Coronavirus infection rates have again fallen across Lancashire, but continue to edge back upwards in two boroughs.

Overall the number of positive Covid-19 tests throughout the county dropped by 9.6 per cent in the week ending on January 17, compared with the previous week.

The latest Public Health England figures show that 7,357 people tested positive across all 14 boroughs during the seven days up to Sunday - down from 8,138.

But as the rates fell in 12 local authority areas, they did increase slightly in Preston and Blackpool.

Preston now has the county's fifth highest infection rate at 484.2 cases per 100,000 people and above the new England average of 471.3. A total of 693 people contracted the virus - seven cases more than the previous week.

Blackpool remains second bottom of the Lancashire rate table despite its infection rate going up to 314.1 after 438 positive tests.

Lancashire's Covid-19 hotspot continues to be Burnley with a new rate of 728.7, followed by Hyndburn in second place while Burnley leapfrogged Pendle back into third after recording 976 cases in one week.

The figures, for the seven days to January 17, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (January 20) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (January 18-21) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Full list of Lancashire infection rates on Friday, January 22

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 17; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 10.

Burnley, 728.7, (648), 913.2, (812) ↓

Hyndburn, 698.4, (566), 712.0, (577) ↓

Blackburn with Darwen, 652.0, (976), 716.1, (1072) ↓

Pendle, 637.3, (587), 814.2, (750) ↓

Preston, 484.2, (693), 479.3, (686) ↑

Ribble Valley, 482.9, (294), 550.2, (335) ↓

Lancaster, 480.0, (701), 504.7, (737) ↓

Rossendale, 479.8, (343), 558.2, (399) ↓

South Ribble, 477.5, (529), 488.3, (541) ↓

---------------------------------------------------- The latest average infection rate for England is 471.3

West Lancashire, 463.7, (530), 487.3, (557) ↓

Chorley, 361.2, (427), 391.7, (463) ↓

Wyre, 343.5, (385), 463.0, (519) ↓

Blackpool, 314.1, (438), 307.6, (429) ↑

Fylde, 297.1, (240), 323.1, (261) ↓

Of the 315 local areas in England, 31 (10%) have seen a rise in case rates, 283 (90%) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.

Knowsley in Merseyside continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,612 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 17 – the equivalent of 1,068.5 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,367.5 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 10.

Slough in Berkshire has the second highest rate, down from 1,093.4 to 981.7, with 1,468 new cases.

Sandwell in the West Midlands is in third place, down from 951.1 to 920.4, with 3,023 new cases.

The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates are:

1. Erewash (up from 397.8 to 474.1)

2. Redditch (618.1 to 690.8)

3. Hinckley & Bosworth (320.0 to 367.7)

4. North Warwickshire (372.3 to 419.8)

5. Somerset West & Taunton (343.6 to 390.0)

6. North West Leicestershire (333.0 to 376.4)

7. Solihull (499.6 to 535.2)

8. Plymouth (298.7 to 326.2)

9. Ryedale (276.3 to 301.6)

10. Leicester (542.9 to 566.6)

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