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15 July 2021

New cases top 2000 for first time since January

Cumbria’s Director of Public Health is urging caution ahead of the easing of restrictions on Monday as covid cases surge in the county.

The latest report for week ending 9 July shows 2,016 new COVID-19 infections, a 68% increase over the previous week and the highest since the first week of January. Provisional data for this week shows cases continuing to rise.

The number of new cases was highest in the 19-29 age group, accounting for 38% of all cases.

The number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 also increased but was still significantly lower than earlier in the year due to the vaccination programme. However, exceptional demand on hospitals for non-covid related health problems means even small numbers of covid patients are stretching hospital capacity.

Colin Cox said:

“Infection is spreading extremely fast now, particularly in younger age groups who are still the least likely to have been vaccinated. While we can see hospital numbers are much below levels earlier in the year, with the pressure hospitals are under right now even a small increase can cause problems.

 “So many people being infected does increase the risk to those who are vulnerable or unvaccinated. That’s why I’m urging people to be cautious as restrictions ease on Monday and to think really carefully about how to behave in different situations to reduce the risk to themselves and others. People will now have a choice, but I will certainly continue to wear a mask in busy indoors places, wash my hands regularly and try and keep my distance from those I don’t usually mix with. These are simple things that will make a difference.

“The pandemic is not over. Covid remains a threat. And while some restrictions will end, the whole Test and Trace system, and the requirement to self-isolate if you are positive or a close contact, will not change until later in the year, so this is not a wholesale lifting of all covid-restrictions. It remains to be seen what the impact of all this will be, but my strong advice is to remain cautious through the summer.”

Mr Cox has also recorded a video message for the public, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EItLXGNgVk0

The weekly COVID-19 situation report is available at: www.cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread.

Key Points for Cumbria and districts in 2021 Week 27 (Ending Friday 9th July):

  • There were 2,016 new cases in Cumbria (an increase of 817, +68%, from 1,199 cases in the previous week);
  • For the 3rd week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases (+558 new cases);
  • However, Allerdale overtook Carlisle in having the highest rate of new cases (515 new cases per 100k population), followed closely by Carlisle and Copeland (513 and 471 new cases per 100k population respectively);
  • Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland’s rates were above both the regional and national average rates (455 and 339 new cases per 100k population respectively);
  • Allerdale experienced the greatest numerical and proportional weekly increases in new cases (an increase of 351 new cases, +231% from the previous week);
  • The 19-24 age group accounted for by far the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (+493 new cases);
  • The 19-24 age group also accounted for by far the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (1,758 new cases per 100k population);
  • Cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 88% of total cases;
  • The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 6.6 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group; 

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Cumbria’s Director of Public Health is urging caution ahead of the easing of restrictions on Monday as covid cases surge in the county.