6 July 2020

The Week in Review – 6 July

“We’re not out of the woods yet” Last week, as the coronavirus global death toll passed half a million, England was preparing for the next significant step in lockdown easing measures. Businesses including pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, reopened on what was dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ – 4 July. In a press conference on Friday afternoon, the […]

29 June 2020

The Week in Review – 29 June

“Our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end” In a significant step toward the ‘new normal’, the Prime Minister announced the next raft of lockdown easing measures in England, commencing from 4 July, including the re-opening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers. The two metre social distancing rule will be modified, moving to […]

22 June 2020

The Week in Review – 22 June

“There is genuine cause to celebrate a great, British achievement” At Tuesday’s Downing Street briefing, the Prime Minister announced a significant development in the fight against coronavirus. A low-dose, cheap and widely available steroid treatment, dexamethasone, has been found to reduce the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and by one-fifth […]

15 June 2020

The Week in Review – 15 June

“We must do everything in our power to avoid a second peak of infection” Speaking at the Downing Street briefing last Wednesday, having confirmed the government’s five tests have been successfully satisfied, the Prime Minister announced plans to further ease lockdown restrictions in England. During the briefing he reiterated, “We must do everything in our […]

8 June 2020

The Week in Review – 8 June

“Together we rise to fulfil the greatest shared endeavour of our lifetimes” Last week, the UK’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 40,000, a sombre milestone, and only the second country in the world, after the US, to register the grim statistic. Boris Johnson used the UK-hosted Global Vaccine Summit last week to urge world leaders to […]

1 June 2020

The Week in Review – 1 June

“We can now take careful but deliberate steps to reopen our economy” On Friday, the Chancellor took to the Downing Street podium and confirmed that the Job Retention Scheme will conclude at the end of October. Rishi Sunak set out further details of how employers will have to start sharing the cost from August. In […]

26 May 2020

The Week in Review – 26 May

“We must renew our efforts” With another sunny bank holiday weekend approaching, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, took the opportunity at the Thursday briefing to remind the public, “We must renew our efforts…Over the course of this pandemic, people all across the UK have been making difficult but vital sacrifices for the greater good. So, let’s […]

18 May 2020

The Week in Review – 18 May

“This is a supremely difficult balance to strike” Further details of the government’s next steps in the fight against coronavirus were laid out in a statement in Parliament on Monday, accompanied by a 50-page three step plan. The Prime Minister continued to emphasise the conditional nature of the plan, “This is a supremely difficult balance […]

11 May 2020

The Week in Review – 11 May

 “It is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous” Over the bank holiday weekend, the ‘stay at home’ message remained firmly in place, as a range of celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day were held. A nation in lockdown paused in a moment of unity and remembrance on Friday, as […]

4 May 2020

The Week in Review – 4 May

Last week was a busy one for the Prime Minister. On Monday, he was back at the helm and kicked off by addressing the nation from Downing Street. He thanked the people of this country “for the sheer grit and guts you have shown and are continuing to show.” He warned that the UK is […]