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Live Reporting

Rob Stevens and Lauren Potts

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That is it for our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in England for today.

    There will be more updates on the outbreak tomorrow, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce an update on the government's lockdown measures.

    Remember, there is plenty of information on symptoms of the virus and guidance on social distancing rules on the coronavirus section of the BBC News website.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Serkis reads entire Hobbit live for charity

    Andy Serkis reading The Hobbit

    Actor Andy Serkis has raised more than £280,000 for charity by reading The Hobbit in full on a live stream.

    More than 650,000 people worldwide tuned in for the online performance of JRR Tolkien's 1937 fantasy adventure, which lasted 11 hours.

    Ruislip-born Serkis, 56, played the corrupted character Gollum in the big-budget film trilogies Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson.

    Viewers followed via YouTube and his Go Fund Me page. The donations will go to NHS Charities Together and baby charity Best Beginnings, for which Serkis is an ambassador.

    "So many of us are struggling in isolation during the lockdown," said the actor.

    "While times are tough, I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written."

  3. 'Growing minority' are not staying at home

    David Pittam

    BBC News

    Derbyshire Police said it had noticed "a lot" of non-essential journeys today.

    The force stopped a number of motorcyclists for various offences in the Peak District beauty spot of Matlock Bath and had reports of other motorists on Snake Pass.

    They tweeted: "Quite a lot of non-essential journeys today.

    "We aren't the fun police but looking at Twitter it feels like a growing minority are risking undoing all the good work previously done."

    Derbyshire Police with bikes
  4. Hiker raises more than £23k for NHS

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Lily Law with sunglasses on smiling in a selfie

    A woman from Devon has raised more than £23,000 for the NHS after completing a series of hikes.

    Lily Law, from Chudleigh, walked 78.8 miles (126.8km) over the course of two weeks through the deserted, country lanes surrounding her home.

    Ms Law raised the money in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Chinese Association, for whom she ran hiking tours for before the lockdown.

    The money will be donated to the NHS charity, with some being used towards more PPE equipment for staff at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

    Ms Law, whose daughter is a psychologist for the NHS, said the response was "overwhelming".

    "It is a pleasure to do something like that. It gives you an incentive to walk even more with a reason," she said.

    "I’m at a bit of a loss not going out again to continue the challenge, but hopefully I can do another hiking charity in the future, this would be my most happiest moment to help the NHS."

    Lily Law with hiking gear on in country lane
  5. Chainsaw carving of Captain Tom raises £7k

    Simon Bogg and Captain Tom Moore wood carving

    A man who carves statues out of wood using a chainsaw has raised around £7,000 with a life-sized wooden sculpture of Captain Tom Moore.

    Simon Bogg, from near Louth, took 10 days to make the intricate model of the war veteran, who raised nearly £33m for the NHS by completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by the time he reached his 100th birthday.

    Mr Bogg said "a full size tribute to him was the only thing" worthy of the "absolute legend" centenarian.

    The carving was then raffled off - although the winner has confessed he is "not sure what he's going to do with it".

  6. Virtual updates help parents of premature baby

    Jacob in his incubator

    A new mother has praised a service from a Wolverhampton hospital which allows her to keep in touch with her premature baby while coronavirus restrictions are in place.

    Jacob Cook was born at 24 weeks and four days at the city's New Cross Hospital on 27 April.

    Mum Hannah is among parents who have been unable maintain a constant vigil at their baby's bedside due to new visiting restrictions.

    But a messaging service on the neonatal unit allows staff to send videos to parents not able to be there - and parents can also send messages to staff.

    Ms Cook said the updates were invaluable for her and partner Jason Smith, at what is a difficult time for the family.

  7. Your questions answered on sport's potential return

    Video content

    Video caption: How will testing work if sport resumes? Dan Roan answers your questions

    The return of sport in Britain after a period of lockdown continues to be hotly debated.

    The Premier League's proposed Project Restart plan is under scrutiny from clubs, as well as football's administrators.

    BBC Sport asked readers for their questions on the issue and our journalists have been answering some of the best ones.

    You can watch a full programme about the potential return of sport on the BBC News channel at 18:30 BST.

  8. 'Funfair showmen are like caged birds in lockdown'

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Fairgrounds packed up with nowhere to go

    A fifth-generation showman has warned the coronavirus crisis could spell "the end of the British travelling fairground".

    Charles Cole, from Southampton, says his business' rides are rusting away in storage during the lockdown.

  9. When will children be returning to school?

    Ben Milne

    BBC News

    Children doing school work

    Schools across the UK have been closed to the vast majority of pupils since the end of March.

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Education Select Committee on 29 April that the government was working with "the whole education sector" to decide the best time to reopen schools in England.

    No date has been set, but a partial return to school before September has not been ruled out.

    When - and how - will schools return to anything approaching normal again?

  10. Bread and cake tips from a self-isolating baker

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Bread and cake tips from a self-isolating baker

    During the coronavirus lockdown, home baking is growing in popularity.

