The Cumbria boroughs where coronavirus infection rates are rising

Coronavirus infection rates have risen across every Cumbria district, according to the latest Public Health England data.

Barrow-in-Furness continues to have the highest rate in the county with 40 new cases recorded for the seven days to September 20.

The area remains on ‘red alert’ status with an infection rate of 59.7 per 100,000 people.

Any area with a rate over 50 is put into the highest government category.

The infection rates have also risen in Eden, Copeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and South Lakeland but all five areas stay on ‘green’ alert status with rates below 25.

It come as a further 30 new cases were recorded across Cumbria in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positive tests since the start of the pandemic to 3,346.

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two). The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent three days (September 21-23) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

Bolton continues to record the highest rate in England with 612 new cases were recorded in the seven days to September 20 – the equivalent of 212.8 per 100,000 people.

It is the only area in England with an infection rate over 200.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on September 23 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Full list of Cumbria’s latest infection rates:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 20; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 20; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 13.

Barrow-in-Furness 59.7 (40), 56.7 (38) ↑

Allerdale 24.5 (24), 13.3 (13) ↑

Copeland 19.1 (13), 16.1 (11) ↑

Eden 18.8 (10), 15.0 (8) ↑

South Lakeland 17.1 (18), 12.4 (13) ↑

Carlisle 13.8 (15), 6.4 (7) ↑

New coronavirus cases in the UK have soared to 6,178 in the past 24 hours – the third highest ever daily total, the latest official figures released today show.

Six months to the day since lockdown began in the UK, there have now been 409,729 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK as of today.

There have been a further 37 deaths in the UK from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours – the exact same number as was reported yesterday – bringing the official death toll across all settings to 41,862.

The latest figures from the Department of Health today includes cases in hospitals, care homes and the community.

The latest figures come as Boris Johnson this week announced a raft of new lockdown measures for England as ministers battle to curb spiralling infection rates – and avoid a full second lockdown.

Restrictions could be in place for up to six months unless significant progress is made in developing a coronavirus vaccine.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be required to close by 10pm from Thursday evening with the hospitality sector be restricted to table service by law.

Retail staff will now have to wear masks from Monday – not just customers, while staff and customers at all indoor hospitality venues – such as pubs and restaurants – will be ordered to wear masks by law, except when they are sat at a table to eat or drink.

The Prime Minister scrapped his drive to get millions of people back to the workplace, telling people to work from home if they can.

The number of people able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions will be slashed from 30 to 15.

You can still meet your family and friends as long as you obey the “rule of six”. Gatherings of multiple households are allowed indoors and outdoors – as long as there are no more than six people.

The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will double to £200 for a first offence. People who fail to self isolate can be fined up to £10,000.

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