Four Cumbria districts now have Covid infection rates higher than the national average, according to the latest Public Health England figures.
Week-on-week case numbers have fallen in every area except South Lakeland, which recorded the fourth biggest rate increase in England.
Copeland’s infection rate is now falling after several days of rises, but remains the county’s Covid hotspot with a rate of 198.0 cases per 100,000 people.
Barrow, Allerdale and Carlisle are the other areas above the new England average of 130.6.
South Lakeland stays below that mark at 99.0 despite case numbers rising by 44 per cent in the week ending February 15.
Eden continues to have the lowest rate in the county at 77.0.
A total of 683 people tested positive for the virus in the seven days to Monday. This is down by 15 per cent from the 806 cases accumulated in the previous seven days.
The figures, for the seven days to February 15, 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 below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (February 19) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Data for the most recent four days (February 16-19) 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.
The latest Cumbria infection rates as of Saturday, February 20
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 15; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 8.
Copeland, 198.0, (135), 212.7, (145) ↓
Barrow-in-Furness, 164.1, (110), 186.4, (125) ↓
Allerdale, 150.4, (147), 209.7, (205) ↓
Carlisle, 134.3, (146), 156.4, (170) ↓
—————————————————- The latest average infection rate for England is 130.6
South Lakeland, 99.0, (104), 68.5, (72) ↑
Eden, 77.0, (41), 167.1, (89) ↓
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Of the 315 local areas in England, 14 (4%) have seen a rise in case rates, 299 (95%) have seen a fall and two are unchanged.
Corby in Northamptonshire has the highest rate in England, with 235 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 15 – the equivalent of 325.4 cases per 100,000 people.
This is down from 404.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to February 8.
Middlesbrough has the second highest rate, down from 358.9 to 295.8, with 417 new cases.
Ashfield in Nottinghamshire is in third place, down from 298.6 to 286.9, with 367 new cases.
Of the 14 areas to record a week-on-week rise, the top five are:
Boston (up from 155.3 to 205.2)
North West Leicestershire (187.2 to 235.5)
Exeter (37.3 to 73.8)
South Lakeland (68.5 to 99.0)
Tameside (180.1 to 204.0)
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