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Live Reporting

Jay Vydelingum and Rob Stevens

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Jay Vydelingum

    BBC News Online

    That’s it for our live text coverage today. Thanks for joining us.

    Remember there is plenty of information on the BBC website about the coronavirus - including information on how to protect yourself.

    Don't forget to check out the BBC Make A Difference podcast with stories of people across England who are helping others during the coronavirus pandemic.

    I'll leave you with a picture of a zookeeper at Paradise Park in Cornwall who's chosen to self isolate with the animals.


    We’ll be back with more updates on the outbreak in England tomorrow.

    In the meantime, stay safe.

  2. Police update coronavirus poster image

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News

    Derbyshire Police Glossop posters

    Police in Derbyshire have been putting up posters on cars in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

    The safer neighbourhood policing team for Glossop said on Facebook it was putting the posters "on vehicles in various locations in our area".

    Derbyshire Police has since updated the image that was published on social media by the Glossop account earlier.

    The image above asking motorists to "consider if you need to make your trip" is the new version, with an older copy telling drivers they have been "instructed to avoid all unnecessary travel" no longer being used.

  3. Free buses for NHS workers in Yorkshire

    Stagecoach and First South Yorkshire have both said they will put on free shuttle buses for NHS workers

    NHS staff in parts of Yorkshire are being offered free buses to get home from work.

    The new shuttle services will take people home after shifts in Hull, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

    First will run the South Yorkshire service, while Stagecoach is running the buses in Hull.

    Both companies said the buses were not for public use and people would have to show NHS ID cards to be allowed to travel.

  4. Coronavirus: How to understand the death toll

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    woman in mask

    Each day, news of more deaths is a huge source of alarm to people across the country - as well as a tragedy for the families involved.

    Projections of how bad the outbreak could get have prompted ministers to put the country into lockdown.

    But what are death figures really telling us? And how bad is it going to get?

    Read my full article here.

  5. 'My restaurant is feeding thousands of NHS workers'

    John Bray

    BBC News

    I've been to meet a locked-down restaurant owner who has delivered more than 3,500 meals to NHS staff at two hospitals in Warwickshire.

    Kelly Iles, from The Barn Kitchen in Coventry, has used food from her closed venue, while more than 700 people have also paid for meals for doctors and nurses via a link on her website.

    Kelly Iles

    "I've wiped out my entire business stock but I don't care," she said. "I've accepted that I no longer own a restaurant.

    "I don't know if I will come back out of this. But hey, so what, it's just bricks."

  6. UK government defends PM's use of Zoom

    Gordon Corera

    Security correspondent, BBC News

    Zoom app

    The UK government has defended using Zoom to hold Cabinet video conferences.

    Questions had been raised about potential security risks after the Prime Minister tweeted a picture in which a meeting ID was visible.

    "In the current unprecedented circumstances the need for effective channels of communication is vital," a government spokeswoman told the BBC.

    A source added the app was quick to set up for self-isolating ministers without access to more secure tools.

  7. 'People need good news now'

    Earlier we told you about the two sisters who've started a 'good news' newsletter to share positive stories during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Bethan and Holly Botterill, from Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, began sharing stories after being fed up by "negative" stories dominating the news.

    Bethan and Holly Botterill
    Image caption: Bethan and Holly Botterill created a positive newsletter

    The newsletter which is published every weekday has included stories about care home residents playing games and penguins exploring an empty aquarium.

    Bethan, 19, said: "People need this kind of thing right now."

    The sisters' newsletter was highlighted by BBC Local Radio Make A Difference campaign.

  8. 'Time for banks to repay the favour'

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Time for banks to repay the favour to taxpayers

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma says banks need to support firms and people "in their time of need".

  9. BreakingWimbledon cancelled for first time since WW2

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent


    Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The tournament was due to be played between 29 June and 12 July.

    The entire grass court season has been abandoned, and there will be no professional tennis anywhere in the world until at least 13 July.

    So where does that leave the sport for the rest of the year?

  10. School uses 3D printing to make protective masks

    Design and technology teachers at a school are producing protective face masks to be used by NHS staff.

    The masks will be worn by GPs and frontline staff going into homes where patients have tested positive for Covid-19.

    Each teacher at the independent Bryanston School, near Blandford, Dorset, is using a 3D printer at home to produce between 100-200 component parts, prior to final assembly of the masks.

    Christopher Mills, head of design & technology, said: "We are pleased to be able to put our skills and equipment to good use."

