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  1. Thanks for joining us

    That's all from our live coverage for Tuesday. Many thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back from 09:00 on Wednesday with more of the latest on the coronavirus pandemic and all of the rest of the day's news.

    Have a good evening.

  2. The history of Manchester Central

    BBC North West Tonight

    As the Nightingale hospital at the Manchester Central Convention Centre receives it first patients, why not take a look back at the history of the former railway station?

    Saved from demolition in 1963, the venue hosted some of the biggest names in music as the GMEX and was one of the venues for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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  3. Meet Katarina Johnson-Thompson's isolation buddies

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson shares her tips on how to maintain motivation while in lockdown with help from her two workout buddies.

    Video content

    Video caption: Stay In With: Katarina Johnson-Thompson shares her isolation tips
  4. Mayor calls for urgent action to support care homes

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Urgent action is needed from the government to support care homes that are struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, Greater Manchester's mayor has said.

    Andy Burnham

    Official figures show that 217 people have died in care homes across England and Wales since December last year – but care providers say the total number is closer to 1,000.

    Greater Manchester is still not in a position where it is receiving regular shipments of PPE, with a new government delivery system not expected to be ready for at least two weeks.

    Andy Burnham has called on the government to provide a "stronger" support package which includes better testing, support with staffing, greater funding and more PPE.

    Quote Message: There are widespread and persistent calls from within the social care system for urgent action. People on the front line are saying they feel under-prepared, under-resourced and forgotten.
    Quote Message: The government needs to ensure that the delivery of PPE to all social care settings is much more predictable to avoid shortages and care homes running out entirely [and] testing is also crucial for staff and residents in our care homes to minimise the risk of spread of the virus.
    Quote Message: The hundreds of thousands of residents in care homes across the UK, and the dedicated staff who support them, should not be left to feel like an afterthought.
  5. Fire service warns people to safely dispose of charcoal and ash

    Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to make sure they safely dispose of the contents of chimneys and barbecues.

    A firefighter

    The warning comes after firefighters attended an incident on Saturday when a wheelie bin caught fire, spreading to two houses and destroying a car.

    The services says the fire started after charcoal remains from a chimney were put into the bin without being properly extinguished.

    GMFRS's Paul Fearnhead said:

    Quote Message: It is only thanks to the quick response of firefighters that this fire did not cause more damage than it did.
    Quote Message: With the warm and sunny weather set to continue for the next few days, we are urging people to please dispose of ashes and charcoal properly.
  6. NHS trust asks people to stop donating pizza and takeaways

    A hospital trust has asked people to stop donating pizza and takeaways as it increases “certain risks” amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, which manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital, thanked residents for their donations to NHS staff, but said no hot or fresh food deliveries such as pizza should be donated from now on.

    Chief Executive Trish Armstrong-Child said:

    Quote Message: Although this is very kind, it does increase certain risks, which we are working hard to reduce.

    She added that the trust had received handmade scrubs, care packages and other gifts for patients and staff and felt “very supported” during these unprecedented times.

    Quote Message: We have had many potential volunteers get in touch, retired staff returning to work and delivery after delivery of kind gifts for our hard-working teams.
    Quote Message: We want to say a huge thank you to all the incredibly generous, selfless people in our community who are doing so much to keep us going. We all feel very supported right now.
  7. Virtual pub quiz success 'overwhelming'

    A former landlord who has raised more than £93,000 for the NHS by running a virtual pub quiz says the response has been "overwhelming".

    Jay Flynn

    Jay Flynn, from Darwen, started the quiz every Thursday through Facebook and YouTube to “lift a few local people’s spirits”.

    The most recent one, held on his 38th birthday, reached 150,000 people.

    He also pauses during each event to observe the Clap for Carers tribute with his wife, who is an NHS worker.

  8. Fifteen coronavirus deaths at care home

    Fifteen residents in a care home have died of suspected coronavirus in the past two weeks, its manager has said.

    Exterior of Oak Springs care home

    Andrea Lyons, who runs Oak Springs in Wavertree, Liverpool, said it was "like losing 15 grandparents".

