AUTHORITIES are calling on the public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by cooperating with the NHS Test and Trace service. Allerdale Borough Council is reminding the public to take part in the NHS Test and Trace service which aims to identify those who may be at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Pubs, restaurants and gyms are being asked to record the contact details of those who visit them so that they can be advised to get tested if they have been in contact with Covid-19.

Allerdale council has said that the public can help track and trace the virus by providing a mobile phone number rather than a landline, checking that contact details are written down correctly and accurately. If members of the public are believed to be at risk of coronavirus infection having been in contact with a confirmed case, Cumbria County Council will notify them by text. Contacts are then given advice about what to do, this may involve self isolating.

The public are also advised to contact the service on 119 if they develop coronavirus-like symptoms including a high temperature, change in sense of smell or taste and a new or continuous cough.