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Live Reporting

Jay Freeman and David Schaffer

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now

    Jay Freeman

    BBC News England


    Thank you for joining us for the day. This is where today's live page ends, but you can catch up on all the updates from Saturday below.

    Join us again tomorrow as we take you through the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic in England.

    Enjoy your evening.

  2. A marathon a day helps the doctors on their way

    Completing one marathon is hard enough but Tim O'Hanlon decided that challenge was just not enough.

    Instead, he pounded his way through five of them in five days, as a way of raising money for NHS charities.

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  3. Music school rocks 'the Wizard' in thanks to NHS

    A family-run rock-school in Birmingham has put their training into action with a rock rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

    Birmingham Rockschool, based in Kings Norton, has taken all its lessons online, putting together digital jam sessions for students of all ages and abilities.

    Students and tutors have performed a rousing rendition of the popular Wizard of Oz track to say thank you to the NHS.

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  4. Road users urged to take care as cycle use increases


    Crashes involving cyclists in North Yorkshire have risen as more people take to their bikes during the lockdown, police say.

    The number of collisions with cyclists has gone up from 20% to 27%, compared to the same period last year.

    North Yorkshire Police said the rise coincided with an increase in excessive traffic speeds.

    The force has urged both cyclists and drivers to take extra care on the roads.

    Sgt Kirsten Aldridge said: “We’ve seen a lot more cyclists using our roads recently, from young families and novices to experienced riders. The number of collisions involving cyclists has also sadly risen during this time.

    “But if drivers and cyclists remember to share the road and stick to the rules this weekend, their risk of being involved in a serious crash can be significantly reduced.”

  5. Senior NHS staff member dies with coronavirus

    One of Birmingham Women’s and Children's NHS Trust's senior staff has died with coronavirus.

    Mark Piggot was responsible for leading capital projects and programmes for the trust.

    Mr Piggot was a devoted husband and father to his two sons. His wife Julie said: "Mark was a great family man, a loving husband and fantastic dad to our sons Daniel and Alex.

    "We’re devastated to have to say goodbye to him."

    Mark Piggott
  6. Rolls-Royce could cut up to 8,000 jobs

    Rolls Royce engine

    Rolls-Royce may axe up to 8,000 jobs in the UK after manufacturers were forced to cut aircraft production during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The UK-based aeroplane engine maker currently employs 52,000 people worldwide, of which 23,000 are in the UK.

    According to a company source, senior leaders have warned "cuts could be as high as 8,000, but efforts to mitigate the impact are ongoing".

    It had announced plans to save £750m but now "needs to take further action".

    The aviation industry has been badly hit by the pandemic with many flights across the world currently suspended.

  7. Ex-police officer in hair-raising eybrow shave for NHS

    As far as raising money goes, this method of generating donations takes some beating!

    Retired police dog handler Stuart Hazard had his eyebrows shaved off by his two sons in order to raise money.

    And live on Facebook, no less! Good effort!

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  8. East Riding council pays tribute to bin crews

    Bin crews in the East Riding of Yorkshire have had tributes paid to them for their work during the coronavirus crisis lockdown.

    The local council also thanked residents for putting their bins out before 07:00 in order to support staff complete their rounds in recent weeks.

  9. Surprise party for Yeovil man's 100th birthday

    Yeovil man William Coates toasts his 100th birthday

    A surprise socially-distanced birthday party was held for William Cope to help him toast his 100th birthday.

    Mr Cope, from Yeovil, was presented with a specially baked cake and a local band performed in his honour.

    Neighbours turned out to applaud him and local police also took part by driving through with their blue lights on.

    The celebration was arranged by Somerset Community Council who were tipped off about Mr Cope's milestone day.

    Mr Cope said: "Thank you very much for coming out today - I didn't realise so many people would be here, it's a very big surprise indeed."

    Birthday musicians
    Birthday surprise
  10. John Bishop's NHS appreciation with a difference

    Liverpool comedian John Bishop has sent a video message of appreciation to the city's NHS workers.

    However, his choice of venue in which to film his message might surprise you!

    Try to withhold your snorts of laughter.

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  11. Scientists wary of relaxing ‘two-metre rule’

    Naomi Grimley, BBC News

    UK ministers continue to insist their policies are “science-led" but the evidence on coronavirus is still evolving.

    There's been some suggestion the UK's two metres apart rule could be relaxed in order to get more people back to work in offices and factories.

