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Coronavirus deaths in East rise by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of two deaths in the region's hospitals in the figures issued this afternoon.

The total number now stands at 4,031 and the additional deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East and North Herts NHS Trust: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,650.

Spitfire tribute to NHS to be inscribed with hero names

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Spitfire with "Thank u NHS" emblazoned on its under-wings roared through the skies across East Anglia today as a continuing tribute to the care sector.

The plane flew across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals in morning and afternoon sorties from its base at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

NHS Spitfire
Aircraft Restoration Company

The fighter plane was piloted by John Romain, founder of the family-run Aircraft Restoration Company.

It has made several flights during the Covid-19 lockdown and now it has a new mission. The company is going to be hand-writing 80,000 names onto the photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’.

"We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes," the company website said.

"A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped/inspired you through the Covid-19 pandemic - you can now say thank you to them by nominating their name to go onto the NHS Spitfire."

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Coronavirus deaths in East rise by four

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of four deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,029.

  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 2
  • Northampton General Hospital: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,602.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by five

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of five deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,025.

·Bedford Hospital: 2

·Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust: 1

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1

·Northampton General: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 44,517.

Welcome to Thursday's live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live updates page here.

Covid-19 deaths hospitals increases by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to Tuesday's statistics, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Southend Hospital: 1
  • Milton Keynes: 1

The total number of deaths for the region's hospitals now stands at 4,021.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236.

Welcome to Tuesday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Monday's live updates page here.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in East of England

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to the latest statistics published on Monday, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon Hospital: 1
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation: 1

The total number of deaths for the eastern region's hospitals passed 4,000 at the end of last week and now stands at 4,019.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236, according to statistics issued on Sunday.

Busier night for ambulance service as pubs reopen

The first weekend of pub reopenings after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased was busy for the East of England Ambulance Service with its crews dealing with an increase in calls.

Demand doubled at times between 21:00 on Saturday and 04:00 on Sunday compared with the previous four weeks.

East of England Ambulance
East of England Ambulance Service

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer, said: "Thankfully the alcohol-related calls that we could have expected weren't as high as the small increase in calls for assaults but it was still a very busy night."

Train company gets ready for 'increase' in travellers

A train company is getting ready to "welcome back commuters" as it is increasing its timetable from Monday.

Greater Anglia said it has taken additional steps to keep everyone safe including handing out facemasks and installing hand sanitiser dispensers at 20 stations.

Jamie Burles, managing director, said: "We have measures in place to protect staff and passengers such as enhanced cleaning, social distancing markings at stations and free hand sanitiser available at major stations.

"However, at this stage, we are still asking customers only to travel by train where necessary."

Social distancing measures at railway station
Greater Anglia

It is now mandatory for customers to wear a face covering when using public transport.

Hand sanitiser dispensers are available at Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Broxbourne, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Colchester North, Ely, Harlow Town, Ipswich, Manningtree, Norwich, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Stansted Airport, Tottenham Hale, Ware, Wickford and Witham.

Be alert to large scale gatherings say police

Police are warning communities to be alert to large unlicensed gatherings after one was planned last weekend at Pitstone Pits.

Hertfordshire Police said the occupants of a vehicle containing large speakers admitted to planning a large gathering at the beauty spot, just across the border in Buckinghamshire.

With the gradual easing of lockdown measures, "many people have let down their guard", but social-distancing was still in place, it said.

Pitstone Quarry
Colin Smith/Geograph

Ch Insp Chris Treadwell said: "Not only are unlicensed raves illegal but in the current circumstances, they clearly breach the government measures stating there must be no large gatherings in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"These types of events are dangerous for attendees as there are often no crowd control measures, medical staff or security provision on site.

"Many people will likely accuse us of being spoilsports but we are here to keep people safe."

'Thank U NHS' plane to fly over hospitals

A Spitfire plane, with "Thank U NHS" written on its underside, will take to the skies this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the National Health Service.

The legendary World War Two fighter will fly over a number of hospitals in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire starting at 16:20 on Sunday.

