Lancashire has recorded a further 78 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, with Hyndburn showing the biggest rise.

Hyndburn reported 21 new cases, ahead of Preston where there were 12 and Blackburn with Darwen at 11.

The latest figures from Public Health England also showed that three areas of the county showed no rise in infection, these being Pendle, Ribble Valley and South Ribble.

No new cases were detected across Preston, Blackpool, and Fylde in the latest Public Health England testing window.

Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, Lancashire has now seen a total of 125,362 Covid-19 confirmed cases. The vast majority of these are historic and no longer active.

The Government said a further 15 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of today, bringing the UK total to 127,517.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Friday, there had been a further 2,381 lab-confirmed cases in the UK. It brings the total to 4,416,623.

Government data up to April 29 shows that of the 48,748,962 jabs given in the UK so far, 34,216,087 were first doses – a rise of 122,039 on the previous day. Some 14,532,875 were second doses, an increase of 488,914.

Daily cases of Covid confirmed in every Lancashire borough as of Friday, April 30

The data below includes the total number of cases and overall infection rate for each area since the pandemic began. Many of these cases will no longer be active.

Blackburn with Darwen: 18,182 (+11) 12,145.9 per 100,000

Blackpool: 9,217 (+2) 6,609.7 per 100,000

Burnley: 9,939 (+5) 11,177.5 per 100,000

Chorley: 7,931 (+2) 6,708.9 per 100,000

Fylde: 4,785 (+2) 5,923.5 per 100,000

Hyndburn: 7,951 (+21) 9,810.8 per 100,000

Lancaster: 9,445 (+6) 6,467.5 per 100,000

Pendle: 9,674 (-) 10,502.4 per 100,000

Preston: 13,885 (+12) 9,700.6 per 100,000

Ribble Valley: 4,590 (-) 7,536.8 per 100,000

Rossendale: 6,110 (+2) 8,547.6 per 100,000

South Ribble: 8,133 (-) 7,341 per 100,000

West Lancashire: 8,939 (+5) 7,820.2 per 100,000

Wyre: 6,658 (+9) 5,939.8 per 100,000

The number of people in England estimated to have Covid-19 has dropped 40% in a week, according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, which covers private households, shows an estimated 54,200 people were likely to have tested positive for Covid-19 in the week to April 24, down from 90,000 the previous week.

This means around one in 1,010 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to April 24, down from one in 610.

It is the lowest figure since the week to September 5, when the estimate stood at one in 1,400.

Paul Hunter, professor in medicine from the University of East Anglia, said of the findings: “What makes this week’s results particularly important is that this would be the first week when there would be any evidence that the relaxation of April 12 would have had a negative impact on the epidemic.

“That there is in fact no evidence of an increased transmission risk is reassuring that for the time being at least it looks like the current road map is still on target.”

Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University, said there was currently “no sign” in the data of a negative impact from loosening restrictions, though he said it was possible infection rates would go up at some point as people do more.

However, Rowland Kao, professor of data science at the University of Edinburgh, said that while the “continued decline is good news and should be celebrated”, the ONS survey does not yet “provide us with more information about what recent changes in restrictions are doing”.

Overall, people testing positive has decreased in all regions of England except in Yorkshire and the Humber and in eastern England, where the trend is uncertain.

It comes after Professor Tim Spector, epidemiologist at King’s College London, said the UK has “one of the lowest rates in Europe at the moment” and the country was on track to reach herd immunity.

Meanwhile, figures released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) on Friday puts the coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, in England at between 0.8 and 1.1.

Sage said that while estimates now span 1 for England and some NHS England regions it does not necessarily mean R is definitively above 1 and that the epidemic is increasing, just that the uncertainty means it cannot be ruled out.

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