By Rachael Grealish
New COVID-19 cases have dropped again for the second week in a row, the latest figures showed.
According to statistics released today, Thursday August 5, by Cumbria County Council, the number of new cases dropped by over 50 percent compared to the previous week.
By week ending Friday July 30 there were 1,028 new cases in Cumbria – a decrease of 1,162, or 53 percent, from 2,190 cases in the previous week.
Copeland overtook Allerdale in having the greatest number of new cases, with 206 new cases – however, the number of née cases decreased in all Cumbrian districts.
For the third week in a row Copeland had the highest rate of new cases (302 new cases per 100k population).
Copeland’s rate was above both the regional and national average rates (299 and 288 new cases per 100k population respectively) – the district wasn’t alone as Barrow-in-Furness’s rate was also above the national average rate.
Barrow-in-Furness experienced the smallest proportional decrease in new cases (33 percent) while Allerdale experienced the greatest proportional decrease (62 percent).
The 30-39 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (176 new cases) and the 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (546 new cases per 100k population).
In fact, cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 79 percent of total cases.
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 3.3 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group.
But, new cases in the under 50 age group decreased by 55 percent compared to a 46 percent decrease in the 50+ age group.
Even with all this, new cases decreased in every age group.
Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 deaths, within 28 days of a positive test, increased from the week.
The virus claimed the lives of five people, by week ending Wednesday August 4, according to GOV.uk.
As for pressure on the NHS, 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
However, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) decreased from the previous week.
Furthermore, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC increased by just one from the previous week and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB decreased from the previous week.
As for the vaccination rollout, over three quarters, 77.3 percent of Cumbria’s adult population has now been fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the figures released by GOV.uk.
The full list of figures can be viewed here.