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Live Reporting

Rob England, Jay Vydelingum, Adam Williams and David Schaffer

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for being with us

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    That's all from our latest updates across England for today on the coronavirus pandemic.

    You can of course keep up to date with all the news and information from your region on our England news page here.

    We'll be back with more from 07:30 GMT on Thursday and until then, stay safe and healthy.

  2. MP joins NHS volunteers

    Edward Timpson, MP for Eddisbury, Cheshire, has joined the NHS Volunteer responders.

    In a YouTube video he urged other people in the community to register to become a volunteer and help the NHS.

    He also thanked people for the work that they are already doing.

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  3. 'One flight a day' from Southampton

    Southampton Airport

    Southampton Airport is to operate just one "critical" flight a day, providing a "vital link" for Channel Island residents during the coronavirus crisis.

    The Blue Islands and Aurigny lunchtime flight will take off for Jersey and Guernsey, with Southampton also ready to handle potential medical flights from the islands.

    Airport managing director Neil Garwood said: "These are unprecedented times for us all, and airlines have reacted accordingly and rightly to temporarily suspend their schedules."

  4. Can you do the monkey stretch?

    The Green Goddess has come out of retirement to take to our screens again for a daily home workout.

    Diana Moran aims to keep the nation fit during the Coronavirus lockdown and earlier, on BBC Breakfast, she showed us how to do the monkey stretch.

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  5. Friends celebrate virtual 40th birthday

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    Video caption: Paula McDonnell's friends made sure she had a smile on her face

    Paula McDonnell was supposed to be celebrating her 40th birthday on a night out in Worcester with her closest friends.

    But like so many other people she's been forced to abandon her plans because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Not wanting to cancel the celebrations altogether her friends organised a virtual party on the Zoom video app.

    From the comfort of their own homes the group were able to mark the milestone and put a smile on Paula's face.

  6. Radio presenter helps woman see daughter's funeral

    A 76-year-old self-isolating woman was able to see her daughter's funeral, thanks to help from BBC Local Radio.

    Ivy, from Woodbridge in Suffolk, called into Justin Dealey's show which broadcasts across the East of England and Kent on Saturday nights.

    She was "very emotional" about not being able to go to her daughter Trish's funeral, but Justin arranged for the funeral directors to stream the service live on Facebook.

    BBC Radio Suffolk then sent a member of staff with a laptop to allow Ivy to watch the funeral at a crematorium in Norwich.

    Ivy's thankyou card to the BBC's Justin Dealey

    Presenter helps woman see daughter's funeral

    Justin Dealey

    Justin Dealey spoke to a "very emotional" Ivy about missing the service for her daughter Trish.

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  7. A&E doctor's 'frontline diary' on pandemic fight

    Frontline doctor and Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan has started an online diary about her experiences of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

    Dr Allin-Khan is MP for Tooting and works at St George's Hospital, which is in her London constituency.

    BBC Radio 4's Today programme will be broadcasting her diaries and here's the first in the series.

    View more on twitter
  8. Camper van couple stranded in Istanbul

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    Video caption: Chris and Marianna Fisher, from Shropshire, have been on the road since January

    A couple from Shropshire who set off on a round-the-world trip in a camper van now find themselves trapped in a deserted public car park, in the Turkish capital, Istanbul.

    Chris and Marianne Fisher, from Shropshire, left in January and have thousands of people following their exploits on their Tread the Globe website.

    The coronavirus outbreak has left them as the sole residents of a £10-a-night car park, although they do have access to washing and toilet facilities at a neighbouring sports ground.

  9. Cricketers turn pub business into village shop

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: England star Broad turns closed restaurant into community shop

    England cricketer Stuart Broad and his Nottinghamshire team-mate Harry Gurney have turned the pub they run into a village shop to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Fast bowlers Broad and Gurney started their "Tap and Run" pub in the Leicestershire countryside a few years ago.

    The pair have now reopened part of the premises in the village of Upper Broughton as a shop, with strict numbers on how many customers are allowed in at one time.

