Covid infections rising in more than half of Essex as lockdown eases

Yesterday (Monday, May 17), it was confirmed by Essex County Council that the first cases of the Indian Variant were recorded in Essex.

Essex County Council confirmed that a number of households had tested positive for the ‘variant of concern’, which experts think are partly responsible for the surge in rates in places like Bolton, Blackburn, and Bedford.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr John Spence said: “It will be no great surprise that this variant has emerged somewhere in Essex.

“We all want restrictions to be eased, so we want to nip this in the bud – it is not a cause for huge concern, but it is a cause for caution, and this is precautionary.”

All residents in Chelmsford are urged to get tested regularly to identify the scale of the outbreak and keep people safe.

The new cases aren’t yet reflected in the latest infection rates across the county, which remain relatively low.

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However, more than half of the areas in Essex have recorded a rise in its infection rates over the past seven days.

This figure, which tracks the number of positive cases recorded per 100,000 residents in a given area, is a key indicator of how prevalent coronavirus is within the community.

Currently, the most infected area of the county is Colchester, Essex.

This area contains towns like Colchester, West Mersea, and Tiptree, and currently has an infection rate of 17.5 cases per 100,000 residents.

The least infected area of the county is currently Brentwood, which contains towns like Brentwood, Ingatestone, and Shenfield.

The infection rate there stands at just 6.5 cases per 100,000 residents.

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Latest coronavirus cases in each area of Essex

The figures, for the seven days to May 13, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days (May 14-17) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

  • Colchester – 17.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)

  • Uttlesford – 15.3 cases per 100,000 residents (down compared to seven days prior)

  • Tendring – 15.0 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)

  • Southend-on-Sea – 14.7 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)

  • Basildon – 13.9 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)

  • Chelmsford – 12.9 cases per 100,000 residents (down compared to seven days prior)

  • Thurrock – 12.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)
  • Braintree – 12.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)

  • Harlow – 11.5 cases per 100,000 residents (down compared to seven days prior)

  • Maldon – 10.8 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)

  • Epping Forest – 10.6 cases per 100,000 residents (down compared to seven days prior)

  • Castle Point – 10.0 cases per 100,000 residents (up compared to seven days prior)

  • Rochford – 8.0 cases per 100,000 residents (level compared to seven days prior)

  • Brentwood – 6.5 cases per 100,000 residents (down compared to seven days prior)

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