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We’ve all got to pull together right now - not just the over-50s, says Rachel Moore

Fashion chain M&Co is set to close 47 of its stores across the UK – including one in Suffolk.

A company which makes specialist disinfectant products suitable for hospitals saw a huge rise in sales at the height of the coronavirus outbreak.

“This for us is a complete culture change. We have got to all now wake up and smell the coffee.”

A huge rise in homeworking is expected to lead to steep falls in office rents across the East of England.

Parents are facing uncertainty over how their children will get to school in September, as spare seats on school buses cannot currently be offered for sale.

Shoppers in the East of England have continued to make a cautious return to high streets, retail parks and shopping centres, new figures show.

A taskforce is to be formed to investigate ways of kickstarting the economy in part of Suffolk following the coronavirus lockdown, including means of upping demand for local firms.

Surprise falls in the number of corporate insolvencies across England and Wales don’t yet reflect the coronavirus pandemic effect, an East Anglian insolvency trade body has warned.

Young people in Suffolk have been urged to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” amid fears they might be part of a “lost generation” after the Covid-19 crisis.

Google ‘farmer purple flowers’ and you’ll be greeted with glorious images of a north Essex farmer amid a stunning array of his flowering echium crop.

East Anglian insolvency professionals are bracing themselves for a steep spike in firms going bust – possibly as early as October.

Rural parts of Norfolk and Suffolk heavily dependent on tourism have been hardest hit by the coronavirus jobs crisis, according to a new study.

A care farm team with plans to create a new kitchen extension has taken part in a challenge to raise funds for it.

A major drive to revive Norfolk and Suffolk’s shattered £5bn tourist industry has been launched.

A regional grocer’s ordered its staff to mask up ahead of new government rules which require customers to wear face coverings in shops.

The East of England has seen the third highest year-on-year increase in profit warnings across all UK regions as the effects of the coronavirus crisis reverberate across the economy.

In his latest column, Suffolk Constabulary chief constable Steve Jupp writes about how the force aims to protect people during what is expected to be a busy summer.

Suffolk councils have received nearly £6million in emergency cash from central government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the latest settlement – but council bosses have warned more is needed to see them through the crisis.

A regional housebuilder says it has re-started construction on most of its sites across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex following lockdown.

East Suffolk Council has forecast a £4.5million hit on its finances this year as a result of coronavirus, but bosses say that it is in a stronger position than most authorities.

More charities could close following the collapse of Age UK Suffolk, a voluntary sector expert has warned.

Digital doctor’s appointments could be set to stay in Suffolk, after health chiefs outlined their intention to make sure transformations in the system remain post-coronavirus.

Age UK Suffolk is to cease operations from the end of next week after the charity was hit by ‘significant’ financial losses as a result of coronavirus.

The number of parents wishing to home school their child is expected to rise in Suffolk, after the coronavirus lockdown gave families a ‘trial run’.

Suffolk’s official film office has launched a new database of local TV and film professionals to help kickstart the industry following the coronavirus lockdown.

A metal cutting firm is celebrating after scooping a £50k grant towards a laser cutting machine which will substantially increase its capacity.

A pub group says it expects its managed estate to take a 40% dive in takings because of new social distancing rules.

Hospitality businesses will need to perform a balancing act between customers worried that a visit to their local will be devoid of the fun factor versus those concerned about their health, an expert suggests.

Plans to create a new woodland space in memory of those who died after contracting Covid-19 have won the backing of councillors.

Jobs in East Anglia are at risk as Boots has said it expects to cut more than 4,000 jobs because of the “significant impact” of Covid-19.

East Anglia could be facing a shortfall of thousands of flu jabs this year a health meeting has heard – with drive-through vaccinations under discussion for Suffolk.

More than 30 libraries have reopened across Suffolk as community services continue to return following the the coronavirus lockdown.

A £23million budget shortfall is being faced by Suffolk County Council as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, latest figures reveal.

Suffolk’s first night out after months of pubs being in lockdown “went really well” – with officers only being called to a handful of fights.

Seven of the 10 biggest nations Suffolk and Norfolk firms export to are EU nations, data has revealed.

