Latest coronavirus cases for Preston and South Ribble as next stage of lockdown confirmed

Posted on - 28th May, 2020 - 8:33pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
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Fo a second consecutive day, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation rust has recorded no new deaths from coronavirus.

The death toll remains at 199 across Royal Preston and Chorley Hospitals.

In Preston, two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 428. The infection rate is now 301.8 per 100,000 people.

South Ribble, has seen three new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total cases to 252. The infection rate is 228 per 100,000 people.

The number of cases confirmed in Chorley now stands at 336 after one case was confirmed in the last 24 hours. The infection rate in Chorley is now 287.6 per 100,000 people.

Across Lancashire there are now 3,568 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The infection rate across the county is 294.9 per 100,000 people.

New government guidance comes in from Monday

The latest figures come as the government in England announced amended lockdown rules.

From Monday (June 1) up to six people from different households will be allowed to meet outside, either in parks or private gardens. Social distancing of 2metres must be maintained.

The Prime Minister gave the update during the daily briefing in which he said the five tests for relaxing elements of the lockdown had been met.

He also said although people could not meet indoors they could go through a house to access a garden. No overnight stays are allowed and if the toilet is needed during a visit then it would need wiping down and cleaning afterwards.

Guidance for primary schools and nurseries was repeated, for them to reopen to early years, reception, year one and year six pupils from Monday (June 1).

Read more: Lancashire County Council issues further statement about guidance for schools

Lancashire County Council issued its updated guidance for headteachers during Wednesday (May 27) to say their advice was to not reopen as requested by the government, as the director of public health for Lancashire had concerns around adequate levels of PPE and also that a second wave of virus infections could be triggered by the wider reopening of schools.

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