Chiquito is poised to become the first big restaurant sector casualty after its owner filed a notice of its intention to appoint administrators, putting up to 1,500 jobs at risk.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak says self-employed people facing financial difficulties will be able to have 80% of their monthly wages covered by the government.
British companies, including major banks, have been warned against profiteering from the coronavirus crisis and told to pass on the benefits of historic stimulus measures to their customers.
JD Wetherspoon has told its suppliers that it will not pay them until pubs reopen after the coronavirus lockdown.
The retail industry is facing its biggest sales fall for more than a decade, even though the coronavirus outbreak has led to more demand for groceries, the CBI has said.
The struggling shopping centre operator Intu has warned that it had received less than a third of rents due this month from its tenants as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
A home finger-prick test for the coronavirus will be offered to millions of people and delivered by Amazon if checks this week show that it works.
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed the government’s £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus.
The government has added off-licences and other shops licensed to sell alcohol, including those within breweries, to its list of “essential businesses” that can stay open during the coronavirus lockdown.