Coronavirus LIVE Updates: UK Unemployment Rises With Pandemic having ‘major impact’

The UK’s unemployment rate rose by 50,000 in the first three months of the year to 1.35million with statisticians warning that the coronavirus pandemic is already having a ‘major impact’ on the labour market.

UK unemployment rose by 50,000 up to March this year – when the coronavirus lockdown was first implemented.

And statisticians warn that declining working hours show the ‘major impact’ the pandemic is already having on the labour market.

Meanwhile the UK has been told that reopening schools across Europe has not led to any major rise in Covid-19 infections.

Unions, ministers and schools are currently discussing when to get children back behind their desks in the UK, despite dozens of neighbouring countries having already taken the first steps.

At yesterday’s briefing, deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned Brits the world must be prepared to live with coronavirus for ‘years at today’s daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing, saying that a vaccine may never be found.

Losing your sense of smell and taste was added to the main list of official Covid-19 symptoms in the UK, while testing is now available to anyone aged over 5 who is unwell.