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Latest Preston and South Ribble coronavirus infection rates as Christmas ‘bubble’ restrictions confirmed

Posted on - 24th November, 2020 - 9:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Christmas restrictions were confirmed tonight - with up to three households able to meet indoors Pic: Tony Worrall
Christmas restrictions were confirmed tonight – with up to three households able to meet indoors Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s coronavirus infection rate has continued its steady fall as Christmas restrictions were confirmed by the government.

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The city, and the county, are awaiting the decision on Thursday (26 November) about which tier of restrictions it will fall into.

New Covid-19 cases confirmed on Tuesday (24 November) showed 36 new cases for Preston.

In South Ribble there were 24 new cases for the same day.

Wyre saw 15 new cases, Fylde 21 and in Ribble Valley 14 new cases.

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Preston’s Covid-19 coronavirus infection rate is now 282.9 cases per 100,000 people, for the seven days to November 20, down from 442.2 for the seven days to November 13.

South Ribble’s infection rate is 218.4 per 100,000, down from 260 – all figures for the same period as Preston.

This puts the borough just above the average of England with 217.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Read more: Map shows latest infection and cases data for each area of Preston and South Ribble

Wyre stays below the England average, with 144.5 cases per 100,000 people – a drop from 251.6.

Fylde is now 238.9, down from 303.3 and Ribble Valley is 220.1 down from 307.1.

Four-nations Christmas agreed

The government is going to allow three household bubbles to celebrate Christmas together.

A decision was reached between the administrations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The common framework means three households can form a bubble and celebrate between December 23 and December 27.

Restrictions around hospitality and venues will remain in force for Christmas and the Christmas bubble must be ‘exclusive’.

Read more: Preston Council leader reacts to the government’s latest tiers announcement

The government says once the ‘Christmas bubble’ is formed it must be not changed or extended further.

A joint statement from the four nations said:”Even where it is within the rules, meeting with friends and family over Christmas will be a personal judgement for individuals to take, mindful of the risks to themselves and others, particularly those who are vulnerable.

“Before deciding to come together over the festive period we urge the consideration of alternative approaches such as the use of technology or meeting outside.”

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