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Latest figures show where Preston’s coronavirus infection rate ranks in England’s top 20

Posted on - 29th October, 2020 - 8:34pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
A woman wears a face mask as she makes her way through Preston's rain Pic: Paul Melling
A woman wears a face mask as she makes her way through Preston’s rain Pic: Paul Melling

Preston remains in England’s top 20 places for coronavirus infections according to the latest data.

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The city’s Covid-19 infection rate for the seven days to October 25, according to Press Association analysis of Public Health England cases data, has Preston’s infection rate as 503.7 per 100,000 people – up from 394.7 per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 18.

During Thursday (29 October) there were 105 new cases recorded for Preston, the third-highest in Lancashire.

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South Ribble’s new cases were 63 for the same day.

The borough’s Covid-19 infection rate is 437.5 per 100,000 people, up from 352.9 per 100,000 people for the same dates listed above for Preston.

Using the chart below you can see where Preston sits in the top 20 places for Covid-19 infection rates in England.

Preston and Lancashire moved into tier-three restrictions on Saturday 17 October, which means tight rules on household mixing, the closure of non-food pubs and bars as well as soft play centres and other businesses forced to close.

The county’s restriction level is due to be reviewed after 28-days.

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Tighter restrictions are being brought in across more and more of England, with parts of Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands, Luton and the city of Oxford all moving to tier-2 from Saturday (31 October). This means tighter restrictions on household mixing.

West Yorkshire is to see tier-3 restrictions from Monday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We continue to see a worrying rise in cases right across the country, and it is clear decisive action is needed.

“A failure to act now will only lead to longer disruption and greater economic damage.”

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Meanwhile coronavirus claimed the life of comedian Bobby Ball.

One half of Cannon and Ball, the 76-year-old died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Wednesday evening.

He tested positive for Covid-19 and had been admitted due to breathing problems.

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