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What the papers are saying in Cambridgeshire

What are the newspapers in Cambridgeshire reporting?

  • The Cambridge News reports how a kebab van delivered around 100 food packages to Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • It also has the story of a Cambridge man with a plan to build hundreds of masks for NHS workers using a 3D printer

Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS

Coronavirus: Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS
There was clapping, cheering, pots clanging and car horns honking as people across the East of England gave their thanks to the NHS.

Many people took part in the social media campaign on Thursday night, where people across the UK applauded the work of the health service treating coronavirus patients.

'Thank you NHS'

Oscar's been using his time off to create a masterpiece thanking the NHS for all their hard work.

The ambulance service were definitely impressed by his artistic talent.

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Cambridgeshire roadworks suspended due to pandemic

Pete Cooper

BBC News

Cambridgeshire County Council has ceased all "non-essential" works on road projects due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That includes work on Histon Road in Cambridge which is meant to improve bus, walking and cycling lanes for the busy road into north Cambridge.

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Six more coronavirus deaths reported in East of England

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Six more deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the BBC East region on Thursday evening.

Thee people died in hospitals run by East and North Herts NHS Trust and three at Princess Alexandra in Harlow.

The UK death date rose to more than 550 as of yesterday evening.

Here are the latest numbers of positive cases (not deaths) recorded in our region:

  • Norfolk 51 (a rise of 6 on previous day)
  • Suffolk 42 (up 7)
  • Peterborough 10 (up 1)
  • Cambridgeshire 47 (up 6)
  • Northamptonshire 64 (up 21)
  • Bedford 10 (up 3)
  • Central Bedfordshire 28 (up 4)
  • Milton Keynes 38 (up 9)
  • Buckinghamshire 66 (up 7)
  • Luton 30 (up 1)
  • Hertfordshire 170 (up 23)
  • Essex 130 (up 42)
  • Southend12 (up 3)
  • Thurrock 20 (up 5)

These figures will not include people have show symptoms, but have not been tested.

Further figures can be found at Public Health England.

Coronavirus updates - the latest

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live updates page where you can keep up with all the regional news on the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for joining us.

We'll bring you all the latest developments and news from the East of England until 18:00 GMT.

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Clap for our Carers

Set your alarms for 20:00 this evening when a big round of applause is planned to thank all the NHS staff working tirelessly to keep us safe.

If you want to take part all you need do is put your hands together from your windows and doors.

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A close shave for air ambulance clinicians

Shaving products have been donated to a team of volunteer clinicians working for the Magpas Air Ambulance.

The team needed a close shave every eight hours, to make sure their surgical masks were "airtight", it said.

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‘Shop and drop’ service in high demand amid coronavirus outbreak

Cambs Times

About 15 staff and volunteers have been shopping for those across Fenland who are at high risk, including the elderly and vulnerable people, during the coronavirus pandemic.

FACT launched the idea last week after closing its dial-a-ride and befriending services due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Instead of resting on their laurels, the group decided to run a ‘shop and drop’ service to continue helping the local community.

Mini bus
FACT Transport

Addenbrooke's restricts all hospital visits


All visits to patients in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, have been stopped from today as frontline staff continue to tackle the coronavirus.

In a statement, the hospital said it had taken the "difficult decision" in order to "take all necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff".

The only exceptions are:

  • A&E visitors - one person can accompany if absolutely necessary (eg child or someone needing a carer)
  • Children: one parent allowed with a child at any one time
  • Paediatric intensive care: one parent can visit for two hours in a designated time slot
  • No partners may attend maternity appointments or scans, and birthing partners can only join during labour
  • Carers of vulnerable patients will be restricted to one hour, at the discretion of the ward manager

Extra visitor restrictions are in place for intensive care units and patients receiving end of life care.

A buzzer system will operate for all visitors.

Anyone with a new, persistent cough or high temperature is asked not to visit hospital at all.

Staff shortages could affect fruit and veg from the East

Pete Cooper

BBC News

The Country Land and Business Association has warned of staff shortages in the farming sector across the East of England due to coronavirus.

If farmers could not find the workers they needed, it could lead to a shortage of fruit and vegetables, it said.

PA Media

Cath Crowther from the association said: "There are staff shortages because of travel restrictions and illness which could impact on fruit and vegetable supply going forward."

She also said that those farms that had diversified into leisure and tourism were also suffering, and that those with cafes were trying to "redirect" their supplies.

Ambulance trust 'could not be prouder' of staff and volunteers

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust has praised on Twitter the "incredible" work its staff and volunteers are doing across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

The trust said it wanted to "dedicate #ThankYouThursday" to all those "working incredibly hard around the clock to make sure that our patients remain safe and get help when they need it the most. We couldn't be prouder to call you #TeamEEAST."

Ambulance staff
East of England Ambulance Service

Five more coronavirus deaths reported in the East

Orla Moore

BBC News

Five more deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the East of England on Wednesday evening.

Four people died in hospitals run by the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, and a fifth was reported at the West Suffolk Hospital.

They were among 28 people nationally whose deaths after testing positive for coronavirus were announced on Wednesday.

Here are the latest numbers of positive cases recorded in our region:

  • Norfolk 45
  • Suffolk 35
  • Peterborough 9
  • Cambridgeshire 41
  • Northamptonshire 43
  • Bedford 7
  • Central Bedfordshire 24
  • Milton Keynes 29
  • Buckinghamshire 59
  • Luton 29
  • Hertfordshire 147
  • Essex 88
  • Southend 9
  • Thurrock 15

Further figures can be found at Public Health England.

