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Live Reporting

Rob England, Kathryn Hamlett, Tom Garry and Mark McGregor

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off for the evening

    We are now bringing today's live updates on this page to a close but you can still keep up to date with all the latest coronavirus news by checking the BBC England page as well as following ongoing BBC News coverage.

    Our live updates from across England will resume from 08:00 GMT on Friday. Until then, take care.

  2. 'I miss being stuck in traffic'

    Roads in cities across England are slowly emptying as people replace their tedious commute with rolling out of bed and straight on to their laptops at home.

    Mark from Durham, who delivers car parts to garages for a living, says the lack of other vehicles on the road is both "incredible" and "weird".

    "Normally I'm caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic," he told BBC Radio Newcastle. "It takes me half an hour to get across town. Today, it took me 15 minutes.

    "To be honest with you, I miss it. It's weird for me not to be stuck in traffic. It's incredible."

  3. TV doctor Dr Dawn Harper clarifies advice to people in their 70s

    TV doctor Dr Dawn Harper has been clarifying the guidance on self-isolation for people in their 70s.

    She was speaking to BBC Somerset’s Claire Carter earlier today.

    “Anyone who is offered an NHS flu vaccine - you are at risk.

    “That means you need to take social distancing very seriously.

    “Yes you can go out but you need to stay two metres apart from other people.”

    Dr Dawn Harper
  4. Reminder: How do I know if I have coronavirus?

    People who are showing particular symptoms are being told to self-isolate in order to stop the coronavirus from spreading further.

    In the UK, if you have a fever or a persistent cough, you should stay at home for seven days. The people you live with should stay at home for 14 days, and have food and medicine delivered.

    But how do you know if you’re just ill, feeling a bit ropey or if you have the symptoms of coronavirus? What do the symptoms of coronavirus feel like?

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    Video caption: How do I know if I have coronavirus?
  5. Delivering twice as many crates of food as normal

    An Ocado delivery driver has told the BBC some customers' online food orders have been twice their normal size.

    Ocado suspended its online shopping service on Wednesday. One of the firm's drivers, Glenn from Romford, told BBC Essex: "You notice the weight of the van goes up.

    "Customers normally averaging between three-four crates per delivery are now averaging between seven and eight crates.

    "People have also been accepting all substitutions - they don't care what it is."

  6. Nurse begs people to stop panic-buying

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    Video caption: Critical care nurse Dawn was driven to despair by the actions of panic-buyers

    Dawn, who works in critical care, had been working for 48 hours when she stopped at the supermarket to pick up fruit and veg.

    The exhausted nurse found there was nothing left and is begging people to stop stripping the shelves so people like her, who are likely to be looking after those hit by coronavirus, can stay healthy.

  7. Tom Grennan: 'Let's bring communities back together'

    Sarah Lee

    BBC London

    Tom Grennan

    Musician Tom Grennan has been helping out during the coronavirus crisis by buying groceries for the elderly as well as offering to walk their dogs.

    The 25-year-old, who lives in Hackney, has been lending a hand in Dalston, Shoreditch and Bethnal Green.

    In an interview with the BBC, he said he was inspired to help after he saw an old lady struggling while people in the supermarket were panic-buying around her.

    "She had a little dog with her as well and I thought if I'm walking my dog, then I could go out and walk her dog as well as other people's dogs.

    "I think we should all be positive if we can and bring communities back together."

    He said he is currently helping about five people after their grandchildren contacted him on social media.

    "As a nation we should all be helping each other out - especially those who are really in need, like the elderly. I just think we should all stop and think about our health. That's all that matters."

  8. How bad information goes viral

    Graphic of social media and virus

    Bad information about the pandemic is everywhere. This is how one dodgy post spread.

    How bad information goes viral

    Graphic of social media and virus

    Bad information about the pandemic is everywhere. This is how one dodgy post spread.

    Read more
  9. Self-isolating jurors discharged in PC death trial

    PC Andrew Harper
    Image caption: PC Andrew Harper was responding to a report of a quad bike theft in Berkshire

    Two jurors in the trial of three teenagers accused of murdering a police officer have been discharged because they are self-isolating.

    One of them developed a fever and another is self-isolating because her son is showing coronavirus symptoms.

    The Old Bailey has heard PC Harper died after being dragged along a country road near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, in August.

    Henry Long, 18, and two 17-year-old boys deny murder.

    You can read more about this here.

  10. 'I hope they're not off until September'

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Parents 'anxious' about school closures

    Parents have been giving their reaction to the announcement schools will be closing from Friday.

  11. Pub hands out toilet roll to locals

    The Jolly Roger in Hampshire has plenty to spare after it offered to swap beer for loo roll.

    Pub hands out toilet roll to locals

    Jolly Roger

    The Jolly Roger in Hampshire has plenty to spare after it offered to swap beer for loo roll.

    Read more
  12. A slice of joy as hospital workers given free takeaway

    NHS workers at a hospital in Portsmouth were the happy recipients of a large quantity of pizza, donated by a local takeaway.

    Staff said on Facebook: "We can’t tell you how much gestures like this mean - teams loved the thoughtful handwritten messages inside the boxes!"

    pizza boxes
  13. No plans to put guards on M25 or trains

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    Lots of rumours have been circulating about what or what might not happen in these strange times.

    One rumour circulating London was firmly quashed:

    View more on twitter
  14. Church advises weddings with just five people

    Church wedding ceremonies are to be limited to five attendees - including the couple getting married - after new advice was issued today by the Church of England.

    The guidance also says that priests will not be required to touch the rings or the couple’s hands as part of a prayer or blessing.

    Reading of banns will not be possible because regular public worship services have been suspended, but couples can apply for a licence through a different procedure instead.

    Similar measures are being recommended for baptisms.

    The Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, said: “Couples and parents, friends and families will have been planning for months, even years for their special moment, whether a wedding or a christening.

    “Now it can go ahead – but with only the minimum required in attendance. You may need to cancel or postpone.”

  15. 'Antibody testing will become incredibly important'

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Testing to see who had Covid-19 without knowing

    The UK's chief scientific adviser says there is an aim to develop testing to see who might have immunity.

  16. Queen praises scientists and emergency services

    Queen Elizabeth II

    The Queen has praised scientists, medical practitioners and those working in the emergency and public services in a statement this afternoon.

    "We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them," she said.

    "At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.

    "We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals - today and in the coming days, weeks and months.

    "Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."