By Rachael Grealish
New Coronavirus cases have dropped by almost a third across Cumbria, the latest statistics show.
According to figures released today, Thursday May 6, by Cumbria County Council there were 42 new cases in Cumbria which was a decrease of 17, or 29 percent, from 59 cases in the previous week.
For the third week in a row, South Lakeland had the greatest number of new cases, with 15 new cases.
The South Cumbrian district also replaced Eden in having the highest rate of new cases, with 14 new cases per 100k population.
New cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts except Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle.
The number of new cases in Barrow-in-Furness were unchanged from the previous week, while in Carlisle new cases increased by 67 percent from the previous week, however, it should be noted that numerically this increase was small.
Along with this rates in all Cumbrian districts were below both the national and regional average rates (22 and 26 new cases per 100k population respectively).
The 30-39 and 40-49 age groups jointly accounted for the greatest numbers of new cases in Cumbria, followed by the 19-24 age group.
Additionally, the 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria.
The 30-39, 40-49 and 19-24 age groups all experienced small increases in new cases from the previous week.
However, new cases decreased from the previous week in all other age groups.
Notably, there were no new cases in the 80+, 70-79 and 0-4 age groups in the last week.
As for the COVID front in Cumbria’s hospitals, there were no new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC).
However, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) increased slightly.
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds decreased in both NCIC and UHMB.
According to GOV.uk figures there were no COVID-19 related deaths, within 28 days of a positive test, throughout Cumbria.
Almost 300,000 people in Cumbria have now received the first dose of the COVID vaccine – this is around 70 percent of adults in the county.
Allerdale, Eden and South Lakeland have now all vaccinated over 70 percent of its adults and the other districts and boroughs aren’t far behind.
People aged 40 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.
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