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Live Reporting

Matt Lloyd and Rhiannon Beacham

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from us

    That's the end of our live updates for Thursday. Here's a summary of today's key points:

    Thanks for joining us. We'll be back just after 06:00 BST on Friday.

  2. MPs to quiz ministers via video conferencing

    People wearing masks outside Houses of Parliament

    Plans to allow MPs to take part in some Parliamentary business virtually have been approved by the body responsible for administration in the Commons.

    The House of Commons Commission said ministers will be quizzed via Zoom for the first time in the House's 700-year history.

    This "unprecedented step" will "keep democracy going" during the coronavirus crisis, it said.

    MPs will have to approve the plan next week when they return on 21 April.

    It means that up to 120 MPs will be able to take part in proceedings virtually at any one time, while 50 could remain in the chamber under social distancing rules.

    The Commons authorities will mark out the 2m (6ft) distance MPs will have to maintain when they go into the chamber.

  3. NHS founder's home street shows its thanks

    Residents of Charles Street in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, have been giving an extra loud thanks to NHS staff each Thursday evening.

    The street was where Aneurin Bevan, the NHS's founder, was born and grew up as a boy.

    The NHS was founded by Bevan in 1948 while he was minister for health under Clement Attlee's Labour Government.

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  4. Scientific advisers looking at mask evidence again

    Philippa Roxby

    Health reporter, BBC News

    woman wearing face mask

    The thorny issue of masks has been raised again, with the UK’s top doctor Prof Whitty saying it’s far more important for healthcare and care workers to wear facemasks than anyone else.

    The clear message is that people on the front line are the priority when it comes to masks.

    But scientific advisers are looking at the evidence on masks again.

    There is evidence of “a small effect” from wearing masks, but the UK advice has always been that a mask is more useful to people with symptoms than those without – as well as those caring for people with the virus.

  5. Wales claps for carers

    For the fourth consecutive week, people across the length and breadth of Wales have taken to their doorways, gardens and windows to celebrate the efforts made by care workers in the fight against coronavirus.

    Here's how some of you showed your appreciation...

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  6. Deliberate grass fires 'causing chaos'

    Arsonists starting forest fires are "trying to cause as much chaos as possible" during the coronavirus pandemic.

    More than 500 fires have been deliberately started in south Wales since the start of March.

    South Wales fire service wildfire lead Chris Hope told BBC Radio Wales while grass fires were an ongoing problem every year, the number of large forest fires they were seeing was especially problematic during the pandemic.

    "We're not having the nuisance fires we'd generally get, we're just having them deliberately set to cause as much chaos as possible," he said.

    Helicopter over a fire
  7. Captain Tom to "keep on going"

    Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old war veteran who has captured hearts in the UK, says he will continue completing laps of his garden despite passing his 100-lap target.

    Capt Tom originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing the laps but has now raised almost £16m.

    He completed his final lap on Thursday but tweeted to say he will "keep on going".

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  8. Mini-orchestra serenades street during NHS clap

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    A group of neighbours on a Cardiff street have formed their very own socially-distanced orchestra.

    They joined the crowds cheering and clapping the NHS during this evening's 20:00 BST applause. Here they are playing What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

  9. First minister denies 'failure' over NHS testing

    The Welsh Government has faced criticism for not meeting a target to provide up to 5,000 tests per day by mid-April.

    Welsh Tories said testing was "too big" a job for the country's Health Minister Vaughan Gething to do by himself.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford said Mr Gething was doing "an outstanding job".

    But amid complaints that testing in Wales is complex, slow and bureaucratic, Mr Drakeford admitted the system has been too cumbersome and promised to speed it up.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Mark Drakeford denies 'failure' over NHS testing
  10. Cardiff Bus failed to use virus-killing disinfectant

    A stop button on a bus

    Cardiff Bus put people at risk for several weeks by failing to use coronavirus-killing disinfectants, a drivers' union has claimed.

    The council-owned firm switched to a product proven to kill coronavirus on 9 April, having previously used another it believed was suitable.

    Unite claims that it had not followed guidelines for a month.

    Cardiff Bus said the health risk was "limited" and it would continue to review its cleaning processes.

  11. Rainbow colours illuminate uni buildings for clap

    Bangor University

    Bangor University "wore" rainbow colours this evening to celebrate one of its buildings being turned into a termporary coronavirus hospital.

    The main building and the Pontio Arts Centre were lit in bright multi-colours this evening.

    The university tweeted to say it was "to celebrate the transformation of Canolfan Brailsford into one of three Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board hospitals - Ysbyty Enfys".

  12. New patient messaging service

    After closing its hospitals to visitors, Aneurin Bevan UHB has launched a new messaging service to allow patients to keep in touch with family and friends during the coronavirus outbreak.

    They have set up a dedicated email address, with messages either printed out or read to patients.

    The service runs Monday to Friday.

    Royal Gwent hospital
  13. National anthem and cheers fill the air in village

    The Welsh national anthem joined claps and the clatter of pans in the streets of one village in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

    Libby Fisher tweeted a lively video of people in one street in Gelli "clapping and cheering for the NHS and key workers".

    "Even had someone playing the welsh national anthem in his car," she posted.

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  14. Musicians play 'What a Wonderful World' in street

    A group of musicians played What a Wonderful World in a Cardiff street as part of this evening's 20:00 BST clap for key workers.

    BBC Wales Parliamentary Correspondent Mark Hutchings tweeted to thank them for the performance in Pontcanna.

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  15. National salute 'grows week on week', says MP

    Carolyn Harris MP

    The national clap and salute for key workers "grows week on week", according to a Labour MP.

    Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, was out flying a rainbow dragon flag in tribute.

    "This grows week on week.. even the church bells rang tonight," she tweeted.

  16. 'Thank you NHS'

    Bangor University shows its support by illuminating the Pontio Arts and Innovation centre

    Pontio centre
  17. Blue on blue in the capital once more

    Cardiff council buildings turned blue

    Many of Cardiff's landmarks have been turned blue for the fourth week in a row tonight during the national clap.

    "We are proud to #LightItBlue tonight at 8pm and join the #ClapForCarers applause in support of the city’s dedicated care workers and NHS staff," the council tweeted.

  18. Firefighters and police join health board for salute

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    Emergency services joined Cwm Taf health board to hail NHS staff in yet another tribute to keyworkers.

    Consultant Dave Jones tweeted footage of South Wales Police and South Wales Fire staff clapping together.

  19. 'Impressive clap' outside Dragon's Heart hospital

    There was an "impressive clap" outside Cardiff's newly christened Dragon's Heart Hospital in the Principality Stadium.

    That's according to South Wales Fire's Chief Fire Officer Huw Jakeway.

    He tweeted an equally impressive video showing dozens of people joining in with horns honking and blue lights flashing.

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