Spike in coronavirus cases in Rossendale as rate in Blackburn slides

THERE has been a spike in coronavirus cases in Rossendale, according to figures released today.

The seven-day rate of new covid-19 cases also shows there has been a slide in cases in Blackburn with Darwen.

In Rossendale, the number of new cases per 100,000 of people in the borough has more than trebled from 12.6 to 49.0, after 35 new cases were confirmed.

But in Blackburn with Darwen the rate fell from 57.4 to 48.8 and 73 cases were recorded.

In Pendle, 66 new cases were logged in the seven days to August 29 – the equivalent of 71.7 per 100,000 people.

This is the highest rate in England, and it is up slightly from 68.4 in the seven days to August 22.

The rate in Bolton has jumped from 18.4 to 59.1, with 170 new cases.

The top 10 places with the highest seven-day coronavirus case rates per 100,000 (From left: local authority, rate of new cases in the seven days to August 29; number in brackets of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 29, rate of new cases in the seven days to August 22, number in brackets of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 22)

Pendle 71.7 (66), 68.4 (63)

Bolton 59.1 (170), 18.4 (53)

Corby 56.8 (41), 22.2 (16)

Oldham 56.5 (134), 60.3 (143)

Rossendale 49.0 (35), 12.6 (9)

Blackburn with Darwen 48.8 (73), 57.4 (86)

Bradford 48.5 (262), 43.2 (233)

Rochdale 44.1 (98), 36.9 (82)

South Tyneside 41.1 (62), 11.9 (18)

Manchester 39.3 (217), 45.9 (254)

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published today on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.

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

Data for the most recent three days (August 30 to September 1) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

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