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Area breakdown of all 50 newly confirmed coronavirus cases in Lancashire

Written by on July 20, 2020

A further 50 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Lancashire in the last 24 hours.

The majority of those were again recorded in Blackburn with Darwen (28 cases) according to Public Health England figures published this afternoon (July 20).

Public health bosses in the borough have introduced new measures to control the spread of the virus, including wearing face masks in shops and public spaces ahead of it being national policy to do so.

Nationally, Leicester remains the current worst hit authority, with the city entering local lockdown in late June.

And it has been reported that Blackburn with Darwen could face a similar situation by the end of July if the growing number of cases in the authority don’t subside enough.

Earlier today, both the Guardian and BBC reported that Blackburn with Darwen had overtaken Leicester as the area with the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the country, according to data from July 11 to July 17.

However analysis by LancsLive shows that this isn’t the case with Leicester’s coronavirus infection rate more than 10 cases per 100,000 people higher than in Blackburn with Darwen.

In today’s new figures, Hyndburn recorded the second biggest increase in the county with eight new cases while Pendle, which has also come under scrutiny in recent days, rose by six.

Seven 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, Burnley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Pendle and Preston.

No new cases have been recorded in Chorley, Lancaster, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.

The number of cases in South Ribble has dropped by one, likely due to a recording error.

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.

The total number of cases in Lancashire now stands at 9,108.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 by Lancashire borough as of Monday, July 20 with increases in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,169 (+28), 803.7 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,034 (+1), 741.5 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 459 (+1), 518.5 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 673 (-), 576.1 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 457 (+1), 572.9 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 346 (+8), 428.1 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 884 (-), 612.8 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 522 (+6), 571.1 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,175 (+5), 828.5 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 196 (-), 326.4 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 290 (-), 409.1 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 518 (-), 468.7 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 725 (-), 636.2 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 632 (-), 568.2 per 100,000

No new deaths have been recorded at hospital trusts operating in Lancashire for the third consecutive day.

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by six – the lowest single-day increase for four months.

All six fatalities occurred in England. The health authorities of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland reported no new deaths on Monday. No deaths were recorded in London.

It is the lowest daily death toll since two fatalities were announced on March 12, according to the Government’s Covid-19 online dashboard.

On recent Mondays, the death toll increased by 12 on July 13, 15 on July 6, 23 on June 29, 21 on June 22 and 32 on June 15. The biggest increase on a Monday was 697 on April 13 when the UK was in the peak of its outbreak.

Death tolls announced on Mondays are generally lower due to a lag in reporting weekend fatalities. It means there is usually a spike on Tuesdays.

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