A Suffolk education union has warned that having full classes in September without effective social distancing will be “reckless” and “potentially dangerous”.

People will be able to ask public health leaders about the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in Suffolk at a meeting later this month.

RNLI lifeguards are set to return to Southwold beach this weekend as more coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.

They provide lifelines for young and old, with children’s events and social activities on top of lending books, CDs and DVDs. But when will Suffolk’s libraries finally reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown?

National newspaper reports that Suffolk is one area which could face a local lockdown because of a rise in the number of coronavirus cases is based on just one extra test result.

Africa Alive! in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, is reopening this week - to the delight of animal lovers across Suffolk. But how will a trip to the popular animal park be different after Covid-19?

New guidance has been released for how people in workplaces, schools and communities will respond to concentrated outbreaks of Covid-19 in Suffolk.

A “cell” to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic has distributed more than 2.3million items across Suffolk.

A cash flow crisis could be brewing in East Anglia as companies start to feel the pressure from the coronavirus crisis.

A regional retailer is calling for government action as staff members are subjected to appalling levels of abuse from customers during lockdown.

A Suffolk school is cutting its summer holidays short to help pupils catch up on learning they have missed because of Covid-19.

An East Anglian pub group is planning a phased return as it eases out of lockdown.

Calls have been made for concerned residents to seek help with their lockdown finance worries.

Sweeties traditional sweet shop in Suffolk has had a huge demand for deliveries during the Covid-19 crisis.

Regional discount retailer QD stores has announced the reopening of five more of its stores across Suffolk and Norfolk as part of the final stage of its phased re-launch of branches.

They are our future, with the world at their feet and the dreams to make the Suffolk of tomorrow even better than today.

A holiday park provider in Suffolk and Essex is reporting a recent surge in bookings with bosses saying the resorts are ‘good to go’ when they are given the go ahead by the Government to reopen.

Police have condemned an ‘upsetting’ sticker bearing the words ‘danger - coronavirus’ and a skull and crossbones symbol that was stuck on an elderly resident’s door in Southwold.

Increasing confidence from parents has prompted a rise in the numbers of pupils returning to school - with nearly 2,000 going back in some format.

An international touring theatre company has been given a timely cash boost as it battles through the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

A seven-day test and trace operations centre will be set up in Suffolk to give people advice about what to do in the event of a local outbreak of Covid-19, it has been revealed.

A firm which makes equestrian equipment is feeling buoyant as sales and leads pick up in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

Occupational health experts say they have engaged with more than 1,000 employers trying to work through the challenges of the coronavirus lockdown.

Plans to begin improving cycle routes across Suffolk have been given the green light, with work to begin on detailed proposals for 20 priority routes.

A law firm is offering regional businesses a £250k lifeline as they struggle to get to grips with fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Twelve people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Suffolk prisons since the pandemic broke out, statistics have revealed.

Greene King has warned that “a number” of its premises won’t be financially viable or able to open for operational reasons as it unveiled a very different world for pub customers.

A company boss has praised the “magnificent” response of his workforces across East Anglia as the company strove to continue its critical supply chain work through the coronavirus lockdown.

Developer Hopkins Homes has given six Suffolk charities £4,500 each to support their work with victims of domestic abuse and vulnerable children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

An East Anglian electrical retailer is set to reopen 10 of its largest stores from Monday, June 15.

Lockdown has provided a welcome boost for a sheepskin clothing maker – as its slipper sales soar.

An NHS administrator and portrait photographer has been focussing on supporting her local food bank.

Parents in Suffolk are divided over whether they would send their child to a summer school this year to help them catch up with learning, a poll has indicated.

Marks and Spencer clothing stores across Suffolk, Norfolk and north Essex are set to reopen on Monday, June 15.

Fewer than one in five primary pupils returned to school in Suffolk last week, new data shows.

A regional retail chain is offering free water and bike repair kits to commuters heading back to work as the coronavirus lockdown eases.

Communities in Suffolk are being urged to be the “eyes and ears” for children in danger, as children’s services bosses report a 50% drop in referrals.

