Barrow now has the highest coronavirus infection rate of all local authorities in England.
The latest testing data for the week ending November 8 shows it has overtaken Copeland – which now ranks fifth nationally – to become both Cumbria and England’s Covid-19 hotspot.
This is despite weekly case numbers continuing to fall in Barrow, down from 413 to 397.
However the drop is not as fast as seen in other parts of the UK. It’s rate now stands at 595.0.
Copeland has the fifth highest rate in England at 549.7 while Allerdale is also above the national average at 406.8.
South Lakeland has the county’s lowest infection rate at 295.5.
Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 66 (18%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 310 (82%) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.
The figures, for the seven days to November 8, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
Data for the most recent four days (November 9-12) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
Cumbria Covid rates as of Saturday, November 13
From left to right: name of local authority; nation or region of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 8; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 1; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 1.
Barrow-in-Furness: 595.0, (397), 618.9, (413) DOWN
Copeland: 549.7, (374), 752.5, (512) DOWN
Allerdale: 406.8, (398), 415.0, (406) DOWN
————————————— The England average is 336.3
Carlisle: 328.0, (356), 387.9, (421) DOWN
Eden: 320.0, (172), 431.6, (232) DOWN
South Lakeland: 295.5, (310), 310.8, (326) DOWN
The Orkney Islands in Scotland continue to have the highest rate in the UK, with 151 new cases in the seven days to November 8 – the equivalent of 674.1 per 100,000 people.
This is up from 482.1 in the seven days to November 1.
Vale of Glamorgan in Wales has the second highest rate, down from 757.6 to 636.4, with 861 new cases.
Clackmannanshire in Scotland has the third highest rate, up from 586.9 to 614.2, with 315 new cases.
Fermanagh & Omagh has the highest rate in Northern Ireland (564.2).
The five UK areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:
Perth & Kinross (up from 241.6 to 488.4)
Orkney Islands (482.1 to 674.1)
Inverclyde (293.3 to 436.0)
Angus (382.5 to 512.9)
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