It has been organised by the family-owned Aircraft Restoration Company, based at Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Spitfire plane
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The full flight route is as follows:

  • 16:20 - Duxford Airfield
  • 16:28 - Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
  • 16:33 - Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton
  • 16:36 – Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • 16:41 – Bedford Hospital
  • 16:47 – Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon
  • 16:53 – Witchford, village near Ely
  • 16:58 – Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge
  • 17:00 – Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth hospitals, Cambridge
  • 17:10 – Duxford Airfield

'Play your part in stamping out the virus'

Ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions this weekend, a director of public health said everyone still needs to "play their part in stamping out the virus".

Jim McManus, who works for Hertfordshire County Council, said of the new "one metre plus" that "we must all maintain social distancing, wash our hands regularly and thoroughly and follow the rules and guidance on face coverings".

"If you have any symptoms that could indicate you have coronavirus, it’s vitally important that you get a test," he said.

“Remember too that if you’re contacted by the national NHS Test and Trace team, you must follow their advice and self-isolate, to prevent the virus from taking hold in Hertfordshire again and threatening more lives.”

Coronavirus testing station
NHS

Tests can be booked online and drive-through testing sites are now open to everyone living or working in the county and for those that do not have access to a car or are too ill to drive, a test kit can be posted to them.

Welcome to Friday's live updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

We'll have build up to Wycombe Wanderers play-off semi-final, as they bid to emulate Northampton Town and gain promotion via Wembley.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Thursday's live page here.

Firefighters build memorial garden to lost ambulance workers

A "lasting memory" had been left by firefighters who have been working as ambulance drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bedford firefighters enlisted to the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) have designed and built a memorial garden at Luton ambulance station to show their appreciation to their new workmates and in memory of those who have died of cancer and suicide.

They received help from Bruce Liddle of Newbury Farm Plant in Silsoe, who offered advice and supplied the plants for free.

Mike King, a firefighter, said: “They have made us feel so welcome and we thought the best way to say thank you was to leave a lasting memory by building the memorial garden – something they have been trying to get enough funds together to build for some time."

Simon King, head of operations at EEAST for Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, said it was a "phenomenal gift" and "the garden itself is magnificent and is a fitting tribute to our much-missed colleagues".

Fire and ambulance crews
EEAST

Covid-19 deaths in East of England increase by 19

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Nineteen more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the East of England, according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
  • Bedford Hospital: 11
  • East and North Herts: 1
  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 4

The deaths did not necessarily happen in the previous 24 hours as there are often delays in certifying Covid-19 deaths.

The total number of deaths for the eastern region so far is 3,994.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 176 and stands at 43,906.

Welcome to Thursday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live page here.

Youngsters asked to share Covid-19 experiences

Young people are being asked how lockdown has affected their wellbeing by filling in surveys.

young person completing a survey
Hertfordshire County Council

Organised by the county council's youth service, YC HertfordshireServices for Young People, its survey aims to build a picture of how young people have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and what their biggest concerns are.

The results will then be used to help shape support and services available to young people over the coming months.

It comes as a similar survey was unveiled by East Suffolk Council.

Coronavirus: What did 100 days of lockdown teach us?

BBC Look East

Tuesday marked 100 days since the United Kingdom began life under coronavirus restrictions.

Last night, BBC Look East hosted a Facebook Live discussion on what we have learned, where we are now and what happens next for the region as lockdown eases.

You can watch it back here, with BBC East science correspondent Richard Westcott joined by virologist Rebecca Kinsley, Patricia Yates from Visit Britain and finance and business advisor Hazel Bowen.

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Figures show five new Covid-19 deaths in east of England

Five more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the east of England according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Coclhester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 2
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 2

The total number of deaths for the eastern region is 3,975.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 155 and stands at 43,730.

Your stories of 100 days of lockdown

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

We've been asking for your stories of the lockdown to date via BBC News: East of England's Facebook page and many responses have been positive.

But for Elizabeth Jerome-Smith, who works in a hospital theatre, lockdown hasn't seen her able to learn new skills such as baking bread.

Elizabeth Jerome-Smith
Elizabeth Jerome-Smith/Facebook

"This sums up my ‘lockdown’: No baking cakes, no homeschooling, no treasuring unexpected time to make memories with my children, the memories my children will have of lockdown is an exhausted mother with a sore face.

