Monday evening news briefing: Boris Johnson expected to extend lockdown

Your evening guide: Prime Minister to address the nation tonight & school shutdown descends into chaos as parents claim to be 'key workers'

Passengers squeeze onto a Central Line underground train at Stratford station, east London
Passengers squeeze onto a Central Line underground train at Stratford station, east London Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

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PM expected to widen lockdown in address to nation

Boris Johnson will address the nation this evening and announce a new, stricter lockdown policy for the UK, The Telegraph understands. Mr Johnson will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee at 5pm, then update the country on the latest social distancing measures. The address, which is expected at around 7pm this evening, will likely include the closure of all shops except supermarkets, food stores and pharmacies. It comes as emergency legislation, dubbed the Coronavirus Bill, is set out in the House of Commons this afternoon, giving the Government powers to shut down the UK's ports and airports and give police powers to detain people suspected of having Covid-19. Follow its progress and the Prime Minister's address in our politics liveblog. It comes as the UK death toll from Covid-19 rises by 54 to 335. London Underground staff were left "furious" after trains remained packed this morning despite passengers being urged not to travel.

With still a long time to wait until a coronavirus vaccine is available, much attention is being placed on how the Government's strategy compares to Italy, which has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world. Two weeks ago, the country was put on a complete lockdown and Nick Squires has written from Rome how there is a deep sense of déjà vu in Italy when looking at how British people are going about their daily lives. And these three charts show how deaths are rising faster in the UK than in Italy. In a glimmer of hope, a 95-year-old grandmother has become the oldest person in Italy to recover from the coronavirus.

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School chaos as beauticians drop off children for class

The Government's school closure policy descended into chaos today as beauticians and museum staff arrived claiming to be "key workers" while firefighters and microbiologists were turned away. Headteachers warned last week the list of key workers is "far more extensive" than they had expected, and schools would be "overwhelmed" if everyone on the list sent their children in. Here is a reminder of who are considered key workers. Meanwhile, parents have told of their struggle to teach their children as they complain "maths has changed" since they were at school. And while some teachers said they would conduct lessons via video chat services like Zoom, many crashed due to the volume of users logging in.

Joe Wicks: 'I want to be the nation's PE teacher'

For parents waking up today, the thought of their children keeping active seemed a distant one, with UK schools closed until further notice. But at 9am, fitness guru Joe Wicks – who has been making children's fitness his mission for the last few years – began his new live-streamed free PE lessons every weekday on his YouTube channel, The Body Coach TV. Read Maria Lally's interview with Wicks as parents praised him across social media for offering something positive at this bleak time.

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Comment and analysis

Video: Couple married in street as registry office closes

A couple got married on a street in New York after their registry office closed its doors - with a celebrant conducting proceedings leaning out of a fourth-floor window. Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler tied the knot on a road after bringing forward their wedding from October due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Watch their marriage here.

Also in the news today

Salmond not guilty | Alex Salmond has been cleared of committing a catalogue of sex offences against nine women while he was Scotland's First Minister in a historic trial. The 65-year-old has been acquitted of 13 alleged sexual offences, including one attempted rape against women who either worked for the Scottish Government or within the SNP between June 2008 and November 2014. He spoke outside court.

World news: One story you must read

Putin defies orders | Vladimir Putin, the 67-year old Russian president, will keep his usual work schedule in violation of the Moscow authorities' new rule that people over 65 should self-isolate. In the strictest measure against the spread of coronavirus seen so far in Russia, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered people over 65 year old and those with chronic diseases to self-isolate at least until 14 April. Read Mr Putin's response.

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Business and money briefing

Roof falling in | Estate agents have never been popular, but even the bitterest fleeced seller or hoodwinked buyer might baulk at wishing the catastrophe being visited on the industry by Covid-19. The profession employing around 170,000 people across 25,000 businesses is going into virtual hibernation due to the coronavirus crisis. Read on for details.

Tonight's TV  

Toxic Town: The Corby Poisonings, BBC Two, 9pm | This edition of Horizon tracks the decade-long efforts of a group of women in Corby, Northamptonshire, to get justice after their children were born with deformities to their hands and feet. Read on for more.

And finally...

Monkeying around | A zookeeper has become a viral video sensation after showing off his best dance moves for viewers watching a live-stream of one of its enclosures. The zoo was forced to reduce the number of visitors allowed in, so it hoped to draw attention from the online service. Click here to watch.