Cumbria’s infection rates as Indian variant confirmed in county

Every area of Cumbria remains well below the current average infection rate for England despite the Indian variant of coronavirus being confirmed in the county.

The latest testing data from Public Health England puts the national average at 22.4 new cases per 100,000 people in the week to May 13.

In Cumbria, the worst rate belongs to South Lakeland.

There, the rate has risen to 14.3 from 5.7, with real cases increasing to 15 from 6.

Copeland has seen its rate increase from 2.9 to 13.2

The rates in both Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle have stabilised and not changed in the last fortnight.

Rates have also risen in Eden and Allerdale.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published last night (May 17) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

It comes as a “small number” of cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus have been identified in Cumbria, the county council said.

Colin Cox, director of public health at Cumbria County Council, said: “A small number of cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus have been confirmed in Cumbria today [April 17].

“The current number of confirmed positive cases is fewer than 10.

“At present there is no change to our advice but we are monitoring the situation closely.”

Cumbria’s infection rates as of Tuesday, May 16

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 13; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 6; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 6.

— English average: 22.4

South Lakeland, 14.3, (15), 5.7, (6) ↑

Copeland, 13.2, (9), 2.9, (2) ↑

Barrow-in-Furness, 10.4, (7), 10.4, (7) →

Eden, 7.5, (4), 5.6, (3) ↑

Carlisle, 6.4, (7), 6.4, (7) →

Allerdale, 5.1, (5), 2.0, (2) ↑

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