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Live Reporting

Jennifer Meierhans and Kathryn Hamlett

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Thanks for joining us for coronavirus updates - that's all for now.

    We will be back from 09:00 tomorrow to take you through the news of the day as it unfolds.

    Have a good evening.

  2. 'I would hate to go back on the streets'

    Amanda said finding support and a room had been like "something out of a storybook"

    A woman given a home in a hotel during the coronavirus pandemic said it has helped her tackle an addiction and she "would hate to go back on the streets".

    The government-funded scheme Everyone In provided emergency accommodation for Amanda at a Holiday Inn in Manchester.

    Amanda said "the need for the addiction goes pretty much out of the window" when she is not sleeping rough.

    The scheme improved residents' physical and mental health, an early report by housing provider Riverside has found.

  3. Councillor, 30, warns young people about Covid-19

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    Video caption: Bury councillor, 30, warns young people about coronavirus:

    A 30-year-old councillor who is recovering from coronavirus has warned young people that it is not just older people and those with underlying health conditions who need to be very concerned about Covid-19.

    Tamoor Tariq's condition deteriorated rapidly when he contracted the virus in March and was admitted to hospital, where he said he really "thought the worst".

    The 30-year-old, who sits on Bury Council, has urged others to "not take for granted" the seriousness of the illness.

  4. Walk-in Covid-19 testing centre opening

    Bradford Covid-19 walk-in testing site

    A walk-in coronavirus testing was due to open in the centre of Bradford today.

    The site at Centenary Square will test people who have symptoms such as a high temperature, a new cough or a change in taste or smell.

    Health bosses said a face covering must be worn by anyone attending and people should not use public transport to get to the centre.

    The city council's director of public health said the virus "has not gone away" and urged people to be vigilant.

  5. Post-lockdown crowds 'pose threat to to seahorses'

    Spiny seahorse

    The recent influx of visitors to the Dorset coast has placed its protected seahorses at risk, conservationists have warned.

    The Seahorse Trust said numbers had increased during the lockdown as crowds stayed away and a "remarkable" 46 were found in recent surveys off Studland.

    However it said disturbance from boats and people looking for the creatures could lead to numbers "dwindling".

    The creatures are protected and a licence is required to photograph them.

  6. Boy, 9, runs and rows 'from London to Paris'

    A nine-year-old boy has run virtually from London to Paris and rowed across the Channel to raise money for the NHS.

    Josh Hall from Blean, Kent, "crossed the Channel" on a rowing machine as part of his 341km (212-mile) virtual journey from London to Paris.

    His journey ended with him jogging up and down his stairs to climb the Eiffel Tower.

    Josh Hall

    He started the challenge on 16 April, running 6km (3.7 miles) per day over three sessions in his garden and in local green areas, completing the trip 75 days later on Wednesday.

    "It was difficult at the beginning, I was like I really want to get there but I don't think I can. Now I'm just shocked," Josh said.

    "I'm thinking of cycling back from Monday next week."

    So far Josh has raised over £1,000 for NHS Charities Together

  7. PM's 'Weston lockdown' message criticised

    Boris Johnson

    The deputy leader of North Somerset Council has hit out at Boris Johnson's "misleading" claims Weston-super-Mare went into a Leicester-style lockdown.

    Mr Johnson said “local lockdowns and local whack-a-mole strategies” had "worked in places like Weston", when talking about strategies to deal with coronavirus outbreaks.

    But councillor Mike Bell said the town had a "different set of circumstances".

    A spokesperson said the PM's comments had been "taken out of context".

  8. Coach convoy highlights coronavirus threat

    Coaches in car park

    A convoy of coaches has taken to the road to highlight the impact of coronavirus on the industry.

    It left Washington, Tyne and Wear, earlier and will gather later at Lightwater Valley, in North Yorkshire.

    The campaign has been organised by Jenna Rush, of Newcastle-based North East Coach Travel, who wants a bespoke furlough scheme and guaranteed funding.

    The Treasury said it had provided a "generous and wide-ranging package of support" for businesses.

    You can read more here.

  9. 'Don’t be conned into thinking it’s OK' - council leader

    People in Bradford are being warned to "stay vigilant" after figures revealed it has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 infection in England.

    According to the latest figures, Bradford has 69.4 cases per 100,000 population. In Leicester, where a localised lockdown has been imposed, the figure was 140.2

    The leader of Bradford Council, Susan Hinchcliffe, says the number of people testing positive for the virus "is still too high".

    A person wears a mask in Bradford

    She said: "We continue to work hard with all our partners to prevent infection spreading as no one wants a second lockdown.

    "As we take more and more steps towards returning to a more normal life, it’s easy to believe Covid-19 is less of a threat to our health and the health of our family and friends. This is simply not the case.

    "We urge all residents to continue to follow the guidelines around staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, washing hands frequently and ensuring they self-isolate and get tested if they, or anyone in their household, develop any symptoms.

    "We must all stay vigilant, we don’t want to see a second spike of cases that inevitably would mean more deaths. Don’t be conned into thinking it’s all OK now, it’s not."

  10. Coronavirus delays are double whammy for flood-hit family

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News Online

    Some victims of the flooding which hit parts of East Yorkshire earlier this year still aren't able to return to their homes thanks to delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Flooded house

    Dozens of properties were inundated in East Cowick and Snaith in February, when the River Aire burst its banks after heavy rainfall.

