Three Cumbria areas on ‘amber alert’ status as infection rates rise

Three areas of Cumbria are now on ‘amber alert’ status after a rise in new cases over recent days.

Carlisle, South Lakeland and Copeland have seen their infection rates climb to above the 25 cases per 100,000 people mark which places them in the second highest alert category.

Barrow-in-Furness remains on ‘red alert’ status with a rate of 65.6 after a total of 44 new cases were recorded in the seven days to September 22 – up from 35 cases the week earlier.

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

Allerdale has fallen out of amber alert to green alert after their infection level dropped from 26.6 yesterday to 24.5.

Eden has the lowest infection rate in Cumbria at 18.8.

It comes as a further 39 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 3,420.

New lockdown measures were announced by the Government this evening for many parts of the UK but no changes have been made to Cumbria despite the rise in new cases.

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The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people. Data for the most recent three days (September 23-25) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on September 25 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Bolton continues to record the highest rate in England with 696 new cases in the seven days to September 22 – the equivalent of 242 per 100,000 people. This is up from 197.5 in the seven days to September 15.

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 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 15.

Barrow-in-Furness 65.6 (44), 52.2 (35) ↑

Carlisle 29.4 (32), 5.5 (6) ↑

South Lakeland 27.6 (29), 11.4 (12) ↑

Copeland 26.4 (18), 19.1 (13) ↑

Allerdale 24.5 (24), 13.3 (13) ↑

Eden 18.8 (10), 13.1 (7) ↑

The number of UK coronavirus cases has shot up by 6,874 in the highest ever daily increase.

The UK’s death toll rose by 34 – continuing a pattern of slowly rising – as the country registered record infection figures for the second day running.

It comes as the government’s SAGE advisers estimated the R rate to now be as high as 1.5 – and after Boris Johnson introduced nationwide restrictions to curb infections.

Yesterday the overall number of deaths in all settings was recorded as 40 – with cases surging by 6,634.

While the official case figures now are higher than ever before it is thought that they were vastly higher still back in March and April but were largely undetected because of a lack of tests outside hospitals.

In total, there have now been 423,236 cases of coronavirus in the UK since the start of the pandemic.

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