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Coronavirus: Local data call, furlough changes and lockdown eating habits


Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Wednesday morning. We’ll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.

1. Call for better local virus data

The government must act more quickly to provide local authorities with data about potential spikes in coronavirus cases in their areas. The demand from the British Medical Association comes after criticism that information came too slowly in Leicester. The city is, of course, now subject to the UK’s first local lockdown. Read more on how it’ll be enforced and why it’s seen a spike. And from lessons on a local level to a national one, pressure is growing for the government to set out plans for an inquiry into its handling of the pandemic.

2. Cases overload

Lockdown has added thousands more cases to the backlog already faced by courts in England and Wales, with a suggestion it could take up to 10 years to clear. The BBC has spoken to people tied up in the criminal justice system about how they’ve been affected. Emma, John and Matthew describe what it’s like to be left in limbo.

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