UK bank Barclays takes £2.1-bn coronavirus hit

London (AFP) – Barclays will take a hit of at least £2.1-billion from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the British banking giant said Wednesday despite assistance from the Bank of England and UK government to help lenders boost lending and keep businesses afloat.The forecast came as Barclays chief executive Jes Staley hinted at remote working replacing offices full of thousands of workers, even after the spread of COVID-19 ends. In a results statement, Barclays added that its net profit tumbled by 42 percent in the first quarter.The lender said it would suffer a £2.1-billion ($2.56 bill…

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