Coronavirus: These are the nine main developments that have happened on Wednesday

Will Taylor
News Reporter
A jogger with their face covered crosses Millenium Bridge in London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)

Here’s what you need to know on 25 March.

Royal: Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has confirmed. The Prince of Wales is now working from home in Scotland. The heir to the throne, who last saw the Queen on 12 March, is in the over 70 risk group but is said to be experiencing mild symptoms. Read more here

Medical: Modelling shows that the NHS will be able to take the strain of increased ICU cases caused by coronavirus infections, an expert has told MPs. Speaking remotely, Professor Neil Ferguson, director of Imperial College London’s MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, said the peak of cases could take place in the next three weeks but at a national level the NHS should be able to take it. Read more here

A test that can detect if a person had coronavirus can be rolled out in a matter of days, it was revealed on Wednesday. Professor Sharon Peacock, the director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, said the antibody test will be available in the near future. It should be able to tell if someone has had coronavirus and developed immunity to it. Read more here

Policy: More than 405,000 people have answered the call to join an NHS ‘volunteer army’. Health secretary Matt Hancock has called on 250,000 people to support the health service and deliver help to 1.5 million vulnerable people who are self isolating for 12 weeks. Read more here

Boris Johnson is under pressure to stop non-essential construction workers from travelling to work. The calls to allow them to stay at home come following concerns that they are adding to overcrowded public transport and at risk of contracting coronavirus. Read more here

Transport: Officers have begun speaking to people on public transport to remind users the journey they are making should be essential. About 500 officers from the British Transport Police are talking to commuters, and the public has been told to only using public transport if they have to. The patrols come as scenes of overcrowding led to questions as to whether everyone pictured on packed tubes needed to be travelling to work. Read more here

London City Airport is suspending operations until the end of April after a demand caused by the outbreak. The airport, the 12th busiest in the country, will stop private and commercial flights tonight. Read more here

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A 98-year-old Second World War veteran has survived being infected with coronavirus. Jack Bowden’s age puts him in the government’s at-risk category for developing complications from infection, but he has been discharged from hospital three days after testing positive for the virus. He is believed to be the oldest person to have overcome being infected. Read more here

Rest of the world

Spain has become the second nation to overtake China’s coronavirus death toll. It joins Italy in overtaking China, where the outbreak originated. Spain has recorded more than 3,400 deaths and 40,000 infections. Read more here