The number of coronavirus cases in Blackburn with Darwen increased by 73 – and one more death has been recorded.

A total of 31,831 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Blackburn with Darwen when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on November 19 (Friday), up from 31,758 on Thursday.

The rate of infection in Blackburn with Darwen now stands at 21,216 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 14,644.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 44,237 over the period, to 9,766,153.

There was also one more coronavirus death recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Blackburn with Darwen.

The dashboard shows 460 people had died in the area by November 19 (Friday) – up from 459 on Thursday.

It means there have been four deaths in the past week, which is an increase on two the previous week.

They were among 20,249 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.

Because of technical issues, vaccination data has not been provided today for local authorities in England.