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Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, with wind turning to south

BBC Weather

There will be a lot of cloud tonight, and there may be a shower, especially this evening.

The wind will swing into the south and temperatures will fall to between 1C and 4C (34F and 39F).

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

Mums-to-be told partners will be allowed at birth

The trust that runs hospitals in North Cumbria has reassured mums-to-be in the area that their partners will be allowed to come in for the whole of their labour, and also visit them afterwards.

Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle
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Some mothers have voiced concern that because of coronavirus restrictions, partners might either just be allowed in for the birth or not at all.

And a midwife-led labour ward in Penrith has been closed for the duration of the pandemic.

But today the North Cumbria trust published guidance saying partners would be allowed to attend the birth and visit afterwards, although a number of other limits on who can come to appointments and clinics have been tightened up.

Abuse charity fears victims may feel unable to flee

Staff at the domestic abuse charity Project West Cumbria have echoed national fears that people having to stay at home could mean some feel trapped with abusive partners.

Vicky Pike from the charity says she believes many will now not come forward until after the lockdown is over.

She says taking shelter with friends or relatives may not be possible because of quarantine, but public services are still running.

If you go to your local authority they have responsibility to tell you abut your housing routes or they can point you in the right direction."

Vicky Pike

Latest virus deaths bring county total to 70

The latest figures show a further eight people have died in hospitals serving Cumbria after being diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.

One patient was at one of the hospitals served by the North Cumbria trust, the other seven at the Furness General or Royal Lancaster Infirmary, which are run by the Morecambe Bay trust.

There is more information about the disease here.

You coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, or Ofqual, has set out details today for schools, colleges, students, parents and carers on how GCSEs and A levels will be awarded following the cancellation of this year's exams.

Schools and colleges will be asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams.

There are lots more details here.

Here are some more contact details for local groups that have been been set up to help people unable to leave their homes:

  • Age UK South Lakeland says it now has a range of services for people over 55. This includes delivering shopping, medicines, hearing aid batteries, and books. Telephone befriending is also available. Call 030 300 30003
  • The Northern Fells group, which covers a lot of villages in North Cumbria, is on 016974 77196
  • The Penrith group doesn't have a number, but please visit their Facebook page to request help

BBC Radio Cumbria has contact details for many groups and you can call on 0800 111 4950 during most office hours.

You can register as a volunteer now at SupportCumbria, which brings together several local authorities and major charities to provide support to those who need it most, across the county.

You can register here as an individual or as a group.

And go to the BBC news website or app for the latest news and information.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy in many places, with a few showers and a moderate westerly wind.

Highest temperatures will be from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F)

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

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria Tourism and partners say some of the county's accommodation providers can offer critical workers a place to stay if required.

Hotels, guest houses and so on were asked to close to help stop the spread of the virus, but exceptions are being made if they accommodate frontline workers

Key workers who need somewhere to stay or providers who can offer accommodation are being asked to input their details here.

Here are some contact details for local groups offering help for people who can't go out of their homes.

  • Sedbergh 07872 017730
  • Grange Peninsular Neighbourly Network 07780 973997
  • Ambleside 015394 34172 - please leave a message. With staff working from home calls to the office can only be answered 10:00 to 14:00 Tuesday to Friday.
  • Alston 01434 647247

BBC Radio Cumbria has contact details for many groups and you can call on 0800 111 4950 during most office hours.

Lingholm Kitchen Garden near Keswick is delivering freshly cooked meals free to vulnerable people in Portinscale and Keswick.

They have a list of most of the eligible people already but say that if you know of anyone else, in the vulnerable categories only please, in that area who would struggle to get a hot meal otherwise then to let them know by emailing kitchen@thelingholmestate.co.uk. They would like to say thank you to Caterite for donating the ingredients.

Councils say that any household waste from a home with cases of the virus should be placed in a bag, which is then tied and placed inside another bag, which is also then tied.

Please then store the bag for 72 hours before putting it out for collection on your normal collection day.

Go to the BBC news website or app for the latest advice and information – including what it means for you if you've been furloughed by your employer

In pictures: Soldiers make the beds for recovery centres

Soldiers from 32 Engineer Regiment and Anzio Company, 1st Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment came into Cumbria this week to turn four leisure centres and a school into temporary hospitals for people recovering from Covid-19.

