Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, Colin Cox believes the county has reached the peak of the current wave despite the number of new cases remaining high in the latest figures.

In the week ending January 7, 11,575 new cases were recorded - an increase of 1,055 or 10% compared to the week previous (10,520 new cases), but Mr Cox says the data shows things may start to improve over the coming days and weeks.

Mr Cox said: “Although the latest data shows cases are still very high, we think the peak of this wave may have passed and we should begin to see rates fall now – though it is too early to know how schools going back might impact on this.

“It’s important we all remain incredibly cautious over the coming weeks however and ensure case rates do indeed come down.

“Please make sure you get your first, second or booster vaccines as soon as you possibly can. If you haven’t had your first or second vaccine yet, it’s not too late. You won’t be judged or asked why by anyone - but please book it now.

“Our NHS and care services remain under pressure and it’s important people know the NHS remains ready to care for you if you need help - but consider using 111 online for less urgent health concerns and be understanding of the pressures on the incredible NHS staff who are doing their very best in challenging circumstances.”

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