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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating quickly in several parts of the world. In response to the escalating crisis, the UK introduced its most draconian measures yet to try and curb the soaring infection rate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson put Britain on lockdown on Monday evening as he ordered people to only leave the house for a few specific reasons. WHO director-general TedrosIn response to the escalating crisis, the UK introduced its most draconian measures yet to try and curb the soaring infection rate.
© Supplied Erika and her 15-month-old daughter Liz don't know when they will be able to see Augusto again
© Getty “We are key workers, but not key enough to have our families together,” said Erika Cardoso, who has worked as a carer in the UK for more than 15 years.
“Since I have been in this country, I have been looking after other people – other people’s families. But the only time I need the government to have a bit of compassion for my family, they can’t help me.”
© Supplied Erika Cardoso, her husband Augusto and their daughter Liz Like thousands of other people in the UK with partners from outside of the EU, Erika has been forced apart from her Brazilian husband Augusto by the government’s minimum income requirement for visas.
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Under the rule – which was introduced in 2012 – British citizens and other settled residents must earn at least £18,600-a-year before their partner from outside the EU can live with them in the UK.
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The threshold has been slammed as “devastating” by charities such as the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), which estimates that more than 40% of the population in the UK would not meet this criteria.
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With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causing significant global disruption in 2020, the U.K. responded by announcing strict country-wide measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. After ordering pubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms and leisure centres across the country to close indefinitely, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the public on March 23; outlining strict exercise and shopping limits, ordering all shops other than food stores and pharmacies to close, and implementing a ban on public gatherings of two or more people. First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, while deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19), announced on April 16 that the U.K. lockdown would continue for at least another three weeks. On May 10, the government then released preliminary guidelines on how the country is to exit the lockdown while setting out plans for a tentative easing on social restrictions in the coming months. With many businesses continuing to feel the effects of the pandemic, the state is also delivering an unprecedented economic relief package estimated to cost over £400 billion.
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As the U.K. lockdown begins to lift and some groups return to work while following social distancing guidelines, we look at the situation around the country in pictures.
(Pictured) Cyclists take a break in the sunshine at Trafalgar Square in London, England after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown, on May 22.
Professional footballer Jack Madelin, who plays for AFC Wimbledon, trains at home in his back garden in London, England on May 19, as athletes across the globe have been training in isolation under strict policies in place due to the pandemic.
A member tees off at Bryn Meadows Golf Club as restrictions on playing golf in Wales have been eased slightly, in Blackwood, Wales on May 18.
The reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of St James's Piccadilly, delivers a service on Rogation Sunday via webcam to the church's congregation while the pews remain empty, in London, England on May 17.
People gather at Hyde Park Corner, defying government guidelines to protest the current situation, in London, England on May 16.
Six cruise ships, RMS Queen Mary 2, MV Aurora, MS Azura, MV Ventura, MV Arcadia and MS Queen Victoria, anchor in the bay while people enjoy the sunshine amid slightly relaxed social distancing guidelines, in Weymouth, England on May 16.
Nurses from central London hospitals protest on International Nurses Day regarding the chronic underfunding of the NHS and other issues surrounding the public health service, outside the gates of Downing Street in London, England on May 12.
Commuters use cycle lanes while travelling into the city, after the government urged people to avoid using public transport where possible having stated that those who cannot work from home, but can follow social distancing guidelines, should return to work. Pictured in London, England on May 11.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, delivering his highly-anticipated address on the government's "roadmap" out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, is displayed on a laptop and television screen in London, England on May 10. In a statement run through with caution, the prime minister encouraged a return to work for those unable to do so from home, and set out tentative plans for a return to school for some children and for the reopening of shops and some of the hospitality sector over the next two months.
Joggers run along the promenade in Eastbourne, southern England on May 9 as life in Britain continues over the May bank holiday weekend during the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Reverend Anna Rodwell prerecords a Sunday service at Ednam Parish Church in Ednam, Scotland on May 9. Churches and cathedrals across the U.K. have had to adapt to lockdown conditions by recording and live streaming services to their followers online.
