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Live Reporting

Rachel Flint, George Herd, Rhiannon Beacham and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Concern lockdown could fuel childhood obesity

    Bangor University has launched an online exercise programme amid fears the coronavirus crisis could lead to a huge increase in childhood obesity.

    Its bilingual Dynamic Dudes series is free and gets 4-11 year-olds taking part in martial arts, dance, football and gymnastics.

    According to health experts, a third of children are already overweight when they start at primary school and there is mounting concern that lockdown could make matters even worse.

    Professor Pauline Horne created the Dynamic Dudes concept.

    She said: “We were already facing a childhood obesity epidemic, a worldwide public health challenge, and though the restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 crisis are vital, prolonged lockdown could lead to children taking even less exercise and eating even more unhealthy foods."

    Child on scales
  2. EastEnders and Top Gear to resume filming in June

    scene from EastEnders

    EastEnders and Top Gear will go back into production in June, but the stars will be socially distanced and will have to do their own hair and make-up.

    Virtually all filming has been on hold since the lockdown began in March.

    The BBC said it would use "strictly limited" crews and stick to government guidelines when it resumes.

    BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: "We're also exploring ways to re-start filming on more dramas and other major BBC shows as soon as possible."

    cast of Top Gear

    Episodes of EastEnders that were recorded before the pandemic have been rationed by BBC One to avoid the soap going off air completely.

    There has been no announcement on when other dramas like Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders and Call the Midwife - which all put filming on hold - are likely to return to set.

    Australian soap Neighbours has already returned, with reworked scripts and fewer characters in specific scenes.

  3. Wales' poorest areas 'suffering most'

    The coronavirus death rate continues to disproportionately affect the most deprived areas in Wales, analysis of the latest figures has shown.

    The five local authorities with the highest mortality rate are also among those with the greatest proportion of deprivation in Wales. 

    Youth worker Charlotte McCarthy said staying home was a "luxury".

    "If you're able to work from home, you're fortunate to have the means to do that," she added.

    Man in mask walking past closed shop
  4. Patients receiving messages from home

    Relatives of people in hospital in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and south Powys are being encouraged to email them messages.

    Staff at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board will then print out the email and give or read it to the patient.

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  5. Elite sport return is 'overdue' - Greene

    Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene says he is looking forward to getting back on the track following new government guidance.

    On Wednesday the UK government issued advice to help elite sport organisations in England deliver a safe return to training.

    Welshman Greene, 34, is based in England and says he feels the move is "overdue" for athletes who he believes will strictly adhere to the new guidelines.

    The Welsh Government is yet to say how elite sport will return in Wales.

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    Video caption: Elite sport training return is 'overdue' - Dai Greene
  6. New factory to produce a million face masks a day

    A new factory in Cardiff is to produce up to a million fluid resistant face masks a day for health, social care and other key workers in Wales and the rest of the UK.

    The Welsh Government said it had worked closely with manufacturing company Hardshell which has brought in surgical mask making machines.

    It said it was working with more than 300 businesses in Wales to produce supplies to respond to coronavirus, including personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters said:Businesses are going to enormous efforts to help us beat coronavirus and ensure we have a long-term supply of vital PPE items to protect Welsh front-line healthcare staff, key workers and many more across the UK.

    “The significant contribution of Welsh firms and their desire and energy to meet demand has been truly fantastic and I want to thank each and every company for all that they are doing.”

    Hardshell’s Chief Executive Officer Anil Kant said:“We care passionately about saving lives. Our key focus is the development of protective coating technologies with industrial and life-saving applications.

    “It was an important decision for us to provide our expertise and skilfully increase the UK’s mask making capability to help protect the lives of patients, health care staff and key workers.”

    Cardiff Airport
    Image caption: The news follows the latest shipment of equipment into Cardiff airport from China yesterday
  7. Police 'hands tied' over lockdown fines

    A police and crime commissioner has criticised the first minister for not increasing fines for those found breaking lockdown rules.

