Coronavirus research

Read the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) research and analysis from the House of Commons Library.

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.

Employment rights and the workplace

Research covering employment rights and the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Does everyone have to go back to work from 1 August?

From 1 August the Government will be relaxing the guidance on working from home in England.

FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Answers to a number of frequently asked questions on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Coronavirus: Impact on the labour market

Upcoming official statistics which reflect the impact of coronavirus on the labour market and a summary of timely data.

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Coronavirus: Returning to work

Issues relating to returning to work following the publication of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery plan.

Health and social care

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

Coronavirus: Testing for Covid-19

This briefing paper provides an overview of testing for Covid-19 in England

Coronavirus: Ventilator availability in the UK

Ventilator availability and procurement in the UK and a summary of government action.

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Coronavirus: Overseas health and social care workforce

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the overseas health and social care workforce in the UK.

Coronavirus: health and social care key issues and sources

An overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the outbreak, and links to official guidance and data.

Welfare and support schemes

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

Coronavirus: Withdrawing crisis social security measures

The changes made in response to the coronavirus crisis, and the expectations for their withdrawal.

Coronavirus: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

A briefing on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

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Coronavirus: A ban on evictions and help for rough sleepers

Measures to assist households to retain their homes and the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers.

Calls to ease No Recourse to Public Funds conditions

There have been calls to suspend NRPF conditions in response to the pandemic.

Economy and business

Economic updates and research around schemes to support businesses during the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’.

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Coronavirus business support schemes statistics

Data on the number of applications and total support provided under the Government coronavirus business support schemes.

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Coronavirus: Business re-opening

An overview of which businesses are required to close and which can re-open, and the steps businesses must take to re-open safely.

Coronavirus: Economic impact

This briefing examines the economic impact of the crisis to date and outlines the key issues.

Coronavirus: Support for businesses

This briefing provides information on the various sources of support for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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 ‘lockdown’.

Coronavirus: The lockdown laws

This Commons Library briefing paper describes the law enforcing the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus: Prisons (England and Wales)

This briefing explains the situation in prisons in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Domestic abuse

This Insight explores how the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ could affect people at risk of domestic abuse.

Powers to direct between burials and cremation

This Insight explains the emergency powers in relation to how deaths might be managed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Education, childcare and families

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

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Coronavirus and schools: FAQs

This short briefing addresses some key issues and FAQs in relation to schools and the Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: Childcare FAQs

This briefing provides information in response to some key questions relating to childcare during the coronavirus outbreak.

Easing lockdown restrictions in FE and HE in England

The impact of easing lockdown restriction on the further and higher education sectors in England.

Separated Families and Contact with Children in Care FAQs

The impact of coronavirus on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children.

Government and Parliament

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

Emergency Debate on the conduct of House business

The House of Commons will hold an emergency debate on the conduct of House business during the pandemic.

Coronavirus Bill: An Overview

A set of briefings about the Coronavirus Bill, part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Parliamentary consent for the lockdown in England

This Insight explains the motion to approve the legislation that underpins the current ‘lockdown’ in England.

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Coronavirus: Is it possible to extend the Brexit transition period?

Examining the legal and procedural hurdles to any extension of the post-Brexit transition period.

Around the world

Analysis on the response to coronavirus from across the world.

Coronavirus: Responses in Rwanda and Tanzania

The effectiveness of responses to coronavirus in Rwanda and Tanzania and the wider political and economic impacts.

Coronavirus: Support for economies by European and other states

The policies put in place by the EU, governments in Europe, the US and other developed countries.

Coronavirus in developing countries: Mapping national policy responses

Mapping the main trends in coronavirus policy to date among developing countries.

Coronavirus: Mounting debt crisis for the world’s poorest countries

This Insight looks at the mounting debt crisis being experienced by the world’s poorest countries.

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.

COVID-19 and international approaches to exiting lockdown

The approach to exiting lockdown from countries across the world.

Social distancing strategies for Covid-19

Exploring social distancing strategies including the ‘cluster’ and ‘light switch’ approaches.

Mental health and well-being during the Covid-19 outbreak

Issues relating to mental health and well-being during the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

Coronavirus: The impact on mental health

How the coronavirus outbreak has affected mental health.

Coronavirus: Profiteering during the pandemic

The Covid-19 outbreak in the UK has seen short-term shortages in some retail goods.

Covid-19: International Response

How a range of international bodies and coalitions are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.