Cumbria’s public health chief has warned people in the county must “remain incredibly cautious” as cases increased by 122 per cent in a week.
In the week ending on New Year’s Eve, there were 10,367 new cases in Cumbria, an increase of 5,701 on the previous week.
Coronavirus cases by district
Here is the number of weekly cases in each Cumbrian district accompanied by the rate per 100,000 in brackets:
- Allerdale – 2,161 (2,209.5 per 100,000)
- Barrow-in-Furness – 1,959 (2,936 per 100,000)
- Carlisle – 1,835 (1,691 per 100,000)
- Copeland – 1,987 (2,920 per 100,000)
- Eden – 703 (1,308 per 100,000)
- South Lakeland – 1,722 (1,641 per 100,000)
Rates in all districts except Eden were above the national average rate (England has a case rate of 1,625 cases per 100,000 population);
The number of new cases increased in all districts, with Carlisle having the greatest increase of +174%.
Coronavirus cases by age
- The 30-39 age group had the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (+2,063 new cases);
- The 25-29 age group had the highest rate of new cases in Cumbria (4,773 new cases per 100,000 population);
- New cases increased from the previous week in all age groups;
- New cases increased significantly – by 350% in the 70-79 age group, 335% in the 80+ age group, and 285% in the 60-69 age group;
- New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 70% of total new cases (down from 79% the previous week);
- Overall, new cases in the under 50 age group increased by 97% and new cases in the 50+ age group increased by 220%.
Coronavirus hospital admissions
Summary for week ending January 4:
- The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) increased by 13 from the previous week and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC increased by 44 from the previous week;
- The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) increased by nine from the previous week and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB increased by 31 from the previous week.
In the week ending on Christmas Eve, there were two COVID-19 related deaths.
Cumbria’s director of public health, Colin Cox, said: “We must all remain incredibly cautious over the coming weeks and bring the case rates down. Get tested regularly and self-isolate if you’re positive. Keep your distance from others wherever possible. Wash your hands and wear face masks in busy public spaces.”