By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria’s COVID-19 cases have increased by 130 percent and hospitalisations have doubled, according to the latest figures published by Cumbria County Council.
There were 2,513 new cases in Cumbria, this is an increase of 1,420 (130 percent), from the 1,093 cases in the previous week.
The figures showed for the third week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases (1,013) and the city also overtook Eden in having the highest rate of new cases – 932 new cases per 100k population.
However, both Carlisle and Eden’s rates were above the national average rate which is 572 new cases per 100k population.
New cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts, with the biggest proportional increases in Barrow-in-Furness and Copeland (248 percent and 242 percent respectively).
In the first week of 2021, the 15-29 and 30-44 age groups accounted for the joint greatest numbers of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 45-59 age group.
Numbers of new cases in these three age groups have risen rapidly in the last week.
Figures also showed the some of the county’s hospitals are feeling the strain of the pandemic as the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) doubled from the previous week.
However, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
(UHMB) decreased slightly from the previous week.
This week England went into its third national lockdown, meaning schools, colleges and universities were closed and returned to remote learning.
Despite school closures, there are still a number of outbreaks and incidents across all education settings.
Numbers of outbreaks in Care Homes also increased in North and South Cumbria and there are further outbreaks in extra care housing, sheltered accommodation and supported living services.