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George Wright, Ashitha Nagesh, Max Matza, Deirdre Finnerty and Helier Cheung

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  1. Ryder Cup can be 'light at end of tunnel'

    Fleetwood

    English golfer Tommy Fleetwood hopes September’s Ryder Cup can act as a “light at the end of the tunnel” for the world of sport following the coronavirus pandemic.

    Golf majors the Masters and PGA Championship have already been postponed.

    However, a decision is yet to be made on the Ryder Cup, which takes place every two years and will see a team from Europe take on the United States.

    “I think there are certain events that would be an amazing torch for a turn in how the world is getting on and the Ryder Cup would be one of them that is like a shining light at the end of the tunnel,” Fleetwood, the world number 10, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    “The Ryder Cup is an event people dream about (playing) and sometimes it can only happen once.”

    The Ryder Cup is scheduled to begin on 25 September at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

  2. UK: How many cases are there in your area?

    London remains the epicentre of the UK's outbreak - but cases are by no means restricted to the capital.

    Birmingham has also seen a rise in the number of cases in recent days, according to new figures released by the Department for Health.

    Use our updated search tool to find out how many cases there are in your area.

    UK map plotting cases of Covid-19
  3. We can beat this virus, says UK medical director

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    Video caption: NHS England: 'Now is not the time to be complacent'

    More now from the UK's press conference a little earlier.

    During the briefing at Downing Street, the Medical Director of NHS England Prof Stephen Powis spoke about how the UK "can beat this virus".

    "But it won't be down to luck," he says.

  4. Italy announces sombre landmark of 10,000 deaths

    Another deadly day for Italy in its fight against coronavirus, with 10,023 deaths declared by civil protection officials.

    It is by far the worst affected country in the global pandemic, with another 889 in the past 24 hours. That figure is a fall of 30 on Friday's death toll.

    There are glimmers of hope from Rome. The number of recovered patients has reached the highest this week, with 1,434 in the past 24 hours. The rate of new infections has fallen to 3,651, some 750 fewer than Friday.

    Lombardy remains the worst affected region with 542 of the latest fatalities, bringing the number there to almost 6,000 deaths since the outbreak began last month.

  5. What’s happened so far today?

    • UK deaths have risen by 260, bringing the total to 1,019
    • Italy has now had 10,023 fatalities after 889 people died in the last 24 hours. The country has now seen 92,472 cases, with 70,065 currently infected and 12,384 having recovered
    • Spain’s coronavirus death toll rose by 832 in 24 hours, bringing it to 5,690. However, the number of people recovering is also increasing, with a total of 12,285 out of over 72,000 cases
    • US President Trump has told reporters he is thinking of placing a quarantine on New York, as well as Connecticut and New Jersey
    • However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seems perplexed by President Trump’s suggestion saying he doesn’t “even know what that means” or how it could be “legally enforceable”
    • The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, has partially reopened after more than two months in isolation
    • South Korea says it has more people who have recovered from the virus than infected.
  6. French PM: 'Fight is just beginning'

    The first 15 days in April will be “even more difficult than the 15 we have just left”, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has warned.

    France has recorded 1,998 deaths and has been in lockdown for 10 days, a period which has now been extended until 15 April.

    "I want to speak clearly to the French," said Mr Philippe. "The fight is just beginning."

    Health Minister Olivier Veran said resources were being increased, including an order of more than one billion masks for health workers.

  7. British ski workers return home from Austria

    Bethany Bell

    BBC News, Vienna

    A total of 260 British people - most of whom are seasonal workers in ski resorts - were able to fly home from Austria on Saturday.

    British citizens were brought to Innsbruck Airport by bus and a police escort in compliance with strict hygiene and safety requirements, the provincial government in Tyrol said said.

    The seasonal workers had been based at ski resorts in Paznauntal and St Anton, areas both under quarantine.

  8. How can I protect myself?

    BBC graphic

    Because Covid-19 is a new respiratory virus, scientists and governments all around the world are trying to work out the best way to fight it. Vaccine development is under way but for now the best protection is thought to be regular and thorough hand-washing.

    You should also:

    • Avoid contact with people who are unwell
    • Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue
    • Throw away any used tissues and wash your hands
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

    Many places are also recommending and implementing social distancing measures.

    You can read the latest UK advice here, and click here to find out more about the symptoms and how to protect yourself.

  9. US approves rapid testing kits

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new test that can positively detect coronavirus in five minutes.

    Abbott Laboratories, which makes the kit, says they expect to sell 50,000 tests per day beginning next week.

    The company says it takes 13 minutes to deliver a negative result.

    The US has struggled to deploy rapid testing, with some available kits taking nearly a week to deliver results.

    Senator Rand Paul, the highest ranked US lawmaker to come down with Covid-19 so far, took six days to get his own test results back.

    During that time he returned to work on Capitol Hill, where he risked spreading the virus to other lawmakers.

    A nurse in Seattle holds coronavirus test kits.
  10. Help for UK businesses in trouble

    Katie Prescott

    Today business presenter

    Over the past few weeks, we've had a number of measures to cushion businesses through the crisis.

    The business secretary said that banks were currently processing thousands of applications for the loan scheme, which he referenced in his speech.

    We've also seen support for salaries of workers who might have been laid off as businesses shutdown.

    But the new measures that Mr Sharma announced today are on the other end of the spectrum.

    They are looking at what happens when businesses get into trouble.

    And what he's announced is a suspension of what are known as wrongful trading rules. Which means, if a company is really struggling, its directors can be held personably liable for keeping that business going.

