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Live Reporting

Matt Newsum, Deepak Mahay and Jay Vydelingum

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    Matt Newsum

    BBC News

    Photo of a window with hearts in it

    This page is closing down now for the day, it's been great to have your company.

    The service continues again tomorrow morning at 07:30 BST, featuring the latest coronavirus news and advice.

    I will leave you with a photograph from Julie Finch in the Sheffield coronavirus photos piece we featured earlier, of artwork she and her two children made for their front window.

    Until then, stay safe and have a pleasant night. Goodbye.

  2. In pictures: Floral display thanking NHS staff

    A display of flowers thanking NHS staff and key workers has been unveiled in Birmingham city centre.

    Flower display

    The flowers and plants on display outside the council house in Victoria Square were due to be used as part of the council's 2020 Chelsea Flower Show entry.

    Floral display
    Floral Display

    Items used previously in displays, including a floral double decker bus, are a "nod to the public transport services that have continued to operate during the lockdown for key workers," the council said.

  3. Grandad recovers after 60 days in intensive care

    Ian Cobb

    A grandad who had a heart transplant and was undergoing chemotherapy has made a "miracle" recovery from coronavirus.

    Ian Cobb from Dorset fell seriously ill with Covid-19 at the start of April.

    The 48-year-old’s family said they had "feared the worst" but Mr Cobb left intensive care on 3 June, the date of his wedding anniversary and his wife's birthday.

    They added it was "the best present we could have asked for".

  4. EFL: Promoted Millers' 'little bit of sunshine'

    Matt Newsum

    BBC News

    Paul Warne

    While clubs such as Stevenage and Bolton are coming to terms with relegation disappointment after today's EFL vote to end the League One and Two seasons, other clubs have been handed a major boost during the coronavirus pandemic - with promotion.

    Rotherham United, relegated last season, were confirmed as promoted automatically today on the points per game basis, joining champions Coventry in the Championship next season.

    Boss Paul Warne says: "It feels the club are really close-knit at the moment and in these bad times I hope it gives people in the area a bit of sunshine."

  5. Telling individual stories of lockdown life

    A woman waving at her grandson

    People living in Sheffield have been sharing their photos, and the stories behind them, during lockdown.

    The Facebook site run by Hedley Bishop and Jim Lambert has been an outlet for people's pictures and thoughts.

    Eight contributors have shared their stories with BBC News.

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  6. 'We haven't earned a penny from donkey rides due to lockdown'

    A family which has run seaside donkey rides for more than 100 years fears the coronavirus pandemic could put them out of business.

    John Nuttall is the third generation to offer the rides along the Lincolnshire coast at Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe and Skegness.

    He says the lockdown restrictions mean he's unable to operate.

    John Nuttall
    Image caption: John wants to hand the business over to his teenage daughter Thalia

    We haven't earned a penny," he said.

    "The weather this spring we've had, it would have been a bumper one for everybody.

    "I've talked to donkey operators around the UK - Blackpool, Yarmouth, Whitby - everybody is the same. Donkeys doing nothing and we need them to work to earn their keep."

  7. All shops in England can open on Monday

    Signage reminding shoppers of social distancing rules in a River Island store in Liverpool, as shops make preparations to reopen following the introduction of measures to bring England out of lockdown.
    Image caption: Signs remind shoppers of social distancing rules in a River Island store in Liverpool

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirms retailers can open if they follow coronavirus safety rules.

    Some retailers have already said they will open their stores in England gradually.

    Department store John Lewis will only open 13 branches initially, while Next will only open 25 of its 500 stores at first.

  8. 'Why are there Big Macs, but no big cats in lockdown?'

    Lionesses at Knowsley Safari

    A safari park has questioned why changes to the Covid-19 lockdown have allowed drivers "to get a Big Mac, but not to see our big cats".

    Knowsley Safari, which has been closed since 23 March, said people would be safe to visit as it was similar to using a McDonald's drive-thru.

    A spokeswoman said being told to stay remain closed while the restaurants are allowed to reopen "doesn't make sense".

  9. 'Furlough shaming’ needs to stop right now

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Personal finance expert Martin Lewis has told BBC Radio 5 Live he wants an end to “furlough shaming” online.

    He said he wanted to make it clear that the employer makes the decision on furlough, not the employee.

    He added that shaming those enjoying themselves while on furlough “seems to imply people should be sitting at home, cocooning themselves in misery".

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    Video caption: Personal finance expert Martin Lewis says he wants an end to 'furlough shaming' online.
  10. Non-essential shops can reopen from 15 June

    alok sharma

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma is leading the daily UK government coronavirus briefing.

    He says non-essential shops will be able to reopen again from 15 June, so long as they comply with Covid-secure guidelines.

    He says it's thanks to the "efforts of the British people" that they've "succeeded in getting the R-rate (the virus reproduction rate in the population) under control".

    Mr Harma added that pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers though won't be able to reopen until 4 July "at the earliest".

