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Fylde has third-fastest rising Covid rate in England as Preston and Lancashire continues to fall

Posted on - 28th January, 2021 - 7:49pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
An empty Guildhall Street in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
An empty Guildhall Street in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Fylde is continuing to buck the trend in Lancashire with its coronavirus infection rate rising while Preston, South Ribble and the rest of the county falls.

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Latest coronavirus cases for Thursday (28 January) show Preston recorded 84 new Covid-19 cases.

South Ribble was up by 72 cases for the same day.

Fylde recorded 59 cases, Ribble Valley 24, Wyre 41 and Chorley up by 47.

Preston’s Covid-19 infection rate is continuing to fall, down to 454.1 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 24, compared to 489.7 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 17.

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Data for the most recent four days (January 25-28) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

South Ribble’s infection rate is now 386.3, down from 478.4 for the same two date ranges as Preston.

Fylde’s infection rate is continuing to climb, up to 354, from 299.6. This puts the borough third in England’s fastest rising infection rates for week-on-week rises, behind Bassetlaw and the Derbyshire Dales.

Wyre is now 273, down from 344.4 while Ribble Valley is 338.3, down from 482.9.

Chorley’s infection rate is 307.1, down from 362.

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Police reveal ‘Covid threats’ and where Covid infections are taking place

A third of police officers have been threatened with infection by members of the public claiming to have Covid-19, research suggests.

A survey of around one in 10 rank-and-file officers by the Police Federation of England and Wales found that 30% said at least once during the last six months a member of the public thought to have the virus had threatened to spit at them.

And 32% said someone who they believed to have Covid-19 had threatened to breathe or cough on them.

Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter said: “This survey clearly shows the huge pressure officers are under policing the pandemic and the negative impact on their welfare, with half of the respondents saying they have been physically attacked and 1 in 3 having been threatened by someone claiming to have Covid.”

“The results of this survey have come directly from our members – those police officers who are on the front line dealing with whatever society throws at them.

“The increasing level of violence they face, especially involving the ‘weaponising’ of the virus, is a sad indictment of the society we live in.”

Read more: Calls for Lancashire not to be penalised by having Covid vaccine supply cut due to successful roll-out

Meanwhile, new data shows care homes are still being ravaged by Covid-19.

Most outbreaks of Covid-19 reported to Public Health England (PHE) surveillance teams are still taking place in care homes but have decreased, new data shows.

There were 708 suspected outbreaks in care homes in the UK reported to PHE in the seven days to January 24, where 526 had at least one linked case that tested positive for coronavirus.

This is down from 887 suspected outbreaks the week before.

The latest PHE data shows 225 suspected outbreaks in workplaces in the week to January 24 – down from 245 the week before – with 157 having at least one confirmed Covid-19 positive case.

Meanwhile, 89 were in hospitals, down from 98 the week before, with 70 having at least one positive Covid-19 case.

A further 115 were in educational settings, such as schools, where 85 had at least one linked case, down from 120 the previous week.

Some five incidents were from food outlets/restaurants, down from 15 the week before.

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