CORONAVIRUS infection rates have risen across three East Lancashire boroughs, while falling in three others.

According to the most recent figures collected by Public Health England, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley and Pendle all saw rises, while Hyndburn, Rossendale and the Ribble Valley say falls in rartes.

In the seven days leading up to May 12 Blackburn with Darwen recorded an infection rate of 118.2 per 100,000, a slight rise on the previous rate of 111.6.

Burnley meanwhile, recorded a rate of 51.7 up from 47.2 while Pendle recorded a rate of 40.2 up from 36.9.

However, Hyndburn reported an infection rate of 38.3, down from 43.2, while Rossendale recorded a rate of 21, down from 23.8 and the Ribble Valley followed suite with a rate of 14.8 down from 16.4.

This comes with restriction set to be eased further from Monday May 17 with indoor venues reopening and some degrees of physical contact permitted.

Prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Friday that although the government is not yet planning further lockdowns, the army will be deployed to help with testing.

East Lancashire cases

The figures, for the seven days to May 12, 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.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days (May 12-16) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

  • Blackburn with Darwen, 118.2 (177)
  • Burnley, 51.7, (46)
  • Hyndburn, 38.3, (31)
  • Pendle, 40.2, (37)
  • Rossendale, 21, (15)
  • Ribble Valley, 14.8, (9)