A dog whose owner recently passed away arrives at South Godstone RSPCA centre in London, England on May 7. The frontline staff of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are classed as key workers and are continuing their work of rescuing and rehabilitating animals while the rest of the country remains under coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Volunteers manufacture surgical gowns, made from operating theatre drapes, for The Royal Free Hospital at WAC Arts in London, England on May 6. The surgical gowns are designed to go straight from sewing machine to a health worker’s back in a coronavirus (COVID-19) ward in a matter of hours.
Workers wearing personal protective equipment unload boxes of disposable gloves from an aircraft, after it landed its cargo of 10 million pairs of gloves at Bournemouth Airport in southern England on May 6.
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Olympic rower Polly Swann trains at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in Edinburgh, England on May 4. The silver medallist has recently started working as a junior doctor in a Scottish hospital, having already completed her medical degree.
Staff at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company throw flowering Erysimum 'Fragrant Sunshine' plants onto a trailer, as they prepare them for composting after they were unable to be sold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, near Worcester, England on May 4.
A pedestrian in a face mask is reflected in the window of a closed shop in the borough of Newham, east London, England on May 2.
A miller wipes his hands of flour at Charlecote Mill in Warwickshire, England on April 29. A rise in the popularity of baking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown appears to have caused many major supermarkets across the UK to suffer a shortage of flour in recent weeks. Consumers are now turning to smaller mills such as the Charlecote Mill, an 18th Century water mill in Warwickshire, who are working around the clock to fulfil a dramatic increase in orders.
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Over 125,000 birthday cards were sent to Captain Tom Moore, who raised over £30 million by walking 100 laps of his 25 metre (82 feet) garden before his 100th birthday, which were organised in the Great Hall of the temporarily-closed Bedford School in Bedford, England on April 28.
NHS workers hold a minute's silence outside the main entrance of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England on April 28. The moment of silence, commemorating the key workers who have died during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was timed to coincide with International Workers' Memorial Day. At least 90 NHS workers are reported to have died in the last month, in addition to transport employees and other key workers.
A runner passes over Tower Bridge on the course of the London Marathon, which was postponed until October to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in London, England on April 26.
Two fishermen prepare their boat before heading out to fish for Dover Sole in Leigh on Sea, England on April 24, 2020. The U.K. fishing sector has been badly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, as with restaurants closed, demand for catch has fallen and suppliers have struggled to ship abroad.
Imam Hassanat Ahmed delivers his Friday broadcast entitled 'Preparing for a Unique Ramadan' via multiple social media platforms from the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam Mosque on the day before Ramadan commences in Bury, Greater Manchester, England on April 24. The mosque, like all religious venues, has been closed to worshippers during the national lockdown.
Imported automobiles sit at the docks in the shadow of wind turbines in Sheerness, England on April 23, as new car sales are down a reported 44 percent in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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NHS nurses, surgeons, doctors and support staff help to unveil a rainbow balloon display outside the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery near Holborn in London, England on April 23 to thank the public for their support during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Conservative MP Ranil Jayawardena, Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, is seen through his window as he takes part in the first ever virtual session of Prime Minister's Question (PMQs) at his home near Basingstoke in Hampshire, England on April 22.
Volunteers pack food into boxes for people in need at a temporary food bank at Kensington Olympia in west London, England on April 22.
Members of staff at the Vauxhall car factory in Ellesmere Port demonstrate distancing measures necessary when on a break during preparedness tests and redesign ahead of re-opening following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cheshire, England on April 17.
Two butchers wearing protective masks are pictured at David Lush Butchers in Penarth, Wales on April 16.
Mounted police patrol by the area outside the Bank of England in the capital's financial district in London on April 15. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could see the U.K. economy shrink by a record 35 percent by June.
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Bakers are seen working at The Bread Factory in London, England on April 14. During the lockdown caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the bakery-and-cafe chain says it is providing 2,400 meals per week to hospitals in neighbourhoods near some of its 50 London stores, intended for frontline NHS workers during the crisis. It also continues to operate a home delivery business and allows takeaway orders at some locations.