    North Wales commissioner Arfon Jones posted on social media that Mark Drakeford was "tying" police hands.

    Fines in Wales are £60 but now start at £100 in England.

    However the Welsh Government said it is not planning to change the fine system but is keeping the matter "under consideration".

    Dyfed-Powys Police PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said the commissioners for all four forces in Wales had written a joint letter to Mr Drakeford asking for penalties to be increased.

    Fines for breaking the rules in Wales are reduced to £30 if paid within 14 dayswhile in England, fines now start at £100 for a first offence -reduced to £50 if paid promptly - through to a maximum of £3,200.

    Mr Jones posted on social media: "It's like giving you the tools and tying your hands."


    Police on patrol in Monmouthshire
  8. Reservists help out with PPE delivery

    Army reservists have been helping to sort a delivery of almost two million pieces of personal protective equipment for front-line staff.

    It arrived at Cardiff Airport from China.

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  9. 'Thousands to miss bill payments', says Citizens Advice Cymru

    Thousands of households across Wales have missed, or expect to miss, payments on at least one bill as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Citizens Advice Cymru has said.

    Based on a sample size of 501 people, it estimated almost 300,000 people had fallen behind on one or more household bills - such as gas, electric, or council tax.

    It added 34% of renters reported falling behind or expecting to fall behind on their rent.

    It said people were currently protected from the worst impacts of debt by emergency measures such as the pause on evictions and the temporary halt to some forms of debt enforcement but feared a “cliff-edge” when these protections end.

    It urged the Welsh Government to intervene to encourage people to claim the benefits they are entitled to, extend to current protections from eviction and offer a three-month council tax holiday for those who cannot afford to make payments.

    Rebecca Woolley, director of Citizens Advice Cymru, said: “The Welsh Government has shown a willingness to create distinctly Welsh solutions to the manifold challenges created by the pandemic.

    "As the crisis continues, there is scope for further Welsh Government innovation, especially in their role protecting those who face the worst financial consequences of the outbreak.”

  10. 'Stay alert' Times advert 'utterly irresponsible'

    The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has criticised the UK Government for placing an advert in The Times telling people to "stay alert".

    PM Boris Johnson announced the slogan for England, telling people to "stay alert, control the virus, save lives".

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are sticking with "stay at home".

    Jane Dodds tweeted: "So not only have the UK Govt abandoned the agreed #Covid19 message, they now have a front page ad in The Times to promote it.

    " Utterly irresponsible and will weaken our #StayHomeSaveLives message by promoting the English advice, as the paper does not have a Welsh or NI edition."

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  11. The singing security guard

    Cardiff Castle has continued to host gigs during lockdown.

    But no rules have been broken as they have all been performed by one of the security guards while on his break during the night shift.

    Jodie Daniels has taken on the hits of Queen, the Beatles and Alanis Morissette and uploaded them to YouTube.

    "I was keen to use my time wisely and use some of the inspiring rooms, which are fabulous for natural acoustics, to write and sing during these unprecedented times," said Jodie, who usually works as a castle guide.

    “I will admit it can be slightly unnerving late at night on patrol, when these old buildings tend to make most of their usual scary sounds.”

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  12. Frontline staff 'looking forward to hugs'

    Nerys Conway and Ceri Lynch are doctors working on the front line in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

    The consultants in acute medicine and intensive care are treating patients at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, including some of their colleagues.

    The pair said the number of patients coming in with Covid-19 was falling, but lockdown should continue so they, and others, could hug their families again.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: NHS frontline staff 'looking forward to hugs'
  13. Coronavirus antibody test a 'positive development'

    A test to find out whether people have been infected with coronavirus in the past has been approved by health officials in England.

    Public Health England said the antibody test, developed by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, was a "very positive development".

    Health officials in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make their own decisions, but are likely to follow suit if England does adopt it.

