By Rachael Grealish
New COVID-19 cases have increased by a fifth in Cumbria, the latest figures show.
According to statistics released today, Thursday September 9, there were 1,903 new cases in the county, by week ending Friday September 3.
This is an increase of 315, or 20 percent, from 1,588 cases in the previous week.
For the fifth week in a row Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases, with 478 new cases.
However, the Borough wasn’t alone, new cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts except Copeland.
Copeland reported 222 new cases, which was an 11 percent decrease from the previous week.
Allerdale not only had the highest number of new cases, but also overtook Barrow-in-Furness in having the highest rate of new cases (489 new cases per 100k population).
Allerdale also experienced the greatest numerical and proportional increases (37 percent).
Rates in Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness and Eden were above the regional average (North West 348 new cases per 100k population).
Furthermore, rates were above the national average in all Cumbrian districts except South Lakeland (England 325 new cases per 100k population).
The 12-18 age group accounted for by far the greatest number and rate of new cases in Cumbria, with 396 new cases.
This is equal to 1,081 new cases per 100k population.
New cases increased in all age groups except the 0-4, 30-39, 50-59 and 60-69 age groups.
The 12-18 age group also experienced the greatest numerical and proportional increase in new cases – a 60 percent increase.
New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 73 percent of total new cases (compared to 68 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 1.9 times higher in the previous week).
New cases in the under 50 age group increased by 29 percent compared to no change in the 50+ age group.
Although the number of new COVID-19 related deaths remains low throughout the county, five more lives were claimed by the virus by week ending Wednesday September 8 – according to statistics released by GOV.uk.
The deaths occurred in Allerdale (2), Barrow-in-Furness (2) and South Lakeland (1) – all within 28 days of a positive test.
As for pressure on the NHS in the county, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) decreased by three, from the previous week.
However, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC increased by five from the previous week.
Additionally, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) increased by five from the previous week and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB increased by four.
The vaccination programme continues to be a success in Cumbria four out of five (82.2) over 16s have now been double jabbed.
Almost 90 percent of Cumbrians have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
The full list of statistics can be viewed here.