Burnley’s coronavirus infection rate surpasses 600 for the first time as Blackburn, Pendle and Lancaster cases rise


More than 5,200 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Lancashire in the week to October 11, the latest figures available, as Burnley’s infection rate surpassed 600 for the first time.The new seven-day rolling rate from Public Health England shows that 538 positive tests for the virus were recorded in Burnley in seven days, increasing its infection rate from 415 cases per 100,000 people to 605.

The borough of East Lancashire has the fourth highest infection rate in England behind Nottingham, Knowsley and Liverpool.

Weekly infection rates have also increased in Blackburn (from 257.9 to 442.2) with 662 new cases. The infection rate is likely to increase even more after hundreds of additional cases in the past three days.

The pendulum rate rose from 307.2 to 469 while there were also significant increases in West Lancashire (from 293.9 to 465.4) and Lancaster (173.9 to 332.1).

All 14 regions of Lancashire saw an increase in the infection rate with eight areas now above the 300 mark and only Wyre below 200.

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Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,070 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 11 – the equivalent of 922.2 cases per 100,000 population.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, which rose from 602.5 to 699.3, with 1,055 new cases. Liverpool are in third place, where the rate rose from 580.1 to 676.6, with 3,370 new cases.

The rate in Manchester fell from 558.0 to 473.0, with 2,615 new cases recorded.

The list was calculated by the PA news agency and is based on data from Public Health England released on October 15 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (October 12-15) have been excluded as they are incomplete and do not reflect the actual number of cases.

The data below includes the total number of cases and the overall infection rate for each area since the start of the pandemic. Many of these cases will no longer be active.

Full list of the latest Lancashire infection rates:

From left to right, we read: the name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 11; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to October 11; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 4; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days to October 4.

Burnley 605,0 (538), 415,0 (369) ↑

Pendle 469,0 (432), 307,2 (283) ↑

Lancashire occidental 465,4 (532), 293,9 (336) ↑

Blackburn avec Darwen 442,2 (662), 257,9 (386) ↑

Preston 366,8 (525), 315,1 (451) ↑

Hyndburn 343,0 (278), 291,2 (236) ↑

Lancaster 332,1 (485), 173,9 (254) ↑

Rossendale 321,8 (230), 265,8 (190) ↑

Ribble Valley 297.3 (181), 248.0 (151) ↑

South Ribble 276,2 (306), 215,7 (239) ↑

Blackpool 261,0 (364), 189,3 (264) ↑

Chorley 238,5 (282), 173,4 (205) ↑

Wyre 207,0 (232), 130,3 (146) ↑

Complete 198.1 (160), 159.7 (129) ↑

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