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  1. Thanks for joining us

    That's the end of our live updates for today and for this week. We'll be back on Thursday at 09:00 to bring you the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on our region.

    In the meantime, you can find further information and updates about the coronavirus crisis here.

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  2. Oasis fans recreate record covers in lockdown

    After being called to action by the Manchester band's Twitter page, fans of Oasis have been recreating some of their record covers, including Be Here Now, Definitely Maybe and The Masterplan.

    Some, it must be said, were better than others, but hats off to everyone who has given it a go. You can see more by searching #OasisArtChallenge on Twitter.

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  3. Follow Man City star Aguero's home workout routine

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero demonstrates how he keeps fit while staying indoors with seven home exercises.

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    Video caption: Follow Man City star Sergio Aguero's home workout routine
  4. Hospitals offering video calls to patients

    Relatives of patients at two hospitals where visits have been stopped due to coronavirus will be able to contact their loved ones via video calls.

    Southport and Formby Hospital

    The Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS trust, which stopped visits on Thursday, has allocated a staff member on each ward in Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital to arrange for a call for every patient.

    The trust said "where possible, this will be a video call".

    It added that families and friends can also email the hospitals with a letter and staff will "print it, pop it in an envelope and deliver to patients".

  5. Tim Burgess starts nightly listening party for music fans

    The Charlatans singer Tim Burgess has started a daily "listening party" on social media to bring music fans together to discuss and enjoy some of his - and their - favourite albums.

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    Tim's Twitter Listening Party, which began last week, sees the Salford-born star lead online discussions about two albums every night - and has already had former Oasis guitarist Bonehead joining in the chat about Definitely Maybe and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree discussing Parklife.

    Upcoming albums being considered include a number of locally-produced classics such as What's The Story Morning Glory by Oasis, Doves' Lost Souls (which will see the band joining in with tweets), Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order and Tim's band's own work, Between 10th and 11th.

    The parties start at 21:00 and 22:00 every night and will continue for the foreseeable future.

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  6. University staff and students join coronavirus fight

    Student doctors and nurses from the University of Central Lancashire are swelling the ranks of NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

    More than 300 final year nursing students and about 20 final year medical students will soon be working on the frontline.

    The trainee nurses will be undertaking tasks such as taking blood, dressing wounds and swabbing patients for virus tests, while the medical students will carry out a wide range of foundation doctor level clinical duties, including assessing and referring patients and prescribing medication.

    Academic staff from the university - which has sites in Preston, Burnley, Cumbria and Cyprus - such as microbiologists, pharmacists, molecular biologists and doctors in emergency medicine are also being released to the NHS.

  7. ‘It’s just anxiety, anxiety, anxiety’

    BBC Stories

    The coronavirus crisis is having a huge impact on young people with existing mental health conditions, a survey has found.

    Illustration of person using laptop

    The loss of routine, school closures and exam cancellations are all factors, as well as health concerns.

    Many of those who took part in the survey by YoungMinds reported increased anxiety, problems with sleep, panic attacks or more frequent urges to self-harm.

    Teenagers have been sharing their experiences of the coronavirus outbreak with the BBC.

  8. Blackpool Tower to help feed 'those in need' during crisis

    Blackpool Tower is being converted into a "vital" hub for food donations to feed thousands of vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Blackpool Tower

    Merlin Entertainments said it had partnered up with Blackpool Food Bank to help "those in need" in the resort.

    Using the town's famous landmark was "an amazing opportunity" after it closed in March for the first time in its 125-year history, the firm said.

    Blackpool Food Bank said panic buying and shopping limits had hit donations.

  9. Supermarket staff rewarded with coronavirus bonuses

    BBC Business News

    Hard-pressed supermarket workers are being handed thank-you bonuses by bosses.

    Busy tills at a UK supermarket

    Marks & Spencer is the latest chain to reward workers with an extra 15% pay.

    Aldi, Sainsbury's and Tesco have already promised staff an extra 10%, while Asda will give its staff an extra week's pay, which works out as a 25% bonus in June.

    Bosses say they are rewarding "dedication and commitment" and "outstanding work".

