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  1. Across the week: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other information for Cumbria for today, and this week, although major breaking developments will appear on the Cumbria news page.

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

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Top doctor urges parents to make sure children get help

    One of the top doctors in North Cumbria says there has been a so-far unexplained drop in the number of children attending hospital with illnesses or after accidents, and she has urged parents not to be wary of seeking help.

    Cumberland Infirmary sign

    Dr Katarina Berankova, who is a consultant paediatrician at the Cumberland Infirmary, says the reason may be warmer weather, and that the children are not at school, but it may also be that parents are worried about the hospitals being too busy with Covid-19 patients.

    Nationally there have been reports of a small but worrying number of cases where children may have become very unwell or even died because they weren’t seen early enough, according to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

    Dr Berankova said: "Health services are still open and if you’re worried about your child, you need to seek medical help."

  3. Cumbria's weather: Dry, clear and feeling milder

    BBC Weather

    A dry and clear night is expected with a slightly milder than normal feel.

    A fresh breeze will blow so fog is unlikely to develop and lowest temperatures will be from -1C to 2C (30F to 36F).

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

  4. County hospitals see 115 patients recover from virus

    Doctors at the two hospitals serving North Cumbria say they have so far successfully treated 115 patients for coronavirus.

    Tom and Sylvia Benson

    Tom and Sylvia Benson, from Penrith, are now home, with Mrs Benson surviving a stay in the intensive care unit.

    Their daughter Laura said: "At every level they received a high level of medical care, individual support, attention and reassurance that everything was going to be ok."

    Another patient now recovering is Paul Bainbridge, 60, who was being treated in the Cumberland Infirmary with a stroke when he contracted the illness.

  5. Cumbria police repeat 'stay at home' message

    Cumbria police are once more urging people from outside Cumbria not to make long journeys into areas such as the Lake District at the weekend.

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    Police have been issued with more guidance on how to enforce coronavirus legislation today, which says that although a short drive to somewhere to exercise is allowable, long trips to beauty spots are not.

  6. Latest figures add 13 to death toll at Cumbrian trusts

    Another 13 patients who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus have died at hospital trusts serving Cumbria.

    There were seven more deaths reported today at hospitals in North Cumbria, bringing the total to 88, and six more at those run by the Morecambe Bay trust, making the total there 122

    The total number infected in Cumbria who have been tested is now said to 1,345.

    But the North Cumbria Integrated Care trust said today that 115 of the patients treated at its hospitals in Whitehaven and Carlisle had now been successfully treated and discharged, and we'll have a report on that shortly.

  7. Your coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Barrow council is going to restart its green waste collection service from Monday because with more staff coming back to work following illness or self-isolation, they now have enough people to be able to do this again.

    They're looking at whether they can reinstate the bulky waste collections service soon too, but in the meantime they're asking people not to stack bags and other items in the alleys or lanes near their homes.

    If you are being advised not to leave the house at the moment, you can contact one of the local groups that have been set up to help with shopping and delivering medicines, including:

    • Braithwaite Volunteers who are covering Braithwaite, Thornthwaite and Newlands Valley are on 017687 53119
    • Alston volunteers are on 01434 647247
    • St Mary's Hospice and Age UK are offering support to all vulnerable people in Barrow and Dalton on 01229 444407
    • In Millom and district the town council has an emergency phone line for people needing help on 07801 957541

    BBC Radio Cumbria has a list of other numbers and can be contacted for most office hours on 0800 1114950.

    Age UK South Lakeland says it has a range of services for people over 55 who've been told they have to self-isolate and may be struggling to get help.

    This includes delivering shopping, medicines, hearing aid batteries, and books, and telephone befriending is also available. Call 030 300 300 03.

    Stagecoach is reminding people using their buses to please try and pay using contactless methods and to try and sit on a seat with no-one beside them or on the seats immediately in front of or behind them.

    And of course the latest news and information can be found on the BBC website.

  8. Should we all be wearing masks now?

    Two women walking wearing face masks

    Only two groups of people should wear protective masks, according to the World Health Organisation:

    • Those who are sick and showing symptoms
    • Those who are caring for people suspected to have the coronavirus

    Masks are not recommended for the general public because:

    • They can be contaminated by other people's coughs and sneezes or when putting them on or removing them
    • Frequent hand-washing and social distancing are more effective
    • They might offer a false sense of security

    You can find more information here.

  9. Cumbria's weather: Sunny, dry and warmer than usual

    BBC Weather

    The afternoon will stay mostly sunny and dry with temperatures climbing to slightly above normal for mid April.

    There will be a moderate to fresh southeast breeze, with highest temperatures from 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    Weather graphic

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

  10. Coronavirus: What do all the terms mean?

    The coronavirus pandemic has introduced dozens of new words and phrases to daily life, from social distancing to herd immunity. But what do they all mean?

    Use our translator tool to look up and check the meaning of key terms.

