The latest Public Health England data shows the Lake District now has one of the fastest rising infection rates in all of England.

Weekly case numbers in the South Lakeland district jumped by 400 per cent in the week ending April 15.

A total of 25 new cases were picked up bringing its infection rate to 23.8 new cases per 100,000 people.

This is just below the new England average of 25.5 and is up from 4.8 just seven days earlier.

Public Health England said this is the fourth biggest week-on-week rise in England behind Cambridge, Canterbury and Nuneaton & Bedworth.

Infection rates also rose in Allerdale but fell in Barrow, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 117 (37 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 186 (59 per cent) have seen a fall and 12 are unchanged.

All six Cumbria districts remain below the national average while Eden has the eighth lowest rate in the country at 5.6.

The figures, for the seven days to April 15, 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 19) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (April 16-19) 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.

Cumbria's infection rates as of Tuesday, April 20

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 8.

--- English average: 25.5

South Lakeland, 23.8, (25), 4.8, (5) ↑

Barrow-in-Furness, 19.4, (13), 25.4, (17) ↓

Allerdale, 17.4, (17), 12.3, (12) ↑

Copeland, 16.1, (11), 23.5, (16) ↓

Carlisle, 9.2, (10), 12.0, (13) ↓

Eden, 5.6, (3), 9.4, (5) ↓

Luton has the highest rate in England, with 195 new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15 – the equivalent of 91.5 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up slightly from 84.5 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to April 8.

Doncaster has the second highest rate, up very slightly from 79.2 to 80.5, with 251 new cases.

Bradford has the third highest rate, down slightly from 84.5 to 74.1, with 400 new cases.

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rise are:

Cambridge (up from 19.2 to 45.7)

Canterbury (12.7 to 34.5)

Nuneaton & Bedworth (24.6 to 46.2)

South Lakeland (4.8 to 23.8)

Guildford (8.1 to 25.5)

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