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Churches across the UK are preparing to deliver Sunday services to mass audiences over the internet today amid efforts to fight Covid-19.

The Church of England and Church of Scotland have now both banned mass worship, while Catholic churches are adopting a similar approach to encourage people to maintain social distance to slow the spread of the virus.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will broadcast a service on BBC local radio today, and other denominations are making similar plans.

The Church of Scotland has a list of 40 churches that share their services online in some way.

Catholic dioceses have also made their plans, with Shrewsbury Cathedral among those that will be broadcasting Mass.

One London church, St Martin-In-The-Fields, has already begun online worship, and says there has been an enthusiastic response, with audiences of more than 1,000 people for morning prayer and lunchtime services – far more people than can physically fit in the church.