PRESS DIGEST-British Business – April 20

April 20 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

The Times

– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told colleagues that he is very cautious about easing lockdown restrictions and that his “overriding concern” is avoiding a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

– Hackers are attacking NHS hospitals, threatening to shut down computer systems unless they are paid a ransom, Ondrej Vlcek, the chief executive officer of Avast Plc has warned.

The Guardian

– Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have told the editors of four British tabloid newspapers that they will never again deal with their outlets, in an unprecedented direct attack on a large part of the media that leaves little chance of repairing the relationship.

The Telegraph

– Business leaders in Britain are warning that mass redundancies remain a threat as taxpayers today begin bearing the cost of millions of furloughed workers.

– Britain’s start-ups have been handed a 1.25 billion pound ($1.56 billion) rescue package which could land the taxpayer with stakes in hundreds of loss-making ventures.

Sky News

– British government has drafted in advisers to help decide the terms of a state bailout for Loganair, the regional airline, as the aviation industry reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

– Britain’s education minister Gavin Williamson on Sunday confirmed that no date has been set for when schools in England will reopen.

The Independent

– Police must prepare for a “more volatile and agitated society” after the end of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, a senior officer has warned.

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