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  • How much has the UK government spent on tackling Covid? – The Sunday Times
    • The cost of Britain’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic to date is £284bn — or £283,915,000,000 to be exact — according to the government’s spending review published last week.
    • That bill will rise even further, with at least £55bn more for public services alone earmarked for 2021-22.
    • But how exactly has that money been spent? And how can we understand a 12-digit number in terms that actually make sense?
    • One option is to compare the figure to the cost of massive scientific or infrastructure projects.
    • £280bn today would pay for two Apollo space programmes.