The number of coronavirus cases in Blackburn with Darwen increased by 148 over the weekend, official figures show.

A total of 27,667 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Blackburn with Darwen when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on September 13 (Monday), up from 27,519 on Friday.

The rate of infection in Blackburn with Darwen now stands at 18,441 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 10,996.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 87,753 over the period, to 7,256,559.

However, there were no new coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Blackburn with Darwen.

Today (Tuesday) the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to deliver his plan for tackling the virus over the coming winter months.


The dashboard shows 440 people had died in the area by September 13 (Monday) – which was unchanged from Friday.

It means there has been one death in the past week, which is the same as the previous week.

They were among 19,022 deaths recorded across the North West.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Blackburn with Darwen.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

Figures reported on a Monday are likely to be lower as a result of a lag in reporting deaths over the weekend.

The figures also show that two-thirds of people in Blackburn with Darwen have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 87,937 people had received both jabs by September 12 (Sunday) – 68% of those aged 16 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 81% of people aged 16 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.