Preston and South Ribble’s latest coronavirus cases have been confirmed on the day the government moved swathes of the country into the newly created tier-4 restrictions.Advertisement
The city saw 58 new confirmed Covid-19 cases for Wednesday (23 December).
South Ribble recorded 49 new cases for the same day.
Wyre was up by 26 cases, Fylde saw 27 cases and Ribble Valley was up by 41.
Preston’s coronavirus infection rate continues to increase, now at 240.3 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to December 19, up from 227.8 for the seven days to December 12.
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South Ribble is at 184.1, up from 174.2, for the same date periods.
Wyre’s rate is at 143.6, up from 132.
Fylde has one of the lowest rates in England, with 125 – a slight increase from 115.1.
Ribble Valley’s rate increase continues, up to 274.3 from 221.7.
Health secretary Matt Hancock led a grim government briefing as he announced the spread of the new coronavirus strain meant more areas needed to move into tier-4 restrictions.
The South East of England, along with areas of the East of England and the home counties will go into tier-4 from 00.01 on Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December).
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It means 43 per cent of the population of England will be within tier-4 restrictions which sees household mixing indoors banned, a stay-at-home order issued and non-essential shops and leisure businesses shut.
The government also moved areas of the South West into tier-3 restrictions.
Preston and Lancashire saw being in tier-3 restrictions remain unchanged although Mr Hancock said tier-3 “is not enough to control the new variant.”
December 30 is when the existing tier system is due for its latest review by ministers.
Christmas restrictions, which in tier-3 areas allow up to three households to meet indoors on Christmas Day, remain in place.
Mr Hancock said: “This Christmas and the start of 2021 is going to be tough. The new variant makes everything much harder because it spreads so much faster. But we mustn’t give up now, we know that we can control this virus, we know we can get through this together, we’re going to get through it by suppressing the virus until a vaccine can make us safe.”
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