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  1. Thanks for joining us

    That's all from our live coverage for Monday. Many thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back from 09:00 on Tuesday with more of the latest on the coronavirus pandemic and all of the rest of the day's news.

  2. The BBC's 'lockdown orchestra' wants you to play along

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    The BBC's orchestras and singers are asking the public to join them for a mass rendition of Candi Staton's gospel classic You Got The Love.

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    People across the UK are being invited to dust off their instruments and film themselves playing along to the track.

    Those without musical skills can submit paintings, videos and photos showing their creativity during the lockdown.

    The results will be edited into a "massive, awe-inspiring" performance, premiering on TV and radio on 14 May.

    "You don't have to be a virtuoso, just join in and have a go, and be part of something really special," said BBC Radio 3's Katie Derham.

    "I may dust off my violin... though maybe humming along would be kinder for everyone."

  3. Birdsong 'not louder', but faces less competition to be heard

    If there is one thing that seems to have increased during lockdown, it is birdsong - but one expert has said it is not any louder than normal, it is just that there is a "lack of noise pollution" that has allowed "our wild birds to really let rip".


    Alan Wright, campaigns manager at the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, said the question of whether the birds were louder had been "sprung on conservationists quite a lot this year".

    But he said they were no louder than normal, adding:

    Quote Message: There are two factors involved here, we believe. The lack of noise pollution from fewer vehicles being on the road is definitely opening up gaps for our wild birds to really let rip this year, as they are looking for love on their patch. And people have time to notice wild sights and sounds - so blackbirds, robins, great tits and wrens seem extra loud.
    Quote Message: In some cases, it might just be that we are noticing the birdsong more as the noise from vehicles and general hubbub has turned down its volume. I certainly think that many people go through their lives without noticing some of the wonderful noises and the creatures making those noises around them.
  4. Market traders granted rent relief by council

    Traders who work at Preston Markets have been granted a three-month rent relief period by Preston City Council to allow them to continue trading throughout the lockdown.

    The entrance to Preston Markets

    The council hopes it will allow traders who sell fresh produce to continue.

    The council also wants to ensure other traders who are not providing essential services will be able to return to the markets after the lockdown is lifted.

    Council leader Matthew Brown said:

    Quote Message: I would like to say a big thank you to the traders who are able to continue to operate at this difficult time, offering essential fresh produce to the people of Preston. This is greatly appreciated by both myself and all your customers.
    Quote Message: I would encourage everyone to continue to shop locally and support our independent businesses who are anchored in our community during this unparalleled time.

    A spokesman for the council said they are "considering" providing assistance to other businsses that are occupying Council premises outside of the markets.

  5. Face masks 'give false sense of security'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Wearing masks to protect from coronavirus can give people a "false sense of security", Oldham's chief clinical officer has warned.

    Person wearing face mask in front of a picture of a nurse wearing a face mask

    So far, the government has not encouraged wearing masks or made it compulsory in public spaces, unlike other nations around the world.

    There are concerns that making masks mandatory will intensify pressures around personal protective equipment shortages within the NHS and care services.

    Dr John Patterson said he believed wearing masks can promote unsafe behaviour, adding:

    Quote Message: I went to Costco the other day and someone had a mask that looked like it was a full-on FFP3 mask that we wear in ICU. It looked the same but it was actually... just a dust mask. And because he had that mask on, he was so close to everybody else, because I think he felt he was protected.
    Quote Message: The problem with people wearing their own stuff and having a go themselves is that it does give you a false sense of security. Nothing works better with this virus than a two-metre air gap.

    He added that it was social distancing, not the wearing of masks, which had reduced the infection rate of coronavirus.

  6. Eighty-four-year-old who beat Covid-19 prepares to be great-great-grandfather

    An 84-year-old patient with severe lung damage who recovered from Covid-19 has thanked staff and said he is now concentrating on preparing to be a great-great-grandfather.

    Arthur Jacobs sitting with his wife Gina after beating Covid-19

    Arthur Jacobs, who was treated at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said he had had a "miracle" recovery.

    He is now back in his home in Greasby and is getting ready to meet his great-great-grandson, who is set to be born in August and will be named in his honour.

    He said the "frightening experience" had left him requiring daily oxygen in hospital, adding:

    Quote Message: The nurses were fantastic. They brought the best out of me. I just can’t praise the staff enough and they were so pleasant to me.
    Quote Message: Despite their great workload, they had plenty of time for me. I’m grateful to everybody for everything they have done for me.

    The ward staff formed a guard of honour and applauded Mr Jacobs as he left the ward and he was also greeted with applause by his neighbours on returning home.

  7. Council designates tip visits as non-essential travel

    Cheshire West and Chester council are keeping their tips closed as some other sites in the North West are reopening.

    A closed sign for a Recycling and Household Waste centre

    Councillor Karen Shore, cabinet member for environmental services, said going to a tip is not classed as essential travel and it would not be safe to reopen their recycling centres.

    Ms Shore said that the government advice was putting councils in a difficult position, adding:

    Quote Message: It is basically a contradiction in the advice that's coming right from the heart of government.
    Quote Message: We'd really like the message from government to be quite clear, and then local authorities will be able to do the right thing at the right time.

