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Coronavirus: West Norfolk infections jump by 40 per cent in a week

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Coronavirus cases in West Norfolk have jumped by almost 40 per cent in a week, according to latest data.

Figures for the seven days to Sunday, December 19, showed there were 694 positive tests in the borough, up by 198 or 39.9 per cent, on the previous week.

The rise, which reflects broader regional and national trends, comes amid growing pressure on the Government, which met this afternoon, to impose tighter restrictions in the run-up to Christmas.

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A short time ago, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said the Government would "reserve the possibility" of taking further action.

Earlier today, West Norfolk Council took to social media to plead for people to have their booster vaccination as soon as possible.

A post on the authority’s Twitter feed said: “COVID levels in West Norfolk are below the national level, but numbers are increasing everywhere, especially in the 18-30 age group.

“You can help to stop the spread of Omicron COVID-19 cases in West Norfolk by having your booster now. “

Booster jabs for over-18s remain available only by booked appointment.

But, from today, second vaccine doses have been made available to children aged 12 to 15 from yesterday at large-scale vaccination centres, including the Shakespeare Barn in Lynn.

Howard Martin, of the Norfolk and Waveney CCG, said: “The availability of this additional protection is fantastic news for families across Norfolk and Waveney, so please do book your appointment as soon as you are able to.”

The Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust, which runs the vaccination programme in West Norfolk, have said that large-scale vaccination centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, December 27 and 28, plus New Year’s Day and January 2.

As of Saturday, just over 53 per cent of all people aged 12 or over in West Norfolk, have had a booster vaccine.

No new Covid-related deaths have been reported at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, according to latest NHS figures released yesterday and the total remains at 527.

Latest figures from the Local Democracy Reporting Service showed 66 patients with Covid were being treated in Norfolk’s hospitals, two of them in critical care.

Meanwhile, there have also been calls for greater support for businesses feeling the effects of a sudden slowdown in trade from customers reducing social contacts before Christmas.

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