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Live Reporting

Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodnight

    Thanks for joining us for our online updates today.

    The coronavirus coverage continues across the BBC News website and app, on social media, and across BBC radio and TV channels.

    We will be back again tomorrow. In the meantime, stay safe and have a good evening.

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  2. Khan: 'Stay at home this Ramadan'

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined calls for those in the Muslim community observing Ramadan, to do so at home this year.

    The month of fasting, prayer and reflection is due to begin on Thursday evening.

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  3. School folds in 'coronavirus perfect storm'

    An independent school has folded after coronavirus "suddenly unravelled" plans to secure its future.

    Moreton Hall Prep School, Bury St Edmunds in 2005

    Moreton Hall Preparatory School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, has 61 pupils aged four to 13 and said it would close in the summer.

    It will continue to teach "remotely or in person" until then.

  4. How to wash your hands

    The NHS says washing your hands is a key part of preventing the spread of viruses such as the coronavirus.

    Dr Adele McCormick, from the University of Westminster, demonstrates how to do this properly which should take about 20 seconds.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: How to wash your hands - in 20 seconds
  5. 🎂 Birthday student sells art work for NHS 🎂

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Avani Bhalla, who is 16 today, has raised more than £1,000 for the NHS by selling her artwork.

    "Now that I am not sitting my GCSE exams this summer, I have spent the Easter break making artwork," she said.

    Avani Bhalla

    She added: "I am also making artwork for the wards of Great Ormond Street Hospital, to cheer the children up and brighten up their wards."

    Happy Birthday Avani, you're really making a difference.

    Avani's art
  6. Police officer's emotional 'thank you' for Covid-19 care

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Hospital stay over for West Midlands Police officer

    This is the emotional moment a police officer sheds a tear over nurses' support during his battle with Covid-19.

    Medical staff stood to applaud Ch Supt Phil Dolby's departure from hospital after a 24-day stay.

    The West Midlands Police officer spent two weeks in intensive care and needed the support of a ventilator.

  7. Refugees without phones 'unable to get support'

    Refugees and asylum seekers are unable to access "vital support" due to their lack of digital tools, phone credit and data in lockdown, a charity has said.

    Bristol Refugee Rights

    Bristol Refugee Rights said since having to stop face-to-face support many of the 3,000 people it helps could not be reached.

    The charity has started a crowdfunding campaign to buy phones and credit, saying they are a "basic right".

  8. Girl, 7, runs 10 laps of her street for the NHS

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    A seven-year-old girl has run 10 laps of the avenue where she lives in order to raise money for the NHS.

    Grace Jenkins, from Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, wanted to do a 5km (3.1-mile) run as part of her daily exercise while in lockdown.

    She challenged her 20-year-old sister over the distance and did it in 33 minutes, beating her sibling by 15 minutes.

    Her neighbours all came out to cheer her on as her father cycled by her side.

    Emma running

    Grace has raised about £730, with a target of £1,000.

    She said: "I wanted to raise money for the NHS and because it's also fun."

  9. Boots hires 500 drivers due to prescription surge

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Boots has recruited an extra 500 drivers to help it deliver prescriptions across the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Nottingham-based company said it had gone from delivering 90,000 prescriptions a week to an estimated 150,000.

    Boots delivery

    Along with the new employees, the pharmacy chain has added 400 new vehicles to its fleet and introduced prescription delivery in another 40 stores.

  10. NHS counsellor dies after contracting Covid-19

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News

    A "highly valued and inspirational" NHS counsellor has died after contracting Covid-19.

    Ann Shepherd, who was based at Moir Medical Centre in Long Eaton, worked in mental health services across Derbyshire for 26 years.

    Ann Shepherd

    The 80-year-old, from Leicester, who had underlying health conditions, died in hospital earlier this week.

    Ifti Majid, chief executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said Ms Shepherd was a "phenomenal character, full of colour and sparkle", who would be "sincerely missed".

  11. What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?

    Social distancing graphic

    The UK's coronavirus restrictions will last for "at least" another three weeks from 16 April, according to the government.

    The measures in place say people should go out as little as possible and only leave home if they have a "reasonable excuse".

    But what exactly are the rules? Click here for the latest advice.

  12. War veteran, 98, recovers from coronavirus

    A 98-year-old Army veteran and former Japanese prisoner of war has beaten coronavirus, with nurses left "amazed" by his recovery.

    George Boag-Munroe

    George Boag-Munroe was treated at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool after developing breathing difficulties and pneumonia.

    But Mr Boag-Munroe responded well and is now "eating lots of pudding and mini rolls", his grandaughter Alison said.

    Click here to read more.

  13. World Snooker Championship to start on 31 July

    World champion Judd Trump

    The World Snooker Championship, originally set to take place in April and May, has been rescheduled to start on 31 July at the Crucible Theatre.

    The tournament, which was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will run for 17 days and be broadcast in full across BBC TV and online.

    The World Snooker Tour says it will assess "government advice at the time" about the number of spectators allowed inside the Sheffield venue.

  14. Facebook launches UK Covid-19 symptom survey

    Facebook is to begin asking selected UK users whether they have had symptoms of Covid-19, starting today.

    It is part of a joint effort with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to track the spread of the disease.

    Facbeook phone screen

    Facebook said it would not have access to users’ health data but would simply pass it on to CMU.

    One expert said data from the surveys would be useful to scientists but probably not, on its own, reveal much about the disease.

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  15. National League season ended immediately

    BBC Sport

    National League clubs have voted to end the regular season at its current point, with promotion and relegation outcomes "under careful consideration".

    The league's board had urged clubs in its three divisions to vote in favour of ending the regular season without further games because of coronavirus.

    The league said there was a "clear majority of clubs in favour" from the almost 90% of responses returned.

  16. Woman, 91, waves to show support to lorry drivers

    Eva Bowers, 91, waves at passing lorry drivers from a motorway bridge to thank them for their work.

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    Video caption: Corona kindness: Driver sends gifts to waving woman