NHS test and trace up-and-running

 The new NHS Test and Trace system is now up and running, and we are urging everyone with symptoms to now get tested to help us control the virus and save lives.

Prime Ministerial Statement

It is now almost two months since the people of this country began to put up with restrictions on their freedom – your freedom – of a kind that we have never seen before in peace or war.

And you have shown the good sense to support those rules overwhelmingly.

Job retention scheme goes live

Yesterday the Chancellor announced that more than 140,000 firms applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the first day of it being available, helping pay the wages of more than a million people who would otherwise have been at risk of losing their jobs.

New online learning package launched

The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has unveiled new measures to ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged young people can continue to access vital education resources from their homes during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Government ramps up testing effort

We have launched a new plan to dramatically ramp up Coronavirus testing so that by the end of this month, we can carry out 100,000 tests every day in England. But in the meantime, the most important thing to do is for people to stay at home

Beware of fake virus news

The Government’s Rapid Response Unit is continuing to work with departments across Whitehall and social media companies to combat the spread of false information about coronavirus - ensuring the public has the right information to protect themselves and save lives.