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Live Reporting

Jay Freeman, Rob England, Adam Jones and David Schaffer

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

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

    Join us again tomorrow morning as we take you through the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic in England.

  2. Stand By Me: Stay-at-home choir creates NHS tribute

    More than 150 singers have got together virtually to record a song to raise money for NHS staff.

    Members of the Buskerteers Choir, made up of groups from across Essex, individually recorded their part of Stand By Me on their phones at home, which then formed an online video.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Essex lockdown choir creates NHS Stand By Me tribute

    The group has raised more than £21,000 of its £1m target.

    One of the singers, Keith Davies, said: "I've had a few people come back to me saying it actually moved them to tears because, I think it's the power of the human voice, and then the lyrics and now attributing those lyrics to the situation we find ourselves."

  3. Photographer captures London life in lockdown

    Michael and his partner in
    Image caption: Mr Isfendiyar takes pictures of four to five people within an hour

    Adam Isfendiyar said he was curious about people's lives during lockdown as he passed homes in the capital.

    Photographer captures London life in lockdown

    Michael and his partner in

    Adam Isfendiyar said he was curious about people's lives during lockdown as he passed their homes.

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  4. Red Arrows fans stage DIY airshow

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    Video caption: Red Arrows fan stages 'Stay at home' airshow

    The Bridge family in Dorset put on its own show in tribute to its favourite aerobatic display team.

  5. NHS trust: 'Please stop sending pizzas'

    A hospital trust has asked people to stop donating pizza and takeaways as it increases “certain risks” amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust thanked residents for their donations to NHS staff, but said no hot or fresh food deliveries such as pizza should be donated from now on.

    Chief Executive Trish Armstrong-Child said:

    Quote Message: Although this is very kind, it does increase certain risks, which we are working hard to reduce.

    She added that the trust had received handmade scrubs, care packages and other gifts for patients and staff and felt “very supported” during these unprecedented times.

    Quote Message: We have had many potential volunteers get in touch, retired staff returning to work and delivery after delivery of kind gifts for our hard-working teams.
    Quote Message: We want to say a huge thank you to all the incredibly generous, selfless people in our community who are doing so much to keep us going. We all feel very supported right now.
  6. Coronavirus: What do all the terms mean?

    Coronavirus: What do all the terms mean?

    Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak

    Intensive care and other key terms explained

    Coronavirus: What do all the terms mean?

    Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.

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  7. Twenty suspected phone mast attacks over Easter

    5G mast
    Image caption: 5G mast

    Vodafone says one of the "deluded" attacks was on a mast serving Birmingham's Nightingale hospital.

    Twenty suspected phone mast attacks over Easter

    5G mast

    Vodafone says one of the "deluded" attacks was on a mast serving Birmingham's Nightingale hospital.

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  8. Nightingale hospital 'may not be needed'

    Ward 27 of the Nightingale Hospital in Washington
    Image caption: The hospital will be able to accommodate nearly 500 patients

    A new Nightingale hospital being built in the North East may never need to open, an NHS boss has said.

    The 460-bed facility in a modified unit in Washington could be ready to take patients in two weeks.

    But it will only open if hospitals in the region cannot cope with the number of Covid-19 patients.

    Martin Wilson, the chief operating officer for Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "I don't think we will need to open.

    "If people can all play their part in social distancing, if a vaccine comes along, my hope is that we don't need to open."

  9. Inquiry after deaths at Cornwall care home

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News

    Roseland Court Care Home

    An inquiry is under way after a number of residents at a care home died in an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Roseland Court Care Home in Tregony, Cornwall, has been closed to visitors since last month.

    The exact number of deaths has not been revealed. However, one of them is known to be 79-year-old Roger Lemin.

    His son, Gary, told the BBC he laid no blame with the home.

    Quote Message: These people are absolute heroes, dealing with an unprecedented situation for them. I really do think they need help and have a really grown-up conversation about what is going on in these homes, and how we can change the model they are using so there is some way of restricting infections." from Gary Lemin
    Gary Lemin

    Public Health England and Cornwall Council said they were working together to support staff and residents.

    Home operator HC-One said its thoughts and sympathies were with all families who had lost a loved one and they were doing their utmost to support them.

    It said a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan was in place and PPE supplies at all of their homes were very good.

  10. Florist paints tribute to 'amazing' NHS workers

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    A florist has paid tribute to NHS workers with a poignant painting after witnessing "amazing" care of her father.

    Painting

    Amber Hunt, from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, took inspiration from Michelangelo's Creation of Adam - in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel - in recreating part of the famous Renaissance image.

