlines to fly home stranded British travellers, with up to £75m funding. 

Click here to find out more. 

Train Ticket Refunds

21:37, 29/03/2020

Today, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced refunds for advanced train tickets purchased, as well as season ticket holder refunds for time unused. 

Contact your train operator for more details. 

Supporting the self-employed

22:49, 26/03/2020

Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new package of support for the self-employed. 

The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last 3 years, up to £2,500 per month. The scheme will be open for at least three months, and extended if necessary.

Click here to find out more