By Rachael Grealish
New COVID-19 cases doubled again for the second week in Cumbria, the latest figures show.
According to statistics released today, Thursday July 1, by Cumbria County Council, there were 772 new Coronavirus cases in Cumbria, by week ending Friday June 25.
This is an increase of 395, or 105 percent, from the 377 cases in the previous week – when cases had almost doubled from the week before.
Carlisle is the most prominent of all the Cumbrian districts as the area overtook South Lakeland in having the greatest number of new case.
Carlisle had 261 new cases, a 302 percent increase from the previous week.
However, Carlisle wasn’t alone new cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts.
Carlisle also replaced Eden in having the highest rate of new cases (240 new cases per 100k population), followed by Barrow-in-Furness (195 new cases per 100k population).
Carlisle and Barrow’s rates were also well above the national average rate (England 149 new cases per 100k population).
However, rates of new cases in all Cumbrian districts remained below the regional average rate (North West 302 new cases per 100k population).
Stats showed, yet again, the 12-18 and 19-24 age groups accounted for by far the greatest numbers of new cases in Cumbria, with 197 and 160 new cases respectively.
The 12-18 and 19-24 age groups also accounted for the greatest rates of new cases in Cumbria (538 and 571 new cases per 100k population respectively).
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 7.7 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group and nee cases in the under 50 age group increased by 115 percent compared to a 49 percent increase in the 50+ age group.
Although cases are up pressure seems to be alleviating on the NHS as the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) both decreased slightly from the previous week.
This was the same in South Cumbria as 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) also both decreased slightly from the previous week.
Cases may have had a steep increase, but, according to figures from GOV.uk, COVID-related deaths remained, fortunately low – although two people sadly lost their lives to the deadly virus within 28 days of a positive test.
These deaths occurred in Copeland and Barrow-in-Furness.
Over 275,000 adults, or 66 percent of the adult population, are now fully vaccinated in Cumbria – however, according to reports all over 50s will be offered a booster vaccine and a flu jab this autumn.
Although there were no major outbreaks, there has been an impact on the care and education sectors.
Outbreaks in care homes remain low however there are a number of care homes/settings with positive cases and the number of outbreaks and incidents have increased across all education settings.
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