A spirits maker has diversified into manufacturing hand sanitiser alongside its alcoholic drinks.

A communications agency has launched a free content library to help not-for-profits stop the spread of coronavirus.

A start-up firm has come up with a potential way of tackling the spread of coronavirus by using a UV air steriliser to “clean” the air in rooms.

Suffolk tourism chiefs and business owners say the industry is desperate to get going and is optimistic that it can make something of the remainder of 2020.

Mental health experts in Suffolk have produced a support pack for schools to help anxious pupils through their return from coronavirus lockdown.

The death toll from coronavirus at Suffolk’s care homes remains in double figures this week – but new deaths are at their lowest level since the beginning of April, figures reveal.

A driver speeding at a shocking 140mph on the A14 in Suffolk during the coronavirus lockdown has been branded as “utterly irresponsible”.

The value of pension fund investments by Suffolk County Council plummeted by £327million as a result of coronavirus, latest figures show.

The leaders of Suffolk council are being urged to create a climate emergency role at cabinet level so the issue can be addressed with greater “energy and conviction”.

Fewer pupils and schools returned in Suffolk today than anticipated, according to education chiefs, as parents proved to be cautious about sending their children back.

Fears have been raised that the Covid-19 lockdown easing is “happening too quickly” - as growing numbers of visitors flock to the Suffolk coast in warm weather.

Four Suffolk charities have come together to launch a campaign alongside Anthony Horowitz OBE to help ensure charity money remains in the county.

Testing of all care home staff and residents in Suffolk if one person gets coronavirus has been in place for more than two weeks, according to council care bosses.

Businesses in Suffolk preparing to reopen in the next few weeks following the coronavirus lockdown are being urged to press ahead with safety measures for their stores.

A 67-year-old who has a love of crafts is using her time at home to create face masks with plastic windows, which she thinks could help children in schools and those who have trouble hearing.

A handful of Suffolk primary schools are not expected to reopen their doors on June 1, it has been confirmed.

Key sectors like Norfolk and Suffolk’s tourism industry will need to overcome big practical and emotional issues as we move out of coronavirus lockdown, an expert has warned.

A discount retailer is reopening a further six of its stores around East Anglia.

Matt Hancock has pledged to speak to the Treasury about whether fines imposed on families travelling for childcare purposes during lockdown should be reviewed.

A decision on the revamp of children’s centre services in Suffolk should not be made while the coronavirus crisis continues, a trade union has warned.

A new push to get Suffolk cycling in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown could solve town centre congestion in Suffolk while encouraging social distancing, it has been claimed.

A greater reliance on video and messaging apps during the coronavirus lockdown has helped children’s social care teams communicate better with vulnerable youngsters, say care chiefs.

Aerospace engineers at an East Anglian manufacturer are using their skills to make vital specialist stretchers to enable coronavirus patients to be transferred by air.

Changes to road and pavement layouts are on the cards in Suffolk to help ensure social distancing as lockdown eases.

Easing of lockdown restrictions means that people are once again able to buy, sell or move home. Find out what some Norfolk estate agents will be doing to ensure safety.

Dozens of questions are being asked by schools in Suffolk as they prepare to open schools from June 1 in a bid to ensure safety.

Dedicated home-schooling activities have been produced to help children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Suffolk during the coronavirus lockdown.

A glazing and locks services firm has carried out a courtesy “disinfectant clean” of the offices of Norfolk Chambers of Commerce to prepare them for the return of staff.

A monthly package of more than £3million is keeping Suffolk care providers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, it has emerged.

Vineyards across the region are set to raise a glass to heroes of the coronavirus pandemic – by sending them a free bottle of local wine.

The number of people classed as “extremely vulnerable” to Covid-19 in Suffolk has risen to 35,000 - meaning nearly one in 20 people in Suffolk is now believed to be at high risk.

People suffering from Covid-19 have been warned about fake medicines and other products being sold online which falsely claim to treat or prevent the illness.

Government provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) was unlikely to have been enough to meet demand in Suffolk, it has been revealed.

The boss of East Anglia’s biggest housing association has warned the housing crisis may deepen in the wake of coronavirus, saying there are “tough times ahead”.

