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Live Reporting

Ian Woodcock and Daniel Wainwright

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you and good evening

    Thank you for joining us.

    This is the end of our live page today but over on 39 BBC local radio stations from 19:00 you can listen to a special programme on the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 07:30 BST, bringing you all the latest on the pandemic from across England.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Sisters stream children's church services online

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Four young sisters have been streaming their own children's church services from their home during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Ivy, 5, Clara, 8, Amy, 10, and 11-year-old Ellen Gill wanted to do something while their local church in Exeter is closed.


    Their weekly Children's Liturgy, streamed on YouTube, includes prayers and readings, as well as advice for people on how they can help those in the community.

    Amy said: "We miss seeing our friends while our school and church is closed and this is a way for us to do something that everyone can watch and enjoy.”

  3. Ginola backs Covid-19 helpline

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Newcastle United legend David Ginola has urged people living in the city to give their money or their time to make sure those in need have access to food and other essentials through the coronavirus crisis.

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    Newcastle City Council's CitylifeLine fundraiser to help those most in need and to coordinate goodwill efforts has now raised almost £45,000.

  4. Man celebrates mum's 100th birthday on Covid ward

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Ivy Reeves' 100th  birthday

    Ivy Reeves has celebrated her 100th birthday from a Covid ward where she is being treated after contracting the virus.

    Luckily, her symptoms improved enough for Wycombe Hospital in Buckinghamshire to allow her son Alan to visit.

    He wore personal protective equipment to deliver the traditional message from the Queen, help her open her cards and enjoy some cake - while the nurses sang Happy Birthday.

    He said: "It was magical to be able to do that, I’m very grateful - the nurses have been fantastic, just brilliant."

  5. Race and coronavirus deaths - BBC local radio stations unite

    Summaya Mughal, Karen Gabay and Dotun Adebayo
    Image caption: Presenters Karen Gabay (BBC Radio Manchester), Summaya Mughal (BBC Radio Leicester), and Dotun Adebayo (BBC Radio London) will broadcast live from three different locations.

    Here's a reminder that at 19:00 BST all 39 BBC local radios are teaming up for a one-hour special to explore the disproportionate impact coronavirus is having on Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups and to hear the human stories behind the figures.

    Summaya Mughal from BBC Radio Leicester said: “As a broadcaster, based in one of the most diverse cities in the UK, I feel a responsibility to my community to try and understand why Covid-19 seems to be disproportionally affecting us."

    Only 14% of people in England and Wales are from ethnic minority backgrounds, according to the census, however the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre found 34% of more than 3,000 critically ill coronavirus patients identified as black, Asian or minority ethnic.

    And BBC News analysis of 135 healthcare workers whose deaths have been publicly announced found 84 were from ethnic minority backgrounds.

    Race and Covid-19 - a BBC local radio special. Wednesday May 6, 2020, 19:00 - 20:00, across all BBC Local Radio stations and on BBC Sounds.

  6. Lockdown baking sends jam sales 'through the roof'

    Stuart George

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    People turning to baking during lockdown has led to sales of jam going "through the roof", according to one producer.


    Mrs Darlington's, based in Crewe, makes about 50,000 jars a day and owner Sarah Darlington told BBC Radio Stoke that business was good.

    "As the weeks have gone by it's got busier and busier and I can only assume it's to do with people doing a lot more baking at home," she said.

    She admitted to feeling somewhat guilty at the success during lockdown, but added the the firm was trying to its bit by raising money for charity from sales and supporting local food banks.

  7. Mum praises doctors for saving her and newborn

    Kathrine, Ruby and Stuart Dawson

    A mother whose baby was born two months early because she was critically ill with coronavirus has praised the hospital staff who saved their lives.

    Kathrine Dawson, of Lancashire, became ill when she was 32 weeks pregnant and was given an emergency Caesarean on 1 April at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital.

    She spent eight days on a ventilator and her baby Ruby also got the virus.

    Now recovering at home, she said she would be "forever grateful" to hospital staff "who held her hand" through it.

  8. Carers discover they were helping England's 'singing winger'

    Colin Grainger

    Carers helping an 86-year-old widower during lockdown were stunned to learn he played football for England and scored on his debut against Brazil.

    The "singing winger" Colin Grainger also had a music career, once sharing a stage with The Beatles.

    During a routine visit to his home in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire carers learned all about Mr Grainger's amazing life.

    He has now been shown how to watch old matches and given copies of tickets from some of the games he played in.

    Mr Grainger said: "I look forward every day to seeing one of the team coming down the drive, they are always so kind, cheerful and encouraging, I really don't know what I would have done without them."

