PM to back remote working to curb spread of coronavirus

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PM to back remote working to curb spread of coronavirus

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK is to advise millions of people to work from home in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19.

The PM’s “battleplan” to deal with the spread of coronavirus is to limit unnecessary travel, possibly shutting schools down and asking NHS staff to come out of retirement to assist medical staff.

Emergency legislation to ban public events will also be outlined.

Mr Johnson will announce these plans alongside Chris Whitty, chief medical officer professor and Sir Patrick Vallance, chief scientific adviser.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer has implied he will use the upcoming Budget on 11/03/20 to support businesses that have been hit by the spread of coronavirus.

The Government has also suggest that a fifth of workers may be off sick during the peak of coronavirus in the UK. Also the police maybe forced to focus only on the most serious crimes and maintaining public order if the virus spreads.

This news comes, as Twitter has told its 5,000 employees to work from home. This is mandatory for those who work in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.

Jennifer Christie, head of HR at Twitter said:

Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus for us – and the world around us.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter has been a supporter of remote working even before the outbreak of coronavirus.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive of Greggs has said the bakery will be paying its staff who are forced to self-isolate.

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