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Preston, in Lancashire, could be the next area to face Government intervention after a rise in coronavirus rates, the city council’s chief executive has warned.

A statement from the authority said evidence from Public Health England showed a spike of cases.

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In a plea to residents, the statement said: “The city is surrounded by areas that have had enforced measures implemented by Government and we want to act now to stop that from happening in Preston.

“None of us want a local lockdown to be introduced in Preston, so, following a spike in cases, we need your help to prevent the situation from worsening.”

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The authority has advised residents to avoid having visitors to their homes. It has also advised them to wear face coverings at all times in public and to get tested, even if they are experiencing only mild symptoms.

No official restrictions have been imposed, such as in east Lancashire, Greater Manchester and parts of West Yorkshire, where people are restricted from having visitors.

11th July 2020; Deepdale Stadium, Preston, Lancashire, England; English Championship Football, Preston North End versus Nottingham Forest; Jayden Stockley of Preston North End celebrates after he scores his side's first goal to make the score 1-1 after fifteen minutes
Preston North End is urging fans to pull together to avoid a lockdown (Photo: Alan Martin/Action Plus)

Preston City Council’s chief executive, Adrian Phillips, said: “We are not waiting for some Government announcement.

“We know our rates are increasing and they have increased over the last week to a level now where we are concerned that we could face Government intervention.

“We’ve been working with our communities to make sure we get those key messages out.”

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The city’s football club, Preston North End, is also urging supporters and other members of the community to pull together in an effort to avoid stricter lockdown measures.

Mr Phillips told BBC Breakfast: “We are aware we have got community transmissions. We’re aware they are across the city.

“There is a concentration in inner areas, as there usually is in any urban environment, but it’s in villages, it’s in our suburbs. Covid has not gone away.”

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