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Preston and South Ribble’s latest coronavirus infection rates as nation mourns loss of Captain Sir Tom Moore

Posted on - 2nd February, 2021 - 10:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Preston's skyline over the Docks Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston’s skyline over the Docks Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston and South Ribble’s coronavirus infection rates are continuing to fall rapidly.

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New cases recorded for Tuesday (2 February) showed Preston saw 43 new confirmed cases.

South Ribble has 54 new Covid-19 cases for the same day.

Wyre recorded 35, Fylde recorded 17, Chorley 34 and Ribble Valley with 20.

The city’s infection rate is now at 361.9 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 29, down from 473.7 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 22.

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Data for the most recent four days (January 30-February 2) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

South Ribble’s Covid-19 infection rate is 329.5, down from 423.3 for the same seven day periods as Preston listed above.

Wyre is now 240.9, down from 289.9 and Fylde is 272.3, down from 329.3.

Ribble Valley is now 275.9, down from 353.1 and Chorley is 247, down from 341.7.

Read more: Latest area-by-area Covid cases in Preston and South Ribble

Nation mourns the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore

The man who raised millions for the NHS charities with his efforts during the first lockdown has died aged 100.

Captain Sir Tom Moore has been hailed as ‘lifting the spirits of an entire generation’.

He died in Bedford Hospital on Tuesday morning after testing positive for Covid-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the veteran as “not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world”.

“In the face of this country’s deepest post-war crisis, he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit,” he said.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen would be sending a private message of condolence to Sir Tom’s family, adding: “Her thoughts, and those of the royal family, are with them, recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world.”

The White House also joined the chorus of tributes, saying the US joined the UK “in honouring the memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who inspired millions through his life and his actions”.

Sir Tom had been taken to hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus last week.

His family praised the care he had received from the NHS and said they had been able to spend time with him in his final hours.

In Penwortham the flags at the war memorial in Liverpool Road were lowered to half-mast in tribute to the Captain.

They will remain at half-mast until Captain Tom’s funeral takes place.

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