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Welcome to our live blog, where we will be providing updates on coronavirus in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and beyond.

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In the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, our motto ‘the heart of a town lies in its people’ has never been more important than it is now.

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A new High Sheriff for Hertfordshire has been appointed with a ceremony conducted via video conferencing.

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The number of people arrested for human exploitation and slavery across Hertfordshire has doubled in the last four years.

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Refuse workers across North Hertforshire have been recognised for the essential service they provide during the coronavirus crisis.

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Staff at Wilbury Junior School in Letchworth have released an emotional video for pupils who are stuck at home during lockdown.

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Businesses are being urged to give personal protective equipment (PPE) to Hertfordshire County Council care workers.

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After police in Stevenage had to disperse public gatherings over the weekend, including a family that had travelled from North London for a picnic, the town’s council have issued a reminder to those ignoring lockdown measures.

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A leader in home education in Stevenage has shared the inside story of a community which now, with the help of a national lockdown, is entering the mainstream for the first time.

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Online library services across Hertfordshire are recording a huge surge in popularity as we enter the third week of lockdown.

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An initiative which will see pop-up supermarkets erected at hospital sites to ensure NHS staff have access to food essentials during the coronavirus pandemic has launched at Lister in Stevenage.

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More COVID-19 deaths have been announced by the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which runs Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

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A founder of a Hertfordshire-based ADHD and Autism charity – ADD-vance – has retired during Autism Awareness Week.

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Chart-topping singer James Morrison will perform an online concert on Instagram for Welwyn Hatfield-based charity Willow.

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A sexual health clinic in Hatfield – one of three in Hertfordshire – is set to close temporarily.

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The department store chain Debenhams is facing administration for a second time within a year, leaving an uncertain future for its 22,000 workers - including those employed at the branch on Stevenage’s Roaring Meg Retail Park.

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A Hertfordsire autism charity has shared a poem during Autism Awareness Week.

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Did you know that a futuristic robot is currently lurking beneath the streets of Letchworth?

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Fearnhill School in Letchworth has been celebrating its junior masterchefs this week, with pupils sending in pictures of their five-star home cooking.

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Residents in Stevenage and North Herts are being warned that a pair of rogue traders who are falsely offering roofing services are operating in the area.

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The number of patients who have died after testing positive for coronavirus at Lister Hospital in Stevenage continues to rise.

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A domestic abuse support group, headed up by Stevenage Borough Council, will continue to offer North Hertfordshire residents remote advice and support throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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Organisers of a popular Hitchin comedy night are appealing for supporters to help keep the club afloat during the current coronavirus crisis.

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Campaigners have warned that the nation faces a “looming crisis” in foster care owing to the coronavirus lockdown.

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The founder of a community group which has supported people in need for the last five years is appealing for help after the central base for the initiative has been forced to temporarily close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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A road safety charity based in Hertfordshire has urged drivers to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

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North Herts District Council has changed one of its core services to provide a dedicated place to provide residents with information, advice and support on coronavirus.

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A takeaway in Stevenage is aiming to deliver thousands of free hot meals to NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A family from Stevenage has gone viral on Facebook with a lockdown-themed reworking of Stormzy’s hit single, Crown.

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Organisers of Classic Ibiza have postponed this summer’s concert in Hatfield.

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A number of places have committed to dropping parking charges for NHS staff and other essential workers for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

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During Autism Awareness Week we asked charities what advice they have for Hertfordshire parents during the lockdown.

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A theatre worker from Stevenage has been told she must pay the full cost of her residential car parking permit, despite having no income during the coronavirus lockdown.

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New mums face time on a ward with their newborn babies alone due to a ban on visitors in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nine more people have now died at Lister Hospital in Stevenage after being treated for COVID-19.

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A doctor from a Welwyn hospital has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Tesco is set to commit £30 million of financial support to communities affected by coronavirus – with groups across Hertfordshire set to benefit from the supermarket’s funding.

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Police in and around Stevenage will be increasing their patrols as the number of commercial burglaries continues to rise in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A former Welwyn Garden City trophy-winning skipper is at the forefront of a rapidly growing charity football match to help raise funds for the NHS and acknowledge their efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

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Police in North Hertfordshire are appealing for the public’s help in tracing wanted 29-year-old Danny Braybrooks.

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A Baldock schoolboy has made masks that he hopes will be able to be used by frontline staff working to keep the country functioning during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A nurse at Lister Hospital has broken ranks to expose the shocking PPE health workers are being equipped with on the frontline against coronavirus.

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A Hitchin–based counselling charity is appealing for “urgent” public support to enable it to keep operating during the coronavirus crisis.

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North Herts District Council has offered temporary accommodation to all of its rough sleepers during the coronavius pandemic.

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Two former North Hertfordshire councillors resigned from their positions last month, after both had recorded a significant amount of absences at recent meetings.

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A number of members of a Stevenage fitness club have criticised the decision to close the gym’s car park – which they say was being used by NHS staff and volunteers at Lister Hospital.

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Hertfordshire police officers are taking the ‘right tone’ in dealing with the new lockdown laws, the county’s police and crime commissioner has said.

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