Cumbria’s latest infection rates show where virus is spreading fastest

Cumbria recorded 208 new coronavirus cases in the week to September 27, the latest data available, up from 123 the previous week.

Infection rates across all six districts continued to rise with one area on ‘red alert’ status – the Government’s highest category – and four others on ‘amber alert’.

Public Health England’s rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 for every local authority shows Barrow-in-Furness recorded the highest increase in Cumbria with 58.

This gives the town a rate of 86.5 per 100,000 people – up from 61.1 in the seven days to September 20 when 41 cases were announced.

The infection rate has more than doubled in both Carlisle and South Lakeland over the same period while there is a slower rise in Copeland, Allerdale and Eden.

Separate figures released earlier this afternoon showed a further 32 positive tests across Cumbria in the last 24 hours with half of them (16) in Barrow-in-Furness.

Burnley continues to have the highest rate in England, with 291 new cases recorded in the seven days to September 27 – the equivalent of 327.3 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up sharply from 178.8 per 100,000 in the seven days to September 20.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, up from 204.2 to 261.8 with 395 new cases.

Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has increased from 198.4 to 258.4 with 1,287 new cases.

Other areas recording sharp increases in their seven-day rates include Newcastle upon Tyne (up from 160.8 to 255.6, with 774 new cases); Manchester (up from 172.6 to 236.0, with 1,305 new cases) and St Helens (up from 128.5 to 211.5, with 382 new cases).

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on September 30 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard. Data for the most recent three days (September 28-30) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

Full list of Cumbria’s latest infection rates:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 27; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 27; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 20; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 20.

Barrow-in-Furness 86.5 (58), 61.1 (41) ↑

Carlisle 44.2 (48), 14.7 (16) ↑

South Lakeland 38.1 (40), 17.1 (18) ↑

Copeland 35.2 (24), 19.1 (13) ↑

Allerdale 34.8 (34), 25.6 (25) ↑

Eden 22.5 (12), 18.8 (10) ↑

Tonight Boris Johnson urged people to stick to coronavirus rules at a “critical moment” as his senior scientists warned hospital admissions are rising and Covid-19 is not under control.

The Prime Minister warned that if the evidence required it, “we will not hesitate to take further measures” that would “be more costly than the ones we have put into effect now”.

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said there was a “long winter ahead of us” and suggested things could change rapidly.

The number of people in hospital is rising, particularly in hotspots, although the figures are at a much lower level than the beginning of April.

“We are pointing out that the direction of travel for both hospitals and intensive care is going in the wrong direction, particularly in these areas that have seen rapid increases in cases,” he said.

There had been a “significant uptick” in the number of people being admitted to intensive care, especially in the North East and North West of England but also in London.

Although the level of cases remained far below the NHS intensive care capacity, it was “definitely heading the wrong way”.

The latest figures showed a further 7,108 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, slightly down on the 7,143 reported on Tuesday.

The Government also said a further 71 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday. This brings the UK total to 42,143.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been nearly 57,900 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government said there were 312 Covid-19 patients in mechanical ventilator beds as of Tuesday, and 2,252 Covid-19 patients currently in hospital, as reported on Monday.

Prof Whitty said the “small number of deaths now” compared with the height of the outbreak “shouldn’t reassure us that we won’t be, in relatively short order, in quite difficult places – certainly in the regions where we are seeing significant growth at the moment, where pressure on the NHS could happen sooner rather than later if we can’t get on top of it really quite fast”.

The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: “It is very clear that rates are still going up.

“And, so, we don’t have this under control at the moment.”

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