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Rob England, Matt Newsum and Lauren Potts

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you for joining us

    Sun halo

    That's it for us tonight but you can continue to follow news on the pandemic from around the world here.

    Do remember to take coronavirus precautions, such as social distancing and regularly washing your hands.

    We hope you enjoy the rest of the evening's rays and leave you with this magnificent sun halo, as photographed by one of the BBC's Weather Watchers earlier.

  2. Making a difference

    The BBC's local radio stations across the country are encouraging listeners to get in touch and let them know where they could "make a difference" during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Here are just a few examples of how the campaign is getting out to those in need.

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  3. Fears for vulnerable children not attending school

    Katie Razzall

    BBC Newsnight

    Schoolbags on pegs in a cloakroom

    A "worryingly low number” of vulnerable children allocated a school place to keep them safe during the coronavirus crisis are turning up, officials have told BBC Newsnight.

    In some areas just a quarter of the “at risk” children meant to be in school are attending, the programme has been told, while in others, the figure is below 10%.

    The National Police Chiefs' Council lead on child protection, Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey, warned there might be an impact upon child sex abuse.

    "Yes I think it’s possible, in exactly the same way as I’ve got to work on the premise that we will also see more children groomed and abused online,” he said.

    The Department for Education said: “Being in school can keep vulnerable children safe and ease pressure on families, which is why we have enabled these children to continue attending despite schools being closed for other pupils."

    You can watch the full story Newsnight at 22:45 BST on BBC Two or the BBC iPlayer.

  4. Men 'licked hands and wiped them' on supermarket food

    CCTV images of suspects

    Two "despicable" men who licked their hands before wiping them over meat, vegetables and fridge handles in a supermarket are wanted by police.

    The incident took place at Sainsbury's in Morecambe, Lancashire, on Saturday afternoon, and subsequently staff were forced to thoroughly disinfect the Lancaster Road store and destroy products, police said.

    Lancashire Police has released CCTV images of two suspects and appealed for information.

    Insp James Martin described the incident as "utterly despicable".

  5. Pub shut for 'shamelessly' serving during lockdown

    Staffordshire Arms

    A pub which continued to "shamelessly" serve customers during the coronavirus lockdown, despite being ordered to stop trading, has been shut down.

    The Staffordshire Arms in Burngreave, Sheffield was served with a prohibition notice on Friday, but members of the public reported that the pub was continuing to trade.

    Police and the council used new coronavirus legislation to shut the premises down.

    The same action was also taken to shut the Prince of Vape shop in Sheffield.

  6. Fifteen die in care home during virus pandemic

    Castletroy Residential home

    Fifteen residents have died at a care home during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Five of the deaths at Castletroy Residential Home in Luton have been confirmed as being positive with Covid-19.

    The home has 69 beds for elderly people with nursing or personal care needs.

    Dr Sultan Salimee, from Public Health England (PHE) East, said it was "continuing to work closely with the care home, providing public health advice to stop the virus spreading".

    The other 10 residents who died have not been tested for coronavirus, a PHE spokeswoman said.

    Hazel Simmons, leader of Luton Council, said she was "desperately sad to hear about the tragic situation".

  7. Illustrator creates calming cartoon for children

    Cartoon drawn by Katie Chappell

    A cartoon has been made to help reassure anxious children admitted to hospital during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Berwick-based illustrator Katie Chappell was asked by an NHS anaesthetist to draw something that would make protective masks and gowns worn by staff appear less frightening to youngsters.

    She has since been inundated with requests from hospitals around the world wanting to use her cartoons.

    "I can only imagine how scary it must be for children being treated by staff in full face masks," Ms Chappell said.

  8. Police chaplain delivers 'essentials' for hospital workers

    Rob England

    BBC News

    Mohammad Asad

    An Imam for West Midlands Police has delivered food and supplies to hospital workers after a flood of donations from the public.

    Mohammad Asad collected the gifts at Birmingham Central Mosque, delivering them to staff at University Hospitals Birmingham, according to the force.

    Mr Asad said: "These are incredibly testing times and the Birmingham community wanted to show how much we value their amazing efforts.

    "As a muslim chaplain with West Midlands Police I’m fully aware of the incredible and selfless actions of those on the frontline, who do everything they can to help others."

  9. BreakingPM's condition 'improving' in intensive care

    Breaking News image

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "sitting up in bed" on his third day in hospital, the chancellor has told the daily coronavirus briefing.

    Rishi Sunak said the PM remains in intensive care "where his condition is improving".

    Mr Johnson was taken into intensive care on Monday, having been initially admitted to to St Thomas' Hospital in London on Sunday, 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

  10. Couple dress in period costumes for lockdown walks

    Izabela and Lucas Pitcher

    A costume business owner in Buckinghamshire has been getting new use out of the numerous 'period' outfits in their collection, by wearing them on walks around their Buckinghamshire village.

    With bookings having dried up amid the coronavirus outbrea, Izabela and Lucas Pitcher have taken to donning different styles of outfits on a daily basis.

    The head-turning sight has helped them make new friends, from a safe distance of course, and the public have also been encouraged to guess the era from which the attire hails.

