At the start of the year, it wasn’t uncommon to see certain parts of the county with infection rates above 1,400.
The infection rate figure issued by the government is the best way to see how infected an area is.
This figure outlines the number of confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in a particular area.
At the peak, places like Brentwood and Epping Forest had figures close to 1,500, but it’s a different picture altogether today.
After nearly two months of lockdown, the infection rates in Essex have plummeted.
According to the latest data, which tracks confirmed cases in the seven days in the lead up to February 14, the most infected area is Tendring.
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That area contains towns like Clacton-on-Sea, Harwich, Manningtree and Walton-on-the-Naze, and the infection rate there is 184.9.
But elsewhere in the county, there are a number of areas which have infection rates below 100, which is significantly below the national average.
- Rochford (Rochford, Hockley, Rayleigh etc)
- Colchester (Colchester, Wivenhoe, Tiptree etc)
- Brentwood (Brentwood, Shenfield, Ingatestone etc)
- Uttlesford (Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Stansted Mountfitchett etc)
- Chelmsford (Chelmsford, Writtle, Stock etc)
- Basildon (Basildon, Billericay, Wickford etc)
- Maldon (Maldon, Burnham-upon-Crouch, Southminster etc)
- Epping Forest (Epping, Loughton, Waltham Abbey etc)
These are the eight least infected areas in Essex.
The least infected area is currently Epping Forest, which was once a major Covid-19 hotspot in the county.
There, the infection rate stands at 66.8 cases per 100,000 residents.
It is the 36th least infected area in the country, with many of the least infected areas now in the south east of England.
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Here are the latest infection rates for each area in Essex (cases per 100,000 residents)
- Tendring – 184.9 (down from 221.1 seven days ago)
- Harlow – 129.8 (down from 213.6 seven days ago)
- Braintree – 124.5 (down from 171.7 seven days ago)
- Thurrock – 116.4 (down from 162.3 seven days ago)
- Southend-on-Sea – 113.6 (down from 190.0 seven days ago)
- Castle Point – 102.9 (down from 161.5 seven days ago)
Rochford – 92.7 (down from 139.6 seven days ago)
Colchester – 88.3 (down from 188.5 seven days ago)
Brentwood – 87.0 (down from 120.7 seven days ago)
Uttlesford – 85.4 (down from 120.5 seven days ago)
Chelmsford – 80.2 (down from 159.8 seven days ago)
Basildon – 78.0 (down from 156.5 seven days ago)
- Maldon – 73.9 (down from 135.5 seven days ago)
- Epping Forest – 66.8 (down from 128.3 seven days ago)