Lancashire has seen a further 500 people test positive for coronavirus across the county.
That's according to new Public health England data released yesterday evening (November 25).
At least 50 new cases were recorded in three boroughs, including Blackburn with Darwen, Preston and Pendle, while all areas registered at least a double-digit rise since yesterday.
Blackburn with Darwen has again recorded the most of any Lancashire area with 66 cases while Ribble Valley has the least with 15 positive tests.
The 481 new cases announced today brings Lancashire's total up to 60,201 since the start of the pandemic eight months ago.
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.
The number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus by Lancashire borough as of Wednesday, November 25:
- Blackburn with Darwen: 9,357 (+66), 6,223.9 per 100,00
- Blackpool: 5,053 (+33), 3,623.6 per 100,000
- Burnley: 4,412 (+40), 4,961.8 per 100,000
- Chorley: 3,538 (+35), 2,992.8 per 100,000
- Fylde: 2,381 (+17), 2,947.5 per 100,000
- Hyndburn: 3,671 (+35), 4,529.7 per 100,000
- Lancaster: 4,020 (+29), 2,752.7 per 100,000
- Pendle: 4,559 (+50), 4,949.4 per 100,000
- Preston: 6,990 (+61), 4,883.5 per 100,000
- Ribble Valley: 1,946 (+15), 3,196 per 100,000
- Rossendale: 3,097 (+17), 4,332.6 per 100,000
- South Ribble: 3,427 (+45), 3,093.3 per 100,000
- West Lancashire: 4,510 (+17) 3,945.5 per 100,000
- Wyre: 3,250 (+21), 2,899.4 per 100,000
A further 37 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 at hospitals in Lancashire, according to yesterday's data from NHS England.
The largest increase came at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals where 17 deaths were recorded.
Nine people died on November 21, four on November 22, one on November 23 and one on November 24. There were also fatalities on November 19 and October 27.
NHS England's daily figures sometimes include previously uncounted deaths that took place several days - or even weeks ago.
There was also a large spike in East Lancashire Hospitals, which is home to the areas in the county with the highest rate of infection.
One person died on November 20, two on November 21, one on November 22, eight on November 23 and two on November 24.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, which manage Preston and Chorley hospitals, recorded one death on November 20 and one on November 21.
Four patients died at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, including three on November 23 and one on November 24.
No deaths were recorded at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
It brings the total number of deaths at Lancashire hospitals since the start of the pandemic to 1,712.
These latest figures come as Lancashire is set to discover which post-lockdown tier it will enter as the Health Secretary is to set out which tier each local authority in England will fall under today.
Matt Hancock will make the announcement in Parliament on Thursday after the Government set out its Covid-19 “winter plan” earlier this week.
Each area will be placed into one of three tiers when lockdown ends on December 2 – but the system has been toughened from the previous regime, meaning more authorities will move into the higher tiers.
Areas which make progress in slowing the spread of the virus could still be moved down a tier before Christmas, however, with the first review of the allocations due to take place by December 16.
On Wednesday night reports suggested there would be few areas in England placed in Tier 1, with The Times reporting parts of eastern England and remote areas in Cornwall and Cumbria are expected to be allocated the lightest measures.
Meanwhile London was expected to go in Tier 2 along with the majority of the country.
Mr Hancock said: “Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice made by people up and down the country, we are able to move out of national lockdown and into more targeted local, tiered restrictions.
“I know for those of you faced with Tier 3 restrictions this will be a particularly difficult time but I want to reassure you that we’ll be supporting your areas with mass community testing and extra funding.
“By following the rules together we can get out of these tough measures.”
The Department of Health said decisions on tier levels would be based on a number of factors, including case detection rates in all age groups and, in particular, amongst the over 60s.
How quickly case rates are rising or falling will also be taken into account, as will local pressure on the NHS, including current and projected capacity.
The final decisions will be made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Covid Operations Committee, the Government said.
Areas placed in Tier 3 will be offered support from NHS Test and Trace and the Armed Forces to deliver a six-week rapid community testing programme, making use of rapid lateral flow tests which give results within an hour.
Lancashire’s council leaders have submitted a proposal to the Government to divide the county into two different tiers when the lockdown ends next week.
A request has been made for Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Pendle and Preston to go into Tier 3 restrictions while Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster, Chorley, South Ribble, Ribble Valley and West Lancashire would go into Tier 2.
Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram said he hoped the area – which was the first to enter the highest tier last time – would not return to Tier 3 restrictions.
He said: “The progress we’ve made since we were put in Tier 3 is remarkable – we’ve gone from having two areas with infection rates of about 750 per 100k to 180 across the city region.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said it was “more likely than not” his area would be made subject to Tier 3 restrictions.
He said although infection numbers in Greater Manchester were still high, the rates were falling.
He added: “If things continue in this direction at the rate at which we are seeing change in Greater Manchester, I would want to ask the Government for a serious review of Greater Manchester’s position at the first review of tiering arrangements which is scheduled to take place two weeks from now.”
And London mayor Sadiq Khan said it would be the “right and sensible decision” for the capital to be placed in Tier 2, as he warned that Tier 3 would be a “hammer blow” to businesses.