Suffolk and Norfolk shop staff have endured a “totally unacceptable” rise in levels of abuse during the coronavirus lockdown, a regional retail chain has revealed.

Employer flexibility will be vital as anxious furloughed workers begin to return to work, a business expert says.

Suffolk’s coastal resorts had been relatively quiet on Saturday - but it has been a different story in some areas today.

In his latest column, Suffolk Constabulary chief constable STEVE JUPP praises the public’s efforts in adhering to lockdown restrictions - but says there is more work to be done yet.

Special educational needs bosses in Suffolk have turned around the ailing performance in processing care plan assessments, and are now above the national average it has emerged.

People off work under the furlough scheme in Suffolk may be keeping busy by caring for older relatives, it is believed.

Care bosses in Suffolk have said their priority remains supporting providers in Suffolk though the coronavirus crisis, as some authorities plan public inquiries.

Suffolk education leaders are set to lobby the Government on reimbursing schools which have had to fork out for free school meals, following failings in the national programme.

A display manufacturer says reaction has been “phenomenal” as it gears up to go into full-scale production of hand sanitiser stations designed for workplaces and retail spaces as lockdown eases.

Hundreds of people across Suffolk may have cancer symptoms they are not getting checked out it has emerged, as referral rates plummet to just 20% normal levels during the coronavirus lockdown.

Workers at a plastic bottle making factory in Halesworth have come to the aid of care homes in the area by providing them with free hand sanitisers.

A beach car park will reopen after the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

More than 3,000 people have booked appointments at Suffolk’s recycling centres from Thursday within just two hours of the system going live.

Teachers will be reviewing the progress their pupils have made while learning at home during lockdown as they prepare for a gradual reopening of schools.

The government’s furlough scheme - to pay workers unable to earn because of the coronavirus crisis - is being extended until October, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

A specialist hospital disinfectant manufacturer is handing out gift versions of its product as a ‘thank you’ to NHS workers.

Greater Anglia is to increase the number of trains it runs on services in the region as the government has published new guidance on remaining safe on public transport.

School transport providers in Suffolk will be required to provide flexibility once pupils start returning to the classroom, according to education bosses.

A Suffolk and Norfolk-based garden centre chain is set to reopen on Wednesday, May 13.

Suffolk’s recycling centres and rubbish tips will re-open from Thursday this week – but only for those who have booked an appointment first.

A pubs giant says it is “keen to avoid a false start” as prime minister announced an easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Suffolk teachers and parents have raised their concerns about the prospect of schools re-opening in the county.

Community leaders have urged people to be responsible if they visit the Suffolk coast - amid fears more people could flock to the coast now lockdown rules have changed.

The Prime Minister has outlined a possible phased return of schools from June 1, as part of a planned second wave of easing lockdown measures from Covid-19.

Thousands of government food parcels have been sent to those deemed at highest risk of Covid-19 in Suffolk, it has been revealed.

The list of those believed to be “extremely vulnerable” to Covid-19 in Suffolk has grown again – meaning 22,000 people in the county are now believed to be at high risk from the virus.

Streaming as live theatre continues to draw massive audiences. Last week’s National Theatre broadcast of Frankenstein had two million views in five days. Here is a selection of the latest attractions from our theatres, galleries and dance companies

Steps are in place for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to be admitted to new schools in Suffolk as planned this September - despite construction delays caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Calls have been made to ensure that people stay safe while marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day this week during the current coronavirus crisis.

A Norfolk dentist has urged other practices across the region to join forces to get PPE supplies for NHS and care workers.

Pubs and brewing giant Greene King has launched a hardship fund to help its 38,000 staff during the coronavirus lockdown.

A Norwich charity plans to deliver 30,000 meals a week to the most vulnerable people amid coronavirus.

Ofsted inspectors have carried out a virtual monitoring visit on a struggling children’s home where frequent cannabis use was reported.

A bakery chain has celebrated its 2,000th ‘click and collect’ customer after launching the service four weeks ago in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

Schools across Suffolk have been urged to claim free tampons and sanitary products for their pupils from a government scheme to help support young female pupils.

