Questions about UK’s Covid-19 response as economy is battered
The figures add to evidence that Britain is paying a heavy price for being slower than most of its peers to enter a lockdown in March
London — The UK suffered more than any major European economy during the coronavirus lockdowns, raising questions over the government’s handling of the pandemic and putting it under renewed pressure to deliver a recovery.
The 20.4% slump in the second quarter, the biggest since records began in 1955, also outstripped the US downturn and officially pushed Britain into its first recession since 2009. It follows a report on Tuesday that showed that hundreds of thousands of people had lost their jobs...