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A Norfolk school has confirmed someone within the “setting” has tested positive for coronavirus.

Calls for the East to avoid a further local lockdown have been made after warnings that it would be “disastrous”.

Norfolk has been taken off the national coronavirus ‘watchlist’ - at a time when lockdowns are being imposed in other parts of the country.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has warned a second national lockdown has not been ruled out to curb the spread of coronavirus.

More than £1m has been awarded to councils across Norfolk to try to help keep the homeless people who were housed due to coronavirus lockdown in accommodation.

The majority of areas in Norfolk have seen a further fall in coronavirus infection rates, according to new figures.

No new coronavirus deaths have been reported at two of the county’s hospitals in more than 60 days - as it approaches a month since the last confirmed fatality in the region.

A Norfolk hospital in special measures says it has continued to make improvements to patient care despite the “unprecedented” impacts of Covid-19.

Faced with a sick child and unable to book a coronavirus test online, Sandra Squire drove to her nearest test centre in the hope of being let in.

Museum bosses hope Norwich Castle could be able to welcome its first paying visitors since coronavirus lockdown from next month - and ticket prices are likely to be cut.

The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have been particularly hard on the elderly. NATASHA SHERRY, house manager of Louis Arthur Court, a retirement village in New Road, North Walsham, reveals how she and the residents have coped.

The impact of coronavirus on jobs in Norfolk has been laid bare, as new figures showed the number of unemployed people claiming benefits in the county has increased by more than 11,000 in 12 months.

A lack of testing is contributing to staff absences across the NHS, putting services at risk, health leaders have warned.

Norwich City Council is not ruling out running a coronavirus marshal scheme but says further details are required to see how the scheme will work.

Drinkers at a city pub will be able to sit outside after owners were granted a tables and chairs licence - despite concerns over social distancing measures.

Parts of Norfolk have some of the lowest levels of Covid-19 in England as the rule of six comes into force.

Early testing of care home residents, wearing masks and social distancing have helped keep coronavirus levels in part of Norfolk among the lowest in England.

Banham Poultry in Attleborough closed on August 27 after a surge in coronavirus cases.

A “save our market” petition has called for a vote of no confidence in a Norfolk town council following months of controversy over the running of its market during the coronavirus crisis.

Could Norfolk’s best-loved Royal tradition be cancelled by coronavirus?

One of Norfolk’s hospitals has admitted its first coronavirus patients in two months, NHS data has revealed, although the numbers still remain very low.

Norfolk is now below “alert” levels over coronavirus and the Banham Poultry outbreak peak has passed, according to the county’s director of public health.

Dozens of Norfolk doctors warn of risks to patient safety and say they are being used as “cannon fodder” for coronavirus, as shock claims about the “denigration” of out-of-hours GP service emerge.

Council leaders have insisted that no decision has been taken to permanently close Holt Hall and Whitlingham Adventure, with a review into their futures continuing.

More than a hundred older and disabled people have been told the day services they attended prior to coronavirus lockdown will not be restarting.

The youngest council leader in Norfolk has had, by his own admission, a “baptism of fire” since he took the helm of Breckland Council just over a year ago - but Sam Chapman-Allen sees better days ahead.

After the announcement that social gatherings will be down to six people from Monday, Sabrina Johnson spoke to people in Cromer on Wednesday to find out their views

A council has agreed to adopt a new strategy to prevent and tackle homelessness, after a “worrying” rise in domestic violence cases during lockdown.

The city council has agreed to pay almost half a million pounds to keep one of its leisure centres open.

The Prime Minister has added detail to plans to be introduced from next week to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The city council is set to pay almost half a million pounds towards keeping one of its leisure centres open.

People aged 60 and above may have to make judgements on whether to shield to reduce their chances of being infected with coronavirus, a Norwich expert in infectious diseases has suggested.

The government is looking at imposing a nationwide curfew in the coming days in a bid to control the rise of the coronavirus infection rate.

The government is to make social gatherings of more than six people illegal in England from Monday in a bid to stop the rise in coronavirus cases.

Cutting down on social gatherings is a necessary trade-off to control the spread of coronavirus while ensuring children can be in school, Norfolk’s director of public health has said.

Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have been put on hold owing to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.

The number of people who can attend social gatherings will be slashed to six in England from Monday, following a rise in coronavirus cases across the UK.

A pupil or staff member at a Norfolk school is currently in isolation after having been tested for coronavirus, it has emerged.

New statistics have revealed just how big an impact coronavirus had on traffic in three of the biggest urban areas in Norfolk - but also how the huge increase in cycling has started to drop off.

The health secretary has warned young people that the “long-term effects can be terrible” for those who get coronavirus, following a rise in daily cases.

A Norfolk town’s pantomime has been cancelled because of the coronavirus.

A new Norwich City fan podcast started by two football loving musicians has scored a hat-trick of top guests since launching during lockdown.

Coronavirus cases have seen a fall in most areas where Banham Poultry’s workforce live according to new figures.

Care homes residents in Norfolk can see one single constant visitor as part of easing measures to reunite them with loved ones.

An 86-year-old woman who is dying is being forced to make an impossible choice - which one of her daughters can be at her bedside during her final breaths.

A Norfolk dad is competing in a half iron man triathlon to raise awareness of mental health.

Almost £3m is to be spent to revamp meeting rooms at Norfolk County Council’s County Hall headquarters, even though the authority is facing a £45m budget gap next year.

The Banham Poultry coronavirus outbreak has been contained, council leaders have said, saying this is “not an occasion for panic”.

