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CORONAVIRUS: Three new cases in Cumbria including teacher at Carlisle school

Three new Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Cumbria Credit: ITV

Three new Coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in Cumbria - including a teacher at Carlisle's Trinity School.

It brings the total number of people who've tested positive in the county to eight.

Colin Cox, Cumbria's Director of Public Health, told ITV Border that the teacher had recently returned from a trip to part of Italy not considered a high-risk area.

He said there are currently no plans to shut the school.

"There's no indication that the school needs to close or that people need to stay away from the school.

"There's specific advice been given to a small number of pupils who've been taught directly by the teacher about monitoring symptoms just to make sure they can keep an eye on things themselves - the increased risk is very, very low."

– Colin Cox, Director of Public Health Cumbria County Council

In a statement the school said: "Public Health England (PHE) has now confirmed that a member of staff from Trinity School in Carlisle has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Public Health England have assessed the risk and confirmed that there is no information to suggest there is any increased health risk to pupils or staff at the school and no public health reason for the school to close.

"The individual had visited Milan on holiday and returned to work in line with national guidance, at the time as Milan was not identified as an area of high risk.

"The school will continue to work closely with Public Health England and provide further updates if required."

The other two new Cumbrian cases are in South Lakeland.

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