Three areas of Lancashire have recorded surges of Covid infection rates in the most recent 24-hour period.

In figures released by Public Health England yesterday (January 16), Preston, Blackburn with Darwen and Lancaster all recorded more than 100 new Covid cases.

Across the county as a whole there were 1,067 new positive tests as of yesterday evening.

The highest rise was once again seen in Blackburn with Darwen, which recorded 131 new cases.

Lancaster and Preston all also recorded more than 100 new cases, with 119, 104 and 106 respectively.

The lowest jump was in Fylde, which has seen an increase of 41 new positive tests in the 24-hour period since the previous figures on Friday (January 15).

Here are the new figures for each district:

Number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus by Lancashire borough as of Saturday, January 16

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.

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 14,201 (+131), 9,486.6 per 100,000
  • Blackpool: 7,290 (+62), 5,227.8per 100,000
  • Burnley: 8,120 (+90), 9,131.8 per 100,000
  • Chorley: 5,838 (+50), 4,938.4 per 100,000
  • Fylde: 3,523 (+41), 4,361.2 per 100,000
  • Hyndburn: 6,052 (+91), 7,467.6 per 100,000
  • Lancaster: 6,922 (+119), 4,739.9 per 100,000
  • Pendle: 7,844 (+63), 8,515.7 per 100,000
  • Preston: 10,147 (+104), 7,089.1 per 100,000
  • Ribble Valley: 3,563 (+47), 5,851.7 per 100,000
  • Rossendale: 4,885 (+59), 6,833.9 per 100,000
  • South Ribble: 5,744 (+79), 5,184.7 per 100,000
  • West Lancashire: 6,862 (+84) 6,003.2 per 100,000
  • Wyre: 5,196 (+47), 4,635.5 per 100,000

Week-on-week coronavirus infection rates are now falling in half of Lancashire's boroughs, but three areas are bucking the trend by recording some of the countries biggest rises.

The latest Public health England data shows the number of positive tests dropped in Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle, Ribble Valley and West Lancashire between the week ending January 4 and the seven days to January 11.

The new figures cover the first full week of third national lockdown and also shows that the spread of the virus has slowed in Hyndburn, Wyre, Chorley and Fylde.

However infection rates are still on the rise in seven local authorities, with South Ribble, Preston and Rossendale being named among the top 10 areas in England with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates.

South Ribble's rate has jumped by 24 per cent to 522.6 cases per 100,000 people and is now just below the new England average of 559.4.

Another 684 cases in Preston pushed its rate up from 400.3 to 477.9 while Rossendale's rate rose by 14pc to 556.8.

Across Lancashire, a total of 7,967 positive virus tests were recorded by PHE in the seven days to Monday. This is up by 0.36 per cent from the previous week when 7,938 contracted Covid-19.

Burnley continues to have Lancashire's highest infection rate at 868.2. This is down from over 1,000 earlier this week. Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Rossendale are the other areas above the new national average.

In England as a whole, infection rates have come down again. The infection rate has fallen 18 per cent week-on-week in the most recent figures.

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