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A hundred hot meals delivered to paramedics

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

They say an army marches on its stomach, so a community group in Bedford has come forward to help feed staff working for the NHS.

Food being prepared
SGRS Bedford

The Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha in Bedford delievered 100 hot meals to members of the East of England Ambulance Service at its sites in Bedford and Kempston.

Food delivered to paramedic
SGRSBedford

The religious group has said it will continue "every day throughout this difficult period, in order to help support those who are tirelessly working in our NHS".

"This is a small token of our appreciation", it said.

Food being delievered to paramedics
SGRSBedford

COVID-19 deaths rise in the east

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

There were 63 more COVID-19 deaths announced by NHS England on Thursday for the east of England region.

Cases are listed by NHS Trust/Hospital.

  • Luton and Dunstable: 12 more deaths - (total 23)
  • Bedford: 11 (11)
  • Milton Keynes Hospital: 9 (22)
  • Princess Alexandra, Harlow: 5 (27)
  • Lister, Stevenage: 4 (16)
  • Essex Partnership Trust: 2 (4)
  • Kettering: 4 (9)
  • Southend: 3 (11)
  • Norfolk & Norwich: 3 (13)
  • Northampton: (11)
  • Basildon: 2 (25)
  • Queen Elizabeth, King’s Lynn: 2 (12)
  • Peterborough/Hinchingbrooke, Huntingdon: 1 (10)
  • Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge: 1 (6)
  • James Paget, Gorleston: 1 (6)
  • West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds: 1 (5)

It's important to note these are the updated figures announced on a particular date and do not reflect when the death took place.

It brings the total number of deaths in the region to 227.

Total number of deaths across the UK stood at 2,921 according to Public Health England.

Good morning

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

Welcome to Friday’s resumption of regular updates where we'll bring you regional news and information about the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for joining us.

We'll bring you the latest until 18:00.

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Have a good evening and we are back on Friday morning

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Thank you for joining us today for our regular updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the East of England.

The team will be back on Friday morning at 08:00 to share more news with you from across the region.

See you then.

Paint the whole world with a rainbow

BBC Radio Suffolk

Rainbows beautifully drawn by key workers' children are set to be placed in the windows of police and ambulance drivers' vehicles.

The works of art were made by pupils at Place Farm Primary Academy in Haverhill, Suffolk.

Crews working for the East of England Ambulance Service said they were "grateful for the kind messages".

Photo of children with a rainbow
Haverhill Police

Musician plays to people around world from own home

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A musician and student from Essex has found a way of performing to hundreds of people around the world without breaching the coronavirus lockdown.

Emily Frith
Facebook

Norwich University of the Arts student Emily Frith, whose family GP Dr Habib Zaidi died from Covid-19, performed The Isolation Room gig earlier this week from her student accommodation in Norwich.

The Isolation Room was set up to hold live online concerts during the lockdown.

Ms Frith, whose family home is in Leigh-on-Sea, said news of Dr Zaidi's death had made her "realise this was not something to take lightly".

"It is so close to home. It's heartbreaking. It shows how important it is to stay home," she said.

Emily Frith
BBC

She added the online concert was a good way to connect with people at a time of no gigs in pubs and clubs.

"It's like doing a live gig and was really cool. There were people from Mexico, Ireland and Germany watching me," she said.

Long-serving county councillor dies of coronavirus

BBC Essex

The family of Terry Cutmore, who represented Rochford North on Essex County Council, has confirmed he has died of coronavirus.

He was described as a "generous, clever, witty man and a loving father".

Essex County Council sign
BBC

Council leader David Finch described Mr Cutmore as "extremely well-liked" - and a man who was "committed to serving his residents".

MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, Mark Francois, said Mr Cutmore would be "sorely missed", especially at Rochford District Council which he had led for 15 years.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in East

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The number of people infected by the coronavirus continues to rise.

Public Health England released the latest figures last night, but they are only from hospital tests and are a few days behind.

They are as follows:

  • Hertfordshire - 480
  • Buckinghamshire - 195
  • Norfolk - 180
  • Northamptonshire - 187
  • Cambridgeshire - 141
  • Peterborough - 36
  • Suffolk - 125
  • Milton Keynes - 117
  • Central Bedfordshire - 81
  • Luton - 91
  • Bedford Borough Council - 60
  • Essex - 420
  • Southend-on-Sea - 44
  • Thurrock - 62

A&E nurse 'being treated for coronavirus in hospital'

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex political reporter

I've been told an A&E nurse is being treated for coronavirus in intensive care at Southend Hospital.

They have been intubated and are being ventilated.

We will bring you more as we have it.

Southend Hospital
Geograph/Glyn Baker

'Collecting drugs is not essential travel'

In a tweet, Essex Police said a car took a "last minute turn to avoid" officers when they were carrying out a stop-check on drivers in Southend-on-Sea in England.

Car stopped
Essex OSG

Officers found the driver hiding in a car park. An arrest was made for possession of drugs and drug driving.