    Mask parts in 3D Printer
  11. Who should be wearing masks?

    Female medic in a mask

    Masks can help stop the spread of coronavirus, but only if they are used in the right circumstances.

  12. One-way system stops walkers getting too close

    Lower Heyford, Oxfordshire

    Signs have been put up to create a one-way system for pedestrians around a village to avoid people getting too close during the pandemic.

    Bruce Eggeling, a parish councillor in Lower Heyford, Oxfordshire, put up the signs after noticing there were narrow spots on two routes around the village.

    People are being urged to stay two metres apart to help avoid spreading the virus.

    The signs ask people to walk in an anti-clockwise direction on a short loop and clockwise on a longer loop.

  13. 'High-risk people like me can get coronavirus and be fine'

    BBC 1Xtra's DJ Ace says he's fully recovered after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The presenter is on the waiting list for a new kidney- meaning he's at a higher risk of getting severe symptoms from the virus.

    In an Instagram post he reassured people with underlying health problems that getting Covid-19 doesn't always mean "the worst case scenario".

    But he said it was important to "do everything [experts] tell you to do".

    DJ Ace

    Chronic kidney disease is on the list of conditions considered "higher risk" by the government.

    Higher risk people are being "strongly advised" to follow social distancing rules.

  14. Boxing board may run coronavirus testing

    Rob Stevens

    BBC News

    Boxing gloves

    The British Boxing Board of Control "may have to consider" running Covid-19 tests on fighters as part of medicals when boxing returns to action.

    The move would affect about 1,200 licensed boxers and it could also include trainers and cornermen.

    On Monday, boxing's governing body suspended all events until the end of May because of the coronavirus outbreak.

  15. Army drafted in to help ambulance service

    Eighty members of the armed forces have been drafted in to drive response vehicles and take calls for South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

    The service covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Sussex and Surrey.


    SCAS said the extra support would help provide 20 to 30 more ambulances a day.

    It's to cope with an expected increase in demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  16. Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms of coronavirus?

    Michelle Roberts

    Health editor, BBC News online

    A loss of smell or taste may be a sign that you have coronavirus, according to UK researchers.

    A team at King's College London looked at responses from more than 400,000 people reporting suspected Covid-19 symptoms to an app.

    A woman wearing a mask smelling a flower

    But loss of smell and taste are also signs of other respiratory infections, such as the common cold.

    And experts say fever and cough remain the most important symptoms of the virus tolook out for and act upon.

  17. London firefighters to take on ambulance roles

    Rob England

    BBC News

    Firefighters by an ambulance

    London firefighters will help with "a number of ambulance service roles" in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the service has said.

    A brigade spokesman said up to 300 staff could drive ambulances and assist paramedics.

    It follows an agreement between nation fire service bodies to support local authorities and the NHS.

    Chief executive of London Ambulance Service, Garrett Emmerson, said the offer came as "we and the rest of the NHS are facing the biggest public health challenge in our history."

    "As part of our preparations we must reach out to all our partners to help boost our response so we can continue to treat every patient who needs us during this difficult time."

    Firefighters must have specific qualifications to be able to take on the new duties, including first aid care and use of defibrillators.

  18. Cricket and coronavirus: What will happen with 2020 season?

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport

    essex county cricket

    The coronavirus lockdown has hit the UK just as fans and players of all levels of cricket were gearing up for a new season.

    Across the globe, there has been no major action in any form of the game since 16 March, the longest gap between matches in 37 years.

    With so many questions about this summer, I've been looking at what problems could arise, possible solutions, and what is happening elsewhere in the cricketing world.

  19. UK's coronavirus death toll rise: Analysis

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics


    The latest figures show 563 patients with coronavirus have died in a day, taking the total number of deaths in UK hospitals to 2,352.

    But the increases in the number of patients dying balances out with the below-average rises on Sunday and Monday.

    "On average, over the last week, the number of new deaths has been growing just below a quarter every day - or doubling twice in a week.

    "That's slightly slower than earlier in the epidemic but if that keeps up, we'd expect to see in the region of a thousand deaths a day by the weekend."

  20. 'I'm self isolating in a multi-generational family of 13'

    Hayaat Karim lives in Bradford along with his grandparents, parents, six siblings - two of who are married - and his three-year-old nephew.

    Hayaat Karim

    He says in a family of 13, spanning four generations, it's difficult to self-isolate while all living under one roof.

    Health officials have warned that those in multi-generational households are at more risk of infecting their elders.