Lancashires new Covid infection rates as six go up and eight come down – Lancs Live

The latest coronavirus infection rate figures for England show that Preston now has the fast growing rate in the country.

A total of 720 people in the city area tested positive for Covid-19 in the seven days to January 14. This is up from 598 cases the previous week.

Preston’s infection rate now stands at 503 cases per 100,000 people – a jump of 20.4 per cent – and makes it the largest week-on-week rise anywhere in the country.

South Ribble’s infection rate is now the third worst increase in England – up from fourth yesterday – with weekly virus case numbers up by 17.9 per cent.

The situation has also worsened in Rossendale, Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde with testing data after January 14 yet to be verified.

But there continues to be some substantial drop-offs in the worst hit areas, with the latest Public Health England data showing falling rates in eight of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs.

Burnley remains the county’s Covid-19 hotspot with a rate of 813.1. However this is down by 20 per cent from the 1016.6 rate on January 7.

Rates have also dropped off in Hyndburn, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, Chorley and Blackpool.

Hyndburn, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Rossendale, Ribble Valley and South Ribble are all above England’s new average infection rate of 504.5 while Blackpool has the county’s lowest rate at 311.9.

It comes as Boris Johnson warned the UK is still in a “pretty precarious” position as ministers prepare for the easing of lockdown restrictions from early March.

The Prime Minister said the process would be gradual, with no great “open sesame” moment when curbs on freedoms are suddenly lifted.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged Britons to stick to coronavirus regulations and not “blow it” as the vaccination campaign makes progress, with more than four million people having received a first dose.

The latest figures showed a record 37,475 people were in hospital with coronavirus, while there had been a further 599 reported deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 and 37,535 new cases.

The Prime Minister said decisions on loosening England’s stay-home order will be based in part on progress in the vaccination programme.

Full list of Lancashire infection rates on Tuesday, January 19

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 14; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 14; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 7; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 7.

  • Burnley, 813.1, (723), 1016.6, (904) ↓

  • Hyndburn, 689.8, (559), 712.0, (577) ↓

  • Pendle, 689.4, (635), 869.6, (801) ↓

  • Blackburn with Darwen, 669.4, (1002), 739.5, (1107) ↓

  • Rossendale, 535.8, (383), 512.0, (366) ↑

  • Ribble Valley, 525.6, (320), 607.7, (370) ↓

  • South Ribble, 521.7, (578), 442.3, (490) ↑

————– Average infection rate for England is 504.5

  • Preston, 503.0, (720), 417.8, (598) ↑

  • Lancaster, 497.8, (727), 486.2, (710) ↑

  • West Lancashire, 488.2, (558), 496.0, (567) ↓

  • Wyre, 415.7, (466), 398.8, (447) ↑

  • Chorley, 373.9, (442), 376.4, (445) ↓

  • Fylde, 316.9, (256), 295.9, (239) ↑

  • Blackpool, 311.9, (435), 319.8, (446) ↓

Of the 315 local areas in England, 28 (9 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates while 286 (91 per cent) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.

Knowsley in Merseyside has the highest rate with 1,777 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 14 – the equivalent of 1,177.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,346.3 in the seven days to January 7.

Slough has the second highest rate, down slightly from 1,090.7 to 1,042.5, with 1,559 new cases.

Barking and Dagenham in London has dropped to third place, down from 1,544.3 to 1,028.6, with 2,190 new cases.

The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates:

1. Preston (up from 417.8 to 503.0)

2. Norwich (546.3 to 626.0)

3. South Ribble (442.3 to 521.7)

4. Mansfield (516.9 to 593.7)

5. Erewash (386.6 to 445.5)

6. Chesterfield (361.3 to 413.7)

7. Redditch (601.7 to 653.3)

8. Plymouth (275.1 to 319.0)

9. Malvern Hills (301.2 to 338.0)

10. North Somerset (379.0 to 407.8)

The 10 areas with the largest week-on-week drop in rates:

1. Epping Forest (down from 1,170.9 to 588.5)

2. Redbridge (1,357.4 to 823.7)

3. Barking and Dagenham (1,544.3 to 1,028.6)

4. Broxbourne (1,226.4 to 713.4)

5. Basildon (1,080.1 to 583.9)

6. Brentwood (956.9 to 460.9)

7. Bexley (1,179.3 to 691.9)

8. Thurrock (1,325.6 to 869.6)

9. Harlow (1,339.2 to 905.1)

10. Newham (1,408.0 to 977.8)

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