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Preston drops out of England’s top 10 infection rates as Prime Minister receives first coronavirus jab

Posted on - 19th March, 2021 - 9:11pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Boris Johnson receives his first coronavirus vaccine Pic: Downing Street
Boris Johnson receives his first coronavirus vaccine Pic: Downing Street

Preston’s coronavirus infection rate has dropped out of England’s top 10 hotspots.

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New cases confirmed for Friday (19 March) saw the city record 17 new cases.

South Ribble saw just two new coronavirus cases for the same day.

Wyre recorded five, Chorley the same nuymber, Ribble Valley just three and Fylde two cases.

Latest coronavirus infection rate figures show Preston’s rate has dropped to 119.5 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to March 15, down from 151.6 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to March 8.

This moves the city down to 16th in the highest infection rates in England by council district.

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Data for the most recent four days (March 16-19) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

South Ribble’s Covid rate is 101.1, down from 113.7 for the same two date periods as Preston.

Wyre is at 41.9, down from 48.2 and Fylde’s rate is now 68.1, down from 74.3.

Chorley is at 66.8, up slightly from 61.8 and Ribble Valley also saw a slight rise from 92 to 96.9.

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Prime Minister receives his first jab

Boris Johnson has received his first coronavirus vaccine.

The Prime Minister received the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab shortly after 6.30pm on Friday.

He was vaccinated at the Westminster Bridge Vaccination Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital in London – the same hospital where he was treated for coronavirus last year.

The Prime Minister said: “Everybody, when you get your notification to go for a jab please go and get it. It is the best thing for you, best thing for your family and for everybody else.”

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The Prime Minister had previously dismissed concerns it was linked to blood clots, and told the nation it was “safe” at a press briefing on Thursday.

His jab comes as new figures suggest half of adults in England are likely to have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine – making it the first of the four UK nations to pass this symbolic milestone.

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