    But for Ray Rinkoff, who runs a family bakery in east London, it's his profession.

    He is currently self-isolating with his wife, Esther, and the pair have started sharing videos of their baking on social media.

  11. Car enjoying 'just a drive out' escorted out of Cumbria

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News

    Two men from Preston have been "escorted" out of Cumbria by police after going for a drive during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Cumbria Police said the men's excuse of going for "just a drive out" did not constitute an essential journey.

    Car on road in Cumbria

    The force also said it also came across a car from Northumberland whose occupants had driven to Thirlmere in the Lake District to camp and have a walk.

    "Instructed to return home," a spokesman said.

    The emergency services have asked people to stay away from beauty spots over the bank holiday weekend.

  12. Eight things that have kept us going in lockdown

    Illustration of a boy looking out of a window with plants and a rainbow picture

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced people in Britain to radically change the way they live their lives.

    Here are eight things that have helped us cope during lockdown.

  13. Teenager lines up his coppers for Macmillan

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    Ross with collections
    Image caption: Ross hopes to cover a whole mile with the 1 and 2p coins

    A 15-year-old boy has been collecting 1 and 2p coins for the Macmillan cancer charity.

    Ross Vickery, from Exmouth, has been lining up the coppers along the double yellow lines on his street and hopes to be able to cover a mile.

    "I’m doing this for Macmillan because I feel that cancer charities are being knocked down because of Covid-19 so it’s really hard for them to cope," said the teenager, who has autism and ADHD.

    Ross writing sign to raise funds
    Image caption: Ross organised the charity event while schools are shut

    His mother, Lisa Vickery, said cancer had affected their family as recently as a week ago, when Ross' grandmother saw "one of her closest friends" die of the illness.

    "That's what spurred him," she said of her son, who hopes to also get into the record books with his challenge.

    "A lot of the charities are struggling now and because they touch so many people they need to be supported to support us."

    Ms Vickery said the generosity of people on their street had been "fantastic".

    Woman in street with coins
    Image caption: A neighbour joined in to help with the collection of the copper coins
  14. What will a socially-distanced bar look like?

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: What will a socially-distanced bar look like?

    Bars and restaurants across England have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown began in March.

    Even when restrictions do eventually lift, it's likely that drinkers and diners will still have to maintain some kind of social distancing.

    Business correspondent Sarah Corker looks at how that could work in venues which are built to serve crowds of people close together.

  15. Coronavirus survivor turns 100

    David Pittam

    BBC News

    Margaret Hallford

    A woman has celebrated her 100th birthday just days after beating coronavirus.

    Margaret Hallford, who lives at Eckington Court care home in Derbyshire, had been put in isolation and was "very poorly with the virus".

    But she is now said to be "recovering nicely" and celebrated her birthday at the home, where her family was invited on to the grounds to sing for her, read out cards and share a cake at a safe distance.

    Home manager Trudy Godley said: "Margaret is a lovely lady with a very supportive family. It’s a pleasure to help her and her family celebrate her 100th birthday as well as her recovery."

  16. Council could hold public mourning event

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Amanda Cameron

    Marvin Rees

    A public event to mourn the losses suffered during the pandemic is being considered by Bristol City Council.

    Mayor Marvin Rees said he had been talking to faith leaders and others about how to support people who had lost a loved one.

    “We have been talking about doing some public event as a city - maybe online in the first instance, but as soon as we can come together, to do it together as a city,” he said.

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

    Young men in a park

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to address lockdown measures tomorrow, although the public have been warned "not to expect big changes."

    At present, people should only leave home 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

    If you show symptoms of coronavirus - such as a dry cough and high temperature - you must take extra precautions.

    You should stay at home and not leave it for any reason.

    Here is a reminder of the rules on social distancing and self isolation.

  18. What will London transport look like after the lockdown?

    Cyclists in London

    London's network faces arguably its biggest challenge in the coming weeks and months - how will it operate with social distancing when the lockdown eases?

    The capacity of the Tube, trains and buses will be radically reduced.

    So what are the solutions to these problems?

  19. Coping with behavioural issues during lockdown

    A parent and child holding hands

    A mother coping with a range of complex behavioural needs in her family says lockdown is "just a test" she is determined to pass.

    Abbie, from Suffolk, has five boys under the age of 16, some of whom have special educational needs.

    She was herself diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome several years ago.

    "Routine is everything - changes can cause meltdowns. During this process I've had to learn to cope - and to reflect," she said.

  20. Government to urge us all to walk and cycle more

    Justin Rowlatt

    Chief Environment correspondent


    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to encourage the public to continue to work from home if they can during a press conference later today.

    The government wants to protect the public transport network when lockdown is eventually eased.

    It is believed that Mr Shapps will talk about using the unique "opportunity" of the lockdown restrictions to change the way we get to work - with the solution for us all to walk and cycle more.

    The BBC understands that the proposal to increase what the government is calling "active travel" will be presented as a chance for everyone to live "cleaner, greener, healthier lives".