Cumbria’s latest Covid picture as three boroughs record new cases

Cumbria has seen seven further cases of Covid-19 recorded across the county.

It comes after a dramatic drop in cases when the government wiped numerous infections from its record books as a result of changing its testing policy, removing 49 confirmed cases from Cumbria’s total.

The latest Public Health England data for Saturday (April 10) show seven new cases of the virus across three Cumbria boroughs, however a total of four cases were revised from the total.

It comes as the Government has changed how it records cases as a result of over-reporting within the testing system whereby those who took rapid tests and returned a positive test result counted as a positive result – even if they took a PCR test that proved to be negative.

Prior to then, those who took rapid tests and returned a positive test result counted as a positive result even if they took a PCR test that proved to be negative.

But now, those who receive a negative PCR test result within three days of a positive rapid test result will have their positive results wiped from the system.

As a result of the new format, more than 8,000 positive test results were removed across England.

A government spokesperson said: “The way cases are reported has changed. Cases that have been identified through a positive rapid lateral flow test will be removed for people who took Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests within three days that were all negative.

“Cases of this type that were previously reported were removed from the cumulative total, reducing the total by 8,010.”

Today’s largest increase was in Barrow-in-Furnesss with 4 new infections.

Eden recorded no new cases while Carlisle and South Lakeland saw two cases revised each.

It means the county’s total is now at 28,013 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Number of daily confirmed Covid cases by Cumbria borough as of Saturday, April 10

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: 5,027 (+1), 5,142.1 per 100,000

Barrow-in-Furness: 4,245 (+4), 6,331.2 per 100,000

Carlisle: 8,193 (-2), 7,538.8 per 100,000

Copeland: 3,126 (+2), 4,584.7 per 100,000

Eden: 2,973 (-) 5,582.8 per 100,000

South Lakeland: 4,449 (-2) 4,233.6 per 100,000

The Government also said that, as of 4pm on Saturday, there had been a further 3,150 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,365,461.

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