Blackburn with Darwen is now the only area in Lancashire with an infection above the 40 cases per 100,000 people mark.

The latest Public Health England data for the seven days to April 19 shows that six areas of the county have rates higher than the national average and eight below.

Covid rates are falling in 11 out of 14 boroughs with only small increases recorded in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Blackburn with Darwen remain's Lancashire's Covid hotspot with a rate of 40.1. Chorley is in second place on 36.4 followed by South Ribble with a rate of 31.6.

Burnley, Preston and Hyndburn are also above the new national average of 25.5

West Lancashire now has the county's lowest infection rate at 12.2.

A total of 373 people tested positive for the virus across Lancashire in the seven days to Thursday. This is down by 24 per cent from the 492 cases accumulated over the previous week.

The figures, for the seven days to April 15, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (April 19) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (April 16-19) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Lancashire's infection rates as of Tuesday, April 20

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 8.

Blackburn with Darwen, 40.1, (60), 70.1, (105) ↓

Chorley, 36.4, (43), 45.7, (54) ↓

South Ribble, 31.6, (35), 42.4, (47) ↓

Burnley, 31.5, (28), 32.6, (29) ↓

Preston, 31.4, (45), 41.9, (60) ↓

Hyndburn, 30.8, (25), 43.2, (35) ↓

--- English average: 25.5

Fylde, 21.0, (17), 18.6, (15) ↑

Rossendale, 21.0, (15), 28.0, (20) ↓

Lancaster, 18.5, (27), 22.6, (33) ↓

Pendle, 17.4, (16), 27.1, (25) ↓

Wyre, 17.0, (19), 10.7, (12) ↑

Blackpool, 15.1, (21), 13.6, (19) ↑

Ribble Valley, 13.1, (8), 23.0, (14) ↓

West Lancashire, 12.2, (14), 21.0, (24) ↓

Of the 315 local areas in England, 117 (37%) have seen a rise in case rates, 186 (59%) have seen a fall and 12 are unchanged.

Luton has the highest rate in England, with 195 new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15 – the equivalent of 91.5 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up slightly from 84.5 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to April 8.

Doncaster has the second highest rate, up very slightly from 79.2 to 80.5, with 251 new cases.

Bradford has the third highest rate, down slightly from 84.5 to 74.1, with 400 new cases.

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rise are:

Cambridge (up from 19.2 to 45.7)

Canterbury (12.7 to 34.5)

Nuneaton & Bedworth (24.6 to 46.2)

South Lakeland (4.8 to 23.8)

Guildford (8.1 to 25.5)

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