Covid-19 cases among the over-70s are plummeting following the successful rollout of the vaccine in the county.

The most recent available figures showed that just one person over the age of 70 had tested positive for the virus in the last seven days.

Vaccines and compliance with lockdown restrictions are being named as reasons for the near extinguishing of the virus in a number of areas across the country.

South Lakeland has also recorded one new case among the over-70s in the past week, according to data compiled by The Times.

Eden and Barrow recorded zero cases.

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s director of public health, said it was testament to the enthusiasm of older people in taking up the jab and vaccine teams in administering it.

He said: “We are certainly seeing small cases in older age groups.

“And there are very few cases as a whole across the county.

“It’s really good news .

“The uptake has been so big.

“It’s close to 100 per cent in older age groups.

“It shows how well delivered it has been and how keen people are to have it.”

Nearly two-thirds of people in South Lakeland have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures revealed.

The most recent NHS data shows 58,606 people had received a vaccine jab by March 28 – equating to 65 per cent of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Of those vaccinated, 49,692 were aged 50 or over – 91 per cent of the age group.

It means 8,914 people aged between 16 and 49 have received a first dose of the vaccine.

Across England, 25.9 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by March 28, covering 57 per cent of the population aged 16 and over.

That includes 19.6 million people aged 50 and over – 93 per cent of the age group.

The figures also show that 2.9 million people have had a second dose of the jab.