More than half of all major hospital trusts in England currently have more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave of the virus, new analysis shows.
It comes as London mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident”, saying the spread of coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the capital’s hospitals.
In two regions – eastern England and south-east England – more than three-quarters of trusts are above their first-wave peak.
In Cumbria, cases are rising rapidly and according to the Gov.uk website cases per 100,000 people for the seven-day average in Carlisle in now at more than 1,100.
The date per 100,000 people for the seven-day average.
For each area the figures are as follows:
Allerdale – 628.1
Barrow – 577.2
Carlisle – 1,141
Copeland – 535.3
South Lakes -322.6
The total number of people with at least one positive Covid-19 test result (either lab-reported or lateral flow device) since the start of the pandemic in each area:
Allerdale – 2,944
Barrow – 2,864
Carlisle – 5,640
Copeland – 1,858
Eden – 2,145
South Lakes – 3,324