Diary - virus hitting jobs

Up early and out into the park for a long run in sunshine. Much fewer people about. Into the House, which is a very strange place at the moment. Watched PMQs on the TV in my office as it was not possible to get into the Chamber. Starmer probing on job losses post COVID. Perfectly fair point to raise as more announcements are made. We learnt that more than 12,000 people in the UK are set to lose their jobs after a raft of firms announced cuts in the past 48 hours. High Street retailers are mainly making the cuts and in aviation - two of the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus lockdown. Up to 5,000 job cuts at Upper Crust owner SSP Group. Up to 700 jobs at Harrods. About 600 workers at shirt maker TM Lewin. Up to 900 cuts at management consulting firm Accenture. 300 staff cut across Virgin Money, Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank. 1,700 UK jobs at plane-maker Airbus, and 1,300 crew and 727 pilots at EasyJet. The lock-down response to this virus is having a devastating effect and I see it daily in my constituency. The country must get back to work as fast as possible and the PM's promised £5 billion will certainly help, but more is needed. I've submitted letters to both the Education Secretary and Chancellor asking for some of the schools' funding to help refurbish All Saints CE Academy in Weymouth. Built in the 1950s, it needs investment badly. In foreign affairs, up to three million Hong Kong residents are to be offered the chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship. The PM said a new security law was violating Hong Kong's freedoms and those affected would be offered a "route" out of the former UK colony. About 350,000 UK passport holders, and 2.6 million others eligible, will be able to come to the UK for five years. Meanwhile, a report found there was no obvious source for a recent surge in coronavirus cases in Leicester. Public Health England found "no explanatory outbreaks in care homes, hospital settings, or industrial processes". Its analysis of cases showed more "young and middle-aged people" in the city had tested positive for Covid-19 than in other parts of the Midlands.