New coronavirus cases were recorded in every area of Cumbria in the last 24 hours.
Public Health England data released this evening (September 11) shows a further 19 new cases across the county, brining the tally to 3,134 since the start of the pandemic.
It comes as Cumbria Council said new action will be taken in one district after a spike in Covid-19 infections over the last week.
The latest figures reveal Barrow-in-Furness recorded the biggest daily rise with six cases while Carlisle rose by four.
Allerdale and South Lakeland both showed three new cases while Eden’s rose by two and Copeland’s by one.
New cases data is now based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.
A total of 45 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Cumbria in the week ending September 4, up by 11 from the previous week.
Cumbria Council said early indications for the current week suggest the numbers are continuing to increase.
Barrow-in-Furness reported the highest number of new cases in the seven days to September 4, up from 0 to 11.
A council spokesperson said: “Indications are that cases in Barrow are associated with a number of distinct and unrelated clusters, with infection having been brought into the town by people returning from elsewhere.
“A dedicated Incident Management Team has been set up by the county’s Public Health team to monitor the situation and guide the public health response, the same approach as taken in Carlisle previously.
“Case numbers are still low, but officials are keen to prevent further spread.
“As expected, a small number of isolated cases are being identified amongst pupils and staff returning to schools, but as yet there have been no outbreaks associated with schools or evidence of infection spread between pupils.
“Again additional support has been put in place to ensure schools have the advice and support they need.”
Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Cumbria borough as of Friday, September 11:
- Allerdale: 423 (+3), 432.7 per 100,000
- Barrow-in-Furness: 632 (+6), 942.6 per 100,000
- Carlisle: 822 (+4), 756.4 per 100,000
- Copeland: 376 (+1), 551.5 per 100,000
- Eden: 227 (+2), 426.3 per 100,000
- South Lakeland: 654 (+3), 622.3 per 100,000
Council bosses said nearly 7,000 people have been tested in the last week, which is resulting in some being unable to book a test at a local centre.
Public Health have worked with the local NHS to make additional testing available for school pupils if required and agreement has been reached with Government to prioritise availability of Mobile Testing Units in Cumbria given their importance in ensuring local availability of testing. The council said work continues to secure new fixed public testing sites in towns around the county.
Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said: “We are now clearly at the point where there is significant risk of a second wave as we head into winter. Government is tightening restrictions now to try and prevent that, while also trying to allow society continue to function. This is a difficult balance and inevitably some things may feel contradictory.
“But there is good sense behind what is being put in place and I am fully supportive. We really need everyone to take note of the new regulations and act accordingly. If we fail to get a grip now then there is the risk of further restrictions that no one wants.
“So I’d urge everyone to stick to the new rules around group sizes, continue to wash your hands regularly, cover your face when in enclosed spaces and maintain social distancing.”
No new coronavirus deaths were recorded at hospital trusts operating in Cumbria in today’s figures from the NHS.
The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has risen by nine – with seven recorded in the North West of England.
No new deaths were recorded in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The total number of hospital deaths from coronavirus now stands at 34,312.
England accounts for 29,648 of those who have died in hospital with the virus.
The nine patients were aged between 79 and 88 years old and all had known underlying health conditions
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