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Coronavirus deaths in East rise by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of two deaths in the region's hospitals in the figures issued this afternoon.

The total number now stands at 4,031 and the additional deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East and North Herts NHS Trust: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,650.

Spitfire tribute to NHS to be inscribed with hero names

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Spitfire with "Thank u NHS" emblazoned on its under-wings roared through the skies across East Anglia today as a continuing tribute to the care sector.

The plane flew across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals in morning and afternoon sorties from its base at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

NHS Spitfire
Aircraft Restoration Company

The fighter plane was piloted by John Romain, founder of the family-run Aircraft Restoration Company.

It has made several flights during the Covid-19 lockdown and now it has a new mission. The company is going to be hand-writing 80,000 names onto the photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’.

"We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes," the company website said.

"A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped/inspired you through the Covid-19 pandemic - you can now say thank you to them by nominating their name to go onto the NHS Spitfire."

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Cancer referrals fall of 47% worries clinicians

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cancer referrals in Essex have fallen by 47%, from 29,321 in April 2019 to 15,489 in April 2020, NHS attendance figures from Southend, Basildon and Broomfield hospitals reveal.

In June, the total number of hospital visits was 24,135 compared to 31,334 in June 2019 – an improvement but still a 23% drop which has raised concerns that people were not getting the treatment they needed.

Cancer scan
BBC

Visits to A&E in Essex have started to increase, but are still well down on the year before Covid-19 struck.

At Princess Alexandra in Harlow there were 4,484 A&E attendances in April 2020, compared to 9,008 the previous April.

Those figures have also improved slightly, with 7,150 in June 2020 compared to 9,822 in June 2019.

Overall emergency admissions in England are down 17.3%.

Clinicians worry many people are still not seeking treatment because of the fear of Covid-19, despite suffering potentially life-threatening conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

What's in the Essex papers?

  • The Maldon Standard shares the story of a reception pupil who has raised hundreds to refurbish a school's swimming pool
  • Birthing partners able to visit Colchester Hospital again from Monday, The Gazette reports
  • The Echo reports that a pub has been forced to temporarily ban outside "vertical drinking" after boozers continued to flout social distancing rules

Police stop driver watching TV at 70mph

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

Police in Essex stopped a driver who was watching television while travelling at 70mph.

Officers said on Twitter that the vehicle was "swerving into the hard shoulder of the M11" this morning.

"Watching a TV whilst travelling at 70mph is never acceptable," the tweet said.

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Coronavirus deaths in East rise by four

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of four deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,029.

  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 2
  • Northampton General Hospital: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,602.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by five

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of five deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,025.

·Bedford Hospital: 2

·Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust: 1

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1

·Northampton General: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 44,517.

Welcome to Thursday's live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live updates page here.

Off-duty officer praised for saving 'beyond help' motorcyclist

An off-duty Essex Police officer has been praised for showing the "highest standards" after helping to save the life of a motorcyclist she found unresponsive in the road.

PC Liz Ferris discovered the rider as she drove along Maldon Road near Tiptree on 30 June.

PC Liz Ferris
Essex Police

The officer performed CPR for about 15 minutes until passing paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service were flagged down. They used a defibrillator to get the man breathing again, before he was taken to hospital.

PC Ferris, based at Stanway Roads Policing Unit, has been put forward for a commendation for her actions.

Adam Pipe, head of Essex Police’s Roads Policing, said ambulance staff told them that without her intervention the patient would have been "beyond help".

"Not only did Liz save a stranger’s life, she also demonstrated the professionalism and highest standards of a police officer," he said.

Covid-19 deaths hospitals increases by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to Tuesday's statistics, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Southend Hospital: 1
  • Milton Keynes: 1

The total number of deaths for the region's hospitals now stands at 4,021.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236.

Welcome to Tuesday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Monday's live updates page here.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in East of England

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to the latest statistics published on Monday, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon Hospital: 1
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation: 1

The total number of deaths for the eastern region's hospitals passed 4,000 at the end of last week and now stands at 4,019.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236, according to statistics issued on Sunday.

Busier night for ambulance service as pubs reopen

The first weekend of pub reopenings after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased was busy for the East of England Ambulance Service with its crews dealing with an increase in calls.

Demand doubled at times between 21:00 on Saturday and 04:00 on Sunday compared with the previous four weeks.