    The 20-year-old said the gloved hand represented the NHS workers, with the bare hand symbolising those receiving help.

    Amber Hunt

    Miss Hunt said her father Steve has suffered from leukaemia for five years and been treated at Wycombe Hospital.

    "We've been so grateful - the NHS staff have been beyond heroes," she said.

  11. Man accused of spitting at ambulance workers

    A man from North Yorkshire has been accused of spitting at two ambulance workers and threatening to cough in their faces as he referenced coronavirus.

    Broughton Rd

    Steven Roberts, from Skipton, is charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

    He was inside an ambulance on Broughton Road when he was arrested on Sunday evening, police said.

    The 18-year-old has been released on bail and due to appear at Skipton Magistrates' Court on 22 May.

  12. Neighbours sing for woman's 92nd birthday

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Street sings Happy Birthday to Roma, 92

    Roma Drinkwater's son says her neighbours "made it such a memorable day for her".

  13. GP says additional medicine requests putting NHS under pressure

    A doctor in Bury says an increased demand for prescriptions is putting pressure on local NHS services.

    A stethoscope

    Dr Jeff Schryer, who is chairman of Bury's Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

    Quote Message: We understand the current situation is worrying and causing people concern, that’s human nature, [but] unfortunately, additional medicines requests are putting more pressure on our GP practices, community pharmacies and medicines supplies.

    Dr Schryer said people should "only order what they usually would" to ensure medicine remains readily available.

  14. Covid ward nurse soothes patients with cello performance

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    Video caption: Cello-playing nurse performs for patients

    After a difficult day treating coronavirus patients at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, nurse Natasha decided to play her cello at the end of her shift.

    You can hear more on The Self-Isolation Podcast, available on BBC Sounds.

  15. Street's Easter bunting 'thank you' to NHS workers

    People living on an East Yorkshire road have made their own bunting to decorate the street while the coronavirus lockdown continues.

    Bunting

    This is what Pulcroft Road in Hessle looks like now:

    Bunting
    Bunting

    One resident told the BBC: "The decorating was originally an idea for Easter, but has been turned it into a thank you for the NHS."

    Bunting
  16. Virtual pub quiz success 'overwhelming'

    Jay Flynn broadcasting on YouTube
    Image caption: Jay Flynn broadcast his live pub quiz on YouTube and Facebook

    A former landlord who has raised more than £93,000 for the NHS by running a weekly virtual pub quiz says the response has been "overwhelming".

    Jay Flynn, 38, from Darwen, Lancashire, started the quiz through Facebook and YouTube to “lift a few local people’s spirits”.

    The most recent one, held last Thursday, reached 150,000 people.

    He pauses each week to observe the Clap for Carers tribute with his wife, who is an NHS worker.

  17. Virus will have 'significant impact' on economy

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    Video caption: Chancellor: Coronavirus will have "very significant impact" on economy

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has told reporters Covid-19 will cause "hardship ahead".

    Mr Sunak was responding to a report from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which warned the pandemic could see the UK economy shrink by a record 35% by June.

    The OBR said its figures were based on an assumption that the lockdown would last for three months.

    Mr Sunak said it was important to be "honest" that the government wouldn't be able "to protect every job or every business", but said he was speaking to banks "every single day" to ensure those who needed small business loans were able to get them.

  18. Devon Malcolm on 'surreal' death of father

    Former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm

    Ex-England cricketer Devon Malcolm says it is "really difficult" to come to terms with his father having died with coronavirus after not being able to visit him in hospital.

    Malcolm on 'surreal' death of father

    Former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm

    Ex-England bowler Devon Malcolm says it is "really difficult" to come to terms with his father having died with coronavirus after not being able to visit him in hospital.

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  19. Virus survivor reunited with her family

    This is the incredible moment that Johty Kesavan was reunited with her family after becoming the first coronavirus patient to be discharged from Croydon University Hospital's intensive care unit.

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  20. Aerial shots show deserted seafronts

    Seaside spots around the east coast that would normally be teeming with visitors were eerily quiet as people observed the lockdown over the Easter weekend.

    Apart from a few people taking exercise and giving their dogs a walk, popular beaches in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were almost empty, these aerial pictures show.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Aerial shots show east coast seafronts deserted

    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council went as far as publicising a "Don't Visit Southend" campaign, urging tourists to stay away over the weekend.

    It thanked people on Twitter for staying at home and said nearly £10m in grants had been paid out to 944 small businesses to try and keep them afloat during the pandemic.