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Live Reporting

Harriet Agerholm, Rob England, Jay Vydelingum and James Law

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for staying positive with us

    Rob England

    BBC News

    We hope you enjoyed today's positive news live stream.

    Keeping up to date with the news is important, especially in the current climate, but it's just as important to see the work of the amazing individuals and communities doing their best to make the country a better place.

    We hope you've seen a few examples of that here today.

    Stay safe, and join us tomorrow at 07:30 as we cover the latest impact of the coronavirus on life across the country.

    I'll leave you with this picture that Louise Oriol sent us from Cambridgeshire.

    Rainbow painting on a fence
  2. 'Our staff are believers!'

    Rob England

    BBC News

    If you've seen the film Shrek, you'll have heard a cover of the classic song I'm a Believer by the Monkees.

    NHS staff at University Hospitals of North Midlands have taken it to the next level and made a dance to the original catchy tune.

    Tracey Trevor, who choreographed it said: "we are all believers in the NHS and each other during this challenging time."

    NHS staff dancing
  3. Coronavirus outbreak hits Ambridge

    The long-running BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers is going to feature a coronavirus storyline.

    Producers said the episodes - from early-May - will feature fewer interacting characters "sharing more of their private thoughts with the listener", reflecting social distancing across the UK.


    Actors will record the forthcoming episodes from their homes, rather than busy studios, to protect the numerous cast and crew.

  4. 'Thank you NHS heroes' graffiti appears in Leeds

    A painter from Leeds who is best known for his colourful murals of Leeds United on telecom boxes has changed tack - to say thank you to the NHS.

    thank you NHS on telecom box

    Andy McVeigh, who has dubbed himself the 'Burley Banksy', has spent many months painting street furniture with drawings of his beloved Leeds United.

    But as the football is paused because of the coronavirus outbreak, Andy has been painting "Thank yous" to the NHS.

    The boxes are outside Leeds General Infirmary and he says if it lifts just one nurse's spirits it's "the best art I've done".

    thank you NHS on telecom box
  5. Isolated man thanks community for 'kind words and help'


    When you don't know anyone in an area it is difficult to know who to turn to when you need help.

    That's what happened to David, who has thanked his local community for rallying around him after a police appeal.

    At the weekend David, who is in his 70s, had to break his month-long isolation to get food - and didn't have anyone to turn to for help.

    Officers in his hometown of Aldershot, Hampshire, found him on the way to a supermarket and posted about the encounter on Facebook. The incident then attracted a huge amount support from volunteers willing to help out.

    David has since been contacted by a charity who are now doing his shopping.

    In an update, officers said: "David wanted us to thank you on his behalf for all your kind words and kind offers of help, he has had a cottage pie delivered today and said it’s delicious and he now has someone who will be doing his shopping for him."

  6. Rugby club donates thousands of meals to hospitals

    Mr Crossan at Watford General Hospital

    More than 100,000 meals will be made and delivered to NHS staff in London, by London Irish Rugby Club and waste firm, Powerday, the club has announced.

    A spokesman said the meals would be created at London Irish's Hazelwood training ground and transported by drivers from both companies.

    Edward Crossan, from Powerday and whose family own London Irish Rugby Club said: "Those working on the frontline during this epidemic are true heroes.

    "The number of lives they will save over the coming weeks will be in the thousands and we will all know someone affected by this disease. It goes without saying that we owe them a great debt of gratitude."

  7. London's new Covid-19 hospital is an 'extraordinary team effort'

    Jay Vydelingum

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: NHS boss Simon Stevens says the site is an 'extraordinary team effort'

    London's Docklands area is now home to a temporary Covid-19 hospital.

    The new Nightingale hospital in the ExCeL Centre will create the extra capacity needed because the number of people being hospitalised is "bound to increase".

  8. Olympian launches free 'lunchtime workouts'

    Looks like fitness guru Joe Wicks has some competition.

    Olympic champion Daley Thompson has said he is hosting free workouts online "to keep people physically and mentally fit" during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The free 10 minute classes will be released on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 12:00 GMT.

    You access the workouts here.

    Daley Thompson
    Quote Message: I am filming and live streaming new exercise routines three times a week as part of an effort to support the nation’s mental and physical health during this critical time. Free of charge, accessible to all." from Daley Thompson
    Daley Thompson
  9. England international on 'life in lockdown in France'

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport has begun a new series catching up with sports personalities who currently have no sport to play during the coronavirus lockdown.

    First up is England rugby league player Sam Tomkins....

    Sam Tomkins

    Tomkins swapped Wigan for the south of France last year when he joined Super League club Catalans Dragons.

    But now he and his family find themselves in lockdown like the rest of the country.

