65,000 retired doctors and nurses will be asked to return to the NHS to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak as part of a new law published Thursday (19 March).
The move is one of a series of emergency measures included in the new bill. On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson sounded an optimistic tone, expressing hope that the UK would be able to ‘turn the tide’ against coronavirus within the next three months.
The government has also announced that it has imported 2.6 million face masks and 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser in the last 24 hours.
The government is expected to announce further travel restrictions, particularly in London, in the coming days, while schools will close indefinitely on Friday.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday is expected to unveil a wage subsidy package for businesses to keep workers on and limit job losses. The Bank of England has also cut interest rates to 0.1% in a bid to keep credit flowing.