By Rachael Grealish
New Coronavirus cases increased slightly across Cumbria in the last week, the latest figures showed.
According to statistics released today, Thursday September 23, there were 2,074 new cases in Cumbria – an increase of 69, or three percent, from 2,005 cases in the previous week.
New cases increased from the previous week in Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle – however, it was Allerdale, which, for the seventh week in a row, had the greatest number of new cases, with 575 new cases.
Although, Allerdale experienced the greatest numerical increase, it was Barrow-in-Furness experienced the greatest proportional increase, with 23 percent.
Where the number of new cases increased in Barrow and Carlisle, new cases actually decreased in Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland.
Allerdale also had the highest rate of new cases for the 3rd week in a row (588 new cases per 100k population), but rates in all Cumbrian districts except Eden and South Lakeland were above the regional average (North West 312 new cases per 100k population).
Furthermore, rates were above the national average in every Cumbrian district (England 259 new cases per 100k population).
Among the age groups it was those age 12-18 that accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria followed by the 5-11 age group, with 524 and 412 new cases respectively.
The 12-18 and 5-11 age groups also accounted for by far the greatest rates of new cases in Cumbria (1,431 and 1,106 new cases per 100k population respectively).
New cases increased in the 0-4, 5-11, 12-18 and 30-39 age groups, with the 5-9 age group experienced the greatest numerical and proportional increase in new cases – an increase of 53 percent.
New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 78 percent of total new cases (compared to 71 percent in the previous week).
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 3.2 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group (compared to 2.2 times higher in the previous week).
New cases in the under 50 age group increased by 14 percent compared to a 22 percent decrease in the 50+ age group.
Although deaths remain low across the county, another six people died within 28 days of a positive test.
The deaths occurred in Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle and South Lakeland.
As for pressure on the NHS, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) increased by five from the previous week.
However, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in NCIC decreased by one 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) decreased by six from the previous week and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB decreased by two.
83 percent of people aged 16 and over have now been fully vaccinated across Cumbria, this comes as children ages 12-15 are beginning to be invited for the jab.
The full list of statistics can be found here.