READERS have reacted to news that everyone aged between 12 and 30 has been urged to get a PCR test for Covid 19 after an increase in cases were reported in Cumbria.

Those without symptoms are also encouraged to get a test after an announcement was made by Cumbria County Council and NHS Test and Trace.

COVID-19 infections have risen sharply over recent weeks – particularly among younger age groups.

Mail readers have given their opinion about the update.

Barbara Wright said: "It's so scary when we were all so close."

Gordon Long said: "Interesting the high numbers of people that gave been jabbed twice."

Ash Howson said: "It’s a no from me and my family. More scaremongering.

"Data suggests strongly that the vaccine is working and the link between ‘cases’ and hospitalisations with serious illness or deaths is severely weakened. Time to get on with life instead of shoving cotton buds up children’s noses daily."

Nicola Ann Johnson said: "I think you can still pass it on even if you’ve been vaccinated and that this particular virus affects the lungs first unfortunately.

"That’s what their saying on the news anyway and that a large percentage of people that have been vaccinated still requiring hospital treatment.

"As COVID-19 pneumonia progresses, more of the air sacks become filled with fluid leaking from the tiny blood vessels in the lungs.

"Eventually, shortness of breath sets in, and can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a form of lung failure."