Coronavirus infection rates have fallen in every Lancashire borough, according to the latest official figures.

But despite the continued downward trend, the whole of the county will be placed into the Government toughest restrictions when national lockdown ends on December 2.

Earlier today, Matt Hancock announced that all 14 authority areas in Lancashire will enter Tier 3 despite big variations in case numbers and infection rates.

Lancashire bosses had previously called for Preston and east Lancashire to enter Tier 3 with all other areas in Tier 2.

However their request appeared to fall on deaf ears and has left to widespread anger and criticism of the Government's decision.

Public Health England data released this evening (November 26) shows that infection rates have fallen across Lancashire, including in Hyndburn and Burnley where there have been continuous rises this week.

Infection rates are are expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Lancashire Tier 3 announcement

Hyndburn continues to have the rate at 407.2 - down from 426.9 last week - while Lancaster has the lowest at 102.0.

Five areas are now below the England average of 202.4, including Chorley, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, Wyre and Lancaster.

The number of weekly cases recorded across Lancashire in the seven days to November 22 has also fallen by 25.3 per cent from 4,450 to 3,321.

The latest data on coronavirus infections for the seven days to Saturday (November 22) 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 has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published today (November 26) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (November 23-26) 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 November 26:

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 15.

Hyndburn, 407.2, (330), 426.9, (346) ↓

Burnley, 356.5, (317), 417.2, (371) ↓

Blackburn with Darwen, 335.3, (502), 526.4, (788) ↓

Pendle, 311.6, (287), 427.7, (394) ↓

Rossendale, 303.6, (217), 380.5, (272) ↓

Preston, 269.0, (385), 365.4, (523) ↓

Fylde, 217.9, (176), 304.5, (246) ↓

South Ribble, 213.0, (236), 239.2, (265) ↓

------------------------------------------------ = The average for England is 202.4

Chorley, 201.3, (238), 274.9, (325) ↓

Ribble Valley, 192.2, (117), 300.6, (183) ↓

West Lancashire, 176.7, (202), 260.7, (298) ↓

Wyre, 147.2, (165), 212.3, (238) ↓

Lancaster, 102.0, (149), 137.6, (201) ↓

A majority of areas in England (283 out of 315) have seen a fall in case rates.

Swale in Kent continues to have the highest rate in England, with 799 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 22 – the equivalent of 532.4 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 637.7 in the seven days to November 15.

Thanet has the second highest rate, down from 522.8 to 478.4, with 679 new cases.

Hull is in third place, where the rate has dropped sharply from 748.3 to 460.0, with 1,195 new cases.

The areas with the biggest week-on-week jump in rates are Medway (up from 322.7 to 442.3, with 1,232 new cases); Gravesham (up from 315.1 to 392.7, with 420 new cases); and Dover (up from 212.5 to 289.5, with 342 new cases).

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