By Rachael Grealish
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the county, but deaths remain low, the latest figures showed.
According to the statistics released today, Thursday July 8, by Cumbria County Council, there was a 54 percent increase in new Coronavirus cases.
By week ending Friday July 7, there were 1,192 new cases in Cumbria – an increase of 419, from 773 cases in the previous week.
For the second week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases, with 387 new cases, and the north Cumbrian district also had the highest rate of new cases (356 new cases per 100k population).
This was followed closely by South Lakeland which was at 257 new cases per 100k population.
Carlisle and South Lakeland’s rates were above the national average rate (England 250 new cases per 100k population)
However, rates of new cases in all Cumbrian districts remained below the regional average rate (North West 406 new cases per 100k population).
Carlisle wasn’t alone, cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts.
But it was South Lakeland that experienced the greatest numerical and proportional weekly increases in new cases – an increase of 135 new cases, a 100 percent from the previous week.
The 19-24 and 12-18 age groups accounted for by far the greatest numbers of new cases in Cumbria, with 246 and 238 new cases respectively.
The 19-24 and 12-18 age groups also accounted for by far the greatest rates of new cases in Cumbria (877 and 650 new cases per 100k population respectively).
In fact, new cases increased in every age group except the 80+ age group.
Cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 88 percent of total cases, however the rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 6.7 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group.
New cases in the under 50 age group increased by 52 percent compared to a 76 percent increase in the 50+ age group.
COVID-19 related deaths remain low – unfortunately the virus claimed one life, in Carlisle, by week ending Wednesday July 9, within 28 days of a positive test.
Although cases are rising, with the deaths and hospitalisations remaining low the Prime Minister put this down to the link between the two being broken by the vaccine.
On Monday July 5, when Boris Johnson announced England would be lifting restrictions on July 19, he said: “In these circumstances we must take a careful and a balanced decision and there’s only one reason why we can contemplate going ahead to step 4 in the circumstances where we’d normally be locking down further and that’s because of the continuing effectiveness of the vaccine rollout.”
The vaccine rollout has been a success in Cumbria as almost 70 percent – over 285,000 – of the adult population has received both doses of the vaccine.
The full list of statistics can be viewed here.