  9. Jenrick: Government's mission is to get people back to work

    Robert Jenrick

    Robert Jenrick says it is the government's "mission to ensure everything we can do is done to help people go back to work safely and to reunite friends".

    "On Friday we will be celebrating VE Day... we know that sadly we now need to mark this important occasion from home instead," the Communities Secretary said at this evening's government briefing.

    He told the press conference that he spoke to a 92-year-old war veteran.

    "Lesley said that as we rebuilt and recovered then, he is certain we will do so again this year."

  10. Food parcels help 'desperate' residents

    Chance volunteers with food stocks

    A community group is increasing its support for struggling residents by providing food parcels thanks to a £5,000 grant.

    Chance, based in Sunderland, has been given the money from the fund set up by Money Saving Expert's Martin Lewis to support small, registered charities during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The money will be used to put together fresh fruit and veg packages as well as non-perishable foods, and given to residents in the city's East End and Hendon.

    Julie Maven, centre manager, said: “So far, we have been able to make up to 200 food parcels per week, which people can come along to the centre and collect from us while observing social distancing measures.”

    The team is also putting together emotional wellbeing packs for children.

  11. MP's caseload 'tripled' due to coronavirus lockdown

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Olivia Blake

    A Sheffield MP says her workload "tripled overnight" when the coronavirus lockdown began, including many cases of people who were unable to buy food.

    Labour MP Olivia Blake says she already had a backlog of work when she won her Sheffield Hallam constituency due to previous MP Jared O’Mara being absent for long stretches of time.

    Ms Blake says she's holding weekly surgeries on a Friday via Zoom for people who find it difficult to communicate by email or for those who just prefer to talk face to face.

    She said: “They’re working quite well. Everyone has a 20-minute slot and people really appreciate them. There’s a real mix of casework and a whole range of different issues.

    “Parts of my constituency are in poverty and we’ve seen a big uptake at foodbanks, but I’ve also had a lot of people contact me who aren’t living in poverty but just couldn’t get food."

  12. 'Nightmare' for cruise ship worker stuck in Philippines

    Eddy O'Brien

    A cruise ship worker has spoken of his "nightmare" after being stuck on a vessel in the Philippines for nearly 50 days.

    Sound engineer Eddy O'Brien, 25, from Accrington, Lancashire, said crew members were unsure when they would return home because of the complexities of air travel created by coronavirus.

    "It's a logistical nightmare and quite frustrating. It has been a strange atmosphere," he said.

    About 3,000 passengers were repatriated after leaving the ship on 18 March. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it would continue to help.

    Read more about his experience.

  13. RNLI lifeguards to restart patrols on beaches

    Lifeguard patrols will be back at about 70 beaches this summer rather than the usual 240, the RNLI has said.

    The roll-out of lifeguarding was paused in March amid government measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

    Lifeguard flags

    The move back to the beaches had been prompted by "anticipated changes to the lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks and months", the RNLI said.

    "Beaches will be chosen based on risk and popularity," it added.

    Chief executive Mark Dowie said getting the service running would "take time" and the RNLI would "also make sure that conditions are safe for our lifeguards to provide an effective service".

  14. Islanders react to contact-tracing app trial

    The Needles

    Best known for its white chalk rocks and annual music festival, the Isle of Wight is now at the centre of a government trial that leaders hope will bring the country out of lockdown.

    The coronavirus contact-tracing app goes live to all islanders on Thursday, but there are mixed feelings on the eve of its public release.

  15. Paddy's guard of honour

    Hospital staff formed a guard of honour as one of their former colleagues went home after beating Covid-19.

    Paddy McDermott, aged 74, used to work as a porter at the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in Kent before retiring four years ago.

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  16. Increased uptake of free rail travel for domestic abuse victims

    Rob England

    BBC News

    Woman running for train

    Fifty-three people have been given free rail travel as part of a scheme to help victims of domestic abuse get to safety during the lockdown, according to officials.

    The Rail Delivery Group said a quarter of those helped by the Rail to Refuge scheme, which was launched on 9 April, were children.

    It added that the number of people using the scheme had "increased significantly" since the UK went into lockdown in March.

    This follows a report by MPs suggesting a "surge" in cases of domestic abuse over the same period.

    You can find out more about the scheme from charity Woman's Aid.

  17. Van factory to 'keep staff safe' when it reopens

    Vauxhall plant

    Safety measure are being put in place so that a Vauxhall plant can reopen as soon as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted or relaxed, the car firm has said.

    The van manufacturing site in Luton has stood silent since 19 March.

    Staff will have their temperatures checked, they will need to wear goggles and masks, and some of the shift patterns will have to be changed.