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25 November 2021

New COVID-19 cases drop, as over 40s reminded to book booster jab

The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to drop in week ending 19 November, down from 1997 to 1653 (a 17% drop). This is the fourth consecutive week that cases have dropped, but numbers remain over 40 times higher than in the summer and cases rates are high.

In response Cumbrians are encouraged to take three simple steps:

  • Get vaccinated. If you’ve not been vaccinated now, it’s not too late; if you have, get your booster vaccination if you are eligible (currently over 40s) to keep your protection ‘topped-up’.
  • If you have covid symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get tested. If you are negative your self-isolation can end.
  • Use Lateral Flow Testing sensibly before visiting crowded places where the virus can easily be passed on.

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

“We have definitely passed the peak of this current wave, but it is unlikely to be the last. Other parts of the country are seeing case rates rising again and it could happen here too.

“This week I’ve been hearing a lot of comment from people surprised by how unwell they have felt with Covid, despite being vaccinated. The vaccine does reduce your chance of getting Covid but doesn’t guarantee you won’t get it. What it’s very good at doing is protecting you from becoming so ill that you need hospital treatment, but even that protection does reduce a bit over time. That’s why Government has been opening up the booster vaccination programme to younger age groups. Now anyone over 40 can book if their last dose was more than 5 months ago, and I really urge people to do that, so they have the best possible protection against getting ill.”

Key statistics for Cumbria in week ending 19 November are:

  • Carlisle overtook Allerdale in having the greatest number of new cases (+345 new cases);
  • For the 2nd week in a row Barrow-in-Furness had the highest rate of new cases (471 new cases per 100k population);
  • Rates in Barrow-in-Furness were above the national and regional average rates (England 424 and North West 381 new cases per 100k population respectively);
  • Rates in all other districts were below the national and regional average rates;
  • New cases decreased from the previous week in all districts except Eden;
  • In Eden new cases increased by 20%;
  • For the 2nd week in a row the 5-11 age group had the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (+339 new cases);
  • The 5-11 age group also had the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (913 new cases per 100k population);
  • New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 76% of total new cases (compared to 72% in the previous week);

View the full COVID-19 weekly situation report at: www.cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread


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The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to drop in week ending 19 November, down from 1997 to 1653 (a 17% drop).