Preston’s latest coronavirus cases and infection rates have been confirmed as estimates surfaced of how many people in the city have now had a first Covid-19 jab.Advertisement
The city recorded seven new coronavirus cases on Thursday (22 April).
South Ribble was up by three cases for the same day.
Wyre also recorded three new cases, Fylde up by one, Ribble Valley was -1 as PCR cases rectified and Chorley recorded nine new cases.
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Preston’s Covid-19 infection rate is now 34.9 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to April 18, down from 43.3 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to April 11.
Data for the most recent four days (April 19-22) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
South Ribble’s rate is now 18.1, down from 43.3 – for the same two dates as Preston.
Wyre’s rate was static at 12.5 while Fylde dropped to 8.7, down from 23.5.
Ribble Valley is at 8.2, down from 19.7 and Chorley is now at 30.5, down from 43.1.
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Figures giving estimates on how many people aged 45 and over have received a first Covid-19 jab have been published.
Broken down by local authority the figures look at data from NHS England on vaccinations up to April 18 and population figures from the Office for National Statistics.
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Preston has seen 51,355 first jabs given – meaning 93.4% of over-45 have received a vaccine.
South Ribble’s seen 50,958 jabs, and a rate of 92.9% and Chorley’s given out 51,130 with a rate of 90.2%.
Wyre’s vaccinated 57,776 people with a rate of 91.9% and Fylde 42,807 with a rate of 92.7%.
Ribble Valley’s rate is at 92.5% with 30,598 vaccinations.
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The number of cases of rare blood clots among the millions of people in the UK who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has risen to 168.
The UK’s medicines regulator said the overall case fatality rate was 19%, with 32 deaths up to April 14.
This figure has risen from 22 deaths, up to April 5.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that while the estimated incidence rate of cases has increased over time, the number of cases remains extremely low in the context of the millions of doses administered.
The regulator’s position remains that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.
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