By Rachael Grealish
New Coronavirus cases surged by almost a quarter in the last week across Cumbria, the latest figures showed.
According to statistics released today, Thursday September 30, there were 2,557 new cases in Cumbria – an increase of 475, or 23 percent, from 2,082 cases in the previous week.
For the eighth week in a row Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases – the borough recorded 742 new cases.
However, New cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts except Copeland.
Allerdale may have experienced the greatest numerical increase, but Eden experienced the greatest proportional increase (35 percent).
Allerdale also had the highest rate of new cases for the 4th week in a row (759 new cases per 100k population).
Rates in all Cumbrian districts, except Copeland and South Lakeland, were above the regional average (North West 362 new cases per 100k population).
Furthermore, rates were above the national average in every Cumbrian district (England 331 new cases per 100k population).
Breaking it into age groups, once again, children accounted for the greatest number of new cases.
The 12-18 and 5-11 age groups had 786 and 478 new cases respectively.
The 12-18 and 5-11 age groups also accounted for by far the greatest rates of new cases in Cumbria (2,146 and 1,283 new cases per 100k population respectively).
However, new cases increased in all age groups except the 0-4 and 25-29 age groups.
The 12-18 age group experienced the greatest numerical increase in new cases – an increase of 261, 50 percent, from the previous week.
The 80+ age group experienced the greatest proportional increase in new cases (an increase of 15, 83 percent, from the previous week.
New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 80 percent of total new cases (compared to 78 percent in the previous week).
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 3.5 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group (compared to 3.2 times higher in the previous week).
New cases in the under 50 age group increased by 25 percent compared to an 14 percent increase in the 50+ age group.
Deaths remain low across the county, but according to figures provided by GOV.uk three more lives were claimed by the virus – two in Allerdale and one in Carlisle.
As for pressure on the NHS – the main factor when ministers consider locking down – the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) decreased by 14 from the previous week.
Furthermore, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC decreased by seven from the previous week.
However, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) did not change from the previous week and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB increased by five.
As booster jabs and vaccines for 12-15 year olds roll out, the number of adults getting fully vaccinated is starting to plateau in Cumbria.
At least 88.2 percent of adults, over 16, have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 83.2 percent are fully vaccinated.
The full list of statistics can be found here.