Local lockdown expected in Preston in ‘next few days’

Posted on - 5th August, 2020 - 4:52pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston Council, Preston News
The drive-through coronavirus testing facility at Preston's College Pic: StePNE
The drive-through coronavirus testing facility at Preston’s College Pic: StePNE

Preston could return to lockdown in the coming days after a rise in Covid-19 cases.


Lancashire’s director of public health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi is expecting the stricter rules to be imposed throughout the city as they have been in other parts of Lancashire.

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Dr Sakthi told BBC Radio Lancashire today (Wednesday 5 August) that he expects the government to impose restrictions “in the next few days”.

Preston City Council has already asked residents to help prevent the spread of the virus so stricter measures are not implemented, but data from Public Health England has shown a rise in new Covid-19 cases in the city.

Preston recorded 49 new cases of coronavirus in the week to 31 July, and there were 18 cases recorded on 29 July alone. This equated to almost 35 cases per 100,000 population.


Read more: The number of deaths from coronavirus each in Preston, South Ribble and Chorley neighbourhood revealed

Figures have fallen since, but data from recent days are subject to revision.

Find coronavirus stats in your area below.

Further updates on possible new measures are expected on Thursday following a government review meeting to discuses local authorities.

Blog Preston has contacted Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council for comment.

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