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Preston and South Ribble coronavirus infection rates continue to drop as Prime Minister says ‘we must learn to live with the disease’

Posted on - 20th April, 2021 - 8:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Looking down Fishergate on a sunny Preston day Pic: Tony Worrall
Looking down Fishergate on a sunny Preston day Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston and South Ribble’s coronavirus infection rates showed further falls as the Prime Minister delivered a Covid update to the nation.

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New cases recorded in Preston for Tuesday (20 April) showed 12 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily increase for more than a week for the city.

South Ribble saw its numbers amended and -1 cases recorded as PCR numbers were amended from lateral flow tests.

Fylde was up by just one case, Ribble Valley no new cases, Chorley up by five and Wyre by two cases.

Preston’s infection rate is now 30.7 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to April 16, down from 43.3 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to April 9.

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Data for the most recent four days (April 17-20) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

South Ribble’s rate is now 27.1, down from 46 for the same two date periods as Preston.

Wyre’s up to 16.1 from 9.8 and Fylde is at 14.9, down from 22.3.

Ribble Valley’s rate is 14.8, down from 21.4 and Chorley dropped to 35.5 from 40.6.

Read more: 17 areas of Preston and South Ribble with fewer than three Covid cases up to April 14

Prime Minister looking at new Covid treatments amid third wave warning

Boris Johnson led a Downing Street update to reassure the nation the ‘path to freedom’ remained open.

He said there was no deviation from the roadmap out of lockdown planned.

New figures showed there were now fewer than 2,000 patients in hospital with Covid for the first time since September last year.

At a Downing Street press conference he said: “As we look at what is happening in other countries, with cases now at record numbers around the world, we cannot delude ourselves that Covid has gone away.

“I see nothing in the data now that makes me think we are going to have to deviate in any way from the road map – cautious but irreversible – that we have set out.

“But the majority of scientific opinion in this country is still firmly of the view that there will be another wave of Covid at some stage this year.

“And so we must, as far as possible, learn to live with this disease as we live with other diseases.”

Read more: First Moderna vaccines given in Preston and Lancashire this week

You can watch the full briefing below

Mr Johnson suggested that antivirals could be a third method of defence, along with vaccinations – including booster shots – and mass testing.

The antiviral taskforce will seek out new medicines to “stop the virus in its tracks”, hopefully producing simple treatments that can be taken at home.

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