COVID LATEST: New Cases Increase By A Fifth Across Cumbria

By Rachael Grealish

Cumbria’s new Coronavirus cases rose by a fifth in one week, the latest figures showed.

According to the figures released today, Thursday August 19, by Cumbria County Council, there were 1,266 new cases in Cumbria, by week ending Friday August 13.

This is an increase of 210, or 20 percent, from 1,056 cases in the previous week.

For the second week in a row Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases, with 262 new cases.

It was Barrow-in-Furness which overtook Copeland in having the highest rate of new cases – 362 new cases per 100k population.

But rates in Barrow-in-Furness and Copeland were above both the national and regional average rates (307 and 301 new cases per 100k population respectively).

Out of all Cumbrian districts Carlisle experienced the greatest numerical increase, with 60 new cases, and Eden experienced the greatest proportional increase of 62 percent.

Overall, new cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts.

Broken down by age group, the 30-39 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, 205 in total.

The 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (649 new cases per 100k population).

New cases increased in all age groups except the 40-49, 70-79 and 80+ age groups.

But it was the 12-18 age group experienced the greatest numerical increase in new cases.

New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 75 percent of total new cases (compared to 76 percent in the previous week).

The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 2.7 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group (compared to 2.8 times higher in the previous week).

New cases in the under 50 age group increased by 20 percent compared to a 21 percent increase in the 50+ age group.

While the number of new COVID-related deaths still remain low, unfortunately another four people lost their lives to the virus in the last week, according to statistics provided by GOV.uk.

The deaths occurred in Copeland, Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness 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 by one 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) increased slightly from the previous week.

The vaccination programme has been successful in Cumbria as 80.1 percent of those over 18 have now been fully vaccinated against the virus.

The full list of statistics can be viewed here.