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13 August 2021

Small rise in cases as self-isolation restrictions ease for the double-vaccinated

In the week that Government announced plans to remove the requirement for double-vaccinated contacts to self-isolate, 1056 new cases of COVID-19 in Cumbria were confirmed, a small increase of 2 per cent on the previous week.

Allerdale had the highest number of new cases in the most recent week of data with 235 new cases. Copeland had the highest rate of new cases with 326 per 100,000 population, with rates in Copeland and Barrow both above the national and regional averages (298 (national) and 292 (North West) new cases per 100k population). 

The number and rate of new cases in Eden, Carlisle and South Lakeland decreased from the previous week.

In prior weeks, case increases were concentrated among the youngest age groups, while this week the 30-39 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (+169 new cases). The reasons for this are unclear. 

Thirty-six new patients were admitted to hospital across the county’s two NHS Trusts with COVID-19 in week ending 10 August, a small increase from 33 the previous week.

In terms of vaccinations, Cumbria continues to lead the way. 76 per cent of the county’s population have now received their second dose, above the rate for England of 70 per cent.
  
Matthew Saunders, Public Health Consultant for Cumbria said:

“Cumbria has experienced only a small increase in new cases this week following several successive weeks of decreasing rates. Broadly speaking, case rates look to have plateaued in the county, though there are still around 1000 new cases each week. In contrast, national and regional case rates have started to rise again. 

"Good vaccine uptake in the county will be contributing to these better case rates, so we encourage people to consider getting the vaccine, especially the second dose if you’ve only had one. The Government has announced that double-vaccinated contacts of cases will no longer have to self-isolate from 16 August. This makes it even more important to consider getting the vaccine and to continue with wearing masks in crowded indoors spaces, washing your hands regularly, and maintaining social distancing.”

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


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In the week that Government announced plans to remove the requirement for double-vaccinated contacts to self-isolate, 1056 new cases of COVID-19 in Cumbria were confirmed, a small increase of 2 per cent on the previous week.