A further five cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across Cumbria's six boroughs.

According to fresh data from Public Health England released on Tuesday (August 4), there have been 2,865 cases recorded since the pandemic began - up from 2,861 on Monday.

But this figure does not show where the new infections were recorded.

The figures released on Tuesday were displayed in a new format on the Government website which appeared to miss out around 70 lower tier local authorities from across the country.

On Monday, figures showed all six areas of Cumbria had recorded an increase in cases.  The highest increase was in Carlisle, where seven new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours

Data is now based on people being tested both through 'Pillar 1' - in hospitals - and Pillar 2 - drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Cumbria borough as of Monday, August 3 (Latest figures available for each borough)

  • Allerdale: 366, 375.3 cases per 100,000
  • Barrow-in-Furness: 601, 895.2 cases per 100,000
  • Carlisle: 734, 677.2 cases per 100,000
  • Copeland: 352, 514.4 cases per 100,000
  • Eden: 200, 378.2 cases per 100,000
  • South Lakeland: 608, 581.6 cases per 100,000

The NHS Test and Trace programme needs to be scaled up in order to reopen schools safely, researchers have said.

A new modelling study has implied that reopening schools in September must be combined with a high-coverage test-trace-isolate strategy to avoid a second wave of Covid-19 later this year.

The modelling study - which simulates various scenarios - examined the possible implications of schools reopening in the UK coupled with broader reopening of society, such as more parents returning to the workplace and increased socialising within the community.

The authors found that "with increased levels of testing... and effective contact tracing and isolation, an epidemic rebound might be prevented".

The modelling comes after suggestions that pubs may need to be shut, or social freedoms curbed, in order to allow schools to reopen while keeping the spread of Covid-19 down.