Preston’s enjoyed a second day bathed in sunshine as the latest coronavirus figures show the rate in the city is still rising.Advertisement
Latest cases show Preston recorded 21 new Covid-19 cases during Wednesday (31 March).
South Ribble saw five new cases for the same day.
Wyre saw no new cases, Ribble Valley five cases, Fylde recorded no new cases and Chorley recorded 10 new cases.
Infection rate data shows Preston’s rate increased to 102.7 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to March 27, up from 89.4 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to March 21.
Data for the most recent four days (March 28-31) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
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South Ribble’s rate is now 65.9, down from 87.6 for the same two date periods as Preston.
Fylde’s dropped to 53.2, down from 65.6 and Wyre is at 34.8 down from 52.6.
Ribble Valley is at 50.9, down from 83.8 and Chorley’s up to 77 from 56.7.
Read more: See the places in Preston and South Ribble with fewer than three Covid cases
Dr. Sakthi Karunanithi has urged people to be cautious during the first weekend of the eased restrictions.
People can meet in up to groups of six, or two households, outside in public places such as parks and also in private gardens.
Lancashire’s infection rate is now at its lowest level since mid-September – however areas such as Preston still have relatively high rates compared to the rest of England.
Dr Karuanithi told the BBC Local Democracy Reporter Service’s Paul Faulkner: “Lancashire has been under restrictions for a long time, so it’s pleasing to see those now starting to lift, alongside falling case rates and the rate of vaccination.
“We want people to safely enjoy the outdoors over the Easter period and beyond, but they must stay cautious and continue to follow the rules.
“And if you do plan on visiting someone, please stick to the rule of six and outdoors. Don’t mix indoors until it is deemed safe to do so.
“By and large, the people of Lancashire have stuck to the rules, and that is reflected in our falling case rates.
“As we gradually open up our county, it is also really important that people continue to get tested regularly.”
Read more: What the lockdown rules are now after the March 29 rule change
Latest vaccine figures show the number of people received second doses of a Covid vaccine is above the first doses – for the first time.
A total of 270,526 second doses were given out during Tuesday (30 March) compared to 224,590 first doses.
A total of 4.1 million people in the UK are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the equivalent of around one in 13 (7.8%) of adults.
Second doses are likely to exceed first doses on most days over the next few weeks.
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Vaccine supplies will be focused on giving second doses to people who had their first jab in January and February.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Monday, said that “for many people, April will be the ‘second dose month’.”
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