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Preston now in top 5 areas of England with highest coronavirus rates

Written by on July 17, 2020

Preston is now in the top five areas of England where cumulative coronavirus infection rates are the highest.

New figures from Public Health England show the city has a lab-confirmed cases rate of 821.5 per 100,000 population up to July 15.

This is up from 814.4 compared to the previous seven days to July 8, reports the Mirror.

Blackburn with Darwen, which has introduced special new measures this week to avoid going into local lockdown, also makes the England top 10 with a rate of 742.6 up to July 15, compared to 735.1 the previous week.

The figures are based on tests that have been carried out both in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The figures should be treated with caution. Just because areas have seen an increase it does not mean infections are soaring, and it does not mean those in the top 10 have the highest number of existing cases.

Rolling seven-day figures offer a clearer picture of the current situation.

Rates can rise for a number of reasons, including wider testing. The actual number of current cases in most, if not all, of these areas could be very small.

These are the 10 places that have the highest cumulative rates of Covid-19 and have seen a week-on-week increase

Locked-down Leicester tops the list in England with a lab-confirmed cases rate of 1,249.7 since the start of the outbreak.

It is followed by Ashford in Kent, Barrow-in-Furness, Bradford and then Preston.

Barrow-in-Furness has England’s third-highest cumulative rate (890.7). Its rate was unchanged from a week ago, according to Government data.

This list shows the cumulative lab-confirmed cases rate to July 15, followed by the equivalent figure for the previous seven days to July 8. The figures are from a spreadsheet published on the Government’s coronavirus website.

– Leicester – 1,249.7, 1,179.3

– Ashford – 1,010.2, 998.6

– Barrow-in-Furness – 890.7, 890.7

– Bradford – 835.5, 804.2

– Preston – 821.5, 814.4

– Oldham – 802.1, 794.5

– Barnsley – 785.1, 780.2

– Rochdale – 760.5, 735.9

– Oadby and Wigston – 758.9, 736.1

– South Holland – 752.3, 748.0

– Blackburn with Darwen – 742.6, 735.1

On Thursday, a table of the rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 for every local authority in England was published.

In Leicester, the rate has dropped from 126.7 in the seven days to July 6 to 99.7 in the seven days to July 13.

It was 141.0 in the seven days to June 29.

Second on the list is Pendle, where the rate has gone up from 28.4 to 65.6, and where 60 new cases have been recorded in the seven days to July 13.

Blackburn with Darwen is third on the list, up from 36.3 to 48.3 with 72 new cases in the seven days to July 13.

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