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Virus tests, NHS volunteers and plan to support self-employed make up Thursday front pages

Papers lead on some hope in the coronavirus fight. Credit: Daily Mirror / Independent

The news that Prince Charles has been diagnosed as having the coronavirus features on many front pages, along with optimism about testing kits for Covid-19.

The Times leads on 3.5 million tests for the virus to be ordered “within weeks”, while the paper covers the death of a 21-year-old who was suffering from the virus.

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The Daily Telegraph calls the testing kits a “gamechanger”, with the paper reporting that Boots and Amazon could send out equipment.

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The Guardian leads on the Government’s plans to support people who are self-employed and says the Chancellor will unveil plans to guarantee up to 80% of earnings, while the i covers the same story.

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The Financial Times reports Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing pressure to speed up the rollout of tests for health workers.

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Metro leads on the response to the call for volunteers with thousands signing up to help vulnerable people who have been asked to remain at home, a story also covered by the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express.

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TheDaily Mail calls the volunteers “a nation of heroes”, while The Independent leads on the “race to give virus test to hospitals and high street”.

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The Sun leads on Charles testing positive, adding he is self-isolating.

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And the Daily Star says some NHS workers are “furious” that celebrities and royalty are getting tests for coronavirus while they cannot.

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