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  1. End of live updates for Thursday

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more coverage of the impact of the coronavirus crisis in the West Midlands.

  2. Vans used to separate bin crews

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Tom Davis

    Bin lorries are being tailed by vans in Coventry to keep staff safe and allow them to follow social distancing rules.

    The move allows two staff to be in the bin lorry's cab with a third in the support van.

    Bin lorry with minibus behind

    The city council's using more than a dozen vans alongside minibuses that are no longer used by schools so crews can access toilet and handwashing facilities.

  3. 'Clap for Carers' tribute for Rugby hospital nurse

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Colleagues will remember a nurse who died of suspected coronavirus during this week's "Clap for Carers" tribute to NHS staff.

    Leilani Dayrit

    Sister Leilani Dayrit, 47, who was based at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, had been self-isolating at home for seven days, her daughter said, before she died.

    The University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said she was a "passionate and proud nurse" and they would be giving her a round of applause at 20:00.

    "Clap for Carers" has become a weekly event every Thursday in the UK with people saluting NHS staff and other key workers.

  4. Garden waste collections to resume in Warwick

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Green bin collections are going to be restarted in Warwick after being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Green bin in Warwick

    Many parts of England had suspended their garden bin and recycling pick-ups to give priority to household and clinical waste.

    We told you earlier in the week garden waste collections had restarted in Worcester.

    Warwick District Council says theirs will be back from Monday 20 April.

  5. Town decorated with 'ribbons of hope'

    West Mercia Police tweeted these photos of "ribbons of hope" tied on railings and trees in Newport, Shropshire, and said they'd been put in place while residents took their daily exercise.

    Ribbons on tree
    Ribbons on tree
  6. Flower show cancelled for first time since WW2

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    This year's Shrewsbury Flower Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    A previous Shrewsbury Flower Show

    The Shropshire Horicultural Society said it made the decision to not hold the event - set for 14 and 15 August - "with deep regret".

    It added the only other times the show had been cancelled in its 132-year history was during World War One and World War Two.

  7. Video content

    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.

  8. Police sing Happy Birthday outside girl's home

    A four-year-old in Warwick had the police arrive earlier - to wish her a Happy Birthday.

    All together now...

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  9. Weather: Showers on their way

    BBC Weather

    We're set for another fine evening which will turn into a dry night with mainly clear skies before clouds roll in during the early hours, bringing the odd shower. Low: 7C/45F.

    Then there looks to be a change in the weather we've had for most of the week as it'll be mostly cloudy tomorrow, with heavy showers spreading in by late morning. High: 14C/57F.

    Get the latest forecast for your area from the BBC Weather website.

  10. Six deaths confirmed at Shropshire care home

    BBC Shropshire

    Six residents diagnosed with coronavirus have died at a care home in Shropshire.

    We told you earlier about the deaths at Park House Care Home in Kinlet, Bridgnorth, although the number was unclear.

    Public Health England has since confirmed the figure.

  11. Led Zeppelin singer makes NHS scrubs gesture

    BBC Midlands Today

    Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has donated thousands of pounds to a Kidderminster company which is producing scrubs for healthcare workers.

    Robert Plant

    MG Sportswear usually manufactures uniforms for schools, sports teams and airlines but has seen business grind to a halt because of the Covid-19 crisis.

    The firm says the money from the rock star will help produce 1,000 sets of scrubs for NHS and care home workers.

  12. Bentley Motors extends factory shutdown

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors is extending the shutdown of its plant in Crewe by another three weeks.

    Bentley Motors factory in Crewe

    With lockdown measures still in place, the firm says it's now planning to start limited production on 11 May.

    Full output would then resume a week later, under the company's latest plan.

  13. Your photos: Flowers in the sunshine

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There are lots of flowers blooming across the West Midlands now and our BBC Weather Watchers have been sharing their photos of them today.

    Here are three from users Peter Flynn in Edgbaston, Birmingham; BymsterFromLimster in Ludlow, Shropshire; and Videoman in Leek, Staffordshire:

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

    Nearly £19,000 for the NHS has been raised in an auction by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

    Tony Iommi

    Among the items up for grabs was one of Iommi's guitars, which alone raised £11,300.

    The money will go to University Hospitals Birmingham in the musician's home city.

  15. City's care workers 'could run out of PPE in fortnight'

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter, BBC WM

    Birmingham’s front line care workers will run out of protective face masks within two weeks unless the government takes urgent action, according to the city's council leader.


    Ian Ward along with two Birmingham MPs – Labour’s Liam Byrne and Conservative Andrew Mitchell - have sent a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick.

    The letter says supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) are "running desperately low", and asks for the government to be clear whether there is a lack of supply.

    The government says there is enough of this "precious resource" to go around and this week unveiled a new plan so "those who need PPE can get it and at the right time".

  16. West Midlands death toll reaches 1,831

    The number of people with coronavirus who've died in the West Midlands has reached 1,831, the latest figures show.

    NHS England recorded another 78 deaths today for the region.