Preston appeared to have less Covid 19 than similar places in northwest England but in late February the slow decline left Preston in the top ten case areas in England and on some measures, it is said, at the top.
On 10th March 2021 Preston was 7th in England and top in the north-west with 142 cases per 100,000 on a 7 day average. Blackburn and Darwen was 12th. South Ribble 23rd. Data taken from Gov website by @UKCovid19Stats on twitter.