'Amazing' response to volunteer plea

A volunteer scheme aimed at supporting vulnerable people through the coronavirus pandemic has seen an "amazing response", according to Cambridgeshire County Council.

It said more than 75 new volunteers with suitable skills and backgrounds had been identified in the week since it was launched, with 12 recruited already.

They will be providing personal or health care to vulnerable people in their own homes or in care. This will include showering, giving medication and helping someone use the toilet.

Reporter presents 'alternative' Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games may have been postponed, but BBC Cambridgeshire reporter John Devine has devised an 'alternative'.

Viewer discretion advised...

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Fitness fans turn to virtual workouts

One of the big challenges for all of us in the coronavirus pandemic is remaining active, while gyms are closed and social distancing must be adhered to.

Cambridge fitness coach Joe Mitton says he's seen a positive response to his virtual gym classes.

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What the papers are saying...

These are some of the headlines from Cambridgeshire's newspapers, as the county continues to adapt to the coronavirus restrictions:

  • The Cambridge Independent reports that the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is launching a daily virtual tea break to help raise money for the city’s NHS heroes.
  • Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire Live carries images of a "sombre" Cambridge city centre as a result of the new restrictions.
  • And Peterborough Today has spoken to a local businessman who is suffering with coronavirus symptoms, and urging the public to take the pandemic seriously.

Coronavirus updates - the latest

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live updates page where you can keep up with all the regional news on the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for joining us.

We'll bring you all the latest developments and news from the East of England until 18:00 GMT.

Inquests postponed or suspended due to crisis

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Some coroner's courts are responding to the coronavirus crisis with inquests in Northamptonshire suspended until September.

Coroner Anne Pember said: "In view of the present COVID-19 situation it is with regret that I need to inform you that all inquests listed between now and 1 September have been suspended until further notice."I will review the situation on 31 July."

All inquests due to be heard at Buckinghamshire Coroner's Court until Monday, 27 April have been postponed and will be rescheduled.

In Cambridgeshire, the coroner and inquests website warns that "during these unprecedented times, hearings may change at short notice".

People are asked to check the website the evening before a hearing is scheduled, for the most up to date information.

Suffolk County Council said: “Due to the fast-changing situation in respect of COVID-19 the Coroner’s Service is closely monitoring the government advice and considering any impact this might have.

But no announcements have been made by the coroners in Bedfordshire, Essex, Norfolk or Hertfordshire.

What the papers are saying...

Here's how some of Cambridgeshire's newspapers are reporting on the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Cambridge pub delivers meals to Addenbrooke's to thank them during coronavirus outbreak, writes the Cambridge News
  • The Peterborough Telegraph reports that HMP Peterborough has closed to visitors to protect staff and inmates
  • Meanwhile, the Cambridge Independent carries an A-Z of retailers, pubs and companies offering deliveries and new services in the county amid the pandemic

Fire service makes social media plea

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has joined calls for the general public to avoid leaving home without a valid reason.

In a video posted on social media, one of their crews said "stay at home, so that we can come to work".

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Shake It Off to lift our spirits

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Everyone needs their spirits lifting at the moment, so St John Ambulance cadets in the East of England have come up with a "banging" idea to make us feel a little bit better.

Luke Stevenson, and others, want fellow cadets and St John Ambulance members to make up dance moves.

They are putting together a video to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off - but need some help.

They want to show that everyone is "standing together" and that some "fun" can still be had.

So send your best moves via email - - or via Twitter using #SJADanceForEast.

Just make sure you never miss a beat especially if you are lightning on your feet!

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And what about self-isolation?

Self-isolating means staying at home and not leaving it, other than for exercise. Don't go to work, school or public areas during this time, is the government's advice.

If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials. If you are unable to get supplies delivered, you should do what you can to limit social contact when you do leave the house.

Who should self-isolate?

Everyone who shows coronavirus symptoms - a fever of above 37.8C, a persistent cough or breathing problem - and everyone who lives in the same house or flat as someone with symptoms.

  • If you live alone, you must stay at home for seven days from the day symptoms start
  • If someone you live with develop symptoms, they must isolate for seven days and the rest of the household needs to isolate for 14 days and monitor for signs of COVID-19
  • If someone else does become ill during that period, their seven-day isolation starts that day. For example, it might run from day three to day 10 - when that person's isolation would then end. It would not restart if another member of the household fell ill
  • But anyone who fell ill on day 13 would see their seven-day isolation begin then - for their illness rather than to monitor for symptoms - meaning they would spend a total of 20 days at home

Cars seized as drivers ignore call not to meet up

Alex Pope

BBC News

Police have seized two cars whose drivers were having meet up to fit a car stereo.

Cambridgeshire officers in the Fens said although the country was in "lockdown" with people being advised to stay inside unless vital, the message did not seem to be getting across.

They tweeted that officers found the vehicles on Block Fen Drove between Chatteris and March.

Fenland Police

Officers said: "Meeting up to fit a car stereo is not essential, both drivers on provisional licence and no insurance, vehicles seized, both drivers were reported and both taken home."

Cambridgeshire Police

Recycling centres close

Rubbish bins
Luton Council

To ensure the safety of staff and customers, household recycling centres across the region are now closed.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: "In accordance with current government Coronavirus guidelines of avoiding non-essential contact and preventing a risk of infection to others, the sites will close.

"It is essential that we do all we can to slow down the spread of the virus."

Here is a breakdown of each council so you can access their information directly:

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