Soldiers seen through gap in curtains
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Photographs released by the Ministry of Defenece from inside Penrith Leisure Centre show the sports hall being split up into areas, with camp beds laid out.

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The five facilities which each have 100 beds, with the aim of being able to moving recuperating patients out of the hospital wards where the more seriously-ill are being treated.

Beds spread out across floor of sports hall
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Latest figures show 87 more virus cases confirmed

The latest figures published by Public Health England show 512 confirmed cases or coronavirus in Cumbria, up from 425 yesterday, and from 176 last Friday.

The statistics reflect only those who have been tested because they are suffering serious symptoms, and so are likely to be a fraction of the true figure.

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Carlisle landmarks turned blue

A number of landmarks in Carlisle have been illuminated blue as a sign of respect to carers and the NHS.

Last night a blue heart appeared on Cumbria County Council's officers and the Citadel was also turned blue.

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Weather: Cloudy with wintry showers possible

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Today will start mostly cloudy with some bright spells but a with a few wintry showers possible. Showers easing later in the afternoon but remaining cloudy. Winds easing from the northwest.

And you can get the latest forecast here

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Cumbria's weather: Cold and mostly clear

BBC Weather

There will be clear spells and scattered showers tonight, with some of the showers wintry.

It could be frosty, with lowest temperatures from -3C to 0C (27F to 32F).

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

Birthday blues and twos for Bradley

Martin Lewes

Reporter

PC Rickie Wallbank from Barrow decided it was something of an emergency when he heard a young lad on his beat was seven years old today, and stuck in his house.

Turn the sound up for this one....

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County's pandemic trust pays out £82,000

A special Cumbrian trust set up to provide help specifically during the pandemic has paid out more than £80,000 already.

The Cumbria Covid-19 Response Fund, set up by the county's Community Foundation, puts in money to held build up charities that are providing support to those most vulnerable, specifically the elderly and those who have self-isolated.

The grants already given will support projects such as training rape and sexual abuse counsellors in providing assistance over the telephone and online, as well as backing groups giving practical help such as food parcels.

Another scheme will create a dedicated phone line to provide counselling to people who might be worried, isolated or anxious about the pandemic and need someone to talk to.

Groups wanting to enquire about funding should visit the Cumbria Community Foundation website or contact the grants team by email.

Nine die in latest pandemic toll

Another nine people who had been diagnosed as suffering from Covid-19 infection have died in hospitals serving Cumbria, bringing the county's total to 58.

Four died in hospitals managed by the North Cumbria Integrated Care trust.

In the south of the county and north Lancashire, four men aged between 60 and 90 have died in the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, while one man in his 70s died at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The Morecambe Bay trust said all five had underlying health conditions as well as the infection.

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Police chief: 'We have more sites if more beds needed'

Other potential sites for temporary hospitals have been identified, according to a senior police officer

And the five now being developed should be ready for use by the start of next week, Cumbria's assistant chef constable Andy Sattery says.

The army is now helping convert leisure centres in Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Carlisle, and a school in Barrow, into wards with 500 beds in all.

They will be allocated to people recovering from coronavirus, to make more beds available in the main hospitals.

ACC Sattery says the five facilities now being developed should be ready for use by the start of next week, and he thinks it is unlikely more will be needed.

These sports hall facilities are ideal because the heating is there, the bathroom facilities are all there, the accessibility is there, so these buildings fit the purpose best."

Andy Slattery

Cumbria professor to study effects of pandemic on people

A professor at the University of Cumbria wants to do research on the different ways people in the county are being affected by the pandemic.

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Kaz Stuart, professor of social and health inequalities, says little consideration yet is being given to the aftermath and what support people and communities will need post-pandemic.

Prof Stuart said: "This research is vital because it is all too easy to overlook the impact of coronavirus on people’s lives that differ from our own."

She is hoping people will get in touch through social media or the university's website.

We need understand the impacts so that services can be adapted to meet their needs when this is all over.”

Professor Kaz Stuart

Cumbria's weather: Windy with showers

BBC Weather

It will be windy this afternoon with a few showers which may be wintry on the highest ground.

