UK coronavirus: George Eustice urges furloughed workers to pick fruit; death toll rises by 545 – as it happened

Official total now at to 35,341; UK facing ‘severe recession the likes of which we haven’t seen’, says Rishi Sunak

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Speaking at Downing Street’s daily press conference, the environment secretary, George Eustice, urged Britons to apply for jobs as fruit pickers to compensate for the fact that only a third of the eastern Europeans who normally come to the UK to do this work are expected to arrive.

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Here’s more on the news earlier that Labour’s annual party conference has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conference, which would have been Sir Keir Starmer’s first as leader and was due to be attended by 13,000 people in Liverpool in September, will be replaced with online events.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK coronavirus: George Eustice urges furloughed workers to pick fruit; death toll rises by 545 – as it happened ———