Essex towns Covid infection rates ranked from best to worst

Covid infection rates are continuing to drop across Essex.

During lockdown, rates across the county have dropped from well over 1,000 and into the hundreds.

While rates still remain high in some areas, it is still a promising sign of lockdown working.

Of the 14 local authorities, Uttlesford currently has the lowest infection rate with 298 cases per 100,000 people recorded in the seven days up to January 22.

This is a significant drop from the week previously were 431.6 cases per 100,000 were recorded.

At the other end of the spectrum, Tendring has the highest infection rate with 594.3 cases per 100,000 up to January 22 after recording 871 cases in the week.

Even this, however, is a reduction from the week previously when Tendring had a rate of 888.4.

Despite the dropping rates, the death rate remains deeply concerning after the UK hit the bleak milestone of 100,000 deaths yesterday (January 26).

Data from the Office for National Statistics revealed yesterday that hospital deaths have been a major source of the total number of deaths in Essex, followed by deaths recorded in care homes.

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Infection rates in Essex towns ranked from best to worst

The figures, for the seven days to January 22, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on January 26 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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 January 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 15.

Uttlesford, 298.0, (272), 431.6, (394)

Brentwood, 335.0, (258), 427.2, (329)

Rochford, 338.8, (296), 518.5, (453)

Chelmsford, 353.2, (630), 598.1, (1067)

Maldon, 392.8, (255), 520.6, (338)

Basildon, 418.3, (783), 574.8, (1076)

Epping Forest, 419.9, (553), 541.4, (713)

Colchester, 444.8, (866), 598.9, (1166)

Southend-on-Sea, 450.0, (824), 641.6, (1175)

Braintree, 457.4, (698), 561.6, (857)

Thurrock, 470.9, (821), 833.4, (1453)

Castle Point, 489.1, (442), 860.8, (778)

Tendring, 594.3, (871), 888.4, (1302)

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