East of England Ambulance
East of England Ambulance Service

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer, said: "Thankfully the alcohol-related calls that we could have expected weren't as high as the small increase in calls for assaults but it was still a very busy night."

Train company gets ready for 'increase' in travellers

A train company is getting ready to "welcome back commuters" as it is increasing its timetable from Monday.

Greater Anglia said it has taken additional steps to keep everyone safe including handing out facemasks and installing hand sanitiser dispensers at 20 stations.

Jamie Burles, managing director, said: "We have measures in place to protect staff and passengers such as enhanced cleaning, social distancing markings at stations and free hand sanitiser available at major stations.

"However, at this stage, we are still asking customers only to travel by train where necessary."

Social distancing measures at railway station
Greater Anglia

It is now mandatory for customers to wear a face covering when using public transport.

Hand sanitiser dispensers are available at Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Broxbourne, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Colchester North, Ely, Harlow Town, Ipswich, Manningtree, Norwich, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Stansted Airport, Tottenham Hale, Ware, Wickford and Witham.

'Stick to the rules' if visiting the beach

As the rules surrounding coronavirus lockdown are eased this weekend with the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, a warning is being shared by police, coastguards and beach patrols to be careful, cautious, aware of your surroundings and maintain social distancing outside of your "bubbles".

Ch Insp Lily Benbo, from Essex Police, said: "Stick to the rules, look out for each other and stay safe."

The rules include not swimming out or your depth or comfort zone, not climbing on structures in the sea where there are clear signs on them not to do so.

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Welcome to Friday's live updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

We'll have build up to Wycombe Wanderers play-off semi-final, as they bid to emulate Northampton Town and gain promotion via Wembley.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Thursday's live page here.

Firefighters build memorial garden to lost ambulance workers

A "lasting memory" had been left by firefighters who have been working as ambulance drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bedford firefighters enlisted to the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) have designed and built a memorial garden at Luton ambulance station to show their appreciation to their new workmates and in memory of those who have died of cancer and suicide.

They received help from Bruce Liddle of Newbury Farm Plant in Silsoe, who offered advice and supplied the plants for free.

Mike King, a firefighter, said: “They have made us feel so welcome and we thought the best way to say thank you was to leave a lasting memory by building the memorial garden – something they have been trying to get enough funds together to build for some time."

Simon King, head of operations at EEAST for Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, said it was a "phenomenal gift" and "the garden itself is magnificent and is a fitting tribute to our much-missed colleagues".

Fire and ambulance crews
EEAST

Level crossing cameras to be installed across East

Cameras are being installed at 13 level crossings in the East to catch motorists who do not stop when barriers are coming down.

It is to help Network Rail prosecute drivers who jump the lights across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Offenders are automatically notified of their offence, and could be sent on an awareness course, fined £100 and given three points on their licence, or prosecuted, it said.

The RLSE cameras are being paid for by Greater Anglia.

Daniel Fisk, from Network Rail, said: "They are clearly visible for people to see as a deterrent."

Cameras at Baylham level crossing
Network Rail

Travel industry calls for clarity over quarantine rules

Travel companies want clarity from ministers over which countries will be exempt from the quarantine rules.

Last weekend, the government said it would establish a traffic light system to rate which countries were safest but hasn't yet produced the details.

Passenger services returned to London Southend Airport yesterday, when the Ryanair flight to Malaga in Spain took off, and at London Luton Airport, EasyJet flights took to the skies again.

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The Luton-based airline is looking to reduce staff and has begun consultations on plans to close bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle.

Covid-19 deaths in East of England increase by 19

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Nineteen more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the East of England, according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
  • Bedford Hospital: 11
  • East and North Herts: 1
  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 4

The deaths did not necessarily happen in the previous 24 hours as there are often delays in certifying Covid-19 deaths.

The total number of deaths for the eastern region so far is 3,994.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 176 and stands at 43,906.

Welcome to Thursday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live page here.

Coronavirus: What did 100 days of lockdown teach us?

BBC Look East

Tuesday marked 100 days since the United Kingdom began life under coronavirus restrictions.

Last night, BBC Look East hosted a Facebook Live discussion on what we have learned, where we are now and what happens next for the region as lockdown eases.

You can watch it back here, with BBC East science correspondent Richard Westcott joined by virologist Rebecca Kinsley, Patricia Yates from Visit Britain and finance and business advisor Hazel Bowen.

