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Preston and South Ribble coronavirus infection rates continue to rise as UK sees more than 1,000 Covid deaths for first time since April last year

Posted on - 6th January, 2021 - 7:59pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
A frozen Preston Docks as early January begins cold and lockdown shows no signs of thawing Pic: Tony Worrall
A frozen Preston Docks as early January begins cold and lockdown shows no signs of thawing Pic: Tony Worrall

Latest coronavirus infection rates for Preston and South Ribble show the surge of the virus which has taken place leading up to the third national lockdown.

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Daily cases for Wednesday (6 January) have also been released showing Preston recorded 38 new cases.

South Ribble also recorded 38 new Covid-19 cases for the same day.

Wyre saw 27 new cases, Ribble Valley 39 and Fylde recorded 34.

Infection rates for Preston are now at 352.1 cases per 100,000 people, for the seven days to January 2, compared to 206.1 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to 26 December.

South Ribble’s infection rate is now at 381.8, up from 171.5 for the same seven day periods as Preston.

The data is taken from the Public Health England dashboard and excludes confirmed cases from the last four days as often cases are re-allocated or updated.

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Wyre’s infection rate is now 373.8, up from 173.1 and Fylde is 271.1 up from 152.3.

Ribble Valley is at 579.8 up from 328.5.

You can see how Preston and South Ribble’s infection rates have changed since late October 2020 here, if you can’t see the chart below click here.

Death toll reaches new grim mark and when lockdown 3 could end

The UK saw 1,041 people die in coronavirus-related deaths, within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

It is the highest daily number of deaths reported since April 21 2020 when 1,224 deaths were reported.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “These figures need to be a wake-up call to the stark impact that the pandemic is having on our friends, neighbours and loved ones and the daily battle being played out across all health and care services against this horrible disease.”

Lockdown 3 formally came into force through law during Wednesday as MPs voted 524 to 16 for the new restrictions.

Read more: What can and can’t open during lockdown 3

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons: “Our emergence from the lockdown cocoon will not be a big bang but a gradual unwrapping.”

Health secretary Matt Hancock added during the Commons debate: “While these regulations do provide for new restrictions until the end of March, it is not because we expect the full national lockdown to continue until then but to allow the steady, controlled and evidence-led move down through the tiers on a local basis.”

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