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Blackburn and Pendle coronavirus cases spike again as local lockdown looms

Written by on July 15, 2020

Two Lancashire areas continue to record spikes in confirmed coronavirus cases, accounting more than two-thirds of the county’s daily increase.

As of Wednesday afternoon (July 15), 28 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across Lancashire – up from 20 yesterday.

Of these, 13 were in the high-risk borough of Blackburn with Darwen and means there has been 78 further cases in one week.

Council health bosses yesterday introduced strict new measures to help control the spread of coronavirus and avoid a move into local lockdown.

Professor Dominic Harrison, the local authority‚Äôs director of public health, today warned: “If numbers are not turning round and going down again by July 27, we are going to then have our next stage. We will go through the lockdown lifting measures and reverse them one by one until the numbers go down.”

Pendle, which has also seen a big rise in recent days, also recorded seven new cases in the last 24 hours. This means the total number has jumped by 77 in the last week.

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, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle and Preston.

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

There are now 8,911 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 Wednesday, July 15 with increases in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,098 (+13), 737.2 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,030 (-), 739.4 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 449 (-), 507.2 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 673 (-), 576.1 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 450 (+2), 564.1 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 322 (+1), 398.4 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 884 (+1), 612.8 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 499 (+7), 545.9 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,165 (+4), 821.5 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

One further death was reported at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages hospitals in Blackburn and Burnley.

The death was recorded on Monday (July 13), but no other details about the patient have been disclosed.

No deaths have been reported at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, Lancaster Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which manage Preston and Chorley hospitals, and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The coronavirus death toll at Lancashire hospitals now stands at 1,003.

The number of coronavirus patients to die in UK hospitals has risen by 24 – just over half the daily number announced a week ago.

This includes 22 deaths in England and two in Wales.

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