Positive Covid-19 cases spike in Essex as ‘Freedom Day’ approaches

Covid cases in Essex are spiking with ‘Freedom Day’ just three days away.

The government has announced that from Monday (July 19) almost all Covid restrictions will be lifted, including social distancing, the limits on social contact as well as wearing a face covering.

However, in Essex, around two thirds of the towns in the county have experienced cases more than doubling in a week.

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The newst numbers released by the government relate to the seven days leading up to July 10.

Some areas, like Hadleigh South, have experienced a 600 per cent increase, while Stanford West has had a 300 per cent increase in cases, reaching a case rate per 100,000 people of 188.1.

Abbey Field was previously the most concerning area, it has been now brought to second place with 54 new cases and a case rate of 686.2.

At the moment, the area most at risk is Herongate, Ingrave and West Horndon with 43 new cases. The villages have experienced a 79.2 per cent increase in cases and have now reached a 700.4 case rate (per 100,000 people).

A number of towns have also seen a stabilization or decrease in cases. Some of those are Grays Town, West Shoebury, Rayleigh North East, Holland-on-Sea, Clacton Cenrtal, Brightlingsea, Greenstead, as well as the general area near the borders of Essex and Ipswich.

The town with the biggest recorded fall in cases is Grays Town, with a 26.7 per cent decrease and a 109.1 case rate.

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Here are the current Essex areas experiencing the most significant increase in cases as of July 10.

Central Colchester: Cases 52 (up by 23, 79.3%), Case rate per 100.000 447.9

Abbey Field: Cases 54 (up by 16, 42.1%), Case rate per 100.000 686.2

Mile End & Brainswick: Cases 64 (up by 30, 88.2%), Case rate per 100.000 389.7

Monwick: Cases 27 (up by 13, 92.9%), Case rate per 100.000 261.2

Lexden: Cases 19 (up by 10, 111.1%), Case rate per 100.000 335.2

Pettygate & Westlands: Cases 30 (up by 17, 130.8%), Case rate per 100.000 410.2

Shrub End: Cases 41 (up by 25, 156.2%), Case rate per 100.000 430.3

Parson’s Heath: Cases 37 (up by 13, 54.2%), Case rate per 100.000 265.4

New Town & Hythe: Cases 35 (up by 20, 133.3%), Case rate per 100.000 248.3

Weeley & Thorpe-le-Soken: Cases 33 (up by 10, 43.5%), Case rate per 100.000 454.2

Maldon South: Cases 33 (up by 15, 83.3%), Case rate per 100.000 428.0

Maldon North: Cases 21 (up by 10, 90.9%), Case rate per 100.000 302.6

Heybridge: Cases 28 (up by 19, 211.1%), Case rate per 100.000 327.6

Great Baddow North & East: Cases 42 (up by 22, 110%), Case rate per 100.000 537.8

Great Baddow South & West: Cases 53 (up by 22, 71%), Case rate per 100.000 529.5

Chelmer Village: Cases 32 (up by 17, 113.3%), Case rate per 100.000 339.9

Moulsham East: Cases 24 (up by 14, 140%), Case rate per 100.000 352.5

Moulsham West: Cases 39 (up by 18, 85.7%), Case rate per 100.000 482.6

Central Chelmsford: Cases 52 (up by 23, 79.3%), Case rate per 100.000 408

Boreham & Little Baddow: Cases 54 (up by 20, 58.8%), Case rate per 100.000 582.6

Springfield North: Cases 40 (up by 20, 100%), Case rate per 100.000 437.9

Great Leighs & the Walthams: Cases 68 (up by 41, 151.9%), Case rate per 100.000 809

Flitch Green, Felsted & High Easter: Cases 62 (up by 44, 244.4%), Case rate per 100.000 553.3

North Weald, Matching & Sheering: Cases 36 (up by 22, 157.1%), Case rate per 100.000 406.7

Great Dunmow: Cases 28 (up by 21, 300%), Case rate per 100.000 324.0

Melbourne Park, Chignall & Pleshey: Cases 46 (up by 28, 155.6%), Case rate per 100.000 603.4

Coggeshall & Kelvedon: Cases 37 (up by 12, 48%), Case rate per 100.000 348.2

South Woodham Ferrers South: Cases 34 (up by 23, 209.1%), Case rate per 100.000 426.0

Rayleigh North West: Cases 45 (up by 26, 136.8%), Case rate per 100.000 488.4

Rayleigh South West: Cases 45 (up by 24, 114.3%), Case rate per 100.000 503.7

Rayleigh South East: Cases 31 (up by 20, 181.8%), Case rate per 100.000 378.5

Hullbridge: Cases 23 (up by 9, 64.3%), Case rate per 100.000 350.7

Hockley & Hawkwell West: Cases 60 (up by 36, 150.0%), Case rate per 100.000 374.8

