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‘It is devastating for school to end like this’ - GCSE student tells GMB

A year 11 student told Good Morning Britain it is 'devastating' for her time at school to end with the government-led shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maryam Patel from Thornhill Community Academy, who joined Ben and Kate via a webcam link, said she was shocked and devastated for this to be her last day at the school and to have her exams cancelled this summer.

The head girl, who appeared alongside her headteacher Matthew Burton, added that she does not know when, or if, she will return to the school as a pupil.

Burton said everyone in the country has to do 'our bit' and assess the outcomes once more information is provided by the government.

We can 'turn the tide' on coronavirus within 12 weeks - Boris Johnson

Prime Minster Boris Johnson says the country can begin to win the battle against coronavirus within the next 12 weeks.

Giving the daily address to the nation the Prime Minister believes the nation can 'turn the tide' on the virus within three months if everyone adheres to the emergency measures and government advice.

Johnson stressed the importance of following the advice of social distancing, avoiding unnecessary contact and working from home as much as possible.

"It is by this combination of ruthless, determined and collective action and scientific progress , that we are already saying, that we will succeed."

Government will do 'whatever it takes' to support business, Chancellor says

Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced a raft of measures to support businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.

Giving a press conference alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sunak announced a £330bn package to relieve the economic impact of the outbreak.

After yesterday's advice from the government, that the public should socially distance themselves and avoid all pubs, bars, restaurants, the Chancellor announced a major package of support to keep small businesses afloat.

Sunak emphasised that the government and the treasury will do 'whatever it takes' to stop the pandemic destroying the British economy.

UEFA postpone Euro 2020 until 2021

Euro 2020 will be postponed for a year, UEFA announced today.

UEFA held an emergency meeting with 55 member countries via video conference to decide on the summer's European football schedule including the major tournament.

The Premier League and Football League have already been suspended and UEFA has followed suit in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement raises several questions about the possible scenarios for how domestic leagues can be resolved and when the football calendar will return to normality.

Up to 10,000 people in the UK could be infected with coronavirus, says government

Up to 10,000 people in the UK could be infected with coronavirus, the government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has warned.

Speaking at a press conference alongside the prime minister, it was announced that the UK would now be moving from the "contain" to "delay" phase in a bid to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

Boris Johnson made the announcement following a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee where ministers assessed shifting out of the containment stage.

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson diagnosed with coronavirus in Australia

Tom Hanks has announced he and wife Rita Wilson have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Oscar-winning actor, 63, has been in Australia filming an upcoming Elvis Presley biopic and said he started experiencing symptoms of the virus.

Hanks said he felt like he had a cold, singer Wilson, also 63, suffered from chills.

They have both tested positive for coronavirus, Hanks said on Instagram.

Bernie Sanders dealt a blow as rival Joe Biden takes Michigan primary win

Joe Biden seized the key battleground state of Michigan in the Democratic presidential primary to deal a blow to rival Bernie Sanders.

Michigan was the state that helped to propel Mr Sanders’ campaign four years ago but Mr Biden took the honours there, as well as Missouri and Mississippi to give his campaign a shot in the arm.

Mr Biden, as he did on so-called Super Tuesday, showed strength with working-class voters and African Americans, who are vital to winning the Democratic nomination.

Mr Sanders’ hopes rested on states where far fewer delegates were at stake, Idaho, North Dakota and Washington state, whose primary was too early to call late on Tuesday.