    The blood test looks for antibodies to see if a person has already had the virus and might now have some immunity.

    Until now, officials have said such tests are not reliable enough.

    The UK Government previously spent a reported £16m buying antibody tests which later proved to be ineffective.

    The test already has approval from medical regulators in the EU and the United States.

    But it is still not yet clear what amount of immunity from coronavirus a patient might gain from having previously been infected.

    The swab tests currently being carried out in the UK determine whether someone has the virus at the time of the test.

    Lab test
  14. Family leave second home after safety warning

    A family from Liverpool who had travelled to their second home on Anglesey have returned to Merseyside after being warned over concerns for their safety.

    The family left the house in Llandegfan earlier this week after a visit from police.

    Local councillor Carwyn Jones said he had alerted police because he was worried about the atmosphere locally.

    “Tensions were running quite high," he said.

    "Thankfully the police came immediately.”

    He said he hoped people concerned about people visiting second homes would not take the law into their own hands.

    North Wales Police said: ”We attended an address in Llandegfan and on speaking to the family about concerns raised, they returned to Liverpool.”

  15. 'Stay safe goes for all creatures'

    Rural Crime Team officers ensured a happy ending for a lost puppy while helping colleagues out with stop checks in Peterstone.

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  16. Children affected by rare inflammatory reaction

    Scores of UK and US children have been affected by a rare inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus.

    A number of children have also been diagnosed with the disease - which can cause symptoms similar to toxic shock syndrome - elsewhere in Europe.

    Up to 100 UK children have been affected. Some have needed intensive care while others recovered quickly.

    In April, NHS doctors were told to look out for a rare but dangerous reaction in children.

    Child walking
  17. Minister denies DWP staff must use English test centres

    BBC Radio Wales

    Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething has denied that people working for a UK government department in Wales need to drive to coronavirus test centres in England if they show Covid-19 symptoms.

    In a letter seen by the BBC, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff are told testing in Wales is prioritised for other critical workers.

    But speaking to Oliver Hides on BBC Radio Wales Breakfast, Mr Gething said: "This got raised with me yesterday in the chamber.

    "It's not correct. Public Health Wales are in contact with the Department of Work and Pensions.

    "Critical workers can get tested here in Wales and they are clarifying with them that members of staff can get a test. They certainly don't need to travel from parts of Wales into Bristol."

  18. Day of prayer for end of pandemic

    Believers from different religions around the world are taking part in a day or prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Pope Francis proposed the "day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic".

    The Church in Wales is encouraging people to take part.

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  19. What happens if your business is in both Wales and England?

    For people living on or near the Wales-England border, the difference in restrictions in each country has left them in a unique situation.

    Jeff Revill owns Broadstone Park Camping and Fishery, which is situated on the English/Welsh border between Monmouth in Monmouthshire and Coleford in Gloucestershire.

    It has the border actually running through it.

    He told Oliver Hides on BBC Radio Wales Breakfast: "We're the first campsite or last campsite in Wales and also the first campsite or last campsite in England.

    "At the moment both sides of the campsite are closed as per instructions from the government, so we've got no campers so the only thing that's going to be open is the fishing.

    "We had calls as soon as it was announced you could fish, mainly coming from the English side of the border.

    "Our ponds are actually situated in England by a meter or two so we will be allowing a few fishermen, not too many, that can socially distance quite easily.

    He added: "If we did have people from Wales [asking to fish], I would probably decline at this moment and see how we move forward."

  20. Why hasn't the UK listed loss of smell as a symptom?

    Kirstie Brewer

    BBC News

    Government advisers have been considering since March whether to include loss of smell among the criteria for deciding whether someone has Covid-19.

    Evidence that it is one of the symptoms is already strong and some scientists argue this is now an urgent step, as the lockdown is eased in England.

    The NHS website says the "main symptoms" of Covid-19 are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.

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