A school in Norfolk has announced it will not be open today, September 7, due to a staff member contracting coronavirus.

The UK has recorded its highest daily number of positive coronavirus tests since late May - with almost 3,000 cases.

A project begun by a Norwich man to make protective face shields out of his garden shed has now broken the 45,000 barrier, thanks to volunteers.

Health leaders have offered reassurance to the public after confirming one member of staff at Primark in Norwich has tested positive for coronavirus.

Clothing giants Primark has confirmed a “small number” of employees have tested positive for coronavirus in its Norwich shop.

A Norfolk headteacher has revealed the plans in place for the “unusual return” of pupils and staff – including school dinner service that will take three-and-a-half hours.

Norfolk has been placed on the government’s national ‘watchlist’, with the county designated as an area to get ‘enhanced support’ in the wake of more than 100 positive cases connected to Banham Poultry.

A Norfolk musician will release his first debut single on the “hardships” he has experienced during the coronavirus pandemic.

New figures have revealed the new cases of Covid-19 across Norfolk since the Banham Poultry coronavirus outbreak - with numbers noticeably up in Breckland, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and South Norfolk.

One of the region’s most-popular pantomimes has been cancelled because of coronavirus.

Norfolk’s young people have experienced high levels of abuse and sadness during lockdown – and anxiety about returning to school, according to Norfolk’s police chief.

A lack of access to NHS dental care in Norfolk has been branded a “scandal” with councillors set to demand answers from central government over the issue.

The region’s mental health trust has admitted a letter discharging more than 300 young people from its waiting list at the start of the pandemic was not a mistake.

Pupils across west Norfolk played, sang and danced their way into a lockdown online talent show which was judged by EastEnders actress Gillian Taylforth.

A hundred people have signed a petition urging Norfolk County Council to scrap plans to spend almost £2m on a car park at its County Hall site.

A councillor who sparked complaints when he said coronavirus was “the biggest con in history” has resigned from Norwich City Council.

More than £1m will need to be taken from a Norfolk council’s reserves to plug a funding gap caused by coronavirus costs - and the government has been urged to stump up more cash to help balance the books.

Contact tracing has only been completed in half the cases of Banham Poultry workers who tested positive for coronavirus, the county’s public health director revealed on Tuesday.

A county councillor responsible for vulnerable adults has refused to support a campaign to feed children left hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of positive coronavirus cases linked to the outbreak at Banham Poultry has now risen to 104, it is understood, after more results were returned.

Coronavirus has hit live music venues particularly hard - but 600 music fans still got the chance to enjoy bands performing when a hugely popular festival went ahead despite the problems caused by the pandemic.

The majority of pupils will be three months behind in their studies when they return to classrooms in England, according to a survey.

An “emergency meeting” has been convened by a Norfolk MP who says stepping up track and tracing after the coronavirus outbreak at Banham Poultry is crucial to avoid a catastrophe.

A further 16 people have tested positive for coronavirus at Banham Poultry, bringing the total number of cases to 96.

A Norfolk MP has said a more urgent response is needed to prevent a “potentially catastrophic” impact on the county’s food industry in the wake of the Banham Poultry coronavirus outbreak.

The reproduction rate of coronavirus for the east of England has risen closer to 1, figures have revealed.

Con artists have been trying to trick people in Norfolk by sending text messages and emails claiming to be from Netflix and parcel delivery company DHL, watchdogs have warned.

Around 80pc of people are engaging with test and trace in Norfolk.

Complaints about noisy neighbours soared as people found themselves largely confined to their homes during coronavirus lockdown, figures have revealed.

Since lockdown eased, towns have put in place measures to keep people safe. But in Downham Market, they have created controversy among traders and the public. Sarah Hussain reports.

The sickness absence rate among staff at Norfolk’s largest hospital fell at the start of lockdown, figures show, despite illness rising elsewhere in the NHS.

A Norfolk woman warned mental health patients have “slid to the bottom of the pile” during the Covid-19 lockdown, due to a lack of face-to-face appointments.

Staff at turkey giant Bernard Matthews will see “enhanced monitoring” to ensure there is no coronavirus outbreak at its factory - including surveillance of bus CCTV footage to check if workers are wearing masks.

Workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak at Banham Poultry Factory will be given the “best support they can” to ensure they do not leave home for 14 days.

All 800 workers at Banham Poultry will now be tested for coronavirus, health chiefs said on Friday.

A community is coming to terms with being at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak which has seen a factory partially closed and hundreds of workers sent home.

Patients at a Norfolk hospital will be able to receive daily visits from next week.

A warning has been issued for people enjoying Norfolk over the August bank holiday weekend to be vigilant about Covid-19 - and to keep taking action to prevent its spread.

Consumers are keen to support businesses in west Norfolk as shops and services in the district feel the impact of coronavirus.

Meat producer Bernard Matthews said on Friday one worker had tested positive for coronavirus, but there was no evidence of a wider outbreak at its Great Witchingham factory.

Specialist advice is being taken over whether the testing of workers at Banham Poultry meat factory needs to be extended further.

Banham Poultry’s boss has defended the factory’s pandemic precautions after the number of coronavirus cases rose to 80.

Now is not the time for taxpayers’ money to be used to plan for council reshuffles, the leader of Norfolk County Council has said - amid speculation that a shake-up for local government is on the horizon.

Migrant factory workers are worried they will lose their jobs if they have to self-isolate, a Great Yarmouth charity has said.

Scientists who want to do weekly tests for coronavirus on everyone in Norwich say a pilot project has shown it could help spot ‘silent spreaders’ - amid fears the current test and trace system is “woefully underpowered”.

