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More than 200 new coronavirus cases in Blackburn

The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Blackburn with Darwen increased by 207 over the weekend, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 24,153 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (July 12) in Blackburn with Darwen, up from 23,946 the same time on Friday.

The health body recently changed the way it records the figures.

Cases identified through a positive lateral flow test – those which can deliver results within half an hour – will no longer be counted if the person then takes a PCR test, which is sent to a lab to be checked, and receives a negative result within three days.

These cases are now being removed daily.

The rate of infection in Blackburn with Darwen now stands at 16,135 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 7,960.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 97,150 over the period, to 5,155,243.

Blackburn with Darwen’s cases were among the 752,844 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 13,758 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.