Cumbria infection rates fall in four areas but nears 300 mark in another

Infection rates in four Cumbria areas are now below the England average as Carlisle and South Lakeland continues to rise.

Carlisle’s infection rate is now close to the 300 cases per 100,000 people mark after 319 people tested positive for the virus in the seven days to November 19 – the most up-to-date Public Health England figures.

The rate has jumped from 217.2 the previous week.

South Lakeland, home to the Lake District National Park, Kendal, Windermere and Ulverston, has the second highest infection rate in the county at 240.8.

This is up from 221.7 in the week to November 12 after the number of positive tests rose from 233 to 253.

Both areas remain above the England average of 228.9.

All four other districts have recorded a fall in their infection rates and are below the England average.

The latest data on coronavirus infections for the seven days to Thursday (November 19) are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published today (November 23) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (November 20-23) 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 Lancashire infection rates on November 20:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 19; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 19; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 12.

Carlisle 293.5 (319), 217.2 (236) ↑

South Lakeland 240.8 (253), 221.7 (233) ↑

———————————————— = The average for England is 228.9

Barrow-in-Furness 141.7 (95), 187.9 (126) ↓

Eden 120.2 (64), 219.7 (117) ↓

Allerdale 111.5 (109), 197.4 (193) ↓

Copeland 110.0 (75), 222.9 (152) ↓

A majority of areas in England (249 out of 315) have seen a fall in case rates.

Hull has the highest rate in England, with 1,477 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 19 – the equivalent of 568.6 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 779.9 in the seven days to November 12.

Swale in Kent has the second highest rate, up slightly from 531.0 to 565.0, with 848 new cases.

Thanet is in third place, where the rate has risen a little from 485.5 to 508.0, with 721 new cases.

The areas with the biggest week-on-week jump in rates are Medway (up from 283.6 to 396.3, with 1,104 new cases); Gravesham (up from 280.5 to 388.1, with 415 new cases); and Hyndburn (up from 386.2 to 467.7, with 379 new cases).

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