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09 September 2021

Cumbria COVID cases jump 20% in last 7 days

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Cumbria rose sharply again this week. 

There were 1903 new cases of COVID-19 recorded over the last 7 days, which is an increase of 315 or 20% compared to the previous week.

For the fifth week in a row, Allerdale recorded the greatest number of new cases (478).

Allerdale overtook Barrow-in-Furness in having the highest rate of new cases (489 cases per 100k population).

New cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts except Copeland. Furthermore, case rates were above the national average in all districts except South Lakeland.

The 12-18 age group accounted for by far the greatest number and rate of new cases in Cumbria (+396 new cases/1,081 new cases per 100k population).

The 12-18 age group also experienced the greatest numerical and proportional increase in new cases (+60%).

The number of new patients admitted to hospital with a COVID-19 Positive status increased by 2 compared to the previous week.

Data up to Wednesday 8 September shows 87% of Cumbrian’s aged 15+ have now received their first dose and 81% their second.

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

“Unfortunately, case rates continue to rise at a steady pace across Cumbria and as we’ve seen previously, this inevitably results in serious consequences including hospitalisations.

“Case rates are rising in almost all age groups but particularly so amongst those aged 12-18.

“As many will know by now, although the chances of someone in this age group falling ill or being hospitalised is low, it’s not impossible and the virus may then spread to more vulnerable family members.

“It’s clear the vaccine is having an impact however and keeping deaths and hospitalisations down.

“Therefore, I urge those who haven’t already to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you’re over the age of 16, visit the NHS website to find out to book your vaccine or find your nearest walk-in vaccination centre.

“Furthermore, as children returned to school this week, it’s increasingly important that students are tested regularly where possible if we’re to avoid further sharp case rises in the coming weeks and months.”

See the weekly COVID-19 situation report for Cumbria. 

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Cumbria rose sharply again this week.