Should building be banned? Pressure to halt non-essential construction as UK death toll rises | US and India: a tale of two leaders | The risks to the young

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Should the UK do more?

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Everyday freedoms in the UK have been significantly curtailed, but questions remain over who should and shouldn’t be leaving the house. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97d2bb80bdec54b03941aa21b262b32aebf6b419be853e112e96518c9f1e82db2f847cd3f6afd6fbf796d6b34c7e1727fe1 Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said those who cannot work from home should carry on going to work, but there’s upset about the numbers of people still packing onto public transport, especially the London Underground. Construction workers are thought to be a significant part of the problem, and https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97d572bcc61806288e82627124d0a24aa64bd4081fbb887aa516eca5af7d7655336209950e8e6437328b2088ddffed610a9 Labour and others want the government to shut all non-essential building sites down. That’s already been done in Scotland.

There are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK – although the true number is likely to be far higher. Some 422 of those patients have died.

Prisons are feeling the strain, with a growing number of cases and falling staff numbers due to sickness and self-isolation. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97da1c91d74e24e5df75f5141a460e6efb9182d2d8294fefd2884c27c04dcbce8cf62fc142f6b30222093032fd7d0fb9f07 The justice secretary says some offenders could be released early from jails in England and Wales to ease pressures. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97d3614f0cba1e4d19db849f26ed14fe85d16a238809cd8951fb7b7570116e710899d8f16606f0289127d8c363843c8dbfe Significant problems are also being reported in the benefits system after an «incredible» number of claims in recent days due to the economic fall-out of coronavirus.

The latest efforts to beef up the NHS include https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97db49bdee8f74942f05acd79e023191b612d7d80d99e1d60803037255d193e4aa21a1fa9d94ec7b904d7c9cb8f6d364c54 a huge makeshift field hospital in east London, capable of treating 4,000 patients. Retired medics have also answered the call for reinforcements in their droves.

Around the world

Two very different messages coming from leaders on opposite sides of the world on Wednesday. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97dbfc1d449c97d77e7475501b1a6d8cd8f599f50a165e21390dfe6f462daad07ff85ee18c742743c80b23c61e02e5d583d India has locked down its 1.3bn citizens for 21 days in an effort to tackle the virus. The prime minister ordered «a total ban on venturing out of your homes» and correspondents say there’s been widespread panic buying. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97df237faa802eae8f9af7de5df261b468d09c851a89442129e3d4891726e9ce335806bdd4d70b61b8d0277c715d66bde69 India’s poorest will likely be hit hardest .

https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97dcfc728544d35aa307706e83c94d9589ab4486dfa88d4972a95d0f2cc3883b0839a00e8baf7e77ce0d108431618fbad05 Contrast that with the latest remarks from the US president. Donald Trump told a press briefing he was beginning «to see the light at the end of the tunnel» and he hoped the US would shake off coronavirus by Easter. That was even as New York’s governor was striking an increasingly desperate tone, warning the illness was spreading faster than «a bullet train». The World Health Organization has said the US has the potential to become the new epicentre of the pandemic.

Coronavirus has now affected more than 190 countries worldwide. On Tuesday, as anticipated, this summer’s Olympics were postponed. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97d7cbfcbb0eaf7fcad2bd601447e805f64e7f8d54a5ad32c2a0ebd3485278cbecff8c68e37d1a9b2aad51fc2c6f27f72e6 See athletes’ reactions to the news. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97db9bb30cbab4b88ba52c1ab3e151032d1b59119de85679f40c03e4a9cf8296bbfc1302f0118c733ac147dab71779fb1da The BBC’s chief sports writer, Tom Fordyce, stays positive though, saying the rescheduled Games will be a carnival that no-one will take for granted ever again.

Follow the latest updates from around the world https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97d71902ff48ccac810f8140db1498a9331ac72eb208869b5bb9f2008d483ddfd87de3653a7e9b478b6446691835fb9bff8 via our live page. And we’ve gathered https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97dcd4d320c9f35e0b238d7add879a2e2ee00499255b908c0d75ca0a7815b8ccead282e545e666703f0606d87d594f405c1 all you need to understand the crisis here .

What about the young?

Our social lives have taken a hit thanks to social distancing, but people are coming up with creative ways to carry on remotely. The BBC has spoken to young people https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97dd1e051ff7e50d0774094d29d0a0c66ac400e8a2cc0d7c576c52da8bb2a3fc91d2f42dce445db26c43f8068d092cc5e41 passing the time with virtual movie nights, digital happy hours and birthdays on video messaging platforms . Hundreds of thousands of children are also https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97dcb527bc44e9367dbf7217ffd97bef4e6329b568fada438b1d7ef157e7c0eaa9587bf634eca610c6bccbdb45b815d482d taking part in daily «PE lessons» with fitness trainer Joe Wicks via YouTube. Speaking of the young, health experts are warning that they shouldn’t see themselves as invincible – even though much of the focus has been on the threat posed by coronavirus to the elderly. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97df4d667d31321233e0fce65f0f62ed246de21f03825d38f9e81219d7416d45a6d2319c76c907cae68cf3808074d2538b4 Here we look closely at the risks to young .

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Nations, like individuals, reveal themselves at times of crisis. In emergencies of this immense magnitude, it soon becomes evident whether a sitting president is equal to the moment. So what have we learned about the United States as it confronts this national and global catastrophe? Will lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have been in a form of legislative lockdown for years now, a paralysis borne of partisanship, rise to the challenge? And what of the man who now sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, who has cloaked himself in the mantle of «wartime president»?

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Nick Bryant
BBC News, New York

What the papers say

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One thing not to miss
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From elsewhere

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Listen up

https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97dc2c99453d603398db8bd107cfc98b71b1fe32bfcc416a35a3e6bd757ecae3092a7e509d134f372e82fb4758965ceef39 The latest episode of the BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast sees the team talk to personal finance guru Martin Lewis about the impact of coronavirus on your pocket. You might also like to listen to https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97d1e5b85a63b3da7524a78b47211a0a6c3ebc6fd551b37eaa5937790296259a9f805ed80dcffa4777a72d1b281f5769b50 a special edition of Radio 4’s The Food Programme answering your questions about cooking and eating at this time.

Need something different?

Wednesday is the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97db3ec037c7bd4d31e068d99da22784d8fcd98cca67a9476ce9c5b2673fc91faf03b897e578fd79df19fc29b3d78fa6132 The BBC’s Sean Coughlan has spoken to the grandson of a woman recently discovered to be the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. Elsewhere, https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97dd9a4d92ed35ab9391cb12433401ce23f6cb8ebe9e13e0d03baab6727a30c3e29bbadc6b20e2d3db2b2bbbdcab9d595a8 read about the entrepreneur who couldn’t buy the products she wanted for her hair, so set up a company to sell them. We also have a couple of entertaining videos to recommend. The first, from BBC Ideas, https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97df57246c436795f2bc2c95729b84bee554a51f515fac6954af7d831b182e2922182d09aff67a91e68e09f6f0404fedcdc asks what Oscar Wilde can tell us about Kim Kardashian . The second is titled https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=afce4f7ad0a1c97d9e705fc0ce5f71b6c2f06e83668bba49eccd9df7780582da57133dcb78c7225ae0aa29adf5b56cd633a393f1223d1409 «There’s treasure in your toilet and it can help the planet.» With headlines like that, how could you not give them a watch?

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