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Coronavirus: 593 more Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Norfolk




The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Norfolk jumped by 593 in just one day after tests undertaken by commercial companies were included in official figures.

Public Health England figures show that 2,842 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday (July 2) in Norfolk, up from 2,249 the same time on Wednesday.

The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government's mass testing programme.

The number of recorded coronavirus cases has jumped in Norfolk after tests undertaken by commerical companies were included in official figures. Picture: PA/Radar. (37771349)
The number of recorded coronavirus cases has jumped in Norfolk after tests undertaken by commerical companies were included in official figures. Picture: PA/Radar. (37771349)

The rate of infection in Norfolk now stands at 315 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 436.

PHE has also made changes to its reporting methods, to remove any cases that may have been counted more than once.

The change means the total number of positive cases across England on Wednesday fell by 29,726, to 283,757.

Norfolk's cases were among the 23,210 recorded across the East of England, a figure which rose by 7,904 over the 24-hour period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

As of 5pm on Wednesday, 43,995 people had died from coronavirus across the UK.


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