More than 6.65 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the US last week; we speak to the BBC's Michelle Fleury. We also hear from people who've lost their jobs in the US and the boss of one heart clinic has been facing some difficult choices. There's been turbulence on the oil markets but with signs of a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Russia, the oil price has rebounded as we hear from Nitesh Shah, Commodity Strategist at Wisdom Tree. The lives of millions of people have changed over the last few weeks and many are doing never jobs they had never before even considered; the BBC's Dougal Shaw met some actors who went from packing theatres to stacking shelves. Justin Rowlatt talks to the scientists trying to come up with a Covid 19 vaccine. And we hear from Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO of Synergy Marine Group, which supplies crews for commercial ships; he says the right balance between human welfare and global supply chain security has to be hammered out soon. Every crisis has its villains but it also has its heroes. When conventional supply chains aren't delivering vital equipment in time or in sufficient volume the private sector is proving amazingly inventive. We speak to three inspiring manufacturers of masks, ventilators and other essential equipment. And we're joined throughout the programme by Alison Van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues who's based in San Francisco and on the other side of the globe, Enda Curran, chief Asia economics correspondent for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong. (Picture of Brooklyn office of NYS Department of Labor by Lev Radin via Getty Images).
Trump: next couple of weeks will be horrific
US President Donald Trump has said the next couple of weeks will be horrific as coronavirus continues to spread. And in India, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has continued to rise; one has appeared in Mumbai’s biggest slum, Dharavi and it's feared that infections will rise quickly. British American Tobacco is working on a plant-based coronavirus vaccine. We hear from Kingsley Wheaton who's on the company's board. Wimbledon has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the first time the tournament has been called off since the Second World War; we get analysis from former British number one, Annabelle Croft. With toilet paper in short supply in many parts of the world, we hear how there are echoes today of a toilet paper shortage in Hawaii in the early 1970s. And we talk to Izzy Saralis-Wheatly, one of four zookeepers at Paradise Park in Cornwall in south west England who have decided to live with the parrots and other animals they look after until the coronavirus emergency is over. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Bloomberg's Mumbai bureau chief, Jeanette Rodrigues and in Toronto, Ralph Silva from Silva Research Network. (Picture of Donald Trump by Win McNamee for Getty Images).
US markets have worst ever first quarter
The Dow Jones and S&P 500 had their worst ever start to the year with both ending the first three months of 2020, more than 20% lower. We get analysis from Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading in New Jersey. America overtakes China for the number of deaths from Coronavirus and Toyko has recorded a record number of new cases in a day. The BBC's Ed Butler talks coronavirus statistics with Professor John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Stanford University. And what do you do if you're out of work at the moment? If you're looking for a job the picture has shifted dramatically; we speak to Alexa Shown, author of Entry Level Boss. Some people are adapting the unfamiliar work environment including Nic Crilly-Hargrave, a food photographer in London helping restaurants transform into takeaways. And celebrated pianist Fabio D'andrea who's taking Instagram requests from fans, plays us out with his take on some popular tunes. Plus we're joined throughout the programme by Diane Brady, a journalist and author in New York and in Tokyo, the Financial Times bureau chief Robin Harding. (Photo of New York Stock Exchange by Spencer Platt for Getty Images).
Oil price collapses to 18-year low
US crude oil prices fell below $20 a barrel on Monday, close to their lowest level in 18 years, as traders bet production would have to shut to prevent a glut in the markets. The situation is particularly bleak for high-cost wells in the world's largest producer: the US. We talk to Ellen Wald, from the Atlantic Council, in Florida, and Tom Adshead, a director of Macro Advisory in Moscow. Meanwhile, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused a rather startling change in fish consumption in Kenya. Instead of importing stocks from China, Kenyans have refound their taste for local catches, boosting incomes within the industry. And what do you do when you're in lock down? We interview David Shearer, who runs the UK puzzle exchange. He's seeing a resurgence in demand for jigsaws! (Picture description: Woman on a street in Moscow walks past live oil prices, showing the plunge due to Covid-19. Picture credit: Getty Images)
Ratings agency downgrades UK debt
Britain has had its credit ranking downgraded by Fitch Ratings, which cited the weakening of public finances caused by the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak and Brexit uncertainty; we hear from the BBC's Katie Prescott. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen country after country unveil different strategies for looking after citizens in the wake of coronavirus, so with the different aid packages on offer, who has got a good deal? We ask Mark Caine, the government affairs lead at the World Economic Forum. We look at the mental health impact of coronavirus on care and medical workers. Plus, the BBC's Marianna Spring tells us how to spot fake coronavirus news. And we're joined throughout the programme by Radio New Zealand's Colin Peacock. (Picture of pound coins by Matthew Horwood for Getty Images).