Why Blackburn with Darwen went from UK Covid hotspot to one of the lowest rates in the country

Blackburn’s health boss praised the public for lowering the borough’s coronavirus rate to “the lowest in months.”

The area has been at the top of the infection rate chart for months, with some of the highest Covid cases by population.

The latest daily figures show Blackburn along with Darwen has fallen in the national infection rankings with just seven other boroughs posting lower rates.

In the past 24 hours, only 47 people have tested positive, a rate of 159 per 100,000. At the height of the pandemic, the rate in Blackburn with Darwen was 607 per 100,000.

The daily death rate, where a person died within 28 days of testing positive, was zero and there have only been two deaths in the past seven days.

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A total of 437 residents of the borough have died after testing positive while 486 death certificates record the presence of the virus as a contributing factor.

In total, 75.7% of the borough’s population – 95,026 people, have now received their first vaccine, while 62.4% have received both doses.

The number of patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus fell 38% in the seven days to August 1, with just two admitted in the past 24 hours.

Professor Dominic Harrison, Blackburn with the director of public health for the Darwen Borough Council, said the low rate was “thanks to the continued efforts of all of our local communities”.

“It’s incredibly encouraging to see Blackburn with Darwen move down the national rankings,” Professor Harrison told LancsLive.

“Our rates are now the lowest we’ve seen in many months.

“It is thanks to the continuous efforts of all our local communities that we have succeeded in controlling the virus rates in the borough.

“Many local residents continue to take some infection control measures, such as continuing to wear face coverings in public places and meeting outdoors, although this is no longer a legal requirement.

“Coupled with our vaccination rates, which are among the highest in Lancashire, this collective effort is no doubt helping to prevent more people from becoming infected and more families from losing loved ones to Covid.

“There is still work to be done with regards to immunization, and we are planning targeted engagement work to support eligible people who have not yet been vaccinated, with any questions and concerns they may have on the vaccine. Covid vaccine.

“Vaccination remains the best way to protect ourselves and our loved ones as we learn to live with the virus for the foreseeable future. ”

Councilor Mohammed Khan, the head of the council, echoed Professor Harrison’s praise for the district but urged that “vaccination is the only way out of this pandemic”.

Cllr Khan said: “This rate reduction is due to the hard work of the council and our partners as well as those who read the public health advice. Vaccinations are the only way out of this pandemic.”

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