    Mr Sharma said the government was going to suspend those rules temporarily - backdated to 1 March.

    So if your business is struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak, you won't be held liable for keeping it trading during that period.

  11. BreakingItaly's death toll hits 10,000

    Another terrible day for Italy, with another 889 deaths in 24 hours. Italy has now seen 10,023 deaths and 92,472 cases. Some 70,065 are currently infected and 12,384 have recovered.

  12. New York governor: 'I don't like the sound of it'

    Asked again about Mr Trump's claim that a lockdown of New York would be "enforceable", Governor Andrew Cuomo repeats that he doesn't even understand what the president suggested.

    "I don't even know what that means. I don't know how that can be legally enforceable. And from a medical point of view, I don't know what you would be accomplishing."

    "But I can tell you I don't even like the sound of it, not really knowing what it is. But I don't like the sound of it."

  13. UK government briefing: Main points

    Alok Sharma

    We've just finished hearing from the UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma and the medical director of NHS England Prof Stephen Powis on the latest developments in the UK. Earlier we heard that another 260 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the number to 1,019.

    Here are the key points:

    • Prof Powis said if the UK were to keep the number of deaths from coronavirus below 20,000, "we will have done very well"
    • London, which is ahead of the rest of the country in terms of coronavirus cases, is not yet at capacity for intensive care unit beds
    • Mr Sharma said the government would improve the insolvency system to give companies extra time and space to "weather the storm"
    • He also promised to "boost the supply" of personal protective equipment to frontline staff on the NHS
    • Mr Sharma said the rules around testing of new products would be relaxed, in particular on hand sanitiser, to allow producers to bring products to market "in a matter of days"
    • The prime minister, who has tested positive for Covid-19, is displaying "mild symptoms" and continues to lead the government "from the front", Mr Sharma said.
  14. How long can I exercise for each day?

    Cyclists

    As we all get used to new restrictions in the UK, people have been getting in touch to ask us questions.

    One reader from York asked: "Is there a time limit on how long we can be outside for once-a-day exercise, and are we allowed to get in our car to travel to go for a walk?"

    The restrictions did not originally state whether people could use their car to get to, say, a beauty spot in order to take exercise.

    However, the government has now said that people should "stay local" and use open spaces near their home. Several police forces have tried to discourage people from making non-essential journeys, fearing that it could encourage overcrowding - and with it, the spread of the virus.

    You can read our answers to more of your questions here.

  15. Cuomo responds to Trump on NY quarantine

    Governor Cuomo is asked during his briefing about President Trump's suggestion that he may enforce a quarantine on New York and surrounding states.

    "I didn't speak to him about any quarantine," says Mr Cuomo, adding that he was late to today's briefing because he had been speaking on the phone to Mr Trump.

    "I haven't had those conversations. I don't even know what that means."

  16. Anger as London market stays open

    The "uber middle class" area of West Hampstead in London has been trending on Twitter today after photos and videos of its farmers' market were shared widely.

    Many have been angered by scenes of people not observing social distancing rules at a time when shopping is supposed to be kept to a minimum.

    "West Hampstead market still open. I suppose the need for organic and ethically sourced kumquat aromatherapy oil has never been higher," one user sarcastically tweeted.

    "There appears to be absolutely no social distancing at West Hampstead farmers market whatsoever. This is mad," tweeted Oliver Cooper, a Conservative councillor for Hampstead.

  17. UK working 'around the clock' to get citizens back

    Alok Sharma concludes the UK briefing by addressing a question about whether the UK has been slower than other countries in repatriating its citizens currently overseas.

    "I don't think that's the case," he says. "Where there have been other options for British nationals to come back to the UK, we have laid on repatriation flights. And we will continue to work around the clock to make sure that we get out people back."

  18. Trump: 'New York area should be quarantined'

    Trump

    While the New York governor delivers his daily briefing, President Trump tells reporters he is thinking of enacting a quarantine on New York, as well as Connecticut and New Jersey.

    "We’d like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot — New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined," he said on his way to Virginia to see a US Navy hospital ship off on its two-day journey to New York City.

    "I’m thinking about that right now. We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine - short-term two weeks for New York, probably New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.”

  19. New York briefing under way

    Andrew Cuomo holds a "bag valve mask"
    Image caption: "This is the alternative to ventilators," says Gov Cuomo

    "This is the alternative to ventilators," says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, holding up a "bag valve mask" - device that is manually operated.

    "We're actually buying these" by the thousands, he continues, adding that the New York National Guard is now being trained to operate them.

    "It's relatively simple, but you need a lot of people to operate this for 24 hours a day for each patient," he says, adding "no, thank you."

    Science, he says, shows the apex of the coronavirus outbreak will require 30,000 respiratory ventilators - which cost $25,000-$45,000 apiece. The state is rapidly seeking to acquire them, and President Donald Trump has ordered a car manufacturer in Detroit to build more.

    However, "you go to war with what you have, not with what you need," Mr Cuomo says.

    He says the "war", meaning the apex, is to come in the next 14-21 days, and the time to prepare is now.

  20. Prof Powis: You have the chance to save a life

    Wrapping up, the medical director of NHS England Prof Powis continues: "I cannot emphasise enough to everybody watching today that you have the chance to save a life.

    "It really is as simple as that. It's not complex. The science behind it might be complex, but the reality is incredibly simple.

    "Avoid contact with others were you can. Stay at home. If you're symptomatic isolate - and that will result in fewer deaths and less pressure on the NHS. It is that stark for all of us."