By Rachael Grealish
After an unfortunate steady increase in Coronavirus deaths, the numbers are starting to fall across Cumbria, the latest figures show.
According to figures released today, Thursday February 18, 96 deaths were registered in Cumbria by February 5.
This is a 10.2 percent decrease from the previous week of 107 registered deaths due to the virus.
65 of the deaths were registered in hospital and 23 in care homes – with Allerdale having the largest number of care home deaths.
New positive cases also decreased again this week as there were 721 new cases in Cumbria – a decrease of 155, or 18 percent, from the 876 cases in the previous week.
New cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts except Copeland and South Lakeland.
In Copeland and South Lakeland cases increased by 55 percent and 11 percent respectively.
Copeland’s new cases increased from 109 to 169, this week and South Lakeland’s increased from 87 new cases to 97.
Copeland also overtook Allerdale in having the greatest number of new cases, with 169, and the West Cumbrian borough also overtook Allerdale in having the highest rate of new cases – with 248 new cases per 100k population.
Rates in Copeland, Barrow-in-Furness and Allerdale were above the national average rate (which is currently 142 new cases per 100k population).
And rates in Copeland were also above the regional average rate of 183 new cases per 100k population in the North West.
Overall, it would seem the current lockdown is having a positive impact in bringing cases down across the county, according to the figures show in the table below:
The figures showed the 25-34 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the, 45-54, 55-64 and 35-44 age groups – and there were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria from the previous week.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status decreased again from the previous week in both North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) by 38 percent and 25 percent respectively.
Along with this the pressure was also eased, slightly, as the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds decreased from the previous week in both NCIC and UHMB by 19 percent and 15 percent respectively.
The full list of statistics and figures can be found here.