South Africa

THE LEX COLUMN: Coronavirus: unwitting beneficiaries

A sombre UK prime minister ratcheted up pandemic restrictions on Tuesday. Boris Johnson is no longer Britain’s cheerer-upper-in-chief. But amid the gloom some UK businesses have an opportunity to shine.

The largest of these are well known. Cancer drugmaker AstraZeneca was the sole UK company to appear in a Financial Times analysis of the 100 companies that increased their stock market value most during the pandemic. It is co-developing a Covid-19 vaccine, though it will not profit from it until after the pandemic. Ocado, another heavyweight, more than doubled its market value to £21bn this year. Its technology facilitates the move of grocery shopping online, which is being accelerated by lockdowns.

Football news:

Gian Piero Gasperini: Ajax has always been my reference point. Miranchuk is ready to play
Cuadrado on Juve: We have started the season slowly, but we have never lost
Is van de Beek better than Pogba? Bruno Fernandes? Also no. Evra on his words about the Manchester United rookie
Jose Mourinho: In my Real life, there were amazing attacking players, we built a team. Tottenham need balance
Umtiti became a vegan: Never felt so good. Lost three kilograms
Alisson on recovery from injury: I prayed a lot, spent 5-6 hours a day with physiotherapists
The VAR referee told the Barcelona - real match referee that Langle did not foul on Ramos. Catalans want to get audio