Airfares from the U.S. to Britain have dropped about 15% since the U.K. voted to pull out of the European Union last month. But a study by Boston flight research site Hopper.com said fares to other destinations in Europe also have dropped, suggesting that other factors are at play besides the so-called Brexit vote and the resulting drop in the value of the British pound. The study found that flights from the U.S. to Edinburgh, Scotland; London; and Manchester, England, dropped 7% to 18% in price since the Brexit vote. But flights to Paris, Madrid, Rome and Frankfurt, Germany, comparably dropped 14% to 17%. One possible explanation is that airlines cut prices after noticing that demand softened for many European destinations following the terror attacks, the Greek debt crisis and the refugee emergency, among other events, said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist for Hopper.
UK government to cover affected workers' wages The UK government has announced that it will pay 80 per cent of wages up to £2,500 a month for employees who are not working during the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme will last at least three months, backdated to 1 March, and it could be extended for longer if necessary. UK pubs and restaurants will also close, mirroring moves in other countries around the world. Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK are planning a safety trial for a vaccine against coronavirus in humans. Normally vaccines are tested in animals first, but the trial has been accelerated due to the speed of the coronavirus outbreak.
A US hospital has offered to ship an experimental drug to the UK to help treat terminally-ill Charlie Gard. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Centre has also offered to admit the 11-month-old if "legal hurdles" can be cleared. Great Ormond Street hospital has said further treatment will not help. On Wednesday Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it would be impossible for terminally ill Charlie Gard to be transferred to another hospital. The US hospital said that it would treat the boy with an experimental drug pending approval from government regulators, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
J.K. Rowling, author of the acclaimed "Harry Potter" series, has once again expressed her dislike of President Donald Trump via Twitter. Rowling has previously used Twitter to share her negative views towards Trump's leadership and his proposed policies. The latest installment of tweets comes as a reply to Trump's comments about London Mayor Sadiq Khan. After the Saturday terror attack in England, in which three men ran over pedestrians on the London Bridge and stabbed several of them, Khan issued a statement: "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There's no reason to be alarmed."