Cumbria’s new 19 Covid cases by area as health boss explains surge

There are 19 new cases of coronavirus in Cumbria as of today, according to today’s data from Public Health England.

The majority of the new cases were recorded in Barrow-in-Furness with data showing the cases were coming from small, isolated clusters.

Cumbria’s director of Public Health, Colin Cox, said the threat of the virus has not gone away and that every single resident in Barrow had a part to play in the fight against transmission of the coronavirus.

He said: “Infection rates are rising across Cumbria in line with the picture nationally. However, cases have risen more quickly in Barrow over the last couple of weeks, prompting the launch of a thorough and ongoing investigation into their origins, similar to that undertaken in Carlisle last month.

“That work has shown the cases are the result of a number of separate, small clusters. What’s clear is just how vital it is for everyone to take social distancing extremely seriously, wherever you are. The threat from Covid-19 has not gone away.

“Wash your hands regularly, wear a mask in enclosed spaces and book a test through the NHS website if you experience symptoms.”

Case data is now being based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – which is in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – which is drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Cumbria borough:

  • Allerdale: 432 (+1), 441.9 per 100,000
  • Barrow-in-Furness: 664 (+8), 990.3 per 100,000
  • Carlisle: 824 (-1), 758.2 per 100,000
  • Copeland: 384 (+3), 563.2 per 100,000
  • Eden: 233 (+4), 437.5 per 100,000
  • South Lakeland: 662 (+3) 629.9 per 100,000

Schools are struggling to cope with a lack of Covid-19 tests for pupils and staff as the situation is becoming “increasingly out of control”, a teaching union leader has warned.

Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, has called on the Government to prioritise the education sector for the allocation of tests in light of widespread challenges.

Three organisations representing school leaders and governors have also implored Boris Johnson to “take charge” of tackling the delays in obtaining Covid-19 tests to ensure schools remain open.

The letter – from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), school leaders’ union NAHT and the National Governance Association (NGA) – warns heads are in an “impossible situation”.

The ASCL said it has received 264 responses from schools and colleges in recent days where leaders have said they have symptomatic staff and/or pupils who were struggling to access tests.

“Schools are left in a position of either leaving close contacts of the infected person in school while they wait for guidance, or making a public health call themselves and deciding on who to send home,” the letter says.

Lancs Live – Cumbria