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Live Reporting

Kate Darlington, Rob Stevens and Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That’s all for our live text coverage today.

    Thanks for joining us and we hope you enjoy the rest of your Saturday during the lockdown.

    Our coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in England continues over the Easter weekend, and we will be back on Sunday with further updates.

    In the meantime, we hope you and your family and friends stay safe - and make sure you continue to follow the guidelines to help limit the spread of the virus.

  2. How can you help slow the spread of Covid-19?

    England remains in lockdown over the Easter weekend while the country tackles the coronavirus outbreak.

    Here's a reminder of what you should do to help slow the spread of the virus.

    Graphic showing person coughing
  3. Voluntary group makes scrubs for health workers

    A voluntary community group who "love to sew" are making scrubs for medical staff.

    Kate Stalker from Ulverston, Cumbria is organising a group of local sewers and other volunteers and has orders from health workers in Cumbria, Bristol, Doncaster and Leeds, she said.

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  4. NHS workers stuck in South Africa 'feel really helpless'

    Two British health workers stuck in South Africa are appealing for help getting back to the UK so they can join the NHS battle against coronavirus.

    Catriona Walker, from Manchester, and Holly Watts, from Nottingham, travelled to the country in mid-January, but are now desperately trying to get home so they can join the front-line effort.

    Ms Walker, 31, said: "We're trying to get back as soon as possible. We both feel like we need to start working, we feel bad that we're not there working through the pandemic.

    "Our jobs are a vocation rather than just a job. We feel really helpless being here."

    NHS thanks

    The pair, who were not due to return until 14 April, booked an earlier flight once it became clear South Africa was heading for a lockdown, but that was cancelled.

    They are now on a waiting list for three flights from Johannesburg over the next few days, having spent almost £1,800 each to get home.

    A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We know it's a difficult time for many British travellers abroad... Our consular teams are doing everything they can to keep Brits informed on the latest developments and help them return."

  5. GP collects PPE for Black Country hospitals

    A GP is leading a campaign to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals in the West Midlands.

    Dr Farhaan Shabir, who works in Walsall, set up a Go Fund Me page to collect £50,000 to provide reusable face masks for five A&E departments in the region.

    He has now jointed forces with a printing company who are making visors and a curtain company who are providing scrubs.

    Visor donations being made

    Last week, some of the visors were given to Heartlands, Good Hope, Walsall Manor, New Cross, City and Sandwell hospitals.

    "I felt very strongly about my colleagues in the hospitals, me, my sister and my wife all trained in Midlands hospitals, we know the doctors and and nurses and I felt a sense of duty to do something for them," he said.

  6. Firm produces protective face shields that won't scare the kids

    A group of Cumbrian designers are producing coronavirus face shields for medical workers that will be a little less frightening for children visiting hospital.

    Jon Stynes Designs in Brampton, which normally works in the theatre and exhibition industries, said it could produce 500 standard visors a day and is fundraising to cover basic costs but would not make a profit.

    "We've had so much from the NHS with my wife going through breast cancer, so it's a perfect opportunity to give back to these amazing people," Mr Stynes said.

    Protective face shields with cartoon characters

    As well as standard visors, the firm is making versions for the children's ward at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, with cartoon characters designed by graphic designer Tim Ellis.

    The hospital will get 2,000 next week, with more being donated to care homes, ambulance crews and doctors surgeries.

    "It feels fantastic to help out," Mr Stynes said.

  7. Waxed-jacket firm to make protective NHS kit

    A firm famous its waxed jackets has responded to the call for more personal protective equipment for health workers.

    Clothing company Barbour has started making disposable gowns for Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and other health trusts in the north-east of England.

    Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour said everyone had "a role to play in fighting COVID-19" and the company's South Shields factory was "no stranger to adaptation".

    "During both World Wars, we turned the factory over to make military garments to assist the war effort," she said.

    Seamstress at Barbour
  8. House splashed with colour in support of the NHS

    Jake, Jamie and Freddie Kifford at home in Robertsbridge

    How about this for a way to decorate the outside of your house?

    Helen Kifford’s family are at home in East Sussex during the lockdown but have been busy paying tribute to healthcare workers who are at the forefront of treating patients during the coronavirus outbreak.

    “Jake, Jamie, and Freddie coloured their house in to thank the NHS for the wonderful work they're doing,” Helen said.

    "Probably the most colourful house in Robertsbridge."

  9. Fatboy Slim's daughter to make DJ debut in bedroom

    The 10-year-old daughter of Fatboy Slim has been taking to the decks, with "a little bit of help from her dad" for the Camp Bestival stay at home for Easter sleepover.

    Nelly Cook, otherwise known as FatGirl Slim, has been blasting out the sounds with her dad from their Brighton kitchen.

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  10. Recovery centre with 500 beds planned to 'ease hospital pressure'

    A 500-bed “respite and recovery” centre to help patients with “low-level needs” is being planned in Liverpool.