    New Office for National Statistics data shows more than 217 people had died of Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales up to 3 April.

    And a healthcare body has warned the spread of coronavirus in care homes has "largely gone under the radar".

    The NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said this was due to the way data on deaths has been collected.

  9. Preston Caribbean Carnival postponed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    This year’s Preston Caribbean Carnival has been postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Preston Caribbean Carnival entertainer

    Organisers are hoping that the series of events under the carnival banner, which were due to take place in Moor Park on 6 and 7 June, can be rearranged for a date later in the year, rather than cancelling them outright at this stage.

    Last year, the event celebrated its 45th anniversary and is thought to be the oldest cultural celebration in the city other than the Preston Guild.

  10. Police in Liverpool social distancing whilst on patrol

    Merseyside Police has shared these picture of Walton Lane Local Policing Officers Dave and Darren practicing social distancing whilst on patrol at The View in Everton today.

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  11. Fighting food poverty in a lockdown

    Driving through deserted streets past shuttered shops and restaurants, it seems like normal life is on hold.

    Most of us are observing the guidelines, staying at home and battling boredom, but at FareShare Greater Manchester, there can be no let-up in the fight against food poverty.

    FareShare Greater Manchester

    "We're busier than ever," said Glynis Platt, one of the charity's long-standing volunteers.

    Quote Message: Demand is increasing, supply is increasing, yet half our staff have had to self-isolate.
    Quote Message: We'd normally have five or six people in this office. Now it's just me and Tony.

    Read more about the charity's efforts to keep people fed during the lockdown.

  12. MIF kicks off online programme for locked-down audiences with New Order show

    Manchester International Festival is to launch a new free online programme for "audiences at home during the lockdown" by streaming one of its headline events from 2017, New Order and Liam Gillick's So It Goes.

    New Order at MIF

    Originally presented as part of MIF17, the show saw the Manchester band take over the old Granada Studios in the city for "a very special series of intimate performances" created in collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick, a spokeswoman said.

    The band were joined by a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music, with Mancunian composer Joe Duddell conducting and providing the orchestrations.

    The show will stream via the festival's YouTube channel on Friday.

    MIF's online programme will also feature a selection of talks, starting with pop star Neneh Cherry in conversation with DJ and author Dave Haslam, and a "reimagined version of its micro-festival series, Festival in My House", which will begin with performance artist Chanje Kunda's "light-hearted response to the toilet roll shortage", the spokeswoman said.

    Chief executive John McGrath said:

    Quote Message: Over the coming weeks, we’ll be giving people a peek into our archives, revisiting some of our much-loved festival shows along with opportunities to hear some of the artists talking about their work, plus exciting new work from Manchester artists.
  13. Council encourages children to write lockdown diaries

    St Helens Council is encouraging children in the area to start writing diaries to document what their lives were like while on lockdown.

    The council hopes some will be donated to their library service for their historical records.

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  14. GP says additional medicine requests putting NHS under pressure

    A doctor in Bury says an increased demand for prescriptions is putting pressure on local NHS services.

    A stethoscope

    Dr Jeff Schryer, who is also chairman of Bury's Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

    Quote Message: We understand the current situation is worrying and causing people concern, that’s human nature, [but] unfortunately, additional medicines requests are putting more pressure on our GP practices, community pharmacies and medicines supplies.

    Dr Schryer said that people should "only order what they usually would" to ensure medicine remains readily available.

  15. Man 'tied up and robbed in home'

    A man was tied up and robbed in his home in Oswaldtwistle on Monday, police have said.

    Catlow Hall Street

    Officers were called to reports that two men had broken into the property on Catlow Hall Street at about 11:25 yesterday.

    The men threatened the 60-year-old victim and stole a small amount of cash and debit cards, Lancashire Police said.

    The man managed to free himself and alert the police, a force spokesperson added.

    The culprits are described as white with one of them believed to be tall and slim with some facial hair. He was said to be wearing a dark jacket and a red hat or hood.

    The second man is described as being shorter, of a heavier build and wearing a grey hooded jacket and a black woolly hat.