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Edited by Patrick Jackson

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you for joining us - we'll return tomorrow

    That concludes our live coverage for Easter Sunday, thanks for following our updates.

    We'll be back on Monday morning with more of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK and across the world.

    Here's a look at some of the main news of the day:

    Finally, we leave you with a picture that reflects what an unusual Easter Sunday it has been for many, especially for those of Christian faith.

    It shows the Rev Brian X Needles live-streaming his Easter message, surrounded by pictures of parishioners attached to pews at his church in the US state of New Jersey.

    See you again soon.

    Rev Brian X Needles live-streams Easter Mass to pictures of parishioners attached to pews at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in the US state of New Jersey
  2. Today's live updates team

    Ritu Prasad
    Image caption: Ritu was working from her laptop in Florida

    We've been bringing you updates all day from Broadcasting House in London or, because of social distancing measures, from our laptops at home - that means the UK for most of us but also Florida and Toronto today.

    This is the team behind Sunday's live coverage: Emlyn Begley, Joshua Nevett, Ritu Prasad, Josh Cheetham, Jonathan Jurejko, Dulcie Lee, Alex Bysouth, Georgina Rannard, Brian Wheeler, Dave Thomson, Jenny Matthews, Jessica Murphy, Adrian Dalingwater, Vicky Baker, Alix Kroeger, Jasmine Taylor-Coleman and Patrick Jackson.

  3. Watch: Yorkshire in lockdown

    Drones have captured how our public spaces are changing due to Covid-19.

    In Yorkshire, once-gridlocked roads and motorways now run clear.

    Shopping streets that would normally be packed with people are hauntingly empty; beaches are often deserted except for those enjoying their daily exercise.

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    Video caption: Drone footage shows empty streets and roads across North and West Yorkshire
  4. The US clothing firms making gowns and gloves

    Fanatics
    Image caption: Fanatics would usually be making and selling baseball shirts right now

    Plenty of US companies are pitching in to help with the coronavirus effort.

    Fanatics - who sell US sports team merchandise - has remade itself into a gown and mask manufacturer for hospitals.

    Clothing companies like Gap and Hanes are making gowns and scrubs. Ford and General Motors are repurposing car fans and batteries to make ventilators. Boeing and Apple are making face shields. Luxury brands and distilleries are producing hand sanitiser.

    But is there a downside?

    The White House has been notably hands-off when it comes to establishing any co-ordinated, centralised response, says Nada Sanders, professor of supply chain management at Northeastern University.

    This has led to a free-for-all, as local governments and hospitals competed to buy products or find donations, scam artists emerged, and prices skyrocketed.

    "Pure capitalism [can] serve as an incentive," said Sanders. "I really applaud the companies, but I also find it even more frustrating because I see the chaos."

    Read more here.

  5. Erdogan refuses minister's resignation

    We reported earlier that Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu was resigning over a botched curfew. Well now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped in to say he refuses to accept the resignation.

    "He will continue his duty," a spokesperson for the president said.

    Soylu had submitted his resignation over the announcement of a two-day curfew to stem the spread of Covid-19 that critics say led to panic and confusion.

  6. Protective kit stolen from UK medical practice

    Police are investigating after personal protective equipment (PPE) was stolen from an NHS building in Manchester.

    They were called to the Care Homes Medical Practice in Salford - which cares for patients living in nursing and residential homes - soon before 08:00 BST on Sunday.

    Laptops and petty cash were also taken.

    A spokesperson for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are shocked and saddened that one of our community bases has been burgled and belongings stolen, including some items of PPE equipment.

    "We will support Greater Manchester Police in their ongoing inquiries."

  7. More on the oil deal

    The deal agreed by oil producing countries to cut output by nearly 10% will see a reduction of about 9.7 million barrels per day, starting from 1 May 2020.

    US President Donald Trump and Kuwait's energy minister Dr Khaled Ali Mohammed al-Fadhel tweeted the news, while Saudi Arabia's energy ministry and Russia's state news agency Tass both separately confirmed the deal.

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    Global oil demand is estimated to have fallen by a third as more than three billion people are locked down in their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  8. Children crack Easter-egg rolling from home

    Apart from wolfing down chocolate, Easter Sunday means one thing for children in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.

    That's right, the annual tradition of egg rolling. Not even coronavirus could stop Edinburgh's children from partaking in the fun this year.

