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Live Reporting

Daniel Wainwright, Ben Jeffrey, Kate Darlington, Jay Freeman and Rob England

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    Thanks for joining us today on the live page. You can read all the updates from across the day below.

    And please join us again tomorrow morning for more on how England is coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

  2. Hancock: 'We cannot relax our discipline now'

    At today's coronavirus briefing the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, instructed people to continue observing the social-distancing measures and not be tempted to flout the rules during the warm weather forecast for the weekend.

    Matt Hancock
    Quote Message: We need everyone to keep playing their part, and that includes you. The only way to protect yourselves, and others, now, is to stay at home. We're set for a warm weekend in some parts of the country, but the disease is still spreading and we absolutely cannot afford to relax the social distancing measures that we have in place. We cannot relax our discipline now. If we do, people will die. So I end with the advice that we all know. This advice is not a request, it is an instruction; stay at home, protect lives and then you will be doing your part."
  3. The pop-up shop on wheels

    From taking kids to school, to a pop-up shop for NHS workers - how one business has transformed itself during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The former school bus now provides NHS staff with essential foods they can get before or after their shift.

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  4. Steel band social distancing but still playing

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: ‘You can still do what you love’

    The Contrast Steel Band, based in Leicester, says a video of its rendition of Wishing on a Star, performed and recorded separately at each of the members' homes, has garnered eight million views on social media.

    Band leader Donna Munroe said: "With the entire country on lockdown because of coronavirus, steel bands aren't able to practise together any more. But we didn't let this stop us."

    She said 20 band members had taken their instruments home and were joining in with the remote sessions.

  5. Prince Charles opens Nightingale hospital via video link

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Prince Charles opens NHS Nightingale Hospital

    Prince Charles spoke of his gratitude as the first UK emergency field hospital to treat coronavirus patients opened in east London's converted ExCel centre.

    The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many as 4,000 patients.

    He paid tribute to staff as he opened the facility via video link.

  6. Redrow owner to donate £1m a week to local charities

    Steve Morgan, founder of housebuilding firm Redrow has pledged to donate £1m a week to local charities.

    The former Wolverhampton Wanderers owner told BBC Radio Merseyside about his plans.

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  7. Coastguard sees 'huge number' of boating incidents

    Coastguard search and rescue helicopter

    People are being urged to stay "close to home" for exercise after the coastguard reported responding to a "huge number of incidents" at sea.

    "We’ve had a huge number of incidents at the coast and on the sea, including yachts aground and pleasure boats broken down," the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

    "This shouldn’t be happening. Every 999 call made could put our frontline responders at risk of Covid-19 and places avoidable pressure on our vital NHS services."

    The agency has asked those intending to sail to follow the government's guidelines.

  8. Portsmouth players recover from coronavirus

    James Bolton

    Five Portsmouth players who tested positive for coronavirus have all made a full recovery.

    James Bolton, Sean Raggett, Andy Cannon, Haji Mnoga and Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie contracted mild symptoms.

    Bolton, who was the first Pompey player to contract the virus, told BBC South Today people must "think differently" about the risk of infection.

  9. Port of Tilbury can't contain its gratitude

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Containers at Tilbury arranged to spell NHS

    Workers at the Port of Tilbury in Essex have expressed their thanks to healthcare staff with the help of shipping containers.

    Crane operators "shuffled" the containers around to form the initials "NHS" on Thursday evening when the nation took part in a second Clap For Carers event.

    Ross McKissock, asset manager at the port, said: “The team at the container terminal came up with the idea... it took most the day to identify and reshuffle the 137 empty boxes to bring the message to life.

    "Our drivers undertook around 400 moves to create the message which now greets all lorries entering the container terminal."

    Containers spell out NHS at Port of Tilbury
  10. 'It was like having glass in my throat'

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Health Secretary Matt Hancock describes what it was like for him having the illness

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he lost half a stone when he fell ill with Covid-19.

  11. Football leagues postpone competitions

    Football generic

    English football will not return until "it is safe to do so", according to various leagues across the country.

    The EFL, Premier League, FA, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship said they had collectively agreed to postpone competitions.

    Initially the Premier League and English Football League was due to be suspended until 30 April.

    Financial relief has also been made available for clubs outside the Premier League to help those who find themselves in financial difficulty due to the coronavirus restrictions.

