Coronavirus news: McDonald’s set to close TODAY as UK death toll hits 281 and Boris issues lockdown warning – The Sun

Coronavirus news: McDonald’s set to close TODAY as UK death toll hits 281 and Boris issues lockdown warning – The Sun

AN 18-year-old was thought to have become the youngest victim of the virus in Britain as the number of deaths in the UK rose to 281.

There are growing fears that Britain is on a similar trajectory to Italy – scene of the world's worst outbreak – where the death toll passed 5,000 over the weekend.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned curfews and travel bans will be introduced to tackle coronavirus if Brits do not start acting responsibly.

There was anger at scenes over the weekend of crowds flocking to parks, markets, beaches and beauty spots.

Meanwhile letters are going out to 1.5 million people with underlying health conditions who are considered to be the most vulnerable to the coronavirus telling them to stay at home for the next 12 weeks.

Read our latest live blog for all the latest coronavirus news and updates.

  • HEALTH MINISTER RETURNS TO WORK

    Health minister Nadine Dorries is returning to work in Westminster after recovering from Covid-19.

    She said on Twitter: “Good to be back in the saddle and able to play my part to help our PM, cabinet and the scientists who are working around the clock to keep us safe and savelives.”

  • 'SELFISH' BRITS COULD FACE TOUGHER LOCKDOWN

    Selfish Brits face a tougher coronavirus crackdown within hours, as they continue to ignore government advice.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said more action was on the way if the population flouted guidelines to keep everyone safe.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Hancock said: “It's very selfish. The NHS is doing everything it can and preparing for the spread of this virus.

    “If people go within two metres of others who they don't live with then they're helping to spread the virus – and the consequences of that costs lives and it means that, for everyone, this will go on for longer.”

  • LAURA ASHLEY CLOSES

    Laura Ashley has announced the permanent closure of 70 stores, with 721 employees set to lose their jobs.

    It comes after the fashion and furnishings retailer slid into administration earlier this month, blaming coronavirus for tipping it over the edge.

    It said it will continue to trade from its remaining 77 UK stores which will remain open and its online sales will continue.

  • FTSE OPENS ALMOST 5% DOWN

    The FTSE 100 opened almost 5 per cent down today as 1.5million Brits were yesterday ordered to self-isolate for 12 weeks due to the coronavirus.

    At the time of writing today, the shares of Britain's biggest companies are down 4.49 per cent to 4,957.

    The plunge comes after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that the world will take years to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

    Angel Gurría, OECD secretary general, told the BBC the economic shock was already bigger than the financial crisis.

  • RAINBOWS IN WINDOWS LIFT SPIRITS

    Children have been lifting the spirits of passers-by by painting rainbows and placing them in their windows.

    The trend has been seen across the world, but became popular in the UK after schools were shut last week.

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