Essex coronavirus: The worst boroughs in the county for Covid-19 cases right now

Essex is continuing to see high rates of Covid-19 in the county – with thousands of cases still being reported in the past week.

Whilst all regulations to battle the Omicron variant have now been lifted in England, Covid-19 remains present across the country.

In Essex, there are still hundreds of cases in each borough – but all but one are seeing case numbers fall as the weeks go on.

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Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 111 (29 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 264 (70 per cent) have seen a fall and two are unchanged.

Lisburn and Castlereagh in Northern Ireland has the highest rate in the UK, with 2,871 cases in the seven days to January 31 – the equivalent of 1,960.4 per 100,000 people.

This is up from a rate of 1,776.7 for the seven days to January 24.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon in Northern Ireland has the second highest rate, up slightly from 1,924.2 to 1,942.6, with 4,220 cases.

Cambridge has the third highest rate, down slightly from 1,812.7 to 1,796.7, with 2,247 cases.

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Newport has the highest rate in Wales (733.8, down from 890.4) and Aberdeen City has the highest rate in Scotland (647.4, up from 583.3).

Here are the total number of Covid cases for each Essex borough for the seven days to January 31 – the latest data that is available – according to the UK government website.

  • Chelmsford – 1,823 cases with a rate per 100,000 people of 1,015.3, a decrease of 52 cases from the previous week
  • Epping Forest – 896 cases with a 677.9 rate, which is 107 cases less than the previous week
  • Brentwood – 513 cases with a rate of 664.1, down by 40 from the previous week
  • Basildon – 1,613 cases with a rate of 860.0, a 339 decrease from the previous week
  • Castle Point – 732 cases with a 808.6 rating, which is 157 less than the previous week
  • Southend-on-Sea – 1,374 cases and a 751.8 rating, which is 227 less than the previous week
  • Rochford – 600 cases with a 684.7 rating, which is 101 less than the previous week
  • Maldon – 594 cases with a 908.2 rating, which is eight less than the previous week
  • Colchester – 1,952 cases with a 989.9 rating, which is 220 less than the previous week
  • Tendring – 1,328 cases, with a 901.2 rating, which is 37 less than the previous week
  • Braintree – 1,406 cases, and a 918.4 rating, which is 376 less than the previous week
  • Uttlesford – 996 cases and a rating of 1,073.8, which is 46 cases more than the previous week

This means that Colchester has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Essex, with Chelmsford second, and Brentwood having the lowest number of cases.

The five UK areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

  • Exeter (up from 1,294.5 to 1,653.0)
  • Hart (1,158.7 to 1,486.6)
  • Forest of Dean (1,002.2 to 1,273.1)
  • Guildford (985.7 to 1,245.1)
  • North Devon (1,000.3 to 1,226.4)

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