Preston sees coronavirus infection rate drop in half again as vaccine to be rolled out to 45-49 age group

Posted on - 13th April, 2021 - 9:59am | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
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A carpet of daffodils in Cottam Pic: Tony Worrall

As Preston and South Ribble moved back to some sort of normality during Monday (12 April) the city saw its infection rate drop further.


There were six new confirmed coronavirus cases during Monday for Preston.

South Ribble recorded 12 on the same day.

Wyre was up by six, Fylde four cases, Ribble Valley also four and Chorley recorded 17 new cases.

Preston’s infection rate is now 37 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days April 8, down from 85.2 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to April 1.


Data for the most recent four days (April 9-12) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

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South Ribble saw a very small increase in its infection rate, the borough is at 42.4 cases per 100,000 people up from 41.5 – for the same two date periods as Preston.

Wyre is now down to 10.7, from 12.5 and Fylde is up to 18.6, from 13.6.

Ribble Valley’s rate has dropped to 23 from 47.6 and Chorley is down to 45.7 from 61.8.

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Over-45s to now receive Covid vaccine jab

The NHS is now to begin inviting people to book those aged over-45 to book their Covid vaccine jab.

It signals the start of “Phase 2” of the vaccination programme – which involves offering vaccines to healthy adults aged under 50.

Read more: What you can and can’t do as Preston and Lancashire enter next stage of lockdown easing

The move comes as it was announced that the Government has met its target of offering the vaccine to all adults over the age of 50.

In England it has been estimated that 19 in 20 of those who have already been offered the jab have taken up the offer.

See the latest coronavirus vaccine stats and information near you

One vaccination expert said that it was “vitally important” to vaccinate “the last few per cent”, or they could get infected and end up in hospital.

Professor Jeremy Brown, from University College London Hospitals and member of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told the Today programme: “The problem here is that 5-10% have not been vaccinated.

“When the virus re-circulates through the community they could get infected and end up in hospital.

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“So it’s vitally important that we get that last few per cent.”

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