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Preston sees second-highest daily Covid cases rise in Lancashire and how Christmas restrictions are shaping up

Posted on - 28th October, 2020 - 8:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
Autumn leaves on the streets of Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
Autumn leaves on the streets of Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s new Covid-19 case rate continued to grow with 106 new cases during Wednesday (28 October).

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The city had the second-highest daily rise in Lancashire, second only to Blackburn with Darwen which saw 163 new cases.

Preston’s coronavirus infection rate is the fourth-highest in Lancashire and remained above the 500 mark – at 507.2 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 24, according to figures from the Press Association. This was up from 401.7 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 17.

South Ribble’s infection rate for Covid-19 stands at 441.4 per 100,000 people, up from 334 per 100,000 people – both sets of data for the same date ranges as Preston.

During Wednesday (28 October) there were 69 new confirmed cases in South Ribble.

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Preston and Lancashire have been in tier-three restrictions since October 17 – with tighter rules on households mixing, the closure of non-food bars and clubs and soft-play centres also told to close.

A £42million funding package was negotiated by Lancashire’s political leaders in return for the tier-three restrictions being implemented – but no details have yet been released by Lancashire County Council or district councils. The money is due to support businesses and communities through the tighter restrictions period.

Read more: Preston City Council receives £366k of funds to help the city’s most vulnerable through the pandemic

Lancashire’s tier-three restrictions are due to be reviewed after 28-days of coming into force.

So far Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recorded 288 coronavirus-related deaths.

What’s Christmas looking like

Environment secretary George Eustice was asked about what the restrictions were likely to be in England at Christmas.

He said people “may not be able to get together in the larger groups they normally would.”

Read more: Call for volunteers to help the city’s most vulnerable through the Covid winter

Mr Eustice said: “We want people to have a Christmas that is as close to normal as possible.

“There will undoubtedly be frustrations about the restrictions but people also understand we have to control the spread of the virus.”

Read more: See the latest Preston news and headlines

What do you think the restrictions are likely to be for Christmas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below

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