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Live Reporting

Tom Garry, Katie Thompson, Simone Stewart and Sitala Peek

All times stated are UK

  1. Have a good evening

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    Coronavirus coverage continues across the BBC News website and app, on social media, and on your local BBC radio station and TV channels.

    Thanks for your company. We'll see you again tomorrow bringing you the latest news from across England on the pandemic. Until then, please take care and stay safe.

  2. Family spends four days turning house into rainbow

    A family coloured in 2,500 bricks of their home in honour of NHS workers.

    Cory Rosemurgey, from Consett in County Durham, said it took four days to complete the tribute.

    "We finally have our rainbow houses in support of not only our amazing NHS staff, but also each and every worker, risking their lives on a daily basis in order for this country to run it's operations in this hard time.

    "We salute you!"

  3. Officers receive surprise blessing on postponed wedding date

    Sgt Marie McNulty and PC Jay McGreavy

    Two Greater Manchester police officers who had to postpone their wedding because of coronavirus were treated to a surprise blessing while on duty, to mark what should been their big day.

    Sgt Marie McNulty, 42, and PC Jay McGreavy, 39, were at work on Thursday but their colleagues did not want to let the day pass without a celebration.

    Colleague Insp Rob Findlow, an ordained Anglican priest, blessed the couple in a special ceremony.

  4. 'There's also a domestic violence pandemic taking place'

    Emma Hayes

    The manager of the Chelsea women's football team, Emma Hayes, says she wants victims of domestic abuse to know "they are not alone".

    The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls since the UK's lockdown began on 23 March.

    "While there's a coronavirus pandemic, there's also a domestic violence pandemic taking place at the same time," she said.

    Chelsea FC are working with charity Refuge to help vulnerable women and children.

    You can read the full story here.

  5. Dad bakes pasty the size of his newborn son

    A dad has made a pasty the same size and weight as his newborn son.

    It took Tim Fuge 19 hours to eat the 2.8kg (6.4lb) beef pasty in honour of Jowan's birth during lockdown.

    The 33-year-old said the trickiest part was not making it but finding a baking tray big enough to cook it on.

    Image caption: The Cornish pasty weighs 2.8kg (6.4lb) - the same as Mr Fuge's newborn son

    The pasty is estimated to have up to 4,000 calories and is half a metre (50cm) in diameter - the same length as Jowan, who is two weeks old.

    It has a filling of beef skirt, which cooks at the same speed as the swede, onion and potatoes accompanying it.

  6. Opera singer finds role in different theatre

    An opera singer who was due to make her debut with English National Opera has become a hospital porter.

    Milly Forrest was set to perform in the Marriage of Figaro until the theatres were closed down.

    Three weeks ago she applied for a new job and became an NHS worker at Watford General, saying she was "not good at sitting at home not doing anything."

    Milly Forrest
    Image caption: Milly Forrest as a hospital porter.......

    "I heard they were in desperate need of porters," she said.

    "I'm on the minimum wage and with long hours, but I am absolutely loving it."

    Milly Forrest
    Image caption: and as an opera singer
  7. 'Live streamed' cremations to help mourners

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    "Live streamed" cremation services are being trialed in Merseyside to allow people to attend without breaking social distancing rules.

    Currently, just 15 mourners are allowed at funerals in Wirral.

    Wallasey Town Hall

    Wirral Council is piloting live streaming at Landican Crematorium this week.

    The council believes this is a good way to ensure social distancing is maintained while allowing people to grieve.

  8. Who should wear a mask?

    As guidance evolves on wearing face masks to combat coronavirus, the BBC's Laura Foster looks at the science about when and where we should wear them.

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  9. Stadium will become virus testing site for key workers

    Stoke FC stadium

    Stoke City FC's stadium will be used as a coronavirus testing site for key workers from next week.

    The car park at the Bet365 stadium was an "ideal location" for testing, Staffordshire County Council's director of health, Richard Harling, said.

    Burton Albion's ground will also be used to test "front-line workers" including NHS staff, carers and emergency personnel.

    The football clubs will also provide volunteers to support the testing

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  10. Isolation coping tips, from an expert - British astronaut Dr Helen Sharman

    Dr Helen Sharman

    Astronauts know better than most how to cope with isolation - something many people are now dealing with. As coronavirus restrictions are extended in the UK, can we learn any lessons from space travel?

