Ambulance trust 'could not be prouder' of staff and volunteers
East of England Ambulance NHS Trust has praised on Twitter the "incredible" work its staff and volunteers are doing across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
The trust said it wanted to "dedicate #ThankYouThursday" to all those "working incredibly hard around the clock to make sure that our patients remain safe and get help when they need it the most. We couldn't be prouder to call you #TeamEEAST."
Council closes adult day centres during virus outbreak
Pember said: "In view of the present COVID-19 situation it is with
regret that I need to inform you that all inquests listed between now
and 1 September have been suspended until further notice."I
will review the situation on 31 July."
inquests due to be heard at Buckinghamshire Coroner's Court until Monday, 27 April have been postponed and will be
Meanwhile, the Cambridge Independent carries an A-Z of retailers, pubs and companies offering deliveries and new services in the county amid the pandemic
Lincolnshire nature reserves to close due to coronavirus
The RSPB is to close all of its nature reserves in Lincolnshire because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The charity says its reserves, including Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore, near Boston, and Beckingham Marshes, near Gainsborough, will shut.
They had previously only closed cafes and visitor centres, now car parks and entries to the sites will be shut.
The charity says it will now move to helping people enjoy nature from their own homes.
It is with great sadness that we ask people to refrain from visiting. We are determined to do our bit to try and help connect people with the amazing wildlife to be seen in gardens or from balconies or windows, and offer some hope and joy in these difficult times."
Shake It Off to lift our spirits
BBC Local Live
Everyone needs their spirits lifting at the moment, so St John Ambulance cadets in the East of England have come up with a "banging" idea to make us feel a little bit better.
Luke Stevenson, and others, want fellow cadets and St John Ambulance members to make up dance moves.
They are putting together a video to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off - but need some help.
They want to show that everyone is "standing together" and that some "fun" can still be had.
So send your best moves via email - email@example.com - or via Twitter using #SJADanceForEast.
Just make sure you never miss a beat especially if you are lightning on your feet!
Domestic and child sexual abuse could increase due to coronavirus forcing people to stay indoors, Norfolk's police chief has warned.
He told BBC Radio Norfolk he feared the UK-wide lockdown could lead to the "exploitation of vulnerable people".
Mr Bailey said people in safeguarding jobs had a duty to be "professionally curious", but that society as a whole had a responsibility.
"If we all pull together... we'll come through it," he said.
People acting 'as if threat from coronavirus didn’t exist' says top cop
constables have issued strongly-worded statements calling on communities to comply with new government rules restricting people’s movements to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Steve Jupp (below), who
heads Suffolk Police, said: "The moves so far to limit social distancing have not had the necessary effect, with some people still going about their business as if the threat from coronavirus didn’t exist.
"It has to stop.”
He said officers would negotiate with people seen to be flouting the new rules before resorting to the law.
Norfolk's chief constable Simon Bailey (below) said he was staggered to hear holiday resorts had been full of people over the weekend.
gatherings of more than two people who do not live together should stop, the government said, and shops selling non-essential items have been asked to close.
has been introduced giving police powers to enforce the new rules.
Mr Bailey said: "Officers
will continue to be out in their communities, speaking to people as
we always do and taking the opportunity to explain the new rules and
ask what people are doing and why they are out."
Hertfordshire Police and
Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: "If the public do not comply
with this lockdown the police will use their powers to enforce it, and have my
full support in that."
Station car park deserted
BBC Look East
This is the scene at the usually rammed Peterborough railway station car park.
"You're alive and you are breathing... keep that in your heads," says recovering COVID-19 victim.
And what about self-isolation?
Self-isolating means staying at home and not leaving it, other than for exercise. Don't go to work, school or public areas during this time, is the government's advice.
If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials. If you are unable to get supplies delivered, you should do what you can to limit social contact when you do leave the house.
Who should self-isolate?
Everyone who shows coronavirus symptoms - a fever of above 37.8C, a persistent cough or breathing problem - and everyone who lives in the same house or flat as someone with symptoms.
If you live alone, you must stay at home for seven days from the day symptoms start
If someone you live with develop symptoms, they must isolate for seven days and the rest of the household needs to isolate for 14 days and monitor for signs of COVID-19
If someone else does become ill during that period, their seven-day isolation starts that day. For example, it might run from day three to day 10 - when that person's isolation would then end. It would not restart if another member of the household fell ill
But anyone who fell ill on day 13 would see their seven-day isolation begin then - for their illness rather than to monitor for symptoms - meaning they would spend a total of 20 days at home
Police have seized two cars whose drivers were having meet up to fit a car stereo.
Cambridgeshire officers in the Fens said although the country was in "lockdown" with people being advised to stay inside unless vital, the message did not seem to be getting across.
They tweeted that officers found the vehicles on Block Fen Drove between Chatteris and March.
Officers said: "Meeting up to fit a car stereo is not essential, both drivers on provisional licence and no insurance, vehicles seized, both drivers were reported and both taken home."
Recycling centres close
To ensure the safety of staff and customers, household recycling centres across the region are now closed.
A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: "In
accordance with current government Coronavirus guidelines of avoiding
non-essential contact and preventing a risk of infection to others, the sites
"It is essential that we do all we can to slow down the spread of
Here is a breakdown of each council so you can access their information directly:
Routine surgery cancelled at Lincolnshire hospitals
Routine surgery across Lincolnshire's hospitals is to be cancelled from tomorrow due to the coronavirus pandemic.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) says all day-cases and elective surgery will be cancelled at Lincoln County Hospital, Boston Pilgrim (pictured) and Grantham Hospital.
Cancer surgery and other clinically urgent cases is not included, according to ULHT.
In a statement, the trust says: "This move is being made as part of our response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, enabling hospitals to free up staff to care for patients in other areas."
All patients will be contacted directly if they're affected, the trust adds.
Parents urged to 'look for positives' after school closure
An ex-teacher and parenting author from Boston is encouraging parents to look for the positives of schools being closed.
Schools are officially shut because of the coronavirus outbreak, but children who are vulnerable or whose parents are "key workers" can still attend.
Writer and former teacher Tim Atkinson, who is homeschooling his own children, says the closures will give families a chance to "come together".
Although it's not anything that we would have wished for, you have got to look at the positives and see what you can make of it. It's a great opportunity as a family to come together and try something new.
School students 'devastated' over cancelled exams - Head
A Lincolnshire headteacher says some students at the school have been in tears over the cancellation of exams due to the coronavirus outbreak, fearing their hard work will have amounted to nothing.
Matthew Van Lier, headteacher of Haven High Academy in Boston, said some were disappointed with the government's decision to cancel exams for Year 11 pupils.
He said: "I was inundated with students who were crying, upset, devastated. We've got some students here who have done in excess of 200 additional hours of revision already through Saturday school and after- school revision sessions and they are saying it's all come to nothing.
"I can assure our students we will do whatever it takes to ensure they get the appropriate grades which reflect the commitment they've given to their studies over the last five years."
University produces hand sanitiser amid shortage
The University of East Anglia has started to produce hand sanitiser after a request from Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and the county council.
Staff used empty teaching labs to make the alcohol-based sanitiser after they were informed of a shortage of supply.
Professor Mark Searcey, pro-vice chancellor for science and the university, said the team made their first batch in about an hour and appealed for anyone who could help with provisions of ethanol or isopropanol and bottling the sanitiser to get in touch.