Coronavirus news LIVE: UK to be declared in recession this week as deaths hit 46,574 – latest updates

BRITAIN’S economy will officially be declared in recession this week for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, as the coronavirus pandemic plunges the UK into the deepest slump on record. 

Figures from the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday are expected to show gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic prosperity, fell in the three months to June by 21 per cent.

Economists consider two consecutive quarters of shrinking GDP as the technical definition of a recession.

The UK saw a decline of 2.2 per cent in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has said it’s the “national priority” to get pupils back to school in September.

The Prime Minister is understood to have made clear schools should be the last sector to shut in any future local lockdowns.

A Downing Street source said Mr Johnson believes the harm being done to children’s education prospects and mental health by not being in the classroom is far more damaging than the risk posed to them by coronavirus.

Schools across the UK closed on March 20, except to children of key workers or vulnerable children.

On June 1, they began a limited reopening for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

This comes as deaths hit 46,574 after 8 deaths yesterday.

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