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Small increase in Covid-19 cases in Cumbria

Cumbria’s director of public health is again warning people living in and visiting the county that the coronavirus is still spreading.

Colin Cox
BBC

It comes after a small rise in the number of infections in Cumbria, with 59 new positive cases confirmed in the last week - up 12 from the week before.

Colin Cox says while the increase in the number of cases is concerning, it remains well below the levels which have prompted local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester.

It is also very clear that the virus is still circulating and being passed between local people in the community, so we must not think that the risk has gone away."

Colin Cox

Residents and visitors are being reminded to follow coronavirus safety measures, provide contact details to any venues visited and wear masks in indoor settings and on public transport.

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How cases have risen in Greater Manchester

Daniel Wainwright

BBC England Data Unit

Many of the northern areas facing tighter lockdown restrictions than the rest of England are among those with the highest rates of new coronavirus infections.

Blackburn with Darwen, we have known for some time, has passed Leicester for new infections as one area has seen them rise and the other has seen them fall.

In Greater Manchester, the only borough to have seen cases come down substantially is Rochdale, but it remains one of the areas with the highest new infection rates out of more than 300 local authorities in England.

Oldham’s cases have surged and the local council sounded the alarm earlier this week.

Trafford went from 26 cases to 91, which works out at more than 38 for every 100,000 residents.

Bolton has not recorded a rise in the week to 26 July, but provisional data for the week to 28 July suggests it may move slightly up, although these figures are subject to revision as more test results come in.

Chart showing infection rates in Greater Manchester
BBC
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