The only Essex district with infection rate above national average

Only one Essex district has an infection rate higher than the national average.

Tendring has remained as one of the worst-affected areas in Essex for several weeks now, despite recording a steady drop in cases.

The latest government data shows it is now the only district across the county with an infection rate higher than the national average.

In the seven days up to February 11, Tendring – which encompasses areas such as Clacton-on-Sea and Harwich – recorded an infection rate of 180.8 cases per 100,000 people, after seeing 265 positive cases in the week.

The current average infection rate for England is now 157.5 per 100,000, meaning Tendring is considerably higher.

Harlow and Braintree also have some of the highest infection rates in Essex with 153.9 cases and 143.5 cases per 100,000 respectively.

On the other end of the scale, six districts in Essex have all dropped below 100 – a far cry from the rates of 1,000 seen at the beginning of the year.

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In the last week, 96 per cent of all local areas in England have seen a fall in cases, showing the impact of lockdown.

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on February 15 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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Here is the list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 11; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 4; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 4.

Tendring, 180.8, (265), 273.6, (401)

Harlow, 153.9, (134), 236.6, (206)

Braintree, 143.5, (219), 213.6, (326)

Thurrock, 126.8, (221), 203.6, (355)

Southend-on-Sea, 124.0, (227), 221.7, (406)

Castle Point, 110.6, (100), 210.2, (190)

Chelmsford, 108.8, (194), 183.3, (327)

Colchester, 101.2, (197), 216.7, (422)

Maldon, 98.6, (64), 160.2, (104)

Rochford, 97.3, (85), 170.5, (149)

Uttlesford, 86.5, (79), 136.9, (125)

Basildon, 86.0, (161), 208.3, (390)

Epping Forest, 85.8, (113), 157.2, (207)

Brentwood, 80.5, (62), 140.2, (108)

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