A man wears a religious placard on Market Street in Manchester, England on March 25.
Britain's Foreign Secretary and acting Prime Minister Dominic Raab (L) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, outside the Foreign Office in London, England on April 9.
Members of the U.K. Armed Forces work with NHS medical staff and Air Ambulance Service crews as they prepare to test the facilities in a Puma HC2 helicopter at Thruxton Aerodrome in Andover, England on April 9. The training session was arranged to ensure that frontline medical staff could integrate successfully with military aircraft as and when needed during the ongoing pandemic.
Children of key workers take part in school activities at Oldfield Brow Primary School in Altrincham, England on April 8. The government announced the closure of U.K. schools from March 20, except for the children of key workers such as NHS staff and vulnerable pupils.
A window cleaner is pictured at work as he wears a face mask in Southampton, England on April 8.
A five year old girl watches from home as Queen Elizabeth II addresses the public in a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ariccia, Italy on April 5.
Workers sell food and household items to local residents from their ice cream van at a supported housing estate in west Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 1. The pair turned their van into a mobile mini-market selling essential items to residents who are on lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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Soldiers and private contractors help to prepare the ExCel centre in London, which is being made into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital comprising two wards, each of 2,000 people, to help tackle coronavirus, on March 30.
An employee at the Royal Mint is pictured during a media opportunity as they work on the production of a medical visor at the company's plant in Pontyclun, south Wales on March 28. The Royal Mint, usually known for making coins, bullion and gifts, has turned its hand to manufacturing medical visors to supply Britain's NHS as part of the battle to stem the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
General views of British Airways planes grounded at Bournemouth Airport in Bournemouth, England on March 28.
A ticket inspector walks through an empty train carriage as the Dartmouth Steam Railway suspends its services to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 22.
Commuters attempt to keep some distance between each other before boarding an underground train in London, England on March 18.
A man looks at an information board displaying cancelled flights after Malaysia’s government closed its borders due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia on March 18.
A man and woman wear protective face masks and gloves as they cross Oxford Street in central London, England on March 17.
"Stay home" is seen on a wall in Brighton, England on March 17.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty (L) and Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance (R) in Downing Street after he had taken part in the government's emergency Cobra meeting in London, England on March 16.
Research suggests that among this group are many of the key workers who have risked their lives to support the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.
The JCWI estimates that more than 100,000 NHS staff in England do not earn enough to meet this threshold, along with a quarter of the teaching workforce and half of full-time care workers.
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Erika is one such key worker who – despite putting her own life on the line to care for people during the Covid-19 outbreak – is desperately struggling to earn what the government demands to reunite her family in the UK.
Like many others in her position, she is campaigning for MPs to abolish the minimum income requirement as the Immigration Bill – which will set out a new post-Brexit immigration system for the UK – passes through parliament.
Like her partner Augusto, Erika is from Brazil – but she has two young sons with her first husband, who is British.
“I would happily go back to Brazil, where I’m from, but I have two other children to think about,” she said. “Their dad is here and he would never let them leave.”
Before the pandemic hit, she worked 60 hours a week as a carer for people with learning disabilities in the hopes of bringing Augusto to the UK – and allowing him to watch their 15-month-old daughter Liz grow up.
© Supplied. Rebecca Eribal with her husband Chuck and their son Alex
But it’s becoming “quite impossible”, Erika said. On Tuesday, she was forced to quit her job – a role that she loves – because her hours had been cut to 27 a week during lockdown in a bid to prevent cross-contamination between the people she cares for.
With her pay at around £9 an hour, the drop in hours would make it impossible for her to earn the £18,600 needed to get her husband a visa. Next month, she will start a new job as a healthcare assistant in a hospital.
“I’m going to have to start working at the hospital during the coronavirus outbreak, putting my life and my children’s lives at risk, just so I can try and get my husband over here,” she said.
Erika and Liz last saw Augusto in February – but coronavirus and the subsequent travel restrictions mean they have no idea when they might be together again.
