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Drive-through Covid-19 testing centre opens at Milton

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is opening today at Milton Park and Ride near Cambridge.

It will initially run on a trial basis, the government said.

Drive-through Covid-19 test
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A similar facility at the East of England Showground in Peterborough opened in April.

The local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group hopes the two centres will make it easier for people who are showing symptoms to get tested in Cambridgeshire.

Coronavirus: Daily deaths in the East fall

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths in the region's hospitals show an increase of 19*, a fall in the rate following the previous day's figure of 29.

The latest reported deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Anglian Community Enterprise (CIC, Harwich and Clacton hospitals): 1
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare: 3
  • East and North Hertfordshire: 2
  • Kettering General Hospital: 2
  • Mid Essex Hospital Services: 2
  • Norfolk Community Health and Care: 1
  • North West Anglia (Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 2
  • Southend University Hospital: 1
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn: 2
  • West Suffolk Hospital: 2

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 39,417.

The total number of deaths in the BBC East region is 3,744.

* Earlier we said there was a discrepancy in one hospital trust's figures. This was due to post-mortem tests showing that people previously thought to have died from Covid-19 had actually died from other causes. The figures listed above are correct and do not include any new deaths at the trust in question.

Millions to be spent on helping market towns 'thrive'

More than £13m is to be spent on helping market towns in Cambridgeshire recover from the impact of coronavirus.

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority said 11 towns could bid for their share to pay for projects and upgrades.

St Neots
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James Palmer, the elected Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: "We want to make sure that our high streets and our businesses and our market towns thrive into the future.".

Welcome to Thursday's coronavirus updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest pandemic news from across the East of England - from the latest statistics to how key workers and our communities are coping.

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.

What the papers are saying in Cambridgeshire...

  • A virtual version of the Strawberry Fair is taking place this weekend, the Cambridge News says
  • Peterborough acting police commissioner calls on public to clap for volunteers on Thursday, the Peterborough Telegraph reports

How do Winter Olympians train during a lockdown?

Pete Cooper

BBC News

Many athletes have had to adapt to training in lockdown.

But what if your sport requires specialist equipment and preferably some ice?

Shanwayne Stephens
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Jamaican bobsleigh team members Shanwayne Stephens (white T-shirt) and Nimroy Turgott (grey T-shirt), who are based in Peterborough, have had to adapt during the coronavirus pandemic in preparation for the 2022 Winter Oympics in Beijing.

They have been running in a nearby park, dragging weights behind them and using a home-made gym in their back garden.

Nimroy Turgott
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And to train for the all important start, Turgott has been pushing a mini...

Shanwayne Stephens (white T-shirt) and Nimroy Turgott (grey T-shirt)
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But they haven't been able to improvise any snow or a bobsleigh run.

'Fully booked' National Trust parks reopen

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

National Trust properties in the East reopening their park gates today to pre-booked visitors are already fully booked.

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
BBC
Wicken Fen's windpump

The number of visitors has been limited to roughly a third of capacity, to enable appropriate social distancing and the trust has warned people not to turn up without a ticket as they will be turned away.

Once inside, there will be safety information signs and the routes will be marked out, but there is no time limit to a stay.

Gardens and nature reserves may be open, but the stately homes and restaurants on estates remain closed.

Those opening today - and which are fully booked - are:

The trust said that over the coming weeks people will be able to book for more properties - but is urging visitors to limit the number of visits, to stay local and avoid busy hot-spots.

The following car parks also need to be booked:

Cambridgeshire hospitals join Covid-19 vaccine trial

Scientists want healthcare workers in Cambridgeshire to come forward to take part in a coronavirus vaccine trial developed by the University of Oxford.

Vaccine trial
PA Media

The COV002 trial aims to assess how well people across a range of ages could be protected from Covid-19 using a new vaccine. It will also provide information on the safety of the vaccine and its ability to generate immunity.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are offering an opportunity for healthy staff, aged 18 to 55, who have not been infected with coronavirus but have regular face-to-face contact with Covid-19 patients, to take part.

Anyone interested can visit the University of Oxford website.

MP calls for action over water supply problems

South Cambridgeshire's MP, Anthony Browne, is calling for a joined-up plan to tackle the county's water problem.

Andrew Browne
BBC

Water companies are urging people to limit use of hoses and sprinklers as more people have been at home during the coronavirus lockdown, particularly with the recent dry weather and rivers running low.

Mr Browne said: "It is a real, real problem and I've been talking to different water groups like the Cam Valley Forum and Water Resources East which represents all the stakeholders in the water industry.

"I'm arranging a meeting with the water minister Rebecca Pow because what we do need is a strong water strategy to make sure that we don't extract more water than is sustainable in the long run."

Coronavirus death rate for the East steady

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government and there was an increase of 19 deaths in the region's hospitals, taking the total number to 3,696.

The previous day's figures recorded 18 deaths. The news deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

·Bedford Hospital: 6

·East and North Hertfordshire: 1

·Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 1

·Mid Essex Hospitals: 2

·North West Anglia (Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals): 5

·Northamptonshire Healthcare: 1

·Southend University Hospital: 2

·West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 39,369.

