Preston hits highest infection rate since lockdown

Posted on - 9th September, 2020 - 6:00am | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston Council, Preston News
Councillor Matthew Brown
Councillor Matthew Brown says Coronavirus is still here and “we all have a role to play”

The infection rate of coronavirus in Preston is at its highest since the national lockdown earlier this year.


The rate of infection is rising, with numbers reaching 59.1 (per 100,000) on Tuesday 8 September, according to Public Health England.

Despite the initial drop in infection rate following the implementation of local restrictions by government, the rate has now increased to what Preston City Council says is a “worrying” level.

The three political leaders who represent the Council are urging Preston residents, communities and businesses to take the risks seriously.

Leader of Preston City Council, Labour Councillor Matthew Brown said: “The sudden increase in cases in the city is extremely worrying.

“We must work together to protect our residents and communities against further spread of this virus. The evidence-based advice from the Director of Public Health, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, is clear and we continue to follow his lead to keep our communities safe.

“It has been an extremely difficult time for all of us, but we cannot afford to become apathetic. Coronavirus is still here and we all have a role to play. 

“Please take the restrictions seriously and follow them – don’t be the one to pass it on to your loved ones.”

A woman in Preston wears a face mask Pic: Joseph Gudgeon
A woman in Preston wears a face mask Pic: Joseph Gudgeon

Group Leader of Conservatives at Preston City Council, Councillor Sue Whittam, said: “The advice from the Director of Public Health is clear – we are all a part of the solution to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“The effects of this virus have been devastating, but it is not over yet. We all need to continue to follow the government guidance and restrictions – wearing masks, washing hands, keeping distance from each other and not mixing households. 

“Please work with us and help stop the virus from spreading any further.”

Read more: The areas of Preston, South Ribble and Chorley affected by Covid-19 last week

Group Leader of Liberal Democrats at Preston City Council, Councillor John Potter, said: “We need to take the situation very seriously because the virus is continuing to spread through our communities. This is not something that happens to other people – it is happening everywhere, indiscriminately.  

“I have personally seen the devastating consequences of this virus and cannot emphasise enough how important it is for all of us to follow the restrictions that have been put in place to protect us and don’t pass it on.”

Lancashire Resilience Forum is asking Preston residents to consider being tested for coronavirus.

Mobile testing sites are situated at Issa Medical Centre (open seven days a week from 10am to 3pm), and Preston Markets (open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm).

The Council’s key messages are:

  • Don’t mix households
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Wear a face mask
  • Keep your distance
  • Get tested, with or without symptoms

General information and FAQs are available from Preston City Council.

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