Highest temperatures will be from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

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

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

The Settlement in Maryport says the Food Pantry will go ahead as usual tomorrow but in a different format. They’re asking people to please -

  • Not bring their car on site as they need the limited available space to manage a socially-distanced queue.
  • Not go if you or any of your family have any symptoms.
  • All food will be ready bagged to minimise handling and will be handed out through the window.
  • Please only go if you are genuinely short of food as they are expecting high demand and supplies are limited.
  • Donations of food and spare carrier bags would be gratefully received.

Here are some contacts for the local groups that have been set up to help people who are in quarantine and unable to leave their homes:

  • St Mary's Hospice and Age UK are offering support to ALL vulnerable people in Barrow and Dalton and they're on 01229 444407 -
  • Millom Town Council has an emergency phone line for people needing help 07801 957541
  • Morland area - 01931 714620

BBC Radio Cumbria has contact details for many groups and you can call on 0800 111 4950 during most office hours.

There is general advice that if you’re not vulnerable or self-isolating and can still safely get to the shop or supermarket you can leave online delivery and click and collect slots free for those who really need them.

People First which has offices in Carlisle, Barrow and Workington is offering an email or phone support service for people with autism and/or learning difficulties. Ring 07763 546 116 – or if you have internet access email Chris.tolley@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk.

And go to the BBC news website or app for the latest advice and information.

Fire crews from across county battle fell blaze

Fire fighters from a wide area of Cumbria spent much of the night fighting a blaze on fells west of Keswick, and some are still at the scene.

Fire on horizon
Anna Thomas

Specialist widlfire crews from Keswick, Ambleside, Windermere, Appleby, Millom, Sedbergh and Whitehaven spent a number of hours at the scene after calls came in soon after midnight.

The fire has now been brought under control and three fire crews currently remain at the scene damping down the fire.

The fire service believes it may have been started deliberately and the area manager Nathaniel Hooton said it had used a lot of resources at a difficult time.

We are disappointed to see what has happened overnight as it could possibly have been avoided."

Nathaniel Hooton

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

If your income has dropped during the outbreak and you need advice, the county’s Citizens Advice centres are all still dealing with queries over the phone or via their websites.

Find them online, or in the phonebook if you don’t have internet access.

Barrow Borough Council says its teams are facing a series of challenges as they get to grips with changing staff levels and more parked cars round the streets than usual.

They say this might mean that collections take place at a later time than usual.

Other councils face similar problems and most have suspended collections of garden waste and bulky items.

People are also being asked not to put waste out alongside their bins as this can fill the wagons up too quickly.

Here are some contact numbers for groups set up in various communities around the county to help people who are unable to leave their homes.

BBC Radio Cumbria has contact details for many groups and you can call on 0800 111 4950 during most office hours.

  • Carlisle support group is 07394 546 877 10:00 to 16:00
  • Ulverston group can be contacted on 01229 357951 - they cover the LA12 postcode area and the Crake Valley only
  • The Penrith-based group CERT has 120 volunteers in various communities, and can be contacted online at their website which also includes social media links, or on 07525-184422 where you should leave a message stating name, telephone number, your request, or email Info@certuk.org.uk

If your business has been affected by the outbreak then Cumbria Chamber of Commerce in association with Lamont Pridmore Accountants have put together a Business Continuity Tool-Kit with lots of advice and information.

You can find this on the Chamber’s website.

Arts Council England have announced a package of support costing around £160m for eligible individual artists and cultural organisations affected by the pandemic. For more details go to the website.

And you can of course get all the latest news and information from the BBC news website or app.

Sharp jump in Cumbria virus case number

Figures from Public Health England show Cumbria has now had 425 confirmed cases of coronavirus, up from 307 in yesterday's statistics.

The number is likely to be only a small part of the total infected, as only some cases, mostly more serious, are confirmed by being tested, and changes may also be the result of variations in the numbers of tests carried out.

Leisure centre hospitals 'are for recovering patients'

Temporary hospitals in five parts of Cumbria will cater for people recovering from coronavirus, so permanent wards can be clear for patients needing critical care.

Soldiers arrived in the county yesterday to deliver and install 500 extra beds.

