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Live Reporting

Rob England, Chris Lillington, Ian Woodcock and Kathryn Hamlett

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    Ian Woodcock

    BBC News

    That's the end of our coverage here today.

    Don't forget to head to your doorstep, window or balcony and show your support for key workers across the country with tonight's second Clap For Our Carers at 20:00 BST.

    We'll be back with more updates from 07:30 BST on Friday.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Calls to protect 'vital' warehouse workers

    Warehouse worker

    Warehouse workers keeping "essential supplies moving" should be given greater protection, a mayor has said.

    Dan Jarvis called for stronger social distancing measures for South Yorkshire's 21,000 warehouse workers.

    Concerns have been raised over conditions at sites in the region used by clothing retailers ASOS and Pretty Little Thing.

    The Labour MP said a "number of businesses" in the region "continue to operate unsafe working practices".

    Last month, Pretty Little Thing said it had "implemented stringent hygiene and self-distancing measures" amid claims its Sheffield warehouse was "a breeding ground for Covid-19".

    While earlier this week, ASOS said it "totally refutes" claims from a workers' union that it was risking the safety of employees at its Barnsley warehouse by not enforcing social distancing measures.

  3. Twin's warning after Covid-19 death

    Caroline Saunby and her husband Victor

    A woman who died from coronavirus had been putting up with what she thought was tonsillitis, her sister has said.

    Caroline Saunby, 48, from New Marske on Teesside, became unwell on Friday. She improved slightly but then collapsed on Sunday.

    Her six-year-old twin boys and husband are now waiting to see if they have caught the virus.

    Her identical twin, Sarah Jarvis, said her sister thought her sore throat was "nothing major at all".

  4. Man jailed after hospital visit social media boast

    Kierran Stevenson

    A man who boasted on social media of visiting a hospital without a medical reason has been jailed for 12 weeks.

    Kierran Stevenson, 32, said he visited several parts of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, which is treating coronavirus patients.

    Police said his actions had caused distress and disruption to hospital staff and the public.

    Stevenson, of Aylesbury, was jailed by Oxford magistrates after pleading guilty to causing a public nuisance.

    He also admitted breaking the government's emergency movement restrictions by his visit on Monday, and was ordered to pay £300 compensation to the NHS trust.

  5. Used face masks found 'spilling out of bins'

    Rubbish bags with used face masks spilling out of them have been found at flats in Birmingham.

    Refuse collectors made the discovery during a weekly collection and "correctly" refused to pick up the waste, the city council said.

    Used face masks spilling out of rubbish bag

    The local authority said it was "shocked" by the overflowing bags, which put staff "at risk".

    It urged residents to double-bag coronavirus-related rubbish, in line with government advice.

  6. 'Nuisance' fires double during first week of lockdown

    Rob England

    BBC News

    fire appliance

    The number of "nuisance" fires dealt with by crews in Manchester have doubled during the coronavirus lockdown, the service says.

    Among the incidents firefighters attended were "bonfires started by groups of teenagers, trees and rubbish being set on fire, camp fires, grass deliberately set on fire and quantities of rubbish set on fire," crews said.

    Paul Fearnhead, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it was "not uncommon" to see an increase in this type of fire at this time of year, but added it was "incredibly disappointing to see it happening in the first week of the new stay at home measures and the schools being closed".

    Mr Fearnhead urged people to stay inside if not out to buy groceries, medical supplies, receive medical care or to exercise.

    "I’d ask parents to remind children as well of their responsibilities in these challenging times."

  7. Hospital beds freed ahead of coronavirus peak

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Two hospitals in Northamptonshire have freed up almost 400 beds in readiness for the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Yesterday, there were 386 empty beds at Northampton General and Kettering General Hospitals after existing patients were discharged.

    Toby Sanders, chief executive of NHS Northamptonshire clinical commissioning group, said: "The past couple of weeks have witnessed an extraordinary effort from colleagues across the NHS, social care and the wider public sector to respond to this unprecedented and fast-moving situation.

    "Thanks to the incredibly hard work of staff at our two acute hospitals, in care homes and out in the community – with support from families and carers – we have been able to safely discharge a great many people to free up hundreds of hospital beds ready for those who will need them."

    Kettering General Hospital
  8. Stranded Londoners 'desperate' to get home from Argentina

    Alisha Malhotra and Niraly Jadeja

    Two Londoners who have been "stranded" in Argentina for three weeks say they still have "no idea" when they will be able to get home.

    Alisha Malhotra and Niraly Jadeja have been trapped in Córdoba since the country went into lockdown, and are relying on others for food and money.

    Ms Malhotra said she was particularly "desperate" to return after an elderly relative contracted coronavirus.

    The Foreign Office said it was "working urgently" to help UK travellers.

  9. Self-isolating design student makes PPE masks

    A design student is helping key workers during the coronavirus outbreak by producing protective face masks while he self-isolates at his home on the Isle of Wight.

