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Coronavirus: Evening update

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Thursday evening. We'll have another update for you on Friday.

1. UK lockdown extended for at least three weeks

The UK is at a "delicate" and "dangerous" stage in the pandemic and any change to social distancing measures would risk a "significant" increase in the spread of the virus and could cause a second peak which would "substantially" risk increasing deaths, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said. It's not just about public health - lifting restrictions would also damage the economy, he added.

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2. US unemployment claims climb again

The number of registrations for unemployment benefits in the world's biggest economy rose by 5.2 million last week, with more than 20 million Americans making claims over the last four weeks. Economists believe the unemployment rate - which had been at about 3.5% before lockdown - will have now hit double digits.

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3. NHS contact-tracing app could halt pandemic

A new app could help stop coronavirus if 80% of current smartphone owners used it, experts advising the NHS say. Users would be able to self-diagnose, with the app sending alerts to people they had recently been in close proximity to, advising them to go back into self-isolation.

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4. UK claps for carers again

People all across the UK applauded NHS staff, carers and other key workers at 20:00 BST for the fourth Thursday in a row to say thank you.

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Media captionFor a fourth week, people clap to show appreciation for health professionals and other key workers
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5. Captain Tom Moore, 99, completes his challenge

War veteran Capt Tom captured the nation's heart with his bid to raise money for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before he turned 100. Now he's raised a staggering £15m and there are calls for him to receive a knighthood.

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Media captionWatch as Capt Tom Moore completes his 100th lap
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Thursday morning update

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Thursday morning. We'll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.

1. Ministers set to extend UK lockdown

Members of the cabinet and senior officials are to meet later to discuss the UK's efforts at stopping the spread of coronavirus. They are expected to back a three-week extension of social-distancing measures. Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced strict curbs on life in the UK on 23 March.

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2. Leak tells of care home 'confusion'

A leaked letter seen by the BBC has described the widespread problems the care sector is having with the coronavirus pandemic. According to the document care homes are concerned about funding and testing. It says the handling of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers has been shambolic. Ministers insist action is being taken to support the sector.

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3. Baby 'well' after pregnant nurse dies

The baby of a pregnant nurse, who died after contracting coronavirus, has been delivered successfully. Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, had worked for five years at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, where she died on Sunday.

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4. Medics trial 'glimmer of hope' treatment

Scientists at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff are set to trial a new treatment for Covid-19 where the plasma of people who have recovered is given to sufferers - in the hope that their antibodies will help them fight the infection.

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5. Captain Tom, 99, raises £12m

When Tom Moore decided to walk 100 laps of his garden before he turned 100, he thought he might raise £1,000 for NHS charities. Now, thanks to donations from 600,000 people, he's reached £12m.

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