Soldiers carrying campbeds
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The new wards will be created at sports centres in Penrith, Carlisle, Barrow, Whitehaven and Kendal.

The county's director of public health, Colin Cox, says they will not have critical care facilities.

He says they should be ready to open next week.

We are expecting to see numbers rise in hospitals and this beds will be available to us to step down people who are not well enough to go home but are well enough not to be taking up a more complex medical bed."

Colin Coxdirector of public heath

Water firm offers help to people hit by virus

People who are struggling to pay their water rates because of coronavirus will be helped by a £3.5m trust fund.

The fund has been set up by the water company, United Utilities, which says it will make grants to people in difficulties and doesn't want them to suffer in silence.

United Utilties logo on van
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Fire crews battle fellside blaze

Six specialist of Cumbria's wildfire teams have spent much of the night fighting a wildfire on fells near Braithwaite, west of Keswick.

Fire on hillside at ight
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Firefighters, who were called just after midnight, suspect the fire may have been started deliberately.

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria Police and Cumbria Trading Standards say people can safely ignore a fake text doing the rounds pretending it has come from the government and saying that you've been seen breaking the rules around social distancing and must pay a fine. It's a scam.

Here is more information and contacts for groups set up to help people who are in quarantine and unable to leave home:

  • The Kirkbampton group is on 01228 576042
  • The Braithwaite Volunteers who cover Braithwaite, Thornthwaite and Newlands Valley is on 017687 53119
  • For the Kirkby Stephen group, ring 07887 578143
  • Grange Peninsular Neighbourly Network is on 07780 973997
  • Kendal and Penrith should be contacted through their Facebook pages

The Carlisle group is urgently looking for more volunteers - if you can help please call 07394 546 877 or if you have internet access then message them through the "Carlisle Covid 19 Community Help Group" Facebook page

If you want to see if BBC Radio Cumbria has a number for your nearest local group then call on 0800 111 4950 during most office hours.

The NHS trust which helps people in Cumbria with mental health issues says it had a lot of audio on its website - available to everyone - to help you relax during these often stressful times.

You can find it at cntw.nhs.uk

If you are running a community group, working for the NHS or other frontline service or doing anything else to provide support and we can help in any way with appeals for vital equipment and supplies then do get in touch.

You need to email and put M.A.D in the title area, and we have already made successful appeals for things like personal protective equipment, transport and foodbank donations.

And of course, you can go to the BBC news website or app for the latest new, advice and information.

Weather: Cloudy with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Today will start mostly cloudy with the odd bright spell. As the day progresses, further scattered showers and a strengthening northwesterly wind will develop. Showers easing later in the afternoon.

And you can get the latest forecast here

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Outpatient dates go on phone or video at hospitals

The trust that runs hospitals around Morecambe Bay says some outpatients will be "seen" by video link or over the telephone because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Westmorland general outpatients dept
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The trust’s outpatient departments at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital (pictured) in Kendal and Furness General Hospital, along with health centres at Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe and Ulverston Community Health Centre are cutting back on services to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Officials say that wherever possible, clinicians will decide whether outpatient appointments and conversations have to be face-to-face, and either cancel others or hold them by other means.

Opening the gate could let the virus pass, farmers say

Many Cumbrians live in rural areas where even a short walk could mean strolling past farms and over fields without breaking any of those guidelines.

But imagine how many hands may have lifted the latch on a gate on a popular footpath...

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University staff and students join coronavirus fight

Student doctors and nurses from the University of Central Lancashire are swelling the ranks of NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 300 final year nursing students and about 20 final year medical students will soon be working on the frontline.

The trainee nurses will be undertaking tasks such as taking blood, dressing wounds and swabbing patients for virus tests, while the medical students will carry out a wide range of foundation doctor level clinical duties, including assessing and referring patients and prescribing medication.

Academic staff from the university - which has sites in Preston, Burnley, Cumbria and Cyprus - such as microbiologists, pharmacists, molecular biologists and doctors in emergency medicine are also being released to the NHS.

Latest NHS figures bring county coronavirus toll to 49

NHS England says a further 11 people have died in hospitals serving Cumbria after being diagnosed with coronavirus infection.

Five were at hospitals run by the North Cumbria Integrated Care trust, while six were at Morecambe Bay hospitals.

