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26 August 2021

Cases rise by 9% in Cumbria but some areas buck the trend

New COVID-19 infections increased by 9% in week ending 20 August, up from 1270 to 1382.

For the 3rd week in a row Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases (+276 new cases).

Eden overtook Barrow-in-Furness in having the highest rate of new cases (434 new cases per 100k population); However, more recent indications show the rising rates in Eden have peaked and are falling once again.

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).

New cases increased from the previous week in Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden; new cases in all other Cumbrian districts decreased or remained the same.

The 12-18 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (+223 new cases) and the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (609 new cases per 100k population).

However, the 50-59 age group experienced the greatest numerical increase in new cases.

The number of new patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 Positive status in decreased from the previous week.

Positive progress with the vaccination programme continued, with data up to 24 August showing 87% of Cumbrian’s aged 15+ now having received their first dose and 79% their second.

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said:

“Although the rise in cases we’ve seen this week is smaller compared to the previous 7 days, it’s still an increase and shows infection rates are only moving in one direction now.

“Evidence shows that case numbers are not being driven by tourism, but by local outbreaks. So, it’s important during the last few days of the summer holidays Cumbrians remain vigilant and do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.

“Also, as families are gearing up to send their children back to school, they should start thinking about getting their children tested before they begin the new school year. Especially as case rates are highest amongst the 12-18 age group.

“It’s important to remember that while the rules around self-isolation have changed for people who are double jabbed and are close contacts of a positive case, it is still the case that if you have COVID symptoms you should get a PCR test, and if you test positive you must self-isolate for 10 days - irrespective of your vaccination status. This remains a crucial part of the strategy to keep infection at manageable levels.”

See the weekly COVID-19 situation report for Cumbria

New COVID-19 infections increased by 9% in week ending 20 August, up from 1270 to 1382.