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  1. Our live coverage across Cumbria

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting the county's news for today and this week.

    Major breaking news will appear on the main Cumbria news page over the holiday weekend.

    Please remember that to avoid either catching or spreading coronavirus, you should stay at home, leaving only for exercise, to buy essentials like food, or for medical reasons.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday, but if there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken, let us know by sending an email, or on Twitter.

    Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Your coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Banks are being ordered to take new steps to help customers hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic, with those struggling to pay offered three-month payment holidays on credit and store cards, loans, secured loans and catalogue debt.

    These measures start today, but you will need to speak to your bank and of course they’ll be closed for four days from tomorrow.

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    Cumbria Police say they are trying to get the message to people in areas including Liverpool and Manchester that the Lake District is closed to visitors this Easter, and say they will be patrolling roads into the county.

    Cumbria County Council’s emergency support service has taken more than 1,000 calls in its first week from people who would otherwise have no support at home, on 0800 783 1966.

    There are various groups around Cumbria able to offer more general help.

    • In Ambleside calls are being taken through the parish centre 015395 34172
    • In Thursby the number is 07818 482344
    • Age UK are coordinating operations in West Cumbria on 01900 233153, and in Carlisle and Eden on 01228 536673

    BBC Radio Cumbria has contact numbers for other groups around the county, and you can call on most office hours on 0800 1114950.

    Health trusts are urging people to ensure they continue to seek the right healthcare advice about any medical matter during the Coronavirus pandemic, and to keep appointments unless they have been contacted to postpone them.

    They are concerned that fewer patients are presenting with symptoms of stroke, heart attacks or suspected cancers.

    Both local GP practices and hospitals have dedicated Covid-19 free zones to safely see and treat patients with problems other than coronavirus, and most general practices will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday this year.

    The latest news and information can be found on the BBC website and app.

  3. District nurse mistaken for a visitor has tyres let down

    A district nurse working in the central Lake District had two tyres on her car let down, and two punctured, because it is believed she was mistaken for a visitor breaking the rules against non-essential travel.

    Police pointed out that some second homes were now occupied by health workers who were deliberately staying away from their own homes to avoid putting their families at risk.

    Quote Message: Whenever people take the law into their own hands they are not only committing criminal offences themselves but very often – as in this case – they hurt entirely innocent people.
    Quote Message: In this instance a district nurse who is carrying out a vital role is now unable to work because she has lost her transport." from Cumbria Police
    Cumbria Police
  4. Cumbria's weather: Largely dry and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    Tonight, it will be largely dry and cloudy, although there is the chance of a few showers developing during the early hours.

    There will be light winds and lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

  5. County health trusts coronavirus toll now stands at 136

    A further 10 people have died after being diagnosed with a coronavirus infection in health trusts serving Cumbria, bringing the total to 136, according to figures published today.

    The two hospitals run by the North Cumbria trust, in Carlisle and Whitehaven, have recorded 58 in all, while the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Furness General in Barrow now have a total of 76.

    The Cumbria, Northumbria and Tyne and Wear Trust, which specialises in mental health and learning disability services, has recorded two deaths.

    The UK total is 7,097.

  6. Two treated for burns after Whitehaven fire

    Two people were treated by paramedics for minor burns after a house fire in Whitehaven this morning.

    Firefighters spent two hours dealing with the blaze in Rutland Avenue, which broke out just after 11:00.

  7. Rural council leaders urge people to stay home as cases rise

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC England Data Unit

    Council leaders in rural parts of England are urging people not to be tempted to visit over the Easter weekend following an apparent rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    The County Councils Network said it was concerned by an increase in cases in places like Cumbria, which now has the largest rate of confirmed infection outside of London.

    However, the figures have to be treated with caution as not everyone who has the virus is tested and the amount of testing varies from area to area.

    There are 11 London boroughs with higher rates than Cumbria. In Brent 853 people have tested positive, equivalent to 258 per 100,000 population

    Chart showing confirmed cases outside London

    Councillor David Williams, of the County Councils Network, said: “While London and other urban areas have a disproportionate number of cases, positive tests have risen sharply in counties and rural areas over the past week, overtaking other parts of the country."

    The group said second home owners should not visit over the weekend and people should not be tempted to visit the countryside.

  8. Visitors urged to stay away from the Lake District

    Stay away from the Lake District.

    That's what police are telling people as the Easter weekend approaches.

    A reported 300 websites have still been advertising properties to rent but people are being urged to stay away - even if they own second homes in the area.

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  9. Cumbrian charities welcome government cash support

    Cumbrian charities have welcomed a £750m pound package to support the voluntary sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

    £370m will go to small local charities, including those delivering food and essential medicines and providing financial advice.

    Andy Beeforth runs the Cumbria Community Foundation, which has been raising money for those causes in the county, and he says says a survey of local groups shows the money is "absolutely essential".

    Quote Message: About 50% are saying they face immediate financial challenges and more than that will struggle after six months, so this is very welcome news." from Andy Beeforth
    Andy Beeforth
  10. Cumbria's weather: Dry with some sunny intervals

    BBC Weather

    Today will be dry with some bright or sunny intervals at times, but also a good deal of cloud.

    There will be light winds, with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

  11. Tributes paid to west Cumbrian man who contracted virus

    Ed Hanson

    Tributes have been paid to a well-known west Cumbrian, Kevin Twigg, who has died at the age of 58 after contracting coronavirus.