Organisations that are helping out during the pandemic (Photos)
The lockdown and social distancing measures introduced in March 2020 in the wake of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have caused significant economic problems for individuals and organisations around the U.K. and across multiple industries. With the majority of people staying at home, many businesses have had to either close temporarily and look to the government for support, or adapt their business model to avoid permanent closure. Amid a constant need for more personal protective equipment (PPE) for the pressured NHS, national shortages of hand sanitiser, and growing socio-economic issues for vulnerable groups around the country, organisations have adapted and innovated in recent weeks to attempt to mitigate the continuing effects of the pandemic.
Click through for a look at how various businesses, social enterprises and community groups around the country are helping out during the crisis.
(Above) Airbus employees pictured at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC Cymru) in Broughton, north Wales on April 30.
European aviation manufacturer Airbus have joined forces with Siemens, Ford and McLaren to manufacture ventilators with the aim of producing 1500 a week. Above, an employee works on the assembly line at AMRC Cymru in Broughton, Wales on April 30.
Natasha De Salis, owner of the Wax Jungle, makes candles for a "Keep Edinburgh Thriving" care package. The company is part of the Edinburgh Summerhall community of small businesses and creatives that have had to adapt and innovate, and are looking to do so to help out where they can, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Pictured in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 28.
Another business based in the Summerhall community is Pickering's Gin distillery, who have adapted production to make hand sanitiser during the pandemic.
Volunteers from the "Children with Voices" community food hub prepare food parcels at the Wilton estate community hall in London, England on April 23.
The organisation are distributing food parcels to vulnerable residents of Hackney in London, England.
A volunteer cuts cloth at Thomas Rae's tailor shop in the Easterhouse shopping centre in Glasgow, Scotland as they make free scrubs for NHS nurses and doctors, on April 22.
Volunteers work on making the scrubs on April 22.
Workers from the "Social Bite" social enterprise prepare sandwiches for packed lunches that will be distributed for free to homeless, vulnerable and needy people in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, pictured here at their their facility in Livingston, Scotland on April 22.
Manager of the Social Bite cafe Rory Bancroft (C) distributes the free lunches to homeless and needy people from their cafe on Rose Street in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 22.
Deborah Philbrow, founder of Hursley Workroom near Winchester, England, arranges completed scrubs in her company workshop on April 21.
The business has set up a team of volunteers to sew hundreds of sets of scrubs for frontline NHS medics and care home staff who need personal protective equipment (PPE) during the crisis.
Volunteers from the Edible London food project help to prepare food parcels at Alexandra Palace in London, England on April 21.
The landmark building has been turned into a food distribution centre to help those in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
An employee works at the Nissan plant in Sunderland, England on April 21.
Nissan have shifted production to make visors for the NHS amid the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
Scott Wilson-Laing, owner of the WL Gin Distillery based in South Hetton, carries a crate of newly made hand sanitiser past his gin still, in Durham, England on April 21.
The business have temporarily changed their role from the production of gin to making hand sanitiser as they try to help during the pandemic. The hand sanitiser is currently being given out to local police forces, charities and vulnerable people.
Chefs at Angelina restaurant prepare food to feed Hackney's most vulnerable residents, in London, England on April 20.
"Made In Hackney" are a plant-based community cookery school and charity that are providing 420 meals a day during the crisis.
Workers prepare material prior to cutting into pieces for gowns at shirtmaker McNair in Slaithwaite, northern England on April 17.
The company have changed production to make gowns for the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Volunteers from 'London Scrubs Hub' prepare fabric to be made into protective scrubs for frontline NHS staff in London, England on April 10.
The group are working with Med Supply Drive UK, formed by a group of volunteer NHS medics and medical students in response to demands for more PPE from hospitals, GP practices, ambulance services and other healthcare settings during the crisis.
Workers at Sctoland-based brewery BrewDog fill a vat with hand sanitiser that is being produced at the plant in Ellon, Scotland on April 3.
