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Live Reporting

Ben Jeffrey and Jennifer Meierhans

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    That's all of our live updates for today, thank you for joining me.

    We will be back at 07:30 tomorrow with more news as lockdown continues.

    I hope you've managed to have a safe and peaceful Easter weekend.

  2. Army veteran, 99, 'smashes' £500,000 NHS target

    An Army veteran reacted with stunned silence when he heard he had raised more than £500,000 for the NHS.

    Tom Moore said: "Who would have thought that when I set a target of £1,000 a week ago, it could have reached £500,000?"

    The 99-year-old World War Two veteran plans to walk 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday - he has so far walked 70 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop.

    He added: "I thank the British public from the bottom of my heart", as you can see here.

    View more on twitter
  3. Man chalks house in colours of the rainbow

    William Rose

    BBC Yorkshire

    A man has chalked his entire house in the colours of the rainbow as a special tribute to the NHS.

    Craig outside his rainbow-coloured house

    Craig Pickard, from Maltby in Rotherham, was inspired by the pictures of rainbows in neighbours' windows.

    He said: "I just started doing the wall, then one thing led to another and then I did the whole house."

    The rainbow coloured house

    It took him nearly 16 hours over two days to finish the project.

    Mr Pickard dedicated it to health workers across the country for their efforts during the coronavirus outbreak.

  4. NHS worker's stolen motorbike found

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    An NHS worker from Brighton whose motorbike was stolen has had it returned following an appeal on BBC Radio Sussex.

    The racing green Triumph was taken on Thursday, meaning key worker Ian Evans has been taking the bus to get to his night shifts in Haywards Heath.

    He said he was "truly humbled and very emotional" to receive "so many wonderful messages and offers of support" after he tweeted about the theft.

    View more on twitter
  5. Sikh Vaisakhi festivals cancelled amid pandemic

    Celebrations to mark one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar have been cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Vaisakhi, which this year falls on Monday, commemorates the creation of the Khalsa, a collective body of initiated Sikhs.

    The gurdwara in Gravesend would normally be decorated for Vaisakhi
    Image caption: The gurdwara in Gravesend would normally be decorated for Vaisakhi

    In past years, thousands have gathered in the towns and cities that are home to England's largest Sikh communities.

    But this year gurdwaras have had to find ways to take Vaisakhi into people's homes.

  6. Things to do in your caravan during lockdown

    Val and Bernie Crean
    Image caption: Val and Bernie Crean enjoying a tipple in their motorhome

    People are making good use of their "wobbly" homes on wheels while observing lockdown rules. Here are some of the creative things you can do in your caravan.

  7. Stars record Ken Dodd's Happiness song for NHS

    Sir Ken Dodd's signature tune Happiness has been re-recorded as a tribute to the health service amid the pandemic.

    Before his death in 2018, the Liverpool legend praised the care he received from the "marvellous" NHS.

    Ken Dodd

    His 1964 single has been re-recorded as a "joy-filled tribute" to NHS workers.

    Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson is joined in the music video by Glenda Jackson, Rick Astley, Jimmy Tarbuck, Shirley Ballas, Claire Sweeney, Les Dennis and Carol Decker.

  8. Family farm enjoys 'unbelievable' appeal success

    An appeal to raise money for a family farm park which is closed because of the coronavirus lockdown has raised £30,000 since Friday.

    Longdown Activity Farm at Colbury, Hampshire, previously said it had been "hit extremely hard" by the lack of visitors.

    Longdown Activity Farm

    In an online fundraising page, it asked for £5,000 to feed its donkeys, chickens and other animals.

    Owner Bryan Pass said: "We cannot believe how much the appeal has achieved - beyond our wildest dreams."

  9. Barrister offers free advice to domestic violence victims

    Sarah Lee

    BBC London

    A barrister is offering to help victims of domestic abuse without charge until the coronavirus lockdown ends.

    Zimran Samuel, who specialises in family court litigation and is based at Doughty Street Chambers in London, said: "I know there are people urgently needing help at the moment.

    "I can help and I feel that I should help. It's that simple."

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  10. Coronavirus: The people fighting fakes from their sofas

    Marianna Spring

    Specialist disinformation and social media reporter

    Social media companies are struggling to contain a wave of coronavirus misinformation. Into the breach have stepped volunteers who are fighting to stop rumours, bad advice and conspiracy theories from going viral.

    Rachael Hogg is currently juggling her busy job as a project manager and teaching her nine-year-old from her home in the market town of Morpeth, near Newcastle.

    Rachel Hogg

    She's also deleting as many as 50 misleading posts about coronavirus from the local Facebook group she runs.

