The North West of England has now recorded 200,118 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest Public Health England figures.

In Lancashire alone, a further 994 cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours.

It means the county has now seen a total of 40,104 people contract the virus since the start of the pandemic - however many of these cases will no longer be active.

The biggest spike was in Blackburn with Darwen where 163 more people tested positive for the virus. The area now has the highest weekly infection rate in England. 

Preston recorded another 106 infections in the last 24 hours while West Lancashire's tally rose by 102.

There were also significant rises in Hyndburn - which passed the 500 infection rate mark for the first time this week - along with Lancaster, Chorley and Pendle.

Rossendale, which has the second highest infection rate in the country, recorded the lowest daily rise of new cases in the whole of the county with 35. 

It takes the overall number of cases in areas managed by Lancashire County Council to 30,790, while there are 3,345 cases in Blackpool and 5,969 cases in Blackburn with Darwen.

The new case data includes people being tested both through 'Pillar 1' - which is in hospitals - and Pillar 2 - which is drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.

The data below includes the total number of cases and overall infection rate for each area since the pandemic began. Many of these cases will no longer be active. For the latest infection rates or the most recent week of data, click here.

The number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus by Lancashire borough as of Wednesday, October 28:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 5,969 (+163), 3,987.4 per 100,00
  • Blackpool: 3,345 (+64), 2,398.8 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 3,059 (+43), 3,440.2 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 2,328 (+72), 1,969.3 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 1,536 (+36), 1,901.5 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 2,313 (+72), 2,854 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 2,970 (+71), 2,033.7 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 3,055 (+70), 3,316.6 per 100,000
  • Preston: 4,678 (+106), 3,268.2 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 1,270 (+36), 2,085.8 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 2,009 (+35), 2,810.5 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 2,310 (+69), 2,085.1 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 3,116 (+102) 2,726 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 2,146 (+55), 1,914.5 per 100,000

Thirteen more people have died in hospitals across Lancashire after testing positive for coronavirus.

The region's death toll has now reached 1,253, according to the latest NHS figures published yesterday afternoon (October 28).

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals recorded the biggest rise in new fatalities with seven. They include four deaths on October 26, two deaths on October 27 and one death on October 25.

East Lancashire Hospitals, which manages hospitals in Blackburn and Burnley, recorded one death on October 25 and one death on October 27.

There were two deaths at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust on October 27.

University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay also recorded two deaths, including one on October 25 and one on October 26.

Meanwhile, there are 200,118 cases across the North West as a whole, including Manchester, Liverpool and Cumbria.

There are 40,104 cases in Lancashire, 9,746 in Bolton, 5,996 in Bury, 5,794 in Cheshire East, 5,470 in Cheshire West and Chester, 6,380 in Cumbria, 3,339 in Halton, 6,066 in Knowsley, 18,251 in Liverpool, 19,146 in Manchester, 8,893 in Oldham, 7,777 in Rochdale, 8,047 in Salford, 7,709 in Sefton, 5,378 in St Helens, 6,621 in Stockport, 6,576 in Tameside, 5,817 in Trafford, 5,532 in Warrington, 9,811 in Wigan and 7,665 in Wirral.

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Across the UK there has so far been 942,275 positive cases.

Of those, England accounts for 799,019 cases with a rate of 1,419.5 per 100,000 people.

In comparison, Scotland has 60,403 cases with a rate of 1,105.6 per 100,000 people while Northern Ireland has 36,394 cases with a rate of 1,921.9 per 100,000 people.

Wales accounts for 46,459 cases with a rate of 1,473.5 per 100,000 people.

These latest figures come as experts have warned that coronavirus restrictions in England are “not sufficient” with infections doubling approximately every nine days.

As France enters a second lockdown from Friday and Germany imposes a four-week partial lockdown, the second wave of Covid-19 is said to have reached a “critical stage” in England, but the Government continues to resist more stringent measures.

Interim data from round six of the Imperial College London React study estimates there are around 96,000 new infections per day, and found early signs that numbers in low-risk areas are following trends observed in the worst-affected regions.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said coronavirus rates are in a “bad place” all over the country but added that the Government is resisting another national lockdown.

He told Sky News: “We will continue with our localised but proportionate approach on taking action where the virus is strongest, but you can see from those figures that the virus is in a bad place in all parts of the country.

“The approach of trying to bear down on it where it is most concentrated, I think, continues to be the best way forward because despite the fact the virus is rising across the country it is very concentrated in some places nonetheless.”

Mr Jenrick said the Government’s “very firm view” is that a short national “circuit-breaker” lockdown would be the wrong approach, saying “you can’t have a stop-start country”.

But Steven Riley, professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial College London, said the data from the React study suggests “we need to think about changing the approach”.

Asked if this meant tightening local lockdowns or national restrictions, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think what our study shows is there would be genuine benefits to some kind of national policy.

“In that we could prevent the pattern in the South turning into the current pattern in the North and bring about a reversal in the North as quickly as possible.

“If we’re going to end up using those restrictions that have been brought in elsewhere in Europe today and yesterday… we should think about timing. And sooner is better than later for these.

“There has to be a change. The rate of growth that we’re seeing in these data is really quite rapid, so one way or another there has to be a change before Christmas.

“We’ve fairly reliably measured a slight decrease in R (reproduction number) in our interim round five, now we have measured a slight increase in R, and the slight increase in R means that current measures are not sufficient.”

Government scientific adviser Dr Mike Tildesley has said more national restrictions are needed, with the current trajectory likely to put nearly everywhere in Tier 2 before Christmas.

The University of Warwick researcher, who sits on the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M), told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are seeing the R number is greater than 1 everywhere, and in a sense some kind of national lockdown, a circuit-breaker, or something along those lines, would actually have more effect in those parts of the country that have not yet progressed into Tier 2.

“R is greater than 1 everywhere and if we don’t take urgent action we’re most likely to see that as we’re approaching the festive period we’re probably going to be at least in Tier 2 pretty much everywhere in the country.

“So really we need to move away from these regional firefighting techniques to try to move to something more national.”