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  • Financial support for the self-employed set to be unveiled
  • Number of UK deaths rises to 578 from 9,500 confirmed cases
  • Cases in the US jump once again, but New York state says hospital admissions are 'slowing'

Gold medalist provides fitness tips

Joe Wicks has been keeping that nation's children fit with his daily PE classes - and now 5-time Olympic medalist has provided some expert tips. 

As many as 50,000 with coronavirus in Scotland

Scotland chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood has said that as many as 50,000 people in Scotland could be infected with coronavirus

The claim came after it was revealed that there ar 894 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland, a figure which Dr Calderwood described as a "very significant underestimate

WHO advises those in lockdown to avoid alcohol

WHO experts have advised that alcohol is an "unhelpful coping strategy" to combat stress during the coronavirus lockdown

Experts acknowledged that feeling stressed, anxious, fearful and lonely is "natural" at this time.

But they reminded people that using substances such as alcohol "will not help to manage the stress of self-isolation".

Government endorse 8pm applause for NHS

Shoppers observing social distancing

Assistant editor (news) for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Evening News Alan Young took this picture of shoppers observing social distancing rules in Scotland's capital city.

Jeremy Corbyn: 'I applaud the NHS, I love the NHS'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has praised NHS staff ahead of the nationwide "clap for the NHS" event.

Mr Corbyn said: "I applaud the NHS, I love the NHS.

"Well done everybody who works in the NHS and our care services. You're doing an amazing job.

"The coronavirus crisis is showing again how much we rely on you and on each other.

"Thanks a lot and well done."

Police can arrest people who ignore lockdown rules

Priti Patel has said people who continue to flout coronavirus lockdown rules will be breaking the law and can be arrested.

The Home Secretary said: "The Prime Minister has been clear on what we need to do: stay at home to protect our NHS and save lives. "All our frontline services really are the best of us and are doing an incredible job to stop this terrible virus from spreading.

"That's why I'm giving the police these new enforcement powers, to protect the public and keep people safe."

Football club going that extra mile to cheer up fans

A fantastic story coming out of Edinburgh...

Fans of Hibernian FC have been receiving calls from club players in an attempt to boost morale and maintain connections between the club and supporters. 

Read more below

Economists warn of steeper recession than 2008

Experts are suggesting that the economic shock caused by coronavirus could to plunge the UK into a steeper recession than that of the financial crisis.

Economists are predicting double-digit declines in gross domestic product (GDP) that would dwarf the 6% decline seen between 2008-2009.

Samuel Tombs, at Pantheon Macroeconomics, is predicting a shortfall in GDP of between 15% and 20% in the weeks during the lockdown.

Viral family return to BBC

Remember this family? 

The Kelly's went viral on social media after two young children interrupted a live interview on the BBC in 2017.

On Thursday he was joined by his wife Jung-a Kim and their children for another BBC World appearance live from Busan to discuss how they are coping with life in isolation.

Update from Clarence House

Chancellor appearance imminent

The Chancellor is due to unveil a support package for self-employed workers between 4.30pm and 5pm. 

Rishi Sunak has aid that preparing help for the self-emplyed is "incredibly complicated".

Over 15% of the UK's workforce is self-employed.

The Chancellor is speaking now

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is speaking now. 

He says: "We are taking unprecedented action to increase NHS capacity by increasing the number of beds, key staf and life-saving equipment on the front line. 

That is why people must "stay at home".

Government will pay 80% of self-employed's wages.

The Chancellor implores people to log on to businesssuport.gov.uk before making any decisions on the future of employees.

"You have not been forgotten, we will not leave you behind, we all stand together. "

The government will pay 80% of self-employments wages taking their average monthly profits over the last three years. This will be capped up to £2500 a month for three months.

He says he will extend it for longer if necessary. 

This will be open to anyone with profits up to £50,000. 

The scheme will only open to  those who filed a tax return last year. 

Self-employed scheme up and running by June

The scheme will be up and running by June and will cover 95% of the self-employed.

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