  12. Teachers make visors for GPs and care homes

    Lucy Watts, Head of DT, and Jess Ure, DT Teacher with the visors

    Design and technology teachers have produced more than 130 full-face visors for GP surgeries and care homes after calls for more personal protective equipment.

    The visors, produced by staff at Richard Lander School in Cornwall, are made out of scrap materials left over from year eight projects.

    They also donated gloves, aprons and goggles.

  13. Super League CEO Elstone takes pay cut

    Super League chief executive Robert Elstone is taking a 40% cut in wages during the current coronavirus crisis.

    The 56-year-old previously held a similar role with Premier League side Everton and has been in the post since June 2018.

    Rugby league’s top flight suspended their season indefinitely on 16 March with a number of clubs going on to furlough players and staff.

  14. Funeral rules prompt runner's 34km tribute

    A runner who could not attend his friend's funeral because of Covid-19 restrictions paid tribute to him by running 34km (21 miles) - one kilometre for each year of his life.

    Chris Lamb ran 34 times round the 1km loop of his Northampton housing estate.

    Chris Lamb
    Image caption: Chris Lamb

    Tom Rawsthorne lived on the same Obelisk Rise estate, meaning Mr Lamb passed his dead friend's house every lap.

    He said it had been "emotional" knowing each time he went round he was closer to saying goodbye.

  15. Market donates 40 tons of fruit and vegetables

    Produce in crates

    More than 40 tons of fruit and vegetables have been donated by traders at London's New Spitalfields Market to help food banks and vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The market, which has been operating under Royal Charter since 1682 and is currently based in Leyton, offers a choice of exotic fruit and vegetables.

    Donations from it were sent to Acton charity City Harvest which redistributes food to organisations across the city.

    Products have also also being provided at cost price to campaigns like Fuel our Front Line, which aims to provide food packages to NHS frontline and support staff.

  16. Coronavirus lockdown sparks surge in fly-tipping

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The closure of Newcastle's three tips because of coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures has lead to a spate of fly-tipping and illegal bonfires.

    Culprits have been warned the Covid-19 crisis is not an “automatic permit” to dump their rubbish wherever they want.

    Fly-tipping in Greenford Road, Walker

    Newcastle City Council cabinet member Nick Kemp said: “It’s taking away valuable resources from our already stretched bin crews, who are being diverted away to clean it up while at the same time continuing to provide every resident their usual collections."

    Residents have been urged not to hire anyone to take their bulky rubbish away while the tips remain shut.

  17. Coronavirus death toll rise: Analysis

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics

    The UK death toll from coronavirus jumped by 684 in 24 hours to 3,605.

    This looks like further evidence that the case numbers could be slowing down (as long as every patient who needs testing is getting tested).


    Today's figures on deaths follow the recent trends closely (doubling roughly every 3.5 days).

    It takes more than three weeks from infection to death to being reported in these figures.

    So while we can hope to see the effects of pre-lockdown social distancing soon, it will take longer for the effect of the lockdown, announced on 23 March, to become apparent.

  18. NHS inspired murals appear in West Yorkshire

    Colourful murals thanking the NHS and key workers for their efforts have appeared on the walls of pubs in Pontefract.

    NHS mural

    The artworks, by Rachel List, have been painted on the gates of the Hope & Anchor (above), in Baileygate, and on the side of the Horse Vaults (below), in Horse Fair.

    She told the PA news agency she hand-painted the murals early in the morning so people would get a surprise.

    The 29-year-old said: "It's lovely, I didn't expect it to blow up like this."

    NHS mural
  19. Premier League to ask players to take 30% wage cut

    BBC Sport

    Premier League logo

    Premier League clubs will ask players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs as it was announced the season will not resume until "it is safe and appropriate to do so".

    All clubs have agreed to put the proposed "combination of conditional reductions and deferrals" to players.

    The Premier League will also give £125m to the EFL and National League, plus £20m to the National Health Service.

  20. Queen to address UK as virus deaths rise

    The Queen

    The Queen will speak to the nation on Sunday about the coronavirus outbreak - as the number of people who died with the virus rose by 684 in 24 hours.

    Buckingham Palace said the message, recorded at Windsor Castle, will be broadcast on TV and radio at 20:00 BST.

    The Queen, 93, records annual Christmas messages but other addresses are rare.

    The Department of Health said that as of 17:00 BST on 2 April, the number of deaths was 3,605, up from 2,921. There are 38,168 confirmed cases.