Image copyright image caption Carlisle has seen the largest increase in cases of coronavirus in Cumbria in each of the past four weeks
Cumbria health officials are warning people to follow coronavirus precautions as thecounty is on track for its largest weekly increase in cases.
There were more than 3,330 new cases of Covid-19 in the week ending July 16 and Cumbria County Council said this little k it's about to have even more.
Hospitals are coming "under more pressure " due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients, the council warned.
Cumbria's case rate is 660 per 100,000 people. The UK average is 507.
The council said there were 54 Covid-19 patients in hospitals in Cumbria during the week until Tuesday, compared to 31 in the previous seven days.
Over the past four weeks, Carlisle has seen the largest increases in the county.
'Behave with caution '
Dr Matthew Saunders, public health consultant atCumbria County Council said: "We are now entering uncharted territory and it is difficult to predict how high infection rates will be increasing in the absence of lockdown restrictions.
"The impact of the increase in infections is now widely felt across the county. the economy because thousands of people isolate themselves and this creates real difficulties for employers.
"While the number of hospitalizations remains significantly lower than previous highs, they are increasing, putting additional pressure on hospitals already facing extremely high levels of demand for non-Covid care. "
Dr Saunders said he "strongly encourages " people to "behave with caution ", especially if they are vulnerable or in danger. frequent contact with vulnerable people.
He said: "Wearing a mask in high-traffic indoor spaces will help, as will regular hand washing, avoiding crowds and leaving space to people.
"I would also remind people that the whole test and trace system is one thing that has not changed, there is still a legal obligation to self isolate if you test positive for Covid-19, or if requested by the NHS Test and Trace.
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