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Coronavirus live blog, March 30

Last updated: Monday, 30 March, 2020, 13:23

easyJet grounds entire fleet in response to coronavirus

easyJet has grounded its entire fleet of aircraft in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries.

In a statement, the airline said: "Over recent days easyJet has been helping to repatriate customers, having operated more than 650 rescue flights to date, returning home more than 45,000 customers. The last of these rescue flights were operated on Sunday March 29. We will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested.

"At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights. We will continuously evaluate the situation based on regulations and demand, and will update the market when we have a view."

The company has worked with union Unite to agree two-month furlough arrangements for cabin crew which means that crew will be paid 80% of their average pay through the Government job retention scheme.

Sir Elton John hosts star-studded, live-streamed concert

Some of the biggest names in music have come together to perform live from their homes for a live-streamed concert to raise money for the coronavirus relief effort.

Hosted by Sir Elton John, the hour-long concert saw performances from stars like Billie Eilish, the Backstreet Boys, Alicia Keys, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, and Mariah Carey.

Following the star-studded performances, Sir Elton, who postponed a string of tour dates due to the pandemic, ended the show with a message to fans.

He said: "Stay safe, cherish your loved ones and when this is all over and done with, I'll be out there playing for you again.

Mothercare falls on experience of administration to weather coronavirus

Mothercare has said its experience of going into administration last year "is proving invaluable" as it deals with the impact of coronavirus.

The company Mothercare has sent home 430 employees in the UK, and said the outbreak is likely to impact its short-term revenue.

Key UK head office staff are working from home, but staff who look after the Boots Mini-Club brand have been furloughed with government support, the company said.

Chairman Clive Whiley said: "In the current circumstances, we have activated our contingency plans to deal with the challenges that we and others are facing in the current global crisis, focusing on the well-being of our colleagues alongside our ongoing business and corporate liquidity."

Coronavirus epidemic 'slowing' in the UK?

Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, has said the coronavirus epidemic in the UK appears to be starting to slow down as the result of social distancing measures brought in by the Government.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the scientist - who has been advising the Government - said: "In the UK we can see some early signs of slowing in some indicators - less so deaths because deaths are lagged by a long time from when measures come in force.

"But if we look at the numbers of new hospital admissions, that does appear to be slowing down a bit now.

"It has not yet plateaued, so still the numbers can be increasing each day but the rate of that increase has slowed."

Man charged after punching hospital worker

A man has been charged after a hospital worker suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was punched in the face.

Greater Manchester Police said officers charged Daniel Shevlin, 27, with section 20 assault and an offence under section 4a of the Public Order Act after the attack at Salford Royal Infirmary on Sunday.

Officers were called just before 1.50pm to reports a man had assaulted a member of NHS staff at the hospital.

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Man charged for assaulting NHS staff member

Greater Manchester Police has charged a man after a hospital worker suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was punched in the face.

Daniel Shevlin, 27, was charged with section 20 assault and an offence under section 4a of the Public Order Act after the attack at Salford Royal Infirmary on Sunday.

Dominic Cummings self-isolates

Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's chief adviser, is self-isolating after developing symptoms in line with those of coronavirus over the weekend, according to Press Assoication.

He will be staying in contact with the rest of the Downing Street team during his quarantine period.

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The FTSE 100 is suffering another rough day

The London index has slipped 0.74% lower to 5,462 points as trading sentiment remains weak.

Travel firms such as easyJet and British Airways owner IAG have continued their decline further due to the continuing lockdown.

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