One area of Cumbria now has an infection rate above the national average for the first time in more than two months.

The latest Public Health England data shows Eden's rate has now moved above the milestone figure after weekly case numbers double.

In the week of testing to June 11, its rate shot up from 35.7 to 75.1 pushing it above the new England average of 73.

Only one month ago Eden had the lowest infection rate in the country at zero.

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Of the 315 local areas in England, 283 (90%) have seen a rise in rates, 28 (9%) have seen a fall and four are unchanged.

Infection rates in all five other Cumbria districts also increased over the same period but stay below the 73 mark.

Allerdale has the county's lowest infection rate at 25.6.

The figures, for the seven days to June 11, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (June 15) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (June 12-15) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Cumbria's infection rates as of Wednesday, June 16

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 10; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 3.

Eden, 75.1, (40), 35.7, (19)

Barrow-in-Furness, 49.2, (33), 16.4, (11)

South Lakeland, 41.9, (44), 9.5, (10)

Copeland, 35.2, (24), 22.0, (15)

Carlisle, 28.5, (31), 5.5, (6)

Allerdale, 25.6, (25), 16.4, (16)

-------------- England average - 73

Blackburn with Darwen continues to have the highest rate, with 890 new cases in the seven days to June 11 – the equivalent of 594.5 cases per 100,000 people. This is up slightly from 559.8 in the seven days to June 4.

Ribble Valley has the second highest rate, up from 244.7 to 477.9, with 291 new cases, while Hyndburn has the third highest, up from 275.2 to 446.7, with 362 new cases.

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

Ribble Valley (up from 244.7 to 477.9)

Pendle (141.1 to 319.2)

Hyndburn (275.2 to 446.7)

Blackpool (103.3 to 198.6)

Warrington (55.2 to 148.6)

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