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  1. Thanks for joining us

    That's the end of our live updates for today. 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. Artist pays tribute to people and businesses 'doing their part'

    Manchester's Amy Coney took to the roof of her building in the city's Northern Quarter to pay tribute to everyone who is doing their bit in the battle against coronavirus.

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  3. Rovers deliver food parcels for local people in need

    Tranmere Rovers have been helping the local community by supplying food parcels to Birkenhead residents in need.

    Food parcels for local people

    Wirral councillor Julie McManus said the gesture had had "a huge impact" on what is "one of the most deprived areas of the country".

    She said:

    Quote Message: Tranmere Rovers say they are a community club and they really are.

    A relative of a local resident who received one of the food parcels said the family was "overwhelmed".

    Quote Message: [Their] kindness has made such a difference, not only to her but her four children.
    Quote Message: It has taken a lot off our minds knowing they will be OK for meals and we are so grateful.
  4. Sixty-six non-league clubs send open letter to FA over expunging season

    BBC Sport

    Sixty-six non-league clubs - including North West sides 1874 Northwich, AFC Liverpool and Bootle - have sent an open letter to the Football Association, calling for it to "urgently" reconsider the decision to expunge their seasons.

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    It was announced last week that football in England below the National League's three divisions would end immediately with results expunged.

    It means there will be no promotion or relegation in these 91 leagues. The same applies in the women's game below the Women's Super League and Championship level.

    The decision is yet to be ratified by the FA Council.

  5. Best of Greater Manchester's culture to be streamed online

    A new website streaming the best of Greater Manchester's art and culture launches this week with a "diverse blend of entertainment and creativity on one free online platform".

    United We Stream GM

    Created by the region's Nighttime Economy Adviser Sacha Lord and other partners, United We Stream GM will be free to watch, though anyone tuning in can "buy a ‘virtual ticket’ for whatever price they choose to enjoy the channel", a spokesman said.

    All income will go directly to a relief fund to support the region's nighttime economy, he said, adding:

    Quote Message: Performances will take place at artists' homes, gardens, or from selected host venues around the region, making sure all performances adhere to government advice around isolating, distancing and infection control.

    Sacha Lord tweeted the first week's line-up, which includes gigs from The Lottery Winners and The Slow Readers Club, comedy from Justin Moorhouse, poetry from Tony 'Longfella' Walsh and a cooking class from renowned chef Gary Usher.

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  6. 'Toiletry bank' donates essential packs to NHS workers

    A "toiletry bank" has provided packs of essentials for NHS workers who have been redeployed across Greater Manchester.

    Toiletry donations

    Wilmslow-based charity Bare Necessities wanted to help staff who have been sent to work in different facilities and will not be staying with friends or family.

    Volunteers sent 73 bags of soap, hand cream, shower gel and toothpaste.

    The charity is now appealing for more donations.

    Spokeswoman Wendy Hobson said:

    Quote Message: The Manchester University Foundation Trust has said it will take as many packs as we are able to provide. Please hunt down your hotel minis for us, we will repurpose them and put them to good use.
  7. Scientists and clinicians form Covid-19 research group

    Scientists, clinicians and analysts from the University of Manchester have formed a research group in attempts to tackle Covid-19.

    Scientist with test tubes

    Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group will join scientists to try to understand more about the coronavirus disease and identify anti-viral treatments.

    Researchers will also use data science to monitor patient's symptoms, and look to prioritise those whose condition is deteriorating.

    Leading the initiative, Prof Ian Bruce said the group hopes to "relieve pressure on the NHS and social care systems".

    Prof Bruce added:

    Quote Message: The speed at which our scientific community has stepped up to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak is outstanding and a testament to Greater Manchester’s strong clinical-academic leadership and research assets.
  8. Grand National gift of flowers to 'bring smiles' to community

    Aintree Racecourse has given hanging baskets ordered for the Grand National to local people to "bring smiles to the local community".

    Flowers donated to local people

    The flowers would have been displayed at the race meeting, due to start this week, but the event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Flowers donated to local people

    Everton in the Community, the Everton FC charity, has helped deliver the baskets.

