Preston’s latest coronavirus figures show the city had 72 new confirmed cases during Thursday (15 October).
South Ribble’s new cases were 56 for the same day.
Preston’s rolling seven-day average of positive coronavirus cases had been rising rapidly throughout early October but has begun to level off.
The city’s infection rate is 364 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days up to 12 October.
137 people have died in Preston with coronavirus-related deaths up to 2 October.
South Ribble’s infection rate is 282 cases per 100,000 people for the same seven-day period as Preston.
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The borough has seen a similar slowing for the last few days in its rolling seven-day average for new cases.
95 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in South Ribble up to 2 October.
The England average infection rate is 161.3 per 100,000 people.
What’s happening with the lockdown restrictions?
Preston, and Lancashire, entered into tier-two restrictions on Wednesday (14 October) in the government’s new Local Covid Alert Levels – classed as a ‘high’ area for infection rates and cases.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service reports in the Lancashire Post then negotiating teams from Lancashire’s local authorities and Whitehall remain at an impasse in any changes to the county’s restrictions.
Lancashire County Council, and others, want a £50m funding package for the county to accept tier-three measures which would see non-food pubs and bars closed as well as other leisure businesses such as gyms and many tourist attractions.
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