    From the outskirts of Perpignan, Tomkins shares stories of life under curfew at night time, being stopped on the way to the supermarket by French police and suddenly having more DIY jobs to do around the house!

  10. Key workers given free parking

    Anna Khoo

    BBC Shared Data Unit

    At least 130 councils have announced they're waiving parking charges for key workers, including NHS staff.

    Some have issued special permits or set aside certain spaces for them to use, while some have suspended charges altogether.

    Those that have made changes include Middlesbrough, Mansfield, Luton and Plymouth, the Local Democracy Reporting Service found.

    Local authorities are also redeploying some staff, such as those in council-run gyms that have been ordered to shut down, to other essential tasks.

    Pay and display sign

    Parking operator NCP is offering free parking where it has control of charges to those who have to travel, although many of its car parks have also closed.

    Councillor James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: "No health worker, social care worker or anyone volunteering for the NHS, should have to pay parking charges as they tackle the coronavirus and support communities."

  11. Perfect Day: Lou Reed classic spreads cheer

    Harriet Agerholm

    BBC News

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Perfect Day video singalong for Roade school

    A primary school has made its own version of Lou Reed's hit song Perfect Day to boost morale amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Children, parents and teachers at Roade Primary in Northamptonshire, who are all staying at home, filmed themselves each singing a line of the 1972 classic.

    Head teacher Mark Currell said he wanted families to know the school was "thinking about them all".

  12. 'It’s been a whirlwind, but we are making a difference'

    As well as the surge of volunteers stepping forward to help the NHS there are armies of people doing good in their local communities.

    Katie Dixon, a nursing student at Birmingham City University, has recruited nearly 1,000 people in the city to help vulnerable people, with 250 more volunteers waiting to start, according to the university.

    She said it "quickly became apparent" more people wanted to help in her own area, Kings Heath, so she set up a separate group to coordinate it.

    Katie Dixon
    Quote Message: We have a real sense of community where I live, which is so lovely, especially at a time like this when so many are worried. It’s been a whirlwind, but we are making a difference and that’s what it’s all about. We’re still being inundated with offers of help and now the elderly and vulnerable in our local area are getting in touch for support. It’s been hard work, but to know we are making a difference, even if only at a local postcode level, is everything." from Katie Dixon
    Katie Dixon
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    Video caption: Coronavirus: ICU nurse visits triplets from driveway

    Graham Bell is living in a hotel because his wife and triplets are at risk from coronavirus complications.

  14. MP returns to NHS as volunteer doctor

    An MP went back to work as a doctor "volunteering on the NHS front line".

    Kieran Mullan

    Kieran Mullan, Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich, said on Sunday he was back at work as a volunteer and urged people to stay at home to save lives.

    On Facebook he gave thanks to the hundreds of thousands of people that have also volunteered to help.

    "Thank-you for the comments but the thanks should really be for the people that do this day in, day out all year round," he said.

    Dr Mullan was elected in the December general election.

  15. Care home resident picks up paintbrush

    James Law

    BBC News

    The advice to stay at home means many people suddenly have more time on their hands.

    James, a 105-year-old resident of a care home in Manchester, is clearly a dab hand with a paintbrush and has been putting smiles on people's faces with his brilliant portraits.

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  16. Thanking the NHS

    Harriet Agerholm

    BBC News

    People across the UK are looking for ways they can express their gratitude to NHS staff amid the coronavirus epidemic.

    James Mulligan, 31, set up a Facebook group for people who want to shower their local hospital staff with thank-you cards and gifts after the worst of the outbreak is over.

    James Mulligan

    Mr Mulligan, from Gillingham in Kent, was "shocked" when 300 people joined the group in 24 hours.

    "It basically just started as trying to get a few friends to rally round and do it for the local hospital, but it's kind of gone as far as West Yorkshire," he says.

  17. NHS staff say thank-you to the public

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Staff at a Kent hospital made a short video to thank people observing the social distancing advice.

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  18. #WeAreOneTeam - Premier League stars join forces

    Footballers from the 20 Premier League clubs have come together to help share an important message as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

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    Video caption: Premier League stars urge fans to stay at home to fight Covid-19

    England internationals Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Tyrone Mings are among those stressing the importance of staying at home while football along with most of daily life remains on hold.

    Watch their #WeAreOneTeam message above.

  19. Virtual quizzer hosts challenge for kids

    A man whose online pub quiz took off on social media has now created a quiz for kids.

    Jay Flynn, a former pub landlord from Darwen, in Lancashire, originally set up the event for a few friends but more than 300,000 people played along at home.

    He is now organising more quiz nights while raising money for NHS staff and volunteers.

    His latest offering is a quiz for younger kids.

    Good luck everyone!

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