Christmas Day and Boxing Day coronavirus cases as Preston and South Ribble infection rates show steady rise

Posted on - 26th December, 2020 - 7:23pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Christmas tree at the Harris Museum in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
Christmas tree at the Harris Museum in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Coronavirus cases confirmed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day show the latest picture in the city and the county.


Preston recorded 15 new cases of Covid-19 on Christmas Day (Friday 25 December).

South Ribble recorded the same number on the same day.

Wyre was up by 31 cases, Ribble Valley recorded 19 and Fylde was up by 18.

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Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December) saw Preston increase by 41 cases.

South Ribble recorded 16 for the same day.

Wyre was up by 13, Ribble Valley up by 17 and Fylde recorded just seven.

Read more: Preston woman behind campaign calling on indoor yoga to resume in tier-3 areas

How Covid-19 infection rates have changed

Latest infection rate data shows how Preston and South Ribble are seeing infection rates creep back up again since the second national lockdown ended.

You can see how the infection rates have changed below, or follow this link to the chart.

Preston’s rates are back above where they were in late November.

Although South Ribble is still below that period after it experienced a mini spike in late November.

The infection rate is calculated by looking at the rolling average of cases for a seven day period and looking at the cases against the population for each area. All data comes from the Public Health England dashboard.

Tier-restrictions review for the week ahead

Another review of the government’s tier-restrictions is due in the week ahead.

Preston and Lancashire remained in tier-3 restrictions during the last review on December 16.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a fourth tier just before Christmas, as a new strain of coronavirus saw infection rates rise rapidly in London and the South East.

Further areas were put into tier-4 just days before Christmas.

Read more: Schools in Preston and Lancashire returning in January being ‘kept under review’

The government has committed to reviewing the tier restrictions for all areas every two weeks, which will be December 30 for Preston and Lancashire.

24-million people are within the tier-4 restrictions, which see household mixing banned, non-essential shops shut and a ‘stay at home’ order issued.

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