MORE than 450 new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Cumbria.

Public Health England figures show that there were 467 new positive tests across the county today.

The latest data for the total weekly figure - the week up to January 5 - is 3,356 new cases in Cumbria.

Yesterday there were seven new deaths in patients with coronavirus, which include deaths recorded within 28 days of the patient's first Covid-19 test result.

Carlisle announced four new deaths, with one each for Eden, Copeland and South Lakeland.

There were no new deaths included in the figures in Barrow or Allerdale patients.

Data for the number of deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate for the week commencing December 25 - the latest figures - show there were the following number in each area:

Allerdale - 2

Barrow - 2

Carlisle - 3

Copeland - 4

Eden - 1

South Lakeland - 11

Figures for the number of new coronavirus cases on Saturday and Sunday combined were:

Allerdale - 196

Barrow - 116

Carlisle - 358

Copeland - 119

Eden - 104

South Lakeland - 94

Meanwhile, NHS England announced 508 deaths in patients with coronavirus across the country today.

Three new fatalities were revealed from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust - which operates hospitals in south Cumbria and north Lancashire.

Two of these were recorded on January 8 and one on January 9.

The number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital has reached a record high in England, while the official coronavirus death toll for the UK passed 80,000 on Saturday and lab-confirmed cases hit more than three million.

The demand for hospital services has put ambulance staff under "unprecedented pressure" with handover delays at a scale that "haven't been seen before", the chief executive of the College of Paramedics said.

One third of people over the age of 80 has now received a vaccination, he confirmed, while all adults are expected to be offered an injection by the autumn.

Mr Hancock told Sky News that the country is likely to see a joint vaccination programme in place for the "foreseeable" future.

"I think it's highly likely that there will be a dual-vaccination programme for the foreseeable - this is the medium term - of flu and Covid," he added.