Lancashire County Council Public Health Director Dr Sakthi Karunanithi expects tougher rules to be imposed in the town in the coming days as residents are already urged to follow a number of measures additional in order to stop the spread of the virus.
Data from Public Health England shows the city recorded 49 new cases of Covid-19 in the week to July 31 – which equates to nearly 35 cases per 100,000 population – more than double the previous week, with 18 cases recorded in a single day.
That number is the second largest increase behind Blackburn with Darwen, which recorded 119 new cases.
Karunanithi told BBC Radio Lancashire he expected the government to impose restrictions “in the next few days”. “This is my personal and professional opinion, given the statistics, the direction of travel and the scale of the problem,” he said.