Rochford Town & Canewdon: Cases 17 (up by 13, 325.0%), Case rate per 100.000 283.8

Westborough: Cases 48 (up by 23, 92%), Case rate per 100.000 428.9

Prittlewell: Cases 31 (up by 18, 138.5%), Case rate per 100.000 291.2

Leigh: Cases 46 (up by 22, 91.7%), Case rate per 100.000 439.6

West Leigh: Cases 34 (up by 8, 30.8%), Case rate per 100.000 360.1

Brook Street & Pilgrim’s Hatch: Cases 31 (up by 15, 93.8%), Case rate per 100.000 442.5

Brentwood South & Warley: Cases 36 (up by 20, 125.0%), Case rate per 100.000 422.4

Brentwood North: Cases 33 (up by 11, 50.0%), Case rate per 100.000 395.4

Herongate, Ingrave & West Horndon: Cases 43 (up by 19, 79.2%), Case rate per 100.000 700.4

Weeley & Thorpe-le-Soken: Cases 37 (up by 20, 117.6%), Case rate per 100.000 509.2

Belfairs: Cases 46 (up by 35, 318.2%), Case rate per 100.000 477.9

Eastwood Park: Cases 41 (up by 27, 192.9%), Case rate per 100.000 431.1

Eastwood: Cases 24 (up by 9, 60.0%), Case rate per 100.000 229.6

Victoria: Cases 27 (up by 14, 107.7%), Case rate per 100.000 209.5

Benfleet Appleton: Cases 33 (up by 26, 371.4%), Case rate per 100.000 486.3

South Benfleet: Cases 19 (up by 7, 58.3%), Case rate per 100.000 227.0

Benfleet North: Cases 17 (up by 6, 54.5%), Case rate per 100.000 214.6

Corringham South: Cases 15 (up by 7, 87.5%), Case rate per 100.000 209.4

Langdon Hills: Cases 23 (up by 6, 35.3%), Case rate per 100.000 249.3

Lee Chapel South & Kingswood: Cases 38 (up by 26, 216.7%), Case rate per 100.000 381.2

Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside: Cases 26 (up by 9, 52.9%), Case rate per 100.000 170.1

South Ockendon: Cases 18 (up by 11, 157.1%), Case rate per 100.000 167.7

Chafford & North Stifford: Cases 17 (up by 10, 142.9%), Case rate per 100.000 205.9

Grays Chafford Gorges & Orsett Road: Cases 19 (up by 6, 46.2%), Case rate per 100.000 203.2

Stifford Clays: Cases 16 (up by 12, 300%), Case rate per 100.000 163.5

Little Thurrock North: Cases 12 (up by 4, 50%), Case rate per 100.000 178.9

East Tilbury: Cases 16 (up by 10, 166.7%), Case rate per 100.000 221.2

Stanford West: Cases 16 (up by 12, 300.0%), Case rate per 100.000 188.1

Stanford East: Cases 13 (up by 8, 160.0%), Case rate per 100.000 190.7

Corringham South: Cases 15 (up by 8, 114.3%), Case rate per 100.000 209.4

Vange & Pitsea: Cases 17 (up by 8, 88.9%), Case rate per 100.000 197.2

Chalvedon: Cases 17 (up by 9, 112.5%), Case rate per 100.000 206.1

Laindon West & Southfields: Cases 35 (up by 25, 250.0%), Case rate per 100.000 374.9

Canvey Island North West: Cases 22 (up by 14, 175.0%), Case rate per 100.000 257.3

Canvey Island South West: Cases 31 (up by 21, 210%), Case rate per 100.000 371.5

Canvey Island Leigh Beck: Cases 28 (up by 11, 64.7%), Case rate per 100.000 352.7

Canvey Island Newlands: Cases 16 (up by 11, 220.0%), Case rate per 100.000 234.2

Hadleigh South: Cases 14 (up by 12, 600.0%), Case rate per 100.000 214.0

Handleigh North: Cases 13 (up by 8, 160.0%), Case rate per 100.000 214.9

Southend Central: Cases 23 (up by 3, 15.0%), Case rate per 100.000 196.5

Kursaal: Cases 22 (up by 11, 100%), Case rate per 100.000 178.2

Southchurch: Cases 11 (up by 1, 10.0%), Case rate per 100.000 109.1

West Shoebury: Cases 14 (up by 7, 100.0%), Case rate per 100.000 133.0

Great Wakering & Foulness: Cases 18 (up by 8, 80.0%), Case rate per 100.000 227.7

