By Rachael Grealish
New COVID-19 cases increased slightly, in the last week, the latest figures have shown.
According to statistics released today, Thursday August 26, by Cumbria County Council, there were 1,382 new cases in Cumbria (an increase of 112, 9 percent from 1,270 cases in the previous week, by week ending Friday, August 20.
New cases increased from the previous week in Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden.
However, new cases in all other Cumbrian districts decreased or remained the same.
For the third week in a row Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases, with 276 new cases.
Eden overtook Barrow-in-Furness in having the highest rate of new cases (434 new cases per 100k population).
Rates in Eden and Barrow-in-Furness were above both the national and regional average rates (329 and 306 new cases per 100k population respectively).
Eden experienced the greatest numerical increase, with 142 new cases, and the greatest proportional increase of 160 percent.
Broken down by ages, it was the 12-18 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, with 223 new cases.
This age group accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (609 new cases per 100k population).
New cases increased in all age groups except the 19-24, 25-29 and 30-39 age groups.
The 50-59 age group experienced the greatest numerical increase in new cases.
New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 73 percent of total new cases (compared to 75 percent in the previous week).
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 2.4 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group (compared to 2.7 times higher in the previous week).
New cases in the under 50 age group increased by 5 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 three people lost their lives to the virus in the last week, according to statistics provided by GOV.uk.
Two people in Copeland and one in Barrow-In-Furness, lost their lives within 28 days of a positive test.
As for pressure on the NHS, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) increased from the previous week.
Furthermore, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC increased by two from the previous week.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) decreased from the previous week.
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB remained the same from the previous week.
The vaccination programme continues to be a success in Cumbria as 81.7 percent of those over 18 have now been fully vaccinated against the virus.
Almost 90 percent of Cumbrians have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
The full list of statistics can be viewed here.