The parts of Cumbria where coronavirus is spreading as cases double in a week

The parts of Cumbria where coronavirus is spreading as cases double in a week

Barrow-in-Furness remains on red alert with the town added to a watchlist as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.

Cumbria recorded 211 new coronavirus cases in the week to September 28, the latest data available, up from 139 the previous week.

Data from Public Health England shows that Barrow-in-Furness has the highest infection rate in the country at 96.9, with 65 cases recorded.

Cases in Carlisle almost doubled in the seven day period and the city now has an infection rate of 37.7, with 41 cases reported.

The figures, for the seven days to September 28, 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 29-October 1) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

Burnley continues to have the highest rate in England, with 302 new cases recorded in the seven days to September 28 – the equivalent of 339.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Full list of Cumbria infection rates:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 28; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 28; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 21; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 21.

Barrow-in-Furness 96.9 (65), 65.6 (44) ↑

Carlisle 37.7 (41), 20.2 (22) ↑

South Lakeland 35.2 (37), 22.8 (24) ↑

Copeland 33.7 (23), 19.1 (13) ↑

Allerdale 32.7 (32), 27.6 (27) ↑

Eden 24.4 (13), 16.9 (9) ↑

Local leaders and health bosses have expressed their growing concern over the transmission of the virus today.

It comes as it was revealed that the number of positive cases of Covid-19 has doubled within Cumbria over the last week and new public health advice for the county has now been issued.

By law in England people must not meet indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six people. But from today people living in Cumbria are being strongly advised that groups of six should include people from no more than two households.

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said: The number of COVID-19 cases in the county has doubled in a week and hospitalisations are increasing. But we are not yet in the position of other areas in the north west and we have a small window of opportunity to act to slow the spread, protect our communities and local economy, and avoid becoming the next area in local lockdown.

 “We know that limiting contact between households can reduce transmission. The ‘twohouseholds’ advice we’re issuing today doesn’t have the force of law behind it, but we’re calling on everyone living in Cumbria to take it seriously and act accordingly.

“This is about local people taking responsible, proportionate, action to protect themselves, their families and their communities from this disease. We can see now that the virus is spreading through the county with increasing speed, following the same pattern from the first wave, with almost all districts reporting increased cases.

“Without action we can expect the number of cases, disruption to schools and businesses, hospitalisations and ultimately deaths to continue to rise. Following the ‘two-households’ advice, alongside hand washing, face coverings and social distancing, can make a difference, but we need everyone to take heed and act.”

The Government said that, as of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 6,914 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 460,178.

Experts have previously warned that describing the daily figure as a record could be “misleading” as it is not clear how many people were actually infected during the height of the first wave due to a lack of community testing at the time.

The Government also said a further 59 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday. This brings the UK total to 42,202.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been nearly 57,900 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government said there were 332 Covid-19 patients in mechanical ventilator beds as of Wednesday, up from 312 on Tuesday, and 2,276 Covid-19 patients currently in hospital, as reported on Tuesday, up from 2,252 reported on Monday.

There were 323 Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital and reported on Sunday, the latest figures available, bringing the total at that time to 141,964

The parts of Cumbria where coronavirus is spreading as cases double in a week

Lancs Live – Cumbria