“Further action” may be required in Carlisle and in Eden to reduce rising Covid-19 rates, authorities in the county have said after a sharp spike in positive cases.

Cumbria’s Health Protection Board has said that “consideration” was being given to the possibility of taking “further action” in Carlisle, and also in Eden, after worrying rises in the number of positive Covid-19 cases had been recorded in both parts of the county.

During the week ending last Friday, Carlisle had recorded 190 new positive Covid-19 cases, a jump of more than 100 per cent from the previous week, in which 87 new cases were identified.

Both Carlisle and Eden’s rates of infection are “slightly higher” than the national average, and are being monitored closely.

The county’s Health Protection Board said yesterday that a “significant rise” in Covid-19 cases was seen last week, though the underlying cause of the rise in Eden could be related to “increased levels of testing” in the district.

Concerning numbers of positive Covid-19 numbers were also seen in Carlisle this week, with rises continuing.

The current infection rate for Carlisle, according to the latest Government data, is 184 cases per 100,000 people per week.

The rising case numbers in Carlisle were described as a “concern” for Cumbria County Council public health consultant Dr Matthew Saunders.

He said: “This situation in Carlisle, and to a lesser extent in Eden, gives cause for concern. The increase in new cases has been very fast and it may be that further action is needed to stop the spread, but this requires further discussion.

“It remains the case that if people follow the guidance, reduce social contact, wash hands and wear a face covering then we can reduce infections and avoid the need to increase local alert levels.”

Cumbria’s Health Protection Board also confirmed yesterday that across the week ending Friday October 16, there were a total of 50 confirmed Covid-19 patients in hospital beds throughout Cumbria, compared to 29 the previous week.

The numbers of hospital admissions due to Covid-19 are rising nationally, and with rising numbers of people in north Cumbria testing positive for coronavirus, the NHS trust running hospital services in north Cumbria has urged residents to play their part in controlling the spread of the virus.

“The cases in Cumbria continue to rise and by working together we will all help reduce the likelihood of hospital services becoming overstretched due to the virus,” a spokeswoman for the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said.

“Please do follow the self isolation guidance if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Remember your NHS is here for you. If you are worried about any symptoms please contact 111, your GP or pharmacy, A&E remains open for serious and life threatening conditions.”