Soon after his plea for people travelling to and from Cumbria to take a lateral flow test before their journey, Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health, Colin Cox has once again called for "courtesy and respect".

Mr Cox is again encouraging people to wear a face mask in enclosed public places to help protect those who are still at risk and vulnerable to Covid-19.

According to the Blood Cancer UK, research suggests that Covid-19 vaccines might not be as effective for everyone with blood cancer.

Blood Cancer UK also added that most of the research currently underway is with people who currently have blood cancer and therefore have a weakened immune system.

Mr Cox said: "What I am trying to encourage other people to do is to think about others rather than themselves, and that's one of the reasons why I'm still encouraging people to wear face masks in public places because that's not so much about protecting you as a face mask wearer. It's about protecting other people who may be at risk and vulnerable if you have got the virus and aren't aware of it.

"Wearing a face covering in enclosed public places isn't so much about protecting yourself. It's about showing courtesy and respect to other people and helping to keep them safe. I would really encourage people to still do it."

A woman with a rare form of blood cancer recently opened up on her "terrifying" experience of going out to Carlisle with her boyfriend after compulsory mask wearing and social distancing rules were relaxed.

Beth Bennett, 24, from Corby Hill near Carlisle said she would like to see more consideration in relation to mask-wearing, especially in places that are necessary to visit when getting on with day to day life.

Colin Cox's plea for lateral flow tests for people travelling to different parts of the country carried a similar message of courtesy and respect.

He said: "Clearly the virus travels with people, and therefore if we are travelling around the country it is a courtesy to the places that we are going to take a lateral flow test and avoid spreading it.

"In Cumbria, we are not actually seeing a lot of transmission that we would associate with tourism.

"But for me, this is about that sense of courtesy and respect to the places that you are going to, and I would would be encouraging people from Cumbria to be doing the same if they were going somewhere else as well."