    A patient is moved as NHS workers applaud outside the Royal Liverpool University Hospital

    It will support patients who “are ready for discharge, but can’t yet return home, including those without Covid-19”, a council spokesperson said.

    Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson added: “We all know our hospitals will be under immense pressure, even before we reach the expected peak of cases, so it is vital that we have additional capacity available in the system.

    “It will also help support those who need residential placements but can’t secure a bed within existing care homes due to pressures in the system.”

    Liverpool’s hospitals will continue to care for acute patients, including those with coronavirus, he said.

    The recovery centre would be a “large-scale extension of our intermediate care hubs, which help bridge the gap between hospital and home”.

  11. 'Crazy' town relieves lockdown with mass mooing

    Jasper Ward moos from his window

    One town in Derbyshire has come up with a rather unique way to fight lockdown boredom - by mooing in unison.

    At half-past six every evening locals in Belper gather on doorsteps and lean out of windows for a two-minute chorus of cattle impressions.

    Jasper Ward said the bovine bellow was a way to make staying in "a little bit more bearable".

    "The crazy people of this town have taken to it like cows to grass," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    Will the residents’ antics catch on anywhere else in England?

  12. Streets deserted in tourism hotspot

    Normally bustling with tourists and residents alike, the streets of York were deserted on Saturday morning as people adhered to the lockdown restrictions and stayed at home, North Yorkshire Police said.

    York streets
  13. Villagers make stained-glass NHS window for phone box

    A group of villagers who are decorating their red telephone box with stained glass windows have created a special panel to celebrate the NHS during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Alan and Kate Richmond came up with the idea of decorating the booth, in Crich, Derbyshire, a year ago.

    Stained-glass window in phone box

    The 11 panels installed represent community groups and businesses.

    Mrs Richmond, who worked as a nurse for 21 years, said the NHS panel had been particularly meaningful.

  14. Nurse dies after developing Covid-19 symptoms

    Alexandra Hospital sign

    A "much-loved" nurse has died after developing symptoms of coronavirus, a hospital trust said.

    Julie Omar had been working at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said.

    The 52-year-old had been self-isolating at home but her condition deteriorated and she died at home on Friday.

    The trust said books of remembrance would be made available at its sites.

  15. Three women charged with assault

    Edgeland Terrace, Eastbourne

    Three women have been charged with assault after police were threatened with being spat at and exposure to Covid-19.

    Police were responding to reports of a house party in Edgeland Terrace, Eastbourne, on Wednesday evening.

    One officer also suffered a head injury and required hospital treatment.

  16. 'Make that call', urge Premiership clubs

    Premiership rugby union clubs are urging people to "make that call" to a friend or loved one who may be struggling during the lockdown.

    Players from several clubs have been making calls to their supporters in recent days, in an attempt to keep people feeling connected and motivated.

    Matt Dawson, a World Cup winner with England in 2003 and more recently a BBC rugby union pundit, added his voice to the campaign.

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  17. Countryside walkers 'may bring coronavirus to farms'

    People driving into the countryside in North Yorkshire "for exercise" are bringing the threat of coronavirus onto farmland and farmyards, a county council has warned.

    Richard Flinton, the County Council’s chief executive, said that despite people being warned about lockdown rules, some were still flouting the guidelines by driving into areas including the Yorkshire Dales.

    Countryside image

    Mr Flinton said: "Even when people have been ordered to follow the lockdown rules, we have been made aware of the risks to our farmers of people driving into the countryside and straying away from public rights of way, often across farmyards and fields.

    “The countryside is a working environment, as well as a source of recreation and during the coronavirus outbreak our farmers and others working in rural areas have become increasingly worried by the numbers of people who continue not only to drive into the countryside, but also to deviate from public footpaths.

    "This risks spreading infection to people working on the land.

    “We understand it is important for people to take exercise, but people should not be driving into the countryside and everybody needs to respect the working environment of our farmers."

  18. Police officer with Covid-19 awake and off ventilator

    A West Midlands Police officer diagnosed with coronavirus has been taken off his ventilator and is awake, the force said.

    In a post on twitter, the force said Ch Supt Phil Dolby would be on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a simple machine that pumps air, for some time.

    Ch Supt Phil Dolby
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  19. UK records 917 new coronavirus deaths

    An Emergency Department Nurse

    The UK has recorded 917 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of people who have died in hospital with the virus to 9,875.

    The figure is slightly down from Friday, which at 980 exceeded the worst daily figures seen in Italy and Spain.

    It comes as the UK spends the Easter weekend under lockdown, with the public being told to stay at home.

  20. A reminder of the rules on exercise and social distancing

    With warm weather forecast in parts of England over the Easter weekend, the government has appealed for people to stick to the restrictions on movement.

    These say people should go out as little as possible and only leave the home if they have a "reasonable excuse". This includes:

    • Exercise - alone, or with members of your household
    • Shopping for basic necessities
    • Any medical need, or providing care for a vulnerable person
    • Travel to or from work - but only when you cannot work from home

    Here is a reminder on the guidance on social distancing.