Coronavirus: Prince Charles calls London field hospital a ‘practical message of hope’ | AFP

Prince Charles opens a new 4,000-bed temporary hospital in a conference centre in east London, the first of several being built in Britain to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking via video link, the prince hails the hospital as offering “an intensely practical message of hope”.

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‘Struggling’ Londoners worried about financial impact of virus lockdown | AFP

Some Londoners say they are worried about the financial impact of the new coronavirus lockdown measures imposed nationwide as part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus. The health ministry announced a record 569 deaths from the virus in Britain in the 24 hours up to 1600 GMT on Wednesday — the largest single-day rise yet. It followed 563 deaths over the previous corresponding period.

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Today in History for April 2nd

Highlights of Today in History: Pope John Paul II Dies at 84; President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany; Juan Ponce de Leon lands in Florida; Falkland Islands seized from Britain; Hans Christian Andersen Born. (April 2)

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UK: RAF deploy helicopters to help in coronavirus crisis | AFP

RAF Puma helicopters arrive in Scotland to help in the COVID-19 crisis. Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours. IMAGES

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Londoners get tested for coronavirus at drive-through testing centre | AFP

Londoners get tested for COVID-19 at new drive-through testing centre. Life in locked-down Britain may not return to normal for six months or longer as it battles the coronavirus outbreak, a top health official warned recently. IMAGES

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ShowBiz Minute: Kelly, Swift, Royals

R. Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk; Taylor Swift surprises some of her fans with money donations; Duke and Duchess of Cambridge post video of their children applauding NHS workers in Britain. (March 27)

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N.Ireland sportswear factory scrubs up in fight against COVID-19 | AFP

As many factories fall silent during the coronavirus crisis, the din of production continues at O’Neills sportswear factory in the Northern Ireland town of Strabane, where staff have shifted to making scrubs and facemasks for Britain’s under-pressure healthcare workers.

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UK to open 4,000-bed virus field hospital in east London: govt | AFP

Britain is to open a 4,000-bed field hospital at London’s giant ExCeL exhibition centre as part of government plans to treat coronavirus cases, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: Images in London as lockdown begins | AFP

The streets of London are less busy than usual at rush-hour after Britain imposed a three-week lockdown in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a three-week shutdown of “non-essential” shops and services and banned gatherings of more than two people. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Britain’s schools closed | AFP

Almost all schools in Britain are closed from today under new controls aimed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The children of people deemed to be essential frontline workers, such as health care workers or food and distribution sector employees, will still be cared for in schools. IMAGES

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As coronavirus spreads in Britain, a cathedral now broadcasts its Sunday service online | AFP

With fears growing that the coronavirus outbreak in Britain is accelerating, churches have had to adapt to continue offering Sunday services to their flock. In the town of Ripon, in northern England, the reverend of the local cathedral is now broadcasting the Sunday service online.

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Coronavirus: shops closed in London but people still out in streets | AFP

Shops were closed Saturday in London’s neighrbourhood of Dalston, but people were still out in the streets, after Britain, falling in line with its EU neighbours, announced Friday tougher restrictions to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, telling pubs, restaurants and theatres to close. IMAGES

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UK govt to cover 80% of wages of virus-hit workers: finance minister | AFP

Britain’s finance minister says the government will help cover the wages of people hit by the coronavirus outbreak by allowing companies to apply for a grant for up to 80 percent of salaries of retained workers, up to a total of Β£2,500 ($2,900) a month. SOUNDBITE

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Boris Johnson says UK to close schools as coronavirus deaths rise | AFP

Britain says it would be closing schools to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100 and Londoners braced for tougher measures to tackle the outbreak. SOUNDBITE

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‘Glad to be home’: US citizens return as travel restrictions kick in | AFP

US citizens arrive from London at Dulles International Airport near Washington as the Trump administration starts implementing travel restrictions on Britain and Ireland in an attempt to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

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London’s theatres still open for business but shutdown fears loom | AFP

Theatregoers continue to attend shows in London’s West End, but uncertainty looms with Britain set to follow the lead of other European countries which have banned mass gatherings over the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus: 5,000-10,000 people could be infected in UK, says government | AFP

Britain’s Chief Scientific Adviser says up to 10,000 people in the UK could be infected with the novel coronavirus, as the country announces new measures to slow the spread of the pandemic. SOUNDBITE

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“Many more families will lose loved ones” to coronavirus, says Britain’s Johnson | AFP

“Many more families will lose loved ones” as the number of cases of coronavirus continues to grow in the United King dom, says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. SOUNDBITE

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Britain moving onto “next phase” in coronavirus action plan, says Prime minister | AFP

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that the UK is moving on to the “next phase” in its plan to contain the coronavirus outbreak. SOUNDBITE

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British Chancellor Rishi Sunak presents the budget red box | AFP

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak presents the red Budget Box outside of 11 Downing Street, ahead of the announcement of Britain’s first post-Brexit budget. IMAGES

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Remaining parties to Iran nuclear deal meet to try to save accord | AFP

In Vienna, the remaining parties to the faltering Iran nuclear deal hold their first meeting since Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process over Tehran’s successive pullbacks. IMAGES

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Today in History for February 24th

Highlights of this day in history: President Andrew Johnson impeached; The Nazi Party holds its first major meeting; Manila liberated during World War II; Britain’s Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer engaged; Lauryn Hill’s Grammy feat. (Feb. 24)

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