There have been more confirmed cases of coronavirus across North Cumbria this week with Carlisle being the worst affected area.

In Carlisle cases increased by 382 in a 24 hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday this week, which are the latest figures.

In Allerdale 367 more cases were confirmed in this period whilst in Copeland another 217 cases were confirmed.

Cumbrian hospitals are being particularly badly affected by this as many nurses and other staff are off sick due to the rising cases. Cumbria's Director of Public Health Colin Cox said: "It is certainly challenging. It is touch and go that North Cumbria will declare Level 4, which is the highest level. This is due to staffing problems and increased demand, some of which is Covid, some is not.

"Hospital admissions are going up dramatically, but nowhere near the same figure as January 2021. Before Christmas we had four admissions due to Covid, now we have 80, but as yet no cases in intensive care.

"But staffing shortages are also impacting after-care, which is not helping when it comes to patients who could be discharged."

A total of 22,060 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Carlisle when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on Wednesday 5th January, up from 21,678 on Tuesday.

The rate of infection in Carlisle now stands at 20,327 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 20,701.

A total of 19,783 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Allerdale according to the same data, up from 19,416 on Tuesday.

The rate of infection in Allerdale now stands at 20,222 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 20,701.

In Copeland a total of 14,977 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19. The rate of infection in Copeland now stands at 22,012 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 20,701.

To find out the latest information on Covid 19 please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.