  11. Transiting Europe's eerily quiet airports

    Jean Mackenzie

    Europe correspondent

    During the coronavirus pandemic, international travel has virtually ground to a halt. But as Europe starts to open, what is it like to fly at the moment?

    I've taken a number of flights while reporting on coronavirus and I documented my journey back to the UK last week.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Transiting Europe's eerily quite airports
  12. Cottages.com owner reverses no-refund policy

    BBC Business News

    The holiday firm behind Hoseasons and Cottages.com has agreed to give customers refunds for trips which have been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Competition and Markets Authority said Vacation Rentals had changed its policy after action by the regulator.

    Booking a hotel

    The CMA said a "significant proportion" of complaints it received about holiday lettings were about Vacation Rentals.

    However, the firm said it had been offering refunds since 30 April.

  13. Empty supermarket to become virus testing site

    The empty site belonging to Sainsbury's

    A supermarket site which has been empty for five years is to be used as a coronavirus test facility.

    Sainsbury's built an 80,000 sq ft superstore in Middlesbrough's Middlehaven area but dropped plans to move into it in 2015.

  14. How will the Test series be Covid-secure?

    BBC Sport

    West Indies cricketers

    The West Indies cricket team have arrived in England and will now be in quarantine in a "bio-secure" environment in Manchester before a three-Test series that begins on 8 July.

    They are the first international sports team to arrive in the UK since the coronavirus lockdown started in March.

    The three-Test series starts on 8 July at bio-secure venues without spectators.

    All 39 members of the touring party, including 25 players, tested negative for Covid-19 before taking a charter flight from Antigua to Manchester.

    They'll be tested again as they enter quarantine at Emirates Old Trafford, where they will spend three weeks preparing before heading to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton for the first Test.

  15. Lancashire lockdown cricket event investigated

    Cricket ball on the grass

    An unofficial cricket tournament which drew 200 attendees to a park in breach of Covid-19 social distancing rules is being investigated by councillors.

    Teams even travelled from Birmingham to play at Pleasington Playing Fields, Blackburn, Darwen Council said.

    Council leader Mohammed Khan said what happened was "highly irresponsible".

    Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said it was "virtually impossible" for police to enforce social distancing.

  16. Hospital nursery children say thank you

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Children at Honey Bees staff day nursery at Kingston Hospital in south-west London have been making colourful displays to thank parents and their colleagues for their work during coronavirus.

    Nursery displays

    Lisa Briggs said: "We are an NHS day nursery that has stayed open to care for the children of parents working in our hospital.

    "The children have been busy creating different things to keep people smiling throughout this."

    Nursery displays
  17. Premature end to League One and Two seasons

    BBC Sport

    EFL footballers

    Coronavirus has officially brought a premature end to this season's League One and Two campaigns in English football, after clubs voted against attempts to resume games.

    Instead, as per an earlier vote, the league tables will be decided on an unweighted points-per-game basis, worked out from the results and table so far.

    It means Coventry and Rotherham are promoted from the third tier League One, while Tranmere, Southend and Bolton are relegated to League Two. The play-offs will take place and involve Wycombe, Oxford, Fleetwood and Portsmouth.

    From League Two, Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth go up and Stevenage are set to go down, as Bury were already expelled from the league mid-season. The play-offs involve Cheltenham, Exeter, Colchester and Northampton.

  18. Most pupils in returning year groups still at home

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC England Data Unit

    The government said children in nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 could start going back to school from last Monday.

    According to the data 659,000 children did so by last Thursday.

    But is that a big number?

    We know from the data it includes thousands of vulnerable pupils as well as 284,000 children of key workers in all years, who have been allowed to go school throughout the lockdown.

    Chart showing numbers of pupils returning vs numbers in eligible year groups

    According to last year's school census there are more than two million children in the year groups that were eligible to return, if their schools were able to open and their families wanted to send them.

    So while the government data doesn't show exactly how many children were in the returning year groups, we do know that most of those pupils were still at home.

    About half of schools with nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 pupils were open to at least one of these year groups by last Thursday and the government expects this to increase as some schools reported they'd be able to open from yesterday.

  19. Football fan Finley's Fifa 20 joy spreads online

    A nine-year-old boy who made it through to a computer game cup final received VIP treatment from his dad - to the delight of thousands on social media.

    Finley Stimson lifted the Carabao Cup - albeit a plastic one - after his beloved Peterborough Utd beat Spurs 2-1 in the Fifa 2020 video game.

    Finley Stimson eating breakfast
    Image caption: Finley tucks into his fried breakfast ahead of the match day final

    Dad Ian tweeted every twist and turn, including Finley's pre-match breakfast and "tunnel walk" from the garden.

    He said the reaction on social media had been "unbelievable".

  20. Schools in England to 'bring all children back' in September

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Williamson on re-opening schools in England

    The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he was "working to bring all children back to school in September" and that exams would take place next year.