A year on from the first lockdown beginning, here are the latest coronavirus figures for Preston and Lancashire.Advertisement
The city recorded 29 new coronavirus cases for Tuesday (23 March).
South Ribble saw seven new cases for the same day.
Wyre was up by nine cases, Fylde by 11 cases, Chorley recorded 17 cases and Ribble Valley saw four new cases.
Preston’s infection rate has now dropped to 88 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to March 19, down from 136.9 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to March 12.
Data for the most recent four days (March 20-23) 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 now 90.3, down from 115.5 – for the same two date periods.
Wyre’s now at 48.2, up slightly from 41.9 and Fylde is at 64.4, up from 59.4.
Ribble Valley is down slightly, to 82.1 from 83.8 and Chorley has dropped to 55.8, down from 77.8.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson lead a briefing to the nation on the day the country reflected on the impact of the pandemic on all our lives.
People across the UK joined a minute’s silence at mid-day to remember all those lost during the Covid pandemic in the last 12 months.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics showed a total of 149,117 people have been recorded as dying from Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
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Mr Johnson said: “For the entire British people it has been an epic of endurance and privation, of children’s birthday parties cancelled, of weddings postponed, of family gatherings of all kinds simply deleted from the diary.
“And worst of all, in that time, we have suffered so many losses and for so many people our grief has been made more acute because we have not been able to see our loved ones.”
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Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said although there had been positive signs there were still ‘bumps in the road’ ahead.
He said: “This is a sad day, really.
“The path from here on in does look better than the last year but there are going to be lots of bumps and twists on the road from here on in.
“There will definitely be another surge at some point, whether it’s before winter or in the next winter, we don’t know.
“Variants are going to cause problems, there will be stock-outs of vaccines and no doubt there will be multiple problems at a national level but also at a local level – school outbreaks, prison outbreaks, all the things that people are dealing with on a daily basis.”
Watch the full Downing Street briefing below
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