Essex town now in the top 20 areas with highest Covid rates

One Essex town is now in the top 20 areas with the highest Covid infection rates in England.

The infection rate in Basildon currently sits at 290.6 per 100,000 people – the 19th worst rate in the whole of the country.

In the seven days leading up to November 26, 544 people in Basildon tested positive for coronavirus.

That is up by 45 on the previous week where 499 people were confirmed to have Covid.

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Despite being one of England’s worst affected towns, Basildon will still fall under Tier Two restrictions when lockdown ends this Wednesday (December 2).

Basildon is now worse off than some Tier Three areas, including Burnley, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

However, Basildon isn’t the only area in Essex where the number of coronavirus cases are increasing.

Harlow has seen a rise of 195 cases, 45 more than the week before.

Every other Essex area has seen a fall in cases and infection rates.

From Wednesday, the whole of Essex, including the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, will be placed under Tier Two.

The new rules mean that shops, entertainment and hospitality venues are allowed to reopen – but with strict measures.

Pubs, restaurants and bars are allowed to open, but must close by 11pm with last orders at 10pm.

They must also only sell alcohol when it is purchased with a substantial meal.

There are still strict rules on social gatherings with no one being allowed to meet up inside with those who they do not live with.

The current tier system is due to be reviewed on December 16, two weeks after it comes into force.

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