Preston and South Ribble record further Covid infection rate falls as lockdown 2 just hours away

A damp view looking up Friargate towards the Harris Museum in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
A damp view looking up Friargate towards the Harris Museum in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston and South Ribble’s coronavirus infection rates are continuing their downward trend.


A third consecutive day of a lowering of infection rates comes ahead of the city, county and country going into tighter restrictions in a second national lockdown.

Preston recorded 64 new cases for Wednesday (4 November).

This took the infection rate for the city to 454.8 per 100,000 people, according to figures from the Press Association which look at the rate of new cases in the seven days to October 31. This rate was down from 506.5 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 24.

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The city has the third-highest coronavirus infection rate in Lancashire.

South Ribble’s new cases for Wednesday were 37.

The borough’s infection rate fell from 445 per 100,000 for the seven days to October 24, to 338.5 per 100,000 people.

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MPs voted during Wednesday to approve the new measures from the government with tighter rules on household mixing, the closure of non-essential shops, pubs, bars and other leisure facilities.

Read more: Full list of businesses and facilities which must close from Thursday

The new restrictions kick in from 00.01 on Thursday (5 November) and run until 2 December.

Meanwhile, questions remain about where Preston, and Lancashire’s, funding which was due to be obtained to help with going into tier-three measures has gone.

District councils, such as Preston, are yet to receive their share of funding to be able to pass on to communities and businesses affected by the tighter measures in the government’s Local Covid-19 Alert Level introduced in mid-October, reports the Lancashire Post.

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