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Ikea car park to operate as NHS staff test centre

The NHS is to start testing frontline workers and social care staff for coronavirus at a drive-through facility in Gateshead.

The centre will operate from the Ikea car park from tomorrow, and be by invitation-only for staff who are self-isolating because they think they may have the virus or have a family member who does.

Initially there will be about 50 tests per day, rising to 300, with results back in two to three days.

An Ikea spokesperson said: "We are enormously proud of the NHS and proud to support them and the government in this small way. We will continue to support them in the best way we can."

Gateshead IKEA store

Beach view seats blocked off

With members of the public warned to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, measures have been put in place to prevent people congregating at the beach resort of Tynemouth.


There have also been police patrols to ensure people are complying.with the restrictions.

Police patrol in Tynemouth

To recap, people should go out as little as possible and only if they have a "reasonable excuse". This includes:

  • Exercise - alone, or with members of your household
  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • Any medical need, or providing care for a vulnerable person
  • Travel to or from work, but only when you cannot work from home

These photos were taken by a member of the BBC News online team who was outside to take exercise.

Severe accident: A1108 Tyne And Wear both ways

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A1108 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between Lansdowne Terrace West and Regency Gardens.

A1108 Tyne And Wear - A1108 Billy Mill Avenue in North Shields blocked and it's heavy in both directions between the Lansdowne Terrace West junction and the Regency Gardens junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Road blocked by crash

Emergency services are attending the scene of a crash in North Shields.

Billy Mill Avenue is currently closed at the junction with Burn Road.

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Road closed for sewer repairs

The A1058 at Jesmond Road in Newcastle is closed for emergency sewer repairs.

A diversion has been put in place via Sandyford Road and Osbourne Terrace.

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