Council leaders have warned they are facing a daunting £45m budget gap next year, yet are planning to spend almost £3m to revamp their own meeting rooms at County Hall.

The coronavirus outbreak at Banham Poultry has seen cases rise in both Breckland and Great Yarmouth - but not other areas of Norfolk so far.

It would be an “immoral kick in the teeth” for people struggling in the wake of coronavirus if councillors take up an increase in their allowances, it has been claimed.

Norwich’s community hospital will reintroduce pay and display charges from next week.

Almost 50 workers linked to Banham Poultry have tested positive for COVID-19 after more than 300 workers were checked following a coronavirus outbreak.

Test results from more than 300 workers at Banham Poultry, after a coronavirus outbreak, are expected back today (Wednesday, August 26).

Norfolk’s public health director said she feels confident the test and trace system will prevent a wider outbreak of the coronavirus, after seven people tested positive at a meat processing factory.

Norfolk’s largest hospital has confirmed its first positive coronavirus patients in more than two-and-a-half months.

A Norfolk heritage centre will remain closed until 2021 for the safety of its team and the site’s future viability.

Extending the ban on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic is “kicking the can down the road”, tenants and housing union protestors have warned.

Residents have been told there is “no cause for panic” after an outbreak of coronavirus in a Norfolk meat processing factory.

The Covid-19 outbreak at Banham Poultry is one of many to hit meat processing factories across the world – so what makes these workplaces so vulnerable to the virus?

The director of public health for Norfolk has warned there could be further cases of the coronavirus confirmed in relation to an outbreak at a Norfolk poultry factory.

Workers at a Norfolk chicken factory are isolating and others are set to undergo testing after an outbreak of coronavirus.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has recorded its first coronavirus-related death in more than two months.

The number of people being infected with coronavirus has fallen in most areas of Norfolk, followig a sharp rise at the start of the month.

Drugs used to treat high blood pressure could help people survive coronavirus and cut the severity of infection, researchers from Norwich have found.

Homes across Norfolk are being sent a letter and leaflet reminding people what to do if they have coronavirus symptoms- or have been in contact with some who has tested positive for the infection.

A controversial £1.9m car park extension at Norfolk County Council’s headquarters has been backed by councillors, but a government intervention means it could yet be rejected.

Landlords are being urged to do all they can to support tenants who may be struggling to pay their rent due to coronavirus - as a ban on evictions is lifted.

A chief nurse has said getting a flu vaccination this winter will be crucial in helping to ease the winter strain on NHS staff.

Head to European cities such as Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen or Paris and chances are you’ll see people using a form of transport largely absent from the UK’s roads.

Norwich’s annual Oktoberfest has become the latest event to announce it will not be going ahead this year.

The second wave of coronavirus cases is predicted to hit within months, with bosses at Norfolk County Council warning the death toll could be higher than in the first spike.

Women and single parents are likely to be most negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the pressures it is putting on social housing, according to University of East Anglia researchers.

The delay by the government in focusing on social care at the height of the coronavirus pandemic was “catastrophic”, the social services director for Norfolk County Council has said.

Neighbours are battling to stop £1.9m plans to extend a car park for staff at Norfolk County Council - and the matter could end up in the hands of the government.

Loss of smell associated with infection with COVID-19 is “much more profound” compared to a bad cold or flu, scientists from the University of East Anglia have found.

People in Norwich could be able to hire from a fleet of a hundred e-scooters within weeks - if a bid to government for the city to trial the machines is accepted.

A Norwich bowling alley is welcoming the wet weather after it was left “crushed” it could not reopen at the start of the month.

The City of Norwich Half Marathon has been postponed again, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Another eight of Norfolk’s libraries will open their doors after months of being closed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

More than 1,100 items were sold by a charity’s online shop in a record-breaking first month since it returned from lockdown.

Care home bosses in Norfolk are urging the government to deliver on its promise to protect them amid problems securing covid-19 test kits needed for staff and residents.

The number of patients in Norfolk waiting more than a year for surgery has soared again - up from 954 to 1,739 in the space of one month.

New fines are to come into force to crack down on those not wearing face coverings and people who hold raves, in a new announcement which also sets out which businesses can reopen this weekend.

Cycling campaigners have said a bid for £2.2m to pay for new cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings and bike parking to help people travel safely during the coronavirus pandemic is “too little, too late”.

More than £2.2m is being sought to pay for new cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings and bike parking to help people travel safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

A town councillor says Covid-19 will be faced down just like Britain’s Second World War enemies 75 years ago, ahead of scaled-down VJ Day commemorations.

A group of musicians holed up in a north Norfolk manor house are helping to bring people together through the power of song.

Council officers could be set to knock on doors to tell people to self-isolate, after the government announced a major shift towards a local test and trace system to tackle coronavirus outbreaks.

Care home residents with coronavirus may be asymptomatic or not display typical symptoms, and should be tested if they are feeling generally unwell, new research conducted in Norfolk indicates.

GCSE and A-level students in England will be able to use grades in mock exams to progress to university and college courses and employment, the education secretary has announced.

Council officers will revisit a city street which has had a traffic ban imposed in a bid to boost post-lockdown trading after fears over licensing breaches were raised.

Sheringham’s first-ever ‘virtual’ carnival has proven to be a “surprise, runaway success” - with a duck race and Where’s Wally competition among the highlights.

Norfolk hospitals will receive nearly £6m in funding to upgrade accident and emergency capacity to ease winter pressure.

