Covid infection rate in Anglia region now lower than at start of second lockdown | Anglia

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The weekly total of new positive tests for the coronavirus in the Anglia region continues to decline and the number of cases per 100,000 people is now lower than in early November, when England was placed in a second nationwide lockdown.

The latest published figures which cover the week leading up to Wednesday, November 25, show that there were 8,708 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Anglia region compared to 10,828 the previous week. That’s a drop of 2,120 or 20%.

That total equates to 119.3 cases per 100,000 people in the Anglia region, up from 120.8 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending November 5, when the second nationwide lockdown began.

The current infection rate in the Anglia region is still nearly four times higher than it was in early October, when the region averaged around 2,000 new cases per week.

The infection rate remains above 100 cases per 100,000 in 34 of the 54 districts of Eastern Counties.

Weekly number of positive Covid-19 tests fell by more than 2,000 between November 15 and 22 Credit: Data from Public Health England

The reproduction rate of the virus or R number is higher in the east of England than in England as a whole. It is estimated to be between 0.9 and 1.1 in the region, meaning that for every ten people with coronavirus, they will infect nine to 11 more people.

The England R number is between 0.9 and 1.0.

The lockdown is due to end on Wednesday when all counties in the Anglia region are subject to level 2 (high) coronavirus restrictions. The neighboring areas of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire will be level 3 (very high).



While the total number of weekly cases declines in eastern counties, it was still increasing in a handful of districts in the week through Wednesday, November 25:

  • Ipswich – 213 cases – + 46% compared to the previous week

  • North Norfolk – 93 cases – + 39%

  • Harlow – 195 cases – + 31%

  • Basildon – 532 cases – + 11%

  • Peterborough – 409 cases – + 3%

119,3

Weekly cases per 100,000 in the Anglia region in the week before November 25

120,8

Weekly cases per 100,000 in Anglia region at start of second lockdown

31,4

Weekly cases per 100,000 in the Anglia region at the beginning of October

While across the Anglia region the coronavirus infection rate is now lower than it was when the second lockdown began, it is still higher than in early November in Essex, the Suffolk and Milton Keynes.

Essex was on lockdown with a weekly infection rate of 111.6 cases per 100,000 and the county, including the unit areas of Thurrock and Southend, had 142.6 cases per 100,000 on November 25. Prices in Basildon and Harlow are significantly higher than in early November

In Suffolk, the rate is only slightly higher than it was when lockdown began, when there were 72.0 cases per 100,000 people in the county. The latest rate as of November 25 was 72.5. Ipswich has the highest case rate in Suffolk at 155.6 per 100,000

The latest weekly cases of coronavirus per 100,000 population in every county in the Anglia region. Credit: Data from Public Health England

The NHS reported over the weekend that 40 more patients have died in hospitals in the region with coronavirus or with Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificate.

So far, in November, 527 hospital patients have lost their lives with Covid-19. There were 195 deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in October and 25 in September.

Hospital admissions continue to increase in the region. There were 692 hospitalizations in the week leading up to Thursday, November 26, an increase of 4% from the previous week.

Chart shows seven-day moving average of coronavirus cases has been declining for more than a week Credit: Data from Public Health England

As of Wednesday, December 2, when the nationwide lockdown ends, all counties in the Anglia region will be at level 2 of the three-tier coronavirus restrictions.

Starting Wednesday, all stores will be allowed to reopen as well as gyms and personal care services, such as hairdressers. Community worship, weddings and outdoor sports will resume.

The rule of six will apply in outdoor public spaces like parks, beaches or public gardens.

Level two – High alert level

  • You can’t socialize indoors with someone who is not in your household or the supportive bubble – but the rule of six applies outdoors.

  • Pubs and bars must close unless they function as restaurants, and hospitality establishments may only serve alcohol with a large meal.

  • Public events can still take place at level 2 with appropriate social distances – but the number of people outside will be limited to 2,000. Like level 1 (medium), indoor performances will be limited to 1,000 spectators.

An ITV News graphic showing which areas of England are at level 1, 2 or 3. Credit: ITV News

Below is the latest update on the seven-day rolling rate of new Covid-19 cases for each local authority area in the Anglia region.

The numbers, for the seven days through Wednesday, November 25, are based on testing done in labs and the wider community. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The list is based on data from Public Health England released on Sunday, November 29 on the government coronavirus dashboard. Data for the most recent four days (November 26-29) have been excluded as they are incomplete and do not reflect the actual number of cases.

The highest rate in the Anglia region is in Basildon with 284.2 cases per 100,000. West Suffolk and Mid Suffolk currently have the lowest infection rate in the Anglia region with 35.7 cases per 100,000.


Coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants in each local authority area in the Anglia region in the week before Wednesday, November 25 (with the previous week in brackets)

  • Basildon – 284,2 (255,3)

  • Luton – 268,5 (290,5)

  • Harlow – 224,0 (171,1)

  • Thurrock – 209,9 (213,9)

  • Peterborough – 202,2 (196,8)

  • Broxbourne – 192,2 (205,6)

  • Northampton – 178,1 (242,2)

  • Brentwood – 176,6 (244,1)

  • Castle Point – 173,7 (219,1)

  • Epping Forest – 169.3 (227.1)

  • Ipswich – 155,6 (106,6)

  • Southern Northants – 151.3 (244.5)

  • Milton Keynes – 136.9 (197.4)

  • Hertsmere – 134.4 (162.0)

  • Three Rivers – 133.9 (161.8)

  • Kettering – 124,8 (173,9)

  • Corby – 124,6 (181,4)

  • Watford – 121,1 (186,4)

  • Rochford – 120,2 (153,4)

  • Braintree – 119,9 (121,2)

  • Eastern Northants – 118.5 (136.5)

  • Daventry – 117,5 (143,1)

  • Southend – 115,8 (155,1)

  • South Norfolk – 115,0 (171,8)

  • Wellingborough – 114,2 (179,4)

  • East Herts – 112,9 (175,6)

  • Bedford – 112,5 (165,0)

  • Norwich – 110,3 (136,6)

  • Saint Albans – 108,5 (141,5)

  • Broadland – 107,8 (112,4)

  • Fenland – 105,1 (113,9)

  • Welwyn Hatfield – 104,0 (137,4)

  • Danish – 102.7 (125.4)

  • Chelmsford – 102,6 (134,5)

  • Babergh – 97,8 (121,7)

  • Stevenage – 92,2 (141,2)

  • North Herts – 90,6 (122,0)

  • King’s Lynn et West Norfolk – 89.2 (144.0)

  • North Norfolk – 88,7 (63,9)

  • Uttlesford – 81.1 (127.1)

  • Cambridge – 76,1 (181,9)

  • Bedfordshire central – 75,9 (105,3)

  • Gt Yarmouth – 74,5 (112,7)

  • Rutland – 70,1 (122,7)

  • Colchester – 68,3 (78,1)

  • Tensioner – 64.8 (67.5)

  • Cambs East – 64.6 (72.4)

  • Maldon – 60,1 (81,6)

  • East Suffolk – 58.5 (71.0)

  • Huntingdonshire – 57,9 (74,7)

  • Breckland – 57,2 (90,0)

  • Cambs Sud – 47,1 (88,0)

  • Average Suffolk – 37.5 (57.8)

  • West Suffolk – 35,7 (61,4)The region of Anglia includes the counties of East England Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as Northamptonshire, Rutland and Milton Keynes.

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