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59 new covid cases by area as East Lancs continues to see spikes

Written by on August 4, 2020

A further 59 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across Lancashire today, with the east of the county continuing to see concerning rises.

In new data released by Public Health England this evening (August 4), Pendle recorded 20 new cases of the virus.

It continues a worrying trend for east Lancashire, with Blackburn with Darwen yesterday recording 40 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 21 new cases the day before that.

Both boroughs, as well as Burnley, Rossendale, and Hyndburn, currently have local lockdown measures imposed on them by central government, announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock last Thursday evening

Burnley recorded nine new cases of the virus and Hyndburn recorded six. Notably, Rossendale recorded no new cases at all.

Blackburn with Darwen recorded six new cases.

In central Lancashire, Preston, which is on the radar for future local lockdown measures, recorded six new cases. Yesterday it recorded three.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Lancashire borough as of Tuesday, August 4, with daily increase in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,464 (+6), 978 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,052 (+3), 754 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 506 (+9), 569 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 686 (+1), 580 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 462 (+2), 580 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 398 (+6), 491 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 892 (+2), 610 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 611 (+20), 663 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,248 (+6), 871 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 204 (-), 335 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 303 (-), 423 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 530 (+4), 478 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 758 (+1), 663 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 638 (+1), 569 per 100,000

Across east Lancashire, there was a huge gap in coronavirus infection rates when five boroughs were all put under new local lockdown rules.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate is almost eight times higher in Blackburn with Darwen than in Rossendale, despite both boroughs being under the same local lockdown measures.

Preston, which is now ‘days away’ from joining the five east Lancashire boroughs with its own local lockdown measures, recorded the third highest infection rate in Lancashire with 33.8 cases per 100,000 people. Only Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle had higher rates.

The three other boroughs under local lockdown rules – Pendle, Hyndburn, and Burnley – had infection rates of 36.1, 17.3 and 16.9.