Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, March 26

Sean Morrison
Evening Standard

Sunak to throw self-employed a lifeline with fresh virus rescue package

Rishi Sunak will today unveil a rescue package aimed at helping the self-employed get through the coronavirus crisis.

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The Government continues to face pressure to throw the sector a lifeline.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said he wanted to achieve "parity of support" so they could have similar levels of protection to waged workers.


UK Covid-19 cases rise by almost 1,500 as death toll passes 460

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK has risen by almost 1,500 as the death toll passed 460.

Some 9,529 people had tested positive by 9am on Wednesday, the Department of Health confirmed.

That's up from 8,077 at the same point a day earlier.

The latest figures were released after it was confirmed that the Prince of Wales had tested positive for Covid-19.


Gunman changes plea to admit NZ mosque attack killings

A white supremacist accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand's worst mass shooting has changed his plea to guilty.

Brenton Tarrant, 29, today admitted to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act.

The in a hastily-called hearing at Christchurch High Court was arranged as the country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Boy, 6, 'slowly but surely' recovering after being thrown from Tate balcony, family say

A six year-old boy who was thrown from the 10th floor of London's Tate Modern is now managing to sit up, his family have said.

The French infant is "slowly but surely continuing to progress,” his relatives revealed, after being seriously injured in the attack at the famous art gallery.

Autistic teenager Jonty Bravery Bravery, now 18, in December at the Old Bailey admitted attempting to murder the child.

Cox reveals she is binge watching Friends in virus isolation

Courteney Cox has revealed she is binge watching Friends while isolating amid the coronavirus outbreak - but admitted she barely remembers being on the show.

The actress played Monica Geller on the beloved sitcom, which remains one of the most popular shows on TV despite finishing in 2004.

Cox appeared on a stripped back version of Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show, which is off-air due to the pandemic, to discuss how she is keeping occupied amid the shutdown in California.

She revealed she bought all 10 seasons of Friends and is now busy making her way through the 236 episodes.


Kanye discusses response to his support of Trump

Kanye West has compared the response to his support of Donald Trump to racial profiling.

The rapper is one of the few high-profile Hollywood figures to publicly back the US President and once referred to Mr Trump as his "brother".

West has now dismissed his critics and said people only assumed he would be a Democrat because of his skin colour.

In apparent reference to the red Make America Great Again hats often warn by Trump fans, he said: "I'm a black guy with a red hat, can you imagine?”


On this day...

1707: The Acts of Union became law, making England and Scotland one country.

1780: The British Gazette And Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.

1885: The first cremation in Britain took place at Woking in Surrey.

1937: Popeye the sailor-man became the first cartoon character to have his statue erected - by spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas.

1971: East Pakistan, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, declared independence to become the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

1973: The first woman stockbroker set foot on the floor of the London Stock Exchange.

1979: Israel and Egypt ended 30 years of war after a peace deal brokered by the United States.

1981: The so-called Gang of Four (Roy Jenkins, David Owen, William Rodgers and Shirley Williams) launched the Social Democratic Party.

1992: Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was jailed after being found guilty of one count of rape and two counts of criminal deviate conduct.

1997: The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult were found after a mass suicide - they believed they would join aliens following the Hale Bopp comet.

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