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Preston’s coronavirus infection rate continues to fall but now in England’s top 10 as Prime Minister gives vaccine update

Posted on - 10th February, 2021 - 9:17pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
The Harris in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s coronavirus infection rate is now in England’s top 10, although it is continuing to fall.

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New cases confirmed for Wednesday (9 February) saw 34 in Preston.

South Ribble recorded 17 positive coronavirus cases for the same day.

Wyre was up by 20, Ribble Valley by 20 as well, Fylde recorded 16 and Chorley was up by 40 cases.

The city’s infection rate is now 329.1 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to February 6, down from 350 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 30.

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Data for the most recent four days (February 7-10) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Preston has the ninth highest infection rate in England, with Mansfield and East Staffordshire above and below on 348.5 and 320.7 respectively.

South Ribble’s Covid-19 infection rate is now 302.4, down from 336.7 for the same two date periods as Preston.

Wyre is now 186.5, down from 228.4 and Fylde is now 204.3, down from 267.4.

Ribble Valley is at 202, down from 244.7 and Chorley is now 209.8, down from 248.7.

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Priority groups urged to take up Covid vaccine

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tonight called on more than two million people in the nation’s priority groups to be vaccinated.

Mr Johnson confirmed one in four adults in England had now received their first dose of a Covid vaccine.

More than two million people, over-70s, health and social care staff and the clinically extremely vulnerable – are yet to be vaccinated.

The government has set a target of February 15 to have all the priority groups vaccinated.

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At a Downing Street press conference, he said: “With less than a week to go until the target date of Monday the 15th, there’s no doubt we’ve made great strides, with just over 13 million people now vaccinated in our United Kingdom, including one in four adults in England, over 90% of everyone over 75 and over 90% of eligible residents of care homes for the elderly.

“But that still leaves nearly two million people, a population roughly twice the size of Birmingham, that we still hope to reach.

“Now is the moment to do it.”

You can watch the full press conference below

The Prime Minister also said the nation is going “to have to get used to” being revaccinated in the autumn as fresh variants emerge, much like the need for annual boosters against seasonal flu.

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