Infection rates in every Cumbria district are now below the England average after weekly cases plummeted by more than half.

The city still has the highest rate in the county, but the number of weekly infections has dropped sharply from 319 to 128.

South Lakeland, which was also above the England average on Friday, is now nearly half the 161.4 average with a rate of 88.5.

Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Copeland and Eden all have falling infection rates as the number of weekly cases across Cumbria dropped from 914 to 420.

This is the biggest weekly fall in cases since the summer, down by 54 per cent.

The latest data on coronavirus infections for the seven days to Monday (November 23) 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 (November 27) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (November 24-27) 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 November 30:

------------------------------------------------ = The average for England is 161.4

Carlisle, 117.8, (128), 293.5, (319)

South Lakeland, 88.5, (93), 240.8, (253)

Allerdale, 81.8, (80), 111.5, (109)

Barrow-in-Furness, 68.6, (46), 141.7, (95)

Copeland, 64.5, (44), 110.0, (75)

Eden, 54.5, (29), 118.3, (63)

A majority of areas in England (294 out of 315) have seen a fall in case rates.

Swale in Kent continues to have the highest rate in England, with 832 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 26 – the equivalent of 554.4 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down very slightly from 563.0 in the seven days to November 19.

Medway – also in Kent – has the second highest rate, up from 395.6 to 496.5, with 1,383 new cases.

Boston in Lincolnshire is in third place, where the rate has risen slightly from 451.7 to 481.7, with 338 new cases.

After Medway, the areas with the biggest week-on-week jump in rates are Dover (up from 254.0 to 331.0, with 391 new cases); Harlow (up from 172.3 to 224.0, with 195 new cases); and Maidstone (up from 263.6 to 313.1, with 538 new cases).

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