More than 700 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed across Lancashire in one week as Barrow-in-Furness’ infection rate passed the 300 mark for the first time in the second wave of the virus.
The rolling seven-day rate of Covid-19 cases from Public Health England (PHE) shows that 202 people tested positive for the virus in Barrow in the seven days to October 17 – the latest data available – increasing its infection rate from 295.3 cases per 100,000 people to 301.3.
Barrow was the first area in Cumbria to be placed under Tier 2 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on Saturday, with the rest of the county currently in Tier 1.
Carlisle could be the next area at risking of being moved into Tier 2 after its infection rate doubled from 91.1 to 184.0 with a total of 200 new cases in the week to October 17.
Daily figures released by Public Health England over the last four days show more than 200 new cases in the city which will push its infection rate higher in the coming days.
Eden is another Cumbria district where the infection rate continues to rise, up from 93.9 to 165.2, while the rate is falling in Copeland, Allerdale and South Lakeland.
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on October 21 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Data for the most recent four days (October 18-21) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
The data below includes the total number of cases and overall infection rate for each area since the pandemic began. Many of these cases will no longer be active.
Full list of Cumbria’s latest infection rates:
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 17; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 10.
Barrow-in-Furness 301.3 (202), 295.3 (198) ↑
Carlisle 184.0 (200), 91.1 (99) ↑
Eden 165.2 (88), 93.9 (50) ↑
South Lakeland 120.9 (127), 140.8 (148) ↓
Copeland 77.7 (53), 83.6 (57) ↓
Allerdale 64.4 (63), 68.5 (67) ↓
It comes as the UK today (October 21) reported its highest daily rise in lab-confirmed coronavirus cases since the outbreak began.
The Government announced a further 26,688 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, taking the total number to 789,229.
This is a jump of more than 5,000 on the 21,330 positive cases confirmed on Tuesday.
Experts have previously warned that describing the daily figure as a record could be “misleading” as it is not clear how many people were actually infected during the height of the first wave, due to a lack of community testing at the time.
A further 191 people died within 28 days of a positive test, meaning the death toll reached 44,158.
The daily number of positive cases has climbed steeply in recent weeks and has nearly doubled in the last fortnight.
The daily figure was 19,724 positive cases seven days ago (October 14) and 14,162 a week before that (October 7).
The number of patients in hospital and on ventilators is also increasing.
Separate Government figures show there were 5,828 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England on Tuesday – the latest figure available – up from 3,905 a week ago, while 559 were in ventilation beds, up from 441.
These numbers are highest in the North West of the country, where 2,042 patients were in hospital as of Tuesday, with 186 people on ventilators.
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