Of those, the Morecambe Bay trust said two men and one woman were being treated at the Furness General Hospital, and two women and a man were at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, which serves north Lancashire and South Cumbria.

It brings the total toll for hospitals covering the county to 49, but many of those would have been infected before the full lockdown came into effect last week, and you can see a more detailed analysis of the national figures here.

Cumbria's weather: Still cloudy with showers

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The county will stay mostly cloudy through the night with more showers on a westerly breeze and lowest temperatures from 1C to 4C (34F to 39F)

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

Government business support 'still not getting through'

The Federation of Small Business says it is yet to find a company in Cumbria that has benefited from the government's support package.

The government set out £35bn pounds of financial support to help UK businesses cope with the pandemic, but research published today said many might go out of businesses before it arrived..

Small firms are being offered grants of £10,000 or £25,000, administered by local councils, and one said yesterday that it expected payments to start arriving in bank accounts this week.

But Paul Foster, from the Federation, says it hasn't been as promising as it initially sounded.

The banks aren't coping with the demand and they are also not looking sympathetically at peoples' situations.

From what we've seen of the guidance in terms of the government-backed loans, the way that they see it working is that the commercial banks will offer their own commercial rates first of all and only if they can't work out on that basis will they fall back on the government-backed loans."

Paul Foster

Charities struggle as lockdown hits fundraising

At least two Cumbrian charities have launched emergency appeals after realising how much the halting of normal life across the county would hit fundraising activities.

The Great North Air Ambulance has estimated the shortfall as £100,000 a month, which would add up to more than one fifth of the cost of running the service in a year.

Hospice home carers
HHWC

And today Hospice at Home West Cumbria said it had called off its main annual fundraising event, cancelled a number of other, smaller, community efforts, and closed its shops.

It has written to all its supporters appealing for help, and started a number of fund-raising projects on social networks.

This will leave a huge gap in the income we need to provide our care."

Julie MonkChief executive, Hospice at Home West Cumbria

Cumbria's weather: Mostly cloudy with the odd shower

BBC Weather

It will stay mostly cloudy this afternoon with the chance of a shower now and then.

There will be a moderate westerly breeze and highest temperatures from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F)

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

University waives final semester accommodation fees

The University of Central Lancashire has announced it will waive all final semester accommodation fees for students.

UCLan halls in Preston
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The institution - which has sites in Preston, Burnley, Cumbria and Cyprus - will apply the decision to all students with a UCLan accommodation contract "regardless of whether they have already moved out of halls or continue to live there" and will begin with the April rent payment, a spokesman said.

The university currently has about 750 students in its accommodation, including a number of international students who cannot return home.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said UCLan was "keen to support our students as much as possible and minimise any disruption to their academic studies", adding:

For many of our students, it is a time of financial concern, as many have been working part-time and are now unable to do so.

We hope our decision to waive accommodation payments helps ease the financial burden at this challenging time.

While we cannot make the same decision for private third-party providers, we are in discussion with them to see if they can agree to similar measures.

The decision has been welcomed by UCLan's Students' Union.

The body's president Suntosh Kaur said she was "thrilled".

I know the money saved will help students support themselves over the coming months.

You coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust says it is temporarily restricting access to its hospitals from today, to reduce risks of spreading infection.

Only certain entrances to the buildings will be open to patients and staff.

At the Westmorland General patients are asked to enter through Outpatients and at the Furness General they're asked to use the main entrance, and there will be a security presence at each entrance to check that people are only there for the correct reasons.

The bus company Stagecoach has now announced a number of improvements to its timetables, following feedback from healthcare and other key workers.

Key workers are being encouraged to let Stagecoach know whether the revised timetables meet their needs and to feedback via the company's website with any comments. .

If you've been advised to stay at home, there're lots of ways you can get the things you need without leaving the house.