    Kevin Twigg

    Kevin raised thousand of pounds for charity, and was a well-known figure especially in Cockermouth, where he lived for much of his life.

    His sister, Lorraine Jeffery, said: "He loved the people of Cockermouth and they loved him and I could not be more proud of that."

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    Quote Message: He touched everybody in a positive way, everybody you met he seemed to leave them with a smile on their face, you couldn't walk up the street in Cockermouth with Kevin without having to stop every five or ten yards to talk to somebody." from Kelvin Jeffery brother-in-law
    Kelvin Jefferybrother-in-law
  12. Police 'coping well' with coronavirus impact on officers

    Cumbria's chief constable says the constabulary has managed to deal well with the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

    Michelle Skeer says although some officers had to take time off to self-isolate, changes have been made to ensure the force is resilient..

    Michelle Skeer
    Quote Message: We took some very early pre-emptive measures to make sure we split command teams and that has worked well, so not one command team has been hit in a bad way." from Michelle Skeer Chief Constable
    Michelle SkeerChief Constable
  13. Business survey 'finds four holes in virus safety net'

    Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce says a survey of its members has highlighted four gaps in government support for workers or people in business, who are losing out because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Rob Johnston

    Rob Johnston, the chamber's chief executive, says 300 businesses replied, providing valuable information to lobby the government:

    • Businesses that rent space in a large building can't claim the £10,000 grant for small firms because they don't pay business rates directly;
    • Businesses that supply the hospitality sector, such as food wholesalers, have seen trade collapse but don't qualify for the £25,000 grants paid to their hospitality business customers;
    • The newly self-employed either don't qualify for the Self-Employed Income Support scheme, because they haven't yet filed accounts, or receive very little because payments are calculated on early years' trading when profits are often minimal;
    • Director-owners who take the bulk of their income as dividends cannot furlough themselves and nor do they qualify for the support for the self-employed.

    Mr Johnston said he was passing them on to the national organisation, British Chambers of Commerce, so pressure could be put on the government for changes.

  14. Your coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    British Transport Police, Northern and TransPennine Express have started a campaign to remind people that it's not acceptable to use the railway for leisure activities this weekend.

    As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the government has said only essential journeys should be made to help slow the spread of the disease.

    Train operators have introduced amended timetables to help key workers get from A to B and to help those whose journeys are essential.

    The NHS trust that looks after mental health in Cumbria now has a wide range of award-winning self-help guides covering topics including Health Anxiety (particularly relevant at the moment), stress, sleeping problems, and domestic violence, all available in a range of accessible formats.

    They also have some audio files of relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress and gain a sense of well-being.

    There has been some confusion after TV news reports suggested that cats should be kept indoors through the coronavirus lockdown.

    The British Veterinary Association have now amended that advice to say that only cats from infected households or where their owners are self-isolating should be kept inside, and only if the cat is happy to be confined and does not have stress-related medical reasons to be let out.

    Cumbria County Council’s emergency support service and welfare hubs are still operating for people at high risk of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours. You can call 0800 783 1966.

    Alternatively, there are various groups around Cumbria able to offer more general help:

    • In Alston you can find help on 01434 647 247
    • In Armathwaite you can call 07591 592 700
    • Kirkby Lonsdale’s Community Hub is on 015242 36404
    • In Urswick you can call 01229 580210

    If you have something for this guide or you just need a helpline number for your area, you can call BBC Radio Cumbria on 0800 1114950 during most office hours.

    And the latest news and information is available on the BBC's website and app.

  15. Cumbria health chief hopes virus 'turning point' is near

    Cumbria's director of public health, Colin Cox, says he feels the county may be near a turning point in the coronavirus epidemic, but it is too early to be definite.

    Colin Cox

    The latest figures show 126 people confirmed to be infected have died in hospitals serving the county, this morning's statistics showed 864 people had given positive test results, and the county has always recorded one of the highest rates of infection outside London.

    Mr Cox says the numbers have not gone up as fast as might have been expected, but he doesn't expect restrictions to be relaxed for several weeks yet..

    Quote Message: It feels as if we are at or near some sort of turning point in this, so I think I can be cautiously optimistic but it's too early to call it yet." from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox
  16. Cumbria tourism firms 'will need a relaunch to survive'

    Cumbria's tourism businesses are heading for a crisis, according to the main organisation representing the industry.

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    Although there have been well-publicised instances of visitors ignoring regulations and travelling into the area, businesses are closed and even normally busy spots are deserted.

    Jim Walker, who chairs Cumbria Tourism, says tourism is hard-wired into the county's economy, employing 25,000 people and supporting thousands more jobs.

    He says businesses support the current call for tourists to stay away, but it is still hitting a "resilient" industry.

    Quote Message: We've seen before, haven't we foot and mouth, SARS, flooding, all these sort of issues, but this easily tops that and we're going to have to work incredibly hard to get out of this one." from Jim Walker
    Jim Walker
    Quote Message: It's going to need a strong public-private sector partnership to make this work, we've got to amass, we feel, a marketing budget of £500,000 so when the time is right we can relaunch the county as a tourism destination."
  17. Back of the net! Firefighters free stag from goal tangle

    There are more and more signs that Cumbria's wildlife is coming out a bit more now that we humans are staying in.

    Firefighters often find themselves dragging livestock out of muddy holes, but this call to Ambleside was something even experienced managers had not seen before.

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