    Ingenuity was required, though, as children had to come up with inventive ways to roll their eggs in the confines of their homes.

    Parents told the BBC their children had a cracking time.

    Read the full story to see how children rolled their eggs

    Reggie, 9, Smith, 8, Flynn, 5, and Bay, 3, just before they rolled their eggs down the stairs inside their house in Edinburgh
    Image caption: Reggie, 9, Smith, 8, Flynn, 5, and Bay, 3, just before they rolled their eggs down the stairs inside their house in Edinburgh
  9. Turkey’s interior minister resigns over botched curfew

    Hagia Sophia and the surrounding area are empty during a two-day lockdown
    Image caption: The streets outside the Hagia Sophia - one of Turkey's top tourist destinations - were empty this weekend

    The interior minister for Turkey has resigned over the announcement of a two-day curfew this weekend that critics say caused panic and confusion.

    Süleyman Soylu said he took full responsibility for the curfew, which was implemented with the “good intention” of stemming the spread of coronavirus.

    The Turkish government said late on Friday that people living in 31 major cities would not be allowed to leave their homes for 48 hours from midnight.

    Shops were reportedly overwhelmed in the wake of the announcement, as people rushed to buy food and other essentials before the curfew came into effect.

    The abrupt announcement of the lockdown drew criticism, with many saying it heightened the risk of spreading coronavirus as people hurriedly descended on shops.

    “I acted in good faith to prevent the epidemic spreading,” Soylu, an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, wrote on Twitter.

    “The scenes that occurred before the lockdown began, even for a short time, are my responsibility.”

    As of Sunday, Turkey has reported more than 52,000 cases of coronavirus, a number that is rising fast.

  10. Andrea Bocelli streams concert from empty Milan cathedral

    Andrea Bocelli in Duomo di Milano Cathedral
    Image caption: Andrea Bocelli streams an Easter concert in Milan

    Classical star Andrea Bocelli has held an Easter concert in Milan, singing alone at the city's famous cathedral.

    The concert, called Music for Hope, was live-streamed on YouTube and prompted an outpouring of support and gratitude on social media as millions of people around the world celebrate Easter under lockdown.

    "Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth's pulsing heart, this wonderful international forge that is reason for Italian pride," Bocelli said as the stream began.

    For his finale, Bocelli sang Amazing Grace outside of the cathedral, facing the empty streets of Milan. Clips of the performance were shared by fans, celebrities, and politicians from around the world.

    Actor Hugh Jackman joined thousands in thanking the singer, saying his music was "exactly what we needed".

    You can watch the full concert here.

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  11. Paris police find unauthorised Mass

    An unauthorised Easter Mass was discovered by Paris police late on Saturday night, according to AFP news agency.

    Religious services are banned in France because of the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 14,000 people in the country.

    The traditional Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet Catholic church went ahead with their Mass - with about 40 people in attendance.

    Local residents reported hearing music to police.

    The priest was warned and booked - meaning he could face a 200 euros (£176) fine - but the worshippers were not cautioned by the police.

  12. Recapping the main developments

    Pope Francis on Easter Sunday
    Image caption: Pope Francis broadcasted his Easter Sunday address online

    If you're just joining us, here is an overview of some of the main updates from around the world that we've been covering so far:

  13. The churches still open in the USA

    Most churches in the United States were empty today - but for some of them it was business as usual.

    Those who have not closed their buildings say they can protect their members by checking temperatures, sanitising sanctuaries and spacing worshippers six feet apart.

    And in at least eight states, stay-at-home orders do not apply to religious organisations - sometimes after legal battles.

    Some see a ban on church services as a violation of religious liberties guaranteed by the US constitution.

    Read more about the debate here.

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered churches to shut in his state, but The Friendship Baptist Church pastor Alvin Gwynn kept his Baltimore church open.

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered churches to shut in his state, but The Friendship Baptist Church pastor Alvin Gwynn kept his Baltimore church open.

    Some services in the USA found inventive ways to make sure worshippers were still involved, while obeying social distancing.

    Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in South Orange, New Jersey was streamed live, which parishioners' photos being placed on the seats.

    Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in South Orange, New Jersey is streamed live, which parishioners' photos being placed on the seats.

    Daytona Beach Drive-in Christian Church in Florida saw worshippers follow the service from their cars.

