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Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus epidemic this Tuesday morning. We will have another update for you at 6:00 p.m. BST.

1. Strong increase in unemployment benefit claims

Figures just show that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the UK increased last month – the first full month of the coronavirus shutdown – up from 856,500 to 2.097 million in April. He comes as search for an independent think tank found young people were most likely to have lost their jobs or seen their income decline due to the pandemic. The BBC spoke to three people who were recently laid off.

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2. Big sales expected

There could be big discounts on offer when the clothing stores start reopening next month. Government hopes gradual reopening starting June 1, subject to retailers being able to follow new guidelines. Retail Economics analyst Richard Lin said stores will “have to make big discounts” to sell excess inventory that may now be out of season.

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There have been long lines at B&Q, which has already opened stores

3. Football advances slightly

From now on, English Premier League footballers can resume group training under strict conditions. Clubs can expect surprise inspections to monitor compliance. A decision as to whether or how to end the season has not yet been made, and it is now expected that the suggested restart date of June 12 will have to be postponed.

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Players have been training individually so far

4. Have VE Day evenings caused a spike in business?

Professor John Wright, doctor and epidemiologist at Bradford, writes a front-line journal for BBC News on coronaviruses. He thinks there might be a connection between a jump in the cases at his hospital and the Victory Day celebrations that ended with fist fights or hugs. Also get the latest photo in your area.

5. How people with disabilities solve problems

The online world offers a lifeline to many people with disabilities, especially those who have found themselves without their caregivers. We go inside such a community, The Bunker, which spins ideas like using a smart speaker instead of a human support system.

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Dennis Queen says company is key to Bunker


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