The company have adapted their production to develop and produce the sanitiser to donate to various charities across the UK, as well as the NHS.
Borough Market managing director Darren Henaghan and an unidentified woman fill bags with fruit and vegetables that will be delivered to frontline workers at three NHS hospitals in the U.K., at Borough Market in London, England on April 3.
"Feed the Frontline" has initially been funded by private businesses throughout the month of April, and aims to run throughout the peak of the coronaivurs (COVID-19) crisis.
Royal Mint employees assemble full face visors in the cafe inside the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, Wales on March 28.
The workers, who usually mint coins, are now making face visors inside the cafe of the building to supply NHS staff and help get PPE to health workers.
“It might be next year, it might be the following year,” Erika said. Without the minimum income requirement, they could have been together during the lockdown.
“I wish people could come to my flat and see our life day-to-day,” she said. “They would see the WhatsApp calls with Dad crying on the other side of the world and Liz crying over here.
“She just looks at me – I don’t think she understands. Every time the phone rings she goes: ‘Dada, dada’ because she knows it’s him.
“It’s cruel to her. To me, not so much – I’m an adult, I can take it. But it’s cruel to her.”
Meanwhile, the minimum income rule is also standing in the way of Erika’s dreams of becoming a nurse.
“I’m supposed to start a college course in September so I can go to uni and start my nursing training next year,” she said.
“But how am I supposed to start? How am I going to study and work to make that £18,600 a year? It’s impossible.
“So what do I do? Do I just give up my dream and not become a nurse? Or do I go back to Brazil and leave my two boys here? Or do I give up and leave my daughter without a dad?”
© Supplied Rebecca's husband Chuck and their son Alex
Like Erika, key worker Rebecca Eribal insists that the minimum income requirement must be done away with.
“It should be about the lives behind the numbers,” she said. “Not the numbers behind the lives.”
Rebecca, a teaching assistant for children with special educational needs, is desperate to bring her husband Chuck – who is from the Philippines – to the UK as soon as possible.
The pair, who met in China, married in 2015 and have a five-year-old son named Alex.
While the family originally lived together in China, Rebecca returned to the UK with Alex after he was diagnosed with autism.
“There was no support in China,” she said. “We wanted to be back in the UK where he could be treated equally and get more opportunities so that when he’s older he will be able to get on with life, even if I’m not around.
Social distance and empty spaces: UK life under coronavirus lockdown (Photos)
Following the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the world in 2020, the U.K. responded by implementing a series of stringent measures from mid-March onwards. Three days after ordering schools across the country to close indefinitely, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict social distancing measures on March 23, which were extended a further three weeks on April 16. These include a total ban on public gatherings of more than two people, the prohibition of travel other than for essential work and medical reasons, and that people are not to leave their homes other than to carry out one form of exercise daily. On May 10, the government set out guidelines on how the country would exit the lockdown, including plans to gradually ease social restrictions with time.
As the nationwide lockdown continues amid rising spring temperatures across the U.K., we look at daily life around the country in pictures.
(Above) Olympic rower, 31-year-old Polly Swann trains at home during the lockdown week seven, in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 4. The silver medallist has recently started working as a junior doctor in a Scottish hospital, having already completed her medical degree.
A very quiet Brighton station at 8.11am, usually peak rush hour, in Brighton, England on May 11.
Ballroom dancers Roman Sukhomlyn and India Phillips, the North of England Champions at the British National Dance Championships, practice on their balcony at home in Wolverhampton, central England on May 7. The pair are now focusing all their time practising in their home studio to prepare for the Blackpool Dance Festival 2020, which is provisionally postponed to between August 25 and Sept. 6.
A surfer looks out to sea at sunset on a deserted Castlerock Beach in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland on May 6.
A woman does a crossword in the sunshine as people continue to self isolate, in Manchester, England on May 6.
Italo Magnu Franco Sepulveda of the Big Kid travelling circus applies makeup as he prepares to perform for an online audience from an empty tent after the troupe became stranded in the country due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Morecambe, northwest England on May 4.
