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Preston and South Ribble coronavirus infection rates now above where they were before second national lockdown and UK reaches new grim daily Covid deaths total

Posted on - 13th January, 2021 - 8:38pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Preston skyline with a sprinkling of snow and ice Pic: Mick Gardner
Preston skyline with a sprinkling of snow and ice Pic: Mick Gardner

Preston and South Ribble’s coronavirus infection rates are continuing to climb towards the 500 mark.

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Daily confirmed coronavirus cases for the city were 81 for Wednesday (13 January).

South Ribble saw 93 new cases for the same day.

Wyre recorded 58 cases, Ribble Valley 47 and Fylde also 47.

Preston’s coronavirus infection rate is now 459 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 9, up from 355.6 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 2.

All data comes from the Public Health England dashboard and data for the most recent four days (January 10-13) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

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South Ribble’s infection rate is 476.6, up from 379.1, for the same seven day periods as Preston.

Ribble Valley’s rate of infection rate growth has slowed, at 584.7, up from 581.4.

Wyre continues to rise, now at 444.3, up from 374.7 and Fylde is at 331.8, up from 271.1.

Read more: Preston and South Ribble’s area-by-area Covid cases

Preston and South Ribble’s Covid-19 infection rates are above where they were before the start of the second national lockdown in November.

The chart below shows the progress of the infection rates in the city and the borough since late October. If you can’t see the chart, click here.

24/7 vaccinations and new highest daily Covid death toll

A new grim milestone was set in the UK’s Covid-19 pandemic, as 1,564 people died in the figures given for Wednesday (13 January. It is the highest daily number of deaths on record, from those who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

The previous daily high was on Friday 8 January when there were 1,325 deaths.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said: “With each passing day, more and more people are tragically losing their lives to this terrible virus, and today we have reported the highest number of deaths on a single day since the pandemic began.”

The government has begun reporting daily numbers of the progress of the UK’s vaccinations.

So far 2.6m people have received a first dose of the Covid vaccine, with 428,232 seconded doses across the UK.

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Meanwhile a YouGov poll showed almost half of people in Britain would be supportive of a vaccination appointment between midnight and 5.59am.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged 24/7 vaccination appointments ‘as soon as possible’.

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