A key announcement in regards to the lockdown roadmap will be made tomorrow (Monday, April 5).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference which is expected to touch on a number of topics including vaccine passports, overseas travel and the easing of lockdown.
The next stage is scheduled for April 12, and a decision must be made seven days before each new step as to whether it’s safe to go ahead with the planned date.
The PM is expected to make this decision tomorrow morning during a crunch meeting with scientific experts and politicians.
If approved, gyms, non-essential retail, pub gardens, restaurants with outside seating arrangements and outdoor entertainment venues will all reopen on April 12.
But what’s the situation like in Essex?
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The best way to look at the local picture is through the Essex districts’ infection rates, which are the number of cases per 100,000 residents recorded over a seven-day period.
The latest data available to the public looks at the number of cases recorded in the seven days leading up to March 29.
Currently, the most-infected area of the country is Tendring – which includes towns such as Harwich, Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
There, the infection rate stands at 55.9 cases per 100,000 residents.
The least-infected area is Brentwood – which includes towns like Ingatestone, West Horndon, Shenfield and Brentwood.
There, the infection rate stands at 13.0 cases per 100,000 residents.
It’s a promising picture for a county ready to reopen the economy after months of sky-high infection rates around Christmas time.
Here are the latest infection rates (cases per 100,000 residents) for each local authority in Essex
- Tendring – 55.9 (up from seven days prior)
- Rochford – 41.2 (up from seven days prior)
Southend-on-Sea – 38.2 (up from seven days prior)
- Colchester – 37.5 (down from seven days prior)
Braintree – 36.7 (up from seven days prior)
Thurrock – 36.1 (down from seven days prior)
Harlow – 32.2 (down from seven days prior)
Castle Point – 28.8 (down from seven days prior)
- Chelmsford – 23.5 (down from seven days prior)
Maldon – 21.6 (up from seven days prior)
Epping Forest – 20.5 (down from seven days prior)
Uttlesford – 19.7 (down from seven days prior)
Basildon – 19.8 (down from seven days prior)
Brentwood – 13.0 (down from seven days prior)