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Both Preston and South Ribble coronavirus infection rates fall as temporary morgue to be built at Leyland

Posted on - 13th November, 2020 - 8:29pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News, South Ribble News
A Covid sign in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
A Covid sign in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s coronavirus infection rate has slowed and South Ribble’s continues to tumble.

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But the city saw a fourth day with more than 100 new confirmed Covid-19 cases. The latest daily cases are yet to impact Preston’s rolling infection rate figure.

109 new cases were recorded for the Preston on Friday (13 November).

South Ribble saw 47 new cases for the same day.

New figures from the BBC show the infection rate for Covid-19 in Preston is 464.6 cases per 100,000 people, for the seven days to 9 November and is down week-on-week.

South Ribble’s infection rate, for the same period, is 250 cases per 100,000 people and is also on a downward curve week-on-week.

Preston’s Covid-19 infection rate remains the second-highest in the county.

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In figures up to and including 30 October there have been 159 coronavirus-related deaths in Preston and 103 in South Ribble.

A stark reminder of the winter ahead

Lancashire County Council announced during Friday afternoon they would be constructing a temporary morgue in Farington, Leyland.

During the Spring lockdown a temporary morgue was built at the BAE site in Warton but never used.

The morgue will have capacity for 210 bodies as a temporary resting place until they can be laid to rest.

The county council say it is a ‘contingency measure’ ahead of an expected ‘significant increase in deaths over the winter’.

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