Coronavirus UK LIVE: Bosses could be prosecuted for failing new lockdown guidelines as deaths jump by 627 to 32,692

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EMPLOYERS could be prosecuted if they breach social distancing guidelines, government agency Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned.

HSE boss Sarah Albon said employers who put workers in danger of contracting coronavirus could also have their businesses closed or restricted by inspectors until standards are met.

It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK increased to 32,692 after 627 more fatalities.

Earlier today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of October.

The job-retention scheme will remain the same until July, but after August there will be changes, including the ability to be able to pay people part-time instead.

Mr Sunak said businesses will be expected to start contributing to help tackle the burden on the taxpayer from August.

The furlough scheme is currently paying 7.5 million workers 80 per cent of their wages – up to a limit of £2,500 per month. It currently costs £14billion a month.

Full details on the scheme will be released before the end of May, Mr Sunak confirmed.

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