There are entire nations that have had fewer confirmed coronavirus cases than the county of Lancashire. Photos by Getty Images.

Lancashire has had more coronavirus cases than some entire countries - here are 12 of them

Lancashire has been home to some of the highest coronavirus infection rates in the country - and while there has been significant progress in bringing the number of cases under control, the government still saw fit to put the whole county in tier three.

By Paul Berentzen
Sunday, 29th November 2020, 12:16 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th November 2020, 12:22 pm

Several parts of the county are now below the national average when it comes to new infections in the last seven days - but, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Lancashire has had 61,605 confirmed cases out of its population of 1.5m people.

That is more than some entire countries, including several with significantly larger populations.

Of course, the UK has ramped up testing in recent months and now boasts one of the best testing rates in Europe. So inevitably, more cases will be found.

But while some of the countries listed below are testing far fewer people - so their lower number of cases may not be entirely surprising - some are testing at a high rate, and still have had fewer cases overall than the Red Rose county.

Data from John Hopkins University. Photos are for illustration purposes only.

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