Coronavirus: Sharp rise in West Norfolk infections revealed
New figures suggest coronavirus infection rates in West Norfolk are reaching levels not seen since the winter lockdown.
Current weekly data also indicates the borough’s rate of infection is now exceeding the level recorded across the county as a whole for the first time in nearly two months.
Statistics for the seven days to last Tuesday, August 24, showed there were 481 confirmed Covid cases in West Norfolk, up by more than 30 per cent on the previous week.
The borough’s rolling infection rate has also reached a new summer peak of 318 cases per 100,000, exceeding the 309.4 recorded in the week to July 20.
Current data suggests there has been no higher weekly figure recorded since March, and the last time infection rates were reported as being higher was in January, shortly the imposition of the last full lockdown.
The borough total also exceeds the county ratio of 276.6 infections per 100,000 people – the first time that has happened since early July.
No new Covid-related deaths have been recorded at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, meaning the total remains at 486.
However, figures for the three days of the bank holiday weekend are due to be published by NHS England tomorrow.
Meanwhile, latest vaccination data, up to yesterday, shows 78.4 per cent of people in West Norfolk have now received both doses of a Covid vaccine.