A craft brewer has seen sales plummet by 40% after orders for pubs and beer festivals dried up amid the coronavirus crisis.

An NHS app to test, track and trace coronavirus will be trialled this week, Matt Hancock announced.

Suffolk health workers have been set the mammoth task of cycling around the world in 80 days - while raising money for good causes in the process.

Train operator Greater Anglia has invested in “fogging guns” to help keep trains an stations clean during the coronavirus pandemic.

With car journeys having dropped significantly during the coronavirus lockdown, plenty of vehicles have been left parked without use for days or even weeks on end.

The boss of a Suffolk-based pubs and brewery giant admits he faces a number of headaches when he finally gets to reopen premises post coronavirus lockdown.

A leading Suffolk charity says families and friends are “stepping up” for their elderly and vulnerable loved-ones after panic-buying made delivery slots impossible to secure.

The aftermath of the coronavirus lockdown is likely to lead to long-lasting change at work with East Anglia poised to benefit most, a finance chief believes.

A government loan scheme aimed at helping small businesses to bounce back could be vital in helping them to emerge from the coronavirus crisis, a finance expert believes.

Plans for a shake-up of a Suffolk council’s ward boundaries, which will see a reduction in the number of elected members and savings of more than £100,000,looks set to be postponed until 2025.

Staff at a regional grocery chain have been given face visors to keep them safe during the coronavirus lockdown.

Volunteers have been bringing spring cheer to people who are self-isolating, by delivering them the gift of a plant.

A town group based on mutual support has already generated thousands of pounds of business for its members during the coronavirus lockdown.

The national mood is slipping from trying to contain coronavirus to trying to get normal life back under way.

NHS and key workers received another deserved round of applause from Norfolk as part of the Clap For Our Carers campaign.

Boris Johnson has promised to set out a “road map” next week for the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Volunteers who are using their own cars have been urged to check they are covered by the correct insurance policy by Norfolk police.

A fresh injection of government cash to help local authorities tackle the coronavirus crisis has eased the pressure but council leaders are warning that more support will be needed further down the line.

East Anglian firms are refinancing assets including vehicles and machines to gain access to government loans to help them through the coronavirus crisis, a finance broker says.

A Norwich care home has rallied together to spread some positivity during lockdown with a video.

Some NHS staff fighting coronavirus on the frontline are turning to foodbanks as the crisis hits family finances and workers struggle to access supermarkets, volunteers have warned.

Education leaders in Suffolk are praising the efforts of parents who are teaching their children during the coronavirus lockdown, urging them not to feel guilty if they have struggled.

Norwich’s skyline has inspired one of two prints raising money for coronvirus charities from a city-based illustrator and graphic designer.

A team of 50 people in East Suffolk say they feel “really proud” to have made more than 3,000 items of PPE for frontline staff fighting the coronavirus crisis in East Anglia.

The virtual shutdown of the East Anglian economy has brought business confidence crashing down with nearly a third of firms ceasing operations, a new survey reveals.

Suffolk chief constable Steve Jupp has warned people it is “completely unacceptable” to assault police officers enforcing coronavirus restrictions after officers were spat and coughed at and attacked by a dog.

More than 1,300 UK workers have applied to work on a large East Anglian soft fruit farm over the summer months in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown.

Award-winning Latitude Festival is the latest event to be cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Local business Sanitise is working to disinfect homes and businesses across Norfolk and the rest of the UK.

Quizzes are the new cultural currency of lockdown. Jay Flynn’s Virtual Pub Quiz has set new online records in less than a month and now it seems that the National Theatre is getting in on the act to try and help them raises funds to weather the financial woes of enforced shut-down.

Suffolk engineering company Scooterpac, known for its customised mobility scooters, has switched over production to make much-needed PPE for the NHS Nightingale Hospitals.

A number of small company owners across Norfolk and Suffolk have still failed to make a claim for grant aid to help them through the coronavirus crisis, according to a regional business body.

Staff at a firm which makes anti-microbial door handles have been working flat-out after branching out into other protective equipment to help frontline staff during the coronavirus crisis.