Coronavirus deaths rise in the East

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died from coronavirus in the East of England continues to rise.

Last night, Public Health England released its latest figures for the past 24 hours.

Below is a list of hospitals where the deaths occurred.

  • Luton and Dunstable - 1 (total - 11)
  • Milton Keynes Hospital - 2 (total - 13)
  • Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke - 2 (total - 9)
  • Addenbrooke's - 2 (total - 5)
  • Princess Alexandra - 8 (total - 22)
  • Colchester - 2 (total - 11)
  • Basildon - 6 (total - 23)
  • Southend - 1 (total - 8)
  • East and North Herts - 3 (total - 12)
  • West Herts Hospitals - 2 (total - 15)
  • Norfolk and Norwich - 2 (total - 10)
  • James Paget - 2 (total - 5)
  • Queen Elizabeth - 3 (total - 10)
  • Northampton - 2 (total - 9)
  • Kettering - 4 (total - 5)
  • West Suffolk - 2 (total - 4)

The total number of confirmed (tested) regional cases now stands at 2,219, compared to 29,474 in the UK as a whole.

Across the UK, the death toll stands at 2,352.

Good morning

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

Thank you for joining us this morning as we continue our regular updates about the coronavirus pandemic.

The team will be here sharing news from the East of England until 18:00.

Coronavirus deaths rise in the East

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died from coronavirus continues to rise in the East of England.

Last night, Public Health England announced the statistics for 31 March at the region's hospital trusts:

  • Basildon - 10 more deaths
  • Luton & Dunstable - 1
  • East & North Herts - 5
  • Norfolk & Norwich - 2
  • Northampton - 2
  • Southend - 3
  • Queen Elizabeth, King's Lynn - 3
  • James Paget, Gorleston - 2
  • Addenbrooke's, Cambridge - 2
  • Essex partnership (mental health inpatient) - 1
  • West Herts Hospitals - 4
  • Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury - 2
  • Wycombe Hospital - 3

If a hospital trust is not listed it means no deaths were recorded there on Tuesday.

The total number of confirmed (tested) regional cases now stands at 1,945.

Across the UK, the death toll stands at 1,789.

Mall sends 'appreciation package' to ambulance crew

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

The Mall in Luton has sent an "appreciation package" to ambulance workers in the town.

The shopping centre tweeted that it wanted to thank crews for "all their hard work" so sent a package "full of tasty treats".

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Mother's Day gifts donated to hospital staff

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

A school in Billericay has sent gifts to workers at Basildon Hospital to thank them for their "amazing work".

Quilters Junior School said parents had donated their own Mother's Day gifts for the gesture.

View more on twitter

Good morning

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live page where we'll bring you regular regional updates about the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for joining us.

We'll bring you the latest news from the East of England until 18:00.

Pair travel from London to fish in Essex

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

A police officer has stopped two people who had driven from Tottenham to go fishing on the Essex coast.

PC Andy Long tweeted that the pair "believed it was essential" to go to Holland Haven near Clacton as they were "fed up indoors".

The rural and heritage crime officer directed them back home after explaining the law.

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Basildon council offers housing to all rough sleepers

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News Online

Basildon Borough Council says it has found accommodation for every known rough sleeper in the town.

Leader of the council Gavin Callaghan said although some people refused offers or did not respond to calls, there was accommodation available for all.

Rough sleeper
Getty Images

"By this morning our staff had accommodated 16 of the 20 people sleeping rough who are known to us, and we are waiting to hear back from the other four in order to get them into the accommodation we have for them," he said.

"Basildon Council is taking unprecedented action to keep people healthy because our number one goal right now is to save as many people’s lives as possible."

What's in the Essex papers?

  • Essex Live shares the story of a Chelmsford couple who have offered a converted campervan to self-isolating NHS workers for free
  • The Basildon Standard has spoken to a local councillor who said he has seen up to 20 people attempting to play golf on a closed course
  • A family-run company based in Clacton is providing plastics to more than 20 companies making ventilators and developing vaccines, the Colchester Gazette reports

Cornavirus deaths rise in the East

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died from the coronavirus continues to rise the East.

Last night, Public Health England announced the statistics for the previous 24 hours at regional hospitals.

They are from Sunday evening to Monday evening.

  • Colchester 3 more deaths
  • Herts Community Trust 1
  • Luton and Dunstable 4
  • Mid Essex 3
  • Norfolk and Norwich 1
  • Northampton 3
  • Princess Alexandra, Harlow 9

It brings the total number of deaths in the East region since the outbreak began to 100.

Colchester Hospital
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Nick Hulme, chief executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, said: "We can confirm that sadly, three patients, one in their 90s and one in their 70s, both of whom had underlying health conditions, together with another patient in their early 80s who did not have underlying health conditions, have passed away at Colchester Hospital.

"They had tested positive for COVID-19.

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients family and loved ones at this difficult time."

