Lancashire regions most at risk at level 3 with news of new infection rates announced


Seven Lancashire boroughs now have infection rates above 300 cases per 100,000 population, as it has been confirmed that some areas may ‘soon’ be subject to the new, more stringent lockdowns.Lancashire Council leaders revealed tonight they had obtained a ‘last minute reprieve’ from Downing Street to place the 14 local authorities on level 2 of the new three-tier system.

This means Lancashire bars, pubs and restaurants will remain open while home mixing will be banned in all indoor environments.

However, the reprieve could be short-lived, with Lancashire County Council claiming to have been warned by the government that “it is highly likely that part or all of Lancashire will soon be placed in the more severe level 3” .

No details have been provided by the government on which areas of Lancashire might be most at risk or on the minimum rate of infection an area must have before moving into the ‘very high’ category.

Burnley could be considered the most at risk region in Lancashire with new data from Public Health England showing his infection rate was 499.3 for the seven days leading up to October 9. A total of 444 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded, up from the previous 395. the week.

The borough of East Lancashire has the sixth highest infection rate in England, behind Liverpool and Knowsley who have now been placed at rank 3. Tighter restrictions mean pubs, bars closed , betting shops, casinos and gymnasiums from Wednesday.

Six other parts of Lancashire have infection rates above 300, including West Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle, Preston, Hyndburn and Rossendale.

Ribble Valley, Lancaster, South Ribble and Chorley all have infection rates over 200 while Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre have the lowest seven-day turnover rates in Lancashire.

Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 2,777 new cases registered in the seven days to October 9 – the equivalent of 834.2 cases per 100,000 people.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, which rose from 526.3 to 656.9, with 991 new cases. Liverpool are in third place, where the rate rose from 532.9 to 609.0, with 3,033 new cases, while the rate in Manchester fell from 561.1 to 448.4, with 2,479 new cases recorded.

Other areas recording big jumps in their seven-day rates include West Lancashire (from 241.5 to 398.9, with 456 new cases); Blackburn with Darwen (from 219.8 to 384.1, with 575 new cases); and County Durham (170.2-296.0, with 1,569 new cases).

The list was calculated by the PA news agency and is based on data from Public Health England released on Monday, October 12 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard. Data for the last three days (October 10-12) have been excluded as incomplete and subject to revision.

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 9; number (in brackets) of new cases registered during the seven days prior to October 9; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 2; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days to October 2.

Burnley 499,3 (444), 444,2 (395)

Lancashire West 398.9 (456), 241.5 (276)

Blackburn avec Darwen 384,1 (575), 219,8 (329)

Pendle 376,7 (347), 309,4 (285)

Preston 323,5 (463), 319,3 (457)

Hyndburn 318,3 (258), 280,1 (227)

Rossendale 303,6 (217), 239,2 (171)

Ribble Valley 272.6 (166), 226.6 (138)

Lancaster 256,8 (375), 157,5 (230)

South Ribble 237,4 (263), 188,6 (209)

Chorley 226,7 (268), 136,2 (161)

Blackpool 186,5 (260), 169,2 (236)

Complete 174.5 (141), 132.5 (107)

Wyre 151,7 (170), 120,4 (135)

The Local Democracy Service reports that the Prime Minister’s announcement on the new three-tier Covid measures for Lancashire has caused confusion – both before and after it was made.

MPs were told just hours before Mr Johnson’s statement in the House of Commons that the county was set for Level 2 – but when he stood up the PM said ‘the engagement ”was underway with council leaders in most of the Northwestern countries.

At this point, several Lancashire council heads confirmed talks were continuing – but less than two hours later the government released a statement revealing Lancashire’s level 2 status.

A final decision for the county was expected after four meetings between council leaders and government officials in as many days – including one just an hour before the prime minister spoke.

A source close to the discussions told LDRS that the government had given the “strong impression” that it wanted at least some districts to be transferred to Level 3. Another source agreed that such a decision was still likely within days. to come – although that was before the late afternoon confirmation statement.

County Council Chief Geoff Driver has since said it was “very likely” that more restrictions are underway.

Lancashire leaders had asked to see the exact definitions for each of the levels since Friday, but still had not been given to them, even at a meeting earlier on Monday. It is understood that the government had asked the boards to agree on which areas they wanted to be placed at which level.

However, leaders were waiting for a definition of the restrictions and a commitment at their request of a multi-million pound package of support for the care and education sectors, businesses and the enforcement of all new and existing restrictions. .

The Prime Minister’s speech in the House of Commons appeared to prompt leaders in all parts of the Northwest to agree to Level 3 restrictions – which would include closing reception areas and banning mixing in all environments. interior and exterior.

Lancashire leaders had specifically asked for the latter, but wanted to avoid the former – claiming that closing pubs and restaurants would only make a ‘marginal’ difference in the transmission of Covid.

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