Caution urged as lockdown restrictions set to ease
Written by John Williamson on 27/03/2021
As the country prepares for easing of lockdown restrictions from next Monday, the number of new COVID-19 infections in Cumbria dropped to 114 in week ending 19 March, a 17% reduction on the previous week. Overall Cumbria recorded 23 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 55 per 100,000.
The overall figure does mask some changes at a district level, including a 61% increase in cases in Barrow. However, the actual number of new cases remains relatively low.
The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 also continued to drop, although the south of the county did see a small increase in new admissions.
Data from the mass testing of secondary school students and staff continues to be reviewed, with a small number of school related outbreaks being very closely monitored and managed by Public Health teams.
The position in the county’s care homes is the most positive for some time, with only three homes currently experiencing outbreaks.
The weekly COVID-19 situation report is available at www.cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread.