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UK earmarks £75m for Britons stranded abroad

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced a deal with airlines to rescue Britons stranded by curbs against the spread of the coronavirus  pandemic in other countries.

Mr. Raab Told a news briefing on Monday evening that the government had earmarked some 75 million Pounds for the exercise, which will in part be used to fund the return home of every UK citizen willing to take advantage of the offer.

The country’s chief scientific adviser told the briefing that there has been a dramatic drop in London Underground travel.

Meanwhile, the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, came out of self-isolation on Monday, barely a week after testing positive for covid-19.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump announced that a new, rapid test for the virus would come out next week.

Mr. Trump’s announcement came shortly after a new study indicated that 59,000 lives have been saved across eleven European countries due to government curbs on the spread of the coronavirus.

There are now more than 730,000 infections globally and almost 35,000 deaths

While the US has become the country with the most infections, Italy, followed closely by Spain, remains the epicentre of the deadly disease in Europe.

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