    Daytona Beach Drive-in Christian Church in Florida sees worshippers follow the service from their car
  14. Worldwide oil supply to be cut by almost 10%

    Oil-producing countries have agreed to a deal to cut global production by almost 10% in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The price of oil has slumped this year because of the crisis.

    The negotiations included the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia, the United States of America and Mexico.

    It amounts to a worldwide reduction of about 9.7 million oil barrels every day from 1 May.

    It could also mark the end of a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

  15. Loans scheme must work faster, UK government admits

    Alok Sharma

    UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma has admitted that "more money needs to go out faster" to businesses applying for emergency loans from the government.

    He said 4,200 loans, worth a total of £800m, had been given to firms seeking cash to survive the coronavirus crisis.

    However, that is just 1.4% of the 300,000 enquiries that are thought to have been made through the scheme.

    Read the story in full here.

  16. Eye injuries on rise as people do more DIY

    Hospital

    There are a lot of unforeseen consequences of the coronavirus lockdown - and one is more people suffering eye injuries from doing DIY.

    Oxford Eye Hospital said it had seen an increase in injuries and people who needed operations.

    The hospital saw six "traumatised eyes" in a week, but would usually see one no more than every two to three weeks. It urged people to wear eye protection while doing DIY or gardening.

    The hospital added wearing glasses instead of contact lenses would also protect the eyes and reduce the chance of spreading coronavirus.

    Consultant Stella Hornby said: "Wearing glasses at the moment reduces the risk of contact lens-related complications, and reduces the need to touch your face."

  17. Analysis: Raab in charge as UK lockdown decision looms

    Jessica Parker

    BBC political correspondent

    The review of the lockdown measures is due this week. It was the prime minister who originally talked about the three-week timetable from when the measures were first brought in.

    Dominic Raab is the first Secretary of State, which means he is effectively the prime minister's deputy, and he was asked to deputise when the prime minister was admitted to intensive care.

    He will be in charge of the government this week as it looks to decide whether to continue with lockdown measures. I’d say the mood music, the expectation, is that the measures will continue.

    Health officials and ministers have said the social-distancing measures have had an effect, but it is still time to bear down on the virus, cut transmission rates and therefore save lives.

  18. Mortality analysis in worst-affected countries

    You may be wondering why the number of coronavirus-related deaths have been starkly different from country to country during the pandemic.

    When comparing statistics, it is important to remember that every country has had a different experience of the pandemic for a range of factors.

    Johns Hopkins University, which has been collating coronavirus data, says these factors include the relative testing regimes, demographics and healthcare resources of each country.

    It says the mortality rate is “one of the most important ways to measure the burden of Covid-19”.

    The university has been tracking mortality rate in the 10 worst-affected countries. It has done so in two different ways: per 100 confirmed virus cases and per 100,000 population.

    The data paints a bleak picture for European countries.

    The top three countries with the most deaths per 100,000 people are Spain (35.5), Italy (32.2) and Belgium (29.2), the university says.

    Conversely, the top three countries with the most deaths per 100 confirmed virus cases are Italy (12.8%), the UK (12.4%) and Belgium (11.9%), it says.

    A chart showing mortality data per 100 confirmed virus cases
    A chart showing virus deaths per 100,000 population
  19. France’s hospital deaths and ICU patients drop

    France has reported a slight drop in the number of hospital deaths and patients in intensive care, as its health ministry said the country’s coronavirus epidemic had reached a “plateau”.

    The country recorded 315 additional hospital deaths in the last 24 hours, a drop from the 353 announced on Saturday.

    That brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals and care homes to 14,393 in France, the third highest in the world.

    There was another glimmer of hope, however.

    The net number of patients with Covid-19 in intensive care dropped for the fourth consecutive day, bringing the total down to 6,845.

    France’s health ministry said the epidemic appeared to be plateauing but stressed caution, saying: "We must remain vigilant."

  20. Raven puppet to reach Canadian indigenous people in Cree

    A public health campaign in Manitoba is using a raven puppet to deliver a message in the Cree language, which is spoken by more than 100,000 indigenous people in Canada.

    Often government messages are not successful in remote indigenous communities because they use foreign concepts or language, researcher Steph McLachlan told Canadian broadcaster CBC.

    Funded by the Covid-19 Rapid Response Program, the new campaign uses a raven puppet to promote handwashing and social distancing.

    The raven is known traditionally as an environmental protector and cleaner. But the videos are also humorous, and it is hoped will reach people who have not yet heard about the virus.

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