"Covid isn’t over, we are still working long shifts and extra hours like this in hospitals across the country, to look after the ill and injured, and to try and catch up with the backlog of urgent surgical patients that had to be cancelled to make capacity for Covid patients.

"Please don't forget this as lockdown relaxes and you get back to 'normality'. For some of us this is our new normal, so please, wear a mask, keep your distance, stay safe and enjoy the freedom that relaxing lockdown brings, but don’t forget that Covid is still here."

'You know it's summer when the longhorns arrive'

Weston Hills Local Nature Reserve recently welcomed some familiar four-legged visitors to graze in its meadows.

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The English longhorn cattle and sheep visit annually as part of the conservation grazing regime at the site at Baldock in Hertfordshire.

Grazing helps to encourage a wider variety of plants and insects.

Ivel Springs, also in Baldock, will welcome English Longhorn Cattle to its grassland in July.

Steve Jarvis, of North Hertfordshire District Council said: "You always know that summer is here when the longhorns and sheep arrive on our nature reserves."

100 days of lockdown...discuss?

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

It’s 100 days since lockdown started.

What have we learned (eg BBC Newsbeat has been to Telford in Shropshire)? Where are we now? What next for the East of England as lockdown eases?

BBC East will be asking these question on its Facebook Live discussion and answering your questions tonight at 18:45.

In the meantime here's what lockdown has meant to some of the team at BBC East, such as learning the art of making the perfect banana cake:

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Greater Anglia to increase services next week

Greater Anglia says it will be reintroducing most of its timetable from Monday, as more people return to work after the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions.

train carrriage
PA Media

Some 46,000 more seats are going to be available as of next week during peak times - fulfulling 93% of normal services.

But trains between Norwich, Diss and London will remain scaled back, although they will be monitored on a daily basis to see whether more trains need to be put on, the operator said.

Tickets offices will all reopen and on the London services catering will return.

Jonathan Denby, from Greater Anglia, said the number of inter city trains will increase but "we still expect there to be an awful lot of people who won't be travelling normally yet".

He added the government advice was still to only travel where necessary.

Coronavirus: One new death in hospitals

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by one, according to the latest daily government statistics issued on Sunday.

The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.

The number of new deaths in listed by NHS trust were:

  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,967, while across the UK it's 43,550.

Train company's sunflower scheme to help those with hidden disability

A new train travel scheme is aiming to support people with "hidden" disabilities.

Passengers with learning disabilities will be given sunflower lanyards and ID cards by Greater Anglia staff.

The sunflower initiative is a way of signalling someone may need additional help or more time when travelling.

Sunflower lanyard
Greater Anglia Trains

Paul White, from Hidden Disabilities, said living with a hidden disability "can make daily life more demanding" and the new scheme "helps by discreetly indicating to people that those who choose to wear it, have a hidden disability and may need additional support, help or a little more time".

Greater Anglia’s accessibility manager, Rebecca Richardson, added that the company was committed to "making rail travel accessible for everyone".

Coronavirus: Eight new deaths in the region

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by eight, according to the latest daily government statistics.

The previous day's figures showed 11 new deaths.

Southend University Hospital
BBC

The number of new deaths in Thursday's stats, listed by the NHS trust, were:

  • Southend University Hospital: 4
  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,957, while across the UK it's 43,230.

Parks at risk of being turned into 'rubbish dumps'

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

Litter in park
Watford Council

Parks are at risk of becoming "rubbish dumps", a council has said.

A barrier has been installed at Cassiobury car park, and will operate from 07:45 to 22:00, Watford Council said.

The council is also working with the police to "tackle ASB (anti-social behaviour)" and is looking to increase the number of bins and carry out litter picks.

barrier by a park
Watford Council

Tweet us your temperatures

BBC Look East

With the mercury rising, we want to know just how hot it is in the Look East region - so we'd like you to let us know the temperatures from your cars or gardens.

All you need do is tweet your photos to BBC Look East, telling us where you are and using the hashtag #BBCEastTempcheck....

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