    "It definitely lifts your spirits and it's nice to see people are getting some pleasure out of it," Mrs Pitcher said. "And there's an educational value to it too."

    Couple dress in period costumes for lockdown walks

    Izabela and Lucas Pitcher

    A costuming business owner says it has helped "lift the spirits" in her village.

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  11. Coronavirus WhatsApp voice note fake, say health bosses

    Marianna Spring

    BBC's specialist disinformation and social media reporter

    Whatsapp logo on the phone

    A misleading voice note circulating on WhatsApp about the response to coronavirus has been called “fake news” by Public Health England (PHE).

    The message, featuring a woman claiming to be from South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secas), claims to be sharing inside information from PHE stating further lockdown restrictions will be imposed, and that a huge proportion of people dying from coronavirus are healthy and young.

    Secas said that “the alarmist information being shared in the message is not correct”.

    Prof Viv Bennett, chief nurse at PHE, told the BBC: “This is fake news, and we would urge people to ignore the message and not share it further.”

    For tips on how to stop bad information going viral, click here.

  12. The teacher delivering lunches to kids

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    Video caption: Zane Powles walks around five miles a day delivering up to 80 school lunches to pupils.

    Teacher Zane Powles is delivering dozens of packed lunches every weekday to pupils stuck at home due to coronavirus.

    The assistant head at Western Primary School in Grimsby walks about five miles dropping off the lunches to children.

    He says he's been congratulated and described as a hero but says he is just doing his job.

    He added: "This is just a part of my job that I never expected to do really."

  13. Council issues fly-tipping warning

    A council has urged the public to avoid fly-tipping.

    On social media Sandwell Council in the West Midlands said "We cannot afford for our streets to become dumping grounds while we are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

    "If you are having a clean out, you need to store your bulky waste until the restrictions are lifted and the tip can reopen."

    The council added that fly-tippers could be fined £400 if caught by officials.

    Some bin collections have stopped and rubbish tips are shut in parts of England after the coronavirus outbreak.

    Garden bin and recycling collections are also on hold in many areas, to give household and clinical waste priority.

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  14. Pair spread cheer dressed as T. rex and Christmas tree

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A couple have taken to leaving the house dressed as a dinosaur and a Christmas tree during the coronavirus lockdown to cheer up their neighbours.

    The pair, from Nottingham, first donned the mantle and persona of "Tree" and "Rex" to have fun and be safe while food shopping and found people were smiling, taking photos and beeping their horns.

    A Facebook page has been set up for daily updates and details of their route around Sherwood, Woodthorpe and Arnold.

    Tree and Rex

    Rex said the pair want to keep their real identity a secret because "it brings a bit of magic to the situation".

    "We knew people would laugh at us but we didn't expect it to go as far as it has," Tree added.

    "We're both glad it has had the support and everyone's smiling and that's what we wanted because quarantine sucks."

  15. Seven die at east London care home with coronavirus

    Seven residents of an east London care home have died with coronavirus.

    A further 21 residents are showing symptoms of Covid-19 at the Hawthorn Green home in Stepney - which houses 48 people.

    In addition, a dozen staff members are also off work, either self-isolating or shielding, the care home said.

    The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it was "working around the clock to give the social care sector the support it needed".

    Hawthorn Green care home in Stepney
  16. Toy Story window displays bring cheer during lockdown

    Heather Burman

    BBC News

    Looks like Woody and his friends are making a break for it in Ibstock...

    Rachel Watson has sent us pictures of the Toy Story-themed window displays she's created with her family during lockdown.

    Toy Story window display

    She said she made the window scenes with daughters Phoebe, five, and Olivia, two, to bring "a smile to our neighbours, as well as people walking past".

    Toy Story window display
  17. Birmingham hospital trust records over 300 deaths

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC England Data Unit

    A hospital trust has become the first in England to have recorded more than 300 deaths of patients with Covid-19.

    University Hospitals Birmingham had reported 306 deaths since the outbreak began.

    The NHS trust with the next highest number of deaths is London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, which has had 209 patients die with coronavirus.

    There are 16 hospital trusts that have recorded in excess of 100 deaths, most of them in London or the West Midlands, along with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in the south-east of England.

    Chart showing Covid-19 deaths by hospital trust
  18. Intensive care doctor: 'Please just stay at home'

    A Yorkshire hospital has quadrupled the number of intensive care beds to care for the seriously ill during the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Inside a Yorkshire hospital during the outbreak

    Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield would be running at nearly full capacity in normal circumstances, but the changes mean they have capacity for more patients.

    Dr Helen Buglass, head of intensive care, said: "We are coping at the moment but if people are silly and go to parks or socialise, we don't know if we can cope with that.

    "So just please stay at home."

  19. Emergency services football league set up

    Staff in the emergency services will have the opportunity to play in a newly-formed inter-services football league, once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

    Det Cons Pete Overton and fellow detective Andy Smurthwaite

    The Emergency Services Football League (ESFL), the idea of two West Yorkshire detectives, will see police, fire brigade, NHS and prison services staff form teams to decide the best in the country.

    It is hoped the league will bring the services together and increase wellbeing and morale among those involved in frontline work.

    "We are hoping this will be a massive stress reliever," Det Con Pete Overton said.