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Nurse hopes children's song can lift spirits

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

A cardiac nurse has told how she was moved to tears by a video of her young children performing a song they had written for her and her hospital colleagues.

Laura Aitken works at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and tweeted the video to colleagues to lift their spirits.

Alice, seven, and five-year-old Jack wrote new lyrics to A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman film, with their dad Chris, who accompanies them on guitar.

Signing off with the lyrics "All we want is to grow up and be like you", Mrs Aitken said her children "see me going to work and they see that it's difficult at the moment".

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Police chief appeals for people to abide by lockdown rules over Easter

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

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A police chief has appealed for people to stay in over the Easter bank holiday to "save lives" after his force received 300 calls last weekend.

Norfolk Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: "I really hope that those people who chose to flout the guidelines and ignore the advice last weekend will reflect on the number of [Covid-19] cases we have in the county."

East of England deaths rise by more than 100

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of daily deaths rose in the BBC East region by 105 up to 17:00 on 6 April, according to figures released by Public Health England on Tuesday afternoon.

The figures are broken down by NHS hospital trusts:

  • Basildon and Thurrock - 6
  • Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke's) - 2
  • East and North Hertfordshire - 2
  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester) - 8
  • James Paget University Hospitals, Norfolk - 4
  • Luton and Dunstable - 11
  • Mid Essex Hospital Services - 16
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital - 13
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals - 1
  • North West Anglia - 3
  • Northampton General Hospital - 4
  • Southend University Hospital - 15
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow - 16
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals - 3
  • West Suffolk NHS Trust - 1

The number of coronavirus hospital deaths in the UK rose to 6,159 on Tuesday - a record increase of 786 in a day, the Department of Health and Social Care said, compared with 439 on Monday.