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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.

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.

Abandoned bikes restored for NHS key workers

Three bikes abandoned at railway stations in Bedfordshire have been renovated for NHS key workers at Biggleswade Hospital, which provides mental health services for working age adults.

Restored bicycles and their recipients
Central Bedfordshire Council

Govia Thameslink donated them to Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Council’s bike recycling scheme, so they could be renovated through the Bikes for Bedfordshire Health Heroes' scheme, where mechanics inspected and refurbished the bikes to ensure they were all in safe, roadworthy order.

One recipient, Tracy Brewer-Reeves, who works as employment specialist, said: "A bicycle will enable me to get around Biggleswade and Potton in maintaining those one to one appointments with service users and to engage with local employers and charities to develop our service further."

Thirty bikes have already been donated to staff at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital.

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.

Thousands given to arts groups in East

Wardown House
Culture Trust

Arts groups in the East have been given a share of a £33m fund to help them stay afloat until the end of September, because of the impact of Covid-19.

The money from the Arts Council has been given to National Portfolio Organisations.

It has come from its £160m Emergency Response Package, which was launched in March, with help from the National Lottery and the government.

Hedley Swain, area director for Arts Council England, said: "We know that we are all still facing huge challenges.

"We’ll use our remaining available funds, alongside those announced by government, to support our sector in the coming months.”

The groups that have received help include:

  • Luton Cultural Services Trust - Wardown House: £51,471
  • Milton Keynes Arts Centre: £45,860
  • Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk: £88,950
  • New International Encounter, Cambridge: £28,081
  • Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd, Buckinghamshire: £297,090

See also: Theatre boss had 'best night's sleep in 100 days'

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."

Photographer goes detective to find photos owners

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

A photographer has turned detective to try to find the owner of the following images.

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David Clarke, from Harrold in Bedfordshire, said his daughter purchased a second-hand camera from the Emmaus Village Carlton, last year.

When Taya, 15, bought the Kodak Instamatic, she discovered there was still a film in it, so decided to use it up and get it developed.

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Unknown

When the photos came back to them, four images survived and now the hunt is on to find out who is in them.

"Somebody has got to know who these people are", David said.

"We think they are from the 70s or 80s, and I've been told one was taken in Benidorm."

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He has asked anyone with any information to email him.

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'Thank U NHS' plane to fly over hospitals

A Spitfire plane, with "Thank U NHS" written on its underside, will take to the skies this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the National Health Service.

The legendary World War Two fighter will fly over a number of hospitals in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire starting at 16:20 on Sunday.

It has been organised by the family-owned Aircraft Restoration Company, based at Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Spitfire plane
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The full flight route is as follows:

  • 16:20 - Duxford Airfield
  • 16:28 - Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
  • 16:33 - Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton
  • 16:36 – Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • 16:41 – Bedford Hospital
  • 16:47 – Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon
  • 16:53 – Witchford, village near Ely
  • 16:58 – Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge
  • 17:00 – Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth hospitals, Cambridge
  • 17:10 – Duxford Airfield

'Local lockdown' concerns addressed by mayor in high-incidence town

At the start of the week Bedford had the highest rate of Covid-19 infections in the south of England.

Rick Kirby sculpture, Bedford
BBC

Figures recorded in the week up to 21 June showed it had England's sixth-highest infection rate overall since the start of the pandemic.

There was concern, that with the rates increasing, it might go into a local lockdown, like Leicester.

But latest figures from the government showed that the weekly number of cases were now 18.1 per 100,000 compared to last week when they were was 42 per 100,000.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "If you want to know if Bedford Borough is going into [local] lockdown the simple and quick answer is 'no', but we continue to monitor the data and urge everyone to be careful, stay home if possible and socially-distance if going out.

"We are continuing to press for better and detailed data."

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

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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