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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

    How will the world after coronavirus be different?

    How will the world after coronavirus be different?

    How will the world after coronavirus be different? Will we trust experts or our governments more - will we look at our fellow citizens fearful they may carry disease - will our leaders collaborate more or put up barriers? The historian and author Yuval Noah Harari - chronicler of many aspects of mankind in books including Sapiens - has been thinking about the impact of this crisis.

    • 5 min
    How will the government meet its target 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England?

    How will the government meet its target 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England?

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told the BBC the government has "a huge amount of work to do" to meet its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England. Mr Hancock said he was not relying on new antibody blood tests to meet the goal, which was announced after criticism of the UK's testing strategy.

    (Image: Matt Hancock. Credit: PA)

    • 13 min
    Friday's business with Dharshini David

    Friday's business with Dharshini David

    How is the government's business interruption loan scheme working for small businesses? Plus huge unemployment in the USA and oil price rises. (Photo: shameersrk from Pixabay)

    • 14 min
    "Everybody involved is frustrated" about the low number of coronavirus tests

    "Everybody involved is frustrated" about the low number of coronavirus tests

    Health officials say they are "frustrated" by a lack of progress in expanding UK coronavirus testing. Prof Paul Cosford of Public Health England said "everybody involved" is unhappy testing has not "got to the position yet that we need to get to".

    (Image: Sign warning about coronavirus. Credit: AFP)

    • 15 min
    Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    British Airways is expected to suspend 36,000 workers. Who will this apply to? Plus, more on the government loan scheme, a Pizza Hut plan, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)

    • 14 min
    Coronavirus tests to increase to 15000 "within a couple of days"

    Coronavirus tests to increase to 15000 "within a couple of days"

    Hospitals should use spare laboratory space to test self-isolating NHS staff in England for coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. The government faces growing criticism over a lack of testing for frontline staff who could return to work if found clear of the virus. On Tuesday, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove admitted the UK had to go "further, faster" to increase testing.

    (Image: Robert Jenrick. Credit: PA Images)

    • 12 min

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