Preston’s coronavirus infection rate has increased further with 79 new cases recorded for Thursday (8 October).
The city area remains the second-highest Covid-19 rate in Lancashire, with 327.7 infections per 100,000 people.
Second-only to Burnley with 428.5 per 100,000 for cases recorded in the week to 5 October.
All areas of Lancashire have seen increases week-on-week, with West Lancashire now above the 300 mark with 323.7 infections per 100,000 people.
South Ribble’s infection rate has risen to 219.3 per 100,000 people as 55 new cases were recorded for the borough.
The England average infection rate is 127.4 per 100,000 people.
The government is understood to be considering tougher lockdown restrictions ‘for the North of England’ to try and curb the spread of Covid-19.
Latest figures show Preston is in the top 20 places in England when it comes to infection rates for coronavirus.
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Preston City Council’s leader councillor Matthew Brown has called on the government to give more of a role to the city council in trying to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement to the city’s full council meeting, cllr Brown said the authority needed the resources and responsibility to be able to play a full part in a test and trace effort.
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