Coronavirus: PM says stick with lockdown as nation faces “moment of maximum risk” – BBC News

Boris Johnson has warned that the UK is facing a moment of “maximum risk” and urged people not to lose patience with the lockdown.

The Prime Minister was speaking in Downing Street, where he has returned to work, more than 3 weeks after he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus infection. He said the priority is to prevent a second outbreak of the virus.

Meanwhile The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new loan scheme for small businesses which will be fully backed by the government. He said companies would be able to access up to £50,000 within as little as 24 hours.

It follows concerns about the slow delivery of existing schemes to help firms survive the crisis.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg and Economics Editor Faisal Islam.

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