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  1. Food package deliveries for vulnerable people

    Kris Holland

    BBC News

    Vulnerable people in Essex are to receive food packages, delivered to their homes.

    It comes after recent government advice that those at most risk of serious illness from Covid-19 should stay at home for 12 weeks.

    Supermarkets, delivery companies and volunteers are all helping to get essential supplies to the residents at most risk.

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  2. The world champion practising in isolation

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Peter Wright

    World darts champion Peter Wright, who lives in a Suffolk farmhouse, is practising with a fellow title-winner during isolation.

    BBC Sport caught up with the dartist otherwise known as Snakebite, as he revealed some of the unusual forfeits in the offing for whoever loses on the oche.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Jack Monroe: Coronavirus cookery for the culinary clueless

    Food writer Jack Monroe has been sharing top tips for people who are new to cooking.

  4. British Summer Time begins

    Kris Holland

    BBC News

    The clocks moved forward overnight, meaning we have lost an hour of sleep with the transition from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

    But, as the Reverend Richard Coles observes, unless you had to be up for weekend working or such like... you probably didn't notice in the current environment.

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  5. Sharing countryside beauty during self-isolation

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    Norfolk countryside

    A photographer is sharing his images on social media in a bid to help those self-isolating "see the beauty of the countryside".

    Brad Damms, from Norfolk, has been posting landscape and wildlife images daily.

    He says he hopes that, for people who can't leave the house, his photos will "lift spirits and take their mind off our current situation".

    See a selection of his images here.

  6. The week's updates as they happened

    We're closing down for the weekend.

    The live updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday.

    All the UK government's coronavirus advice, including staying at home and social distancing, can be found here.

    Have a good weekend!?

  7. More than 4,000 flowers donated to hospital staff

    Sarah Ward

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Staff battling against the coronavirus at Kettering Hospital have been showered with flowers as a thank you for their efforts.

    Four thousand bunches have been donated this week, along with food and chocolates.

    Alice Powers, from the hospital's wellbeing task force, formed earlier this week, said the flowers, donated by three supermarkets, "made a few people cry".

    Nurses at Kettering Hospital

    Ice cream seller Gallones is delivering food packages twice-weekly for busy staff who do not have time to get to the supermarket.

    The boxes include toilet roll, milk and bread, while the ice cream freezers are stocked with items such as frozen pizza.

    Greggs has donated 7,000 biscuits, while supermarkets have also provided food and chocolates.

    The hospital has 4,000 staff at its site in Rothwell Road and this week doubled its number of intensive care beds from 15 to 30 as it prepares for an influx of COVID-19 patients.

  8. Charity supporting youngsters could close due to coronavirus

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Norwich charity supporting thousands of vulnerable young people is fighting for survival after losing funding due to the spread of the coronavirus.

    OPEN Norwich has postponed all events at its Bank Plain venue, meaning the organisation’s Youth Trust could lose its funding from next month.

    Open Norwich

    Chief executive Laura Rycroft has warned OPEN could soon face the "difficult decision" to close the service for good.

    Its lottery funding runs out at the end of April, and Mrs Rycroft said the timing "couldn’t be any worse".

    The youth service costs OPEN about £25,000 a month to run and offers support to about 3,000 vulnerable young people a year.

    Mrs Rycroft said although the government has offered support for business, charities risked falling through the cracks.

    The Treasury has been approached for comment.

  9. Agricultural show goes under the coronavirus plough

    Tendring Show

    Another summer county show has bitten the dust.

    The Tendring Show was due to take place at Lawford in Essex on Saturday, 11 July.

    The executive committee of the Tendring Hundred Farmers' Club said in a statement: "We would like to thank everyone who supports our Show and club and extend our best wishes to you all at this challenging time.

    "We are now moving forward to preparing another great Tendring Show on 10 July 2021 and look forward to welcoming you back then."

  10. Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 cancelled

    Cambridge Folk Festival

    The Cambridge Folk Festival is the latest event to fall foul of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The event, due to run 30 July-2 August, was to star the likes of Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Grammy Award-winning Patty Griffin and Passenger.

    Organisers said the safety of festival-goers, artists, staff and crew was their "top priority" and the event had become "too difficult to plan, prepare and deliver".

    Anyone who has already booked tickets will be given the choice of a refund or the chance to hold onto their tickets for the 2021 festival.

    FolkEast in Suffolk has yet to make a decision about its festival, which is due to take place 21-23 August.

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock films workout videos

    Max Whitlock uses social media to share home exercise routines to do while gyms are closed.

  12. Disabled adults' care bills U-turn not due to coronavirus

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Norfolk County Council will not be rolling out a planned increase to disabled adults’ care bills - but only due to new money from the government and not coronavirus.

    It decided to reduce the minimum income guarantee last year, meaning disabled people aged 18 to 64 will have to pay more for their care.

    Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the first batch of care bills were sent out this week.

    Norfolk County Council

    Angry campaigners said provision had been reduced due to some care staff self-isolating.

    Marilyn Heath, from Disability Network Norfolk, said the move was “unreasonable and unsympathetic”.

    However, after a government cash injection the council said the increase no longer had to be paid for by disabled adults or families "for the next four months".

    Mrs Heath, 68, whose 23-year-old daugher Sara has severe learning difficulties, said: "Twelve weeks of nobody paying it has got to be a victory for us."

  13. Waddesdon Manor closes 'completely'

    Sarah Jenkins

    BBC News

    Waddesdon Manor has "closed completely" due to coronavirus, it said on Twitter.

    While closed, the stately home near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire is offering virtual tours of its garden online.

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  14. Saints rugby players dance to keep fit in pandemic break

    Pete Cooper

    BBC News

    England and Northampton full-back George Furbank and his Saints team-mate (and housemate) Alex Mitchell have found a bit of rhythm to keep fit during the enforced break in the Rugby Premiership and Six Nations due to coronavirus.

    The pair, along with the rest of the Saints players and some of the staff, have taken a 25% pay cut to help ease the financial pressure during the enforced break.

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  15. Stop home and you will not be 'locked up'

    A police officer is warning people to stay at home.

    Sgt Ed Finn, who is based at Bedfordshire Police headquarters in Kempston shared the following message on Twitter.

    "Top tip - if you #StayHome and respect the #lockdown then you're far less likely to spend time #lockedup in one of my cells".

    Sgt Ed Finn in protective face wear

    It comes as new measures have been brought in by police that if anyone breaks the coronavirus lockdown rules, they will now be breaking the law and could face arrest.

    You could also be issued with fines of up to £120.

  16. Councils: 'That won't cover our loss of income for even a week'

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Ipswich Town Hall

    Local councils are warning that they're facing a financial crisis because of a big drop in their income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    They're writing to the government asking for extra funding later in the year so they can afford to keep running services.

    They say that with leisure centres and museums closed, tenants unable to pay their rent and motorists staying away from car parks, they are losing an important source of income.

    Ipswich Borough Council makes £2m a month from its commercial activities while Norwich City Council earns £500,000 a month from parking charges.

    I understand Cambridge City Council is warning it could be £10m in the red at the end of this crisis.

    The government says it's giving extra help to councils and they should also think about using their reserves.

    But councils say it's not enough - Ipswich's Labour leader David Ellesmere said "the government's given us £76,000 - that won't cover our loss of income for even a week".