Barstable: Cases 33 (up by 16, 94.1%), Case rate per 100.000 377.7

Basildon Central & Pipps Hill: Cases 19 (up by 13, 216.7%), Case rate per 100.000 195.0

Steeple View & Noak Bridge: Cases 24 (up by 12, 100.0%), Case rate per 100.000 266.1

Wickford South: Cases 22 (up by 6, 37.5%), Case rate per 100.000 223.8

Kelvedon Hatch & Doddinghust: Cases 38 (up by 24, 171.4%), Case rate per 100.000 375.7

Fyfield, High Ongar & Stapleford Abbotts: Cases 19 (up by 13, 216.7%), Case rate per 100.000 277.9

Chipping Ongar: Cases 22 (up by 8, 57.1%), Case rate per 100.000 355.6

Takeley, Airport & Mountfitchet South: Cases 38 (up by 6, 18.8%), Case rate per 100.000 358.4

Thaxted, Great Sampford & Radwinter: Cases 34 (up by 8, 30.8%), Case rate per 100.000 390.1

Audley End, Ashdon & the Chesterfords: Cases 21 (up by 5, 31.2%), Case rate per 100.000 282.5

Panfield, Finchingfield & Bardfield: Cases 18 (up by 9, 100%), Case rate per 100.000 283.3

Silver End & Stisted: Cases 35 (up by 12, 52.2%), Case rate per 100.000 338.3

North Witham: Cases 28 (up by 7, 33.3%), Case rate per 100.000 305.1

West Witham: Cases 18 (up by 16, 800.0%), Case rate per 100.000 305.3

Wiltham South, Hatfield Peverel & White Notley: Cases 19 (up by 8, 72.7%), Case rate per 100.000 237.5

Shotley Peninsula: Cases 20 (up by 10, 100.0%), Case rate per 100.000 258.7

East Bergholt, Brantham & Capel St Mary: Cases 26 (up by 14, 116.7%), Case rate per 100.000 250.9

Manningtree & Mistley: Cases 30 (up by 15, 100.0%), Case rate per 100.000 256.7

Alresford, Great Bentley & Thorrington: Cases 19 (up by 15, 375.0%), Case rate per 100.000 240

Harwich Parkeston: Cases 17 (up by 9, 112.5%), Case rate per 100.000 217.3

Clacton East: Cases 17 (up by 14, 466.7%), Case rate per 100.000 203.1

Clacton North: Cases 14 (up by 11, 366.7%), Case rate per 100.000 199.9

Clacton Bocking’s Elm: Cases 17 (up by 9, 112.5%), Case rate per 100.000 196.0

Clacton West: Cases 15 (up by 13, 650.0%), Case rate per 100.000 194.0

Frinton West & Kirby: Cases 30 (up by 16, 114.3%), Case rate per 100.000 246.0

Walton & Frinton Coastal: Cases 28 (up by 15, 115.4%), Case rate per 100.000 381.9

Horkesley Heath, Langham & Dedham: Cases 15 (up by 5, 50.0%), Case rate per 100.000 209.8

Highwoods: Cases 37 (up by 22, 146.7%), Case rate per 100.000 372.5

Bures Hamlet, Maplestead & Belchamp: Cases 9 (up by 5, 125%), Case rate per 100.000 152.2

Bocking Churchstreet & Blackwater: Cases 23 (up by 6, 35.3%), Case rate per 100.000 247.8

Stanway: Cases 25 (up by 8, 47.1%), Case rate per 100.000 273.6

Layer-de-la-Haye, Abberton & Mersea East: Cases 20 (up by 10, 100%), Case rate per 100.000 238.4

West Mersea: Cases 25 (up by 11, 78.6%), Case rate per 100.000 343.2

Tollesbury, Tolleshunt & Goldhanger: Cases 14 (up by 11, 366.7%), Case rate per 100.000 217.6

Tiptree: Cases 23 (up by 11, 91.7%), Case rate per 100.000 302.8

South Broomfield: Cases 33 (up by 20, 153.8%), Case rate per 100.000 378.5

Galleywood: Cases 27 (up by 19, 237.5%), Case rate per 100.000 380.9

Danbury & Bicknacre: Cases 35 (up by 17, 94.4%), Case rate per 100.000 382.6

Mayland, Althorne & Cold Norton: Cases 28 (up by 13, 86.7%), Case rate per 100.000 262.5

Burnham-on-Crouch: Cases 21 (up by 13, 162.5%), Case rate per 100.000 263.9

Ashingdon: Cases 27 (up by 14, 107.7%), Case rate per 100.000 327.1

Hadleigh North: Cases 13 (up by 8, 160%), Case rate per 100.000 214.9

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