Latest Cumbria covid cases as Christmas bubbles limited to one day

Another 78 people across Cumbria have contracted coronavirus as as Boris Johnson announces stricter Christmas lockdown rules.

South Lakeland recorded the biggest daily rise with 28 new infections.

This was followed by Carlisle and Allerdale, with both districts registering 15 positive tests.

Copeland, which has the lowest infection rte in England, again recorded the fewest number with three.

It means that a total of 11,564 people are known to have contracted the virus in the last nine months, however most of these will no longer be active infections.

The new case data includes 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.

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.

Number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus by Cumbria borough as of Saturday, December 19

  • Allerdale: 1,629 (+15), 1,666.3 per 100,000
  • Barrow-in-Furness: 2,171 (+6), 3,237.9 per 100,000
  • Carlisle: 2,959 (+15), 2,722.7 per 100,000
  • Copeland: 1,235 (+3), 1,811.3 per 100,000
  • Eden: 1,090 (+11) 2,046.8 per 100,000
  • South Lakeland: 2,480 (+28) 2,359.9 per 100,000

The Government said that, as of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 27,052 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,004,219.

A further 534 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 67,075.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 83,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

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Five day Christmas bubbles to give families more time together over the festive period have been scrapped.

People living in Tier 1, 2 and 3, had been allowed to take advantage of a relaxation of the rules with Christmas ‘bubbles’ but the Prime Minister has this afternoon cut that down to just one day – December 25.

No Christmas bubbles will be allowed at all for millions that have been put into tougher restrictions in Tier 4 in London and parts of the South East.

It comes amid growing concerns about the new mutant variant of coronavirus which appears to spread more easily, leading to a surge in cases.

The weekly average case rate in England has increased by over 66% compared to two weeks previously.

Boris Johnson said “bitterly regretted” the changes to the Christmas arrangements.

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street news conference: “We, of course, bitterly regret the changes that are necessary but, alas, when the facts change you have to change your approach.

“The briefing that I had yesterday about this mutation of the virus, particularly about the speed of transmission, was not possible to ignore.

“It seems that this spread is now being driven by the new variant of the virus that we spoke about earlier this week.

“Our advisers on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) have spent the last few days analysing this new variant – there’s no evidence that it causes more severe illness or higher mortality but it does appear to be passed on significantly more quickly.

“Nervtag early analysis suggests the new variant could increase the R by 0.4 or more and although there is considerable uncertainty it may be up to 70% more transmissible then the old variant.

“This is early data and is subject to review but it is the best that we have at the moment and we have to act on information as we have it because this is now spreading very fast.”

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