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Nafeesa Shan and James Law

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    James Law

    BBC News

    Our updates have come to an end for today but we will be here throughout the Easter weekend to keep you posted on the latest coronavirus news across England.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Harry Potter hospital rooms get JK Rowling approval

    Doctors said they were "uplifted" to have a message of support from JK Rowling when they named areas of their hospital after Harry Potter school houses.

    Meeting rooms at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital were named Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.

    The hospital's medical team named meeting rooms after Hogwarts houses

    The hospital said the idea was "a bit of fun amongst all the significant issues".

    The author tweeted to say she had "never been prouder".

  3. Significant minority find lockdown 'extremely difficult'

    Police patrolling

    After almost three weeks of life in lockdown, a survey suggests a significant minority of people in the UK are finding it "extremely difficult" to cope.

    The research, conducted by King's College London and pollsters Ipsos Mori, finds 15% of the population already say they are finding the restrictions very challenging and another 14% expect they will be unable to cope within the next month.

    However, nine out of 10 people support the lockdown and have been attempting to follow the government's guidelines on social distancing and handwashing.

  4. NHS 'thank you' message with worker bee painted near hospital

    A "thank you NHS" message with a worker bee has been painted on the road leading to the new Nightingale Hospital in Manchester by highway maintenance workers.

    Manchester Central convention centre has been converted and is due to open by the end of the week, providing treatment for up to 750 patients diagnosed with coronavirus.

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  5. Record 14% fall in UK economy forecast

    The UK economy is forecast to fall an incredible 14% in the current pandemic-afflicted quarter ending in June.

    The forecast comes from an average projection of more than a dozen top economists surveyed by the BBC.


    While the same economists predict a similarly large positive rebound after that, this year, annual UK GDP is still anticipated to fall significantly.

    While there is no precedent for shutdowns of large swathes of the economy, 14 of the top economists from the City and business have calculated how much economic activity is being lost.

  6. Reality Check

    Are minorities being hit hardest?

    The overall number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths in the UK are not currently broken down by ethnicity, but there is some evidence to suggest the virus is having a disproportionate impact on people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

    Data from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) suggests 35% of critically ill coronavirus patients are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

    Critically ill patients by ethnicity

    The research is based on about 2,000 patients from intensive care units across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    According to the 2011 Census, 14% of the population in England and Wales was from black and minority backgrounds.

  7. GP practices to remain open over Easter

    A doctor's stethoscope

    GP practices across England will remain open on both Good Friday and Easter Monday.

    Pharmacies also confirmed they will remain open throughout the bank holiday weekend.

    Dr Sumatra Mukerji, chairman of Greater Preston CCG, encouraged people to get in touch with GPs online and over the phone, and said many surgeries would be offering video conferencing appointments for self-isolating patients.

  8. City receives PPE from China thanks to friendship agreement

    Worker wearing advanced personal protective equipment

    Personal protective equipment for health workers is being sent to the north-east of England from China.

    The mayor of the Chinese city Harbin has written to Sunderland City Council offering to send supplies as soon as possible.

    Both cities signed an international friendship agreement in 2009.

  9. GP tackles 5km run just weeks after brain surgery

    A GP has completed a 5km (3.1 mile) run only 10 weeks after having a major operation to remove a brain tumour.

    Huw McCandless celebrated his 33rd birthday and the end of his radiotherapy treatment by running around the garden of his home in Disley, Cheshire.

    He chose the location to observe the coronavirus pandemic's strict social distancing rules.

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    Video caption: Cheshire GP runs 5K in his garden weeks after cancer op
  10. Can I go out in the sun?

    Going out

    With warm weather forecast in parts of the UK over Easter, the government has appealed for people to stick to the restrictions on movement.

    These say people should go out as little as possible and only leave if they have a "reasonable excuse". This includes:

    • Exercise - alone, or with members of your household
    • Shopping for basic necessities
    • Any medical need, or providing care for a vulnerable person
    • Travel to or from work, but only when you cannot work from home
  11. Raab urges UK public not to ruin lockdown progress

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has urged the public to stay indoors over this Easter weekend, telling people: "Let's not ruin it now."

    He said after almost three weeks of lockdown "we are starting to see the impact of the sacrifices we've all made."

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    Mr Raab said it was still "too early" to lift the restrictions.

    A total of 7,978 people have now died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 881 on Wednesday.

  12. Airbnb restricts UK bookings to key workers

    Home rental firm Airbnb is to temporarily restrict UK bookings to key workers and “essential stays”.

    The firm said the measure would last until at least 18 April.


    Key workers - such as NHS and social care staff, and transport and food retail employees - can still book through a programme called Frontline Stays.

    Some owners had been describing their properties as being "Covid-19 retreats" and "perfect for isolating with family".

  13. Footballers' NHS initiative not knee-jerk reaction

    The Premier League players' initiative supporting the NHS was "not a knee-jerk reaction" to Health Secretary Matt Hancock talking about their wages, says Bournemouth captain Simon Francis.

    Francis says Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson pitched the idea to his fellow Premier League captains.

    Simon Francis

    Donations to the initiative will be anonymous and depend on what players are "comfortable with donating".

    The initiative - named #PlayersTogether - has been set up to "help those fighting for us on the NHS frontline".

  14. Thierry Henry sends 'hero' message to youngster awaiting transplant

    This week, France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry sent a personal message to Norwich academy striker Shae Hutchinson, who is in self-isolation waiting for a second kidney transplant at the age of 20.

    Hutchinson suffers from Alport Syndrome, a genetic condition diagnosed at eight years old which affects his kidney function, eyesight, hearing and results in bouts of fatigue. His condition means he is at higher risk of complications from coronavirus.

    In 2018, Hutchinson underwent his first kidney transplant - donated from his father - but the new organ is now only operating at 17%.

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  15. Costa drive-through blood tests 'a genius idea'


    A drive-through blood test clinic has been set up at a branch of Costa Coffee in Cornwall.

    The clinic, which minimises contact between patients and staff, allows pinprick tests to be carried out in seconds without leaving the car.

    It means patients who need regular tests, such as those on the blood thinner warfarin, can avoid having to visit the surgery.

    Dr Matthew Boulter, whose surgery set it up, said: "It's just a genius idea.

  16. Island ferry passengers quizzed before travel

    Passengers taking ferries to the Isle of Wight will be quizzed on their reasons for travelling, police have said.

    Red Funnel, Wightlink and Hovertravel will be checking people are not travelling to second homes or holiday accommodation over the Easter weekend, contravening government restrictions on movement to stop the spread of coronavirus.


    Hampshire Constabulary said there would be a police presence at terminals.

    A statement on social media said: "We will... provide reassurance to members of the public who, in the main, are using the ferries to provide essential services either side of the Solent."

  17. 🏉 Twickenham tribute to NHS workers 🏉

    A tribute to NHS workers has been painted on to the pitch at Twickenham Stadium, the home of the England rugby team.

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  18. Chalk used to create obstacle course

    Simone Stewart

    BBC News

    Check out this Easter chalk trail in Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire, which was made to help villagers make the most of their exercise time.

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  19. Hospital staff using 'out of date' supplies

    Medical staff at a hospital are using protective equipment that has had its use-by date extended because of the coronavirus pandemic, a union says.

    Staff working at Barnsley Hospital have been given the equipment, including face masks, with new stickers covering the original use-by dates.

    GMB said equipment was being issued after its original use-by date had expired

    A spokesman for the GMB union said it was "disrespectful and dangerous".

    The hospital said the equipment had been given "accelerated age testing" and was safe to use.