Copeland has recorded one of England’s biggest week-on-week rises in Covid-19 infection rates.
The Cumbria district, which for part of December had the lowest rate out of all 315 local authorities, recorded 371 positive virus tests in the week to January 9.
The latest data shows this is up by 64 per cent from the 225 cases registered the previous week. It’s infection rate now stands at 554.1 cases per 100,000 people.
Public Health England said this was the ninth biggest week-on-week rise in rates in England, with Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Halton and St Helens all in the top five.
Carlisle remains the county’s Covid-19 hotspot with a rate of 1079.3. This is up from 1018.6 in the seven days to January 2 but is down on the 1151.1 announced yesterday.
Eden is the only part of Cumbria where weekly infection rates have fallen. Sixteen fewer positive tests were recorded in the seven days to January 9.
It’s rate now stands at 691.0 but is still above the new England average of 618.1.
Allerdale also remains above that figure while Barrow, Copeland and South Lakeland are all below.
A total of 3,326 people tested positive for the virus in the week to Saturday. This is up by 18pc from the 2,798 cases the week before.
However in a positive sign the week-on-week rise is down from the 38pc increase in yesterday’s PHE data.
The figures, for the seven days to January 9, 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 (January 13) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Data for the most recent four days (January 10-13) 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 Wednesday, January 13:
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 9; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 9; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 2; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 2. The arrows show how infection rates compare between January 2 and January 9.
Carlisle, 1079.3, (1173), 1018.6, (1107) ↑
Eden, 691.0, (368), 721.1, (384) ↑
Allerdale, 678.2, (663), 503.3, (492) ↑
—————————————————- The latest average infection rate for England is 618.1
Barrow-in-Furness, 596.6, (400), 396.7, (266) ↑
Copeland, 544.1, (371), 330.0, (225) ↑
South Lakeland, 334.0, (351), 308.3, (324) ↑
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Of the 315 local areas in England, 154 (49 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 159 (50 per cent) have seen a fall and two are unchanged.
Barking & Dagenham in London continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,205 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 9 – the equivalent of 1,505.4 cases per 100,000 people.
This is down slightly from 1,634.5 in the seven days to January 2.
Knowsley in Merseyside has the second highest rate, up from 796.8 to 1,399.3, with 2,111 new cases.
Newham in London is in third place, down very slightly from 1,406.3 to 1,398.3, with 4,938 new cases.
The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates are:
1 Knowsley (up from 796.8 to 1,399.3)
2 Liverpool (612.2 to 1,048.1)
3 Sefton (650.1 to 1,075.9)
4 Halton (874.7 to 1,212.4)
5 St Helens (491.7 to 824.0)
6 Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole (607.3 to 881.0)
7 Wirral (696.9 to 941.0)
8 Worcester (540.4 to 768.6)
9 Copeland (330.0 to 544.1)
10 Tendring (956.6 to 1,169.5)
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