A PUBLIC health chief has sought to explain why Cumbria appears to have one of the country’s highest Covid-19 infection rates as new figures confirmed 49 people have died at hospitals run by the two NHS trusts which operate in the county. The most up-to-date figures show that another five people have died at hospitals operated by the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. It runs both The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and The West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. At University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Furness General Hospital and the Royal Lancaster Hospital, another six people have died. Commenting today, Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said: “This current rate of positive Covid-19 cases in Cumbria appears high compared to the national average; however these figures need to be treated with caution. “The figures do not represent the actual number of cases of Covid -19 in the county. “Testing is still mainly being done in hospitals at the moment; but the majority of people with symptoms are not in hospital so are not being tested. The number of positive tests is therefore just a small proportion of the probable actual number of cases. This is the same across the whole country.
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