Coronavirus: Dozens of new West Norfolk cases, but data suggests numbers may be falling
Nearly 70 more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in West Norfolk over the past week, according to new data.
The figures come after county public health officials warned that cases were rising across Norfolk.
But ongoing analysis of the pandemic suggests that case rates here may be falling, even as numbers in neighbouring districts increase.
Data from Public Health England says that a total of 1,084 Covid-19 cases had been confirmed in West Norfolk as of yesterday, compared to 1,016 at the same point a week ago.
That equates to an overall infection rate of just over 716 cases per 100,000 people.
During the early stages of the crisis, the borough had one of the highest infection rates of any district level council area in England.
But now, more than 60 per cent of district council areas across the UK have higher overall rates of infection than West Norfolk's, which is up to four times lower than the worst affected areas.
And the latest rolling seven-day figures, for the period up to last Wednesday, October 14, showed 55 cases in West Norfolk, down 13 on the previous week, with a rolling rate of 36.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Two other districts of Norfolk – Broadland and Great Yarmouth – also showed falls in cases over the same period, though the figures for Breckland and North Norfolk were both up, along with Norwich and South Norfolk.
In North Norfolk, there were 35 cases, an increase of two, while Breckland recorded 69 infections, up 13. Their rolling rates were 33.4 and 49.3 per 100,000 people respectively.
Speaking at a media briefing on Friday, Norfolk's director of public health, Dr Louise Smith, said overall infection rates in the county had risen to 52 per 100,000 people from 37 per 100,000 in the previous week.
In the seven days to October 14, there were 461 new Covid-19 cases in the county as a whole, up 28 on the previous week, with a rolling rate of 50.8 per 100,000 people.
Meanwhile, separate figures from the Office for National Statistics showed there had been one coronavirus death in West Norfolk in each of the two weeks prior to October 9, the latest date for which figures have been recorded. They were the first to be recorded since June.