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Birmingham has the most coronavirus cases in England

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

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The Birmingham City Council area has the most coronavirus cases in England, according to new figures released by the Department for Health. (London's cases are calculated borough by borough, rather than as a single figure.)

The city has 428 confirmed cases of Covid-19 - only the Aneurin Bevan health board area in Wales has more, with 482 cases. Hampshire (384), Glasgow and Clyde (376) and Sheffield (361) make up the rest of the top five across the UK.

London now has 5,299 cases with only the boroughs of Kingston-upon-Thames (66), Sutton (82), Richmond-upon-Thames (83) and Barking and Dagenham (93) having fewer than 100 cases.

More than 1,000 people are now known to have died from coronavirus in Britain.

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Thousands watch man's 'garden marathon'

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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Thousands of spectators are watching a Facebook live stream of a man running a marathon in his garden.

Gareth Allen, from Southampton, decided to complete the 26.2-mile challenge at home amid the government's rules restricting the reasons people are allowed out.

Describing the run on his Facebook page, he said it would be "just me running round my back garden 1,000 or so times".

The stream has so far been shared almost 5,000 times, with thousands of people leaving supportive comments.

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Hampshire and Isle of Wight

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 341 in Hampshire and seven on the Isle of Wight.

The figure for Hampshire is up by 29 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 312 cases in Hampshire and 3 on the Isle of Wight

The breakdown of the figures is:

  • Hampshire - 267
  • Southampton – 32
  • Portsmouth – 42
  • Isle of Wight - 7

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Hampshire and Isle of Wight

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 312 in Hampshire and 3 on the Isle of Wight

The figure for Hampshire is up by 52 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 260 in Hampshire and 3 on the Isle of Wight.

The breakdown of the figures is:

  • Hampshire - 251
  • Southampton – 28
  • Portsmouth – 33
  • Isle of Wight - 3

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Frozen characters help children understand coronavirus

A children's entertainment business has been recording videos with some of its fairytale characters to help youngsters understand the coronavirus pandemic.

Hampshire-based Imaginacts have used princess characters to explain more about what the virus is, how it is affecting families and how children can help by washing their hands properly.

The firm said: "These three understand that it might be a confusing time for little ones so have recorded a message to help explain a little bit about what’s going on."

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University of Southampton ends term early over Coronavirus

The University of Southampton has announced it is bringing forward the end of this current term to the end of Friday, following the coronavirus outbreak.

A university statement said it was a "pragmatic decision" and it would ensure all students could successfully complete their term’s learning.

It also said all conferences were being cancelled, international and UK field trips were being suspended and there will be no international staff travel on University business.

Summer graduations are being postponed until further notice in order to extend the academic year to allow students to complete their courses.

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Coronavirus: First positive test in Hampshire

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The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Hampshire.

The resident, who had recently travelled to Italy, is being treated in London, Hampshire County Council said.

In Winchester, two primary school children have been found to have travelled in a taxi which previously had a passenger in it who is now a confirmed case of the virus.

Oliver's Battery Primary School said the children were both in quarantine at home as a "precautionary measure".

In the letter, sent to parents on Tuesday, the school for children aged from five to 11, said: "As the pupils have not had direct contact they are at very low risk of contracting the virus."

It is not known whether the two cases are linked.

Firefighters tackling fire in Southampton

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has asked people to avoid an area near Shirley High Street in Southampton as firefighters tackle a fire.

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Road closed for emergency response

The 58-year-old man was driving from Winchester to Micheldever on the A33 when the tree fell onto his car just before 4pm on Sunday, Hampshire police said.

"The road was closed for several hours while emergency services attended.

"Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene," they said.

Police continue to investigate.

BreakingMan dies after tree falls onto car

A 58-year-old man has died after a tree fell on to the Mercedes he was driving on the A33 on Sunday, Hampshire Police have said.