By Rachael Grealish
New COVID-19 cases have dropped in Cumbria for the first time in two months, but remain high.
Over the last nine weeks new cases of the virus have been on a steady rise – with a peak of over 3,327 last week.
According to statistics released today, Thursday July 29, by Cumbria County Council, there were 2,186 new cases in Cumbria – this is decrease of 1,141, or 34 percent, from last week’s peak. A
Although this is a decrease the number of cases remain high compared to the low number of cases in May 2021.
Allerdale overtook Carlisle in having the greatest number of new cases, with 503 new cases – however, this was a decrease from the 791 cases in the district last week.
In fact, new cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts.
For the second week in a row Copeland had the highest rate of new cases (697 new cases per 100k population) and Copeland and Allerdale’s rates were above both the regional and national average rates (437 and 401 new cases per 100k population respectively).
Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle’s rates were also above the national average rate.
Barrow-in-Furness experienced the smallest proportional decrease in new cases (20 percent) while Carlisle experienced the greatest proportional decrease (45 percent).
The 30-39 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (399 new cases), but it was the 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (1,116 new cases per 100k population).
New cases decreased in every age group except the 70-79 and 80+ age groups which experienced small increases.
Cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 81 percent of total cases and the rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 3.9 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group.
However, new cases in the under 50 age group decreased by 38 percent compared to a 7 percent decrease in the 50+ age group.
Although there has been a dip in new cases, the virus did claim the life of one person, in Allerdale, according to statistics on GOV.uk, by week ending Wednesday July 28.
As for the pressure on the NHS, 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 increased from the previous week.
Furthermore, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) increased from the previous week.
However, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB did not change from the previous week.
The statistics also show almost three quarters, or 74 percent, of Cumbrian adults have now been fully vaccinated (received two doses) against COVID-19.
The full list of figures can be viewed here.