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Live Reporting

Jennifer Meierhans, Kate Darlington, Matt Newsum and David Cosgrove

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Matt Newsum

    BBC News

    That's it for our live coverage from across England today.

    We'll be back with more updates from 07:30 BST tomorrow.

    Have a good evening and thanks for joining us.

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

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    Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

    Read more here.

  3. Poor data left care homes ‘fighting losing battle’

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    Care homes in England were planning their response to the pandemic "with their hands tied" because data about outbreaks in the sector was not published until the end of April, an industry body has claimed.

    There were more than 4,500 Covid-19 cases before Public Health England's findings were issued, figures reveal.

    The National Care Forum voiced its concerns at the outbreak data not being shared sooner but PHE said the figures had been used by health protection teams and to brief ministers.

    Gary Lemin, whose father Roger died from Covid-19 in Cornish care home Roseland Court, told BBC Radio 4's File on 4 that a lack of data meant care homes have been "fighting a losing battle".

  4. How will the UK's coronavirus app work?

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    Millions in the UK will soon be asked to download an app that helps to limit coronavirus spreading.

    But how will it work? Find out here.

  5. Rugby league's Challenge Cup final postponed

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    Rugby league's Challenge Cup final has been postponed because of coronavirus.

    The event was scheduled to take place at Wembley on 18 July but the Rugby Football League (RFL) has accepted that is impossible due to lockdown.

    Previously, only wartime has forced the abandonment of the competition which began in 1896, although the RFL does hope to play the remaining fixtures, from the sixth round onwards, at a later date.

  6. Sunak: No guarantee of quick economic bounceback

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    Chancellor Rishi Sunak says a swift UK economic recovery is "not obvious", as jobless claims soar in April.

    His warning came as figures showed the number of people claiming unemployment benefit soared to 2.1 million in April.

    The jump of 856,500 claims in April reflected the impact of the first full month of lockdown, the Office for National Statistics said.

  7. Covid-19 survivor dubbed 'Teflon Man'

    Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

    Digital Journalist

    Brian Harvey with doctors

    A coronavirus survivor has been dubbed "Teflon Man" by doctors after spending seven weeks in hospital, including a month in a coma.

    Brian Harvey, 69, will soon be able to see his family for the first time after collapsing with suspected pneumonia.

    Doctors at Bristol Royal Infirmary told his family to prepare for the worst when he was put into a coma and on a ventilator, but he has made a "miracle" recovery.

    Read the full story here.

  8. Covid-19 testing drops below target

    Mr Eustice is accompanied by Professor Angela McLean, the Ministry of Defence's chief scientific adviser.

    Environment Secretary George Eustice reports at today's government briefing that 89,784 tests were carried out yesterday - this is below their target of 100,000 daily tests.

    He also confirmed an additional 545 people had died in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 35,341.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to deliver 200,000 tests a day by the end of May.

    Mr Eustice is accompanied at the briefing by Professor Angela McLean, the Ministry of Defence's chief scientific adviser.

    You can follow more on the briefing here.

  9. Thirty marathons quell lockdown boredom

    Ellie Schofield on her running machine

    A charity fundraiser went to quite extreme measures to ease the boredom of lockdown, deciding to run 30 marathons in 30 days in her living room.

    Holmfirth-based personal trainer Ellie Schofield, 20, has clocked up 786 miles on a treadmill at her parents' house, and raised more than £3,000 for charity in the process.

    "I was meant to have a team of people around me as well as sports massage therapist but obviously that didn't go to plan," she said.

    "My parents have been fantastic in supporting me and keeping me going but I think they're looking forward to having their living room back."

  10. Who is being tested in the UK?

    Illustration of woman being tested for coronavirus

    What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?

    BBC health reporter Rachel Schraer explains more here.

  11. Six positive virus tests in Premier League

    Matt Newsum

    BBC News

    A mask next to a Premier League branded football

    There were six positive tests for coronavirus across three Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday, bosses have confirmed.

    The unnamed players or staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for seven days.

    Each club is subject to two tests per week under the league's safety protocols.

    The league has been suspended since 13 March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 92 fixtures remaining.

    Chiefs previously identified 12 June for matches to possibly start again, but there is now an expectation this will need to be pushed back.

  12. Which regions have been worst hit?

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    Reality Check examines the weekly deaths figures for nations and regions across the UK.

  13. Prince Charles urges people to 'Pick for Britain'

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    Prince Charles has urged people to help support Britain's fruit and vegetable growing industry during lockdown, amid fears restrictions will limit farmers' ability to employ seasonal staff.

    Thousands of people are being sought to help harvest crops as part of the government's Pick for Britain campaign.

    The prince likened the movement to the Land Army, which saw women work in agriculture so men could join the military during World War Two.

    In a video message on his official Instagram account, he said: "Many thousands of people will be needed to pick the crops. It will be hard graft but hugely important."

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Cheers as Southend Hospital nurse leaves intensive care

    Colleagues lined the corridors to applaud as he was discharged.

  15. NHS worker's marathon delivery effort

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    An NHS worker ran a marathon including stops at nine care homes to deliver speakers so residents can "stay connected" with friends and family.

    Fay Sibley completed the 26.2-mile (42 km) distance around Essex, after the race she had been training for was postponed.

    Along the route she dropped off smart speakers donated by charity The Cares Family, which she has raised £2,000 for.

    "It was an absolutely amazing experience," the 33-year-old said.

    View more on twitter
  16. Grenfell Tower Inquiry on hold amid pandemic

    The Grenfell Tower Inquiry will not resume until July at the earliest, organisers have said.

    The second phase of the probe into the west London tower block fire was halted in March over coronavirus restrictions.

    Hearings will be resumed with limited attendance when social restrictions are partially lifted, the inquiry said.

    The fire at the 24-storey tower killed 72 people in June 2017.

    Grenfell Tower with scaffolding around it
  17. Monk 'understands' players' training concerns

    Garry Monk

    Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk says he would understand if any of his players or staff had concerns about returning to training.

    Championship teams are hoping to begin small group training from 25 May after English Football League guidance.

    Premier League teams are starting non-contact training from Tuesday.

    Monk says he thinks all managers in the second tier want to see the campaign completed on the pitch, but some details still need to be ironed out.

  18. Fears over potential key worker bike loan shortage

    BBC Radio Leicester

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    A council which launched a scheme offering bicycles to key workers for free fears there may be a shortage as hundreds have applied.

    Leicester City Council said 360 people had requested a bike through its Bike Aid scheme to help them commute to work.

    But project manager Andy Salkeld said more unused bikes were needed to meet demand.

    Any donations need to be in working condition and will be checked before they are loaned.

    More than 400 key workers have been helped so far either by being loaned a bike or by having their own bikes fixed.

  19. Government considers call for extra bank holiday

    BBC Business News

    The government is considering introducing an extra bank holiday, possibly in October, around the time of half-term.

    The idea was put forward by the UK's tourism agency Visit Britain.

    Its acting head, Patricia Yates, told MPs the industry had lost the benefit of two bank holidays in May because of the coronavirus lockdown.

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    The government did, however, warn that having an extra break could have an economic downside.

    Downing Street said the government was supporting the tourism industry through this "challenging period" and would "respond in due course" to the proposal by Visit Britain.