Their national flag may be the stars and stripes – but that hasn’t stopped these American families living in Suffolk from showing their love for Britain’s NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Prisoners at HMP Highpoint in Suffolk are reportedly set to begin creating scrubs and face visors for NHS staff in the fight against coronavirus.

A small number of recycling centres are set to reopen in some parts of the country – but what is the plan in Suffolk?

A great-grandfather who raised thousands for charity has been remembered after his death from coronavirus this week.

Ten minutes is normally just enough time for a tea break.

East Anglian farmers’ leaders are pleading with government to delay the implementation of a new subsidy system which will see direct payments for crop growing activities cut to zero over a seven-year period.

The application process for a government scheme to keep workers in jobs during the coronavirus lockdown is working well so far – but there are potential pitfalls, financial experts have warned.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis admitted it is “dreadful” that care workers who want coronavirus testing are unable to get access.

Councils across Suffolk have issued a plea to the Government for more cash to tackle the coronavirus crisis, as the public purse has taken a multi-million pound hit in Suffolk in just one month.

The streets of Attleborough may be quieter than usual but behind some of those closed doors is an army of workers, busier than ever, keeping businesses going in the present lockdown.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said staff should be free to speak out over the coronavirus crisis – as trusts in his region told workers to avoid certain subjects on social media.

More than £100million in crucial business grants have been handed out to businesses in Suffolk – but thousands are yet to claim, new data shows.

At least 50 cases of suspected coronavirus have been reported in Suffolk’s care homes, it has emerged.

A major Suffolk brewery has ensured its business remains strong despite the coronavirus lockdown – but has called for further support on reopening.

Suffolk firefighters will drive ambulances during coronavirus crisis to ease pressure on the ambulance service.

Hundreds of Suffolk and Norfolk store staff working for a regional retail chain are celebrating an extra week’s pay as a reward for going “above and beyond” during the coronavirus crisis.

A patient in their 60s has died at a ward in Carlton Colville after testing positive for Covid-19 – the first coronavirus death at the county’s mental health trust.

Eleven more people have died from coronavirus in hospitals across Norfolk.

A 9-year-old boy who feared he would miss his birthday after being hospitalised with coronavirus has made a swift recovery in time for the big day.

In these unprecedented times, I would firstly like to express my huge gratitude to the communities of Suffolk for all your kindness and support as the constabulary continues to play its part in the fight against coronavirus.

The mental health trust for Suffolk and Norfolk is facing backlash after telling staff to avoid tweeting about the controversial shortage of PPE during the coronavirus pandemic.

Special constables volunteering to police the streets in Suffolk have worked more than 1,000 hours so far this month as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Charities in Norfolk are being urged to apply for a cash injection of up to £10,000 during the coronavirus outbreak.

The performer has brought together some fo the world’s greatest musicians, from Elton John, to Paul McCartney for a one-off fundraising gig.

Suffolk’s archive service has launched a project to capture life under coronavirus lockdown to be preserved for future generations.

Fresh guidance has been issued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

A former chef for Richard Branson has swapped Necker Island for a Norfolk village, where he is delivering fresh bread as lockdown continues.

Plans to increase the cost of school transport by £90 for those aged 16-18 are set to be decided next week – despite more than three quarters of parents saying it would have an impact on them.

With so many of us currently working from home and feeling isolated, our cats, dogs and rabbits are stepping in to provide some much-needed love and comfort.

Suffolk police issued over 50 warnings to people ignoring coronavirus lockdown measures in the county on Easter Sunday.

Council bosses are urging EDF Energy to delay the next stage of their plans for Sizewell C until after the coronavirus pandemic.

Matt Hancock has announced that every NHS hospital will receive a daily delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) from next week.

A Norfolk woman fears people are putting their health at risk due to confusion over shielding amid coronavirus.

Calls have been made to support local newsagents as the coronavirus crisis continues to put pressure on small businesses.

It’s easy to feel trapped at home during lockdown but thankfully there are plenty of theatrical treats available to stream straight into your home. Here’s an updated list of the best shows on offer

Councils across Suffolk are preparing to hold virtual committee meetings to ensure key business can continue during the coronavirus pandemic.