    The World Health Organization recommends 1m (3.2ft) between people and is sticking to its view the disease is mainly transmitted through droplets, from sneezing and coughing, rather than lingering airborne.

    But the BBC understands some of the government's scientific advisers remain wary about relaxing the two-metre rule - arguing that two seconds spent 1m apart is as dangerous as spending one minute 2m apart.

    Another suggestion being mooted within government is that commuters may be asked to take their own temperature before travelling.

    However, many experts argue this wouldn’t stop asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 slipping through the net.

    Social distancing B&Q
  12. Queues build as household tips re-open

    Cars in queue

    Queues have built up outside tips in Greater Manchester as they reopened for the first time since lockdown.

    Cars were lined up before 07:30 BST, half an hour before some recycling centres were due to open for the first time in six weeks.

    Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has urged councils to reopen tips "as soon as possible".

    Greater Manchester is one of the first places to do so, with restrictions and social distancing measures in place.

  13. Village market takes to Instagram for lockdown


    Villagers missing their monthly market have come up with a unique way of continuing to do business.

    Ruddington Village Market, in Nottinghamshire, will be broadcast live on Instagram this month.

    The market plans to have live pub tours, bouquet demonstrations and tips on cutting your own hair.

    Organiser Mark Pinks said businesses would have 10-minute slots for demonstrations.

    Meanwhile, business owner Alex Preston said it would help sellers keep in touch with customers.

  14. England coronavirus deaths rise by 370

    A further 370 people have died with coronavirus in England, bringing the total number of reported deaths to 20,853.

    The figures published by NHS England show 8 April continues to have the highest number for the most deaths - then just those in hospitals - occurring on a single day, when 864 people died.

    The latest UK-wide figures - which now include deaths in care homes and in the community - will be published later.

  15. Coronavirus: Ikea car park tests on 240-mile trip

    Coronavirus tests being carried out in Gateshead are being sent hundreds of miles away for processing.

    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital announced in April it had established one of the biggest NHS coronavirus testing units in the country.

    But swabs taken at a drive-in testing site in the car park of nearby Ikea are being sent 240 miles to Milton Keynes.

    The Department for Health said the two laboratories processed samples from separate categories of people.

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead
  16. Trams and metros £30m bailout 'not enough'


    The government has pledged £30m to keep trams and metro trains running for key workers for 12 more weeks.

    But Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the money was not enough.

    Services like Manchester's Metrolink have lost millions of pounds in revenue because of the coronavirus lockdown.

    The funding is split between that service, the Tyne and Wear Metro, Sheffield Supertram, Midlands Metro and Nottingham Express Transit systems.

    Transport Secretary Grant  Shapps said protecting key transport was "vital".

  17. Girls' football team spells out NHS thank you

    Kidderminster Lions Girls Under-9s have got together to thank key workers as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

    With a letter each, the team spelled out "thank you" in a video message on social media.

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  18. Strongman in atlas ball lift challenge for NHS

    Gary Clarke, UK disabled Strongman

    UK disabled strongman Gary Clarke is to attempt lifting a 60 kg stone atlas ball over 250 times in five days.

    Gary, from Chard, Somerset, usually lifts the same weight 25 times, once a week, to stay in shape.

    He is raising money for Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, with the attempt.

    "It's going to keep things ticking over - the one thing I can do is training because I've got everything at home," he said.

    "I sat there doing stones on Sunday and thinking how can I help? And I thought this is the best way I know how to help and raise money for the NHS, who in my opinion, are heroes."

  19. The Body Coach thanks NHS following surgery

    The Body Coach Joe Wicks

    The Body Coach Joe Wicks has thanked NHS surgeons who treated him in hospital.

    The 33-year-old needed to have wires removed from his hand after it became infected following an operation.

    Wicks, who has been leading online PE lessons during lockdown, previously told his followers he broke his hand in a bicycle crash.

    The fitness coach, who has raised about £200,000 for the NHS with his workouts, said he was "super grateful" to staff at Kingston Hospital.

  20. The nurseries supporting key workers


    It is estimated that about half of the 22,000 nurseries across the UK are currently closed because of the coronavirus lockdown.

    Only children of key workers and vulnerable children are allowed to attend nursery under the current restrictions.

    A nursery in Liverpool spoke to BBC Breakfast about caring for toddlers of front-line workers.