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Image copyright Farrah Sharif When Farrah Sharif, 30, was told she would have to continue paying 80% of her two-year-old son’s nursery fees to hold his place in the coming months, she was confused. Like millions of other parents she had already taken him out of their East London nursery because of government guidelines, so […]

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For the past two weeks, since the lockdown restrictions began, BBC news presenter Sophie Raworth has been running to work at lunchtime to present the BBC News at Six and Ten, taking pictures as she passes some well-known landmarks. Here she describes what it is like to commute through the now deserted streets of the […]

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Image copyright Reuters A member of Metropolitan Police staff has died after contracting coronavirus, the force has confirmed. In a statement, it said a member of staff in its contact centre, who had pre-existing health conditions, died after testing positive for COVID-19. Scotland Yard said it would not be releasing a name in line with […]

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Image copyright Getty Images A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died, a London hospital trust has said. Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton in south London, died in King’s College Hospital early on Monday. He is thought to be the youngest person to have died with the virus in the UK. A spokesman […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is being set up at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands area Thousands of EasyJet and Virgin airline staff are being offered work in the new NHS Nightingale Hospital. Those who sign up will support nurses and senior clinicians at the coronavirus field […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichael Gove announced increased testing capacity for frontline workers Health workers on the frontline in England will start being tested this weekend to see if they have coronavirus, the government has said. Tests will be rolled out to critical care doctors and nurses first followed by staff […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPM: Number of NHS volunteers in 24 hours equal to “population of Coventry” The number of people who have volunteered to help the NHS in its fight against coronavirus has passed half a million, double the government’s recruitment target. Speaking at his daily news conference, PM Boris […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People have been urged to keep a distance The UK government has taken further action to limit the spread of coronavirus. Shops selling non-essential items are to close, along with libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship. Weddings and baptisms will be banned but funerals will be allowed. […]

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rough sleepers already known to charities will be part of an initial trial Hotel beds have been offered to rough sleepers in London to help protect them against coronavirus. About 300 rooms were made available this weekend to vulnerable people already known to homelessness charities as part of an initial […]

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Tahnoon Nimer (left) and Matt Southall pictured together at Charlton’s match against Barnsley in February Charlton Athletic chairman Matt Southall has insisted he will not step away despite majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer “deciding on a new board” at the Championship club. Southall has been locked in a row with the Syrian businessman over finances at […]

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