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Preston’s coronavirus infection rate goes below 300 as Prime Minister gives tier restrictions update

Posted on - 23rd November, 2020 - 8:17pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Preston from Hillhouse Lane Pic: Mick Gardner
Preston from Hillhouse Lane Pic: Mick Gardner

Preston has seen one of its lowest daily rises in coronavirus cases in recent months.

The city, and county, awaits a decision on Thursday as to whether it will go back into tier-three measures once the second national lockdown ends.

Latest Covid-19 figures show there were 28 new Covid-19 cases in Preston during Monday (23 November).

South Ribble saw 29 new cases during the same day.

New cases for Wyre (19), Fylde (10) and Ribble Valley (13).

Infection rates for the city have continued to fall dramatically, and Preston is now below 300 cases per 100,000 people – the best figure for months.

Preston’s rate of 287.8 per 100,000 people, for the seven days to November 19, down from 465.3 per 100,000 for the seven days to November 12.

See the latest coronavirus cases and information for where you live

South Ribble remains below the England average, of 228.9, the borough has a Covid-19 infection rate of 211.2 per 100,000, down from 259.1 per 100,000 for the same seven day periods as Preston.

Infection rates in Wyre are some of the lowest in the county, at 162.4, down from 248.9.

Fylde is at 248.8, a drop from 302.1. The Ribble Valley is also down at 213.5, a drop from 341.6.

Update given on tier-restrictions and the fight against Covid

Boris Johnson giving the update during Monday 23 November from Downing Street Pic: YouTube
Boris Johnson giving the update during Monday 23 November from Downing Street Pic: YouTube

The Prime Minister led a press conference to the nation during Monday evening to update the country on what will happen once we reach 2 December.

Boris Johnson said it is likely many more parts of the country will be in tougher measures, the third tier, once the second national lockdown ends.

All areas of the country will find out on Thursday whether they are tier-1, tier-2 or tier-3.

Read more: Preston City Council leader reacts to Prime Minister’s statement to MPs

Mr Johnson urged the country to stick to the new regionalised tiers once December 2 was reached.

He said: “This is not the moment to let the virus rip for Christmas parties.

“It is the season to be jolly – but to also be jolly careful.”

See the full press conference below

Updates were also given on the Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine. It was revealed this morning the vaccine had a 70% success rate in trials.

The UK has ordered 100million doses of the Oxford vaccine.

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