A further 76 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across Lancashire, with the majority coming from east Lancashire boroughs currently under local lockdown measures.

A total of 44 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across the five Lancashire boroughs under local lockdown rules, with Blackburn with Darwen seeing an increase of 22.

It is a sharp rise for the borough, with six new cases recorded yesterday. On Sunday and Monday, Blackburn with Darwen yesterday recorded a combined 61 new cases of Covid-19

In Pendle, 13 new cases have been confirmed; a fall from the 20 new cases recorded yesterday.

Burnley has seen six new cases and Hyndburn has recorded three, down from nine and six yesterday, respectively.

Notably, Rossendale, which is under the same rules as the above four boroughs, recorded no new cases for the second day running.

Preston, which is on the radar for future local lockdown measures, recorded eight new cases. Yesterday it recorded six.

Fylde has seen a larger increase than in recent days, with seven new cases. Similarly, West Lancashire has recorded six new cases of the virus.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Lancashire borough as of Wednesday, August 5, with daily increase in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,486 (+22), 992 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 1,055 (+3), 756 per 100,000
  • Burnley: 512 (+6), 575 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 686 (-), 580 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 469 (+7), 580 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 401 (+3), 494 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 894 (+2), 612 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 624 (+13), 677 per 100,000
  • Preston: 1,256 (+8), 877 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 205 (+1), 336 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 303 (-), 423 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 534 (+4), 482 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 764 (+6), 668 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 639 (+1), 570 per 100,000

Laws enforcing lockdown restrictions in east Lancashire came into force this morning.

Ministers had said the rules – which ban people from different households meeting in a private home or garden following a spike in coronavirus cases – would apply from midnight on July 31. Officials refused to comment when asked why there had been a delay in introducing the laws and on what legal basis they had been enforced for the first five days of the measures.

Human rights barrister Adam Wagner, commenting on the legislation on Twitter, said: “They come into force and do not (cannot) apply to anything which happened before that.”

The legislation imposes restrictions on metropolitan, city and borough council areas in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Anyone found flouting the rules could be fined £100 up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences.

But the restriction zone could change at any time as directed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, papers setting out the legislation said.