Almost 950,000 people have applied for Universal Credit in the past two weeks following the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it had seen a huge uptake in benefits claims since March 16, up from around 100,000 in a normal two-week period.
Around a quarter, 70,000 out of around 270,000 Universal Credit applicants in one week, applied for an advance payment.
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