Preston is now the only borough in Lancashire with a coronavirus infection above the 200 cases per 100,000 people mark.

The latest data, published by Public Health England, are for the week ending February 14, and the percentage change is comparing that figure with the rate for the previous seven days, week ending February 7.

They show how Lancashire recorded a total of 2,396 cases in the week to Sunday. This is down by 32 per cent from the 3,519 accumulated the previous week.

Preston recorded an even bigger drop of 38 per cent and its rate now stands at 213.1. Blackburn with Darwen has the next highest rate in Lancashire at 199.7.

Ten boroughs remain above the new England average rate of 133.2, also including South Ribble, Chorley, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Lancaster, Hyndburn, Blackpool and Pendle.

Wyre has the lowest rate after six weeks of national lockdown at 114.2 and is joined by Burnley, Fylde, Rossendale with rates below the national average.

The figures, for the seven days to February 14, 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 18) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (February 15-18) 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 Friday, February 19

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 14; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 14; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 7; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 7.

Preston, 213.1, (305), 343.0, (491) ↓

Blackburn with Darwen, 199.7, (299), 303.9, (455) ↓

South Ribble, 177.8, (197), 285.2, (316) ↓

Chorley, 176.8, (209), 211.5, (250) ↓

West Lancashire, 161.8, (185), 206.5, (236) ↓

Ribble Valley, 154.4, (94), 179.0, (109) ↓

Lancaster, 150.0, (219), 195.2, (285) ↓

Hyndburn, 148.1, (120), 270.2, (219) ↓

Blackpool, 145.6, (203), 204.4, (285) ↓

Pendle, 143.3, (132), 221.5, (204) ↓

—————————————————- The latest average infection rate for England is 133.2

Burnley, 129.3, (115), 218.2, (194) ↓

Fylde, 125.0, (101), 203.0, (164) ↓

Rossendale, 124.5, (89), 177.7, (127) ↓

Wyre, 114.2, (128), 164.2, (184) ↓

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Of the 315 local areas in England, 13 (4%) have seen a rise in case rates, 301 (96%) having recorded a fall. One is unchanged.

Corby in Northamptonshire has the highest rate in England, with 229 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 14 – the equivalent of 317.1 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 429.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to February 7.

Middlesbrough has the second highest rate, down from 382.3 to 289.4, with 408 new cases.

Sandwell in the West Midlands is in third place, down from 383.3 to 271.0, with 890 new cases.

Of the 13 areas to record a week-on-week rise, the top five are:

Copeland (up from 180.4 to 234.7)

Exeter (37.3 to 68.5)

Boston (171.0 to 198.1)

North West Leicestershire (190.1 to 215.2)

South Lakeland (73.3 to 92.3)

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