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How Preston and South Ribble’s coronavirus infection rates changed during January and vaccine passports ‘won’t be issued’ say government

Posted on - 7th February, 2021 - 6:48pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
The third lockdown in England saw empty streets in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
The third lockdown in England saw empty streets in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

The full picture of how coronavirus infection rates have changed during January can now be seen.

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We track the infection rates daily, based on the Public Health England dashboard, and you can see in the chart within this article the change since late October 2020 in both Preston and South Ribble.

First a look at the latest confirmed Covid-19 cases from over the weekend.

Preston recorded 72 new Covid-19 cases for Saturday (6 February).

South Ribble saw 34 cases for the same day.

Wyre recorded 21 new cases, Fylde 11, Ribble Valley 16 and Chorley 39.

See the latest coronavirus case rates and information near you

Confirmed cases for Sunday (7 February) were 69 new cases in Preston.

South Ribble saw 52 for the same day.

Wyre recorded 25, Fylde 29, Ribble Valley just 12 and Chorley 47 new cases.

Read more: Preston’s mass vaccination hub to begin operation

The January slowdown – how infection rates changed

After a rapid rise the coronavirus infection rates in both Preston and South Ribble did fall during January.

However you can see South Ribble is now levelling off at a much higher rate than where it was pre-third lockdown.

Preston has continued to decline, but again remains above where it was throughout December. You can see the chart below or via this link.

Neither the city or the borough has seen the same rapid drop to levels in late November after the second lockdown.

GPs will be able to provide written proof of vaccine to enable travel

Immunity passports to Covid-19 will not be given out, says the Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Countries such as Greece have stated they will waive quarantine requirements for those who have been jabbed.

Minister are looking at ways in which UK residents with protection can travel once the lockdown is over.

Read more: Preston Grasshoppers is now a Covid vaccine centre

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi, asked about whether the Government was considering issuing immunity passports, told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “No, we’re not.

“One, we don’t know the impact of the vaccines on transmission.

“Two, it would be discriminatory and I think the right thing to do is to make sure that people come forward to be vaccinated because they want to rather than it be made in some way mandatory through a passport.

“If other countries obviously require some form of proof, then you can ask your GP because your GP will hold your records and that will then be able to be used as your proof you’ve had the vaccine.

“But we are not planning to have a passport in the UK.”

See the latest coronavirus vaccination figures and information

Labour’s shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said vaccine passports “may be necessary” but raised questions over how they would be used.

“I am saying we should be open to this but there are complications to do this vaccine passport… Is it just for international travel? Is it for as you go about your business in your society?” the former party leader queried.

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