Carlisle has infection rate in North West as Cumbria sees big increase

Infection rates across Cumbria have surged by 64 per cent in one week as the county enters a third lockdown.

Just days after the region moved from Tier 2 to Tier 4, all six districts will now be under the strictest national coronavirus restrictions until at least the middle of February.

The latest Public Health England data shows that Carlisle is now the Covid-19 hotspot of the North West after case numbers jumped by 134 per cent over the Christmas period.

The city’s infection rate on Christmas Eve stood at 361.6 cases per 100,000 people. However by New Year’s Eve – the latest data available – this has rocketed to 847.5.

Infection rates have also risen in all other boroughs, with Eden in second place at 625.3 and nearly 100 above the new England average of 537.5.

Copeland, which for part of December had the lowest infection rate in England, has seen a 212pc rise in new cases. Its rate now stands at 247.9 and places it 35th from bottom on the England list.

South Lakeland has Cumbria’s lowest infection rate at 236.0, however cases there still rose by 30.5 per cent between December 24 and December 31.

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published today (January 4) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (January 1-4) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Full list of Cumbria infection rates on Monday, January 4:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; the tier of Covid-19 restrictions in which the local authority is currently placed; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 31; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 31; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 24; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 24.

Carlisle, Tier 4, 847.5, (921), 361.6, (393) ↑

Eden, Tier 4, 625.3, (333), 512.6, (273) ↑

—————————————————- England’s average infection rate today is 537.5

Allerdale, Tier 4, 429.6, (420), 187.2, (183) ↑

Barrow-in-Furness, Tier 4, 293.8, (197), 101.4, (68) ↑

Copeland, Tier 4, 247.9, (169), 79.2, (54) ↑

South Lakeland, Tier 4, 236.0, (248), 180.8, (190) ↑

Of the 315 local areas in England, 292 (93 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 22 (7 per cent) have seen a fall, and one is unchanged.

Barking & Dagenham in London continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,143 new cases recorded in the seven days to December 31 – the equivalent of 1,476.2 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 1,106.1 in the seven days to December 24.

Thurrock in Essex has the second highest rate, up slightly from 1,371.5 to 1,389.2, with 2,422 new cases.

Redbridge in London is in third place, rising from 1,177.5 to 1,381.9 with 4,218 new cases.

The other  areas recording the biggest week-on-week jumps are Rushmoor in Hampshire (up from 677.6 to 1,125.8 with 1,065 new cases); and the Isle of Wight (up from 229.9 to 677.1, with 960 new cases).

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