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Preston and Lancashire see further coronavirus infection rate falls as new vaccine minister appointed

Posted on - 28th November, 2020 - 8:12pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
The city's coronaviorus testing centre in Vernon Street Pic: Tony Worrall
The city’s coronavirus testing centre in Vernon Street Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston and Lancashire’s coronavirus rates continue to head in the right direction, downwards.

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Latest Public Health England figures for Saturday (28 November) show 42 new cases were recorded in Preston.

South Ribble saw 30 new coronavirus cases for the same day.

WYre had 17, Fylde also had 17 new cases and in the Ribble Valley there were just seven.

Infection rate data showed Preston’s rate is now 259.2 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to November 23, down from 340.2 per 100,000 for the seven days to November 16.

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South Ribble’s rate is now 207.6, down from 239.2 for the same date periods.

Ribble Valley has popped back up just above the England average, now at 188.9 cases per 100,000 – the England average is now 186.6.

Wyre remains below average at 136.5, down from 199.8.

Fylde’s infection rate is 195.6 down from 288.4.

Read more: Calls for the government to re-consider decision not to ‘split Lancashire’ in Covid tiers

In Preston there have been 179 Covid-19 related deaths registered up to 13 November, in South Ribble 114 people have died.

Fylde has recorded 120 Covid-19 related deaths, Wyre 176 and 52 in the Ribble Valley.

Preston and Lancashire will enter tier-3 restrictions when the current second national lockdown ends on 2 December.

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A chart released by Public Health England shows all areas rated by their current tier.

It shows how far Lancashire has to go to get into tier-2 restrictions.

This chart shows where each local authority area ranks on the scale of Covid tiers Pic: Public Health England
This chart shows where each local authority area ranks on the scale of Covid tiers Pic: Public Health England

Shropshire and Cheshire are listed as the areas at the higher end of tier-2.

Read more: Preston’s reaction to being put in tier-3

In other Covid news the government has appointed a new health minister to oversee the roll-out of the Covid vaccine.

Nadhim Zahawi is being brought in alongside Matt Hancock to tackle the ‘big operational challenge’ of vaccinating England and working closely with devolved nations on their vaccination programmes.

The first vaccinations are due to take place before Christmas – if approved by health regulators – and Mr Zahawi is expected to be in post until at least summer 2021.

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