It has been announced that Lancashire will be staying in the tier-3 restrictions.Advertisement
This is after a rise in coronavirus cases across many places in Lancashire.
The seven-day average per 100,000 people has recently risen to 222.9 in Preston and 178.7 in South Ribble.
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Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “Unfortunately cases have not fallen to a sufficient degree to enable us to move down to Tier 2 and we’re especially concerned about rising case numbers in the over 60’s age group.
“As we live with these restrictions over the festive period I’d urge everyone to exercise caution if visiting loved ones to protect vulnerable people and reduce pressure on our health service. Winter is already a tough time for our NHS and any steps we can take to reduce the rate of infection will prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
“We want to be in a strong position to leave Tier 3 as early as possible in the New Year. Our challenge is do everything we can to continue to lower the rates, in order to fully reopen our high street and support our hospitality sector.”
Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council says remaining in tier-3 will be ‘devastating for the region’.
England’s overall average infection rate has also increased to 195.4.
All four nations of the UK agreed on the five-day relaxation of restrictions during Christmas (23-27 December).
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People will be able to form a bubble with three households over these five days so they can meet indoors.
However, some believe that this period should be reduced to three days to reduce the risk of infection rates going up.
Health secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons: “It’s so vital that everyone sticks at it and does the right thing, especially over this Christmas period.
“It’s important to remember that this can be a silent disease. One in three people who have the disease has no symptoms but can still pass it on.
“Everyone, therefore, has a personal responsibility to play their part in keeping this pandemic under control.”
The latest data shows that 25,161 people tested positive for coronavirus in the UK on 16 December.
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304,360 tests were conducted and 612 people died from the virus.
In Preston 55 people tested positive for Covid-19.
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