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Live Reporting

Adam Williams and Kathryn Hamlett

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you and goodbye

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    That's all from our live coverage for this Saturday.

    You can of course keep up to date with all the latest coronavirus developments in both the UK and around the world right here.

    We'll be back with more from across England on Sunday morning.

    Until then - thanks for being with us and stay safe.

  2. Singer determined to keep putting smiles on faces

    Steve Mather

    BBC News

    Shannon Kitchen

    A singer has swapped her usual performances at weddings and pubs, for entertaining queuing shoppers and care home residents.

    Shannon Kitchen saw her regular work cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, but wanted to continue to put smiles on faces and raise money for the NHS in the process.

    "I’m a professional singer so I was singing everyday but all my gigs were cancelled. At first I was upset but then I thought that there are so many people who are down and losing jobs, so I wanted to do what I can and use my skills to cheer people up."

    The 22-year-old, from Warmley in Gloucestershire, has raised two-thirds of her £3,000 target for Southmead Hospital in Bristol, through her mobile shows.

    Shannon, who appeared on the television show The Voice in 2017, also sings in regular live performances on Facebook.

  3. 'Blanket quarantine' will put economy at risk, says airline boss

    London Stansted Airport

    The boss of three major airports has said a "blanket quarantine" of 14 days of people arriving in the UK "will seriously jeopardise the long-term future of the sector and put tens of thousands of jobs, and billions of pounds of economic value, at risk”.

    Charlie Cornish, the group chief executive officer of MAG, which operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports said: "For as long as it lasts, a blanket quarantine policy will be a brick wall to the recovery of the UK aviation and tourism industries, with huge consequences for UK jobs and GDP.

    “By enabling people to travel between the UK and low-risk countries, the aviation industry is able to help lead the UK economy out of this crisis, just as it has in previous recessions.

    "But in order for this to happen, the government must work quickly to create a smart and targeted approach that recognises that many countries are already low risk."

    Charlie Cornish

    The government said the news rules would slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  4. Community radio station launches to help amid pandemic

    A local community radio station has started in Greater Manchester after being granted a temporary licence under a new scheme set up by Ofcom amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Cheadle FM

    Cheadle FM, which is run by volunteers,will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week until 30 June.

    "The incredible thing is how this station, even before going on air, has brought the community of Cheadle together," said councillor David Meller, who represents Cheadle Hulme North.

    Listeners will be able to access the station via 87.9FM or online via the website.

    The temporary licence was introduced by Ofcom for those wanting to provide a radio service to share information and news about the Covid-19 pandemic.

  5. The care home that locked down early

    Despite government pressure to take patients being discharged from hospitals, an Oxfordshire care home refused and locked down early to protect its residents.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: The care home that locked down early

    Newsnight's Lewis Goodall reports on what it is like in the care home that refused to accept recently-discharged hospital patients.

  6. Prince William thanks carers for hard work

    Video content

    Video caption: The Duke of Cambridge spoke to a group of carers via a video call.

    Prince William has praised the efforts of staff in the care sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Duke of Cambridge spoke to six care workers from across the country including Suraya Alvi, from Stockport in Greater Manchester.

    "It really sounded like he was listening and really cared about what we're doing out there and how difficult it is," she said.

  7. Police plea not to 'stampede' to closed safari park

    Alex Pope

    BBC News Online


    People have been urged not to walk around the outskirts of a safari park in the hope of seeing animals.

    Bedfordshire Police said they've had to visit villages that back on to Woburn Safari Park, to deal with cars parked unnecessarily and people hoping to "get a free visit".

    "Please refrain from visiting this area and if you do please use public car parks only", the force said.

    "Woburn Safari Park have stated that all animals including elephants have been put away from the public footpaths so cannot be seen, this is to protect their welfare and to stop members of the public stampeding for a free visit", it said.

    Police car on a road

    The safari park said: "We would also like to ask that you please do not travel to Woburn or the surrounding areas this weekend, stay home and keep yourselves and the local residents safe."

  8. Coronavirus contact tracing: My new skill

    Rory Cellan-Jones

    Technology correspondent

    Coronavirus contact tracing hopes to act as a practical defence against the spread of infection.

    But what sort of training will the 25,000 government-recruited tracers receive before they undertake their role?

    I decided to find out for myself by taking an intense eight-hour course to become a certified tracer.

    Rory Cellan-Jones
  9. Young musicians form virtual orchestra

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    Video caption: Young people from across Dorset record a version of What A Wonderful World

    The travel and meeting restrictions placed on people during the coronavirus pandemic have not prevented their creative juices from flowing.

    There have been numerous examples of people working collaboratively on virtual platforms, with BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge Allstars' cover of the Foo Fighters' hit 'Times Like These' being just one.

    And, across Dorset, a group of more than 30 young musicians have been in tune to record their version of the Louis Armstrong classic What A Wonderful World.