You may be able to order online or by phone if you don't have relatives or friends nearby and if that's not an option, you can ring one of the local groups that's been set up to help:

  • Keswick, Brampton and Appleby have a street warden scheme but if anyone hasn't been contacted by their local warden and needs help then let us know. Here are some contacts:
  • The charity Cancer Care, which provides support for people affected by cancer and bereavement in South Cumbria, is offering practical and emotional help to its clients via a special hotline on 03330 150628
  • Great Orton: 01228 710569
  • Kirkbampton: 01228 576762
  • Braithwaite Volunteers, who are covering Braithwaite, Thornthwaite and Newlands Valley, are on 017687 53119
  • In Ambleside, calls go to the parish centre on 015394 34172: Please leave a message, as with staff working from home calls will only be answered between 10:00 to 14:00 Tuesday to Friday

BBC Radio Cumbria has contacts for others and may be able to help, during most office hours, on 0800 111 4950.

You can of course go to the BBC news website or app for the latest news, advice and information.

Cumbria's hospitals 'coping' says public health director

Cumbria's director of public health says the county's hospitals are coping at the moment but they may struggle if there's a big rise in cases.

Colin Cox says that if there are too many patients, some from the north of the county may go to the "Nightingale hospitals" in Newcastle, and those from the south to Manchester.

In Cumbria on the latest figures, 380 people have given positive test results and 38 people have died from the infection in the two hospitals that cover the county.

Mr Cox says these statistics are the tip of the iceberg of the several thousand people he believes are probably infected by the virus in Cumbria.

Colin Cox
Cumbria county council

There's an effort being made absolutely at the moment on a regional basis to build that critical care capacity that will be needed."

Colin Cox

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with the chance of a shower

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly cloudy day with a scattering of showers.

There will be a few bright spells, a moderate westerly breeze and highest temperatures from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

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

Troops move in to turn leisure centres into extra wards

Four leisure centres and a school in Cumbria are being turned into hospital wards to provide 500 extra beds.

Work will start today at Whitehaven Sports Centre, The Sands Centre in Carlisle, Penrith Leisure Centre, Kendal Leisure Centre and Furness Academy in Barrow, with troops helping to install equipment.

Penrith Leisure Centre
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Cumbria police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery said the aim was to provide extra capacity generally, rather than for any specific sorts of patient.

He said: "The additional beds will be available if our hospitals reach full capacity and beds will be allocated by our NHS colleagues as required."

Officials are stressing that the move is a local initiative rather than a national project like the "Nightingale" hospitals in London and other major cities.

Reminders of earlier epidemics, carved in stone

Martin Lewes

Reporter

Before modern medicine, epidemics of far more lethal diseases than coronavirus swept through populations with grim regularity.

But as today, communities gathered around and arrangements were made to keep trade, especially in food, passing.

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Even 400 years ago they had clearly had some understanding that illness could be passed by touch, and blocked by the right liquid.

Andrea Meanwell, who tweeted about this one, farms near Tebay, but there are a number of similar stones all over the north of England, including one at Penrith, near Greengarth, and another near St Cuthberts Church at Edenhall

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with occasional drizzle

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy night with occasional patchy light rain, with lowest temperatures down to 3C (37F) or a little below.

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

Make sure of your money, chamber tells firms

Cumbria's chamber of commerce says it fears some small firms could miss out on grants to help them through the coronavirus crisis, because they do not realise the money may not come automatically.

Rob Johnston
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

The chief executive of the chamber, Rob Johnston, says that when the grants, of £10,000 and £25,000 were announced ministers said the money would be sent directly.

But five of Cumbria's six district councils, which are administering the huge sums involved, have asked councils to apply, because Mr Johnston says, officials don't necessarily know the businesses' bank details.

Carlisle is writing to the firms to let them know they are eligible but, he says, others must make sure they apply online.

It would be a tragedy if businesses were to miss out on these grants simply because they aren't aware that they to fill in a form."

Rob Johnston

NHS publishes latest virus toll

Nine more people have died at Cumbria's two hospital trusts having tested positive for coronavirus, according to the latest figures from NHS England.

Cumberland Infirmary
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Six deaths were at hospitals run by the North Cumbria Trust in Carlisle and Whitehaven.

Three were at the Morecambe Bay Trust's hospitals in Barrow and Lancaster, which care for people from across south Cumbria and North Lancashire.

That brings the total number of confirmed deaths in England to 1,651 with 38 of them at Cumbria's hospital trusts.

The number shown as having been infected is 340, but this reflects on those tested because they have been seriously affected.