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Live Reporting

Rob England, Lauren Potts, Ian Woodcock and Daniel Wainwright

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    Thank you for joining us today and we hope you have a good evening.

    You can read all the updates from today below and we will be back with more from England at about 07:30 BST on Thursday.

  2. Army veteran's £8m for NHS 'out of this world'

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Army veteran Tom Moore finds out he's raised £5m for NHS

    We're almost ready to call it an evening but before we do, we had to re-visit this fantastic achievement.

    Army veteran Tom Moore set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS but donations have now reached an incredible £8m.

    The 99-year-old sought sponsorship to do 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday.

    He was told he'd passed the £5m mark on BBC News and the figure has risen and risen.

  3. Fatboy Slim announces gig to praise NHS workers 'like I should'

    Fatboy Slim

    DJ Fatboy Slim has said he will host a free concert for NHS workers and "blue light" staff after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

    The gig will take place on 28 October at The Brighton Centre.

    The DJ, real name Norman Cook, said: "By the time life returns to normal we will all want to celebrate together and I would like to do my bit to reward and thank everyone who has been holding our lives together in these most difficult of times."

    Tickets are available from Friday.

  4. Hospitals and care homes to allow goodbyes to dying

    Matt Hancock

    Close family members will be able to say goodbye to dying relatives in hospitals and care homes under new coronavirus guidelines, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    He said the UK would introduce new steps to "limit the risk of infection" and allow goodbyes "wherever possible".

    Mr Hancock also launched a new supply network to help get personal protective equipment (PPE) to care home staff.

  5. Sheeran makes 'significant' donation to hospital

    Pop star Ed Sheeran has made a "significant" donation to a hospital children's ward in his home county of Suffolk.

    Ed Sheeran

    Ipswich Hospital's chief executive said the money donated by Sheeran, 29, would "make a massive difference".

    "It's such an amazing gift. It shows incredible generosity," Nick Hulme said.

  6. Weatherman drums up a storm

    A BBC weatherman has caused a storm on social media after he finished his forecast and filmed himself playing the drums to the BBC News theme tune.

    BBC North West Tonight presenter Owain Wyn Evans tweeted: "When they said try working from home I didn't realise they'd expect me to do the music too."

    The footage has now had over 2 million views on Twitter.

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    Video caption: Weather presenter goes viral drumming to BBC News theme
  7. University donates equipment for NHS and key workers

    Edge Hill University has donated personal protective equipment and advanced machinery to the government to help fight coronavirus.

    Edge Hill University campus

    The Lancashire university's donation includes PPE, freezers and polymerase chain reaction machines, which can screen patients for symptoms.

    It has also offered to house NHS or emergency services staff who have to self-isolate from their families, and will release any qualified member of staff on full pay if they wish to temporarily rejoin the NHS.

    Dr Clare Strode, who teaches biology, said:

    Quote Message: We’re delighted that we could loan out vital equipment to help our country during this health crisis and we are willing to loan out more equipment should the need arise.
  8. Police and firefighters sing happy birthday to 95-year-old

    Police and firefighters in Lancashire have got together to make 95-year-old May's birthday special.

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  9. Red Arrows resume 'essential training'

    Red Arrows

    The Red Arrows have taken to the skies for some "essential training" after being grounded for three weeks due to the coronavirus lockdown.

    The Royal Air Force's aerobatic team flew a number of sorties from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

    The iconic red jets could also be seen close to Doncaster, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford and Manchester airports.

  10. Met issues hundreds of fines to Covid-19 rule-breakers

    Met Police

    The Metropolitan Police has issued hundreds of fixed penalty notices (FPN) after individuals were found in breach of coronavirus regulations.

    Powers to fine people were introduced by the government under emergency legislation designed to help reduce the impact of the pandemic.The Met said it was expecting the figure to total several hundred.Assistant commissioner Mark Simmons said "a small minority" of people were refusing to follow instructions "despite every effort to engage, explain and encourage".