    Flowers donated to local people

    In a tweet the race organisers aid it was "a privilege" to support Everton's Blue Family charity campaign.

  9. Carluccio's collapses putting 2,000 jobs at risk

    BBC Business News

    Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's, which has five restaurants in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, has gone into administration, "blaming challenging trading conditions" exacerbated by the coronavirus.

    Carluccio's, Spinningfields, Manchester

    Administrator FRP is "urgently looking at options" for the future of the firm.

    These include mothballing the business using government support, as well as trying to sell all or parts of it.

    Most of the company's 2,000 employees will be paid through the government's job retention scheme while these options are explored.

    This allows for staff to be paid up to 80% of their salary.

  10. RNLI 'immediately pause' lifeguard roll-out

    The roll-out of lifeguard patrols on selected beaches in the North West, which were due to begin next month, has been "immediately paused", the RNLI has said.

    Crosby beach

    A spokeswoman for the charity said beaches at West Kirby, Moreton and New Brighton were due to be patrolled from 4 April, while in Sefton, patrols at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport were due to start on 10 April.

    However, she said a decision to pause had been taken "to ensure lifeguards adhere to the government’s instructions to limit contact between people and encourage the public to do the same".

    She added that the RNLI's lifeboat stations "remain on service".

  11. Lancashire CCC chairman dies after contracting coronavirus

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss has died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus.

    James Anderson and David Hodgkiss

    Hodgkiss, who had underlying health issues, took on the role in 2017 after almost two decades on the club's board.

    He also had spells as treasurer and vice-chairman during his time working with the county.

    "He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire and respected throughout the cricketing world," a statement on the club website said.

    "Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family."

  12. Timperley girl gets 'birthday parade'

    A six-year-old girl's neighbours came together to sing a socially-distanced happy birthday to her.

    Lisa Wood planned a "birthday parade" for her daughter Sienna and residents of Foxhall Road in Timperley opened their doors and windows to celebrate.

    Mrs Wood said it was "very emotional".

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  13. Union 'appalled' at JD Sports workers' safety concerns

    Union bosses say they are "appalled" at claims by JD Sports staff that the company is ignoring safety concerns over coronavirus.

    JD Sports shop front

    Workers have complained to the shopworkers' union Usdaw about dirty toilets and a lack of hand sanitiser at the firm's warehouse in Rochdale.

    Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham called for "a stronger policy on workplaces"after 1,000 complaints.

    JD Sports said the "health, safety and wellbeing" of its staff was a priority.

  14. Warning over text message scam

    Crimestoppers has warned people about a fake text message which is circulating, threatening fines for people who leave their homes too many times during the coronavirus lockdown.

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  15. Manchester Misses You archive offers virtual visit to the city

    Tourism body Visit Manchester has gathered together their "favourite ideas, inspirations and resources so that you can continue to enjoy Greater Manchester and stay fit and healthy during social distancing measures".

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    Titled Manchester Misses You, the archive includes virtual tours of the area's cultural attractions, educational resources, podcasts, blogs and even Manchester-themed colouring pages.

  16. Face-to-face outpatient hospital appointments stopped in Wirral

    All face-to-face outpatient hospital appointments at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospital in Wirral have stopped "with immediate effect" unless in exceptional circumstances, the trust in charge of the institutions has said.

    A spokeswoman said it has been contacting all patients affected, but if you have not yet heard, you should assume your appointment has been cancelled.

    She added that this does not affect emergency admissions and if you are in labour.

    Arrowe Park Hospital

    Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust locations include:

    • Arrrowe Park Hospital
    • Clatterbridge Hospital
    • Wirral Women's and Children's Hospital
    • Other community locations

    Medical director Dr Nikki Stevenson said:

    Quote Message: We realise this can be distressing for patients awaiting appointments; however, this decision has been made to prioritise the safety and healthcare needs of our patients.
    Quote Message: We thank all of our patients for their cooperation at this time.
  17. Police checkpoints set up in Manchester

    Police are stopping traffic in Manchester city centre today to check if travel is essential.

    In a Facebook post, they said "if it isn't, then stay home".

    GMP road block set up