The cost of taxpayer subsidies for jobs has climbed above £35bn while the value of business loans underwritten by the government has reached £45bn, the latest figures on the impact of COVID-19 show.
Downing Street has resisted calls for Boris Johnson to apologise for claiming some care workers "didn't really follow the procedures" during the coronavirus outbreak.
Portugal is in talks with the British government over its exclusion from a list of countries exempt from the coronavirus travel quarantine.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will spend £2bn funding hundreds of thousands of "work placements" to keep young people off the dole in his emergency economic update to MPs on Wednesday.
The governor of the Bank of England has postponed a rare meeting with a Tory backbench committee which would have taken place just after the chancellor's economic update.
Conservative election strategist Sir Lynton Crosby has blamed the media for stoking up a "mob mentality" around issues such as Black Lives Matter, the #MeToo movement and even the Arab Spring.