By Rachael Grealish
Coronavirus cases across Cumbria have dropped by 40 percent, the latest figures show.
Released today, Thursday May 13, by Cumbria County Council by week ending May 7, there were 25 new cases in Cumbria – a decrease of 17, from 42 cases in the previous week.
Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle and South Lakeland had the joint greatest numbers of new cases, with six new cases each, however, new cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts except Eden.
In the north Cumbrian district the number of cases increased very slightly from two to three new cases in the last week.
Barrow-in-Furness replaced South Lakeland in having the highest rate of new cases (9 new cases per 100k population).
Although, rates in all Cumbrian districts were below both the national and regional average rates (22 and 29 new cases per 100k population respectively).
According to GOV.uk figures there were no COVID-19 related deaths, within 28 days of a positive test, throughout Cumbria, for the second week.
The 12-18 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (11 new cases), followed by the 30-39 age group (4 new cases).
Additionally, the 12-18 age group accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria.
The 12-18 age group was the only age group to experience an increase in new cases from the previous week.
Notably, for the second week in a row, there were no new cases in the 80+, 70-79 and 0-4 age groups.
As for the alleviation of pressure on the NHS by May 11, there were no new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and no patients with COVID-19 in beds in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC).
Both the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) decreased.
Almost 300,000 people in Cumbria have now received the first dose of the COVID vaccine – this is around 71 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 38 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.
The full list of statistics can be viewed here.
Lockdown restrictions are set to ease from Monday, May 17, information on what you can and can’t do can be found here.