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Updates: 48 people killed by coronavirus in West Midlands and Prince Charles tests positive

By Kirsten Rawlins | Coronavirus | Published:

See the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic from across the Black Country, Staffordshire and the UK.

More than 400,000 people have signed up as NHS volunteers to help vulnerable people, while the Prince of Wales has tested positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile testing for coronavirus is set to be "massively ramped up", the Prime Minister said, promising 250,000 daily tests "very soon".

In other news, all cars, vans and motorcycles will be exempted from needing an MOT from March 30 and tributes have been paid to Walsall coronavirus victim Basharat Hussain.

In Shropshire, emergency hospital units are being built near Shawbury ready to be transported across the country to help the NHS cope with the virus.

More key developments

  • The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, Clarence House has said
  • Vehicle owners in Britain will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing from March 30.
  • Housebuilders Bellway and Persimmon are shutting construction sites despite being allowed to stay open amid the lockdown to help protect workers from coronavirus.
  • Parliament is likely to adjourn for an early Easter recess after the emergency coronavirus legislation to tackle the crisis has been approved.

Latest updates:

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Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins
@kirsten_Star

Digital Content Manager for the Shropshire Star and Express & Star. Also reviews concerts and events, as well as writing features and celebrity interviews. E-mail me at kirsten.rawlins@shropshirestar.co.uk, or phone 01952 241440.

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