One area of Lancashire has the second worst infection rate in all of England, figures show.

Hyndburn has seen its Covid infection rate go up from 28.4 cases per 100,000 people to 82.7 cases in the seven days leading up to April 26.

It is now only behind Selby in North Yorkshire, which continues to have the highest rate, with 104 new cases in the seven days to April 26 – the equivalent of 114.8 cases per 100,000 people. This is up from 53.0 in the seven days to April 19.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 140 (44%) have seen a rise in rates, 160 (51%) have seen a fall and 15 are unchanged.

Chorley, Blackburn with Darwen, Preston, Pendle, South Ribble, West Lancashire, and Ribble Valley also saw the infection rate worsen in Lancashire.

While it fell in Rossendale and Wyre and remained stable in Fylde and Blackpool.

Lancashire’s infection rates as of Saturday, May 1

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 25; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 25; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 18.

Hyndburn, 82.7, (67), 28.4, (23) ↑

Chorley, 33.0, (39), 32.1, (38) ↑

Blackburn with Darwen, 42.1, (63), 26.1, (39), (42) ↑

Preston, 46.1, (66), 30.7, (44) ↑

Pendle, 32.6, (30), 18.5, (17) ↑

— English average: 23.9

Burnley, 23.6, (21), 33.7, (30) ↓

South Ribble, 18.1, (20), 17.1, (19) ↑

Lancaster, 22.6, (33), 16.4, (24) ↑

Rossendale, 21.0, (15), 22.4, (16) ↓

West Lancashire, 17.5, (20), 11.4, (13) ↑

Ribble Valley, 13.1, (8), 9.9, (6) ↑

Blackpool, 14.3, (20), 14.3, (20) →

Wyre, 9.8, (11), 10.7, (12) ↓

Fylde, 7.4, (6), 7.4, (6) →

The figures, for the seven days to April 26, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days (April 27-30) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

Selby (up from 53.0 to 114.8)

Hyndburn (28.4 to 82.7)

North Lincolnshire (52.8 to 81.8)

Chiltern (11.5 to 28.1)

Herefordshire (16.1 to 32.2)

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on April 30 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 152,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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.

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