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Lancashire’s latest infection spikes by area and how they compare

Written by on January 13, 2021

Infection rates have risen again across all 14 Lancashire boroughs after more than 8,500 people tested positive for coronavirus in a week.

The latest information from Public Health England shows that case numbers surged by 36 per cent in the week to January 8. This includes four days when national lockdown restrictions were in effect.

Transmission rates continue to grow at a faster pace in some parts of the county, with Rossendale and Lancaster recording the biggest weekly case spikes at 57pc.

South Ribble’s rate is also up by 49pc while Pendle, which has the second highest rate in the county, is up by 47pc from the week ending January 1.

The smallest week-on-week rise was in Ribble Valley where cases increased by 10pc.

Burnley remains Lancashire’s Covid-19 hotspot with the borough infection rate hitting a record high of 1,045.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is 60pc higher than the new England average of 651.8.

Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn also stay above that figure while no Lancashire borough has an infection rate below 300.

The figures, for the seven days to January 8, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (January 12) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (January 9-12) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Full list of Lancashire infection rates on Tuesday, January 12:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 8; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 1; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 1.

Burnley, 1045.9, (930), 773.7, (688) ↑

Pendle, 892.4, (822), 605.8, (558) ↑

Blackburn with Darwen, 757.5, (1134), 594.5, (890) ↑

Hyndburn, 720.6, (584), 520.7, (422) ↑

—————————————————- The latest average infection rate for England is 651.8

Ribble Valley, 612.6, (373), 553.5, (337) ↑

Rossendale, 565.2, (404), 358.1, (256) ↑

Lancaster, 532.7, (778), 339.0, (495) ↑

West Lancashire, 521.4, (596), 386.7, (442) ↑

South Ribble, 481.1, (533), 321.3, (356) ↑

Preston, 445.0, (637), 319.3, (457) ↑

Wyre, 444.3, (498), 341.7, (383) ↑

Chorley, 412.0, (487), 303.7, (359) ↑

Blackpool, 342.8, (478), 263.2, (367) ↑

Fylde, 323.1, (261), 257.5, (208) ↑

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Of the 315 local areas in England, 225 (71per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 89 (28 per cent) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.

Barking & Dagenham in London continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,451 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 8 – the equivalent of 1,620.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up slightly from 1,565.0 in the seven days to January 1.

Newham, also in London, has the second highest rate, up from 1,366.1 to 1,468.3, with 5,185 new cases.

Knowsley in Merseyside has the third highest rate, up sharply from 598.6 to 1,461.6, with 2,205 new cases.

The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates are:

1 Knowsley (up from 598.6 to 1,461.6)

2 Halton (695.5 to 1,302.1)

3 Liverpool (493.5 to 1,085.9)

4 Sefton (529.6 to 1,113.2)

5 St Helens (391.0 to 866.1)

6 Tendring (844.0 to 1,251.4)

7 Wirral (607.1 to 979.9)

8 Worcester (452.5 to 811.1)

9 Isle of Wight (810.5 to 1,162.4)

10 Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole (549.9 to 888.4)

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