  10. Government briefing due at 16:00 BST

    The government will give its daily coronavirus briefing at 16:00 BST from Downing Street.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will lead the session alongside deputy chief medical officer for England Dr Jenny Harries.

    They'll be live coverage on the BBC News website and app.

  11. Championship rugby union clubs face huge losses

    Ampthill v Cornish Pirates

    Clubs in the second tier of English professional rugby union say they are facing losses running into millions of pounds.

    The impact of the early end to the Championship season on 20 March amid the coronavirus pandemic has compounded Rugby Football Union cuts to clubs' central funding.

    In February, clubs were told RFU cash would drop by almost £250,000 over the next two seasons.

    A number of clubs, such as Nottingham and London Scottish, have decided to become semi-professional as a result.

  12. Child, 12, among latest to die with Covid-19 in England

    NHS England has announced 157 more deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus.

    Among the latest deaths announced was a 12-year-old with underlying health conditions.The youngest person to have been announced during the start of the coronavirus pandemic by NHS England was a six-week-old baby.

    It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,545. The deaths happened between 1 and 22 May, except three were in April.*

    *NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

  13. 'What I wish I’d known before lockdown'

    Illustration - woman speaking into mirror

    With the benefit of hindsight, there are things we all wish we had done before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

    But if you could go back in time to the start of 2020 and give yourself pre-lockdown advice, what would it be?

    Here you can read a collection of what you told us.

  14. 'I haven't hugged my two-year-old son in five weeks'

    A self-isolating nurse who has been separated from her two-year-old son for five weeks says not being able to hug him is "heartbreaking".

    Charlotte Cole took the "hard decision" to move George in with her parents, who live five minutes away, after Covid-19 was confirmed at one of her workplaces.

    Charlotte Cole and son George

    The 30-year-old and her husband, from Kirkham in Lancashire, have been making daily trips to see the toddler through a window ever since.

    "It was such a hard decision to isolate from George but I was coming into contact with people with coronavirus on a daily basis," said Ms Cole, who works as a care nurse for a company which serves nursing homes around the North West.

  15. Coronavirus: Your tributes to those who have died

    Tribute to victims

    From nurses to shopkeepers, doctors to bus drivers, coronavirus has taken tens of thousands of lives across the UK.

    People who were dearly loved, people who may have had many more years ahead of them had the pandemic not engulfed the world.

    Here you can read tributes from family, friends and colleagues to some of those who have died across the country.

  16. Who is Dominic Cummings and how did he get here?

    Nicholas Watt

    Political editor, BBC Newsnight

    Dominic Cummings

    Dominic Cummings is a man in the spotlight today - and not for the first time it seems.

    How did the prime minister's chief adviser makes his way to No.10?

    Here is another chance to find out in an extended feature read on what made Cummings who he is today.

  17. Demand spreads for defence giant's curtain hooks

    Curtain hook

    Submarine engineers have responded to a second plea for isolation bed curtain hooks after the coronavirus pandemic led to a shortage.

    BAE Systems in Cumbria, which made the hooks for a local hospital, has been approached by a hospice 300 miles way facing the same supply difficulties after reading a BBC News story about the work.

    St Helena Hospice in Colchester said the hooks were "very hard to get hold of".

    Facilities manager Bernard Barford said BAE's help was remarkable considering "they're not even in our area".

  18. 'You can not stay 2m away when carrying a stretcher'

    A coastguard is warning people who are choosing to go to the beach this weekend to be "prepared" to follow "advice" and "look after themselves".

    Tony Garbutt, HM Coastguard's senior coastal operations officer for north Norfolk, said: "When the emergency services have to render a rescue to anybody, that covid bubble we are trying to stay within shrinks.

    It is impossible to stay 2m apart "when you are carrying a stretcher", he added.

    "When you get into trouble you change everyone's aspect of having to deal with Covid-19."

    Tony Garbutt
  19. Mum's recovery inspires rainbow puppet

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Holywell woman spreads cheer with puppet

    A woman has created a rainbow puppet to spread cheer to her neighbours in celebration of her mother recovering from coronavirus.

    Georgia Hill fashioned the puppet, which stands 8ft (2m) high, from bits she found in her house and garage.

    She said her neighbours in Holywell, near Whitley Bay, Tyneside, clap and cheer when they see her.

  20. League One season 'moving towards cancellation'

    AFC Wimbledon

    AFC Wimbledon chief executive Joe Palmer thinks the League One football season is "moving towards cancellation".

    League Two clubs have already "unanimously indicated" they want to end their campaign but hold play-offs to decide one more remaining promotion place.

    Bury's expulsion means there are just 23 teams in the third tier this season, so the campaign would be cut short if 12 teams back the proposal.

    "The view I'm getting from clubs is that we want to see the end of the season," Palmer told BBC Sport.

    "We as a club don't want to do anything that is going to put us in a worse off situation and if playing out the rest of the season does that we would be against it."