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Prestonians must ‘stick to the rules’ as Covid-19 infection rates remain high

Posted on - 14th August, 2020 - 5:39pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston News
A hand displaying a stop Covid-19 slogan Pic: Pixabay
A hand displaying a stop Covid-19 slogan Pic: Pixabay

Prestonians are being asked to ‘be responsible’ as a new coronavirus heat map shows infection rates remain high a week after a local lockdown was introduced to the city.

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Lancashire Resilience Forum has today tweeted asking people to ‘stick to the rules’ to allow the additional measures to be lifted in the city.

The local lockdown announced last Friday (7 August) has stopped people from meeting at home or in private gardens or public indoor settings, in an attempt to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

Half of the cases are believed to have been from people in the under 30s category.

Recently cases in South Ribble have started to increase with caution from South Ribble Borough Council to avoid a similar localised lockdown being enforced in the area.

Read more: Coronavirus cases rise as Penwortham, Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale are warned to take steps to prevent a local lockdown

21 new cases were announced in South Ribble in the last fortnight, spread across different areas of the district.

Heat Map of Lancashire Coronavirus cases (Friday 14 August 2020)
Heat Map of Lancashire Coronavirus cases (Friday 14 August 2020). Pic: LancsResilienceForum / Twitter

In a Twitter post, Lancashire Resilience said: “We know the stricter restrictions in Preston and parts of E Lancs are tough. But infection rates are still high.

“Everyone must be responsible and continue to stick to the rules so that the additional measures can be lifted.

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“The Government has announced today that additional focus will be placed on Pendle and Blackburn with Darwen due to the level of incidence and positivity rate.

Read more: Preston City Council leader supports sick pay for residents in isolation

“This is likely to attract more resources to support our response including testing capacity.

“Unfortunately, the easements deferred nationally from 1st to 15th August, will not apply in Blackburn with Darwen, Preston, Burnley, Rossendale, Pendle or Hyndburn.

“We might not be able to be together right now but we can work together for ourselves, our families, our friends and our communities.”

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Are you sticking to the new rules imposed last week? Let us know in the comments.

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