Rates in Lancashire are now falling in every area, matching the picture seen across much of the UK.

Blackpool remains the area with the highest rate but cases are down from over 1000 to 957.

The Prime Minister has warned against drawing “premature conclusions” about dropping coronavirus cases as a leading expert said the worst of the pandemic could be behind us by late September.

Boris Johnson told reporters that the easing of restrictions on July 19 across England had not yet shown up in the figures.

The figures, for the seven days to July 23, 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.

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

Data for the most recent four days (July 24-27) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 22 (7%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates and 293 (93%) have seen a fall.

Redcar & Cleveland continues to have the highest rate, with 1,321 new cases in the seven days to July 23 – the equivalent of 963.2 per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,532.6 in the seven days to July 16.

Middlesbrough has the second highest rate, down from 1,353.4 to 940.6, with 1,326 new cases.

Stockton-on-Tees has the third highest rate, down from 1,171.0 to 830.0, with 1,638 new cases.

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 23; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 23; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 16; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 16.

Blackpool, 686.3, (957), 799.6, (1115) - DOWN

Wyre, 538.8, (604), 744.0, (834) - DOWN

South Ribble, 528.0, (585), 539.8, (598) - DOWN

Fylde, 526.1, (425), 740.3, (598) - DOWN

Burnley, 483.6, (430), 603.9, (537) - DOWN

Preston, 479.3, (686), 507.2, (726) - DOWN

Chorley, 466.1, (551), 686.9, (812) - DOWN

West Lancashire, 416.4, (476), 546.8, (625) - DOWN

Lancaster, 410.9, (600), 546.4, (798) - DOWN

Rossendale, 388.9, (278), 685.5, (490) - DOWN

Pendle, 378.9, (349), 441.9, (407) - DOWN

Hyndburn, 376.3, (305), 514.5, (417) - DOWN

Ribble Valley, 351.5, (214), 451.6, (275) - DOWN

Blackburn with Darwen, 329.3, (493), 420.2, (629) - DOWN

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