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  11. Council urges businesses not to miss grants

    South Lakeland Council says around one third of the eligible businesses in its area have still to claim grants of £10,000 to £25,000, which are available to small firms or those in retail, leisure and tourism.

    The authority has so far passed on £38m in the scheme, which is funded by central government.

    Robin Ashcroft, the councillor in charge of economy, said any business that was registered for business rates, even if it was exempt from paying them, simply had apply online.

    Quote Message: We desperately want to make sure that this money goes to those who need it at this difficult time." from Councillor Robin Ashcroft
    Councillor Robin Ashcroft
  12. Businesses urged to start making medical PPE

    Cumbrian business leaders say they want to back offers by businesses to make medical protective clothing such as masks and gowns to address the national shortage faced by clinicians and carers looking after Covid-19 sufferers.

    The committee looking after business and the economy for the Local Resilience Forum says a lot of businesses have donated large quantities of personal protective equipment, but they believe the county has firms that could manufacture it as well

    Nurses getting into PPE

    Jo Lappin, who chairs the Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group, said she wanted to challenge companies to turn over production capacity.

    She said: “They can do this by re-purposing their production lines to produce equipment in line with the latest Government specifications for PPE."

    Quote Message: We would be happy to hear from these businesses so that we can follow up their offers of support with government." from Jo Lappin
    Jo Lappin
  13. Counterfeit £50 notes earn man two years in jail

    A crook caught trying to use a bogus bank note at a Carlisle supermarket till has been jailed.

    Jamie O’Brien admitted passing a counterfeit note at Asda in Kingstown in February, and also possessing five fake Scottish 50s in Chester during November, 2018.

    Jamie O'Brien

    The court heard O’Brien, 31, of Viking Street, Bolton, tried to distract a cashier, who was immediately suspicious because a Bank of Ireland £50 note he gave her “felt like photograph paper”.

    When detained by police outside the store, O’Brien, jailed twice before for similar offences, asked an officer: “How much time will I get for this?”

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Barker locked him up for two years.

  14. Police chief: Covid-19 guidelines 'don't allow Lakes influx'

    A senior police officer says new guidance suggesting people might be able to drive to a place for their daily exercise under coronavirus laws shouldn't mean an influx into the Lake District.

    The national park has been largely quiet since the first weekend of the lockdown saw crowds in resorts such as Windermere and Keswick, and an outcry from various authorities.

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    Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery says a guidance document for police officers about what counts as a "reasonable excuse" to be out of your house is being issued today.

    He said people living in urban areas could reasonably drive a short distance, but lengthy drives to beauty spots would still miss the point of the lockdown, which was not spreading the infection.

    Quote Message: Matt Hancock himself said people should exercise locally and that's the key point, so whilst some people if they need to travel a small distance to get to open space, do it, it doesn't mean people can travel to their favourite open space." from Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery
    Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery
  15. Cumbrian firm's disinfecting robot attracts interest

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A Cumbrian engineering firm says it's had many requests from people wanting to use a new robot that can rapidly disinfect large areas.

    Robot at work

    The tracked machine carries a vapour cannon that can cover floor surfaces with disinfectant very quickly.

    Forth Engineering says it can rapidly clean anything from the inside of an ambulance to a supermarket.

    Quote Message: We've sold a few units already and we're in negotiations with a large firm at the moment about disinfecting firms and other large vehicles." from Mark Telford Managing director, Forth Engineering
    Mark TelfordManaging director, Forth Engineering
  16. RSPCA urges dog owners to plan care for pet

    The RSPCA is encouraging people living on their own to identify emergency carers for their pets, in case they can’t be looked after during the pandemic.

    The charity says local authorities have a duty of care to animals who can't be cared for, but it's preferable for pets to be placed with someone who the owner knows.

    Anyone who wants to designate an emergency contact is asked to print a form from the RSPCA website, fill it in and put it on their fridge at home.

    Hand holding dog's paw
  17. It started with polite applause... Cumbria's #Clapforcarers

    Cumbria's Thursday night ritual is getting more ornate as the weeks pass, with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary putting its drone up, Kendal's emergency services descending on the town's hospital with most of their available vehicles, and an increasing amount of music.

    Turn the sound up!

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  18. Cumbria's weather: Turned out nice yet again

    BBC Weather

    High pressure to the northeast will keep it sunny and dry today with temperatures climbing to slightly above normal for mid-April.

    There will be a moderate to fresh southeast breeze with highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

    Weather graphic

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

  19. City businesses paid £11.5m in Covid-19 grants scheme

    Businesses in Carlisle have been paid more than £11.5m in grants in a government-funded coronavirus scheme.

    The money is being paid out by the city council, which said more than 1,000 businesses had already received support.

    Some applications are still being processed, and the council is encouraging anyone else eligible to get in touch.

    Officials say they have written to all eligible businesses within the Carlisle area and are urging firms to contact them with the necessary information to allow them to process the remaining grants.