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Preston’s coronavirus infection rate rises as South Ribble’s falls and Prime Minister delivers vaccine update

Posted on - 9th November, 2020 - 10:03pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
The new restrictions permit exercising outdoors - which has seen Preston's parks get busier since Thursday Pic: Tony Worrall
The new restrictions permit exercising outdoors – which has seen Preston’s parks get busier since Thursday Pic: Tony Worrall

Latest coronavirus figures show the city has seen another rise in its infection rate.

Preston had 61 new cases confirmed during Monday (9 November).

The infection rate for the city is 456.9 cases per 100,000 people, for the seven days to November 5. This is up from 433.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 29.

South Ribble’s confirmed cases were 30 new Covid-19 cases for the Monday.

For the same infection rate period as Preston, there were 267.2 per 100,000 people, down from 367.4 per 100,000 people.

See the latest coronavirus figures for where you are by entering your postcode below

The figures are calculated by the Press Association and based on Public Health England data. The last few days of cases are not included as there are regularly amendments made to the case numbers.

Science to the rescue?

New Covid figures came as the Prime Minister called a press conference to update the country on the development of a Covid vaccine.

Early findings from the Pfizer and BioNTech trial showed the vaccine, tested on 43,500 people in six countries, had managed to prevent 90 per cent of people from catching Covid-19.

Mr Johnson warned there were ‘several hurdles’ to go in being able to roll-out the vaccine.

The Prime Minister gives an update on the UK's fight against coronavirus Pic: 10 Downing Street
The Prime Minister gives an update on the UK’s fight against coronavirus Pic: 10 Downing Street

He said 40 million doses of the vaccine had been ordered, enough to use on 20 million people as each vaccination requires two jabs.

Deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said: “This is a very important scientific breakthrough. I am certain of that.”

The Prime Minister said it was ‘early days’ and the first ‘toot of the scientific bugle, coming over the hill had been made’.

You can watch the full press conference below

England entered a second national lockdown on Thursday (5 November) with tough restrictions on leaving your home, the closure of non-essential shops and more.

The lockdown is due to end on Monday 2 December.

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