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Live Reporting

Daniel Wainwright, Kate Darlington, Lauren Potts, David Schaffer and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off for the week

    Much like pubs, restaurants, theatres, gyms and leisure centres across the country, our live updates on this page are also coming to a close for the night.

    However, coverage of the coronavirus pandemic continues across the BBC and you can find all the latest information on the BBC news website and app. We'll be back at 8am on Monday - in the mean time, take care and have a safe weekend.

  2. What happened on Friday?

    Let's round-up some of today's top stories, in case you're just checking your phone for the first time this evening.

    Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and more have all been told to close tonight, by the prime minister, as the government further steps up its measures to tackle the coronavirus.

    Schools across the nation have shut for the majority of pupils and, while it was an emotional day for many, some youngsters celebrated with proms and discos.

    And thousands of you have been trying hard to keep spirits up, like these dancing staff at Basildon Hospital.

    Lastly, here's a reminder of the virus' main symptoms.

  3. One of UK's biggest Velo events cancelled

    One of the biggest cycling events in the country has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    About 18,000 cyclists were expected to join the Velo Birmingham and Midlands on 21 June, taking in parts of the Black Country and Warwickshire.

    Entry fees, which can cost more than £80, will not be "immediately refunded" with organisers saying they had already paid out "unrecoverable" costs.

    They have yet to confirm whether entrants will be compensated in future.

    Velo cyclists in Coventry
  4. What are the risks on transport?

    As coronavirus continues to spread, the BBC has been receiving questions about how safe or unsafe certain modes of transport are.

    For example, it's a common belief that you are more likely to become ill on an aeroplane, because you're breathing "stale" air, but some scientists have actually said that the air on an aircraft may well be of better quality than on a train or a bus, because the air is being changed at a faster rate.

    So what are the risks? You can find more details here.

    And as a reminder, the government has advised against all non-essential travel.

  5. What wages support has the chancellor announced?

    Rishi Sunak

    Here's some more on precisely what the chancellor said earlier today.

    Rishi Sunak outlined: "We're setting up a new coronavirus job retention scheme. Every employer in the country will be eligible.

    "Government grants will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers, up to a total of £2,500 per month, just above the median income.

    "That means workers in any part of the UK can retain their job even if their employee can not afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary.

    "The scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March and will be open initially for at least three months. I will extend the scheme for longer if necessary."

    More details on the government's plans can be found here.

  6. 'Last orders, 19:00'

    We "respect and agree with the government's decision", says one pub in East London, as they close for the first time in 12 years.

    View more on twitter
  7. A reminder how to wash your hands


    How can we all protect ourselves? Regular and thorough hand-washing is the best thing to do, in conjunction with coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with infected people.

    You can find more key information here.

  8. Dame Vera Lynn uses 103rd birthday to buoy Britain

    The Forces’ Sweetheart performed to British troops during World War Two

    Dame Vera Lynn, who is famed for entertaining troops during World War Two, has called on the country to pull together.

    She used her 103rd birthday to call on the British public to find "moments of joy" during these "hard times".

    In a video message, she urged the nation to "keep smiling and keep singing”.

    Read more here.

  9. Watch: 'Close tonight', Johnson tells pubs and bars

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    Video caption: UK PM Boris Johnson announces closure of pub, bars and restaurants

    Cafes, pubs and restaurants must close from tonight, except for takeaway food, the prime minister has said.

    Boris Johnson told all the UK's nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close "as soon as they reasonably can".

  10. What next in the UK coronavirus fight?

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Coronavirus is spreading in the UK and the government is seeking ways to minimise its spread. Without drastic measures, it is feared that more than 250,000 people could die.

    What steps should I take, how long might restrictions be in place for and how has the UK's strategy changed?

    These are all questions many of you are asking right now and we have tried to provide some answers here.

  11. BREAKING: UK pubs and restaurants told to shut in virus fight

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    Cafes, pubs and restaurants must close from Friday night, except for take-away food, to tackle coronavirus, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

    Night clubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres have also been asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can".

    Mr Johnson said that, at present, "we need to keep people apart" - but that the situation will be reviewed each month.

  12. National Space Centre donates food to charity

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The UK National Space Centre has decided to donate food from its cafe to a local homeless charity, after closing on Wednesday to protect the public and staff.

    It's just another example of companies doing what they can to help people during the crisis, including indie supermarkets doing what they can for their communities and pubs handing out loo rolls.

    Food donations
  13. Firm delivers beer to homes instead

    A brewery in Reading that has been financially hit by advice to avoid pubs has switched to home deliveries instead and has had its "busiest ever day".

    The independently-owned Loddon Brewery said it had not received a trade order since Tuesday, but after deciding to focus solely on home deliveries, the firm said work soared.

    "We normally do takeaway beer, but that was only about 20% of our business. But we had to change that overnight," marketing manager Dan Hearn said.

    "We pulled in everyone - our head brewer is answering the phones, our assistant brewer is out driving the van. It's an all-hands-on-pump situation, our sales manager is out delivering direct to the customer."

    Loddon Brewery
  14. A visual guide to the pandemic

    The BBC has put together a series of maps and charts to try and help you get the latest information about the coronavirus situation.

    Click here to see them all.