A financial package aimed at helping self-employed workers get through the coronavirus crisis will be announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today.

The Government has been under growing pressure to throw the sector a lifeline after Universal Credit style benefits of just £94 per week were offered to self-employed workers.

The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament he wanted to achieve "parity of support" so the self-employed could have similar levels of protection to waged workers.

The Chancellor will outline his measures later today, on the day the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 is likely to pass 10,000.

As the Commons shut down early for Easter due to the escalating epidemic, Mr Johnson told MPs: "There are particular difficulties with those who are not on PAYE schemes as ... I think the whole House understands.

"We are bringing forward a package to ensure that everybody gets the support that they need.

"I cannot, in all candour, promise the House that we will be able to get through this crisis without any kind of hardship at all.

"We will do whatever we can to support the self-employed, just as we are putting our arms around every single employed person in this country."

Ahead of the Chancellor's announcement, it had been reported that one in three self-employed workers were set to ask the Government to support their wages.

The move comes after Mr Sunak set out plans for 80 percent wage subsidies for PAYE employees last week.