Explore the latest coronavirus research

Find quick-read articles and longer briefings on the Government’s response to the coronavirus and its impact on key sectors such as housing, employment, welfare, police powers, the economy and more.

For the latest information on how UK Parliament is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus visit the Parliament website.

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Employment rights and the workplace

Research covering employment rights and the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic

Health and social care

Research and analysis about health and social care during the coronavirus outbreak

Welfare and support schemes

Research exploring the measures introduced to support households and individuals throughout the pandemic

Economy and business

Economic updates and research around schemes to support businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

  • This Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses business closure and re-opening across the UK. It considered which businesses were required to close under the four lockdown regulations and how each of the four nations are lifting these regulations. As well as looking at which businesses can re-open it outlines the steps that they must take to do so safely.

  • In a worst-case scenario, up to one-fifth of UK employees may be absent from work during the coronavirus outbreak. This would have significant economic impacts in the UK. This briefing provides information on the various sources of support for businesses affected.

Home affairs

Analysis and research on how emergency powers may affect areas such as policing, prisons, funerals and access to domestic abuse services during the coronavirus pandemic

  • On 27 April 2020 the Justice Secretary said that the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths in prisons were lower than had been originally predicted and that prisons were coping and dealing well with the threat of covid-19.

  • In an address to the nation on 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister gave the British people what he described as “a very simple instruction”: to stay at home. This instruction has now been backed up by legal regulations. But what if home is not a safe place?  This Insight looks at what the new regulations say about staying at home, and how they, alongside coronavirus more generally, could

Education, childcare and families

Research exploring the impact on childcare and education as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

Government and Parliament

Research and analysis explaining parliamentary consent, the Coronavirus Bill, and how the pandemic may affect Brexit

Around the world

Analysis on the response to the coronavirus from across the world

Coronavirus research from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

Find the latest reporting on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) papers and Covid-19 vaccines

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Coronavirus research from the Lords Library

Find briefings and blogs produced to support the work of the House of Lords in scrutinising and debating the Government’s response to coronavirus.

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