An area in East Lancashire has again recorded the most new cases of Covid in the county as it continues to be the area with the second highest rate in England.

Seventeen new cases of Covid were confirmed in the Hyndburn area, making it 67 over the last seven day period which gives it a current rate of 82.7 per 100,000.

The Selby area of North Yorkshire currently has the highest rate in England.

No new cases were confirmed in Fylde, Ribble Valley and Rossendale. Seven new deaths within 28 days of a positive test were confirmed in England.

Government data up to April 30 shows that of the 49,287,257 jabs given in the UK so far, 34,346,273 were first doses. Some 14,940,984 were second doses.

Daily cases of Covid confirmed in every Lancashire borough as of Saturday, May 1

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: 18,195 (+13) 12,154.6 per 100,000

Blackpool: 9,220 (+3) 6,611.9 per 100,000

Burnley: 9,942 (+3) 11,180.8 per 100,000

Chorley: 7,939 (+8) 6,715.7 per 100,000

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

Hyndburn: 7,968 (+17) 9,831.8 per 100,000

Lancaster: 9,451 (+6) 6,471.6 per 100,000

Pendle: 9,676 (+2) 10,504.6 per 100,000

Preston: 13,899 (+14) 9,710.4 per 100,000

Ribble Valley: 4,588 (-) 7,535.1 per 100,000

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

South Ribble: 8,136 (+3) 7,343.8 per 100,000

West Lancashire: 8,940 (+1) 7,821.1 per 100,000

Wyre: 6,661 (+3) 5,942.5 per 100,000

Care home residents will be able to spend time with loved ones in “low risk” visits without having to self-isolate on their return, the Government has said after being threatened with legal action.

From Tuesday, residents leaving their home for a walk or to visit a loved one’s garden will no longer have to isolate for two weeks on their return.

But those leaving for medical appointments and for overnight visits will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days, the PA news agency understands.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) removed the requirement for outdoor, “low risk” visits after being threatened with legal action by the charity John’s Campaign.

Campaigners said the rule encourages care homes to act unlawfully by “falsely imprisoning” residents, with family members calling it “barbaric”.

Under the changes, residents on visits out must be accompanied by either a member of staff or one of their two nominated visitors, and follow social distancing throughout.

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