Cumbria has recorded a total of 15 new coronavirus cases today, with positive tests in each of its boroughs.
The majority of the new cases were recorded in Barrow-in-Furness which saw four cases today, compared to eight yesterday.
Copeland and South Lakeland both reported three new cases while Carlisle and Eden saw another two cases. Allerdale has recorded only one new cases in the past 24 hours.
Yesterday (September 16), data from Barrow revealed that the cases were coming from small, isolated clusters rather than widespread community transmission.
Case data is now being based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – which is in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – which is drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.
Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Cumbria borough:
- Allerdale: 433 (+1), 442.9 per 100,000
- Barrow-in-Furness: 668 (+4), 996.3 per 100,000
- Carlisle: 826 (+2), 760 per 100,000
- Copeland: 387 (+3), 567.6 per 100,000
- Eden: 235 (+2), 441.3 per 100,000
- South Lakeland: 665 (+3) 632.8 per 100,000
The new cases come as a senior minister sais that people should stop their ‘endless carping’ about a lack of Covid-19 tests.
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg claimed the “phenomenal success” of Britain’s testing system should be celebrated.
But shadow health minister Alex Norris branded him “out-of-touch”, adding Mr Rees-Mogg should “immediately apologise”.
After the Government announced new coronavirus restrictions in the North East of England, shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth warned: “It’s become not so much test and trace, more like trace a test.”
Speaking in the Commons, Labour frontbencher Valerie Vaz questioned why the head of the Government’s coronavirus Test and Trace programme, Dido Harding, has not spoken in public since August.
The shadow Commons leader added: “The number of tests returned within 24 hours has fallen from 68% to 8% – it seems to be all talk, talk and no test, test.”
Mr Rees-Mogg, who had to self-isolate last week while awaiting Covid-19 test results for one of his six children, replied: “We all have an obligation to try and stop the dangerous disease spreading, but the issue of testing is one where we have gone from a disease that nobody knew about a few months ago to one where nearly a quarter of a million people a day can be tested.
“And the Prime Minister is expecting that to go up to half a million people a day by the end of October.
“And instead of this endless carping, saying it is difficult to get them, we should actually celebrate the phenomenal success of the British nation in getting up to a quarter of a million tests of a disease that nobody knew about until earlier in the year.”