Locations of all 69,450 North West cases ahead of new lockdown restrictions

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the North West has risen to nearly 70,000 ahead of new local lockdown restrictions coming into effect on Tuesday.

Since the start of the pandemic there have been 69,450 positive tests of the virus in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria and Cheshire.

Lancashire’s tally now stands at 14,069 after a further 211 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Five Lancashire boroughs are now in the top ten in the country for highest infection rates with the other five made up of local authorities in Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a Commons speech to MPs on the Covid-19 situation tomorrow and there are mounting expectations that he will announce another raft of new lockdown measures.

It comes after the Government confirmed on Friday that almost every part of Lancashire will be placed under fresh local lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The restrictions cover the entire boroughs of Preston, Lancaster, Wyre, Fylde, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, and Rossendale. Blackpool is not included.

Restrictions, which also include Merseyside, Warrington and Halton, will forbid residents from socialising with members of other households outside of their support bubbles in residents’ homes and private gardens. Hospitality for food and drink will also be restricted to table service only.

In his speech tomorrow, it is thought that Mr Johnson could announce a ban on households mixing, 10pm pub curfews and harsher penalties for those who flout the law as possible restrictions for the whole of England.

A full scale lockdown is not expected with Health Secretary Matt Hancock stating earlier today: “If we do have to take action it will be different to last time”.

Instead, restrictions are expected to be targeted at socialising in homes, gardens, pubs or restaurants – where data suggests you’re most at risk of catching Covid-19.

The PM’s official spokesman said “next steps” in tackling coronavirus would aim to “halt its spread, protect the NHS and save lives”, The Mirror reports.

New figures from Public Health England today show that in Lancashire, the areas managed by Lancashire County Council now have 10,433 positive tests of Covid-19. In Blackpool there are now 1,256 while in Blackburn with Darwen the number has risen to 2,360.

Blackburn with Darwen recorded the biggest daily rise in the county with 51 cases while Hyndburn’s tally rose by 24. There were double-digit rises in 10 out of the 14 boroughs with four areas recording at least 20 new positive tests.

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.

No daily figures have been released showing how many tests have been carried out in each area of the North West.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West borough as of Monday, September 21:

There are 14,069 cases in Lancashire, 3,982 in Bolton, 2,170 in Bury, 2,680 in Cheshire East, 2,431 in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,289 in Cumbria, 1,057 in Halton, 1,515 in Knowsley, 4,381 in Liverpool, 5,844 in Manchester, 3,694 in Oldham, 2,884 in Rochdale, 2,563 in Salford, 2,199 in Sefton, 1,734 in St Helens, 2,392 in Stockport, 2,607 in Tameside, 2,019 in Trafford, 1,950 in Warrington, 2,901 in Wigan and 3,109 in Wirral

You can sign up for free daily updates with the LancsLive newsletter here.

For the latest news and breaking news visit the LancsLive website.

Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you.

To keep updated, follow LancsLive on Facebook and @LiveLancs on Twitter.

Have you got news for us? Contact our newsdesk on lancslive@reachplc.com.

Lancs Live – Cumbria