    Face masks in the kitchen

    Stephen Lee, 22, has produced more than 300 masks and said he had been "inundated" with requests for them.

  10. Second Clap For Our Carers tonight

    Ian Woodcock

    BBC News

    Don't forget tonight will see people heading to their doorways and windows to join in the Clap For Our Carers at 20:00 BST.

    The nationwide movement, which started last week, honours NHS and other key workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  11. Trapped cruise passenger falls ill

    A passenger trapped on a cruise ship has been taken ill hours before his family hoped he would reach dry land.

    Retired doctor Partha Basu

    Dr Partha Basu, 86, and wife Marion, 69, are on the MS Rotterdam, which is aiming to dock in Florida at 18:00 BST.

    The couple, from Greater Manchester, have been confined to their cabin for 11 days, after being transferred from sister ship MS Zaandam.

    The Zaandam was denied access to the US last month after four people died when coronavirus was confirmed on board.

  12. Medical products manufacturer to build ventilators

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News

    A major medical products manufacturer could start making ventilators for hospitals to help treat patients with coronavirus.

    Person holding ventilator equipment

    Smith and Nephew said the "large scale production" would begin at its factory in Hull as soon as the government deal was approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

    The machines have been designed by the company, along with experts from the University of Oxford and King’s College London.

    Quote Message: “We are proud to be able to support this vital effort and help meet the UK Government’s ventilator challenge to ensure the NHS is equipped for treating patients with COVID-19. I want to thank all our employees who are working long hours to make this happen, while also ensuring continued production of the important medical products already manufactured at our Hull site to support other patients. from Roland Diggelmann Chief executive officer of Smith+Nephew
    Roland DiggelmannChief executive officer of Smith+Nephew
  13. Will jugglers and clowns harvest fruit and veg?

    Mime juggling apples

    The UK is facing a shortage of fruit and vegetable pickers this year.

    By the end of April, 29,000 will be needed and one farmer, Mark Bowyer, told Farming Today he had only managed to get 13 of his regular staff so far.

    "We've had inquiries from about 80 people including the local circus, who have been parked up with nothing else to do and want to have a go," he said.

    "I don't know if it's the jugglers and the clowns, but they've said they have got staff who can help us."

  14. Holiday lets in Cornwall 'acting illegally'

    St Ives

    Some holiday agencies are illegally offering accommodation during the coronavirus outbreak, a council says.

    Cornwall Council said it had received complaints that some providers were continuing to host guests, despite the lockdown.

    Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said the website Airbnb was still advertising holiday lets.

    Airbnb said it was reminding hosts to review government advice "before accepting bookings".

  15. Village spells out coronavirus message in wool

    Wool display

    Residents of a New Forest village have spelt out a coronavirus message in wool on a hedgerow.

    Pennington church had organised the crocheting and knitting of hundreds of items for an Easter "yarn bomb", which was abandoned due to restrictions on gatherings.

    Instead vicar Rachel Noel used them to make the words "Pennington stands together - even when we're apart".

    She said it "recognised the strength of a community working together".

  16. Magician Dynamo tests positive for Covid-19

    Magician Dynamo has revealed he tested positive for coronavirus after having a persistent cough and "aches and pains".

    The 37-year-old Bradford showman has previously said he suffered with Crohn's disease and arthritis.


    Dynamo, whose real name is Steven Frayne, said he had been privately tested after feeling unwell.

    He said he didn't have a fever but his symptoms had been "quiet severe", although he was now feeling better day-by-day.

  17. Youth group's holiday funds used to buy laptops

    Money raised to fund an international exchange trip has instead been used to buy laptops for children studying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Cambs Youth Panel bought the 29 Chromebooks which were then delivered to addresses by the local police.

    Police officer with laptops

    They were given to those who might not otherwise be able to access a computer for homeschooling and will be returned when the schools reopen.

    The founder of the scheme said the youngsters were a "remarkable" group.

  18. Newcastle Falcons promoted with season ended early

    Newcastle Falcons

    Newcastle Falcons have been promoted back to rugby union's Premiership.

    The Rugby Football Union said on Thursday the Championship table would be decided by a "best playing record formula", with Falcons having won all 15 of their league games in 2019-20.

    Yorkshire Carnegie's relegation to the third tier has also been confirmed after the season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  19. Can I still walk my dog? And other questions answered

    Can I still walk my dog?

    How long does the virus live on different surfaces?

    Is it safe to buy fruit and veg?

    A little girl with a bulldog on a lead

    These questions and others have been answered by experts here.

  20. Hospital staff dance with coronavirus message

    Staff from the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital are dancing to keep spirits up while battling coronavirus.

    The team has an important message to end the dance routine - "We stay at work for you, you stay at home for us".

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    Video caption: Royal Devon and Exeter staff dance on Tik Tok