By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria has experienced new COVID-19 deaths dropping by 30 percent, the latest figures show.
Published today, Thursday February 25, the statistics for the county show a further 74 people sadly lost their lives to the deadly virus – by week ending February 12.
This is a 30.8 percent decrease from the 107 deaths the previous week.
The largest number of deaths occurred in Allerdale – with 19 losses.
The number of deaths wasn’t the only decrease – new Coronavirus cases dropped by almost a quarter throughout the county.
There were 555 new cases in Cumbria – a decrease of 173, or 24 percent, from 728 cases in the previous week.
This is the sixth consecutive week new COVID-19 cases have decreased overall.
All boroughs and districts had a decrease in cases except Barrow-in-Furness and Allerdale – their number of new cases increased by 15 percent (four new positive results) and three percent (15 new positive results) respectively.
Although new cases are down, overall, the rate of new cases in Barrow, Allerdale and Copeland are all above the national average, which is 102 new cases per 100,000 population.
Rates in Barrow-in-Furness were also above the regional average rate in the North West which is 155 new cases per 100k population.
Figures also showed the 45-54 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 25-34, 55-64 and 35-44 age groups.
There were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria, except the 0-4 and 12-18 age groups which experienced small increases.
However, the greatest proportional decrease was seen in the 85+ age group, where new cases decreased by 72 percent 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 19 percent and 31 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 44 percent and 15 percent respectively.
Lastly, the figures showed there are still a number of outbreaks in care homes; compared to the previous week and, although, numbers have remained the same in North Cumbria they have increased in South Cumbria.
The full list of statistics can be viewed here.