    Neighbouring authority Warrington Council said they hope to reopen their waste and recycling centres in the coming weeks.

  8. People urged to 'please still use' GPs

    The chairman of Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group has said that while he is grateful to residents for coping with NHS restrictions, people should still see their doctor if they need to.

    A stethoscope

    Dr Geoff Jolliffe said if people "have significant problems", the advice was to "please still use us".

    A spokeswoman for the CCG confirmed that the pandemic has led to a decrease in people accessing NHS services for non-Covid issues.

    Dr Jolliffe also asked people to "bear with us" as his colleagues adjust to the NHS operating under Covid-19 restrictions.

    He added that staff had been encouraged by the "support we have felt" from Morecambe residents clapping and praising the NHS on social media.

  9. Unheard demo by former Beatles up for auction

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    An unheard track by former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr is to be sold at auction.

    Angel In Disguise is one of only a couple of songs co-written exclusively by the remaining members of the Fab Four.

    Sir Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney

    The pair recorded the demo for Sir Ringo's 1992 solo album Time Takes Time, but it did not make the LP.

    The cassette is now being sold by former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince and is expected to fetch up to £20,000.

    A quarter of the profits will be donated to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, while the rest will go to Prince's United DJs radio station project.

  10. MP chastises 'litter thugs' for roadside detritus

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has launched an attack on "disgusting" litter louts throwing rubbish on the countryside of the borough.

    Nigel Evans

    Mr Evans filled a bin bag full while walking from his Pendleton home into Clitheroe and a carrier bag from his cottage along the road from Sabden to the A59.

    He said since the lockdown began, "it has been very noticeable how much litter is strewn onto the streets and in the open countryside", adding:

    Quote Message: It is nothing short of disgusting. I have taken to donning a pair of gloves and a rubbish bag or carrier and picking up what I can.
    Quote Message: Typical items are plastic water or fizzy drink bottles, sandwich cartons, discarded lottery tickets, glass bottles, sweet and crisp wrappers, empty medicine packets, takeaway cartons and coffee cups and beer and soft drink cans.
    Quote Message: We have a fantastic countryside which is being scarred by a small minority who don’t think twice about trashing it for everyone else. The litter thugs are ruining our countryside, and towns and villages, and it's time it stopped.
  11. Wuhan evacuee 'should never have left China'

    A man who returned to the UK to avoid coronavirus has said he "should never have left China" as things return to normal in Wuhan.

    Matt Raw with his wife Ying

    Matt Raw, 38, from Knutsford, said he went "out of the pot into the fire" when he was released from Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral in February.

    He said his family came back to escape the "killer virus running loose".

    He believes China has done "everything right" acting more quickly than the UK to restrict the spread of the disease.

    Mr Raw, who lives in Wuhan with his wife, Ying, 38, and his 75-year-old mother, Hazel, said when they left, coronavirus was not in England.

  12. Online students would still face full tuition fees

    BBC News Education

    University students in England will still have to pay full tuition fees even if their courses are taught online in the autumn, the government has said.

    "We don't believe students will be entitled to reimbursement if the quality is there," universities minister Michelle Donelan said.

    Students in a classroom

    But the university sector's request for a £2bn bail-out has been rejected.

    Universities had warned of financial danger from a reduction in overseas students because of the coronavirus.

    University campuses have been closed by the pandemic - and there is uncertainty for students whether there will be in-person teaching in the autumn or whether courses will be taught fully or partly online.

    The universities minister said no formal decision had been taken on the next academic year, but if courses are taught online and "students are really getting the quality, and they're getting a course which is fit for purpose", they would not get a discount on fees.

  13. Thirteen arrested after two lockdown parties

    Police have arrested 13 people and fined 11 others after raiding two lockdown parties in Liverpool.

    Car being towed by police

    A dozen people were arrested on suspicion of burglary at a property in Duke Street where a party was being held at 01:20 on Sunday.

    Separately, on Saturday, people travelled up to 20 miles from Greater Manchester for a party in Wavertree.

    Twins were also stopped in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on Saturday night after driving 17 miles to buy a kebab.

  14. Manchester's Nightingale hospital to remain open

    BBC North West Tonight

    The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester will remain open for the time being, it has been announced.

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    The status of the hospital, which opened on 17 April, was confirmed after it was reported that the NHS Nightingale Hospital London would be "placed on standby".

  15. Black hair: Dealing with my curls during lockdown

    BBC News England

    Kezia is struggling to find the products she needs for her hair during lockdown.

    High street shops, where she would usually get advice and products to keep her hair moisturised, are currently closed.

    She asked for some tips from Dominique, who has been running online hair tutorials during the coronavirus crisis.

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    Video caption: Dealing with curly hair during lockdown
  16. Manchester live-streaming service raises £260k in month

    A live-streaming service set up to support night-time economy workers has raised £260,000 in a month.

    Paul Oakenfold

    Greater Manchester's United We Stream was launched on 3 April to help workers affected by lockdown.

    About four million viewers have watched music acts such as Paul Oakenfold and cookery features with Masterchef winner Simon Wood, a spokeswoman said.

    Organiser Sacha Lord said:

    Quote Message: We weren't sure anyone would watch it, let alone donate.