Infection rates have fallen below the 100 cases per 100 people mark in every Cumbria district for the first time since the summer.

Carlisle was the only part of the county yesterday where the weekly rate was above the milestone figure.

However new figures released by Public Health England this evening (December 2) show the rate in the city has now dropped to 96.6 after a 63 per cent reduction in positive tests.

Allerdale, South Lakeland and Barrow-in-Furness all have infection rates in the 70 range while Copeland is on 55.7 and Eden is the lowest with 46.9.

All six Cumbria areas are now well below the new England average of 154.8.

Analysis of the PHE coronavirus figures by CumbriaLive shows that in the seven days to Saturday (November 2) 370 people tested positive for the virus across Cumbria.

This compares to 817 positive tests in the previous seven days - an overall drop of 54 per cent.

Cumbria came out of national lockdown today into Tier 2 restrictions and these will be next reviewed on December 16.

The latest data on coronavirus infections for the seven days to Saturday (November 28) are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published today (December 2) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (November 29-December 2) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Full list of Cumbria infection rates on December 2:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 28; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 28; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 21; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 21.

------------------------------------------------ = The average for England today is 154.8

Carlisle, 96.6, (105), 263.2, (286)

Allerdale, 77.7, (76), 99.2, (97)

South Lakeland, 74.2, (78), 227.4, (239)

Barrow-in-Furness, 71.6, (48), 114.8, (77)

Copeland, 55.7, (38), 99.7, (68)

Eden, 46.9, (25), 93.9, (50)

Today's PHE data shows a majority of areas in England (281 out of 315) have seen a fall in case rates.

Swale in Kent continues to have the highest rate, with 845 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 28 – the equivalent of 563.0 cases per 100,000 people. This is up slightly from 533.7 in the seven days to November 21.

Boston in Lincolnshire has the second highest rate, up from 427.5 to 533.0, with 374 new cases.

Medway in Kent is in third place, where the rate has risen from 430.8 to 529.5, with 1,475 new cases.

After Boston and Medway, the areas with the biggest week-on-week jumps are Maidstone (up from 270.6 to 359.1, with 617 new cases); Lincoln (up from 325.3 to 385.7, with 383 new cases); and Woking (up from 149.8 to 192.5, with 194 new cases).

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