The latest data released by Public Health England has revealed another 152 cases for Lancashire since the last time figures were released on Wednesday (August 12).

'Technical difficulties' cited by the government meant data on new Covid-19 cases was not released on both Tuesday and Thursday this week.

The data published yesterday shows the biggest increase is again in Blackburn with Darwen where 51 more people in the borough tested positive for the. This accounts for a third of all new cases recorded across the county in the previous 48 hours.

There were also spikes in Pendle and Preston, with all three areas currently under local lockdown rules as a result of a worrying upward trend in new cases across the districts.

Pendle saw 27 new cases of the virus while 19 people in Preston returned positive tests for Covid-19.

It comes as the Government on Friday extended local lockdown restrictions for Blackburn with Darwen, Preston, Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Pendle.

People living in those areas face a third week banned from meeting others in their homes or gardens as the latest evidence shows no decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, according to the Department of Health.

While venues including casinos, bowling alleys and conference halls across England prepare to reopen today – following a two-week delay – they will not be allowed to reopen in those areas of Lancashire. The restrictions will reviewed again next Friday (August 21).

Parts of the county are also at risk of further local lockdown measures if "really high" coronavirus infection rate are not brought under control soon.

Lancashire's overall coronavirus cases total has risen by 444 between August 7 and August 14 from 9,943 to 10,387.

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

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by Lancashire borough as of Friday, August 14, with increase since August 12 in brackets:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 1,657 (+51), 1,106.9 per 100,000
     
  • Blackpool: 1,074 (+8), 770.2 per 100,000
     
  • Burnley: 558 (+7), 627.5 per 100,000
     
  • Chorley: 701 (+2), 593 per 100,000
     
  • Fylde: 479 (+3), 593 per 100,000
     
  • Hyndburn: 438 (+11), 438 per 100,000
     
  • Lancaster: 902 (-), 617.6 per 100,000
     
  • Pendle: 736 (+27), 799 per 100,000
     
  • Preston: 1,342 (+19), 937.6 per 100,000
     
  • Ribble Valley: 214 (+3), 351.5 per 100,000
     
  • Rossendale: 312 (+2), 436.5 per 100,000
     
  • South Ribble: 545 (+3), 491.9 per 100,000
     
  • West Lancashire: 779 (+9), 681.5 per 100,000
     
  • Wyre: 650 (+7), 579.9 per 100,000

New figures released by NHS England yesterday confirmed that two further people with coronavirus have died in Lancashire.

Both deaths were recorded at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, with the individuals losing their lives on August 5 and August 11, respectively. It brings the trust's total number of coronavirus-related fatalities to 242.

Total coronavirus deaths across Lancashire's five NHS hospital trusts as of Friday, August 14:

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