  10. Football clubs kick off '#Tickets4NHS' campaign

    Brighton and Hove Albion have started a campaign for football clubs to donate match day tickets to NHS workers.

    In a statement the club said it was inviting other Premier League, EFL, Scottish and Northern Irish senior clubs to join in and ring fence about 1,000 tickets for healthcare staff.

    Chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said: "We fully appreciate football is the last thing on anyone’s minds at this moment, but we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to."

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  11. Family's plea after Covid-19 death of daughter, 21

    Chloe Middleton

    The family of a 21-year-old woman who has died from Covid-19 has urged the public to "do your bit".

    Chloe Middleton, from Buckinghamshire, had no apparent underlying health conditions.

    Ms Middleton's mother Diane wrote on Facebook: “To all the people out there that think it’s just a virus, please think again.

    "Speaking from personal experience, this so-called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter.”

  12. Boy shares his coronavirus story with classmates

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Newcastle boy writes story for friends

    A six-year-old boy has written a story and shared it online with his friends as they social distance during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Oscar Ross, from Gosforth in Newcastle, hopes it will help with homeschooling while his father Gary hopes it will encourage other children and parents to share their creative ideas.

  13. Kane shares his #StayHomeSaveLives message

    Harry Kane would normally be looking forward to another weekend of Premier League football right now.

    But the Tottenham Hotspur and England striker has taken to Twitter to share this message with the country on lockdown.

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  14. Stranded Britons helped back home

    Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell
    Image caption: Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell

    Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell said her office has helped bring five people back to the UK from Cyprus and Spain after they were stranded abroad due to coronavirus.

    She also said they were helping four other people in New Zealand, as well as one person in Peru and another constituent in Bali.

    However, she said she had not received a request from help from Eastbourne’s ex-Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd who is stuck in New Zealand.

    Ms Ansell, the resort’s Conservative MP, said: “Stephen is my constituent and I stand ready to help him, if he would like me to.”

  15. RNLI suspends beach lifeguard patrols

    RNLI
    Image caption: The RNLI said seeing lifeguards would encourage people to travel to beaches which is against government advice on essential travel

    Beach lifeguard patrols are being suspended "until further notice" amid the coronavirus pandemic, the RNLI has announced.

    Lifeguards had been due to start duties at a number of beaches this weekend but the RNLI has postponed the patrols.

    It said seeing lifeguards would "encourage people to visit beaches", which is against the government's advice on essential travel.

    The RNLI patrols 240 UK beaches in the summer and employs 390 lifeguards.

  16. Lockdown street's 'Happy Birthday' to Sophia

    A Southampton street under lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic has come together to sing Happy Birthday to an eight-year-old girl.

    Residents of Cobden Gardens in the city's Bitterne Park area came up with the idea after Sophia's parents mentioned it was their daughter's birthday, in a community WhatsApp chat.

    People living nearby gathered in their front gardens or opened their windows to sing to Sophia at 10:00 GMT, with a local music teacher joining in on the trumpet.

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    Video caption: Southampton street sings happy birthday to eight-year-old girl
  17. 'Flooding prepared us to mobilise as a community'

    Snaith and East Cowick

    Support networks created during the floods last month have prepared communities in East Yorkshire to cope with the pandemic, a vicar has said.

    Dozens of homes and businesses in Snaith and East Cowick were inundated in February when the River Aire burst its banks after heavy rainfall.

    Rev Eleanor Robertshaw said the flooding "prepared us to mobilise as a community".

    "As a community we've once again come together," she said.

  18. Artist to run cartoon classes for stay-at-home families

    Sheffield artist Pete McKee is to run a series of online cartoon workshops to help occupy families forced to stay at home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Pete McKee

    Mr McKee, who is well known around the city for his work, often featuring images of working class life, said he planned to post a new video on YouTube every Wednesday at midday.

    Writing on Twitter he said he hoped people would have as much fun watching them as he did making them.

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