Another 173 coronavirus cases have been reported in Cumbria in the past 24 hours.
The latest Public Health England figures show a slight increase from yesterday’s (July 3) figure of 168.
South Lakeland has shown a big surge compared to yesterday, with 45 cases today (July 4)
In Cumbria, Carlisle saw the biggest daily increase with 69 cases, up from 62 yesterday.
Eden recorded the fewest cases, with 18 since yesterday.
A total of 30,913 confirmed cases have now been recorded across Cumbria since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The true number of positive cases is likely to be somewhat higher due to asymptomatic infections.
Daily Covid cases for every Cumbria area on Sunday, July 4
The data below includes the total number of cases and overall infection rate for each area since the pandemic began. Many of these cases will no longer be active.
Allerdale: 5,400 (+23)5,523.7 per 100,000
Barrow-in-Furness: 4,710 (+27) 7,024.7 per 100,000
Carlisle: 8,982 (+60) 8,264.8 per 100,000
Copeland: 3,442 (+20) 5,048.2 per 100,000
Eden: 3,292 (+18) 6,181.8 per 100,000
South Lakeland: 5,107 (+45) 4,859.7 per 100,000
The figures come as a senior Government minister has said life will “return to normality as far as possible” after July 19 in England as the country moves into the “final furlong” of coronavirus restrictions,
Rumours were abound in the Sunday newspapers that Boris Johnson, who is due to update the nation this week on plans for unlocking, is due to scrap social distancing and mask-wearing requirements on so-called “Freedom Day”.
Communities Secretary appeared to all but confirm those reports as he said the impact of the vaccine on preventing serious illness meant it was time to “roll back” the “difficult” restrictions that have been in place for the past 16 months.
Robert Jenrick told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “It does look as if, thanks to the success of the vaccine programme, that we now have the scope to roll back those restrictions and return to normality as far as possible.”
According to The Sunday Times, mask wearing will become voluntary in all settings and the one metre-plus rule in hospitality venues will end, meaning a return to drinking at the bar without the requirement for table service.
Mass events, including festivals, will also be allowed under the proposals for the final stage of the road map out of lockdown, the paper said.
Cabinet minister Mr Jenrick said that, although cases were rising, they had not translated into “serious illness and death”, allowing the Government to be “positive” about unlocking on July 19.
“It does feel as if we are now in the final furlong, in a period in which we can start to live with the virus and move on with our lives,” he said.
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