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Coronavirus: Latest updates on Easter lockdown as more than 130 new deaths confirmed

By Andrew Turton | Coronavirus | Published:

Read today's coronavirus updates as 131 new deaths were confirmed in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire nudging the toll past 900.

The Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge lit up blue for the NHS on Thursday. Photo: Brandon Holloway

We brought you the latest news from across the West Midlands and beyond as the country awaited the Bank Holiday Easter weekend on lockdown.

We have up-to-date figures from our NHS trusts detailing the number of cases in your area as the UK death toll increased by the highest daily amount yet.

A total of 131 new deaths were confirmed in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire today meaning that at least 903 people have now died in the region after testing positive for Covid-19.

We also showcased last night's rousing Clap for Key Workers events.

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

More key developments

  • 10 Downing Street says people can buy whatever they want from shops and use their gardens as they wish after concerns that police are overstepping lockdown powers.
  • New images have been released showing there has been no mass Easter getaway this year.

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  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson "must rest up" after he was moved from intensive care with coronavirus, his father Stanley Johnson told reporters.
  • People have been urged to heed instructions that they should stay at home over Easter, amid fears that a warm start to the weekend could see lockdown rules broken.
  • The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has defended visiting his elderly parents during the coronavirus lockdown, saying he was delivering items including medicines.
  • The vast new Nightingale Hospital at the NEC was opening for trials today before it takes its first patients this weekend.

See today's updates here

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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