Local lockdown expected in Preston in ‘next few days’

  • Local lockdown expected in Preston in ‘next few days’

Local lockdown expected in Preston in ‘next few days’

The Lancashire Resilience Forum said: "Since the rise of cases was first announced last week, residents, communities and businesses have been asked to take extra precautions to reduce the spread of the virus".

However, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Lancashire's director of public health, has said he expects the Government to tighten restrictions in a matter of days.

Preston recorded 49 new cases of coronavirus in the week to 31 July, more than double the week before when there were 22 - this meant nearly 35 cases per 100,000 population.

New local restrictions will also be introduced in Ireland in the regions of Kildare, Laois and Offaly due to a surge in coronavirus cases, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has announced. People can meet in groups of up to six - or more than six if exclusively from two households - in outdoor areas such as parks and beer gardens.

This follows Preston being designated an "area of intervention" by government following a spike in cases.

The DHSC said that guidance "will make clear that people should not be gathering with other households anywhere indoors".

"We are constantly examining the data on the prevalence of the virus in these areas, and we will review the measures again next week".

Karunanithi said contacts of people with coronavirus symptoms were being encouraged to come for tests even though they may not have symptoms "so that we can find the virus that is hiding in close contacts and stop the transmission".

- What does this mean for the people living in Preston? It is also alarming to see that the under 30s are contracting it at a significant rate.

Residents in the Lancashire city are facing stricter restrictions, which include banning separate households from meeting each other at home.

It has reported 61 new case in the seven days to August 4.

The reproduction number - referred to as R - for the United Kingdom is between 0.8 to 1, but Sage indicated it could be higher across England.

The ONS said that while recent figures had suggested the percentage of individuals testing positive for Covid-19 had risen since the end of June, there is now evidence to suggest that this trend may have levelled off.

New cases of Covid-19 in Preston increased substantially with 43 (30 per 100,000 population) in the week to 2 August, compared with 30 (21 per 100,000) the week before.