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Live Reporting

James Law

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    James Law

    BBC News

    Our rolling England coronavirus updates are coming to a close for Sunday.

    We will be back from 07:30 BST on Monday to keep you updated on the latest news on the pandemic, while also sharing the stories of those who are making a difference in communities up and down the country.

    Thank you for joining us.

  2. Parents thank NHS after baby recovers from virus

    The parents of a one-year-old have thanked the NHS after treatment saw their daughter recover from coronavirus.

    Leah was born prematurely with heart and lung conditions, and caught the virus despite her parents taking steps to isolate weeks before lockdown in England.

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  3. Nan wears pig mask to talk to friend

    An 80-year-old grandmother has drawn attention on social media after wearing a pig mask to talk to a friend.

    The image of Marlene Conrad, from Alrewas in Staffordshire, was liked almost 75,000 times when it was shared on Twitter by her granddaughter, Liz.

    Marlene Conrad in pig mask

    She wears the mask as she believes it offers some protection when she talks to best friend Maureen Madden, whose garden adjoins her own.

    Liz, a teacher, said: "It's whatever they can do to make each other smile. Although I'd probably be screaming if that appeared at my back gate."

  4. Chelsea Flower Show moves online

    Flowers at show

    Chelsea Flower Show will be held virtually for the first time after it was cancelled due to coronavirus.

    The famous event has taken place at London's Royal Hospital Chelsea every year since 1913, apart from gaps during World War One and World War Two.

    It was called off in March due to lockdown but the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will host free content including garden tours on its website.

  5. Back garden runners take 2.6 Challenge

    Sunday was supposed to be the culmination of more than a million training miles and the collection of many millions more for good causes around the country and world.

    For some, despite the London Marathon’s postponement until October, it still will be.

    David Smith has Scooby outfits to suit all weathers

    The 2.6 Challenge, which aims to raise money for charity during the lockdown, has begun today with people all around the country dreaming up creative activities to inspire donations and sponsorship.

    BBC Sport has looked at some of people's stories.

  6. Thai boxing Noah, 9, uses dad as punchbag for charity

    Nine-year-old Noah Wilson from Durham used his dad Kirk as a punchbag in a bout of Thai boxing to raise money for charity.

    He usually trains most nights a week at the Unity Gym in Durham but because of lockdown he had to make do with his garden.

    He completed 26 rounds of boxing in memory of his baby cousin Phoebe who died in 2016 at 19 months from a rare condition.

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    He smashed his £200 target for Martin House Children's Hospice which cared for Phoebe.

    Noah and Phoebe
  7. BAME communities 'frightened' about virus

    There is "fear" in black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in the West Midlands over why minorities seem to be disproportionately affected by coronavirus.

    Speaking on Politics England, Birmingham city councillor Paulette Hamilton said the council received more than 600 questions from members of the public at an online meeting on Thursday.

    Paulette Hamilton
    Image caption: Paulette Hamilton is the cabinet member for health and social care at Birmingham City Council

    People from South Asian backgrounds are being hit harder by coronavirus than other communities in the West Midlands, she said.

    Some research suggests the BAME community may be more at risk due to an increased risk of certain health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

  8. Rhino runner's marathon effort

    Andy Humphries dressed as a rhino

    A man has run a marathon in his back garden, dressed as a rhinoceros.

    Andy Humphries from Blagdon in Somerset had been due to run the London Marathon in a rhino suit, in aid of Save The Rhino.

    Because the race was postponed because of coronavirus, he instead ran the 26.2 miles at home, and partly by running into his local village and back.

    He took about 6 hours 30 minutes to finish.

    Andy Humphries dressed as a rhino
  9. 'Disbelief' over campers in valley

    A councillor has spoken of his disbelief after campers in a convoy of vans descended on a valley in Northumberland.

    Steven Bridgett, who represents Rothbury in Northumberland, said a local resident spotted the campers setting out deck chairs in Upper Coquetdale, and took this long-range snap.

    The independent council said Northumbria Police officers were alerted and the visitors were moved on.

    Mr Bridgett said: “It’s unbelievable our hills have literally been alive with droves of tourists with no respect for lockdown."

  10. How clubs and DJs are moving to live streaming

    DJ Lizzie Curious

    With nightclubs closed, DJ sets have moved online while revellers party at home and interact in web chat rooms. But what do they get out of it?

    Club owner Deltic said up to 350,000 people streamed sets on its Facebook pages while an Easter fundraiser attracted an estimated 1.5 million views.

    "People want the community vibe," he said. "They can get dressed up and dance around with their self-isolating friends. It's just a chance to forget about this weird virus for now," said former Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank.

