Infection rates have fallen in every Lancashire borough in what is a landmark moment for the county.

With the road-map out of lockdown now in full swing ahead of the next stage of relaxing the rules on Monday (April 12), Lancashire is enjoying a week of positive Covid trends.

Tuesday saw Preston and Blackburn with Darwen finally see their infection rates fall below the 100 cases per 100,000 people mark.

And today (April 7), every Lancashire borough saw their infection rates fall.

The highest rate in the week to April 3 now belongs to Preston at 72.0; falling from 102.7 in the previous week of testing to March 27.

In real terms, this was 103 new cases compared to the previous week’s 147 new cases.

Blackburn’s rate has dropped to 71.5 from 110.9.

Chorley – which on Tuesday was the only Lancashire borough to see a rise in week-on-week infections – has today seen its rate drop significantly from 77 to 60.9.

The situation is most positive in Wyre, where weekly infections sit at 15, giving it a rate of 13.4.

With England’s rate now having dropped to 39, there are eight Lancashire boroughs under the national average – South Ribble, West Lancs, Rossendale, Pendle, Lancaster, Blackpool, Fylde, and Wyre.

The figures, for the seven days to April 3, 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 last night (April 7) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Lancashire’s infection rates as of Thursday, April 8

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 3; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 27; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 27.

Preston: 72.0, (103), 102.7, (147) ↓

Blackburn with Darwen, 71.5, (107), 110.9, (166) ↓

Chorley: 60.9, (72), 77.0, (91) ↓

Burnley: 51.7, (46), 72.0, (64) ↓

Hyndburn: 45.7, (37), 67.9, (55) ↓

Ribble Valley: 39.4, (24), 50.9, (31) ↓

— English average: 39.0

Rossendale: 37.8, (27), 58.8, (42) ↓

South Ribble: 35.2, (39), 65.9, (73) ↓

West Lancashire: 31.5, (36), 63.9, (73) ↓

Pendle: 29.3, (27), 40.2, (37) ↓

Lancaster: 22.6, (33), 43.8, (64) ↓

Blackpool: 18.6, (26), 36.6, (51) ↓

Fylde: 13.6, (11), 53.2, (43) ↓

Wyre: 13.4, (15), 34.8, (39) ↓

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rise:

Wellingborough (up from 50.2 to 75.3)

Daventry (26.8 to 47.7)

Watford (29.0 to 47.6)

Mansfield (87.8 to 99.7)

Newcastle upon Tyne (45.2 to 56.5)

Of the 315 local areas in England, 30 (10%) have seen a rise in case rates, 278 (88%) have seen a fall and seven are unchanged.

Corby in Northamptonshire continues to have the highest rate in England, with 103 new cases recorded in the seven days to April 3 – the equivalent of 142.6 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 214.6 per 100,000 in the seven days to March 27.

Wakefield has the second highest rate, down from 137.5 to 106.8, with 372 new cases.

Barnsley has the third highest rate, down from 149.5 to 106.1, with 262 new cases.

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