A woman takes part in an online yoga lesson in her kitchen in London, England on April 30.
Amateur boxer Ellis Trowbridge trains at his home whilst on lockdown in Worcester Park, England on April 26.
A member of mosque staff prays in the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam mosque on the day before Ramadan commences, in Manchester, England on April 24. The mosque, like all religious venues, has been closed to worshippers during the national lockdown due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A young girl looks on while an employee at Park Lane Stables walks pony Wizz in Teddington, England on April 22 during a scheme called "tiny pony at your window", whereby Wizz is brought to the homes of residents under coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
A restaurant worker poses for a portrait at a take-away window in Whitechapel in east London, England on April 18.
A street artist is pictured while performing Shakespeare and juggling up a ladder to an empty Covent Garden, which is usually heaving with tourists and shoppers, in London, England on April 16. His act is recorded for World Buskers United, a 24 hour stream of buskers, as the U.K. continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
A gull flies over a deserted Millennium Bridge near to St Paul's Cathedral in London, England on April 13.
South African Anglican priest and Dean of Manchester, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender, delivers his Easter Sunday prayer and sermon from his study in Manchester Cathedral's Deanery in north-west England on April 12. The Dean's sermon was broadcast to the Cathedral's parishioners online.
A near deserted beach and promenade is pictured from a drone as people heed the official advice and stay home on Easter Sunday, traditionally a very busy weekend for day trippers and holiday makers in Blackpool, England on April 12.
A jogger stops to take a photograph at sunrise on an otherwise empty London Bridge, usually thronged with city workers, in London, England on April 10.
A man tends to his allotment while following government guidelines on social distancing and time restrictions in Saltburn by the Sea, England on April 8.
A young girl paints a picture of herself on the school window as children of key workers take part in school activities at Oldfield Brow Primary School in Altrincham, England on April 8. Some schools are still open to cater for the children of key workers, such as NHS staff, and vulnerable pupils, such as those looked after by local authorities.
A Portrait of Chef Marcus Oliveira after preparing food to feed to 1500 vulnerable families at Bergen House restaurant in Newington Green in London, England on April 8. 'A Plate for London' are a non-profit group trying to raise £50,000 to feed Londoners in need by getting out-of-work chefs back in the kitchen, repurposing restaurants that have been forced to close down, so they can produce nutritious meals for people in need across the city.
The Reverend Stuart Elliott blesses the new fire as part of his Service of New Light for Easter Eve on the shore of Llyn Mymbyr in Snowdonia, Wales on April 8. He has filmed various outdoor ceremonies which will be broadcast online to celebrate Easter. Regarded as a pioneer of outdoor worship, he regularly speaks on ecological issues for the Church in Wales.
People sit on their doorsteps in Islington as the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, in London, England on April 5.
A woman sits in her living room in the village of Hartley Wintney, west of London, England on April 5, watching Queen Elizabeth II deliver a special address to the U.K. and the Commonwealth recorded at Windsor Castle amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and U.K. lockdown.
James Campbell, 31, runs a 26.2-mile (42.2 km) marathon course in his garden in Cheltenham, England during the nationwide lockdown on April 1.
A member of the public takes a photo of the city skyline from the viewing point in Primrose Hill in London, England as the U.K. continues it's lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 28.
A Morrisons supermarket delivery van delivers to a house in Weymouth, England on March 27.
A man sits on a bus as people continue to socially distance themselves amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 26.
A volunteer hands out food to people in need at a popup shop serving as a food bank at St Margaret's Church in Leytonstone amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in east London, England on March 26.
Members of the public enjoy the sunset on Brighton beach in Brighton, England on March 25.
A cyclist rests on an empty Westminster Bridge in London, England on March 25.
A general view of Whitmore Bay at Barry Island in Barry, Wales on March 25.
People kayak on the River Lagan, as the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, in Belfast, Northern Ireland on March 25.
A mother helps her son with online lessons, set by his school following the national school closures, in Glasgow, Scotland on March 24.
