Eleven of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs continue to have Covid infection rates higher than the national average despite case numbers falling in every area.

The latest Public Health England data for the week ending February 12 shows a total of 2,653 cases were recorded across the county.

This is down by 27.5 per cent from the 3,659 cases confirmed the previous week.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 299 (95 per cent) have seen a fall while 16 (5 per cent) have seen a rise.

While the positive trend continues across Lancashire with weekly case numbers now at their lowest levels since the end of 2020, other parts of the continue are showing a faster improvement after six weeks of national lockdown.

Preston, Blackburn with Darwen, South Ribble, Chorley, Pendle, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, Hyndburn, Fylde, Blackpool and Lancaster now have rates above the new national average of 142.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Preston remains Lancashire Covid hotspot with a rate of 254.3. This is down on last week’s 330.5 but up from the 248.0 announced yesterday.

Burnley, which at one point in early January had the county’s highest rate at nearly 900, has now dropped below the national average for the first time in months. It’s rate now stands at 138.3.

Wyre continue to have Lancashire’s lowest infection rate at 112.4 after weekly case numbers dropped by 42 per cent.

The figures, for the seven days to February 12, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (February 16) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (February 13-16) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

The latest Lancashire infection rates as of Wednesday, February 17

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 5.

Preston, 254.3, (364), 330.5, (473) ↓

Blackburn with Darwen, 239.2, (358), 321.3, (481) ↓

South Ribble, 209.4, (232), 306.0, (339) ↓

Chorley, 195.4, (231), 214.9, (254) ↓

Pendle, 165.0, (152), 249.7, (230) ↓

Ribble Valley, 162.6, (99), 192.2, (117) ↓

West Lancashire, 160.1, (183), 203.0, (232) ↓

Hyndburn, 159.2, (129), 285.0, (231) ↓

Fylde, 154.7, (125), 200.5, (162) ↓

Blackpool, 154.2, (215), 210.8, (294) ↓

Lancaster, 150.0, (219), 200.6, (293) ↓

—————————————————- The latest average infection rate for England is 142.4

Burnley, 138.3, (123), 235.0, (209) ↓

Rossendale, 135.7, (97), 180.5, (129) ↓

Wyre, 112.4, (126), 194.5, (218) ↓

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Middlesbrough has the highest rate in England, with 449 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 12 – the equivalent of 318.5 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 356.8 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to February 5.

Corby in Northamptonshire has the second highest rate, down from 432.0 to 315.7, with 228 new cases.

Sandwell in the West Midlands is in third place, down from 409.5 to 291.7, with 958 new cases.

Of the 16 areas to record a week-on-week rise, the top five are:

Copeland (up from 159.9 to 247.9)

Exeter (30.4 to 79.1)

West Lindsey (84.7 to 128.6)

Newark & Sherwood (215.6 to 255.7)

Lincoln (91.6 to 125.9)

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