  11. Drones to deliver NHS supplies to Isle of Wight

    Drones will be used to carry medical supplies from Hampshire to the Isle of Wight, the government has announced.

    Transport Secetary Grant Shapps said a planned trial of the technology would be brought forward and begin next week.

    Windracers drone

    Ferry crossings to the Isle of Wight are currently reduced due to the spread of coronavirus.

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can make the crossing to the Isle of Wight in about 10 minutes.

  12. Arsenal to open training ground to players on limited basis

    Arsenal's players will return to light training sessions from next week.

    Players will undertake individual running at London Colney, in line with government coronavirus regulations.

    Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

    "Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds," a club spokesperson said. "Access will be limited, carefully managed and social distancing will be maintained.

    The move comes two days after the club spoke to all their players after Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka were pictured breaking social distancing guidelines.

  13. 'Don't feed the horses' warning

    South Tyneside Council said more people were out walking and many were feeding horses in field.

    A spokeswoman said a pony required urgent vet care after eating potatoes which had been thrown in to its field.

    She said feeding horses could lead to thousands of pounds in vets' bills, or even the animal's death.

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  14. Ex player's Captain Tom-inspired walk on crutches raises nearly £6K

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News

    A quadriplegic ex-rugby player inspired by Captain Tom Moore to walk 26 laps of his home for charity has completed his challenge, "smashing" his £2,000 target.

    Jimmy Gittins, 46, has raised more than £5,500 by completing laps around his Wakefield home on crutches, and said: "To not only to make the £2,000 target but then to absolutely smash it, I just think it's truly amazing."

    Jimmy Gittins
  15. PM Johnson's return to work 'a boost for the country'

    Boris Johnson's return to work on Monday after more than three weeks out of action will be a "boost for the country", his deputy has said.

    The prime minister will resume full-time duties in Downing Street after a fortnight recovering from coronavirus.

    PM Boris Johnson

    Mr Johnson spent a week in hospital, including three nights in intensive care, after being admitted on 5 April.

    After he was discharged on 12 April, Mr Johnson suggested his condition "could have gone either way" and praised the staff at St Thomas Hospital in central London who looked after him.

  16. 'Up to 10% of UK population may have been infected'

    Prof Christophe Fraser

    Oxford University's Prof Christophe Fraser told the BBC's Andrew Marr between three and 10% of the population was predicted to have contracted coronavirus by this stage - up to six million people.

    Prof Fraser is working on developing an app which would allow for tracing people who had been in touch with those with Covid-19.

    Prof Fraser said the app helps deal with the problem of 50% of transmissions taking place from people who are infected but not yet showing symptoms.

    He said with the software, people could be alerted if they had come into contact with a person with symptoms, in which case they should observe stronger social-distancing, or a confirmed case which would mean going into isolation.

  17. Five-year-old uses talent to speak to family

    Five-year-old Christian is part of the Sign Along With Us choir that has reached the final of TV show Britain's Got Talent.

    They're using sign language to help break down communication barriers.

    Now Christian - who has cerebral palsy - is using the skill to speak to his family during the pandemic.

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  18. Shops preparing ways to re-open

    Trade figures have issued new social distancing guidelines for shops to prepare for any easing of the lockdown.

    The British Retail Consortium and Usdaw's advice includes providing hand sanitiser for customers.

    Queueing shoppers

    Helen Dickinson, the BRC's boss, said: "The safety and well-being of retail colleagues and customers remains the highest priority."

    Some suggestions include:

    • limiting the number of people in-store at any one time
    • encouraging customers to shop alone where possible
    • scheduling deliveries to avoid crowding
    • cleaning door handles, lift buttons and hand rails regularly
    • using floor markings to remind customers to maintain a distance of 2m
  19. Athlete's cancer treatment hopes dashed

    A former Commonwealth Games athlete is unable to access a potentially life-saving drug due to the pandemic.

    Sarah Wright, 33, was in the British Shooting team when in 2018 she found out in the same week that she had breast cancer and was pregnant.

    Sarah and Adam Wright with baby Everleigh

    After many unsuccessful treatments she was accepted on to a new trial in San Francisco, but since March Britons have been banned from travelling to the US.

    Mrs Wright's husband Adam said "we have the money, but can't get into the country".

  20. Military testing for key workers in Devon

    Mobile testing centre in a car park

    A mobile testing centre for key workers run by the armed forces is up and running in Torquay.

    There are still slots available today for anyone in the area who is eligible, Torbay Council confirmed.

    Essential workers, or anyone living with them, who are showing symptoms of coronavirus can apply by emailing the council on with their name, phone number and where they work.

    Council leader Steve Darling described the new centre as essential to the area's fight against coronavirus.