By Rachael Grealish
New COVID-19 cases and deaths decrease across Cumbria, the latest County Council figures reveal.
According to figures released today, Thursday April 29, by week ending Friday, April 23, there were 59 new cases in Cumbria – decrease of 16, or 21 percent from 75 cases in the previous week.
For the second week in a row, South Lakeland had the greatest number of new cases, with 16 new cases.
However, Eden replaced South Lakeland in having the highest rate of new cases (19 new cases per 100k population) – although, rates in all Cumbrian districts were below both the national and regional average rates (25 and 24 new cases per 100k population respectively).
New cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts except Eden and Copeland.
The number of new cases increased in Eden and Copeland by 150 percent and 71 percent respectively, though it should be noted that numerically these increases were small.
There were only five new cases in Copeland and six in Eden.
Being at 59 new cases is the lowest they’ve been since mid-September 2020.
According to GOV.uk, by Wednesday April 28 there were no registered COVID-19-related deaths, within 28 days of a positive test, in Cumbria.
This was down from the one, unfortunate, death the previous week.
The 12-18 age group accounted for the greatest number and rate of new cases in Cumbria – school pupils of this age group are currently undertaking twice-weekly lateral flow tests from home.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in both North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) decreased.
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds remained the same in NCIC and UHMB hospitals.
Almost 300,000 people in Cumbria have now received the first dose of the COVID vaccine – this is almost 70 percent of adults in the county.
Allerdale and Eden have now both vaccinated over 70 percent of its adults and the other districts and boroughs aren’t far behind.
People aged 42 and over, before July 1, are now eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine.
Statistics in care homes are currently also stable, with no major outbreaks, which is positive after Care home residents were allowed to have a second named visitor earlier this month.
To read the full statistics click here.