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Preston sees coronavirus infection rate rise as government gives hint on ‘mass vaccinations’ plan

Posted on - 10th December, 2020 - 7:07pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Shoppers out in Preston city centre under the Christmas lights Pic: Paul Melling
Shoppers out in Preston city centre under the Christmas lights Pic: Paul Melling

Preston has seen the coronavirus infection rate increase after solid weeks of a downward trend.

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New coronavirus cases of 52 were recorded in the city during Thursday (10 December).

South Ribble saw 17 new cases for the same day.

Wyre recorded 14 new Covid-19 cases, Ribble Valley saw 17 and Fylde recorded 15 new cases.

Preston’s coronavirus infrection rate is now 213.1 cases per 100,000 people, for the seven days to December 6, up from 186.5 per 100,000 for the seven days to November 29.

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South Ribble’s infection rate is now 178.7, down from 218.4 for the same date periods.

The average for England is 157.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Fylde, Wyre and Ribble Valley are all below the average for England, with Ribble Valley only just at 151.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Read more: Map shows Covid-19 cases in each area of Preston and South Ribble

Covid vaccine roll-out update and testing update too

As Royal Preston Hospital continues to deliver vaccinations to those most at risk, the government has continued the plans to vaccinate in GP surgeries next week.

Health secretary Matt Hancock gave an update in the Commons to say care home vaccinations would be taking place ‘by Christmas’.

Read more: Penwortham care home has 30 staff vaccinated

He also revealed the government is planning to take over sports stadiums and conference halls to be used as vaccination centres in 2021.

He said: “When the time comes, the NHS will get in touch with you, so you don’t need to come forward and get into contact with the NHS.”

Mr Hancock also outlined the NHS Test and Trace programme would be ramping up, and also indicate support available – such as the £500 self-isolation grant – to those who test positive.

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