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22 Mar 2021 | 07:23

Monday newspaper round-up: Covid cost, Greensill, cinema bosses

(Sharecast News) - A year of Covid-19 lockdowns has cost the UK economy £251bn - the equivalent of the entire annual output of the south-east of England or nearly twice that of Scotland, according to a report published on Monday. Analysis by the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that while the whole of the country had suffered huge damage from restrictions on activity since the first national lockdown began, some poorer regions had suffered the most. - Guardian Britain's Covid vaccine programme faces a two-month delay in the event of an EU export ban, derailing the government's plans to reopen the economy this summer, an analysis for the Guardian reveals. A ban, due to be debated by leaders of the 27 EU member states on Thursday, would badly stall the UK vaccination effort, and would be likely to force the government to extend restrictions on people's lives. - Guardian

A powerful group of MPs will meet on Monday to decide whether to launch a formal inquiry into the collapse of supply chain financier Greensill, amid claims that former prime minister David Cameron personally lobbied the Government on its behalf. The Treasury Select Committee is expected to discuss the prospect as calls grow for an investigation into Mr Cameron's alleged efforts to secure access to emergency coronavirus lending for the company. - Telegraph

Thousands of people from Hong Kong risk losing access to their pensions if they come to the UK under a new visa scheme. In retaliation at the UK offering a new visa, China initially announced it would not recognise the BN(O) passport as a travel or ID document from January 31, when the UK opened its doors. Some 3m Hongkongers hold BN(O) status - many with BN(O) passports - and are eligible to move to the UK under the new visa. - Telegraph

Covid-19 put James Bond's latest mission on hold. Hercule Poirot's cruise down the Nile was delayed. Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, set to take to the skies once more, was grounded. Cinema executives hope that such blockbuster heroes will ride to their rescue when they return to the silver screen. Thousands of multiplexes have been dormant for a year. Their owners fought for survival while releases such as the latest 007 film, No Time to Die, were pushed back again and again. - The Times
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