The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Cumbria has doubled.

Within the last few minutes, Public Health England confirmed that two more people in Cumbria has tested positive for the virus.

A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “The director of Public Health England has now confirmed two new cases of coronavirus in Cumbria.

"One is in Carlisle and the other is in South Lakeland.

"These new cases are unlinked to the two previous cases that were confirmed earlier this week.

"These are still exceptionally low numbers for Cumbria, with a low level of risk to the public.

"We are still asking the public to remain diligent with their own personal hygiene, such as regular hand washing, as an effective way to reduce the risk of spreading infection.”

As of 7am on 7 March 2020, 21,460 people have been tested in the UK, of which 21,254 were confirmed negative and 206 were confirmed as positive. Two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.