Official figures from the Office for National Statistics confirm that over 1000 Cumbrians have now died of COVID-19. The sobering news comes as new infections continue to fall but hospitals remain under intense pressure.
ONS data shows 1066 deaths up to week ending 22 January, with a new high of 95 COVID-19 deaths during that week. As a result of current lockdown restrictions, new infections continued to fall in the week ending 29 January, but over 1300 people in the county tested positive in that week
All Cumbria’s hospitals continue to treat unprecedented numbers of patients with COVID-19, with high numbers seriously ill or requiring intensive care.
Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said:
“We’ve known we would pass 1000 deaths though seeing it in the official figures is stark and my thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one.
“While the fall in new infections is very welcome, infection rates are still high and the position in our hospitals remains extremely serious, with numbers continuing to grow in the south of the county. It’s not just that people are being hospitalised, it’s that more of them are very seriously ill and staying in hospital for long periods. That puts a huge strain on hospital services and hospital staff. They are coping, just, but it’s not sustainable.
“I understand how tired people are of lockdown, I am too. With where we are now it is still too soon to ease up. I encourage everyone to stick with it, keep making those tough decisions to put off meeting friends and family for a while longer. We have to get infections rates right down to avoid yet another resurgence.”