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More than 5,000 people have died after becoming infected with coronavirus in the UK, as latest figures show 51,608 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Debenhams is facing administration for the second time in a year.

Convenience store chain McColl’s, which has stores across East Anglia, is joining forces with Deliveroo to deliver daily essentials to customers.

The Queen has urged people to “remain united and resolute” in fighting coronavirus, telling the nation during a rare televised address: “We will overcome it.”

Suffolk’s top police officer is appealing to the “small proportion” of the population who are flouting social distancing rules after revealing officers had made one arrest and issued a “few fines” to those ignoring the lockdown.

Powers to enforce car parking across Suffolk have officially transferred from police to councils – with inconsiderate motorists warned to expect tougher administration.

Councils across Suffolk have released details on Easter bin collections, with some changes set for the bank holiday weekend.

The East of England Ambulance Service has made an urgent call for 1,000 temporary workers and volunteers - to help cope with “unprecedented demand” during the coronavirus outbreak.

Today’s EADT Daily podcast discusses the historic moment the Queen addressed the nation, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson being hospitalised with Covid-19 and whether outdoor exercise should be banned.

A Facebook group to support parents with homeschooling is one of many new communities to have grown online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Suffolk has risen to more than 200, figures have revealed.

Nine more people who had tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals across Suffolk and north Essex.

Almost 5,000 people have now died as a result of coronavirus in the UK.

MPs across Suffolk and Essex have shared messages of goodwill to Boris Johnson after he was admitted to hospital for tests related to his coronavirus diagnosis.

Daily outdoor exercise under coronavirus lockdown rules could be banned entirely if people flout rules over social distancing, health secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has warned.

Spring has sprung, and the beauty of nature in our home areas is more important than ever this year during the restrictions of lockdown. Readers and staff have shared their photos and thoughts.

People are being urged to remain at home today as Suffolk and Essex look set to bask in wall-to-wall sunshine.

A new project is helping to ensure that frontline key workers are getting healthy, nutritional meals throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

I am not going to sugarcoat it, being pregnant amidst the coronavirus crisis has had its fair share of low points.

An army of Suffolk GPs have returned from retirement to help tackle the coronavirus crisis – with cases expected to “surge” in the next week.

The government has urged people to consider the lives of their family and friends before flouting lockdown rules during the forecasted warm weather.

Police have urged people to follow government lockdown guidance after receiving a large amount of calls from concerned members of the public.

NHS England’s national medical director says now is not the time to “take our foot off the pedal” after claiming the number of new coronavirus cases show signs of a plateau.

A techy Ipswich environmentalist is set to launch a series of weekly educational guides to keep families entertained in their garden during the coronavirus outbreak.

Tributes have been paid to much-loved great-grandmother and Sudbury stalwart Beverly Ann Richardson, who has died aged 77.

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Community sport

Friday, April 3, 2020

With all competitive road running put on hold for the foreseeable future, due to COVID-19, Carl Marston recalls some popular races that have long since disappeared from the calendar

Bury Town manager, Ben Chenery, has backed the Football Association’s decision to declare the 2019-20 season, in non-league from steps three down to seven, as null and void with all results expunged, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking for a subject now that all cycle racing is suspended, I discovered that it was exactly 50 years ago, in March 1970, that men and women were first allowed to compete together in the same open cycling time trial, writes Fergus Muir.

An inspirational Suffolk teenage speedway star battling his way back to health after suffering serious brain injuries in a crash is to talk at a conference about his fightback.

Suffolk’s leading non-league clubs should learn more about the fate of this season, in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, following tonight’s conference call involving the various leagues’ representatives.

Ipswich Town won the FA Cup on May 6, 1978 when they beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Wembley final – Roger Osborne the scorer.

Here are a few pictorial memories of that wonderful ‘day in May’, and the run to the final.

Bury Town chairman, Russell Ward, believes that it might ultimately be best to look towards starting next season on time, rather than trying to eventually complete all matches from the current, frozen season.

Suffolk enjoyed another fantastic day at the annual English Schools National Cross Country Championships, held at Sefton Park in Liverpool on Saturday, spearheaded by Ben Peck’s terrific win in the junior boys’ race.

Bury Town manager, Ben Chenery, has described the BetVictor Isthmian League’s decision to postpone this weekend’s games, and the following midweek fixtures, as “the right decision.”

It’s not long now until the start of the Premiership speedway season and Ipswich Witches will be looking to go one better than last year when they lost in the play-off final. MIKE BACON takes a look.

Bury Town skipper, Ollie Fenn, does not want “the hard work to go to waste” as his side continue to contest a play-off berth during the last couple of months of this campaign.

Lewis Sullivan’s sensational season continued with victory at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, in the process spearheading Suffolk to terrific team gold medals in the under-15 boys’ age group at Loughborough on Saturday.

Walsham-le-Willows have made a change a managerial change, with Fergus O’Callaghan stepping down as first-team boss, to be replaced by Trevor Collins as the new manager, with former boss Trevor Newman as his assistant.

Bury Town boss Ben Chenery admitted that his team caused their “own problems” after conceding an injury-time equaliser during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Hullbridge Sports.

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