Latest Cumbria infection rates by area amid third wave warning

All six Cumbria districts remain below the national coronavirus infection rate average despite rises in two places.

The latest Public Health England data for the week ending April 23 shows case numbers are rising in Eden and South Lakeland.

Both local authorities have the highest virus rates in the county at 18.8 and 17.6 cases per 100,000 people respectfully.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 163 (52 per cent) have seen a rise in rates, 143 (45 per cent) have seen a fall and nine are unchanged.

The figures come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week issued a bleak warning amid the coronavirus crisis, suggesting there will “probably” be a third wave in the UK.

He insisted Britain was not out of the woods yet, despite daily deaths dropping to 17 yesterday (April 27) and six the previous day.

Elsewhere in Cumbria, infection rates continue to fall in South Lakeland, Barrow, Allerdale and Carlisle.

The data shows that Carlisle has the fourth lowest rate in the whole country at 5.5 with Allerdale also in the bottom 10 with a rate of 8.2.

The figures, for the seven days to April 23, 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 (April 27) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (April 24-27) 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.

Cumbria’s infection rates as of Wednesday, April 28

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15.

— English average: 24.7

Eden, 18.8, (10), 7.5, (4) ↑

Copeland, 17.6, (12), 10.3, (7) ↑

South Lakeland, 15.2, (16), 26.6, (28) ↓

Barrow-in-Furness, 10.4, (7), 16.4, (11) ↓

Allerdale, 8.2, (8), 16.4, (16) ↓

Carlisle, 5.5, (6), 8.3, (9) ↓

Selby continues to have the highest rate, with 100 new cases in the seven days to April 23 – the equivalent of 110.4 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 51.9 in the seven days to April 16.

Kirklees has the second highest rate, up from 61.8 to 70.5, with 310 new cases.

Doncaster has the third highest, down from 78.2 to 66.4, with 207 new cases.

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

Selby (up from 51.9 to 110.4)

Cambridge (40.1 to 64.1)

Chiltern (5.2 to 25.0)

Gravesham (10.3 to 28.1)

Rugby (31.2 to 48.7)

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