Harrods will keep its food halls and pharmacy open to continue providing “essential services”, but the rest of the store will shut from 7pm on Friday.
Rishi Sunak, the new UK chancellor, will today announce an employment and wage subsidy package to safeguard millions of jobs.
It comes as business groups and union leaders brainstormed idea to protect jobs until late in the night.
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed millions of businesses, the engine of the UK economy, to the brink as revenues and profits are under pressure.
The number of people who have died in England has risen to 184 after there were 39 more reported deaths, in just 24 hours with the majority being in London.
They were aged between 50 and 99-years old and all had underlying health conditions.
Later today the figure of confirmed cases will be released, on Thursday the number stood at 3,269 confirmed cases.
On Friday afternoon a major London hospital has declared a “critical incident” as the number of coronavirus cases are doubling, and the death rate is climbing.
An NHS London hospital have said they are so overwhelmed they are forced to turn coronavirus patients away to other hospitals.
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