Coronavirus: Live updates as police defend lockdown action and Mayor's concern for businesses

See the latest coronavirus updates as the West Midlands' leading officer dismisses "police state" accusations.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson has defended officers during the coronavirus lockdown
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson has defended officers during the coronavirus lockdown

Our team will bring you the latest news from across the West Midlands and beyond with the coronavirus lockdown in its second week.

We have up-to-date figures from our NHS trusts detailing the number of cases in your area.

It was revealed yesterday that 18 more patients died in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham had died, bringing the total in the area to 160.

We should have updated figures later this afternoon.

We'll also try to raise a smile as a Wolverhampton artist known for putting motivational posters on city streets across the world is now sending notes directly to NHS staff.

And find out how you can become a Star Neighbour and help vulnerable members of your community.

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