    Sheffield-scientist Dr Helen Sharman became the first British astronaut in 1991 and has been speaking to the BBC to share her isolation coping strategies.

  11. The man making curry for carers

    Have you thought about what you are having for dinner yet?

    Anwar Hussain from Cheddar has made curry meals for 62 NHS workers in his kitchen at home as a thank you for all their hard work, so it is one less thing for them to worry about.

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  12. 'Not a high probability of success', for many coronavirus vaccine projects

    The UK's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has sounded a note of caution regarding a possible coronavirus vaccine.

    He said there were more than 100 vaccine projects in development around the world but added: "Each single project does not have a high probability of success".

    He stressed that only when a vaccine had been successfully tested and proven to be safe could it be rolled out and then produced to scale, urging "realism" on current vaccine development.

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  13. How many confirmed cases are there in your area?

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    The UK death toll from coronavirus has officially reached 14,576, the government has announced as 847 new deaths are reported in hospitals.

    You can use this tool to find out how many confirmed cases there are where you live.

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    Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK.

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  14. Fancy dress Fridays lifts homeworkers' spirits

    Dragon CoWorking fancy dress video conference

    People working from home have been sharing images of their video conferences after joining in the Fancy Dress Fridays craze.

    Members of Dragon CoWorking in Kent (pictured) have been dressing up for their virtual meetings every week since restrictions began.

    Share your costumes with us by tweeting @BBCEngland and emailing

  15. Sharma announces vaccine taskforce

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma has announced a new government-led vaccine taskforce, which he says will accelerate the development and manufacture of vaccines in the UK to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

    He says it is up and running, and will report to himself and the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

    It will be led by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan van Tam, and made up of experts from across government, academia and industry.

  16. Target of a million vaccines 'by September'

    James Gallagher

    Health and science correspondent, BBC News


    Scientists at the University of Oxford say they should have at least a million doses of a coronavirus vaccine ready by September.

    They say they hope to have hundreds of millions of doses for use by the end of 2020.

    However, it is still uncertain whether the jab will work as the first patients are not expected to take part in trials until next week.

    Most argue it will take between 12 and 18 months before there is a vaccine that can be widely administered.

    Separately the government has announced it has formed a vaccine taskforce to accelerate the development of a working vaccine.

  17. Testing could be trialled now in Yorkshire and Cornwall, says Hunt

    A drive through testing clinic in Wolverhampton

    As chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, Jeremy Hunt has called for an increase in virus testing and contact tracing.

    He said contact tracing could be trialled in places such as Yorkshire or Cornwall today "because those are parts of the country which have relatively few Covid cases".

    He said testing and contact tracing might offer a way out of the lockdown.

    "That really has to be the next step," the former health secretary added.

  18. Capt Tom Moore's heroic NHS fundraiser hits £19m

    A painting of a 99-year-old war veteran who has raised more than £19m for the NHS has appeared on a wall in Pontefract.

    Captain Tom Moore

    Captain Tom Moore, originally from Keighley, raised millions of pounds by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

    The mural was painted on the wall of the Malt Shovel, in Cornmarket, earlier by artist Rachel List.

    She said: "When I saw what Capt Tom had done I just thought it was amazing. It's going to be talked about in 10 and 20 years time and I felt it needed documenting."

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Captain Tom Moore finishes 100th lap in NHS fundraiser
  19. Met Police responds to social distancing criticism

    Some officers were seen failing to observe social distancing while clapping for key workers on Thursday.

    A spokesman for the Met Police force said: "Officers, along with other emergency service workers, came together last night on Westminster Bridge to celebrate the work of all key workers."A large number of members of the public also gathered to express their gratitude."

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    "While many people adhered to social distancing guidance, it appears that some did not."We regularly remind our officers of the importance of social distancing where practical, and will continue do so."

  20. 'London-only lockdown' was considered by government

    Matt Hancock

    A London-specific lockdown was considered before strict measures were introduced to tackle coronavirus nationwide, the health secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    He told the Health Committee earlier that limits on daily life may have been introduced in London first.

    The government eventually decided separating off London would affect "national unity," Mr Hancock added.

    You can read more here.