South Ribble sees infection rate rise as Health secretary delivers update ahead of MPs tiers vote

The Old Penwortham Bridge over the River Ribble between Preston and South Ribble Pic: Paul Melling
The Old Penwortham Bridge over the River Ribble between Preston and South Ribble Pic: Paul Melling

South Ribble has seen a flick upwards in its infection rate in the latest coronavirus figures.





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As second national lockdown prepares to enter the final 24-hours the latest Public Health England data has been released.

Preston saw 24 new cases during Monday (30 November).

South Ribble had 13 new Covid-19 cases for the same day.

Wyre saw just eight new cases, Ribble Valley just five and Fylde only two new cases.

On infection rates, South Ribble’s rate went to 236.5 per 100,000 people, for the seven days to 26 November, up from 213 per 100,000 for the seven days to 19 November.

Preston’s infection rate has dropped below 200, now at 195.6, down from 287.8 for the same date periods as South Ribble.

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Both Fylde and Wyre are below the England average – of 161.4.

Wyre is the second-lowest in Lancashire at 119.5, down from 162.4.

Fylde is 158.5, down from 248.8.

And Ribble Valley is 182.3, down from 215.1.

Read more: Updated map shows latest local cases across Preston and South Ribble

Preston and Lancashire is due to enter tier-3 restrictions from 00.01 on Wednesday (2 December).

Health secretary gives update

Matt Hancock led a government briefing during Monday evening to update on preparations for the tier system and vaccinnation.

It comes as MPs prepare to vote on the new tier system, with a number of Conservative MPs understood to be considering voting against the government’s plans.

England has seen a 30 per cent drop in cases in the last seven days.

Mr Hancock said: “This is clearly good news. It shows that the national restrictions have been successful.

“And what this means in practice is that through everyone’s actions in respecting the national lockdown, and through everything that people have sacrificed, we’ve reduced pressures on the NHS, we’ve brought down the number of coronavirus cases, we’ve got this virus back under control.”

You can see the full press conference below

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But he went on to warn the risks remained high ahead of Christmas and flu season.

The government says they are on track to begin rolling out the vaccine, if approved by the regulator, before Christmas to those most in need and front-line health workers.

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