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Area outside new lockdown shows largest coronavirus increase in Lancs

Written by on August 1, 2020

Preston showed the highest increase in coronavirus cases in Lancashire for the second consecutive day as fears over lockdown measures being extended in the county continue.

Five boroughs in Lancashire are living under stricter lockdown measures over coronavirus fears as of this week but Preston, with 26 new cases in two days, is not among them.

Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle continued to show a large number of new cases whereas Rossendale’s infection rate remains low with zero new cases.

There were also new cases in Chorley, Burnley, Hyndburn and West Lanacashire. There were no new cases in Blackpool, Fylde, Lancaster, Ribble Valley, South Ribble or Wyre.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 by Lancashire borough (total) as of Saturday, August 1 with daily increase in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,397 (+9), 937.9 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,049 (-), 753 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 489 (+3), 552.4 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 681 (+1), 582.9 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 462 (-), 579.2 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 385 (+1), 476.4 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 890 (-), 617 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 581 (+8), 635.6 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,237 (+11), 872.2 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 202 (-), 336.3 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 302 (-), 426 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 524 (-), 474.1 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 753 (+2), 660.8 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 636 (-), 571.8 per 100,000

No new deaths were recorded at hospitals in Lancashire in today’s figures from the NHS.

In the press conference on Friday, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health at Lancashire County Council, said the situation with Preston is “on our radar”, adding that “infections are increasing” across the city.

Dr Sakthi said: “Preston is another one to watch. It looks as if the infection rate goes anywhere near 20 [cases] per 100,000 population there is a response. There are more restrictions put in place. But it remains to be seen and it is in our hands – quite literally.”