Preston’s coronavirus infection rate has shown no signs of slowing – as we approach a first full week in tier-three restrictions.Advertisement
114 new cases were recorded in the city during Thursday (22 October), the second-highest rise in Lancashire. Only Blackburn with Darwen, with 151 cases, was higher.
South Ribble saw 80 new coronavirus cases.
Preston’s infection rate was up to 391.9 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 18, from 370.3 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 11, according to figures from the Press Association.
Read more: Updated map shows where confirmed cases are in the city
South Ribble’s infection rate for Covid-19 continues to rise, up to 352 per 100,000 people compared to 277.1 per 100,000 people – for the same periods as listed above.
Latest ONS registered coronavirus deaths for Preston, up until 9 October, show 141 Covid-19-related deaths in the city. There have been 95 coronavirus-related deaths in South Ribble up to the same date.
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The latest figures come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the country in his latest press conference about the measures to attempt to control coronavirus.
He said: “There are clear signs that our collective actions are working.”
You can watch the Prime Minister’s full press conference below.
Preston, and Lancashire, remains in tier-three restrictions which mean tougher rules stopping household mixing, the closure of non-food pubs and bars and the likes of soft-play centres closed.
Read more: City pub selling food for 1p to get around tier-three restrictions
A £42million funding package was agreed to by Lancashire political leaders to support businesses and communities in Preston and Lancashire as part of the new restrictions coming into force.
Read more: How to access £500 if you’re self-isolating on a low income
No details are yet to be given by Lancashire County Council, or district councils, about how and when this funding is to be applied for or distributed to businesses and individuals.
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