    The Laughton family (pictured below) had to move in to a caravan just before the coronavirus lockdown after their home in East Cowick was flooded.

    Emma Laughton and her family

    Emma Laughton said the renovation work in their house had only begun this week and could take up to eight weeks before it was completed.

    "It's been a nightmare. It's just one disaster after another. Lots of things have been on hold because of Covid with suppliers and companies furloughing staff," she said.

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

    Man walking up some steps in an alley looking at his phone

    There have been more than 312,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 43,000 people have died, government figures show.

    These numbers only include people who have been tested, and the total number of deaths relating to coronavirus is likely to be higher.

    Use our look-up tool to find out how many cases there are in your area.

  12. The street cut in two by the Leicester lockdown boundary

    Paula Meadows

    Residents on a street cut in half by the Leicester lockdown boundary line have branded it "stupid".

    Some addresses on Bowhill Grove, Scraptoft, are now subject to the tighter restrictions introduced on Monday, while others are not.

    One resident said people living in the lockdown area could walk over the line to a nearby local pub, which may open.

    Leicestershire County Council said the boundary had been drawn up rapidly and was "an imprecise science".

  13. Vulnerable children referrals 'drop by half'

    Child sitting on stairs with head in arms

    The number of vulnerable children referred to social services in Norfolk has halved since the coronavirus lockdown started, it has been revealed.

    A loss of direct contact between children and their schools or health workers is one factor, according to county council children's services.

    Norfolk County Council has been reviewing the department's work.

    Phil Watson, director of children's social care, said "we're not unique in this".

  14. 'I was living in a tent in a graveyard'

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    As coronavirus took hold across England, money was found to put up rough sleepers in hotels.

    Daniel Stratford had spent three years sleeping on the streets of Northampton. The 40-year-old "spiralled into homelessness" after his 10-year marriage ended.

    "I was living in a tent in a graveyard," he said. "It was tough at first, but it had become almost easier to stay on the streets.

    "I did lose all hope, I'd given up, I was drinking and basically self-destructing. I was brokenhearted."


    For the past few weeks, he has been living a Travelodge in Northampton town centre. But now he is settling into new surroundings - in student digs at the town's university.

    We went to meet Mr Stratford and 25 other homeless people moving into student accommodation.

  15. Government to share local virus data with councils

    Local authorities will be given access to postcode-level data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their areas after it was agreed with the Department of Health.

    It comes after Leicester became the first city to have a local lockdown imposed following a rise in cases.

    A woman wearing a protective face mask in Leicester

    Labour leader Keir Starmer said there had been a "lost week" due to city officials not having full testing data.

    The prime minister said the figures had been shared with all local authorities.

  16. Care home boss says deaths 'knocked' her mental health

    The manager of a care home where seven people died with coronavirus - a third of its residents - has said it was the hardest time of her life.

    Heidi Seldon moved in and slept on the floor of her office for two weeks at Philia Lodge in Peterborough during the peak of the pandemic.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Peterborough care home boss says deaths 'knocked mental health'

    She said: "It's been the hardest time of my life. Watching people that we cared for for many years passing away.

    "My mental health has taken a knock. I have struggled, I've had to seek help."

  17. Island ferry route paused by lockdown to resume

    A ferry

    A ferry service between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is set to resume after being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Wightlink halted car ferry sailings on its Lymington-Yarmouth route on 31 March as passenger numbers slumped.

    Crossings are due to restart on 17 July because of "increasing demand", the operator announced.

    It follows Red Jet's resumption of limited passenger crossings between Southampton and Cowes.

  18. Cornish holiday park cancels Leicester customers' visits

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A major holiday park in Cornwall has said it will not be able to welcome guests from Leicester because of the city's Covid-19 local lockdown.

    The Leicester area is seeing restrictions tightened in the UK's first such local lockdown.

    Hendra Holiday Park, near Newquay, said on Facebook anyone from the area would "need to rearrange your travel plans as you are now not permitted to travel".

    It added that it would "begin by contacting each guest from the specified Leicester area to cancel or rearrange your booking for another date".

    It comes after another holiday park, Pentewan Sands Holiday Park on the Roseland, said it would "not be able to welcome any guests from these affected areas until the lockdown is lifted".

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    Hendra also explains how it has been preparing to welcome back guests on 4 July.

  19. Checking Ryanair boss's masks claim

    Reality Check

    Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary told BBC Breakfast that if everyone on a plane wears face masks it ‘’eliminates the risk of the spread of Covid-19 by upwards of 90%’’.

    Mr O’Leary, whose airline will operate almost 1,000 flights today, on the proviso that all passengers wear face masks, has made similar claims before.

    In May, he told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme that wearing them would cut the risk of spreading coronavirus ‘’by about 98.5%''.

    He said the figure was from a study by Dublin’s Mater Hospital, but was unable to produce it.

    Michael O'Leary

    The airline later directed us to a tweet from the hospital of a graphic suggesting that if two people wear face masks, the risk of transmission is cut to 1.5%.

    The next day, the hospital posted a reply to the tweet saying: "The cartoon is, of course, a gross oversimplification."

    UEA’s Prof Paul Hunter, who has conducted a review into mask studies, told us in May that he could ''find no valid data to support the claims,'' adding that his ''best guess'' would be that wearing face masks would cut transmission by 10% to 15%.