Queen tells nation: Royal family 'ready to play our part'
The Queen has sent a message of support to the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the Royal family "stand ready to play our part" in the challenge ahead. She thanked scientists, medical staff and emergency and public services, noting the world is entering a "period of great concern and uncertainty". It comes as the Government will be given sweeping powers to detain people to be tested for Covid-19, then forced to isolate for 14 days or face a £1,000 fine. Chief Political Correspondent Christopher Hope is gutting the 329-page Coronavirus Bill published today in our politics liveblog. You can also follow Boris Johnson's latest Downing Street news conference here. Earlier his spokesman insisted there is "zero prospect" of people being banned from travelling in and out of London, denying the capital will be placed on lockdown. The Coronavirus Bill includes making supermarkets give the Government information on whether there will be disruptions to their supply chains as panic buying continues. Here is a breakdown of the products British people are stockpiling the most. Alas, the Bill does not appear to follow this shop's brilliant way to tackle panic buying - charging £5 for a first bottle of hand sanitiser and £125 for a second.
On a monumental day for news, the Bank of England has cut interest rates from 0.25% to 0.1% in a further emergency move to shore up the economy. The coronavirus death toll in England has risen by 29 to 128, while Northern Ireland has recorded the first death of a patient with Covid-19 and a total of six Scots with coronavirus have died. Science Editor Sarah Knapton reveals why your risk of serious illness may vary depending on your blood type. Members of the House of Lords have been told they should work from home for "their own good". And the restart of English professional football has been delayed further.
Italy's death toll surges as borders closed Down Under
Italian authorities are threatening to introduce even more draconian measures after a record 475 people died from the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll in Italy to 2,978. Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, has tested positive and is confined to his home in self-isolation. Australia and New Zealand will close their borders to all people who are not citizens or permanent residents of their respective countries. There are some glimmers of positive news, with Iran announcing it would pardon more than 10,000 prisoners, giving hope that Britons and other foreigners held hostage by the regime would soon be released due to the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have played down reports that ticket-holders will not be refunded if the event is cancelled and criticised debate over whether the Games should be held.
China's guarded optimism after no new Wuhan cases
China has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 in the virus epicentre of Wuhan or in the surrounding Hubei provice, officials have said. As the UK hunkers down, puts the kettle on and braces itself for what’s to come, Thomas O'Malley reports on how people in China are emerging from their burrows and blinking in the spring sunshine. He writes: "The vibe in the Middle Kingdom is one of guarded optimism; that the worst of the virus is behind us. It’s taken almost two months of unprecedented, coordinated action the likes of which, one imagines, few other countries would have the resources or stomach for." Reading his postcard from China certainly gives you a sense there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Video: Celebrity rendition of Imagine to lift spirits
Actress Gal Gadot led a star-studded cover of John Lennon's Imagine as celebrities including Natalie Portman and Jamie Dornan attempted to lift spirits amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a video viewed millions of times on Instagram, Israeli Wonder Woman star Gadot explains the global crisis has left her feeling "philosophical". But Michael Hogan thinks the video shows coronavirus is turning celebrities into cretins.
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Windrush scandal | Home Secretary Priti Patel today issued an unqualified apology to Britain's black African-Caribbean population for the "serious harm" inflicted on people in the Windrush scandal. Her statement to MPs came as the long-awaited review into the scandal found the Home Office displayed elements of "institutional racism" in the "ignorant, thoughtless and careless" way it dealt with the Windrush generation. Read on for details of the damning findings.
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Raids on extremists | German police raided sites across the country linked to a far-Right group banned by the interior ministry, weeks after a suspected extremist gunman shot dead nine people with migrant backgrounds. The "United German Peoples and Tribes" organisation banned Thursday belongs to a wider "Citizens of the Reich" movement fed by conspiracy theories. Read on for details of the raids.
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EU's Netflix plea | Brussels has urged Netflix to consider streaming video in lower quality to relieve pressure on the internet during the coronavirus outbreak, which has seen internet use soar as more are confined to their homes. Read on for details.