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Blackburn with Darwen records lowest coronavirus infection rate in East Lancashire

Blackburn with Darwen now has the lowest Covid-19 infection rate across East Lancashire.

The borough, which has seen some of the highest infection rates in the country, has now dropped to having the 85th worst infection rate in the country and has been overtaken by all the other five East Lancashire boroughs.

The rate, which has dropped to 370.1 per 100,000, after 554 people tested positive in the past 7 days, fell from 449.6, (673) the week before.

The figures, for the seven days to July 9, 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.

Data for the most recent four days (July 10-13) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Elsewhere in East Lancashire, Rossendale is recording the highest rate, and the 13th highest rate in the country at 656.1 cases per 100,000 – an increase from last week’s rate of 633.7.

Hyndburn has recorded an infection rate of 629.3 following 510 positive cases, which has increased from the week before when the area recorded an infection rate of 594.7 cases per 100,000.

Burnley is now sitting at number 44 on the list after recording a rate of 480.2 after 427 people tested positive for the virus – a drop form last week when the infection rate was 535.3 per 100,000 (476)

Ribble Valley has recorded an infection rate of 389.2 per 100,000, putting them 74th on the list. The rate has increased very slightly from the week before when it was 384.3 per 100,000.

Finally, in Pendle, the infection rate is very slightly lower than the Ribble Valley at 386.5 per 100,000, a drop from the week below where the area recorded a rate of 400.6 per 100,000 – making the area the 76th worst in the country.

Across the rest of the county, the only areas with a lower infection rate than Blackburn with Darwen are Preston, which has an infection rate of 347.9, Chorley, which is holding a rate of 308.8 and South Ribble which has recorded an infection rate of 303.3.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 291 (92 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 22 (7 per cent) have seen a fall and two are unchanged.

South Tyneside is recording the highest rate in the country with 2,091 new cases in the seven days to July 9 – the equivalent of 1,385.0 per 100,000 people.