There are now 51,494 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the North West.
New Public Health England figures released this evening (August 24) and analysed by LancsLive shows the total for Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria and Cheshire has risen by 521 in the last 72 hours and by nearly 200 since yesterday.
The area managed by Lancashire County Council now has 7,960 positive tests of the virus. In Blackpool there are 1,091 while in Blackburn with Darwen the number has risen to 1,764.
Eight of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs recorded at least one new case in the last 24 hours while four of Cumbria’s six districts also recorded an increase taking the county’s total past the 3,000 mark for the first time.
The data is based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.
Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West borough as of Monday, August 24:
There are 10,815 cases in Lancashire, 2,218 in Bolton, 1,536 in Bury, 2,351 in Cheshire East, 2,116 in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,007 in Cumbria, 735 in Halton, 1,071 in Knowsley, 2,788 in Liverpool, 4,054 in Manchester, 2,770 in Oldham, 2,160 in Rochdale, 1,726 in Salford, 1,651 in Sefton, 1,268 in St Helens, 1,955 in Stockport, 1,855 in Tameside, 1,609 in Trafford, 1,398 in Warrington, 2,289 in Wigan, and 2,122 in Wirral
It comes as new data shows three areas which had been at risk of disastrous local lockdowns have seen their coronavirus infection rates fall.
In Oldham in Greater Manchester, 144 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 21 – the equivalent of 60.7 per 100,000 people.
This is the highest rate in England, but it is down from 95.3 in the seven days to August 14.
The rate in Pendle is 55.4, down from 87.9, with 51 new cases.
Blackburn with Darwen is third, where the rate has fallen from 88.2 to 51.4, with 77 new cases.
Residents in these areas had been subject to new restrictions, such as being ordered not to socialise with anyone outside their household and avoid using public transport unless essential.
In Leicester the rate continues to fall, down from 58.4 to 46.9, with 166 new cases.
Three other areas have rates above 40 per 100,000: Manchester (42.7), Bradford (42.2) and Swindon (40.1).
The statistics, for the seven days to August 21, 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 people.
Data for the most recent three days, August 22-24, has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on August 24 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.
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