Cumbria’s new infection rates with spikes across most of county

Barrow-in-Furness and Copeland are only the areas of Cumbria to see a drop in the latest rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19.

New infection rates have been released tonight (December 21) for every local authority area in the county for the seven days to December 17.

Eden has seen their rate more than double to 246 cases per 100,000 people after 131 positive tests were recorded – up from 58 the week before.

The infection rate has also jumped in South Lakeland from 116.1 to 184.6 while Carlisle’s rate is up by 68 per cent to 174.8 and Allerdale’s has increased by 56 per cent to 99.2.

Despite Cumbria’s average 46 per cent rise in weekly infections, all six districts remain below the new average England rate of 299.2.

It comes as the new fast-spreading Covid-19 variant has been confirmed in Cumbria.

The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance tonight said local health directors “need to make decisions that they need to make” to ensure their local population is looked after.

He told a Downing Street press conference: “The new variant is spread around the country.

“It’s localised in some places but we know there are cases everywhere, so it’s not as though we can stop this getting into other places, there’s some there already.

“The message has been very clear and, I think I want to reinforce it, is stay local.

“I mean, people shouldn’t be travelling around the country at the moment.”

The latest data on coronavirus infections for the seven days to Thursday (December 17) 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 has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published today (December 21) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (December 18-21) 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.

Full list of Cumbria infection rates on Monday, December 21:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; the tier of Covid-19 restrictions in which the local authority is currently placed; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 17; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 10.

———————————————— = The England average today is 299.2

Eden, Tier 2, 246.0, (131), 108.9, (58) ↑

South Lakeland, Tier 2, 184.6, (194), 116.1, (122) ↑

Carlisle, Tier 2, 174.8, (190), 104.0, (113) ↑

Allerdale, Tier 2, 99.2, (97), 63.4, (62) ↑

Barrow-in-Furness, Tier 2, 85.0, (57), 140.2, (94) ↓

Copeland, Tier 2, 24.9, (17), 26.4, (18) ↓

Of the 315 local areas in England, 284 (90 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 30 (10 per cent) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.

Thurrock in Essex has the highest rate in England, with 2,055 new cases recorded in the seven days to December 17 – the equivalent of 1178.7 cases per 100,000 people. This is up steeply from 435.9 in the seven days to December 10.

Havering in London has the second highest rate, up from 547.1 to 1123.5, with 2,916 new cases.

Epping Forest in Essex is in third place, where the rate has risen from 448.8 to 1078.3, with 1,420 new cases.

Other areas with the biggest week-on-week jumps are Rochford (up from 298.7 to 931.7, with 814 new cases); Brentwood (up from 418.1 to 993.2, with 765 new cases); and Castle Point (up from 325.3 to 891.8, with 806 new cases).

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