Cumbria’s new Covid cases as two areas record no new infections

A further 8 positive cases of coronavirus have been detected across Cumbria’s six boroughs.

The latest testing data released by Public Health England this evening (April 2) reveals cases have risen the most in Allerdale, where three positive cases were identified.

No new cases were recorded in both Carlisle and Eden.

Cumbria has now seen 27,975 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the very beginning of the pandemic.

Number of daily confirmed Covid cases by Cumbria borough as of Friday, April 2

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: 5,022 (+3), 5,137 per 100,000

Barrow-in-Furness: 4,229 (+2), 6,307.3 per 100,000

Carlisle: 8,199 (-), 7,544.3 per 100,000

Copeland: 3,114 (+1), 4,567.1 per 100,000

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

South Lakeland: 4,456 (+2) 4,240.3 per 100,000

The coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, in England is between 0.8 and 1, according to the latest Government figures, compared to a figure of between 0.7 and 0.9 for the whole of the UK last week.

A UK-wide estimate of R rate has not been agreed by Sage this week – the Department of Health and Social Care said that as restrictions are lifted at different rates across the four nations, a UK-level estimate for R becomes a less meaningful measure of the pandemic.

R represents the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes on to infect and is based on data available as of March 29.

When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially, but when it is below 1, it means the epidemic is shrinking.

An R number between 0.8 and 1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between eight and 10 other people.

The latest growth rate is between minus 4% to 0%, which means the number of new infections is shrinking by up to 4% each day.

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