Less traffic on roads

The number of vehicles on Essex's roads has decreased by over 50% according to the county council.

Traffic data from local authority showed that since the government's announcement over a week ago to "stay at home" residents were adhering to the advice.

Councilllor Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: "While it’s great to see such a reduction in travel, it’s critical that this continues to decrease, and that residents stay at home.

"Let’s not forget that in Italy and Spain the restrictions were much more stringent, with permits required to leave home and a ban on exercise outside the home."

Essex roads
Essex Roads Policing Unit - South

The government says valid reasons for leaving home are:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household only
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Coronavirus cases continue to rise

The number of coronavirus cases for the east of England were released by Public Health England on Monday evening.

Here is latest breakdown confirmed from hospital tests:.

  • Bedford Borough 34
  • Cambridgeshire 109
  • Central Bedfordshire 60
  • Essex 301
  • Hertfordshire 339
  • Luton 69
  • Milton Keynes 94
  • Norfolk 133
  • Northamptonshire 153
  • Peterborough 24
  • Suffolk 100
  • Southend 31
  • Thurrock 41

'Big thank you' to Essex catering company

Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and the county council have thanked a catering company for "an incredible act of kindness".

food
Essex County Council

Posting on Facebook they both said "Big thank you" to Witham-based Purple Olive Catering who feed 226 vulnerable people in the Essex.

Coronavirus: Essex nurses and relatives make 'stay at home' video
Staff on a hospital ward wanted to send out a "powerful message" to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Co-op to stop accepting loyalty card and handing out charity tokens

The East of England Co-operative have announced a series of changes to how they operate their food stores to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The group, based in Ipswich and with stores across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk said it would be no longer accepting member reward cards to avoid handling them, but advised customers to keep receipts to add the points at a later date.

Stores will also no longer hand out green tokens, which go in the charity-of-your-choice boxes.

East of England Co-operative
EoE Co-op

In line with many other supermarket the Co-op will also be installing screens at checkouts and have signs on the floor to keep shoppers 2m (6ft 6in) apart.

English Heritage open up sites online

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If you're missing being able to get out and about to some of the region's interesting historic sites, then English Heritage can bring some of them to you - online.

It has highlighted 30 of its buildings, monuments and sites across the country available to visit online - including a few in the East of England.

Audley End
English Heritage

The sites, including Audley End House and Gardens in Essex, Wrest Park and its Collections Store in Bedfordshire and Grime’s Graves in Norfolk, use digital technology, to bring their stories to life via the Google Arts & Culture platform.

Last week, the organisation took the decision to close all its staffed historic sites and cancel all public events.

Curatorial director Anna Eavis said: "We look forward to welcoming visitors back to those sites as soon as it is safe to do so, but until then we hope these online experiences will allow people an escape, and the chance to learn something new."

Severe disruption: A127 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A127 Essex both ways severe disruption, from High Road North to A132 East Mayne.

A127 Essex - A127 Southend Arterial Road in Laindon closed in both directions from Fortune Of War to Nevendon, because of resurfacing work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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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Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS

Coronavirus: Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS
There was clapping, cheering, pots clanging and car horns honking as people across the East of England gave their thanks to the NHS.

Many people took part in the social media campaign on Thursday night, where people across the UK applauded the work of the health service treating coronavirus patients.

'Thank you NHS'

Oscar's been using his time off to create a masterpiece thanking the NHS for all their hard work.

The ambulance service were definitely impressed by his artistic talent.

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Police carry out high visibility patrols in Essex

A number of high visibility patrols have taken place around the Southend-on-Sea district.

Essex Police, via their Facebook page, said: "It’s excellent to see government advice is being adhered to with a lack of vehicles to stop and people to speak with."

Empty streets
Essex Police

The post comes after new laws to try to force people to stay at home have come in.

Empty streets
Essex Police

People ignoring tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially and another for £120 for a second offence.

Empty streets
Essex Police

New powers given to police in England mean no-one will be allowed to leave their home "without reasonable excuse".

Six more coronavirus deaths reported in East of England

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Six more deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the BBC East region on Thursday evening.

Thee people died in hospitals run by East and North Herts NHS Trust and three at Princess Alexandra in Harlow.

The UK death date rose to more than 550 as of yesterday evening.

Here are the latest numbers of positive cases (not deaths) recorded in our region:

  • Norfolk 51 (a rise of 6 on previous day)
  • Suffolk 42 (up 7)
  • Peterborough 10 (up 1)
  • Cambridgeshire 47 (up 6)
  • Northamptonshire 64 (up 21)
  • Bedford 10 (up 3)
  • Central Bedfordshire 28 (up 4)
  • Milton Keynes 38 (up 9)
  • Buckinghamshire 66 (up 7)
  • Luton 30 (up 1)
  • Hertfordshire 170 (up 23)
  • Essex 130 (up 42)
  • Southend12 (up 3)
  • Thurrock 20 (up 5)

These figures will not include people have show symptoms, but have not been tested.

Further figures can be found at Public Health England.