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A ban on visiting patients at the Cumberland Infirmary
in Carlisle's been extended throughout this weekend
as staff manage a serious outbreak of norovirus.
They say 60 patients are affected and have banned
The first indications that an outbreak of the norovirus might
be imminent came early in the week and then the situation
rapidly deteriorated, causing the hospital
on Wednesday to reluctantly ban all but essential visits.
A couple of reasons. One is the dignity of the patients. We have
patients in there with diarrhoea and vomiting. It is not nice to be
around people when they have this. There is also the protection of the
patients because visitors may contribute to the spread of
infection probably unwittingly. They did have a similar
norovirus outbreak at the Infirmary two years ago
but this time, touch wood, the hospital staff feel they have
got on top of the situation quicker. It is less severe than a couple of
years ago. We had under 60 patients in affected areas at the moment and
it has been falling over the last couple of days since we introduced
this measure. We will review everything on Monday and hopefully
we will make a decision about whether we can ease restrictions in
place currently. Police have launched a murder
investigation in Hexham. They were called to the Studio Sport
Bar on Priest-popple. A 32-year-old man was found
with head injuries. A 25-year-old man's been arrested -
on suspicion of murder. There's major disruption this
weekend for motorists in Hartlepool. The eastbound carriageway
of the A689 into the town will be closed until early tomorrow
morning for re-surfacing. You can get to the village
of Newton Bewley but all Hartlepool-bound
traffic's being diverted. Celebrations have been taking place
to mark Chinese New Year Events were held at
Sunderland and Durham with Newcastle preparing to host
the biggest celebration In Sunderland, the year
of the rooster was marked by celebrations at the Library
and Winter Gardens, with demonstrations of martial arts,
arts and craft displays and dances featuring traditional
animal costumes. We are doing a Lion dance today
which is one of them major celebration dances. Where did these
come from and how do they feed into the celebrations? The Lion dances
from southern China but that dragon dances from the whole of China. In
our traditional celebrations, we have the lion. We have the dragon
team and the unicorn team. We all come out to celebrate that
everyone's fortune and wealth. Chinese New Year is like a brand-new
beginning. We have a good ear and good health.
It was a similar story in Durham, where another lion dance
That is a flavour of some of the celebrations but in Newcastle,
preparations are underway for the celebrations tomorrow.
On to the football now - starting with the action from the FA
Cup, where there was a shock exit for Newcastle.
The Toon humbled by a 3-0 defeat at League One strugglers Oxford.
At the Riverside though - Middlesbrough proved too strong
for lowly Accrington Stanley running out winners by 1-0.
In League Two - Carlisle conceded a late equaliser to draw one each
Hartlepool were beaten 3-1 at Newport County.
In the National League - York played out a goalless
But Gateshead were beaten 2-1 at Torquay And in
the Scottish League Two - Berwick went down 2-1 at Montrose.
Let us get the weather prospects now. Good evening.
We have variable amounts of cloud overnight and some showers and some
of those can be heavy and wintry. Clever spells and that will enable
frost to enable ice to form. Surface water hanging around. Temperatures
tomorrow morning, we have variable tomorrow morning, we have variable
amounts of cloud. We will see some rain.
That's it, we're back tomorrow night, and all the region's