0675-Corona virus

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph yesterday, Boris Johnson explained that he was highly reluctant to enforce a second national lockdown, because of its severe impact. Today, Sarah Knapton, our science editor, reveals that official research from April put the potential cost of the lockdown at 200,000 deaths due to delayed healthcare.  The toll of the pandemic has also, of course, been heavy in financial terms. Britain is racking up wartime levels of debt to keep the economy afloat and minds are turning to how to pay for it all. Many officials seem keen on a return to austerity, but that, argues Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, would be an enormous mistake that would risk pushing the UK into a Japanese-style deflation trap. Social-distancing rules have made getting married a very difficult proposition, even for royalty. Still, the Queen and Prince Phillip were able to attend Princess Beatrice’s wedding last week, as was her father, Prince Andrew. Yet the Duke of York was nowhere to be seen in the official photographs. As Camilla Tominey explains, that absence, as well as a number of other clues in the photos, can tell us rather a lot about the relationship between the Queen and her descendants.

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