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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 Tuesday 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.

    Thanks for joining us and if you want to get in touch with us, please email us at northwest.newsonline@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Gift from girl, 8, makes 93-year-old feel 'very special'

    A 93-year-old woman who is self-isolating has been made to feel "very special indeed", thanks to her eight-year-old neighbour.

    Doris found a present on her doorstep this morning, containing treats and a note from young Grace, who lives a few doors down from her.

    Her niece Barbara said the act of kindness had brightened her day as "her world has got very small" in the past few weeks.

    Doris and her gifts
    Note to Doris
  3. Council shuts children's playgrounds 'with immediate effect'

    Manchester City Council is closing all children's play areas "with immediate effect" to help minimise the spread of coronavirus.

    The council has also warned people to obey the Government's social distancing guidelines in its parks.

    "Unfortunately, some people are not keeping those guidelines - help us to keep the parks open," the council said.

    It told people to maximise the use of parks to keep travel at a minimum.

  4. What new skill are you learning while in self-isolation?

    A guitar shop in Timperley says it's been "as busy as Christmas week" as people are picking up new instruments - or dusting down old ones.

    Rick Manning, from Marvel Guitars said ukuleles have been "flying out" as it's an easy instrument for children to pick up and start.

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    Are you learning a new skill while in self-isolation? We'd love to hear about it.

    Let us know via email at northwest.newsonline@bbc.co.uk or post on the BBC North West Facebook and Twitter pages.

  5. Blackpool FC shuts club hotel

    Blackpool are closing their club hotel, which is part of their stadium complex, until further notice.

    Blackpol FC Hotel

    A club statement said:

    Quote Message: The health, wellbeing and safety of all our guests and staff is our absolute priority and under the extraordinary circumstances which have been created by the coronavirus pandemic, the hotel will now temporarily close its doors.
    Quote Message: We are retaining our fantastic team and will be ready to welcome you again as soon as it is safe to do so.
  6. Sefton Council closes libraries and One Stop Shops 'temporarily'

    Sefton Council has closed all libraries, One Stop Shops and Sefton@Work buildings "temporarily", a spokesman for the authority has said.

    He added:

    Quote Message: The safety and health of our staff and residents is paramount and we have taken this decision to close both Southport and Bootle One Stop Shops, our Sefton@Work Hub, as well as our six libraries across the borough, until further notice.
    Quote Message: These services will continue to be delivered online and via telephone where applicable.
  7. Council limits number of mourners at funerals

    Tameside Council is taking the "difficult but necessary decision" of restricting the number of mourners allowed at funerals to ten as part of social distancing measures.

    Dukinfield Crematorium Chapel

    Services at Dukinfield Crematorium Chapel, Denton Chapel and Droylsden Chapel will all be affected.

    However, the council said services can be webcast to all people self-isolating or staying away from gatherings to say goodbye to loved ones.

    Council leader Brenda Warrington said:

    Quote Message: We are, of course, sympathetic to the fact this affects people at what is already an emotional and difficult time and we are doing everything we can to support bereaved families.
    Quote Message: We have a strong working relationship with our funeral directors, ministers and clergy and we will ensure these changes are dealt with in the most respectful way.
  8. Hospital asks people not to take hand sanitiser

    People are being asked not to take hand sanitiser from hospitals.

    The appeal comes after bottles of hand gel disappeared from public areas and wards across Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral.

    Hand sanitiser

    Wirral University Teaching Hospital is asking people to "please consider vulnerable patients" and not remove the hand gels which "potentially places people at risk".

    Dr Nicola Stevenson, Medical Director at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said:

    Quote Message: While we understand people are really keen to keep their hands clean, we would ask people to please ensure this does not impact on patients who are vulnerable and in need of hospital care.
    Quote Message: People are advised that the best way to protect against COVID-19 is to wash hands regularly with soap and water.

    For more advice on hand hygiene and how to prevent the spread of coronavirus,visit the NHS website.

  9. National Pensioners Convention cancelled

    The annual National Pensioners Convention, due to be held in Southport in June, has been cancelled.

    Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

    General Secretary Jan Shortt said it "will not surprise" anyone that the two-day event, due to start on 2 June at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, will now not go ahead.

