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Live Reporting

Jennifer Meierhans and Danielle Dwyer

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Thank you for joining us for our live updates from across England.

    That's all for today but please join us tomorrow from 07:30 as we bring you the latest impact of the coronavirus on life across the country.

    Have a peaceful evening.

  2. Protective masks stolen from GP surgery

    Thieves have stolen the only box of protective masks from a doctors' surgery in Worcestershire.

    The Church Street Surgery in Kidderminster said in a social media post that the box had been donated to them by a local dental practice on Monday.

    The Church Street Surgery on Callows Lane in Kidderminster

    Staff said they did not report Tuesday's theft to police but urged thieves to return the masks.

    "We need them to protect staff and remain open," its statement said.

    People commenting on the surgery's Facebook post described the theft as "disgusting", "disgraceful" and "the height of selfishness".

  3. Could lockdown measures be extended?

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government would make a decision as to whether the lockdown measures would be extended when "the time is right" but that "we are not at that stage yet".

    Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, he said social distancing measures were "helping", and that people must continue to adhere to them over the Easter weekend.

  4. Analysis: What can we make of today's statistics?

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics

    Today's figures are a record high and bring the currently reported death toll above 6,000 for the first time. The rise of 786 is higher than Saturday's previous peak of 708 deaths reported in a single day.

    We also know that this figure misses deaths that occurred but have not yet been reported, so the true death toll at this point is likely higher.

    If there is any silver lining to these grim figures, it is that they represent the fourth day in a row of below-trend growth.

    For weeks up until Friday's figures, the number of deaths had been doubling every three and a half days. Had that trend continued, we would have seen close to 1,400 deaths today. Read my full analyis here.

  5. Raab 'confident' PM will recover from coronavirus

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said he is "confident" Boris Johnson will recover from coronavirus, describing the prime minister as a "fighter".

    Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, Mr Raab said Mr Johnson remained in "good spirits" and was breathing without assistance.

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Raab confident the Prime Minister will 'pull through'

    He described the PM as not only a colleague - but "also a friend".

    He said: "If there's one thing I know about this prime minister, he's a fighter. And he'll be back at the helm, leading us through this crisis in short order."

  6. UK cases 'could be moving in the right direction'

    The number of coronavirus cases in the UK "could be moving in the right direction", the government's chief scientific adviser has said.

    Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing, Sir Patrick Vallance said it was "possible that we're beginning to see... the curve flattening".

    He added, however, it would be another "week or so" before he could be sure.

    Sir Patrick Vallance

    It comes as the number of coronavirus hospital deaths in the UK rose to 6,159 - a record increase of 786 in a day,the Department of Health and Social Care said, compared with 439 on Monday.

    So far, 55,242 people have tested positive in the UK - an increase of 3,634 on Monday's figures.

  7. Bodies 'could be left at hospital' over cost fears

    A funeral director fears bodies could be left at hospitals because relatives cannot afford to instruct him during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Milton Keynes-based John O'Looney said Britain's lockdown had "affected every aspect" of his industry.

    John O'Looney
    Image caption: Funeral director John O'Looney said his industry had been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic

    The National Association of Funeral Directors said it was in discussion with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about funeral expenses.

    The DWP said it was increasing support for claimants from £700 to £1,000.

    Read the full story here.

  8. Vegas sends video message to care home

    Comedian Johnny Vegas has paid tribute to staff at a care home in St Helens for the work they are doing during the coronavirus crisis.

    The Benidorm star sent a video message of best wishes to Stocks Hall Nursing Home in Denton Green.

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  9. English football ‘could lose clubs and leagues’

    English football could 'lose clubs and leagues' amid economic challenges brought on by coronavirus, according to Football Association chairman Greg Clarke.

    The season has been halted indefinitely amid the pandemic, with some clubs placing non-playing staff on temporary leave.

    "Many communities could lose the clubs at their heart with little chance of resurrection," said Clarke.

  10. First look in inside Manchester's Nightingale Hospital

    Here's a first glimpse inside Manchester's temporary coronavirus hospital, which is due to open on Monday at the Manchester Central building.

    It has capacity for 650 beds and is one of eight field hospitals being built in the fight against the virus.

    It will treat patients who have left intensive care but need further treatment before being able to return home.

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  11. The hospital trusts with the most recorded Covid-19 deaths

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC England Data Unit

    There are 12 hospital trusts in England which have each announced at least 100 deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19.

    Most of them are in London but three - University Hospitals Birmingham, The Royal Wolverhampton trust and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals - are in the West Midlands.

    Cabinet minister Michael Gove has called the wider Midlands region "a particular area of concern" following a rise in admissions.

    Chart showing deaths by hospital trust

    Two other West Midlands trusts, The Dudley Group and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, have announced 95 and 94 deaths respectively as of this afternoon.

  12. Refuse workers walk out over three-in-a cab fears

    Refuse collectors in Merseyside have walked out over fears they are being put at risk of catching coronavirus.

    Workers from the union Unite claim Biffa Waste Services, which empties bins for Wirral Council, does not have strict enough social distancing.

    A row of wheelie bins

    Unite said Biffa was still instructing crews of up to three workers to share a cab on their collection rounds.

    Wirral Council said it was working closely with Biffa to "come to a speedy and appropriate resolution."

    Biffa has been approached for comment.

  13. Family exercises in fancy dress

    A family from Barnsley has been trying to liven up exercise time during the coronavirus lockdown by donning fancy dress.

    Steve Dean and Courtney Youngs

    Amanda Dean, a midwife, her husband, Steve, and daughter, Courtney, put on ponchos, horse costumes and a nun's habit to go for their daily run around Woolley.

    Ms Dean said it had raised "a few smiles".

    Courtney Youngs, Steve Dean and Amanda Dean
  14. FC United putting empty stadium to use

    Non-league side FC United of Manchester might not be playing matches at the minute but that doesn't mean their Broadhurst Park home is going to waste.

    The club have allowed their ground to be used as a logistics hub for local companies helping during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  15. Man jailed for police officer cough assault

    A man who coughed at two police officers and said he hoped they would pass on coronavirus to their children has been jailed.

    Michael Gray, 41, was sentenced to 19 weeks in prison after he admitted assaulting an emergency services worker in Brixton last Thursday.

    Michael Gray

    Two patrol officers approached Gray because he appeared to be harassing three women, police said.

    Read the full story here.

  16. Train usage down 95%

    Tom Burridge

    Transport correspondent

    The Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris has told the Transport Select Committee rail use is down by about 95%, compared to this time last year.

    Empty tube carriage

    Road use is down by about 75%, bus use by 88% and 54% of normal bus services are running.

    In London, Tube use is down by about 94%, bus services down 80% and road usage down 63%.

  17. 'Thank you' in many languages

    These lovely messages of thanks in different languages were chalked on a footpath, beneath a series of rainbows, near East Surrey Hospital.

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  18. When will we know if the UK lockdown is working?

    It's two weeks since Boris Johnson announced the UK's lockdown, and there are signs the rate of infection is starting to slow, though not deaths.

    While the number of people dying in hospital with coronavirus is doubling every few days, the figures for confirmed cases and hospitalisations are slowing down.

    Empty street

    The daily death total will follow suit, scientists say. But they warn we could see record highs in the coming days.

    Here are some charts to explain when we will know if lockdown is working.

  19. House party guest 'did not believe in virus'

    Police who broke up an 18th birthday party after a noise complaint said a guest "did not believe" in coronavirus.

    The Derby West response team said it didn't receive "the warmest of welcomes" after being called to the party in the Abbey area of Derby on Monday night.

    Birthday party banner

    The force said officers directed partygoers to leave the house and one person was fined.

    Lockdown measures mean there are strict rules against any large gatherings.

  20. England's death toll rises by 758

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC England Data Unit

    The number of people to have died in hospital in England with confirmed coronavirus has risen to 5,655.

    This represents an increase of 758 since yesterday's update.

    Chart showing regional death toll from Covid-19

    However, the way NHS England publishes the data shows that many of these people died on different days. Of the 758 announced this afternoon, 272 of those people died on Sunday and 179 on Saturday.

    One person whose death was announced today died on 19 March.

    Many hospitals don't report deaths at the weekend until the middle of the week so we can expect those figures to be revised.