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Lancashire’s new infection rates as 12 go down but 2 go up

Written by on January 20, 2021

Twelve of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs have recorded a drop in weekly infection rates, according to the latest official figures.

Preston and South Ribble remain the only areas of the county where rates are still rising after two weeks of national lockdown restrictions.

Data from Public Health England shows a total of 7,700 people contracted the virus in the seven days to Friday (January 15). This is down by 10 per cent from the 8,559 recorded the previous week.

Testing data after January 15 is yet to be verified.

Eight parts of the county are now above the new England infection rate average of 495.4 cases per 100,000 people. These are Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble, Ribble Valley and Lancaster.

Burnley’s infection rate has dropped from 1052.6 to 767.0 over the period and still remains the highest in Lancashire, ahead of Hyndburn on 710.7.

Preston and South Ribble are among the 14 local authority areas in the country where rates are still on the increase.

A 14pc rise in weekly cases has seen Preston’s rate go up from 447.1 to 512.1. This is the second biggest rise in the country behind Erewash in Derbyshire.

South Ribble has the seventh biggest rate rise in the country at 4.6pc with the borough’s rate climbing to 503.7.

The figures, for the seven days to January 15, 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 18) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (January 16-19) 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 Wednesday, January 20

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 15; 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.

Burnley, 767.0, (682), 1052.6, (936) ↓

Hyndburn, 710.7, (576), 725.5, (588) ↓

Pendle, 685.0, (631), 892.4, (822) ↓

Blackburn with Darwen, 680.0, (1018), 760.9, (1139) ↓

Preston, 512.1, (733), 447.1, (640) ↑

Rossendale, 510.6, (365), 563.8, (403) ↓

South Ribble, 503.7, (558), 481.1, (533) ↑

Ribble Valley, 500.9, (305), 629.0, (383) ↓

Lancaster, 499.2, (729), 536.8, (784) ↓

—————————————————- The latest average infection rate for England is 495.4

West Lancashire, 492.5, (563), 521.4, (596) ↓

Wyre, 380.9, (427), 447.0, (501) ↓

Chorley, 357.8, (423), 414.5, (490) ↓

Fylde, 321.9, (260), 323.1, (261) ↓

Blackpool, 308.4, (430), 346.4, (483) ↓

Of the 315 local areas in England, 14 (4 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates and 301 (96 per cent) have seen a fall.

Knowsley in Merseyside has the highest rate in England, with 1,712 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 15 – the equivalent of 1,134.8 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,464.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 8.

Slough in Berkshire has the second highest rate, down from 1,166.3 to 1,025.2, with 1,533 new cases.

Barking & Dagenham in London is in third place, down from 1,636.9 to 962.9, with 2,050 new cases.

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

1. Erewash (up from 404.8 to 472.4)

2. Preston (447.1 to 512.1)

3. South Holland (291.5 to 319.9)

4. Plymouth (304.1 to 330.0)

5. Ryedale (288.9 to 314.2)

6. West Devon (130.8 to 155.9)

7. South Ribble (481.1 to 503.7)

8. Somerset West & Taunton (384.9 to 406.2)

9. North West Leicestershire (369.7 to 390.9)

10. Mansfield (563.5 to 581.8)

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