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Figures show five new Covid-19 deaths in east of England

Five more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the east of England according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Coclhester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 2
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 2

The total number of deaths for the eastern region is 3,975.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 155 and stands at 43,730.

Your stories of 100 days of lockdown

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

We've been asking for your stories of the lockdown to date via BBC News: East of England's Facebook page and many responses have been positive.

But for Elizabeth Jerome-Smith, who works in a hospital theatre, lockdown hasn't seen her able to learn new skills such as baking bread.

Elizabeth Jerome-Smith
Elizabeth Jerome-Smith/Facebook

"This sums up my ‘lockdown’: No baking cakes, no homeschooling, no treasuring unexpected time to make memories with my children, the memories my children will have of lockdown is an exhausted mother with a sore face.

"Covid isn’t over, we are still working long shifts and extra hours like this in hospitals across the country, to look after the ill and injured, and to try and catch up with the backlog of urgent surgical patients that had to be cancelled to make capacity for Covid patients.

"Please don't forget this as lockdown relaxes and you get back to 'normality'. For some of us this is our new normal, so please, wear a mask, keep your distance, stay safe and enjoy the freedom that relaxing lockdown brings, but don’t forget that Covid is still here."

100 days of lockdown...discuss?

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

It’s 100 days since lockdown started.

What have we learned (eg BBC Newsbeat has been to Telford in Shropshire)? Where are we now? What next for the East of England as lockdown eases?

BBC East will be asking these question on its Facebook Live discussion and answering your questions tonight at 18:45.

In the meantime here's what lockdown has meant to some of the team at BBC East, such as learning the art of making the perfect banana cake:

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Greater Anglia to increase services next week

Greater Anglia says it will be reintroducing most of its timetable from Monday, as more people return to work after the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions.

train carrriage
PA Media

Some 46,000 more seats are going to be available as of next week during peak times - fulfulling 93% of normal services.

But trains between Norwich, Diss and London will remain scaled back, although they will be monitored on a daily basis to see whether more trains need to be put on, the operator said.

Tickets offices will all reopen and on the London services catering will return.

Jonathan Denby, from Greater Anglia, said the number of inter city trains will increase but "we still expect there to be an awful lot of people who won't be travelling normally yet".

He added the government advice was still to only travel where necessary.

Severe accident: A13 Essex westbound

BBC News Travel

A13 Essex westbound severe accident, at A1014 The Manorway.

A13 Essex - A13 Stanford Le Hope By Pass in Stanford Le Hope partially blocked and queues westbound at Stanford-Le-Hope Turn Off, because of an accident. Congestion to Five Bells interchange.

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

What the papers are saying in Essex

  • The Braintree and Witham Times is reporting that Bocking residents are demanding action after a popular beauty spot was used for an illegal gathering for the second time in a month
  • The Essex County Standard is reporting that a young harbour porpoise was put to sleep after being found stranded at Walton beach
  • The Southend Echo is reporting that job prospects are so bad in the town that 22 people are now chasing every vacancy

Coronavirus: One new death in hospitals

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by one, according to the latest daily government statistics issued on Sunday.

The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.

The number of new deaths in listed by NHS trust were:

  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,967, while across the UK it's 43,550.

First libraries to reopen after lockdown

Manningtree Library
BBC
Manningtree Library, which saw an anti-closure protest last year, is due to reopen on 16 July

Essex County Council has announced that the first 16 of its libraries will reopen on 6 July.

It is hoped a further 44 libraries can reopen on 16 July, but the reopening of the remaining 14 libraries will be kept "under review".

Susan Barker, cabinet member for Essex Libraries, said: "It has been vital to plan to reopen sites in stages in order to ensure that we could carry out appropriate risk assessments and put procedures in place to ensure our customers and employees remain safe."People will be able to return and borrow books, as well as have some limited time to browse the shelves.

Musicians to live-stream garden concert after festival cancelled

Dorothea Vogel, viola
Roman River Music

A free live-streamed concert featuring the first Rasumovsky quartet by Beethoven is to take place on Saturday evening.

The event is being put on by Roman River Music and will take place in the garden of a neighbour of artistic director, Orlando Jopling.

The Roman River Festival usually holds regular concerts throughout the summer in the Colchester, north-east Essex coast and River Stour valley area, but events have had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is hoped this will be the first of a series of Roman River live-streams.

Tom Norris, violin
Roman River Music
Tom Norris