More than 170,000 sign up for NHS volunteer scheme within hours, as Trump hopes to ‘reopen by Easter’ and US agrees $2tn stimulus package

The NHS has asked for 250,000 volunteers to help it fight coronavirus as Britain’s death toll reached 422 overnight.

In the US, Donald Trump has expressed his desire to “re-open” the US by Easter, and Democrats and Republicans in Congress have agreed on a $2tn (£1.7tn) stimulus package which they will vote on later.

Elsewhere, Australia is cracking down in response to Covid-19, keeping cruise ship passengers at bay and ordering shops, gyms and other businesses to close. Wedding parties have been limited to five people and funerals to 10.

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