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Live Reporting

Rob Stevens and Ben Jeffrey

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now

    That’s it for today's updates from around England, but we'll be back tomorrow with the latest on the coronavirus crisis.

    We hope you're able to enjoy your Saturday evening - while following the government's advice to stay at home.

    Thanks for joining us. Stay safe.

  2. Beach deserted despite spring sunshine

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A clampdown on travelling except for essential journeys has led to scenes of desertedness at one of south Devon's most popular beaches.

    Video content

    Video caption: Deserted Bigbury-on-Sea

    This shot shows how the sands at Bigbury-on-Sea, with views to Burgh Island, were deserted at 13:00 GMT.

    The main car park above the beach has been closed off by the council and signs are in place asking people to turn around.

  3. Does social distancing in the workplace need reinforcing?

    Rob Stevens

    There are calls for more guidance on social distancing in the workplace after both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock tested positive for coronavirus.

    Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says many companies are "nowhere near observing" distancing rules.

    He says he has been contacted by more than 300 members of the public, highlighting concerns at 150 firms.

  4. Birmingham has the most coronavirus cases in England

    Thomas Mackintosh

    BBC London News

    Birmingham Library

    The Birmingham City Council area has the most coronavirus cases in England, according to new figures released by the Department for Health. (London's cases are calculated borough by borough, rather than as a single figure.)

    The city has 428 confirmed cases of Covid-19 - only the Aneurin Bevan health board area in Wales has more, with 482 cases. Hampshire (384), Glasgow and Clyde (376) and Sheffield (361) make up the rest of the top five across the UK.

    London now has 5,299 cases with only the boroughs of Kingston-upon-Thames (66), Sutton (82), Richmond-upon-Thames (83) and Barking and Dagenham (93) having fewer than 100 cases.

    More than 1,000 people are now known to have died from coronavirus in Britain.

  5. Double-bag waste plea to suspected Covid-19 residents

    Alex Metcalfe

    Local Democracy Reporter

    People who think they have coronavirus are being urged to put their used tissues and wipes in separate bin bags in a bid to keep refuse crews safe.

    Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland councils are also asking that such waste be double-bagged.

    The councils are also pointing out that this sort of waste should be stored for at least 72 hours before being put out for collection.

    Household green bins On Teesside
  6. Famous faces offer tips on isolation

    Rob Stevens

    What should we all be doing to keep our spirits up during self-isolation? Baking, dancing, reading or learning how to play the piano again?

    Actor Michael Sheen, former footballer Mark Bright and others share their top tips alongside presenters of BBC’s Newsnight.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Newsnight and friends offer tips on isolation
  7. Burberry making masks in trenchcoat factory

    David McKenna

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Person wearing mask and gloves

    British fashion brand Burberry says it is using its global supply chain to deliver 100,000 surgical masks to the NHS, for use by medical staff.The firm says it is also re-purposing its trenchcoat factory in Castleford, West Yorkshire, to make non-surgical gowns and masks for hospital patients.

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  8. Drone photo shows deserted retail park

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC Newcastle

    This photo of Team Valley retail park and trading estate in Gateshead was sent in by Aaron O'Roarty.

    It's one of countless locations across the UK that are eerily empty following the introduction of strict measures to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

    Team Valley
  9. Thousands watch man's 'garden marathon'

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Gareth Allen

    Thousands of spectators are watching a Facebook live stream of a man running a marathon in his garden.

    Gareth Allen, from Southampton, decided to complete the 26.2-mile challenge at home amid the government's rules restricting the reasons people are allowed out.

    Describing the run on his Facebook page, he said it would be "just me running round my back garden 1,000 or so times".

    The stream has so far been shared almost 5,000 times, with thousands of people leaving supportive comments.

  10. More free car parking for NHS staff in Liverpool

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC North West News

    Liverpool City Council will provide 1,300 free car spaces for NHS staff for the next three months.

    aerial view

    A thousand of the spaces have been allocated at the Mount Pleasant car park in the city centre.

    Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: Our NHS staff and carers everywhere are proving to be real heroes by putting their own lives at risk every time they go to work to help those suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

  11. Woman pens poem to support NHS

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC Newcastle

    A poet from Durham has written a poem called Our Frontline Heroes to "support and thank our NHS".

    Clare Hewson said: "I've just been feeling so completely overwhelmed at what's happening and I thought to myself, I really need to do something here, I need to contribute something positive in all of this and obviously to raise awareness even more to stay in, only travel when it's really essential, and I thought my poem would really reinforce that message."