An empty platform during the morning rush hour at Victoria underground station in London, England on March 24.
A mine Artist is pictured in an empty Leicester Square in London, England on March 24.
A lone cyclist is pictured in Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff, Wales on March 24.
A man wearing a surgical mask shops for fruit and vegetables in Borough market in London, England on March 24.
A handout photograph released by the UK parliament shows the second reading of the Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 in the House of Commons, with MPs observing social distancing by sitting two metres apart, in London, England on March 23.
London's financial district Canary Wharf is seen as a man exercises in Greenwich Park in London, England on March 23.
A young girl takes part in a live streamed broadcast of PE with fitness trainer Joe Wicks on the first day of the nationwide school closures, in Newcastle, England on March 23.
A florist stall pictured at an empty London Bridge station in London, England on March 23.
The City of London is seen virtually deserted on Monday lunch time, usually one of its busiest times, just outside Bank station in London, England on March 23.
“And I love England – it’s my home, it’s my country. That’s what I find most challenging about this. It’s as though I’m not allowed here. This is where I have grown up, it’s my home. Why shouldn’t I be able to share that with my husband?”
As the family receives Disability Living Allowance, they are able to apply for an exemption to the minimum income requirement. However, if they are turned down, it could be the end of the road for their dreams of being together.
As Alex’s sole care-giver, it would be “impossible” for Rebecca – who already works 32 hours a week – to increase her hours and up her earnings.
But having Chuck in the UK would mean “everything”.
“It would mean we would actually be able to have a life we can live, rather than just getting by,” she said.
“It would be nice to just be able to feel normal. I see people on the news complaining about being in lockdown with their partners and families. I think: ‘I would love that.’
“I would love it if Chuck was here – to me, being stuck in the house with Chuck seems like heaven. I could think of nothing better at this point.”
© Supplied Erika Cardoso, her husband Augusto and their daughter Liz
Rebecca also worries about Alex growing up with his father on the other side of the world.
“The effect of this rule on children is never mentioned,” she said. “I went to pick him up from school once and he was shocked to see another kid’s dad coming to pick them up from school.
“He’s never had that and it was such a surprise to him. It’s things like that that break your heart – things you never would have thought of before.”
Meanwhile, teachers at Alex’s school have set up a globe in his classroom with a mark on it where Chuck lives so he can see where his father is.
But despite the impact that the government’s rules are having on Rebecca’s family, the same people expect her to return to work next month when schools reopen.
“It’s hurtful,” she said. “I’m being asked to go back to work now and put my life and my son’s life at risk, when nobody gives a crap about us, basically.
“But I will go back to work because it’s my job and I have to earn money.”
Mary Atkinson, a campaign officer at JCWI, said it was “heartbreaking” that Erika and Rebecca – “who care for other people’s families on a daily basis” – are separated from their own families because of how much they earn.
“Sadly, they’re among tens of thousands of people separated from loved ones because of this unfair Home Office policy,” she said. “Through this crisis, we’ve all seen the irreplaceable value of family.
“As the Immigration Bill goes through parliament, MPs will have a chance to scrap this policy and bring families like these together. They must take it.”
Stuart McDonald, a Scottish National Party MP, said the minimum income requirement made the UK’s family visa rules “possibly the most draconian in the world”.
“Almost half of people in the UK wouldn’t qualify to be joined by an overseas partner or child due to these rules, because they don’t earn enough,” he said.
“As a result, thousands of families have been split apart. These really are ‘anti-family’ migration rules and I have no doubt most people think them totally unjust.”
Many of the people impacted by these rules are frontline workers “at the heart of fighting coronavirus”, McDonald added.
“It is appalling that the government is prepared to say – thanks for coming to work for us; but no thanks to bringing your family in to join you.
“We desperately needed to scrap these awful elitist unfair rules anyway – now it is more urgent than ever.”
A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “The minimum income requirement prevents burdens being placed on the taxpayer, but we are keeping immigration requirements under review and will make adjustments if necessary.”
The Home Office has put a “range of measures” in place to support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, they added.
Stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.
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