By Rachael Grealish
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Cumbria has decreased in the last week, but the number of deaths has risen, the latest report shows.
There were 2,632 new cases in Cumbria, which is a decrease of 868 (25 percent) from 3,500 cases in the previous week.
53 new deaths were recorded in Cumbria, by week ending January 8 – this is a sharp increase compared to the 25 COVID related deaths the previous.
36 of these were in hospital and 12 were in care homes, with Allerdale having the largest number of care home deaths in the county.
For the fifth week in a row Carlisle had the highest number of new cases in the county with 924 new cases.
The city also had the highest rate of new cases for the third week in a row with 850 new cases per 100k population – this is above both the national rate (495 new cases per 100k population) and the regional rate (529 new cases per 100k population).
Allerdale and Barrow-in-Furness were also, again, above the national average.
In Eden the decrease in new cases was by over a third (39 percent) meaning it had the largest proportional decrease in new cases of the virus.
The 45-54 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 55-64, 35-44 and 25-34 age groups.
There were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria from the previous week, except the 75-84 age group.
Although, this age group should eventually start to see a decrease as the roll out of the vaccine continues – Cockermouth was recently praised for its team efforts in vaccinating over 90 percent of its over 80s.
Cumbrian hospitals felt the strain of the pandemic again this week as the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) hospitals increased by 17 percent 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 by 38 percent.
The average number of patients with COVID- 19 in beds increased in both NCIC and UHMB by 17 percent and 9 percent respectively.
There are still a number of incidents and positive cases across all education settings and nurseries have had an increase in positive cases as they are able to remain open under the Lockdown 3 restrictions.