    The NPC represents about one million members and promotes "the welfare and interests of all pensioners".

    People who have already bought tickets will be refunded and the event is expected to be rescheduled for next year.

    Ms Shortt added:

    Quote Message: Please be patient with our staff – they are working flat out and under very difficult circumstances.
    Quote Message: It is frustrating that we lose our unique event this year, but we can get through this together by being vigilant, looking after ourselves and others and making sure we stay up to date, safe and well.
  10. Bridge's 12p tolls suspended 'for safety reasons'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The 12p charge on Warburton Toll Bridge has been suspended "for safety reasons, following the coronavirus outbreak", its owner has said.

    Warburton toll bridge

    Toll operators had been wearing gloves on the bridge, but concerns have been raised about safety because of the need to handle money, as the tolls can only be paid with coins and notes.

    Site owner Peel said following government guidance, it had "made the decision to remove the charges".

    "The barriers will be lifted with immediate effect and this position will remain until it is safe to resume normal operations".

  11. Liverpool libraries close and loan period 'extended indefinitely'

    All 19 libraries in Liverpool have been closed "to ensure the health and wellbeing of both the public and members of staff", the city council has announced.

    Liverpool Central Library

    The book loan period has been "indefinitely extended" so people who currently have books on loan will not accrue fines.

    Library users are encouraged to make the most of the free eReading service which allows people to download books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to phones, tablets or e-readers.

    Find out more about eReading – visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries.

    The home delivery service to the over-70s will continue. People are asked to call 0151 233 2796 to register.

  12. Four men die while being treated for coronavirus at Stepping Hill Hospital

    Four patients with underlying health conditions have died while being treated for coronavirus at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

    Stepping Hill Hospital

    Chief executive Louise Robson said two of the men were in their 90s, one in his 70s and one in his 60s.

    She added:

    Quote Message: Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.

    Local MP William Wragg tweeted that their deaths showed "why we must all take coronavirus incredibly seriously".

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  13. Theo Walcott launches Everton's fitness videos

    Theo Walcott has launched the first of Everton’s Blue Family fitness videos for fans during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Everton forward demonstrates a series of exercises which can be performed at home as people in England are urged to stay at home and schools are closed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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  14. Nationwide clap to say thanks to the NHS planned

    People have been asked to take part in a huge round of applause on Thursday to say thank you to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Organisers of Clap for our Carers are asking everyone that can to clap at 20:00 on Thursday - whether it's in your garden or local park - and at a safe distance from others, of course.

    Health officials applauded in return to Spanish police who paid respect to health workers fighting coronavirus pandemic by applauding.

    Similar displays of appreciation have been taking place in Spain, France and the Netherlands, with Spanish police and health workers applauding each other.

    To find out more, visit the Clap For Our Carers website.

  15. Soup kitchen preparing to deliver takeaways

    A Blackpool soup kitchen and food bank, which feeds homeless and vulnerable people, has begun delivering takeaway meals free of charge using a local taxi firm in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

    An Amazing Grace spokeswoman said the charity has stockpiled 500 to 600 meals, but were still "needing donations, food supplies, takeaway tubs and cups, along with meat, to keep this going indefinitely".

    She added that the soup kitchen was also now running as a takeaway-only service and any donations should be left outside the charity on Bolton Street, in line with government guidance.

  16. Be like Frank!

    Frank Sidebottom statue with Theo Griffith
    Image caption: Frank Sidebottom, giving some hygiene tips to a Timperley local

    Remember the cult 90s classic tv character Frank Sidebottom?

    Chris Sievey's alter ego - complete with an oversized papier mache head - was a staple for many years.

    And he's immortalised in statue form, watching over the centre of his home village of Timperley, Greater Manchester.

    It seems he's a keen public health student, too, telling nine-year-old local boy Theo Griffith all about the importance of good hygiene!

  17. People asked not to contact GP about coronavirus letters

    People are being asked not to contact their local GP surgery to see if they are classed as being at most risk from coronavirus.

    NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group said people receive a letter if this is the case and both issued this message to patients:

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    For the latest information, visit the commissioning group Twitter pages: