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Live Reporting

Adam Williams and Chris Heard

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    That's all from our daily coronavirus in England live page.

    We'll be back from Friday morning to bring you more updates on what the extension of lockdown measures will mean for communities across the country.

    Thanks for being with us and if you're taking park in the "Clap for Carers" later, feel free to share your pictures and videos with us.

  2. Government briefing recap

    Earlier the first secretary of state, Dominic Raab, gave the government's daily coronavirus briefing.

    He was joined by the chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser. Here's what they told us:

    • The rate of infection in the community is now likely to be below one (meaning on average each infected person passes the virus to fewer than one other) - but it may be higher in other settings, such as care homes
    • The UK's lockdown will continue for at least another three weeks
    • The number of new cases is stabilising, and perhaps starting to fall. The same is true of hospital admissions
    • The government is conducting a review of whether people from non-white backgrounds are disproportionately affected
    • The public should continue to use A&E for non-virus emergencies, as there is adequate capacity
  3. Deacon makes switch back to NHS

    Rev Dr Susan Salt

    A deacon who left medicine to join the church has gone back to the NHS front line to help fight coronavirus because there was "a need and an ask".

    Reverend Dr Susan Salt spent more than 30 years as a physician before she joined the Blackburn diocese in 2019.

    She decided to rejoin Blackpool Victoria Hospital after the government called on retired medics to return.

    "I was inspired by what had been achieved... reorganising everything to respond effectively to this crisis," she said.

  4. Doctor wears photo of herself on PPE

    Sarah Jenkins

    BBC News

    A junior doctor has been wearing a photo of herself so patients can see the face behind her personal protective equipment.

    West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust shared the photo of Rebecca with the image of herself on her gown and said it was a "fantastic idea".

    The trust, which runs Watford General Hospital, said it "ensures that all our patients can identify who is caring for them".

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  5. How many confirmed cases are there in your area?

    Promo image showing UK

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached more than 100,000. A total of 13,729 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.

    The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though - as it is mostly those in hospital and some NHS and care home staff who are currently being tested.

    Find out how many cases there have been in your area.

  6. Speed camera sign waver 'was out exercising'

    Speed camera sign

    A man found waving a makeshift sign to warn drivers of a speed camera claimed he was "out exercising", said police.

    Northamptonshire officers said the man drove past an enforcement van "shouting and swearing abuse" and was later seen nearby with the spray-painted placard.

    He was found to have no insurance on the car he was driving and the vehicle was seized, they added.

    The driver was reported and left to walk home,tweeted an officer with the hashtag #ThereIsYourExerciseNow.

    Full story

  7. Black Sabbath star's auction raises £19k for NHS

    Tony Iommi with guitar

    Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has raised more than £19,000 for the NHS by auctioning off a number of pieces of memorabilia from his career with the rock band.

    One of Iommi's guitars sold for more than £11,000 while other items from his collection of signed vinyl discs, CDs and DVD box sets amassed under £8,000 for University Hospitals Birmingham.

  8. Solo passing-out parade for isolating navy officer

    Matthew Poxon

    A naval officer has made history by passing out of training by himself.

    Sub Lt Matthew Poxon, 29, missed the official ceremony at Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon because he was in self-isolation.

    Instead, a separate parade was organised and he was inspected by the commanding officer of the historic college.

    It was the first solo passing-out in the college's 157-year history.

    Full story.

  9. Criminals prey on coronavirus fears to steal £2m

    Fraud warning

    About £2m has been lost to coronavirus-related fraud in the UK as criminals look to cash in on the crisis.

    At least 824 people have fallen victim to Covid-19 scams this year, according to latest figures from Action Fraud.

    Experts say criminals are playing on virus fears and posing as official sources to obtain details from people seeking compensation.

    Founder of the Fraud Alert website and former Metropolitan Police detective Colin Holder told the BBC criminals were trading "templates" on how to defraud people on the dark web.

    And analysis shows more than 70,000 "malicious" websites have also sprung up since the global pandemic was declared.

  10. Ex-striker helps supply PPE

    Dexter Blackstock

    Retired footballer Dexter Blackstock is using the company he set up after playing to help people donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to front line staff dealing with coronavirus.

    Blackstock featured for Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Leeds United among others and now runs medical technology firm MediConnect.

    "We've got the connections to help in this tragic time of need," the 33-year-old told BBC East Midlands Today.

    "The need for PPE is huge at the moment and when the NHS is struggling to get it."

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'Current measures remain for at least three weeks'

    The foreign secretary says the current lockdown measures will continue for at least three more weeks.

  12. Cleaner makes 4,500-mile trip to return to work

    Purna Ghale

    A hospital cleaner has completed his 4,500-mile trip from Nepal to north-west London to return to work.

    Purna Ghale had been in Kathmandu visiting family when his return flight was cancelled.

    The 43-year-old had to be repatriated by the government and is now back at work at Northwick Park Hospital, in Harrow.

    Mr Ghale said he wanted "to do his bit like everyone else".

  13. Car crashes into self-isolating couple's home

    The crash scene

    A couple who were self-isolating have had to leave their home after a car crashed into it.

    Robin Deane, 74, and his wife Carol, 66, were in the upstairs bedroom at the property in Stroud, Gloucestershire, when the vehicle ploughed into the downstairs toilet.

    Mr Deane said it sounded "like a bomb had gone off".


  14. Raab: Five points to influence decisions on social distancing

    Dominic Raab says he wants to be "up front with British people" about when the government can relax measures.

    The foreign secretary, who is giving the government's daily briefing, lists five points that will influence the government's decision:

    • Making sure the NHS can cope
    • Evidence showing a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rates
    • Reliable data showing the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels
    • Being confident in the range of operational challenges, like ensuring testing and the right amount of PPE, are in hand
    • Being confident any adjustments will not risk a second peak
  15. 'Virtual' Parliament plans approved

    Houses of Parliament

    Plans to allow MPs to take part in some Parliamentary business virtually have been approved by the body responsible for administration in the Commons.

    The House of Commons Commission said ministers will be quizzed via Zoom for the first time in the House's 700-year history.

    This "unprecedented step" will "keep democracy going" during the coronavirus crisis, it said.

    MPs will have to approve the plan next week when they return on 21 April.

  16. 'Dedicated' health care worker dies

    A popular health care assistant who was "dedicated to patient care" has died after contracting coronavirus.

    Lourdes Campbell

    Lourdes Campbell, who was part of the Bolton NHS Trust nursing team, died at Royal Bolton Hospital on Wednesday, chief executive Fiona Noden said.

    She said the 54-year-old, who was from the Philippines, had always been "quiet, diligent and compassionate".

    To lose "a friend and colleague" of almost 13 years was "devastating", she added.

  17. UK set to announce lockdown extension

    A sign in a supermarket

    And in that government briefing coming up at 17:00 BST, Dominic Raab is expected to confirm that coronavirus lockdown restrictions will continue across the UK.

    Here are more of the details.

  18. Government briefing at 17:00 BST

    The UK government will give its daily briefing at 17:00 BST (16:00 GMT).

    The briefing will be led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he recovers from coronavirus.

    He will be joined by the government’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and its chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

  19. Coronavirus: How staying at home can help

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus update: Why does staying at home help?

    During lockdown, staying at home is the simplest and most effective way to help protect key services and save lives.

    Here's a short guide with BBC health correspondent Laura Foster on how to safely make a difference.