Coronavirus in the Border region: Everything you need to know

Here are the latest confirmed cases:

Note: not everyone with the Covid-19 will have been tested

The first coronavirus deaths in the region were confirmed on Friday 20 March.

Two patients, who were treated in the Cumberland Infirmary and had underlying health conditions, died of the virus.

No further details have been released.

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ITV Border News has compiled a series of advice and information guides about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact on all aspects of our lives:


Your personal health

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How to self-isolate and do social distancing

Pam explains why social distancing is so important.

School and childcare

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Due to how quickly the virus can spread, there is a lot of things that we no longer do. Here is the picture in Cumbria and southern Scotland:


  • All Premier League and English Football League fixtures have been suspended until April 4.

  • In Scottish football, all professional and grassroots fixtures under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA are suspended.

  • Fixture at Kelso Racecourse take place behind closed doors.

  • All Rugby League matches cancelled.

  • Melrose Sevens festival postponed until further notice.

  • Helm Hill runners have cancelled their winter league races and training nights are suspended until further notice.

  • All parkrun events across the UK have been cancelled with immediate effect.

Travel and holidays

  • LoganAir has announced a reduction in its flights after a “marked drop” in bookings.

  • Northern suspends trains to and from Newcastle from Carlisle.

  • Transpennine slash services due to staffing levels.

  • No advice against travelling on all rail services in the UK, however National Rail says if your ticket is refundable, you will be able to claim a refund as normal. If you have a non-refundable ticket and choose not to travel, you should contact your travel insurer. 

  • Centre Parcs Whinfell Forest site, near Penrith, will be closed from Friday 20 March.

  • Carlisle Airport has suspended all flights from 27 March.

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  • Hawick Reivers Festival on 27-29 March is not going ahead as planned.

  • Keswick 2 Barrow Charity Walk – Saturday 2 May, postponed until September.

  • Ireby Music festival called off in Cumbria

  • Fellsman race will no longer go ahead on 25-26 April

  • Big Bang Dark Skies Festival - Organisers will review the situation later in the year but the science festival could skip 2020 altogether.

  • Jim Clark Rally cancelled.

  • Melrose Sevens postponed until further notice

  • Jedburgh Festival 2020 cancelled.

  • Cumberland Show 2020 cancelled.

  • The Highland Show 2020 is called off.

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School and university:


  • Some care homes in the region have closed to visitors, check before you travel.

  • Patients advised to check with their surgeries as some GPs are cancelling or reducing face-to-face appointments.

  • University of Morcambe Bay Hospitals are restricting visiter numbers to one per person, between 6-7pm. No children under 12 should visit without the ward's prior permission.

  • North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) NHS Foundation Trust are limiting visiting times to 7-8pm.

  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway have suspended all visiting times.

  • NHS Borders has suspended all visiting times, with exceptions.

  • Most appointments with GPs will be scheduled to take place over the phone or Skype.

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Venues, community centres, museums and shops

  • Silloth Youth Club has closed its doors.

  • Workington Town Boys and Girls Club will be closed until at least next week (w/o 23 March)

  • Workington Junior Cricket Club has cancelled all indoor training sessions.

  • Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse are shutting all their UK screens.

  • Theatre by the Lake is temporarily closing the theatre to the public, as of 17 March, until advised they can reopen.

  • All shows scheduled at the Sands Centre have been cancelled until further notice.

  • Leisure Facilities, Swimming Pools, galleries, cinemas, libraries and public halls in Dumfries and Galloway closed as of 19 March.

  • The Devil’s Porridge Museum will be closed from Saturday March 21st at 5pm for the foreseeable future

  • Britain’s pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants and gyms are closed as the UK increases its efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

  • All non-essential shops have been ordered to close.

Self-isolation support groups

  • Do you know of a large event cancelled due to the virus? Let us know by emailing or message our Facebook page.