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20 May 2021

Covid infections increase, but remain well below national average

There were 41 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Cumbria in week ending 14 May, up from 21 the previous week, but the infection rate (8/100k) remains well below the national (21/100k) and regional (37/100k) averages.

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

“Infections have doubled in the last week and that obviously causes us to stop and think, but at this stage we are not overly concerned. Our infection rate remains very low and we are not seeing any evidence in more recent provisional data that we are experiencing a continued increase.

“There has been a lot of interest in the new variant of the covid virus that is responsible for ongoing outbreaks elsewhere in the north west and we have seen a small number of cases here in Cumbria, but these have been effectively isolated so far.

“I still want to stress that while we have nearly 30% of our population unvaccinated we need to take care - hands, face, space, fresh air really do make a difference - although I appreciate the wet and cold May we are having is making the fresh air part more of a challenge!”

Most recent data published on 20 May shows 73% of the adult Cumbrian population have now received their first vaccine dose.

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


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There were 41 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Cumbria in week ending 14 May, up from 21 the previous week, but the infection rate (8/100k) remains well below the national (21/100k) and regional (37/100k) averages.