THE number of new case of Covid-19 in Pendle over the last week has gone up by almost 100.

A total of 342 positive tests were recorded in the seven days up to yesterday (Tuesday), compared to 251 the week before.

The infection rate is currently at 315.8 per 100,000, which is also up on the 277.8 reported last week.

Once again, it is school age children and young people from 10 to 19 years old with the highest number of new cases at 90 being recorded.

The next highest group is the 30 to 39 year olds, with 37 new cases, followed by youngsters up to nine years old, and people in their 40s, both with 39 new cases.

Vaccination take-up data for Pendle now includes all children aged 12 to 15, who are being offered a first dose of the vaccine.

The aim is to lower the risk of Covid-19 spreading in schools and reduce the need for children to have time off school.

Vaccines will mostly be delivered at schools by healthcare staff. All parents, or those with parental responsibility, will be asked for their consent.

A spokesperson for Pendle Council said: "With infection rates rising, the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus is to get vaccinated. We’re continuing to encourage everyone to get both jabs for maximum protection.

It is also essential we all follow stay safe advice to stop the virus from spreading and avoid further pressure on the NHS this coming winter.

And the NHS will be contacting people directly to let them know when it is their turn to take up the booster vaccine."

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