Six areas of Lancashire have shown a rise in coronavirus infection rates in the latest Government figures.

As has been well publicised in recent days, the boroughs of Pendle and Blackburn with Darwen have shown big spikes in recent weeks. This has led to special new measures being introduced over the last 48 hours to avoid going into local lockdown.

However other areas including Burnley, Blackpool, Hyndburn and Rossendale have also shown an increase in the latest rolling seven-day rate.

The figures, for the seven days to July 12, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government's testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 population.

The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on July 15 on the Government's coronavirus online dashboard.

Data for the most recent three days (July 13 to 15) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

In Pendle, the rate is now the highest in the region at 74.4, having been 14.2 last week.

Blackburn with Darwen was 29.5 last week but is now the second highest at 48.3.

Rossendale has seen one of the biggest percentage jumps, up from zero a week ago to 4.2.

The rate in Burnley has also more than doubled from 4.5 to 12.4 while Hyndburn also saw a four-fold increase from 1.2 to 4.9.

The figure in Blackpool rise slightly from 6.5 to 7.2 while there was no change in Fylde and Lancaster.

The situation in Preston, South Ribble, Ribble Valley, West Lancs and Chorley has got better with a fall in the rate of new cases.

Here is the list in full, showing the rate of new cases in the seven days to July 12, followed by the equivalent figure for the previous seven days to July 5.

Pendle 74.4 14.2

Blackburn with Darwen 48.3 29.5

Burnley 12.4 4.5

Fylde 10.0 10.0

Preston 7.8 9.2

Blackpool 7.2 6.5

Hyndburn 4.9 1.2

South Ribble 4.5 8.1

Rossendale 4.2 0.0

Ribble Valley 3.3 11.7

West Lancashire 2.6 5.3

Chorley 1.7 2.6

Lancaster 1.4 1.4

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