The North West of England now has 64,308 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the latest Public Health England figures.
In Lancashire alone, a further 204 coronavirus cases were confirmed taking its total to 13,205.
Every area of the county saw new cases, yesterday’s figures revealed (September 17), with the majority confirmed in Preston, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Blackpool.
However, the number was lower than that recorded the day before amid issues with testing capacity across the UK.
It takes the overall number of cases in areas managed by Lancashire County Council to 9,810, while there are 1,201 cases in Blackpool and 2,194 cases in Blackburn with Darwen.
Case data is now being based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – which is in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – which is drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.
The number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus by Lancashire borough as of Thursday, September 17:
- Blackburn with Darwen: 2,194 (+30), 1,465.6 per 100,000
- Blackpool: 1,201 (+15), 861.3 per 100,000
- Burnley: 825 (+9), 927.8 per 100,000
- Chorley: 817 (+5), 691.1 per 100,000
- Fylde: 543 (+5), 672.2 per 100,000
- Hyndburn: 681 (+29), 840.3 per 100,000
- Lancaster: 981 (+5), 671.7 per 100,000
- Pendle: 1,071 (+14), 1,147.5 per 100,000
- Preston: 1,792 (+40), 1,252 per 100,000
- Ribble Valley: 262 (+4), 430.3 per 100,000
- Rossendale: 499 (+20), 698.1 per 100,000
- South Ribble: 679 (+6), 612.9 per 100,000
- West Lancashire: 894 (+9) 782.1 per 100,000
- Wyre: 766 (+13), 683.4 per 100,000
No coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in hospitals in Lancashire according to yesterday’s NHS figures.
Meanwhile, there are 64,308 cases across the North West as a whole, including Manchester, Liverpool and Cumbria.
There are 13,205 cases in Lancashire, 3,589 in Bolton, 1,953 in Bury, 2,609 in Cheshire East, 2,338 in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,214 in Cumbria, 916 in Halton, 1,359 in Knowsley, 3,806 in Liverpool, 5,335 in Manchester, 3,455 in Oldham, 2,685 in Rochdale, 2,353 in Salford, 1,986 in Sefton, 1,597 in St Helens, 2,267 in Stockport, 2,411 in Tameside, 1,924 in Trafford, 1,819 in Warrington, 2,678 in Wigan, and 2,809 in Wirral.
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Across the UK there has so far been 381,614 positive cases.
Of those, England accounts for 329,213 cases with a rate of 584.9 per 100,000 people.
In comparison, Scotland has 23,573 cases with a rate of 431.5 per 100,000 people while Northern Ireland has 8,780 cases with a rate of 463.7 per 100,000 people.
Wales accounts for 20,048 cases with a rate of 635.9 per 100,000 people.
These latest figures come as the majority of Lancashire prepares for tougher restrictions as the county tries to curb the spread of Covid-19.
With four Lancashire areas in the current top 10 worst affected areas in England, and Wednesday (September 17) seeing the largest daily rise in new cases yet with a further 250 people confirmed to have the virus, stricter restrictions look to be announced by the Government.
An announcement is due to at some point today, with the Lancashire Resilience Forum saying: “We are expecting an announcement later today by Government that the majority of Lancashire will be subject to new measures in order to bring down the rate of Covid-19 infections.
“Over the last two weeks, we have unfortunately seen significant increases in the number of cases in most towns and cities in our county.
“The Government reviews the situation weekly and can implement new measures if deemed necessary to control the spread.
“We are awaiting the full regulations and guidelines, but will let you know what it means for you and our county as soon as we can.
“We all want to get back to normal, and we know this news will be difficult for people to hear. These decisions are not taken lightly and are in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.”
LancsLive understands that measures will be in place across Preston, Lancaster, Wyre, Fylde, parts of Blackpool, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, and Rossendale.
Currently, there are strict measures in the north east of Blackburn and parts of Pendle restricting all forms of socialising in person with people from other households.
In Preston and some areas of Pendle, restrictions are in place stopping visits to residents’ homes and private gardens.
Last week, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, told LancsLive “we must not hesitate to bring in control measures swiftly” if the situation worsens.
And yesterday he added his frustration to his current testing fiasco, saying the system is “reaching a breaking point”.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has said he is expecting the North West to be included in any announcement by the Government, given the infection rates across the region.
We will provide you on further updates on this via our dedicated live blog here.
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