Cumbria is now home to the second fastest rising Covid infection rate in all of England.

The very latest Public Health England testing data shows that cases are rising faster in Copeland than almost anywhere else in England.

In the week of testing to April 10, its rate has shot up to 27.9 new cases per 100,000 people from 14.7.

While still comparatively low, the almost 60% week-on-week rise gives cause for concern.

Everywhere in Cumbria has a rate below the national average, which currently sits at 28.6.

As well as Copeland, the infection rate has risen in Barrow-in-Furness from 25.4 to 26.8.

Week-on-week cases have fallen across Allerdale, Carlisle, Eden, and South Lakeland.

The figures, for the seven days to April 10, 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 below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (April 14) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Cumbria's infection rates as of Thursday, April 15

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 10; number (in brackets) of newcopel cases recorded in the seven days to April 10; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 2; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 2.

--- English average: 28.6

Copeland: 27.9, (19), 14.7, (10) ↑

Barrow-in-Furness: 26.8, (18), 25.4, (17) ↑

Allerdale: 16.4, (16), 24.5, (24) ↓

Carlisle: 12.9, (14), 8.3, (9) ↑

Eden: 5.6, (3), 7.5, (4) ↓

South Lakeland: 4.8, (5), 9.5, (10) ↓

Five areas with the biggest week-on-week rise:

Ryedale (up from 9.0 to 25.3)

Copeland (14.7 to 27.9)

Canterbury (13.3 to 26.0)

Boston (69.8 to 79.8)

Reading (21.6 to 31.5)

Data for the most recent four days (April 11-14) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 65 (21%) have seen a rise in case rates, 242 (77%) have seen a fall and eight are unchanged.

Mansfield in Nottinghamshire continues to have the highest rate in England, with 108 new cases recorded in the seven days to April 10, the equivalent of 98.8 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up slightly from 97.0 per 100,000 in the seven days to April 3.

Bradford has the second highest rate, up slightly from 85.0 to 89.3, with 482 new cases.

Barnsley has the third highest rate, down from 103.7 to 89.1, with 220 new cases.

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