Cumbria divided as latest infection rates released

Cumbria has been split when it comes to its coronavirus infection rates.

The latest Public Health England testing data shows that three boroughs are seeing cases rise on a week-by-week basis while three boroughs are seeing the total opposite.

In the week to May 16 compared to the previous seven days, cases rose in South Lakeland, Eden, and Allerdale.

The highest rate in the county belongs to South Lakeland at 11.4 new cases per 100,000 people.

Copeland, Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle have seen the week-on-week cases fall, with Carlisle home to the lowest rate in Cumbria at 3.7.

All six boroughs remain under the national average which currently sits at 20.6.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on Friday evening (May 21) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (May 18-21) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Cumbria’s infection rates as of Saturday, May 22

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

— English average: 20.6

South Lakeland, 11.4, (12), 9.5, (10) ↑

Eden, 9.4, (5), 5.6, (3) ↑

Copeland, 8.8, (6), 11.7, (8) ↓

Barrow-in-Furness, 7.5, (5), 10.4, (7) ↓

Allerdale, 5.1, (5), 2.0, (2) ↑

Carlisle, 3.7, (4), 4.6, (5) ↓

There are “early signs” of a potential rise in the proportion of people testing positive for coronavirus in England, new figures show.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, published on Friday, show that around one in 1,110 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to May 15 – up from one in 1,340 the previous week.

The coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, in England has also risen slightly to between 0.9 to 1.1, up from between 0.8 and 1 last week, according to the latest Government figures.

It comes after the latest official figures showed that cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus in the UK have risen by more than 2,000 in the space of a week.

But while the ONS said that there were “early signs of a potential increase”, it stressed that rates were low and it was too soon to say if the rise was the start of a trend.

Sarah Crofts, head of analytical outputs for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, added: “This week there is a mixed picture of infection levels across the UK.

“Although we have seen an early indication of a potential increase in England, rates remain low and it is too soon to say if this is the start of a trend.”

Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday said the latest weekly data showed there were 3,424 cases of the B1617.2 mutation – an increase of 161% from the 1,313 the previous week.

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