Coronavirus: here are today's developments from the North East and nationwide

The coronavirus crisis has continued to affect the North East and wider UK.

Thursday, 19th March 2020, 6:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th March 2020, 6:53 pm

Here are some of the major developments through the day.

Student nurses work to feed the vulnerable in coronavirus isolation

Third-year nursing students are making and distributing food to elderly and vulnerable people in Sunderland who have to stay home in isolation.

Coronavirus is continuing to affect people across the region

All seven study at the University of Sunderland, which has suspended all face-to-face classroom teaching.

Coronavirus precautions hit Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels’ Night Service

The Night Service for users who travel to work by bike or on foot between 8pm and 6am has been reduced with immediate effect.

The Night shuttle vehicle is to be replaced with a free taxi service for pedestrians, but with no capacity to carry bikes.

Co-Op to create 5,000 store-based posts

The Co-op is to create 5,000 store-based posts to provide temporary employment for hospitality workers who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus crisis.

jobs will also be on offer at the Co-op's 2,600 stores across the country.

Marie Curie cancels all collections in the North East due to COVID-19

The Great Daffodil Appeal, which normally runs throughout March, sees thousands of volunteer collectors across the North East hitting high streets and supermarkets.

Marie Curie estimates it will lose £1million and is asking people to donate online (mariecurie.org.uk/donate) or via text-to-donate (text DAFF to 70111 to donate £5*).

Driving tests postponed

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is postponing all driving tests booked for today and tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20.

All practical and theory tests booked for those days will be indefinitely postponed.

Coronavirus poses a long-term threat to the Metro system

Metro bosses have warned that they will face a ‘significant challenge’ to keep trains running because of the financial hit caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Transport chiefs are appealing for help as the crisis hits income.

Lidl and Aldi supermarket bosses urge customers not to panic buy

Aldi customers are now limited to buying four items of each product.

Store opening times are now reduced, with shops now closing at 8pm but with Sunday hours remaining the same.