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New coronavirus cases keep rising in one Lancashire area

Written by on July 9, 2020

Almost half of Lancashire’s daily increase in coronavirus cases have come in one area of the county.

As of Thursday afternoon (July 9), 31 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across Lancashire.

Of these, 15 were in the borough of Pendle, which is home to residents in Colne, Nelson, and Barnoldswick.

It means that since Monday, the borough has recorded 38 new cases in what is an overall 8% increase on numbers at the start of the working week.

Since Monday, Pendle has seen day-on-day increases, starting with two cases on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 11 on Wednesday, and now 15 today.

Blackburn with Darwen has also seen another significantly rise, with six new cases recorded.

It’s weekly total now stands at 27 new Covid-19 cases and is now the second worst hit area behind Preston having overtaken Blackpool.

Seven of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs recorded at least one new case of the virus in the last 24 hours.

The data, released by Public Health England, confirms new cases in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Fylde, Hyndburn, Pendle, South Ribble and West Lancashire.

No new cases have been recorded in Burnley, Chorley, Lancaster, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, and Wyre.

There are now 8,741 cases of coronavirus across Lancashire.

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.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 by Lancashire borough as of Thursday, July 9 with increases in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,026 (+6), 688.9 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,021 (+1), 732.9 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 439 (0), 495.9 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 670 (0), 573.5 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 444 (+4), 556.6 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 318 (+1), 393.5 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 881 (0), 610.8 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 457 (+15), 500 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,153 (0), 813.0 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 193 (0), 321.4 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 281 (0), 396.4 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 512 (+2), 463.2 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 719 (+2), 631.0 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 625 (0), 561.9 per 100,000

Lancashire’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 993 after one further death was confirmed this afternoon.

The individual died under the care of staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which operates Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The death was confirmed by the NHS England, bringing Blackpool’s Covid-19 death toll to 234. According to the data, the person died almost two months ago on Sunday, May 10.

It is well known that there can be a delay in recording deaths, as there has been in this case.

This means that each death is not reported by the NHS on the following day. Therefore, increases in the numbers should be treated with caution.