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Essex Covid rates: Essexs least coronavirus infected area shows how serious the situation is in the county – Essex Live

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New figures show how severe the Covid situation in Essex has become.

Currently, only one neighbourhood in Essex has a lower infection rate than Essex’s most infected area on December 1.

Wivenhoe and University – in the suburbs of Colchester, Essex – currently has an infection rate of 366.4 cases per 100,000 residents.

That’s according to the latest local data for Essex, which looks at a number of cases recorded in the seven days leading up to January 5, 2021.

For context, the most infected area in Essex on December 1, 2020 was Basildon, which had an infection rate of just 348.3 cases per 100,000 residents.

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Back then, Essex was under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning even pubs and restaurants could stay open.

It shows how quickly and how sharply infections have risen in Essex.

The average infection rate across Essex – not including the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea – is currently 1,120.6.

Southend-on-Sea has an infection rate of 1,140.8, and Thurrock has the highest infection rate in Essex, at 1,453.5.

Wivenhoe and University’s comparatively low figures are a saving grace for Essex, but it’s not brilliant news.

A large part of why this area has lower figures is the fact that most of it is taken up by the University of Essex campus, which is currently without most of their students.

That’s after the government enacted lockdown after the Christmas break, where many University of Essex students would have been home with their families.

The university has reverted to online learning only, leaving many without a reason to return.

This could be a reason why figures are lower in this area.

The town of Wivenhoe itself is rather rural, and close contact transmissions of the virus aren’t likely to be as common as they are in more densely populated areas like those in the south of Essex.

If you or someone close to you has been affected by Covid-19, email brad.gray@reachplc.com. We’d like to tell your story.

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