The Essex area that’s been virtually ‘Covid-free’ for past week

Since the beginning of the third Covid-19 national lockdown in January, Essex’s infection rates have been steadily decreasing.

Areas like Brentwood – which had an infection rate of nearly 1,500 just before Christmas – now have infection rates below 200 cases per 100,000 residents.

It’s clear that things are improving in our hospitals too, with the ‘major alert’ lifted from hospitals across Essex this morning (Wednesday, February 3).

Even though the fight is long from over, there are some reassuring signs for the county as a whole, after a horrid few months where Essex was the most infected area in the country.

It means that for the first time in many, many weeks, there’s a neighbourhood in Essex which has recorded next to no Covid cases.

To see how many coronavirus cases have been recorded in your area, type your postcode below.

The area of Bures Hamlet, Maplestead and Belchamp in the north of the county, recorded less than three cases between January 22 and January 28, the most recent time period where hyper-local data is available.

This is according to the government’s latest Covid data.

When areas record less than three Covid-19 cases over a certain time period, the exact data is redacted to protect the identities of those who have tested positive.

Bures Hamlet, Maplestead and Belchamp is the only neighbourhood in Essex where so few cases have been reported where this needs to be the case.

As the name suggests, the area covers a rural section of north Essex on the border of Suffolk.

It sits above Halstead, and houses the villages of Bures Hamlet, Maplestead and Belchamp St Otten, as well as a number of other smaller villages.

It sits within the district of Braintree, which currently has an infection rate of 311.9 cases per 100,000 residents.

Currently, the most infected area of the county is the Harwich and Dovercourt Town ward in Tendring.

That neighbourhood currently has an infection rate of 704.5.

Essex Live