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Coronavirus outbreak at HMP Preston is causing rise in St Matthew’s infection rate

Posted on - 4th May, 2021 - 8:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Health, Lancashire Police, Politics, Preston News, St Matthews
HMP Preston in Ribbleton Street Pic: Betty Longbottom
HMP Preston in Ribbleton Street Pic: Betty Longbottom

A coronavirus outbreak in HM Prison Preston has caused a rise in infection rates in St Matthew’s of the city.

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St Matthew’s recorded 35 Covid cases in the week running up to Wednesday 28 April, an increase of 27 from the week previous.

This is compared to 22 areas within Preston and South Ribble recording fewer than three cases.

Read more: 22 areas in Preston and South Ribble show fewer than three Covid cases in the seven days up to 28 April

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health for Lancashire County Council, said: “The two recent outbreaks at Mount Carmel RC High School in Accrington and HM Prison Preston have inevitably affected the wider infection rates.

“While the public should not be alarmed by the outbreaks, it is a clear reminder that Covid-19 is still present in Lancashire.

“That’s why it is vital, as we rightly enjoy our new freedoms, that we stick to the rules and remember the key behaviours of washing hands, wearing face coverings, making space and meeting in the fresh air to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

“It is also important that you take up the offer of twice weekly rapid testing and come forward for your vaccine when it is your turn.”

Read more: Preston and Lancashire residents aged 40 and over invited for Covid-19 jab

An outbreak in a school in Blackburn has also caused Lancashire’s rate to rise.

Preston’s current Covid case rate per 100,000 stands at 46.1, an increase from previous data.

England’s case rate is 23.8, a decrease compared to previous data.

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