Coronavirus infection rates fall in EVERY SINGLE Lancashire borough

Every single borough in the whole of Lancashire has seen their coronavirus infection rate fall.

The new rolling seven-day rates of infection figures, released on Monday, show that each of the county’s 14 boroughs have seen a dip in the number of cases per 100,000 people.

Blackburn with Darwen continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,086 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 29 – the equivalent of 725.5 cases per 100,000 people.

However, if a positive can be taken from this, it is that the rate is down slightly from 768.9 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 22.

Hyndburn’s rate has also fallen, from 498.5 cases per 100,000 to 482.5; while Rossendale’s has dropped dramatically from 653.3 per 100,000 people to 458.9 cases per 100,000 people.

There were also notable decreases seen in Pendle, where the rate fell from 496.1 per 100,000 people to an encouraging 450.5 cases per 100,000 people, and the Ribble Valley, where the infection rate decreased from 520.6 to 400.7 cases per 100,000 people.

And the decreases did not stop there, as Burnley’s rate continued to fall too, going from 478.0 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 22, to 345.3.

The figures, for the seven days to October 29, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days – October 30 to November 2 – has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Oldham has the second highest rate, up from 634.7 to 696.7, with 1,652 new cases.

Wigan is in third place, where the rate has risen from 612.8 to 667.3, with 2,193 new cases.

Other areas recording big jumps in case rates include South Staffordshire (up from 289.9 to 446.5, with 502 new cases); Tamworth (up from 185.1 to 340.3, with 261 new cases); and Hull (up from 249.4 to 369.9, with 961 new cases).

The list is based on Public Health England data published on November 2 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Here is the current list of areas in the top 20.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 29; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 29; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 22.

Blackburn with Darwen 725.5 (1086), 768.9 (1151)

Oldham 696.7 (1652), 634.7 (1505)

Wigan 667.3 (2193), 612.8 (2014)

Salford 628.6 (1627), 588.8 (1524)

Rochdale 580.9 (1292), 593.0 (1319)

Bury 556.6 (1063), 516.3 (986)

Bolton 546.3 (1571), 539.0 (1550)

Doncaster 543.1 (1694), 509.5 (1589)

Tameside 531.6 (1204), 474.6 (1075)

Rotherham 518.1 (1375), 487.5 (1294)

Bradford 515.2 (2781), 480.4 (2593)

Barnsley 491.4 (1213), 564.3 (1393)

Hyndburn 482.5 (391), 498.5 (404)

Manchester 473.9 (2620), 498.9 (2758)

Rossendale 458.9 (328), 653.3 (467)

Stockport 450.9 (1323), 378.0 (1109)

Pendle 450.5 (415), 496.1 (457)

South Staffordshire 446.5 (502), 289.9 (326)

Kirklees 444.1 (1953), 391.1 (1720)

Warrington 441.4 (927), 409.5 (860)

The infection rates for the remaining boroughs in Lancashire are as follows:

Preston 429.7 (615), 493.2 (706)

Blackpool 408.0 (569), 540.7 (754)

Ribble Valley 400.7 (244), 520.6 (317)

West Lancashire 369.2 (422), 482.0 (551)

South Ribble 364.7 (404), 434.2 (481)

Wyre 361.3 (405), 416.6 (467)

Burnley 345.3 (307), 478.0 (425)

Fylde 330.5 (267), 393.7 (318)

Chorley 329.9 (390), 391.7 (463)

Lancaster 252.0 (368), 387.6 (566)

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