From the Independent: Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. The prime minister said he had “mild symptoms”. It came as London’s NHS scrambled to avert “armageddon” as a surge of cases in the capital was recorded. Last night the UK death toll hit 578, seeing its biggest daily increase of 115.

In the US, the number of cases has now passed China’s, for the highest total anywhere in the world. Early on Friday morning Donald Trump insisted he had “much respect” for China’s response to Covid-19, tweeting: “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together.”

And food suppliers have warned that fresh fruit and vegetables could become scarce in Europe due to disruption in the supply chain.

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