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Preston’s coronavirus infection rate remains below 200 as tier-3 restrictions begin again

Posted on - 1st December, 2020 - 8:48pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
A damp looking Christmas scene in Preston's Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall
A damp looking Christmas scene in Preston’s Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s coronavirus infection rate has stayed below 200 for a second day running.

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New cases were recorded in the city, with 50 new cases for Tuesday (1 December).

South Ribble saw 36 new Covid-19 cases for the same day.

Wyre saw 23 new cases, Ribble Valley recorded 11 cases and Fylde just 10 new cases.

Preston’s infection rate is now 198.4 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to November 27, down from 278.8 for the seven days to November 20.

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South Ribble, after a flick upwards in its trend on Monday, moved back to a downward week-on-week trend.

The borough now has an infection rate of 216.6, down from 221 for the same time periods as Preston.

Both Wyre and Fylde remain below the England average infection rate – which is 157.3 – Wyre is 118.7 and Fylde 144.8. Both districts were down week-on-week.

Ribble Valley is just above the England average at 159.3 and also had a decrease week-on-week.

MPs vote in new tier system and boost for pubs

Preston and Lancashire will move into the new tier-3 measures from midnight on Wednesday (2 December).

The second national lockdown ends at midnight but the city and county will face the tightest restrictions – with infection rates above the England average and the Health secretary saying high infections in the over-60s were still a warning light for Lancashire.

The government won the vote by 291 votes to 78 to return to the regional Covid-19 tiered approach to restrictions. Labour ordered their MPs to abstain.

Under tier-3 restrictions tight rules banning indoor household mixing remain, the rule of six returns for outdoor meet-ups, shops can re-open but hospitality and leisure businesses such as pubs, restaurants and soft play centres must stay closed.

Read more: What can and can’t open in Preston and Lancashire when lockdown 2 ends

A number of Conservative MPs voted against the government’s proposals with chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs Sir Graham Brady saying: “If Government is to take away fundamental liberties of the people whom we represent, they must demonstrate beyond question that they’re acting in a way that is both proportionate and absolutely necessary.”

The Prime Minister defended the tiers system, saying it was necessary to keep the infection rates low and ease pressure on the NHS through the winter months.

The government has committed to reviewing the tiers every two weeks, with the first review point due on 16 December.

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