Coronavirus infection rates are now plummeting in every Lancashire borough for the first time in three months.

The latest data from Public Health England shows there were 6,077 positive tests across the region in the week ending July 24.

That is down by a massive 3,095 cases on the previous week - equivalent to a week-on-week drop of 33.7%.

Seven local authorities are now below the new national average rate of 374.4 with seven others above.

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Blackpool remains the county's Covid-19 hot spot with a rate of 640.4, however this is down from 840.5 the previous week.

Fylde is the only other borough above the 500 rate mark while Ribble Valley now has the lowest rate in the region at 318.6.

Infection rates are set to fall even further over the coming days with daily case numbers trending in the right direction.

Of the 315 local areas in England, seven (2%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates and 308 (98%) have seen a fall.

The figures, for the seven days to July 24, 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 (July 25 to 28) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Lancashire Covid rates as of Thursday, July 29

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 24; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 24; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 17.

Blackpool, 640.4, (893), 840.5, (1172) DOWN

Fylde, 510.0, (412), 767.5, (620) DOWN

Wyre, 493.3, (553), 759.2, (851) DOWN

Preston, 475.8, (681), 521.2, (746) DOWN

South Ribble, 475.7, (527), 585.8, (649) DOWN

Burnley, 460.0, (409), 611.8, (544) DOWN

Chorley, 430.6, (509), 720.7, (852) DOWN

------- England average: 374.4

West Lancashire, 384.1, (439), 568.6, (650) DOWN

Lancaster, 378.0, (552), 572.5, (836) DOWN

Rossendale, 370.7, (265), 684.1, (489) DOWN

Hyndburn, 359.1, (291), 520.7, (422) DOWN

Pendle, 349.6, (322), 462.5, (426) DOWN

Blackburn with Darwen, 320.6, (480), 429.5, (643) DOWN

Ribble Valley, 318.6, (194), 446.7, (272) DOWN

Middlesbrough has the highest rate, with 1,216 new cases in the seven days to July 24 – the equivalent of 862.5 per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,396.7 in the seven days to July 17.

Redcar & Cleveland has the second highest rate, down from 1,580.0 to 849.4, with 1,165 new cases.

Stockton-on-Tees has the third highest rate, down from 1,199.4 to 759.1, with 1,498 new cases.

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

Torridge (up from 253.4 to 295.9)

Wellingborough (302.4 to 342.5)

Breckland (145.7 to 160.8)

Corby (379.4 to 390.5)

Hounslow (324.5 to 328.5)

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