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Coronavirus cases keep rising in one high-risk Lancashire area

Written by on July 14, 2020

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

As of Tuesday afternoon (July 14), 20 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across Lancashire.

Of these, 11 were in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen and means there has been 59 further cases since Friday (July 10).

Pendle, which has also seen a big rise in recent days, recorded two new cases in the last 24 hours.

Six of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs recorded at least one new case of the virus.

The data, released by Public Health England, confirms new cases in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Chorley, Lancaster, Pendle and Preston.

No new cases have been recorded in Burnley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancs and Wyre.

There are now 8,886 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 Tuesday, July 14 with increases in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,085 (+11), 728.5 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,030 (+1), 739.4 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 449 (-), 507.2 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 673 (+1), 576.1 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 448 (-), 561.6 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 321 (-), 397.2 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 883 (+1), 612.1 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 492 (+2), 538.3 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,164 (+4), 820.8 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 195 (-), 324.7 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 284 (-), 400.6 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 515 (-), 465.9 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 720 (-), 631.9 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 627 (-), 563.7 per 100,000

No new deaths have been recorded at hospital trusts operating in Lancashire today with the death toll remaining at 1,002.

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 28 – the lowest rise on a Tuesday in lockdown and down 30% from a week ago.

England reported 26 new deaths and Wales had two. Scotland didn’t report a single fatality for the sixth day in a row. No new deaths were reported in Northern Ireland.

On recent Tuesdays, the toll increased by 40 on July 7, 43 on June 30, 56 on June 23, 93 on June 16 and 145 on June 9. The biggest increase on a Tuesday was 873 on April 21 as the UK began to emerge from the peak of its outbreak.

Tuesdays usually see a spike in deaths due to a weekend reporting lag.

The UK’s true toll is approaching 56,000 deaths in all settings, including care homes, according to the latest available data.

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