Grant Shapps discusses rescue package with UK airlines | Business

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has chaired talks with Britain’s airlines and airports about a potential multibillion-pound rescue plan, as the government insists key routes must stay open to bring stranded tourists home. The airlines’ plight deteriorated significantly on Tuesday as the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, announced that the British public were now advised to … Read more

London could go into lockdown under tougher coronavirus measures | UK news

London could be facing a lockdown similar to those in other European cities, as Nicola Sturgeon suggested the government is considering the measure to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. Scotland’s first minister, who attends the government’s regular emergency Cobra meetings, said she expected the UK government to announce “more stringent measures” for London, where … Read more

Johnson says this is war. But his response to Covid-19 is laughably inadequate | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion

The world is at war. So Emmanuel Macron tells France. Donald Trump warns Americans they are under attack from the “invisible enemy” of a murderous virus. And yesterday Boris Johnson declared himself head of a “wartime government”. Even from politicians, such language this time bears no trace of hyperbole. If we are lucky, government scientists … Read more