Half the districts in Cumbria are experiencing an upward trend in Covid infection rates while numbers are going down for the other half.

Infections rates rise for Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden whilst on the way down for Barrow-in Furness, Copeland and South Lakeland.

For the sixth week in a row, the highest rates in the county can be found in Allerdale which is now at 536.6 per 100,000 people.

The latest rates in all Cumbrian districts are above the regional average with the exception of South Lakeland.

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The figures are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

Data for the most recent four days (September 13-16) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Cumbria Covid rates as of Friday, September 17

It reads, from left to right: name of local authority; nation or region of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 5.

Allerdale, 536.6, (525), 498.8, (488) UP

Barrow-in-Furness, 425.6, (284), 481.1, (321) DOWN

Carlisle, 410.0, (445), 366.7, (398) UP

Eden, 390.7, (210), 377.6, (203) UP

Copeland, 345.4, (235), 382.1, (260) DOWN

South Lakeland 321.2, (337), 338.4, (355) DOWN

Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 67 (18%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates and 310 (82%) have seen a fall.

The highest rates are all in Scotland.

West Dunbartonshire continues to have the highest rate in the UK, with 983 new cases in the seven days to September 12, the equivalent of 1,112.7 per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,213.5 in the seven days to September 5.

East Renfrewshire has the second highest rate, down from 1,087.9 to 968.1, with 930 new cases.

Inverclyde has the third highest rate, down from 1,239.3 to 901.9, with 695 new cases.

Neath Port Talbot has the highest rate in Wales (725.1), Fermanagh & Omagh has the highest rate in Northern Ireland (700.5) and Corby in Northamptonshire has the highest rate in England (651.6).

The five UK areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

Orkney Islands (up from 89.3 to 245.5)

Lisburn & Castlereagh (510.7 to 620.0)

Torfaen (374.3 to 475.6)

North West Leicestershire (508.5 to 599.2)

Ards & North Down (343.1 to 429.5)

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