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Live Reporting

Harriet Agerholm, James Law and Jennifer Meierhans

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now...

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Thanks for joining us today. We know it's an incredibly difficult time for everybody during the coronavirus outbreak.

    But we hope that shining a light on some of the acts of kindness happening in communities has added a bit of brightness to your day.

    Look after yourselves and join us tomorrow as we cover the latest impact of the coronavirus on life across the country.

  2. Pub chain delivers free food to NHS staff

    BBC Midlands

    A restaurant chain is offering free food to NHS staff from today.

    Oakman Inns is providing takeaway meals to health service staff to support hospitals busy treating patients with coronavirus.

    Peter Borg-Neal

    CEO Peter Borg-Neal told BBC Midlands Today: "We are going to use our pubs to feed NHS workers either by delivery or collection and that will be for free.

    "We've got some people backing us and we want to support the government, support the NHS and just help the country get through this."

  3. Volunteers flock to join community support groups

    The number of mutual aid groups in the UK has topped 2,500 in 10 days.

    An umbrella organisation co-ordinating the volunteering effort estimates 2.5 million are now members.

    The online groups work to deliver help to people isolated during the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Kelsey Mohamed

    The first launched in Lewisham on Thursday, 13 March.

    National co-ordinator Kelsey Mohamed said: “This network shows very clearly that we are going to pull through this crisis by pulling together.”

  4. 'My neighbour dropped off a box of food for us'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Stu in Trowbridge, Wiltshire said his neighbour Carol had been to three supermarkets to put together a food parcel for him and his wife.

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  5. Taking up an instrument to pass the time

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    Video caption: Music shop in Greater Manchester reporting brisk business

    Many people are turning to music to pass the hours... and not just listening to it.

    Marvel Guitars in Timperley, Greater Manchester, has seen a surge in demand for musical instruments in recent days.

    "Ukuleles have flown out this week," said owner Rick Manning. "It's something that young kids can just pick up and start."

  6. Engineer helps children ‘believe in themselves’

    Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

    Digital Journalist

    Ben Edmonds

    A Dyson engineer in Bristol has been sharing his skills online for free to inspire young self-isolating people to feel like they can “change people’s lives”.

    Ben Edmonds, 38, said the current climate was the perfect opportunity to pass on his skills to young people stuck inside.

    Mr Edmonds said: “If you can problem-solve you are useful to society”.

    He added: “I want to change people’s lives and help people believe in themselves in this difficult time”.

    The engineer has been streaming his STEM challenges everyday from his Facebook page from 12:00 GMT with audiences logging in from around the world.

  7. West Brom use football to explain virus spread

    The science behind the coronavirus and how it spreads can be quite difficult to get your head around, so West Brom have used something lots of people understand to get the message across - football.

    It shows how quickly cases of the virus can multiply and encourages people to stay indoors to limit the spread.

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  8. Singing Dentist's Covid-19 rap parody goes viral

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    A doctor dubbed the "Singing Dentist" has gone viral with his rap parody about Covid-19.

    Singing to a familar tune by rapper Vanilla Ice, Dr Milad Shadrooh, who is based in Basingstoke, replaces the "Ice Ice Baby" lyrics with "Corona Virus Baby" in his video on Facebook.

    He says he's "not making light" of the situation but is trying to "make people smile" in these difficult times.

    The post has been shared more than 112,000 times and as garnered more than 12,000 comments.

  9. Bettys tearooms sends cakes to hospital staff

    Julia Bryson

    Journalist, BBC Yorkshire

    Yorkshire's famous tearooms, Bettys, made sure unsold bread and cakes did not go to waste by sending them to local NHS staff at the weekend.

    The group decided to close its cafes - based in York, Harrogate, Ilkley and Northallerton - on Saturday, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Bettys delivery to Airedale hospital

    Zoe Beedham, deputy branch manager at Bettys in Ilkley, decided to send supplies to the staff at Airedale Hospital in Steeton.

    She said: "We wanted to help support the amazing key workers, like those in the NHS, who are working so hard to look after us all.

    "So, we put together a care package of Fat Rascals [a type of scone], bread and treats in an effort to deliver a bit of cheer to the hospital staff."

    Bettys delivery to Airedale Hospital
  10. Birthday surprise for self-isolating Nanny Trish

    Self-isolating Nanny Trish thought she would be spending her birthday alone.

    She had planned to open her two birthday cards at separate points of the day, to drag out the hours.

    Her daughter, Lisa Mahon, told BBC reporter Catherine Mackie she had been very sad about the whole thing.

    But she had not reckoned on her children and neighbours in Cannock, West Midlands, getting into the party spirit.

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    Video caption: Birthday surprise for self-isolating 'Nanny' Trish
  11. Couple put up Christmas lights amid virus 'gloom'

    Claire and Danny Marsh are self-isolating with their two young children.

    House covered in Christmas decorations during coronavirus outbreak
  12. Lottery winner's anti-stockpiling potato giveaway

    Susan Herdman holding potatoes
    Image caption: Susan Herdman said it was "lovely" to "make people smile"

    A lottery winner has given out thousands of potatoes from her farm to help deal with food shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying.

    Susan Herdman, 51, hand-picked the vegetables before giving them free of charge to people in North Yorkshire.

    She delivered spuds to self-isolating families and a home for disabled children in Boroughbridge.

    Ms Herdman took action after hearing about people stockpiling food, leading to empty shelves at supermarkets.

  13. The Londoners helping others during the outbreak

    Many Londoners are helping each other to get through the coronavirus outbreak.

    Charlie Watkinson set up the community group Nunhead Knocks, which matches people who need support with those who can help.

    Jessica O'Neill, in Tower Hamlets, is cooking healthy meals for people who have lost their jobs due to the outbreak, or for delivery to those in self-isolation.

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    Video caption: The Londoners helping others during coronavirus

    Alex Lacey is a tourist guide, but with no tours happening, she's teaching people online about London instead.

    Tammy Foster in Ealing is uploading yoga and wellbeing videos to keep people physically and mentally healthy.

  14. NHS workers thank 'lovely man' who left gifts

    Screenshot of box
    Image caption: Nikki Jane thanked the donor on an Oxford Facebook group offering support

    NHS workers have thanked a "lovely man" who left shoe boxes full of gifts on the tops of cars of staff.

    One box, which contained chocolates, a gin and tonic and a shopping voucher, as well as hand cream and a toilet roll, had a message inside signed from "James".

    The message read: "Just a little thank you, hopefully you find some of this useful. When all of this is over, get yourself a treat."

    In a post on Facebook showing the box, Nikki Jane said the gifts had "brought tears to our eyes" as she thanked James on behalf of "everyone" at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

  15. Boxers sing for 'cheer-up challenge'

    Boxers and singing - two things you wouldn't necessarily associate with each another.

    But former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew has started a social media campaign to "get people smiling" by having a sing-song.

    Eddie Hearn

    Eddie Hearn, Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton are among those to get involved.

    It's is all part of the "cheer-up challenge" where social media users sing a song of their choice and nominate three of their followers to do the same.

  16. Bakery offers free drinks to NHS workers

    Sue Paz

    BBC South

    Free hot drinks are being offered to NHS workers in Dorset by a 110-year-old family bakery.

    Oxford's Bakery, which is based in Alweston but has stores in Sherborne, Bournemouth and Sturminster Newton, is giving free tea and coffee to all NHS workers "no matter what department you work in", owner Steve Oxford said.

    He added it was "our way of saying thanks".

    Its shops remain open but the cafe areas have closed.

    Oxford bakery

    The firm is now focusing on delivery boxes of "essential items" - including bread, milk and cheese - to vulnerable people living in the towns and villages but is looking for "local heroes" to volunteer to help deliver the goods.

    It has also opened a "drive-through" bakery, with hatch service, at its base in Alweston.

    "We just want to help as many people as we possibly can," Mr Oxford, who is homeschooling two children at the same time as baking, said.

  17. Who should self-isolate and for how long?

    Everyone who shows coronavirus symptoms - a fever of above 37.8C, a persistent cough or breathing problem - and everyone who lives with them should self isolate.

    Here's a chart to explain and there's more information here.

    Guide to self isolating
  18. Schoolchildren get fit with Joe Wicks

    Simone Stewart

    BBC News Online

    Children around England have been getting fit with fitness coach Joe Wicks.

    He taught a PE lesson online for children at home after schools were closed last week in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    The video streamed on YouTube has been viewed more than two million times.

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    Video caption: Children off school do online PE session
  19. Nurse exam success marked by 'distant' neighbours

    Chequers Lane in Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

    A group of neighbours celebrated an exam success "together but apart" by bringing chairs out on the street.

    The friends, who live in Chequers Lane, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire, wanted to celebrate Helen Wood passing her prescribing nurse exam.

    They could not get together in their usual way due to social distancing advice, so sat in their front gardens.

    One of them, Elke Hegarty, said: "We weren't going to let that blinking old virus stop us."