Where in Preston Covid-19 cases have doubled, as Lancashire leaders speak out against government plans

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The coronavirus testing site at Preston Markets Pic: Tony Worrall
The coronavirus testing site at Preston Markets has closed Pic: Tony Worrall

In the week 1 October to 7 October some areas in and around Preston have seen the number of Covid-19 positive cases double or even quadruple.

According to government data, cases in Preston City Centre more than doubled from 25 in the week 23 September to 29 September to 52 the following week.

Penwortham South cases more than tripled from eight to 25, while Broughton and Wychnor cases quadrupled from eight to 32.

Positive cases in some areas stayed stable or dropped – St George’s remained on 24 cases, while St Matthew’s went from 29 cases to 23.

Here’s a full run-down of positive cases in the week 1 October to 7 October by Middle Super Output Area (a standard statistical geography of approximately 7,200 people). The number of cases in the week 23 September to 29 September is shown in brackets.

Ashton-on-Ribble and Larches – 27 (19)
Bamber Bridge East – 15 (6)
Bamber Bridge West – 11 (6)
Brookfield and Holme Slack – 45 (40)
Broughton and Wychnor – 32 (8)
Cadley and College – 19 (10)
Farington – 20 (8)
Fulwood – 24 (11)
Gregson Lane and Coupe Green – 26 (16)
Grimsargh and Goosnargh – 21 (8)
Haslam Park – 16 (6)
Ingol – 23 (6)
Lea and Marina – 15 (6)
Longsands – 19 (13)
Longton and Walmer Bridge – 13 (10)
Lostock Hall – 15 (11)
Lower Penwortham North – 15 (6)
Lower Penwortham South – 10 (0-2)
Moor Park – 30 (32)
New Longton and Hutton – 18 (7)
Penwortham North – 23 (10)
Penwortham South – 25 (8)
Plungington and University – 21 (22)
Preston City Centre – 52 (25)
St George’s – 24 (24)
St Matthew’s – 23 (29)
Walton-le-Dale – 16 (9)

Screenshot of Covid-19 case data map 1 to 7 October

In the latest week of data (30 September to 6 October), Preston had 464 positive cases of Covid-19 and South Ribble had 269 cases.

These totals equated to 324 cases per 100,000 people and 243 cases per 100,000 people respectively. The average area in England had 74 cases per 100,000.

Up to 25 September, Preston had 135 coronavirus-related deaths registered, while South Ribble had 94.

The figures come as Lancashire’s leaders released a statement on Covid-19 talks with the government.

Read more: Tougher Covid-19 restrictions ‘very likely’ for north west

The statement, issued on behalf of the leaders of Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackpool Council and the 12 Lancashire district councils, said:

“Our discussions are continuing with central government about what further restrictions may be imposed on Lancashire to help curb the spread of coronavirus. 

“We share the same objectives with central government– to protect our residents, to protect our economy and to protect our NHS.  

“But we do need more detail from government about their proposals and in particular what the differences will be between the tiers in the planned new system. 

“Any additional measures that are brought in must also go hand-in-hand with additional support for those affected. The government’s extension to the furlough scheme is a welcome step but any further restrictions on Lancashire’s economy will require more support to protect jobs and businesses. We also welcome any move to give local areas more influence and powers with respect to test and trace. We’re on the ground and we know our communities best. But that also will require significant investment in local areas so that the job can be done well. 

“In our discussions with central government we have set out clearly what our views are on how coronavirus can be contained in Lancashire. We look forward to continuing those talks – which must be meaningful, genuine and constructive – ahead of any final decisions about the new tier system. 

“Alongside our NHS, police and other public services, local government has been on the frontline of the response to the pandemic providing vital services and support to those who need it most. We will continue to do this, and continue to make the case for Lancashire to government.”

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What do you think of the figures? Do you agree with the Lancashire leaders asking for more detail from government? Let us know in the comments.

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