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Live Reporting

Adam Williams and Ben Jeffrey

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you and farewell

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    That's all for our updates from across England for today.

    Many thanks for being with us and sharing in some of the lighter moments happening around the country during the coronavirus lockdown.

    The BBC England live page team will be back to keep you updated from Monday morning, but until then you can keep up to date with the latest stories here.

    Take care and stay healthy.

  2. What are the rules for exercising?

    Going out

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

    Rules for those showing symptoms were already in place before stricter measures for all were implemented on Monday evening, including to protect the most vulnerable.

    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

    Find out more about what those measures mean in this explainer.

  3. Leeds West Indian Carnival cancelled

    David McKenna

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Carnival in 2019

    An annual carnival which attracts thousands of spectators has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Leeds West Indian Carnival, which started in 1967, was due to take place in August.

    Officials said they were deeply saddened and the decision had been taken with "a heavy heart".

    However, the carnival's founder Dr Arthur France promised to be "jammin' again" in 2021.

    Quote Message: "As carnivalists we know how to unite the city through joy, happiness and adversity and it's these qualities that will help us get through these difficult times. We want everyone to stay safe and look after our elders and the most vulnerable within our community. from Dr Arthur France Event founder
    Dr Arthur FranceEvent founder
  4. Your pictures: Check out these brilliant rainbows


    Households across the country have been creating rainbows to put in their windows.

    It's part of a project to show support for the community and to help keep people smiling during the coronavirus lockdown.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus rainbows: Some of the amazing pictures you sent us

    Take a look at some of the colourful creations the team at Newsround have been sent in the past week.

  5. Call to name Birmingham field hospital after Crimean nurse

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Mary Seacole

    A petition to name Birmingham’s temporary field hospital after Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole has passed 1,000 signatures.

    The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is to be be transformed to treat coronavirus patients, it was announced on Friday.

    Similar plans have been confirmed for the ExCeL site in London, which has been named NHS Nightingale after Florence Nightingale.

    Activist Patrick Vernon, who is behind the petition, said he had been fighting for years to get black Britons recognised for their contributions, adding that naming the hospital after Seacole would act as a “beacon of hope and diversity for the country”.

    Quote Message: “Despite being rejected by Florence Nightingale to join her band of nurses, she travelled to the front line of the war in Crimea. She was so widely loved for her healing powers, the soldiers nicknamed her ‘Mother Seacole’.” from Patrick Vernon
    Patrick Vernon
  6. Rescue teams 'thankful' for quiet weekend

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC Newcastle

    Cumbria's Mountain Rescue Teams have thanked people for listening to government advice and keeping off the fells.

    Richard Warren, chair of The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, said there had been "significant changes" since last weekend when thousands of people flocked to the area.

    He said at that point it "was extremely busy" and mountain rescue teams in the county attended four callouts.

    But since the announcement on Monday asking people to stay at home, he said there hasn't been a single rescue.

  7. NHS workers told to 'close eyes if patient coughs'

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    Paediatrician Dr Guddi Singh is one of hundreds of NHS staff who have been drafted in to help adults who are sick with coronavirus.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus NHS workers 'told to close our eyes if patient coughs'

    Dr Singh says the NHS is about to be flooded with Covid-19 patients.

    The government says it is increasing capacity for extra patients and placing orders for more items of personal protection equipment.

    But she says mistakes at the highest levels could result in a disaster.

  8. 'Vigilantes' target family with second home

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online


    A car owned by a family with a second home was daubed with "Go Home" amid a series of "vigilante" attacks.

    The attacks in Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon, are being repeated elsewhere in the region, say police.

    Victim Tony Willis, who arrived with his family before the coronavirus travel ban, said he was sick of being targeted.

    Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said the behaviour was "unacceptable".

  9. Urgent plea for protective gear for care workers

    Care workers across north Somerset are having to work without personal protective equipment due to supplies "drying up", a council has said.

    North Somerset Council is appealing to schools, colleges and businesses to help "bridge the gap" until new stocks reach the South West at the beginning of April.

    Councillor Mike Bell said: "We need basic items such as masks, disposable gloves, aprons and hand sanitiser.

    "Please, if you have them stored away, and don't have an immediate care-related need, get in touch. You will help save lives."

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  10. Cookery for the culinary clueless

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    Struggling with ideas for what to rustle up for dinner from the mixture of peculiar ingredients at the back of your cupboards?

    Have no fear - food writer Jack Monroe is here, with advice to wow your household.

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    Video caption: Jack Monroe: Coronavirus cookery for the culinary clueless

    The author and cook is well-known for making the most of basic ingredients.

  11. Police catch people 'out for a drive due to boredom'

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Despite the guidance to stay at home, some continued to go out on Saturday... and paid the price for it.

    Car at roundabout with Stay at Home advertising board above

    Police said they caught six people in Warrington, including those who were "out for a drive due to boredom, [those] returning from parties and multiple people from the same household going to the shops for non-essential items".

    They have been summonsed for offences relating to the new coronavirus legislation.

  12. 'Walk this way' maintain social distancing

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    An Oxfordshire village has been doing its bit to ensure people can still enjoy its scenery while also observing social distancing guidelines.

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    Lower Heyford has two options for would-be walkers - a short loop and a long loop, for clockwise and anti-clockwise walking only.

  13. Coronavirus: How to self-isolate

    If you have been told to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, here are five simple rules to follow to minimise the impact.

    BBC medical correspondent Fergal Walsh talks you through them.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: How to self-isolate
  14. Breaking190 more deaths across England

    Figures have just been updated on the number of people to die from coronavirus across the country.

    The Department of Health and Social Care said 190 more people have died across England in the past 24 hours, out of 209 fatalities in the UK.

    In total, 1,228 people have died in the UK since the outbreak began.

  15. 'Public listening and staying away from beaches'

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South


    People are respecting the government's rules and staying away from beaches, police in Dorset have said.

    The sunny conditions would usually see people flocking to seaside resorts like Sandbanks in Poole.

    However, photos shared by officers on Facebook show the peninsula looking unusually quiet.

    The force said: "As you can see from the pictures, the public is listening to the government advice and remaining indoors."

  16. Police disperse house party guests

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Spelthorne beat of Surrey Police

    Police in Surrey were called to break up a house party on Saturday night.

    Guests attending the birthday party in Stanwell were "sent on their way", officers said.

    Writing on Facebook, Surrey Police said: "It is not acceptable to invite your friends over."

  17. England captain signs up as NHS volunteer

    England women's cricket captain Heather Knight has revealed in her latest BBC Sport column how she has signed up for the NHS volunteer scheme.

    Heather Knight

    She hopes to lend support to her brother and partner Tim, who are both doctors, by transporting medicine and calling up those currently in self-isolation.

    While on lockdown herself at her home in Bristol, she's also been sharing stories of having to conduct daily workouts in the front room while others want to play Call of Duty on the television.

  18. Police send home Pokemon Go player

    Police in Stevenage say they sent home a man they found playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go.

    Officers found him in a car at Stevenage Leisure Park, a retail park which is closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. They say he was reminded the game did not constitute essential travel.

    Pokemon Go, which uses augmented reality and requires users to walk around pointing their devices at the "real" world, had a surge in popularity in 2016... but is apparently enjoying a renaissance in Hertfordshire...

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