There have been 1,321 new cases in Cumbria (a decrease of 599, -31%, from 1,920 cases in the previous week).
For week ending 22nd January, there were another 95 deaths.
For the 7th week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases (+380 new cases).
Carlisle also had the highest rate of new cases for the 5th week in a row (350 new cases per 100k population).
Rates in Carlisle, Allerdale and Barrow-in-Furness were above the national average rate (England = 268 new cases per 100k population).
Rates in Carlisle and Allerdale were also above the regional average rate (North West = 299 new cases per 100k population).
New cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts, with the smallest proportional decrease in Allerdale (-17%) and the biggest proportional decrease in Copeland (-43%).
For the 4th week in a row the 45-54 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 25-34, 55-64 and 35-44 age groups.
There were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria from the previous week, except the 0-4 and 5-11 age groups.
New cases in the 0-4 and 5-11 age groups remained stable, continuing to account for the smallest numbers of new cases in the county.
The biggest proportional decrease in new cases related to the 85+ age group, where new cases fell from 142 in week 3 to 71 in week 4 (-50%).
In North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) both the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds decreased from the previous week (by -39% and -15% respectively).
However, in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) numbers of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds increased from the previous week (by +39% and +20% respectively).
Colin Cox said: “Our biggest risk now is that we start to think this is all over, infections are falling, and we have the vaccination programme rolling out. These things are both true and good news. But we cannot let our guard down or we will once again see infections rocket.
“95 local people died from COVID-19 this week, our highest ever number. That is a tragedy and reflects the extremely high infection rate we’ve seen over the past six weeks. We really must not let ourselves slip back to that place. Please keep doing what you’re doing, stick to the lockdown rules and we can get infections down to a manageable level.”