  10. Premier League clubs in 'moral vacuum' during crisis

    BBC Sport

    Premier League clubs are living in a “moral vacuum” and players should be first to sacrifice salaries during the coronavirus pandemic, say politicians.

    Stadium gates

    Julian Knight, the chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport committee, has condemned the actions of some Premier League clubs, who have furloughed non-playing staff.

    Three clubs have opted to utilise the government’s job retention scheme during the pandemic.

    “It sticks in the throat,” said Knight.

    “This exposes the crazy economics in English football and the moral vacuum at its centre.”

  11. Lancashire MP recovers from coronavirus

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has become the fourth member of the cabinet to have self-isolated after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

    Ben Wallace

    Mr Wallace, the MP for Wyre and Preston North, said he had now recovered and had continued to work throughout.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock are both in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus.

    Scottish Secretary Alister Jack is also self-isolating after showing symptoms.

  12. Blackpool players phone locked-down fans

    Stuck at home supporters of Blackpool are getting morale-boosting phone calls from the club's directors and players.

    Jay Spearing

    Chief executive Ben Mansford, head coach Neil Critchley and skipper Jay Spearing made the first calls, followed by other members of the first team squad.

    “The fans have been fantastic in supporting us all year round and it’s important that we show that same support back, especially in times like this,” Spearing said.

    Some of the players have also challenged younger fans to online football video games.

    Striker Sullay Kaikai tweeted that seeing a fan's response had "put a smile on my face".

    The club say the calls will continue throughout the lockdown.

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  13. 'Amazing response' to struggling care home's staffing plea

    A care home struggling to cope during the coronavirus pandemic says it has been inundated with offers of help.

    Manager Andrea Lyons (left) and her deputy

    Two people have died at Oak Springs care home in Liverpool and almost 75% of residents are showing flu-like symptoms, manager Andrea Lyons said.

    She made a plea for "more hands-on staff" on Tuesday after 50 of the home's 72 workers had to self-isolate.

    Ms Lyons said she had an "absolutely amazing response" from agency staff, ex-doctors and Liverpool City Council.

  14. Champions League & Europa League suspended 'until further notice'

    BBC Sport

    All Champions League and Europa League matches have been suspended "until further notice" by Uefa because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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    All national team games in June have also been postponed, including play-off matches for Euro 2020 - already postponed to 2021 - and qualifying matches for the Women's Euro 2021.

    The European governing body's 55 member associations met on Wednesday.

    The Premier League is suspended until at least 30 April.

    Premier League clubs Manchester City and Chelsea are both still in the Champions League, while Manchester United, Wolves and Scottish Premiership side Rangers are all in the Europa League.

    The finals of the Champions League, Europa League and Women's Champions League, all of which were scheduled for May, had already been postponed.

  15. GMP officers get PPE kit

    Greater Manchester Police officers have been issued with personal protection equipment to keep them safe while carrying out their duties in the coronavirus pandemic.

    Ian Hopkins with ppe

    The single-use kits include a surgical mask, gloves, apron and hazardous waste bag.

    Chief Constable Ian Hopkins was the first to look at the kit.

    Last week, he contacted Home Secretary Priti Patel saying his officers urgently needed the equipment as he only had kit for those who have to deal with dead bodies and did not have enough fluid-resistant masks for frontline officers.

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  16. Gin distillery thanked by MP and mayor for making hand sanitiser

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    Salford’s Four Sisters gin distillery has started making hand sanitiser for the local authority and key workers – with its owners saying they want to "do their bit’ to help the fight against the coronavirus.

    Four Sisters hand sanitiser

    The firm said they are trying to serve the local community in Salford with their product, with the city council being one of the biggest beneficiaries.

    While the distillery is still producing gin, they said hand sanitiser was currently making up some 80% of their production.

    Lucy McAvoy, one of the sisters who owns the company, said:

    Quote Message: We had a call from someone with Salford City Council and heard that the whole local authority was struggling to get access to the product.
    Quote Message: We’re born and bred in Salford and we wanted to do what we could to help out.

    Salford mayor Paul Dennett and local MP Rebecca Long-Bailey both thanked the firm on social media.

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