Great Yarmouth’s coronavirus cases rose fifteen-fold in a week, new figures have revealed.

All of Norfolk’s hospitals has now gone more than a month since recording any new coronavirus-related deaths.

Hospital staff have been able to capture precious moments for parents when they have been unable to visit their baby after a flurry of donations to its neonatal unit.

Temporary traffic management measures could be introduced as part of coronavirus restrictions in a coastal town.

Coronavirus cases in Norfolk “are linked through family and social contact”, the county’s top public health official has revealed.

Nearly half of new coronavirus cases reported in Norfolk occurred in Great Yarmouth in the last seven days, new figures have revealed.

A Norwich GP said demand for services is “back to normal or higher” as new figures showed the number of appointments jumped in June.

A Norwich academic research is extending his work into Norfolk hospitals after finding around two-thirds of healthcare workers may already have been infected with coronavirus.

Parts of Norfolk have seen a rise in the coronavirus infection rate in the past week, while others have seen the number of cases fall - but numbers remain low compared to the country’s hot spots

The traditional Christmas lights switch-ons in at least two north Norfolk towns have been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Families have been warned spare school bus seats will be “limited” from September due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

Bosses at Norfolk’s largest hospital are pushing to be part of a roll-out of 90-minute coronavirus tests, as they say they are preparing for a second wave towards the end of September.

City eateries will be free to use outdoor space for al-fresco dining and drinking in a bid to boost businesses following the impact of the coronavirus lockdown.

The reopening of schools to all pupils from September could lead to an increase in new coronavirus cases, it has been warned.

A hub offering support to Norwich’s most vulnerable during coronavirus has closed.

A Norfolk hospital says it has been coronavirus-free for more than two weeks as it prepares to discuss the results of a review into deaths from the virus.

More than £32m will be invested in projects across Norfolk and Suffolk to create more than 1,000 new jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Small businesses in north Norfolk who have missed out on government support during the pandemic can apply to the district council.

A row over councillors being accused of taking credit for the county’s low rates of coronavirus has rumbled on - after the cabinet hit back at opposition criticisms.

A staff member has tested positive for coronavirus at a Wetherspoon’s pub in Norfolk.

Parts of Norfolk saw a small rise in the coronavirus infection rate last week, while others saw infection rates fall - but overall numbers remain low.

Business owners have expressed their concern over their town’s market following tensions between traders and the town council.

A 23-year-old Norfolk rider has been selected to represent Great Britain at the FEI Dressage European Championships 2020 in Hungary despite coronavirus disruptions.

The government has postponed a planned easing of England’s lockdown amid a rise in the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

A local lockdown would be a “last resort” to combat a fresh rise in cases of coronavirus in Norfolk, a public health director has said.

A charity which helps disabled and disadvantage people enjoy Norfolk’s waterways will reopen for the first time in nearly five months next week.

For the last 19 weeks, thousands of people in Norfolk with health conditions that make them more vulnerable to coronavirus have been confined to their homes while shielding. But from Saturday, August 1, they will no longer be required to. Clarissa Place found out how they felt about that prospect.

A Norfolk hospital will be ‘partially’ lifting visiting restrictions that were put in place during the pandemic.

Scores of county council staff members were placed on furlough during the Covid-19 lockdown, it has been revealed.

People in Norfolk have highlighted the need to support the vulnerable and carers in a new report highlighting how accessible services were during the pandemic.

A Norfolk nurse who helped to keep support for families running while working on the frontline has spoken of the challenge to keep the service going.

A series of portraits capturing the work of hospital staff’s efforts during the coronavirus pandemic have gone on display.

Play areas across west Norfolk will reopen for the summer holidays.

A popular classic car and bike show has been cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, but there will be a special addition to the event when it returns next year.

Plans to keep rough sleepers off the streets of a Norfolk coastal town have been welcomed - despite fears support services have been ‘cut to the bone’.

It had only ever been cancelled during the war and when Prince Charles married Diana.

Councillors have been criticised for taking credit for Norfolk’s low rate of coronavirus infections and failing to learn the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is facing losses of over £1 million in income due to the coronavirus.

Abortion services have seen an increased demand during lockdown as more than 200 women across Norfolk have struggled to access contraceptive care.

Wedding bells will ring sooner than expected for two key workers after they won a competition thanking those on the frontline for their efforts during the pandemic.

A pub landlord has hit out at his insurers after a Covid-19 claim for £36,500 was refused.

Face masks have been selling “like hot cakes” at a Norfolk shop, as new rules around covering up are introduced.

Norwich shoppers are showing “no push back” to wearing masks as the city embraces new changes that came into force today.

Reopening dates have been revealed for more of the Norfolk libraries which have been shut since coronavirus lockdown began in March.

Pregnant women will be able to bring partners to attend some antenatal scans from next week.

Fears that Norwich is losing too many offices, because of how easy it is for developers to turn them into housing, could see council bosses wield powers to stop it happening.

Business owners have expressed their concern over the ‘detrimental’ impact mandatory face coverings could have on trade.

A councillor has urged Norfolk not to “let a good crisis go to waste” during a discussion on the county’s response to coronavirus.

A beauty salon owner has told how she felt beauticians were “put on the back burner” amid the easing of lockdown and said “more women” should have been involved in decision-making.

People have been told to call a dentist “only when in agony” as a huge backlog builds and Norfolk surgeries’ books are closed to new NHS patients in the wake of coronavirus.

A designated visiting room and arranged bookings are among ways families and friends will be able to visit loved ones in care homes.

