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  1. Our coverage across the day

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    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Mass services live streamed

    St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham is live streaming its mass services during lockdown.

    They encourage people to watch if their parish does not offer the provision.

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  3. Student handed Covid-19 fine for 360-mile round trip

    A student has been fined for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules after driving to Coventry from Sheffield to give a friend a lift, police say.

    The 20-year-old admitted driving down the M1 and had been planning on taking the passenger to Heathrow airport to save him taxi money.

    Officers were on patrol in Coventry city centre at 10:15 today when they pulled over a car being driven erratically.

    The car was stopped in Corporation Street and the driver was handed an on-the-spot fine, advised about his behaviour during the health crisis, and told to return to his Yorkshire home, West Midlands Police said.

  4. More than 20 Birmingham care homes 'Covid-positive'

    BBC WM

    There's at least one coronavirus patient in 23 of Birmingham's care homes.

    Here's the rest of the week in figures...

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  5. Pub becomes temporary food bank

    A Birmingham pub has been turned into a temporary food bank.

    The Station

    People who would like to donate provisions are asked to contact The Station on High Street, Kings Heath, through its Facebook page, the Kings Heath Business Improvement District says.

    The group adds the pub will be donating all items to local hostels, food kitchens and individuals in need of a helping hand.

  6. Urgent meeting to examine link between poverty and Covid-19

    Birmingham City Council is to hold an emergency meeting of its health and wellbeing board next week to examine the impact of deprivation on cases of Covid-19.

    Thursday's meeting will also consider concerns the virus is impacting ethnic minority groups disproportionately, Labour councillor Paulette Hamilton says.

    A generic image of an ambulance

    At a meeting of the West Midlands Combined Authority earlier, Dr Sue Ibbotson of Public Health England said the organisation was carrying out "very detailed work" nationally to "ensure ethnic minorities are confident on how they can stay safe".

    Ms Hamilton said: "There’s lots of fear, people don’t understand why they’re dying more than those in other communities.

    “Deprivation is a major issue and people need to understand how poverty accounts for some of what is going on."

  7. Councils 'need government reassurance' over PPE

    Local authorities need reassurance from central government that money spent on PPE will be reimbursed, a Birmingham councillor says.

    Labour member Paulette Hamilton, of Holyhead ward, told attendees of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) weekly coronavirus meeting that council trust in what the government could deliver was "beginning to break down".

    She said: "At the moment, Birmingham is spending what it needs to spend on PPE but the problem is we can’t continue to spend aimlessly if we can’t get assurances from government that that funding can be replaced."

    Personal protective equipment - generic image

    WMCA mayor Andy Street said there had been "significant shortfalls" and issues of reliability in the supply chain.

    In a separate meeting, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs earlier that issues around PPE supply needed resolving.

    The leader of Birmingham City Council warned on Thursday that local front-line care workers had a fortnight before PPE supplies ran out.

    In response this morning, the government said it was looking to introduce a "smarter supply" system, adding it had delivered more than 38m items of PPE in England, including the West Midlands.

  8. 'Extra pair of hands' for police

    West Midlands Police says a member of the public has "delivered a smile to officers" with some "amazing craftsmanship".

    The homemade, diminutive bobby was delivered with the message that it would give the force "an extra pair of hands" during lockdown.

    The knitted officer
  9. Jaguar Land Rover 3D-printing visors

    BBC WM

    Jaguar Land Rover is using its 3D printers to make visors for doctors and nurses.

    Staff wearing a visor
    Quote Message: Right from the beginning we took consultation from healthcare workers in covid wards and being able to print models overnight with the 3D printer we can review very quickly to help refine that design." from Ben Wilson Prototype design manager at JLR
    Ben WilsonPrototype design manager at JLR
  10. Senior police officer 'getting stronger'

    A senior West Midlands Police officer who was on a ventilator with Covid-19 symptoms says he is "getting stronger".

    Ch Supt Phil Dolby was admitted to hospital at the beginning of April and was in intensive care.

    He has been updating his Twitter followers on his progress and says he is doing better but "annoyingly" has developed a blood clot, which he says is not an "uncommon side effect" of ventilators.

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  11. 'If we don't get home soon, I don't know how we will'

    A yoga teacher stuck in Goa with her toddler says it's been difficult getting food.

    Jenna Naik, from Shrewsbury, told BBC Radio Shropshire that getting a repatriation flight was also proving a problem, but the food situation had improved in the last few days and she and her son were able to get fruit and pasta.

    Quote Message: It's just so important for us to get home now. It's getting to a stage now where if we don't get home soon, I don't know how we will, because there are only a certain amount of repatriation flights - my number on the list is 16,000, but apparently there's about 20,000 left to get home. A friend left yesterday who was number 2,000, so I'm not holding my breath that it'll be any time soon, but I'm praying that it will." from Jenna Naik Shrewsbury yoga teacher
    Jenna NaikShrewsbury yoga teacher
  12. Nearly 140 people fined for flouting lockdown rules

    West Midlands Police officers have issued 139 people with fixed penalty notices for breaking lockdown measures, the local Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

    David Jamieson added the force was expecting people to be "pushing against the rules" following the government's three-week lockdown extension.

    PCC David Jamieson

    During the West Midlands Combined Authority's weekly coronavirus briefing, Mr Jamieson said the figure was "not too bad considering the region has a population of more than 3m" but added that officers would "continue to be vigilant" to identify offenders.

  13. Knitted hearts for hospital patients and families

    Monica Rimmer

    BBC News

    Matching pairs of knitted hearts are being given to hospital patients and their families in the hope of making them feel more connected as visiting restrictions keep them apart.

    The hearts

    The handmade items at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UNHM) have been donated by the public following an appeal.

    They are intended for those nearing the end of their lives and the relatives from whom they are separated at "the worst possible time".

    A spokesperson said: "Having something to touch and hold and knowing that their relative had the exact matching thing with them during the last hours of their life is very special and we think it will help people to process their grief."

  14. Your pictures: NHS gratitude

    You've been sharing your weather photos with BBC Weather Watchers, but also images of displays of thanks to the NHS and key workers.

    Here's a couple captured in Sutton Coldfield.

    Sutton Coldfield
    Sutton Coldfield
  15. Matt Hancock told of nurse's tears and fears

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged to "resolve issues" around the supply of PPE to front-line workers after hearing of a nurse's end-of-shift tears.

    Matt Hancock

    Mr Hancock has been answering questions via videolink from a committee of MPs, including Coventry North West Labour member, Taiwo Owatemi.

    She told him that front-line workers at University Hospital were struggling.

    "Just yesterday, a nurse at my local hospital spoke about her experience on the front line. She described the lower morale among staff due to a lack of support and that she comes home every night crying after her 12-hour shift."

    The nurse said she was scared over a lack of PPE, Ms Owatemi added.

    Mr Hancock said it was "critical" to get the right equipment and support to doctors and nurses.

    Quote Message: Of course we've got to resolve the issues around PPE and keep expanding testing, but making sure that we have that capacity, not only the physical capacity, but also the staff... we've had staff returning to the NHS, almost 10,000 nurses." from Matt Hancock Health secretary
    Matt HancockHealth secretary
  16. In the papers: Stoke City to become coronavirus testing centre

    Stoke-on-Trent Live

    From Stoke-on-Trent Live: