Wednesday evening news briefing: Where did Prince Charles get coronavirus?

Your evening guide: Prince of Wales self-isolates after testing positive & Boris Johnson quizzed on self-employed and construction workers

The Prince of Wales is showing mild symptoms
The Prince of Wales is showing mild symptoms Credit: Chris Jackson

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Prince Charles has Covid-19 but Queen in 'good health'

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus and is working from home with mild symptoms. A Clarence House spokesman said Prince Charles, 71, "otherwise remains in good health” and is self-isolating in his home in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall. But the Duchess, 72, who was also tested, does not have the illness. The heir to the throne's last public engagement was on March 12 when he attended a Mansion House dinner in London. Sometime during the day the prince saw the Queen privately, but a Buckingham Palace spokesman said Her Majesty "remains in good health" and "is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare". Here is a list of Prince Charles' most-recent public engagements, including a WaterAid event in London where he Prince Albert, Monaco's head of state, who has tested positive.

It comes as a 21-year-old woman with no apparent underlying health conditions has died from the disease. Her family has urged the public to "do your bit". A young pastor diagnosed with coronavirus posted a video message on social media from hospital pleading for people to listen to government advice. Here is a reminder of the symptoms of Covid-19.

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PM grilled on self-employed and construction sites

A package of measures to help self-employed workers will be unveiled tomorrow, as Boris Johnson insisted the Government will "do whatever we can" to support them. In the last Prime Minister's Questions before the Easter break, Mr Johnson said ministers were "working as fast as we possibly can". It was Jeremy Corbyn's last chance to grill Mr Johnson before standing down as Labour leader. He noted construction sites are still working on "non emergency work", adding builders were being forced to go in, putting "all of us at risk as a result". So what help is there for self-employed workers? This Q&A has the answers. Here is a reminder of who is classed as a key worker. Emergency powers to tackle the coronavirus crisis are set to become law after the Coronavirus Bill cleared the House of Lords. Get the latest on that and this evening's Downing Street press conference in The Telegraph's politics liveblog.

Covid-19 home-testing kits soon on Boots and Amazon

The public will be able to conduct coronavirus antibody tests at home within a matter of days with finger prick kits that will be available from Amazon and Boots, MPs have heard. Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service, Public Health England told the Science and Technology Committee that 3.5 million tests had been bought and would be available in the "near future". She said the tests would also allow key workers - like doctors and nurses - to go back to work if they have developed antibodies. It comes as the appetite for data on the virus - its spread, the number of deaths and tests - remains as high as ever. But Ashley Kirk explains why you should treat all the numbers with caution. And here is a reminder of the number of cases around the world.

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Business and money briefing

Shares give up gains | European and Asian shares surged this morning, then dipped again, as US politicians struck as $2 trillion stimulus deal. Our business liveblog has the latest, with UK companies continuing to ditch dividends as the coronavirus cash shock continues.

Video: Police scold sunbathers for flouting lockdown

Sunbathers in Shepherd's Bush were sternly reprimanded by the Metropolitan Police for disregarding the Government's coronavirus lockdown on its first day of enforcement. Officers ordered the Londoners off Shepherd's Bush Green as they basked in the Spring sunshine, saying "it's not a holiday, it's a lockdown" over loudspeakers. Watch the video.

Also in the news today

Isil Beatles | The mother of one of the Isil "Beatles" fighters has won a legal challenge against Britain's decision to assist a US investigation without death penalty assurances, on data protection grounds. The legal case was triggered after The Telegraph revealed the Home Office waived its usual policy of demanding a death penalty assurance before handing over evidence that could be used in a capital trial. Read on for details.

World news: One story you must read

Sikh attack | Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of Kabul's old city today, killing at least four people, a Sikh lawmaker said. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said police responded promptly to the attack and were at the site, where shooting was still underway. Read on for details.

Tonight's TV  

Growing Up Gifted, BBC Two, 9pm | This inspiring documentary series returns for a third run, following six bright teenagers from low-income families to see how their background affects their potential. Read on for more.

And finally...

Growing problem | Wild orchids have been found in some of the most far north areas of the UK as scientists warn droughts threaten plants in the south. The government-funded Plant Monitoring Scheme, conducted over five years, found that a warming climate is already impacting Britain's plants. Read on for details.