Copeland is now the only area of Cumbria with an infection rate above the national average, according to the latest Public Health England data.
A total of 686 people tested positive for Covid-19 across all six districts in the seven days to February 13. This is down by 20 per cent from the 865 cases recorded the previous week.
The rate in Copeland now stands at 239.1 cases per 100,000 people after a 39 per cent rise in weekly cases – the biggest surge anywhere in the UK.
South Lakeland’s rate has also increased again by 22 per cent but stays below the new England average of 142.4 and is still the lowest in Cumbria at 91.4
Of the 315 local areas in England, 16 (5 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 298 (95 per cent) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.
Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle and Eden all saw their infection rates fall again.
The figures, for the seven days to February 13, 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 below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (February 17) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Data for the most recent four days (February 14-17) 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.
The latest Cumbria infection rates as of Thursday, February 18
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 13; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 6; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 6.
Copeland, 239.1, (163), 171.6, (117) ↑
—————————————————- The latest average infection rate for England is 142.4
Allerdale, 141.2, (138), 249.6, (244) ↓
Barrow-in-Furness, 140.2, (94), 223.7, (150) ↓
Carlisle, 125.1, (136), 157.3, (171) ↓
Eden, 110.8, (59), 174.6, (93) ↓
South Lakeland, 91.4, (96), 75.2, (79) ↑
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Corby in Northamptonshire has the highest rate in England, with 228 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 13 – the equivalent of 315.7 cases per 100,000 people.
This is down from 437.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to February 6.
Middlesbrough has the second highest rate, down from 371.0 to 307.8, with 434 new cases.
St Helens in Merseyside is in third place, down from 352.2 to 283.5, with 512 new cases.
The top five week-on-week rises are:
Copeland (up from 171.6 to 239.1)
West Lindsey (92.0 to 133.8)
Exeter (38.1 to 72.3)
Newark and Sherwood (212.4 to 245.1)
Rushcliffe (187.1 to 213.1)
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