Cumbria area where Covid infection rates have tripled in a week

Rates in Eden have tripled in the last week while all areas of Cumbria have seen at least some increases.

257 cases were recorded in Barrow-in-Furness, which has the highest rates in the county, compared to 211 in the proceeding week.

The lowest rates can currently be found in Carlisle.

The figures, for the seven days to August 16, 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 (August 17-20) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Of the 312 local areas in England, 187 (60%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 122 (39%) have seen a fall and three are unchanged.

Sedgemoor in Somerset has the highest rate, with 802 new cases in the seven days to August 16 – the equivalent of 649.7 per 100,000 people.

This is up from 397.7 in the seven days to August 9.

Hull has the second highest rate, up slightly from 610.5 to 625.6, with 1,621 new cases.

Mansfield in Nottinghamshire has the third highest rate, up from 512.1 to 623.7, with 682 new cases.

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 16; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 16; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 9; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 9.

Barrow-in-Furness, 385.2, (257), 316.2, (211) – UP

Copeland, 330.7, (225), 329.2, (224) – UP

Eden, 305.1, (164), 102.3, (55) – UP

Allerdale, 292.3, (286), 246.3, (241) – UP

South Lakeland, 222.1, (233), 183.0, (192) – UP

Carlisle, 216.5, (235), 160.3, (174) -UP

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