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Preston and South Ribble’s coronavirus infection rates as city remains in England’s top 20 hot spots

Posted on - 20th October, 2020 - 8:42pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
The Preston Covid-19 testing centre close to the University of Central Lancashire campus Pic: Blog Preston
The Preston Covid-19 testing centre close to the University of Central Lancashire campus Pic: Blog Preston

Preston remains in the top 20 local authority areas in England for coronavirus infection rates.

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The city saw 78 new Covid-19 cases confirmed during Tuesday (20 October).

South Ribble was up by 68 cases and the highest daily increase in Lancashire was Blackburn with Darwen with 155 new cases.

Preston’s infection rate is 392.6 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 16, up from 353.5 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 9.

This means the city has the 19th highest infection rate in England, just behind Bury and slightly above Blackpool.

Read more: Latest Covid-19 infections map shows how infections have doubled in parts of Fulwood

South Ribble’s infection rate for the same periods is 319.5 per 100,000 people up from 275.3 per 100,000.

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Preston and Lancashire remain in tier-three restrictions with tougher rules on household mixing, the closure of soft play centres and the closure of non-food pubs and bars.

Read more: Up to £500 available for Preston residents on low-incomes who are self-isolating

Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference during Tuesday afternoon to update the country on Greater Manchester also going into tier-three lockdown.

The briefing also included data which showed a rise in Covid-19 related hospital admissions in the North West as well as rising infections amongst the over-60s in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

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