Cumbria Covid concerns as rates in Allerdale more than triple in a week

Allerdale remains one of the fastest rising infection rates across the entire country after its rate shot up by more than 400 in the latest week-on-week testing data.

Public Health England testing data in the week to July 11 shows the borough’s rate rising to 596.4 new cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 171.8 in the previous week of testing to July 4; an increase of 424.6.

Rates rose across every other Cumbria borough, with Carlisle the second worst affected after Allerdale.

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There the rate of infection is 525.7 up from 392.0.

Copeland also has a rate higher than 500 at 508.9.

Eden is faring the best with a rate of 249.8; up from 225.3.

The highest rate in all of England continues to be South Tyneside at 1375.7 up from 937.9.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 288 (91%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates and 27 (9%) have seen a fall.

Data for the most recent four days (July 12 to 15) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Cumbria Covid rates as of Friday, July 16

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 11; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 4; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 4.

Allerdale, 596.4, (583), 171.8, (168) – UP

Carlisle, 527.2, (573), 392.0, (426) – UP

Copeland, 508.9, (347), 208.3, (142) – UP

Barrow-in-Furness, 366.9, (246), 258.0, (173) – UP

South Lakeland, 312.1, (328), 253.1, (266) – UP

Eden, 249.8, (133), 225.3, (120) – UP

Areas in England with the biggest week-on-week rises:

Middlesbrough (up from 454.0 to 961.8)

Redcar & Cleveland (468.1 to 923.8)

South Tyneside (937.9 to 1,375.7)

Allerdale (171.8 to 596.4)

Hartlepool (566.9 to 990.8)

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