ONE new coronavirus death has been recorded at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust in the latest 24-hour period, the latest official figures show.

NHS England figures show 202 people had died in hospital at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Thursday (October 22).

That was an increase of one compared to Wednesday, when there were 201.

It means there have been nine deaths in the past week, up from eight the previous week.

717 new COVID19 cases were reported in Cumbria in the week ending October 16, up from 612 the previous week.

While Barrow continued to have the highest number of new cases (194), the infection rate decreased slightly over the previous week (295/100k to 289/100k), providing an early indication that the local restrictions that have been put in place may be having a positive impact.

The area’s infection rate remains the highest in Cumbria and well above the national average (170/100k).

The Health Protection Board agreed that Barrow should remain a High Alert area.

This week’s data also shows that for the first time since August the 45-59 year old age group saw the highest number of new cases, overtaking 15-29 year olds.

There were 50 confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Cumbria compared to 29 the previous week.

The latest COVID-19 situation report can be found at

Dr Matthew Saunders, Consultant in Public Health at Cumbria County Council, said: “This week’s data for Barrow give cause for some cautious optimism but we are still a very long way from where we want to be. I’d want to thank people in Barrow for responding positively to the new rules that have come into force and it is essential that this effort continues.

“This situation in Carlisle, and to a lesser extent in Eden, gives cause for concern. The increase in new cases has been very fast and it may be that further action is needed to stop the spread, but this requires further discussion.

“It remains the case that if people follow the guidance, reduce social contact, wash hands and wear a face covering then we can reduce infections and avoid the need to increase local alert levels.”