The impact of coronavirus has made the proposed £271m revamp of Anglia Square untenable, according to Green councillors who are urging government minister Robert Jenrick to turn down the scheme.

A Norfolk council has revealed it ended the year with an additional almost £3m in its pocket, despite the impact of the coronavirus.

A Norfolk council has said it is not worried about a 780pc increase in dog fouling.

Wearing masks will play a crucial role in helping keep coronavirus cases in Norfolk low, the county’s director of public health has said, as face coverings become mandatory in shops and supermarkets.

Pubs in Norfolk have received a £25,000 ‘lifeline’ to enable them to continue serving the community during the pandemic.

A call has been made for a public inquiry to investigate the reasons why west Norfolk was harder hit by coronavirus than other parts of the county.

A working mother concerned about the impact of coronavirus on the timetable at her daughter’s school fears she is being forced to choose between her job and picking her child up after class.

Young people have hit back at councillors who claimed they were not taking coronavirus social distancing seriously.

Mobile coronavirus testing stations are continuing to visit towns across Norfolk and Waveney next week.

“Robust” plans are being put in place across Norfolk’s health services in preparation for a second wave of coronavirus on top of winter pressures.

A call is being made to ban or limit cars on more of the city centre’s roads - and outside Norwich schools.

Non-essential journeys on public transport are being encouraged by the prime minister in a speech which has been welcomed by Norfolk operators.

An extra £7.6m of a government pot to ease pressures councils face due to coronavirus has been earmarked for Norfolk.

Play areas in Norwich will be reopened next week, so long as the number of coronavirus cases recorded in the city stays low over the weekend.

The bulk of staff at Norfolk County Council have been told that they will not be returning to their offices for work this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Norfolk cannot afford to relax over coronavirus, the council’s deputy director of public health has warned, as councillors raised concerns people are getting “complacent” about the risk of the disease.

Mental health services expect to see the demand for support rise by a fifth due to the coronavirus lockdown, as patients become increasingly unwell and doctors warn of the risk of increasing suicides, it has been revealed.

Leisure centres across west Norfolk are set to reopen next week.

A stockpile of personal protective equipment to help Norfolk combat coronavirus this winter has been built up - but council bosses say they need to consider if a longer term supply is needed next year.

The cancellation of the Thursford Christmas Show for the first time in its 44-year history will have a “huge impact” on Norfolk’s tourism sector, it has been warned.

Norfolk family members of a young man who fought off Covid-19 while in a coma have rallied to help him back to health.

A small team of volunteer stitchers have made around 7,000 masks since the start of March for people in their community.

Schemes to get people in and around Norwich cycling and walking would be “fast tracked”, should the government give millions of pounds for transport changes in the city.

The Duchess of Cambridge has said Prince Louis is too young to understand social distancing and wants to “cuddle everything”.

A Norfolk MP and vice-chair of an inquiry into the government’s response to Covid-19 said the UK has seen “catastrophic” failings in dealing with the disease.

A furloughed chef and his wife have spent their spare lockdown hours cooking up a new venture - a home delivery service for children’s clothes.

The effectiveness of wearing face coverings to stop the spread of coronavirus is still unclear, a leading expert at the University of East Anglia has said.

Coffee and cake is now centre stage at a north Norfolk theatre.

After weeks of mixed messages, the Government has announced it will soon be mandatory to wear a face covering in supermarkets and other shops in England.

Fears disadvantaged children are facing increased “technological poverty” during lockdown have sparked fresh calls for action to provide families with laptops.

A Norfolk council has overspent by almost £700,000 on housing and is facing “significant” and “unsustainable” cash pressures.

Oxburgh Hall has become the first National Trust historic house in the region to open to inside visitors - and it features a particularly timely exhibition.

Patients will be able to receive visitors for the first time at Norfolk’s largest hospital since coronavirus restrictions were introduced as it launches a new appointment system from today.

Health experts fear a government push on coronavirus antibody testing - which they are not convinced should be a priority - could divert healthcare staff from helping get crucial treatment for Norfolk patients.

A Norfolk hospital has reported its first new coronavirus death in a month.

Recovering from a brain tumour removal is a difficult experience in any circumstances, let alone in the middle of a pandemic.

A TV entrepreneur who owns health centres in Norfolk has welcomed the return of the vitally important fitness centre after the government gave the green light for the sector to open at the end of the month.

A call has been made for Norwich City Council to reopen its playgrounds and to trust parents to sanitise the hands of children using them.

More than £1 million has been paid out to around 120 businesses that have been hit by the coronavirus lockdown in north Norfolk as part of a special scheme.

Two of the three major hospitals in Norfolk have seen no new coronavirus deaths in the last month, figures reveal.

The director of Beccles Lido says he is delighted he will be able to reopen - but frustrated that the news came with less than 48 hours notice.

A holiday resort is emerging from lockdown completely remodelled with 50 new restaurant suites providing “dining bubbles” for its all-inclusive guests.

Decisions over new developments in Norwich will once again be taken by members of the city council’s planning committee from next month - after councillors agreed to start virtual meetings.

A circus fears the big top could be consigned to the history books unless it can hit the road again soon.

A cycle speedway club is among the first in the UK to return to the track, but will not be able to race - for the first time in its 54-year history.

A Norfolk council has warned it is facing “substantial financial challenges” and may have to make cuts to services due to the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in Norfolk has fallen to fewer than 15 a week.

Norwich traders have been given a confidence boost this weekend after experiencing a hustle and bustle in the city centre similar to a “normal” Saturday.

A Norwich MP has called on the government to look into the idea of a four-day working week to help the country recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s comments that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” in dealing with coronavirus had no justification, says a Norfolk expert in infectious diseases.

A councillor has raised “anxiety” over what his district will get in return from its contribution to a £7.7m pot to launch the county’s Covid-19 economic bounceback.

North Norfolk theatres have turned red to highlight the plight of the performing arts sector, which is struggling to survive after months of lockdown.

A team of volunteers are helping to combat loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic - and say they are available for friendly chats with people who are struggling.

The gardens around Mannington Hall, a moated medieval country house in north Norfolk, have reopened for visitors as the coronavirus lockdown eases.

A nurse paid tribute to his friends and colleagues as he told the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge how he battled coronavirus.

A new club president has said they are rising to the challenge during the current crisis to help others, despite fundraising events being ‘impossible’ to hold.

The number of people at Norfolk’s hospital A&E departments is “steadily” returning to pre-lockdown levels.

A Norfolk council has stressed the need to “instil confidence” to boost the tourist economy, as visitors begin returning to the area’s beaches and coastal towns.

A Norfolk restaurant owner has expressed his happiness at reopening for the first time in months but said his business needs more customers to survive.

Concerns have been raised over the impact which coronavirus lockdown is having on the mental health and education of Norfolk’s children.

A Norfolk hospital has launched a review into the death of every coronavirus patient to ensure the very best care if it faces a second wave in future.

The “innate common sense” of people in Norfolk has helped keep down the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the county, according to the county councillor with responsibility for public health.

One of the steam locomotives on the North Norfolk Railway has been given a very 2020 touch ahead of the line’s reopening.

The parents of 2,500 babies born in Norfolk during lockdown are still unable to register their births - creating problems for some families who hope to go abroad.

A village has raised a toast to a local inn to show its appreciation to the landlady and her team for supporting residents during lockdown.

Coins rattled again along the Great Yarmouth seafront as arcades reopened after three months of lockdown - but the feeling among business owners was a mixture of disappointment and restrained anticipation.

Relief was in the air on the Great Yarmouth seafront as Joyland reopened with its famous snails trundling again after an extended hibernation.

A Norfolk councillor has hit out at government funding news which will see the county get a share of just over £30m as “crumbs”.

Prince William dropped into a Norfolk pub for a plate of chips and a glass of cider, to find out how it was gearing up to reopen on Saturday.

While some have been counting down the hours until the further easing of coronavirus restrictions, not everyone is going to be flocking to enjoy greater freedoms.

Pubs, restaurants, outdoor attractions and places of worships are among the latest areas to open their doors again as the largest easing of lockdown measures come into effect today.

Places of worship will be allowed to resume services under new guidance from today.

Norfolk’s largest hospital has marked its first “Covid free” day for the first time in four months.

Do not let traders down, that is the message from the prime minister ahead of the reopening of many businesses on Saturday.

A market that was closed over planned demonstration claims will now reopen following a ‘fruitful meeting’ between a town council and traders.

New service times, registering who is attending and a continued presence online are some of the steps being taken by places of worship as they prepare to reopen.

Traders on a city street set to be temporarily pedestrianised have hit out over the measures which they say are a “stab in the back”.

A seaside town is set to welcome back the holidaymakers as lockdown rules are relaxed this weekend.

Wedding bells will ring out for the first time in three months this weekend and for one Norfolk couple, it only meant a day’s wait.

A lack of personal protective equipment fuelled the spread of coronavirus in Norfolk’s care homes, but maintenance workers, cooks and administrators may have been the reason the virus got into them in the first place - according to researchers.

Norfolk has been given about £100,000 less than ‘disappointed’ council bosses thought they would get from the government to make changes to roads to keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Norfolk’s director of public health has joined growing calls urging those who do head out to act responsibly by protecting themselves and others reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Fears have been raised that an announcement of extra cash is unlikely to cover the impact to Norfolk County Council’s coffers because of the cost of coping with coronavirus in the county.

Landlords at pubs across Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are polishing taps and arranging tables, one-way systems and hand sanitizer stations as venues prepare to open again after three months of lockdown.

People in locked-down Leicester are being warned to stay away from the Norfolk coast as seaside attractions prepare to reopen on “Super Saturday”.

Businesses in Great Yarmouth could be eligible for grants of up to £25,000 as the borough council expands a financial assistance scheme for traders impacted by coronavirus.

Enjoy yourselves safely and sensibly this weekend - that is the message from health bosses who are preparing for a surge in demand at Norfolk’s A&E departments.

A Norfolk shop owner has said businesses have to work harder at providing a service and hopes customers will be encouraged to return to town after more stores reopen.

In late January, many of us still believed the effects of coronavirus would not impact our day-to-day lives.

It is 100 days since the biggest ever peacetime restrictions on our lives began.

The planned date when one of Norwich’s cinemas will reopen following lockdown for coronavirus has been pushed back - because major film releases have been delayed.

More than half of care homes in Breckland have reported outbreaks of Covid-19, figures reveal.

The ways lockdowns could be brought into place in Norfolk if there are sudden outbreaks of coronavirus have been revealed, with the county’s director of public health warning “we are not out of the woods”.

The government has warned councils against “excessive restrictions” on tips and public toilets in a bid to “support outdoor hospitality” and avoid harm to public health.

It has been three weeks since Norfolk’s largest hospital has reported a coronavirus-related death.

Saturday, July 4 is the big day when pubs, restaurants, campsites, hotels, and caravan sites, can all reopen again. Reporter DAVID BALE found out how north Norfolk’s normally booming hospitality sector is getting ready.

Temperature checks will be carried out on visitors when a popular seaside attraction reopens.

A widely-used phrase throughout the past three months of lockdown has been: “We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

John Killet and Martin Mather, who run the Cheese Shed and Cheese Truckle on the Shepherds Business Park on Norwich Road, Lenwade, supply products to businesses across Norfolk.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is hosting a Covid-19 testing station in the car park of Dereham station.

It’s a nerve-wracking time for pub owners across Great Yarmouth - with most planning a delicate return to the “new normal” after three months behind closed doors.

An extra 46,000 seats will become available on Greater Anglia services from next week as more people return to work.

Couples hoping to tie the knot once weddings are allowed to resume face shorter services, social distancing restrictions and no wedding reception under the new guidelines.

The mother of a child with additional needs has praised measures brought in to support families during lockdown, as the county’s community health trust looks at how it can reinstate services.

Vulnerable children are being referred to social services in Norfolk half as often as before the coronavirus lockdown came into force, it has been revealed.

The head of a city homelessness charity has welcomed a £105m funding package to help end rough sleeping but warned there were still challenges ahead.

Thousands of pounds have been donated to buy items for patients and staff at Norfolk’s biggest hospital.

A trader has said the forced closure of a market over protest claims has been “soul destroying.”

The theft of loo roll and liquid soap at the start of the pandemic forced a Norfolk council to close almost half its public toilets, it has been revealed.

Year 10 students at nine secondary schools across Norfolk and Waveney have started Saturday catch-up classes and will be returning early from their summer holidays, to make up for lessons lost during lockdown.

Norfolk’s heritage railways are steaming towards reopening, albeit at a gentle pace.

Norfolk is ready to play a key role in prime minister Boris Johnson’s Project Speed to fuel the country’s economic recovery, say county leaders.

Enjoying a cuppa while scouting for a bargain at a car boot sale has been a Great British tradition for decades.

Almost £2m could be spent on further changes to how traffic and people move around Norwich and Norfolk’s biggest towns due to coronavirus - and some alterations could be permanent.

Two of East Anglia’s major zoos hope part of a £100m government rescue package will help them survive the coronavirus.

A north Norfolk caterer who found herself without work during the coronavirus lockdown turned her hand to a great British tradition to get by.

The pressure on the coffers of Norfolk County Council because of the impact of coronavirus has been reduced, council leaders have said - but they are still facing an overspend of nearly £16m by the end of the year.

Free meals for schoolchildren should happen every holiday, not just during the coronavirus pandemic, says an organisation which has been helping keep some of the city’s most vulnerable youngsters fed.

Holidays abroad could be back on the cards this summer after ministers confirmed the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days when coming back to the UK would be scrapped for many destinations.

Water use has soared during lockdown - by the equivalent of people drinking 80 extra cups of tea a day.

The streets of Norwich are slowly beginning to sing again.

Over the last few months, Norfolk’s families will have had to be inventive in how they’ve entertained their youngsters.

A bowling alley is set to reopen as a bar and restaurant while its lanes remain closed.

New statistics have shown how visits to Norfolk’s parks and open spaces have soared during the coronavirus pandemic - and how people have begun returning to work, the shops and on to public transport.

A Norfolk hospital and university are using cutting edge technology including 360 degree video to train staff for a potential second wave of coronavirus.

A £7.7m pot is to be created to kickstart Norfolk’s economic recovery from the impact of coronavirus - with the hope the government will double that figure.

The bulk of traffic will be banned from two Norwich city centre streets within days to help cafes and restaurants thrive and for pedestrians to maintain social distancing.

A £75,000 plan to put a set of historic church bells back into use for the first time in 90 years has been delayed after the coronavirus pandemic left volunteers unable to lend a hand.

Police moved in to disperse a gathering of about 70 young people who were jumping into the water and swimming in west Norfolk.

Charities, which have seen a rise in domestic abuse victims needing help during the coronavirus lockdown, have welcomed the award of almost a quarter of a million pounds to help their crucial work.

A Norfolk teacher has been helping the vulnerable and those on the shielding list during lockdown.

Bike shops have seen a tenfold increase in sales and people coming to them for repairs, but will the trend last? We spoke to some of Norwich’s bike shops to get their thoughts on the current cycling boom.

A coronavirus survivor who required treatment at the very hospital he helped to open was among the patients that trailed a breakthrough drug to reduce virus-related deaths.

A £1m pot of cash can be used by community groups to make adaptations to buildings to allow social distancing, council bosses have said.

A plea has been issued for people across Norfolk to take the coronavirus Test and Trace system seriously - and to isolate and get tested if they think they might have caught the virus or are contacted because they have been near somebody who has.

A chef has taken over a hospital’s kitchens to cook up a treat for hard-working NHS staff.

An appeal has been launched to save a heritage centre which attracted about 2200 visitors last year but has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Norfolk must remember the danger of coronavirus when further easing measures begin next week, the head of the county’s response group has said.

Unlike hair salons, much of the beauty industry has still not been given the green light to get back to business on July 4.

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced an easing of lockdown rules on Tuesday, and we’d love your views on the changes that are due to come into effect from July 4.

A final delivery of weekly parcels has been made to North Walsham hospital staff by its Friends group.

Shoppers and commuters will be able to use some park and ride services again from next week.

Norwich’s global market is going online for the first time as it continues showcasing products made by international communities living across Norfolk.

A city councillor who sparked outrage by branding Covid-19 the “biggest con in history” left his former group due to divisions over his “incredibly insulting attitude”, it has been revealed.

