By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria has a steep rise in new COVID-19 cases and deaths, the latest figures showed.
According to statistics released today, Thursday July 22, by Cumbria County Council, new cases reached over 3,000 for the first time since the January 2021 peak.
There were 3,303 new cases in Cumbria – this is an increase of 1,283, or 64 percent, from 2,020 cases in the previous week.
New cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts, but for the fourth week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases, with 804 new cases.
Copeland overtook Allerdale in having the highest rate of new cases (1,019 new cases per 100k population).
The West Cumbrian borough also experienced the greatest numerical and proportional weekly increases in new cases – an increase of 376 new cases, 118 percent from the previous week.
Copeland, Allerdale and Carlisle’s rates were above both the regional and national average rates (585 and 507 new cases per 100k population respectively).
Barrow-in-Furness’s rate was also above the national average rate.
The 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria – 643 new cases – and this age group also accounted for by far the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (2,293 new cases per 100k population).
New cases increased in every age group, with the 12-18 and 30-39 age groups experiencing the joint greatest numerical increases (both having 262 more new cases than in the previous week).
Cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 87 percent of total cases.
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 5.9 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group.
However, new cases in the under 50 age group increased by 62 percent compared to an 80 percent increase in the 50+ age group.
Cases may have had a steep increase, but, according to figures from GOV.uk, COVID-related deaths occurred in almost all districts.
Eight people sadly lost their lives to the deadly virus within 28 days of a positive test, by week ending Wednesday July 21.
These deaths occurred in Copeland, Carlisle, Allerdale and South Lakeland.
As for pressure on the NHS the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) decreased from the previous week.
However, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC increased from the previous week.
Furthermore, 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) both increased from the previous week.
Lastly, by week ending Wednesday July 21, almost three quarters (73.1 percent) of Cumbria’s adult population have now been fully vaccinated, according to statistics by GOV.uk.
The full list of statistics can be viewed here.