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Lancs 35 new cases as one area out of lockdown shows biggest surge

Written by on August 2, 2020

35 new coronavirus cases were reported in Lancashire yesterday, with Preston showing the highest increase for the second consecutive day.

Fears are growing that the borough may be subject to restrictions if cases continue to surge, following comments from the council’s health boss on Friday.

Five boroughs in Lancashire are already under stricter lockdown measures as of this week, but Preston – with 26 new cases in two days – is not one of 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 yesterday’s figures from the NHS, with four being reported across hospitals in the UK.

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.”

Last night (August 1), Preston nightclub Switch opened its doors for the first time in more than four months.

It was the first venue of its kind to do so across the UK as a Government ban for nightclub still remains in place having been enforced back in March.

The Market Street club was initially told by Preston City Council yesterday afternoon, that a prohibition notice would be issued if its relaunch event went ahead.

But at the last minute the council released this statement: “In order to clarify Government’s guidance we received Friday 31 July regarding Switch, today we have sought expert external legal advice, and been in further dialogue with the operator of Switch.

“This advice has just come back to inform us that Switch is legally able to repurpose and reopen accordingly.

“This is on the strict basis that Switch proceeds with the agreed safety precautions and do not allow dancing in the venue, the venue is now free to reopen this evening.

“We appreciate this is a very different position to what we announced earlier. Officers have been working tirelessly to resolve the situation in the best way.”

We do ask all patrons who attend to take the safety precautions very seriously, to prevent further spread of coronavirus in Preston.”