Two-thirds of the eligible population in Cumbria have now been vaccinated against coronavirus as infection levels remain low in the county.
Cumbria continued to have a low number of COVID-19 infections in the week ending April 16 with just 75 new cases.
Cumbria’s overall infection rate of 15/100,000 put the county below both regional and national averages.
A sharp increase in South Lakeland is largely accounted for by a single outbreak that is being managed and contained.
For the second week in a row, there were no outbreaks in the county’s care homes. The numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospitals remained low.
Data to April 15 showed 279, 200 people had received their first covid vaccine dose, 67 per cent of the eligible population.
Colin Cox, Cumbria’s director of public health, said: “The infection rate continues to be low and that’s really positive. It has also been great to see life returning to something closer to normal over the past few weeks as restrictions have eased and the weather improved.
“Of course, I am still urging people to remain cautious, follow the current rules and stay safe. The Government is right that we have to take these next steps carefully.
“For instance, being vaccinated doesn’t mean you can’t catch COVID or can’t be infectious – so you could still spread it even though personally you are far less likely to become ill. That’s why continuing with the masks, hand washing and social distancing is important.
“While we are thankfully in a much stronger position now, the scenes currently unfolding in India are a sobering reminder that covid still has the potential to cause huge damage and disruption if we let our guard down too soon.”
Key points include:
- There were 186 new cases in Cumbria (a decrease of 184, -50 per cent, from 370 cases in the previous week);
- Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases for the third week in a row (+48 new cases);
- Copeland replaced Allerdale in having the highest rate of new cases (63 new cases per 100k population);
- Rates in Copeland were above the national average rate (England = 61 new cases per 100k population);
- However, rates in all Cumbrian districts were below the regional average rate (North West = 75 new cases per 100k population);
- New cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts;
- The greatest proportional decrease was in Eden (-85 per cent) and the smallest proportional decrease was in Barrow-in-Furness (-12 per cent);
- The 25-34 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed by the 35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 age groups;
- From week 8 to week 9 there were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria;
- The greatest proportional decreases were seen in the 0-4, 65-74, and 5-11 age groups (-88 per cent, -70 per cent and -69 per cent respectively).
*The eligible population refers to anyone 18 and over.