    Rachel is one of many volunteers fighting fake news from their sofas. Read their stories here.

    Have you seen concerning or misleading information about coronavirus online? Is there a story we should be investigating? Email me -

  11. Mattress firm 'working round the clock'

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News

    A mattress maker says staff are working around the clock to meet increasing demand from the NHS.

    Specialist foam firm GNG Group, which is based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is supplying the new Nightingale units and other NHS hospitals. The company says it has received six months of orders in the past week.

    Man wearing a mask pulling a sheet over a mattress

    Bosses described staff as fantastic, saying they have "gone over and above anything we've asked of them" including giving up their Easter weekend "to support our NHS".

  12. Analysis of latest death figures

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC England Data Unit

    Another 667 people have been revealed to have died in hospitals in England with Covid-19, latest NHS statistics show.

    Of those announced today, 316 were over the age of 80 while 279 were aged 60 to 79 and 65 were aged 40 to 59. Six were aged 20 to 39 and one was aged under 19.

    These latest figures include 322 people who died on Saturday and 118 who died on Easter Sunday.

    As with most days, some deaths have been announced that happened some time ago.

  13. NHS nurse dies with Covid-19

    A nurse who worked for over 35 years plastering broken bones has died with coronavirus.

    Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith died at his workplace, Doncaster Royal Infirmary, after a "brief but courageous battle", said Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

    The trust said Mr Smith, known as Kev by his friends and colleagues, would be "missed beyond all measure" by everyone there.

    Chief executive Richard Parker said he was "utterly heartbroken" and that the organisation's thoughts were with Mr Smith's wife Diane.

  14. Gown supply 'critically low' in some hospitals

    An NHS boss has warned the number of protective gowns available to front-line staff in parts of the country has become "critically low" in recent days.

    Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England, has called for a "more sustainable supply" of gowns, which are imported from China.

    Medics putting on gowns

    Mr Hopson said that the NHS ordered "a whole load of stock" weeks ago, but delays have been caused by the gowns sometimes failing safety tests, while other batches have been mislabelled.

    On Sunday, the health secretary said the government was increasing the amount of PPE available.

  15. The grandad who became a TikTok star without realising it

    Chris Stokel-Walker

    Tik Tok screen shot

    In less than three months an 87-year-old grandfather has gathered a huge following on the video-sharing app TikTok, despite the fact that most of its users are children. And for a long time he was unaware of his growing fame. Here's how it happened.

  16. Hacks to help you connect with loved ones

    With measures to tackle coronavirus leaving so many people unable to meet family and friends, how can we make more meaningful connections when we're on phone calls or using video apps?

    Experts offer their hacks.

    Illustration of two people having a conversation
  17. Thirteenth resident of coronavirus-hit care home dies

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Thirteen residents of a County Durham care home have now died after displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

    Managers at Stanley Park care home in Stanley said they were "devastated" by the deaths.

    The first death was in late March with the latest confirmed by home operator Care UK on Monday. It has not been disclosed how many other residents at the 72-bed home are ill, although one who tested positive for the virus is in hospital.

    Care home

    Care UK said the latest resident to die had some symptoms that could indicate Covid-19, though no test has been carried out.

  18. What's happening to the beer left in pubs?

    Pubs, like other public venues, look set to stay shut for the foreseeable future. But what's going to happen to the contents of their cellars?

    A barman filling a milk bottle with beer
    Image caption: Some pubs are offering takeaways to prevent beer being wasted

    Fifty million pints of beer are expected to go unused in barrels if pubs remain closed into the summer because of coronavirus.

    Publicans are currently unable to sell their lagers, ales and ciders - save for takeaways and home deliveries. Here's what is happening to it.

  19. Opera-singing doctor strikes the right note

    Dr Alex Aldren trained in medicine, but left the profession to become a tenor.

    He has now returned to the NHS to help during the coronavirus crisis and is using his singing skills on the wards of the Royal London Hospital and Newham Hospital.

    A video of the doctor singing, which was shared online, has since gone around the world.

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Opera-singing doctor goes viral
  20. Boy's garden marathon raises £3,500 for NHS

    A seven-year-old boy has raised nearly £3,500 for the NHS by running and walking the distance of a marathon in his garden.

    Herbie Wharton managed to complete 420 figure-of-eight laps round his front and back garden on Sunday, spurred on by his favourite songs, including The Final Countdown.

    Peter and Herbie Wharton
    Image caption: Peter Wharton and son Herbie completed hundreds of laps round their garden

    Herbie's father Peter, who has taken part in Ironman events, joined him on the circuit and said they felt amazed and emotional by the "phenomenal support" they received.