By Rachael Grealish
New COVID-19 cases have dropped, once again, across Cumbria, according to figures released by Cumbria County Council.
In the report published today, Thursday April 14, by week ending April 9, there were 69 new positive cases in Cumbria – this is a 12 percent from the 78 cases in the previous week.
Out of all the Cumbrian boroughs Copeland fairer the worst with a 91 percent increase in new positive coronavirus cases.
Numerically this isn’t a large increase but West Cumbrian borough overtook Allerdale in having the greatest number of new cases, with 21 new cases – up ten from the 11 cases the week previous.
Not only this, but Copeland also replaced Barrow-in-Furness in having the highest rate of new cases (31 new cases per 100k population) – taking it above the national average rate and equal to the regional average rate (27 and 31 new cases per 100k population respectively).
Copeland wasn’t alone in having an increase in cases – Carlisle also had a 44 percent increase, but, again, numerically this was a relatively low increase of 12 new cases, up from the eight cases the week before.
However, rates in all other Cumbrian districts were below both the national and regional average rates.
The 30-39 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed by the, 19-24 age group.
The 30-39, 19-24, 5-11 and 70-79 age groups experienced increases in new cases from the previous week, however, it is important to note that
numerically these increases were extremely small.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) decreased and the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status remained the same in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB).
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds decreased from the previous week in both NCIC and UHMB by 59 percent and 18 percent respectively.
Positive news for Cumbrians as according to the figures supplied by Gov.uk there were no deaths, within 28 days of positive COVID-19 test, between April 8 and 14 – this is the second week in a row.
Over 27,0000 (66 percent) of adults in the county have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Allerdale is speeding through and has now vaccinated over 70 percent of its adult population.
It was also announced this week all over 50 in England have been offered their first dose of the vaccine and registered booking service is now open to the over 45 age group.
Read the latest figures, in full, here.