The impact of coronavirus on the British economy leads many of Wednesday’s papers, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned of “tough times” to come.
The Times reports Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts which suggest two million Britons could lose their jobs as the lockdown continues.
The Times 15/4/20— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) April 14, 2020
Tea maker, Tom Webb, is allowed to harvest from the beautiful white cherry blossom at Alnwick Garden's orchard, in Northumberland, as it remains closed to visitors. Photo : Raoul Dixon/NNP#tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimes #buyapaper @TimesPictures pic.twitter.com/ICNokpB7Jj
The Daily Telegraph carries a similar story, reporting the impact from Covid-19 could be the “biggest economic shock in 300 years”.
While The Guardian reports on the potential shrinking of the UK economy, a story which also leads the Financial Times.
Guardian front page, Wednesday 15 April 2020: UK economy could shrink by 35% in Covid-19 fallout pic.twitter.com/thAKTsKkrK— The Guardian (@guardian) April 14, 2020
The i reports the UK economy should “bounce back quickly” after the downturn.
UK faces worst recession in a century – but should bounce back quickly. Wednesday’s @theipaper front page #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #skypapers #coronavirus #recession pic.twitter.com/m3uveDSeRg— Tim Alden (@timaldi) April 14, 2020
The Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Express also lead on the “slump”.
Tomorrow's front page: 'UK faces worst slump in its history' pic.twitter.com/cQhAMdqpdv— The Sun (@TheSun) April 14, 2020
The Daily Mail reports on what it calls a “hidden epidemic” in care homes, with campaigners believing up to 4,000 care home residents have died after contracting coronavirus.
Metro leads on what it calls the “forgotten front line”, reporting concerns that care home staff do not have the “proper kit” to fight coronavirus.
And the Daily Star reports that Harry is “struggling” with his new life outside the UK.