Covid-19 infection rate in Norfolk at record high, figures show

The drive-through coronavirus testing facility at the Norwich Research Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

The drive-through coronavirus testing facility at the Norwich Research Park. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

The number of Covid-19 cases has risen in every part of Norfolk, with the infection rate passing 150 for the first time, the latest figures have shown. 

December 15 saw 289 new cases of the virus recorded in the county, with the latest rate of infection for Norfolk as a whole reaching almost 170 cases per 100,000 (169.6).

The latest figures from Public Health England come on the same day prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed a dramatic scale-back of Christmas plans, meaning bubbles of up to three households can now only meet on December 25, rather than five days.

The worrying figures also show that Broadland, West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Norwich all recording record highs.

In Norwich, the infection rate for the seven day period ending on December 16 was 189.9, while the rate in neighbouring Broadland was 209.5, passing 200 for the first time.

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Meanwhile, North Norfolk's infection rate for this period passed 100 for the first time, with a rate of 105.9 cases per 100,000 people.

December 15 also the second-highest number of cases recorded in a single day in the county since the pandemic began, with 315 reported the day before.

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December 16, while slightly lower, saw 261 new cases confirmed countywide.

All rates in the county do, however, remain significantly below the national average, with England as a whole having a rate of just over 280 cases per 100,000 people for this seven day period.

Norfolk's case rates for the seven days ending December 16were as follows, with rates for the weekend ending December 9 in brackets:

  • Breckland: 154.3 (75)
  • Broadland: 209.5 (110.9)
  • Great Yarmouth: 184.2 (141.9)
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk: 194.9 (122.9)
  • North Norfolk: 105.9 (62)
  • Norwich: 189.9 (127.3)
  • South Norfolk: 137.7(95.1)
  • Norfolk overall: 169.6 (105.2)
  • National average: 280.7 (174.1)

While the Public Health England-issued figures do not provide a breakdown of whether cases are the new variant of the virus, earlier this week the first cases of it were reported in Norfolk. 

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