'Every worker' will receive support: UK's Johnson

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Published on March 18, 2020 - Duration: 01:43s

'Every worker' will receive support: UK's Johnson

Britain's parliament was noticably empty of lawmakers during Prime Minister Boris Johnson's weekly question-and-answer session.

During the event he told the diminished attendance that every member of Britain's workforce will receive government support to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.


'Every worker' will receive support: UK's Johnson

The "prime minister's questions," or PMQs, is normally the rowdy highlight of the British parliamentary week, a time when lawmakers pack the chamber to put questions to the Prime Minister of the day.

There were just 15 questions this week.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, also gets to ask several questions to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Most lawmakers sat apart from each other and the usual jeering and cheering was absent.

Lawmakers have expressed concern that the aging parliamentary estate is ill-equipped to deal with the outbreak and that MPs pose a higher risk because they travel a lot and meet people.

There have been at least two confirmed cases of MPs with coronavirus and many are self isolating due to either having symptoms themselves or coming into contact with someone who does.

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