Hyndburn now has the highest infection rate in England as cases rise in nine Lancashire boroughs


Hyndburn now has the highest coronavirus rate in all of England after a weekly increase in the number of cases of 300%.

The latest figures from Public Health England show that within seven days the rate in the boroughs of eastern Lancashire has fallen from 38.3 cases per 100,000 population to 153.

This is the largest weekly increase of all 315 local authorities in the country, with the peak largely linked to an outbreak at Mount Carmel RC High School in Accrington.

Blackburn with Darwen is fifth on the list after cases there increased by 54% over the same period.

He now has Lancashire’s second-highest infection rate at 51.4 and ranks 10th overall in England, while Preston and Chorley are also in the top 25.

Infection rates are also increasing in Preston, Chorley, Lancaster, South Ribble, Rossendale, Wyre and Ribble Valley, but are falling in Burnley, Pendle, West Lancs, Blackpool and Fylde.

Seven Lancashire boroughs remain above the new national average rate of 22.5 with seven more below.

Fylde continues to have the lowest rate in the county at 6.2 and is also the eighth lowest in England.

The figures, for the seven days through April 30, are based on testing done in laboratories (pillar 1 of the government’s testing program) and in the wider community (pillar 2).

The list below was calculated by the PA news agency, based on data from Public Health England released yesterday (May 4) on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (May 1-4) have been excluded as they are incomplete and do not reflect the actual number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Lancashire infection rate as of Wednesday 5 May

From left to right, we read: the name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days before April 30; number (in brackets) of new cases registered during the seven days prior to April 30; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 23; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to April 23.

Hyndburn, 153.0, (124), 38.3, (31) ↑

Blackburn with Darwen, 51.4, (77), 33.4, (50) ↑

Preston, 44.0, (63), 36.3, (52) ↑

Chorley, 38.9, (46), 31.3, (37) ↑

Lancaster, 27.4, (40), 20.5, (30) ↑

Burnley, 27.0, (24), 29.2, (26) ↓

South Ribble, 24.4, (27), 17.1, (19) ↑

— English average: 22.5

Rossendale, 21.0, (15), 19.6, (14) ↑

Pendle, 19.5, (18), 28.2, (26) ↓

Wyre, 17.8, (20), 8.9, (10) ↑

West Lancashire, 13.1, (15), 17.5, (20) ↓

Blackpool, 12.2, (17), 12.9, (18) ↓

Ribble Valley, 11.5, (7), 9.9, (6) ↑

Fylde, 6.2, (5), 8.7, (7) ↓

Of the 315 local areas in England, 103 (33%) saw a rate hike, 195 (62%) saw a decrease and 17 are unchanged.

Hyndburn currently has the highest rate, with 124 new cases in the seven days to April 30 – the equivalent of 153.0 cases per 100,000 people.

That’s 38.3 in seven days as of April 23.

Bolton has the second highest rate, dropping from 46.3 to 73.4, with 211 new cases.

North Lincolnshire has the third highest, rising from 64.4 to 71.4, with 123 new cases.

The five areas with the largest increases from week to week are:

Hyndburn (38.3 to 153.0)

Bolton (46.3 to 73.4)

Wellingborough (27.6 to 48.9)

South Holland (29.5 to 48.4)

Blackburn with Darwen (33.4 to 51.4)

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