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Lancashire’s 54 new coronavirus cases as whole county ‘at risk’

Written by on August 1, 2020

Another 54 cases of coronavirus were recorded in Lancashire following the first day of new local lockdown measures.

In the county, the total number of positive cases of Covid-19 now stands at 9,553 after the latest figures which were released by Public Health England yesterday afternoon (July 31).

Five boroughs in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and Burnley have now entered a period of restrictions in a bid to tackle new surges in cases.

The shock announcement was made on Thursday night (July 30), declaring the strict new measures would be implemented from midnight.

Preston, which is ‘on the radar’ when it comes to future local lockdown measures, recorded the biggest daily increase in Lancashire with 15 new cases.

Blackburn with Darwen, the local authority with the worst current coronavirus infection rate in all of England, registered another 14 positive tests in the last 24 hours.

Elsewhere in the new local lockdown area, Pendle’s covid-19 cases rose by five, Rossendale and Burnley both by three and Hyndburn by two.

New cases were also confirmed in Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, South Ribble and West Lancashire.

No new cases were recorded in Lancaster, Ribble Valley and Wyre.

The number of cases across Lancashire has now risen to 9,553.

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 Friday, July 31 with increases in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,388 (+14), 931.9 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,049 (+3), 753 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 486 (+3), 549 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 680 (+2), 580.4 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 462 (+1), 579.2 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 384 (+2), 475.2 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 890 (-), 617 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 573 (+5), 626.9 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,226 (+15), 864.5 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 202 (-), 336.3 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 302 (+3), 426 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 524 (+3), 474.1 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 751 (+3), 659.1 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 636 (-), 571.8 per 100,000

The new figures come amid warnings the whole of Lancashire could be hit with new measures.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health for Lancashire County Council says that the incidence of infection per 100,000 has been on the rise in these areas.

“We have already activated our local plan guiding people to avoid meeting in each other’s houses.

“These new restrictions have been put into place to make this a requirement.

“One of the main things that has been apparent to us in the last few days is that there is a shift in how this is affecting us.

“The main behaviour we need to address is to remind people to follow the social distancing guidance which has helped us so far in this pandemic.”

Restrictions may be extended to other parts of Lancashire if rates continue to rise so that it is important that everyone continue to observe social distancing measures everywhere in the county.