PPE stolen from cars park at Peterborough beauty spots

Pete Cooper

BBC News

Police said that items including personal protective equipment (PPE) have been taken from cars parked during the day at beauty spots around Peterborough.

The force said the five incidents, which included thefts of handbags and wallets, happened last week in Kings Dyke, Crown Lakes, Wansford, Castor and Thorpe Meadows.

Wansford
BBC

Amanda Large from the force said: "The warm weather and easing of lockdown measures has seen more people making the most of the county’s beauty spots

"While we are doing all we can to catch those responsible for these crimes, I am urging members of the public to help us make it harder for thieves by not leaving valuables in their vehicles."

Closure warning for visitors to country park

Car parks at Peterborough's Ferry Meadows country park will close if visitors do not follow social distancing rules.

The warning comes after recent good weather encouraged high visitor numbers.

The car parks were closed on 30 May, but as of Monday are being "gradually" reopened again.

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What the papers are saying in Cambridgeshire

  • Cambridge News report that a father and cafe owner has been "trapped" overseas for four months after the government refused to help him come back home
  • The Peterborough Telegraph writes that almost a third of the city's workforce are classified as key workers
  • And the Wisbech Standard reports that a health care worker, head teacher and bin man are "lockdown heroes" and nominated for recognition following random acts of kindness

Coronavirus deaths in the East rise by 18

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

In the East of England, they show an increase of 18 deaths in hospitals, taking the total number to 3,677. The new deaths have been recorded at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon and Thurrock: 2
  • Buckinghshire Healthcare (Stoke Mandeville): 2
  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1
  • Essex Partnership (Wickford): 1
  • Kettering: 3
  • Mid Essex (Broomfield): 2
  • Norfolk Community Care: 1
  • North West Anglia (Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals): 2
  • Northampton General: 4

The total number of UK deaths associated with Covid-19 has reached 39,045.

What the papers say in Cambridgeshire

  • Cambridge News reports that the City Council has called for a new long-term strategy needed to help rough sleepers after the coronavirus pandemic
  • The Peterborough Telegraph writes that the city's cathedral is "feeling the pinch" as it awaits permission to reopen
  • And the Wisbech Standard has news of a "colourful" procession of tractors paying tribute to key workers

Coronavirus deaths in the East

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

In the East of England, they show an increase of 25 deaths in hospitals, taking the total number to 3,659. The new deaths have been recorded at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon and Thurrock: 1
  • Bedford Hospital: 5
  • East and North Hertfordshire: 6
  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1
  • Luton and Dunstable: 8
  • North West Anglia (Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals): 2
  • Northampton General: 1
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 1

The total number of UK deaths associated with Covid-19 stands at 38,489.

Coronavirus deaths in the East

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 26 deaths in the region's hospitals, taking the total number to 3,580.

The previous day's figure was 39.

·Anglian Community, Clacton Hospital: 1

·Basildon and Thurrock: 2

·East and North Hertfordshire: 1

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 2

·Kettering General Hospital: 5

·Luton and Dunstable: 3

·Mid Essex Hospital: 3

·Norfolk Community Health and Care: 1

·North West Anglia (Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals): 4

·Southend Hospital: 1

·Princess Alexandra: 2

·West Suffolk Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 37,837.

Welcome to Friday's coronavirus updates

We will be bringing you all the latest coronavirus news from across the East of England - from the latest statistics to how key workers and our communities are coping.

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.

Peterborough prepares to reopen city centre

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Peterborough City Council is to spend £181,500 of government funding to kick-start work on social distancing measures to welcome back shoppers from mid-June.

Peterborough city centre
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Following the government’s announcement that non-essential shops could begin reopening from 15 June, it has been working closely with local businesses to prepare for a "new normal" in the city centre.

This will include the promotion of an open-air café-style culture, new bicycle storage facilities, reorganised spaces in car parks, a health and safety audit of Peterborough City Market and widening of pavements to encourage people coming short distances into the city centre to walk and cycle.

Clear signage and floor markings will encourage people to stay apart and the Cathedral Square fountains will also be turned off to create more space for shoppers.

Spitfire to fly for Clap for Carers

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

A Spitfire fighter plane from World War Two is due to fly over south Cambridgeshire tonight as part of the weekly Clap for Carers event.

The PR.XI, operated by the Aircraft Restoration Company and Aerial Collective and based at IWM Duxford, is flying to thank the NHS and "everyone who has cared for people and communities across the UK", the museum said.

Spitfire
ARC/George Romain

Clap for Carers - which originally began as a one-off to support NHS staff - has taken place every Thursday at 20:00 for the past 10 weeks of lockdown.

Tonight's, however, could be the last as Annemarie Plas, who is credited with starting the nationwide applause, said it has "had its moment" and should end.

The first event on 26 March, three days after the UK went into lockdown, proved very popular, and it was eventually expanded to cover all key workers and has continued every week, with people peering out of their windows or standing on their doorsteps to show their appreciation by clapping, cheering, banging saucepans and playing instruments.