People are being urged to continue to stay at home this weekend to slow the spread of coronavirus by councils, MPs and organisations across Norfolk.

A company boss who has seen the main part of her business plunge by 90% due to the coronavirus crisis is volunteering her skills to help healthworkers keep safe.

A Norfolk couple are stranded in Uganda where they say they have received abuse for being travellers amid coronavirus.

Harry Potter fans are going to have a wizard time during lockdown thanks to author JK Rowling who has made Stephen Fry’s audio-book version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone available online free of charge.

Huge banners with the message: “Please respect us, don’t infect us” have been put up in Southwold in a bid to deter second-home owners flocking to the coast during the coronavirus crisis.

These programmes will give tired mums and dads time to have a cup of tea and a breather while their little ones are entertained.

Communications engineers are abiding by strict new rules in order to keep people connected during the coronavirus crisis as daytime internet usage soars.

Theatre-going is currently out-of-bounds, but thanks to NT-Live plenty of contemporary shows are awaiting in the digital archives to be shared online. Here’s a round up of some of the special treats currently on offer

A social enterprise which tackles homelessness in Norfolk has launched a Crowdfunder over fears it will shut due to coronavirus.

Shoppers will be able to make contactless card payments with a new higher limit of up to £45 per transaction from Wednesday.

Adnams will stop charging its pub tenants rent during the coronavirus pandemic – with one landlord saying it’s given a “light at the end of the tunnel”.

Sport superstars have accepted a challenge by a Norwich fitness company to fundraise for coronavirus charities – and want you to beat them.

A “miracle” 94-year-old supergran has thanked amazing NHS hospital staff for helping to save her life after she beat coronavirus.

The Aldeburgh Festival has been cancelled because of coronavirus, the first time in its 72 year history it has not gone ahead.

A man who is reported to have coughed over fellow shoppers in a Suffolk supermarket while wearing a face mask has been charged.

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus - just hours after prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed he has it too.

Suffolk’s authorities have offered assurances that necessary decisions can still be made during the coronavirus pandemic, despite councils unable to meet.

There’s an old Hollywood adage that goes: “Without a script, you haven’t got a movie.” Although, there have been several directors and producers that have tried to put the truth of that saying to the test over the years (The Fast and Furious films?) it is generally agreed that the foundations of every great film lies with a first class script.

The efforts of carers during the coronavirus lockdown are being recognised by social care chiefs – and the public is being urged to show its support too.

Repairs and maintenance on Suffolk’s roads are continuing during the coronavirus pandemic – but highways chiefs have asked the public not to approach workers.

Work has stopped on most building sites across East Anglia despite the government not banning construction work – leaving many self-employed contractors without pay.

Music is very good for well-being, both physically and mentally. A good tune boosts feelings of happiness and a dance around the kitchen helps to keep you fit. We have compiled a list of feelgood songs to help make our weeks of confinement seem less torturous

A team of technicians have pulled out all the stops to help an isolated community of mainly elderly people to stay in touch with services during the coronavirus lockdown.

A well-wishing message left by two Norwich flatmates to cheer people up during the coronavirus outbreak has spurned a heart-warming chain of responses from their neighbours.

Seven more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Suffolk and a total of 51 new cases in the East of England.

Tributes have been paid to a “lovely vibrant” grandmother, who has become the first person to die after contracting coronavirus in Suffolk.

Banish those feeling of isolation with this feelgood comedy about a big budget Hollywood blockbuster coming to town and finding out that their perfect location may not be as advertised

Celebrities like Norfolk-born pianist Myleene Klass are helping keep families fit, healthy and entertained as we grabble with home schooling during Coronavirus lockdown. Here are some of the best celebrity webcasts to keep boredom at bay

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, Clarence House has said.

Following the Prime Minister’s latest isolation measures unveiled on Monday night, Suffolk’s councils have unveiled further changes to public services. See below each council for what the latest measures are:

Banish those feelings of being trapped and isolated with this beautifully shot exploration of nature in all its untamed glory

With the nation shuttered away in our homes, Disney have chosen the right moment to launch Disney Plus, their new streaming service, which may help signal the end of the traditional cinema experience

With tougher lockdown measures in place and many GP practices switching to phone appointments, questions have been raised over access to health appointments and prescriptions.