A restaurant will be rushed off its feet when it reopens after lockdown as customers flock to its new outdoor dining pods.

Staff at two wind farms off the Norfolk coast have helped the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by sewing ear savers and shaving their head, respectively.

With lockdown restrictions on the hospitality industry easing next month, campsites across Norfolk and Waveney have been experiencing an upsurge in calls and bookings.

Councillors in Great Yarmouth have given themselves a pat on the back over their response to coronavirus - claiming their recovery plan is “streets ahead” of others around the county.

Can we watch live sports matches in pubs? How can we enjoy a bar meal?

A city councillor has been blasted by his colleagues after he described COVID-19 as a “little virus” which is “the biggest con in history”.

Norfolk county council has been criticised for a technical “fiasco” which forced them to reschedule a key oversight meeting into the work of its children’s services.

The prime minister has encouraged people to take a staycation in a Norfolk town.

Children from underprivileged backgrounds are not returning to schools “in the numbers they could and should”, the prime minister had said.

The exotic inhabitants of a Norfolk zoo are coming face to face with visitors for the first time in three months.

Boris Johnson has announced lockdown restrictions are to be eased across England from July 4 - but some businesses must stay shut.

Families and friends from two households will be allowed to stay overnight in new measures announced by the prime minister.

Potters Resort at Hopton has become the latest in a chain of regional employers to begin redundancy consultations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A market will be shut down for two weeks after it was revealed protestors were planning to demonstrate against a council’s safety measures.

Dozens of wild and wonderful animals flocked to north Norfolk and descended on one of its villages in a bid to support local zoos.

A YMCA charity shop in Great Yarmouth will reopen this week.

The first pavement markers, known as decals, that remind people to keep social distancing have been placed in Sheringham.

A rendition of Elton John’s I’m Still Standing has proven a hit on a school’s YouTube video channel.

The relaxing of the two-metre social distancing rule is set to be discussed as part of new government plans today.

Pubs, restaurants, museums and cinemas are set to find out today how they could begin reopening in new measures to be set out by the prime minister.

A Norfolk Girlguiding and Scout group are calling on community support to raise funds for their ‘dreary’ hut facilities after fundraising events were cancelled.

Joy over being able to spend time with friends and grandchildren, but concerns about logic, are among the reactions from Norfolk ‘shielders’ as new plans are announced to ease measures next month.

A seaside council has provided financial support to almost nine-tenths of the borough’s businesses over the course of the pandemic, but 70pc say it will take them longer than six months to recover.

A wedding business is pledging to make 2021 the Year of Love when couples can tie the knot again.

An animal charity is bracing itself for a surge in rescues as lockdown eases and people go back to work.

Plans to get Norfolk’s libraries re-opened again are being worked on - but council bosses are tight-lipped about how they would run when they do.

The boss of a popular children’s attraction fears she may not be able to open this summer.

Staff at a Norfolk school delivered leaver gifts in costume to spread ‘cheer’ to pupils after they missed out during lockdown.

Loneliness and isolation in Norfolk during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond is being tackled through the creation of a new befriending service.

Holkham Park is reopening this Sunday, June 21 along with its car park - just in time for a Father’s Day walk.

A generation of Norfolk’s children are at risk of being “failed” and “forgotten” as issues with already struggling support services are worsened by the impact of the coronavirus lockdown.

Face coverings are now compulsory on public transport - and pressure is building to make people wear them inside supermarkets and shops.

For decades, they were used to seeing each other every day.

The big question everyone’s asking this weekend is whether people should or should not wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets.

About 40 care homes in Norfolk are currently dealing with outbreaks of coronavirus, but health bosses have said they are relieved the situation did not reach the scales they feared it could.

An innovative network of places offering secure cycle parking could be created by Norwich businesses to encourage more people to use their bicycles for work.

Despite assurance from government that leisure facilities will gradually begin reopening in July, bosses of family fun parks and amusement arcades say they are “still in the dark” as to exactly when that will be.

A Norfolk headteacher has said there is ‘little hope’ for a normal return for all pupils in September.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited businesses in Norfolk to show their support after they reopened this week following an ease in lockdown measures.

As the first week of trading draws to a close for many businesses since lockdown forced them to shut their doors, Clarissa Place has visited one Norwich street to see how its traders are bouncing back.

A former coronavirus patient is elated that a clinical trial he was involved in has led to other patients receiving access to a drug that can reduce the risk of virus-related deaths.

The Welsh Cavalry has returned to its core business of soldiering after working to support the response to coronavirus in the region.

MPs in Norfolk and Suffolk are calling for more support for the creative arts sector after a damning report suggested one in five jobs nationally could be lost due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Every recycling centre in Norfolk should be up and running again by early next month, council bosses have said, as two further sites were reopened.

A popular free festival which was cancelled because of coronavirus will be going ahead online.

A plea has been issued for people not to give up social distancing and hand cleaning because they think they are safe from coronavirus - because the pandemic is still circulating in Norfolk.

A member of the public tried to throw social distance barriers and remove markers when a town’s market reopened, councillors said.

A unique white-knuckle ride has finally arrived at a Great Yarmouth amusement park after being marooned in a haulier due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Health bosses have attempted to clarify guidance on wearing face coverings to GP appointments, after practices were left out of the list of locations where it is now compulsory.

A hospital worker received a guard of honour as he was discharged after almost two months in hospital with coronavirus.

The number of positive coronavirus cases has fallen to five or less at Norfolk’s three main hospitals.