Infection rates across Lancashire are continuing to rise in seven areas and fall in seven others.

The latest Public Health England testing data for the week ending September 12 shows hotspot area Blackpool is up to 575.2 cases per 100,000 people.

This is far ahead of second placed Wyre on 439.6. while Fylde is also above the 400 mark.

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Rossendale has the county's lowest rate at 268.8.

The figures show rates are rising in Blackpool, Wyre, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Preston, Chorley and Blackburn with Darwen and falling in Fylde, West Lancashire, Pendle, Lancaster, South Ribble, Burnley and Rossendale.

They are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

Data for the most recent four days (September 13-16) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Lancashire Covid rates as of Friday, September 17

It reads, from left to right: name of local authority; nation or region of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 5.

Blackpool - 575.2, (796), 545.6, (755) UP

Wyre - 439.6, (497), 398.9, (451) UP

Fylde - 417.4, (339), 439.6, (357) DOWN

Hyndburn - 383.3, (311), 332.8, (270) UP

Ribble Valley - 362.8, (225), 277.3, (172) UP

Preston - 351.0, (506), 321.9, (464) UP

Chorley - 346.6, (412), 281.0, (334) UP

Lancaster - 320.0, (474), 331.5, (491) DOWN

West Lancashire - 318.8, (365), 421.0, (482) DOWN

South Ribble - 317.8, (353), 343.0, (381) DOWN

Pendle - 311.5, (287), 348.4, (321) DOWN

Burnley - 289.9, (259), 317.9, (284) DOWN

Blackburn with Darwen - 279.3, (419), 278.6, (418) UP

Rossendale - 268.8, (192), 281.4, (201) DOWN

Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 67 (18%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates and 310 (82%) have seen a fall.

The highest rates are all in Scotland.

West Dunbartonshire continues to have the highest rate in the UK, with 983 new cases in the seven days to September 12, the equivalent of 1,112.7 per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,213.5 in the seven days to September 5.

East Renfrewshire has the second highest rate, down from 1,087.9 to 968.1, with 930 new cases.

Inverclyde has the third highest rate, down from 1,239.3 to 901.9, with 695 new cases.

Neath Port Talbot has the highest rate in Wales (725.1), Fermanagh & Omagh has the highest rate in Northern Ireland (700.5) and Corby in Northamptonshire has the highest rate in England (651.6).

The five UK areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

Orkney Islands (up from 89.3 to 245.5)

Lisburn & Castlereagh (510.7 to 620.0)

Torfaen (374.3 to 475.6)

North West Leicestershire (508.5 to 599.2)

Ards & North Down (343.1 to 429.5)

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