There’s been a double-figure increase in coronavirus cases in Cumbria overnight

A further eight cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the last 24 hours in Cumbria, according to new official figures released today (September 6).

Five out of six districts have seen a rise in cases, bringing the number of positive tests across the county to 3,079.

Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle saw the biggest rise with three new positive Covid-19 tests each, while the tally in Eden rose by two.

There was one new case each for Allerdale and South Lakeland, while Copeland saw no change.

New cases data is now based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Cumbria borough as of Sunday, September 6:

  • Allerdale: 415 (+1), 424.5 per 100,000
  • Barrow-in-Furness: 615 (+3), 917.2 per 100,000
  • Carlisle: 814 (+3), 749 per 100,000
  • Copeland: 374 (-), 548.5 per 100,000
  • Eden: 223 (+2), 418.8 per 100,000
  • South Lakeland: 637 (+1), 606.2 per 100,000

No new coronavirus deaths were recorded at hospital trusts operating in Cumbria in today’s figures from the NHS.

Across the UK, two more people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, bringing the death toll to 41,551.

Another 2,988 people have tested positive, raising the total since the start of the pandemic to 347,152.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Labour’s call for more airport testing was not a “silver bullet”.

Mr Raab told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “Let’s just be clear about this when we think about airports – there is no silver bullet in airports.

“The current data suggests that the success rate of positively identifying people with Covid with a test in the airport is less than 10%.”

Put to him that those numbers increase if passengers are then tested again seven days later, Mr Raab said: “There is no silver bullet in the airport alone and that’s why we have the quarantine.

“So, the direction of travel will be making sure we have the capacity and the ability for when the time is right to ease up on the self-isolation at home, and that’s certainly something that we’ll be looking at.

“But we couldn’t – and I think Labour have got themselves into a terrible muddle on this – the idea that one test in an airport could resolve the quarantine issues … we couldn’t safely do that.

“We’re not going to let up on a measure which is crucial for keeping the virus under control.”

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