    The force said crime was down by 32% in London, while fewer people have been dialling 999 and making non-emergency calls.

  11. Twenty-four die at nursing home during outbreak

    Bradwell Hall Nursing Home

    Twenty-four residents have died at a care home during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Eight people who died at Bradwell Hall Nursing Home in Newcastle-under-Lyme - the largest care home in Staffordshire - tested positive for Covid-19.

    Others died after suffering "pneumonia-like symptoms" but were not tested.

    Read the full story here.

  12. Reminder not to light sky lanterns

    People are being reminded not to release sky lanterns after a campaign was launched to encourage the public to light them in a show of solidarity for NHS workers.

    Fire chiefs say emergency services are currently under increased pressure due to the pandemic and lighting lanterns should be discouraged as they are highly flammable and the weather could increase the likelihood of wildfires.

    Yeovil fire station and Avon Fire and Rescue are among several bodies to warn people of the dangers.

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  13. BreakingCare homes to allow goodbyes to dying

    Close family members will be able to say goodbye to dying relatives in care homes under new coronavirus guidelines, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    Speaking at Wednesday's briefing, he said the government will introduce new procedures to "limit the risk of infection" and allow people to say goodbye to loved ones "wherever possible".

  14. Elderly man had not eaten for two days

    Teignbridge Council worker delivering supplies
    Image caption: Teignbridge Council is delivering supplies to vulnerable people who are self-isolating

    An elderly man who lives in an isolated village has received a vital food package after having not eaten for two days.

    The package was delivered after Teignbridge Council launched a hotline to help vulnerable people who might have been overlooked.

    Authority bosses said the man, who has not been named, got the food within two hours of calling its food hub.

    Council leader Gordon Hook said he was now on the authority's radar.

  15. 81-year-old goes home after beating Covid-19

    David Ray spent 22 days at Worcestershire Royal Hospital battling Coronavirus.

    The 81-year-old said thank you to the staff that looked after him adding: "You've looked after me wonderful, thank you all for what you've done."

    He feared he'd never get to see his family again, but after an emotional goodbye, he’s now back home with his wife Anne.

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  16. Almost half of all deaths in London linked to coronavirus

    Sam Francis

    BBC News

    Nearly half of all deaths in London are linked to coronavirus, twice the national average, figures show.

    The Office for National Statistics said in the week ending 3 April the virus was cited on 3,475 death certificates across England, which was 21% of all deaths.

    In London, out of 2,511 deaths, 1,170 involved Covid-19, roughly 47%.

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    The capital, which makes up 15% of the population of England and Wales, now accounts for a third of all coronavirus deaths.

    Coronavirus has pushed the total number of deaths in the week ending 3 April to over 16,000 - a record high and 6,000 more than normal at this time of year.

    It comes after industry bosses in the UK said daily death tolls are "airbrushing out" hundreds of older people who have died in the care system.

  17. Army veteran, 99, raises £7m for NHS

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    A 99-year-old army veteran who has raised more than £7m for the NHS said the fundraising has been "completely out of this world".

    Tom Moore aimed to raise £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday.

    "Every penny that we get, they [the NHS] deserve every one of it," he said.

  18. 'Superhero' doctor dies amid coronavirus pandemic

    Royal Berkshire Hospital
    Image caption: Royal Berkshire Hospital

    A 'superhero' doctor has died in hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Dr Peter Tun, 62, had been in intensive care at Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital, where he worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation for 21 years.

    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) would not confirm if Dr Tun, who died on Monday, had tested positive for Covid-19.

    His sons said: "Our family is immensely proud of our superhero Dad.

    "He used to say, 'treat all your patients like they are your own family' and this speaks to the type of character that he had.

    "To us, he was simply the best human we know and we will miss him every day."

  19. The skipping Sikh shares health advice

    Rajinder is gaining a following on social media as the skipping Sikh.

    The 73-year-old has used skipping as a mean to get fit during the lockdown and is passing on advice to others on how to stay healthy.

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