  12. Wembley arch lit up for Italy

    Rob Stevens

    Wembley Stadium was meant to host a friendly between England and Italy last night during the Premier League’s international break, but the match was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Wembley arch was lit up in green, white and red in solidarity with Italy after the country was badly affected by coronavirus.

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  13. Driver 'collecting friend' from fictional university

    David McKenna

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Whitby Abbey

    A driver who was stopped by police in the early hours claimed he was collecting a friend from the “university in Whitby”, officers said.

    The town is famous for its links to Dracula and its abbey overlooking the bay, but as far as North Yorkshire Police is aware there is no university there.

    The force, which has stepped up patrols in a bid to stop people travelling to the county during the coronavirus lockdown, said the driver failed a drugs test and was arrested.

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  14. Manchester launches website to stream live music

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC North West News

    Following the closure of bars and music venues, the Greater Manchester local authority is launching a website showing live performances every night.

    Singer Phoebe Green performing for BBC Introducing at the Manchester International Festival in 2019.

    The region’s night-time economy adviser, Sacha Lord, has helped set up the free United We Stream website, where from Monday users can watch free performances and donate to help affected businesses and local charities.

  15. MP self-isolates after he and baby daughter fall ill

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Stuart Anderson, MP for Wolverhampton South West, says he is self-isolating after he and his baby daughter began showing "flu-like symptoms".

    In a video to his constituents, he said his daughter Willow fell ill first before he began to show similar symptoms a few days ago.

    The Conservative MP said he was working remotely while following other protocols during the coronavirus outbreak.

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  16. The Range says people 'rely on us' amid calls to close

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Household goods chain The Range says it will stay open during the coronavirus outbreak amid calls for it to shut.

    The Range

    The Range, which has 180 stores around the UK, said in a statement it had "confirmation from Trading Standards" that it could stay open "during this period of uncertainty".

    It said "a lot of customers rely on us to provide essential items like food and groceries, pet food and veterinary items, non-prescription items, toilet rolls, cleaning products" - although an online petition is calling for the company to "put its staff first" by closing its stores.

  17. What are social distancing and self-isolation?

    Strict rules have been placed on people's personal movements to limit the spread of coronavirus in the UK.

    Under the restrictions, everybody must stay at home and only leave for these reasons:

    • to exercise once a day - either alone, or with members of your household
    • shopping for basic necessities (although this should be done as little as possible)
    • medical need, or to provide care for a vulnerable person
    • travel to or from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary

    If you have to go outside you must stay more than 2m (6ft) apart from others. This is what's known as social distancing.

    If you show symptoms of coronavirus - such as a dry cough and high temperature - you must take extra precautions.

    You should stay at home if possible, not leave it for any reason, other than to exercise (staying a safe distance from others).

    This is known as self-isolation.

    Here is a run-down of what you can and can’t do during the lockdown.

  18. London has more than a third of latest coronavirus-linked deaths

    Thomas Mackintosh

    BBC London News

    ExCeL centre
    Image caption: London Ambulance workers continue to work outside the new temporary NHS Nightingale hospital

    Over a third of the latest confirmed deaths from coroanvirus in England happened in London, new NHS figures show.

    NHS England says 96 people have died at various NHS trusts across the capital - including 16 at the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

    It is the same trust area where the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in London on 13 February - after a woman had returned from China and felt unwell.

    Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has seen 15 deaths linked to coronavirus and the Hillington Trust in west London has recorded 12 deaths.

    Other NHS trusts with numbers of deaths in double figures include Portsmouth with 13 and Birmingham with 12.

  19. 'Stay away' warning for Yorkshire coast

    David McKenna

    BBC Yorks & Lincs News

    Scarborough Borough Council is urging people to stay away from the coast this weekend.

    It comes after a number of local resorts saw a surge in visitors last Saturday and Sunday.

    The authority said people should stay at home and do their bit to help "protect the NHS and save lives" during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Liz Colling, deputy leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: "This is a time of national emergency and I am urging everyone to do what is right for our country. Stay away from the Yorkshire coast and stay at home this weekend and for the foreseeable future."

  20. Efforts stepped up to turn ExCeL Centre into NHS Nightingale

    Thomas Mackintosh

    BBC London News

    Rows upon rows of cubicles hastily erected in London's ExCel centre show the expected scale of the explosion in numbers of coronavirus patients.

    ExCeL Centre

    Soldiers and trade contractors are converting the exhibition centre, which usually hosts spectacles and conferences, into the first of the NHS Nightingale hospitals.

    The effort should see the temporary facility in the Docklands open its doors this week to its first patients, with capacity ultimately reaching 4,000 beds.

    Initially 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen will be used to treat the seriously ill.

    The NHS will build more temporary hospitals in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow.