Coronavirus: ‘British politeness’ could be our best defence; the Harry formerly known as Prince; swansong for a London icon

Millions of people are being urged to avoid getting close to others as doctors say the coronavirus outbreak is now likely to become a pandemic. In the UK, the number of confirmed cases remains at 13, but the Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned MPs in the Commons that the number is ‘expected’ to rise. Does the government have a plan to deal with Covid-19 if it starts to spread in the UK? Mr Hancock says yes, but few details have been released to the public. The Evening Standard’s deputy political editor Nicholas Cecil updates the Leader podcast on the global battle against the bug, and how ‘British politeness’ may prove to be the UK’s best defence. 

Just call me Harry

The Duke of Sussex has dropped his Prince title at his first event in the UK since his move to Canada. Speaking at a sustainability conference Harry is finishing off his senior member duties of the Royal family. The Evening Standard’s Insider Editor Lucy Pavia explains to the Leader podcast why the soon-to-be-former prince has chosen to do this now. 


The Coach and Horses pub in Soho has been well known by Londoners for its heart-warming charm of weekly sing-alongs beside the piano. The pub also features in the Evening Standard’s London’s top 50.

Sadly, for the first time in years the pub will stop their popular sing-along Wednesdays tonight, until further notice. Ahead of tonight’s final gig the Leader podcast is joined by lead singer John Orchard who explains why these evenings have been so special and what tracks encourage the best belters. 

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