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Coronavirus: No West Norfolk deaths for second successive week, but case numbers rising

Coronavirus infections in West Norfolk are now thought to be the highest of any district in the county, according to new figures.

Latest government data suggests the borough's infection rate is almost double that of Norfolk as a whole.

But the latest update from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown no Covid-related deaths for the second week running.

Coronavirus news.
Coronavirus news.

Figures for the week to last Wednesday, April 7, showed 43 confirmed coronavirus cases in West Norfolk, up by six on the previous week.

That gives a rolling infection rate of 28.4 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 14.5 for the county as a whole. It is also higher than the rate for any of Norfolk's other districts.

In contrast, Breckland's rate has plummeted to 10.7 cases per 100,000 people and the figure in North Norfolk is lower still at just 4.8.

But infections in the neighbouring South Holland area of Lincolnshire are around two and a half times higher, at 72.6 cases per 100,000 people, than in West Norfolk.

And the figure is also much higher in the Cambridgeshire border district of Fenland, where infections are running at around 59 cases per 100,000 people.

The latest ONS data, released this morning, showed no Covid-related deaths across all settings in West Norfolk during the week ending Good Friday, April 2.

It is the second successive week that has happened, although the ONS has warned that figures nationally may have been affected by the bank holiday.

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