Cumbria’s new Covid cases as govt casts fresh doubt on June 21 unlocking

Five out of six Cumbria districts have recorded new coronavirus infections in the latest 24-hour period.

Barrow-in-Furness saw its tally rise by five while Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland each recorded two new cases and Allerdale one.

Carlisle was the only part of the county where case numbers remained unchanged.

Public Health England data released this evening (June 6) shows that Cumbria has now recorded a total of 28,401 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began in March last year. However, most the these are no longer active infections.

It comes as Matt Hancock today said the government is “absolutely open” to delaying the June 21 unlocking in England if the Indian variant worsens the country’s coronavirus recovery prospects.

The Health Secretary, in what will be viewed as the clearest indication yet that the target date for lifting all restrictions could slip, stressed that June 21 was a “not before” date and that it was only “pencilled in” as the next step out of lockdown.

The senior Government minister also implied that social distancing could continue beyond the final stage of the Prime Minister’s road map.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also reportedly considering delaying so-called ‘freedom day’ by at least two weeks in order to allow more people to be fully vaccinated against the Indian variant.

Mr Hancock admitted the emergence of the Indian variant, which has become dominant in the UK, had made the “calculation” on whether to proceed with unlocking this month “more difficult” as he revealed the latest scientific advice is that the mutation – also known as the Delta variant – is 40% more transmissible than the Kent strain.

Daily cases of Covid confirmed in every Cumbria area as of Sunday, June 6

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: 5,084 (+1) 5,200.4 per 100,000

Barrow-in-Furness: 4,310 (+5) 6,428.1 per 100,000

Carlisle: 8,242 (-) 7,583.9 per 100,000

Copeland: 3,193 (+2) 4,683 per 100,000

Eden: 3,018 (+2) 5,667.3 per 100,000

South Lakeland: 4,554 (+2) 4,333.5 per 100,000

The Government said a further 5,341 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus had been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Sunday.

It said a further four people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 127,840.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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