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29 July 2021

First drop in covid infections for seven weeks

New confirmed COVID-19 infections decreased by 34% in week ending 23 July to 2186, compared to 3327 the previous week.

Despite the decrease it was still the 5th highest weekly total of the pandemic.

The reduction in new infections mirrors the situation nationally, and the most recent local provisional data for this week show infections continuing to fall.

The number of COVID-19 tests conducted also fell, driven mainly by a large reduction in lateral flow testing following the end of the school term.

The number of people in hospital with COVID1-9 increased slightly in week ending 27 July, with 41 patients admitted across the county’s two NHS Trusts compared to 31 the previous week. This reflects the delay between infections in the community and people becoming ill enough to require hospital treatment.

The full weekly COVID-19 situation report can be found at www.cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread.

Dr Matthew Saunders, Consultant in Public Health at Cumbria County Council, said:

“This significant reduction in new cases is welcome news but somewhat unexpected. A number of factors may be at play including the ending of the Euros, schools being closed, and fewer people accessing regular lateral flow testing.

“There remains uncertainty about whether this drop will be sustained, but data for the current week is looking positive. It’s still important to realise however that infection rates remain high and that with around 50,000 people in Cumbria still unvaccinated covid can still cause serious illness and significant disruption to families and businesses.

“To give us the best chance of keeping infections down and people safe, please continue to follow the basic covid-safe guidance  - fresh air, face coverings, washing hands, get tested if you have symptoms and use the NHS COVID-19 app. All these will help.”


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