A 28-year-old man with no health conditions has urged people to not be selfish as he told how he thought he was going to die in hospital from coronavirus.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis is one of millions of people social distancing during the virus outbreak. She is sharing a diary of what daily life is like.

Banish that downbeat feeling brought on by isolation with our feast of fun, feelgood films. Today’s selection is a modern classic bursting with energy and lots of great music

Norfolk has confirmed another positive coronavirus case.

Soon-to-be homebuyers across Norfolk are facing uncertainty amid coronavirus as a solicitor confirms it is ‘uncharted territory.’ Ruth Lawes speak to those moving about their next steps.

A Sudbury couple have been left stranded in a poorly-maintained Indian hospital after one of their party tested positive for coronavirus.

Completion work for the new archive office in Ipswich has been pushed back to May after delays at the start of the year – and coronavirus means the formal opening could be much later.

The past seven days have seen huge changes to the way we live our lives, as the government responds to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, Norwich-based psychotherapist Shane Lutkin has some advice.

Boris Johnson has said tougher measures could be implemented if people refuse to follow government advice over coronavirus.

Primark will close all stores in the UK from Sunday evening as the coronavirus pandemic causes further damage to the high street.

The East of England Co-op is recruiting new staff as it tries to deal with coronavirus challenges and increased demand.

A business owner has come up with a novel way to replenish hand sanitiser stock – but needs your help.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis has, like many others, been forced to work from home and social distance during the coronavirus outbreak. Every day she is sharing her thoughts.

Lots of places to eat are thinking on their feet and offering collection and delivery services. Here are the ones we know about so far.

Welcome to our Feelgood Film Festival. It’s our antidote to the prospect of months of mind-numbing daytime TV. It’s a chance to catch up on some wonderful, half-remembered films (both old and new) which will hopefully enrich our days in isolation.

East Coast College is reacting to coronavirus by moving online and helping those in the community.

Yesterday evening I felt an immense sense of sadness. Some of our region’s, and some of our country’s, biggest events have been cancelled. It feels as if a giant vacuum hovered over our universe and sucked out all the joy doesn’t it?

A public hall that had been saved from closure after an outpouring of community support has had to shut its doors due to fears of spreading coronavirus.

Time restrictions on bus passes for older and disabled people have been lifted during the COVID-19 crisis.

Care patients across Suffolk have been reassured that their health needs will still be met – even if they are self-isolating, but could start seeing some changes soon.

Vulnerable Suffolk families already left socially isolated by mental ill health, relationship breakdown and financial challenges could be pushed further into despair due to coronavirus, a charity has warned.

Charlotte is one of the many people forced to work from home during the Coronavirus outbreak - she is documenting the ups and downs of living with ‘social distancing’.

The Suffolk Show – the county’s biggest annual showcase – has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis, like many others, is working from home currently on government advice - what’s it really like ‘out of office’. Today - gym visits and furry friends.

Put Scrabble to one side and give yourself a break from reading – it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy some great TV.

The closure of some public buildings in Suffolk has begun, as leisure centres, swimming pools, museums and council front desks are among those to shut their doors.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis is one of the many people working at home at the moment as Coronavirus fever grips the country and following advice from the government - what’s it like one day in?

Suffolk’s councils have begun to axe meetings as a result of coronavirus – with East Suffolk and Suffolk County Council the first to shelve meetings.

Fresh guidance has been given to homes by Suffolk’s councils over how people should dispose of their rubbish in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic has left us all battling uncertainty and worry. But what steps can you take to protect your mental health during the outbreak? Here’s some advice...

Five people have tested positive for coronavirus aboard a Fred Olsen ship in the Caribbean as authorities in the Bahamas will not let it dock.

The first person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Suffolk had recently travelled to Italy, it has been revealed.

A person has tested positive for coronavirus in Suffolk, the first confirmed case in the county. 

A pupil who fell ill following a ski trip has been cleared of coronavirus.

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