What the papers are saying in Cambridgeshire

  • The Cambridge News has live updates as parents protest against the reopening of schools.
  • It also reports that an Addenbrooke’s hospital worker has slammed Dominic Cummings as ‘selfish’ and ‘insulting’ amid the row about his lockdown actions.
  • The Peterborough Telegraph says police are carrying out extra patrols as MPs say series of violent incident in the city is a "worry".

Closure order placed on 'street rave' house

A house in Peterborough has been shut to anyone who doesn't live there, after about 300 people gathered there for a street rave on Monday night.

Paston house closure
Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police issued a 48-hour closure notice on the property in Sheepwalk, Paston, on Wednesday, meaning only the legal occupants can enter until Friday evening.

The force said it would apply to magistrates on Friday for a full closure order to be granted, which could prohibit access to everyone, including the current occupants, for a period of up to three months.

The notice states "there are reasonable grounds" to suspect the premises could be the scene of "parties, disorder and drug-dealing".

Insp Ian Lombardo said: "There is a line between organising community events to build morale in this challenging time and the events of Monday night. This was very clearly not acceptable and caused significant concern to local residents and put a strain on police resources."

Covid-19-related deaths in Cambridgeshire care homes total more than 100

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, there have been 107 deaths in care homes involving a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, in the six weeks of available data.

Care home
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The number of deaths in Peterborough between 10 April and 22 May is now 19, an increase of two in the last week of available figures. In the rest of the county the number has risen to 88, an increase of 10.

There were 90 deaths from all causes recorded in Peterborough care homes in that six-week period, meaning 21% of all deaths are thought to have involved Covid-19. In the rest of Cambridgeshire, the figure is 277 deaths from all causes, meaning that 32% are thought to have involved coronavirus.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) figures show there have been 10,636 deaths recorded in care homes in England involving a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in that six-week period, and 26,369 deaths from all causes, meaning 40% of all deaths in care homes are thought to have involved Covid-19.

Peterborough theatre to remain shut 'until panto season'

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

Peterborough's New Theatre is set to stay shut until mid-November because business is not viable while social distancing rules are in place.

New Theatre, Peterborough
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Selladoor, which runs the venue on Broadway, said the plan was to reopen in time for pantomime season.

Director Richie Ross said spacing out seats would significantly reduce the 1,000 capacity.

"The figures just don't add up at 218 seats: we can't bring in the shows we want to bring in, nobody makes any money out of it, basically," he said.

Coronavirus deaths increase in East

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

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

In the East, up to the end of Tuesday there was an increase of 39 deaths in the region's hospitals, taking the total number to 3,554. Monday's figures recorded 18 deaths, but the jump is likely to be a result of the reporting lag over the bank holiday.

·Basildon and Thurrock: 1

·Bedford Hospital: 3

·Cambridge University Hospitals: 1

·East and North Hertfordshire: 2

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 4

·James Paget, Gorleston: 1

·Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 7

·Mid Essex Hospital: 4

·Milton Keynes Hospital: 1

·Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals: 3

·Northampton General: 1

·Southend Hospital: 3

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn: 6

·West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 2

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 37,460.

Welcome to Thursday's coronavirus updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest coronavirus news from across the East of England - from the latest statistics to how key workers and our communities are coping.

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.

Parents' forum expresses school return fears

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Cambs Parents and Carers Forum says schools in the county should not be reopening to more pupils at this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

Classroom
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In an open letter to Cambridgeshire County Council it expressed fears over plans to get pupils from reception to year 6 to start returning to school from Monday.

"No-one more than parents wants to see schoolchildren happily reunited with teachers and classmates, but we believe the government’s guidance about how to do this is contradictory, impractical and compromises safety," the letter said.

"We call on Cambridgeshire County Council to be unequivocal in stepping back from the suggested timetable outlined by the government and to work closely with the education unions in creating the right conditions for a phased return as soon as it is safe."

A response from the council, posted on the Forum's Facebook page, says the authority "fully appreciates [their] concerns".

"We have been clear throughout this crisis that any opening date will be subject to receiving appropriate scientific evidence to support the reopening of schools from the Department for Education," it said.

What the papers are saying in Cambridgeshire...

  • A nature reserve in Eye Green trashed after nearby McDonald’s reopens, the Cambridge News reports
  • On the same subject, the Peterborough Telegraph says that McDonalds has added the entrance to the nature reserve to their litter picking rounds after residents raised concerns about the amount of fast food rubbish being left near the site

Coronavirus death rate increases in East

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest statistics showing the daily rise in coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East of England, there was an increase of 18 deaths in the region's hospitals in the latest daily figures, taking the total number to 3,515.

The new deaths were at the following hospital trusts:

·Anglian Community Enterprise (Clacton and Harwich): 1

·Bedford Hospital: 3

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 2

·James Paget, Gorleston: 2

·Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals: 1

·North West Anglia (Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals): 5

·Northampton General: 3

·West Suffolk Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 37,048.

Welcome to Wednesday's coronavirus updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest coronavirus news from across the East of England - from the latest statistics to how key workers and our communities are coping.

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 catch up with yesterday's live page here.