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Coronavirus infection rates for Preston and South Ribble maintain their fall as new care home visit rules confirmed

Posted on - 6th November, 2020 - 7:17pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
Sunset on the River Ribble at Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
Sunset on the River Ribble at Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

The first infection rate figures of November show the trend for Preston and South Ribble has continued to decline.

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New coronavirus cases for the city were 82 for Friday (6 November).

In South Ribble there were 34 new cases.

The highest increase was in Blackburn-with-Darwen where there were 198 new cases for Friday.

Read more: Open letter from the police chiefs of the North as lockdown 2 begins

Preston’s infection rate is now 469.5 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to November 2, a drop from 479.3 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 26.

South Ribble’s infection rate for Covid-19 also fell, now at 324 per 100,000 people and this is down from 417.9 per 100,000 people.

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The latest death figures, for Covid-19 related deaths registered up to October 23 stand at 153 for Preston and 98 in South Ribble.

First weekend back in lockdown

The national lockdown in England enters the first weekend, and the government has confirmed the rules for visiting care homes.

A maximum of two regular visitors to care providers are to be permitted.

And these visitors should meet those being cared for outside ‘whereever possible’.

The ruling has been criticised by groups representing the elderly and those running care homes.

Read more: Full list of businesses which are closed or open under lockdown 2

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of care home provider Care England, said: “Whilst it is a relief to have guidance it must be noted that it is late and should have been in place a while ago.

“Over the next few weeks we urge the Government to work with the sector to implement a really coherent policy that give much greater clarity and hope as lockdown eases.”

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