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Coronavirus: Weekly West Norfolk death toll reaches highest level since May

The weekly death toll from coronavirus in West Norfolk reached its highest level since last May shortly before Christmas, according to new figures.

The data from the Office for National Statistics emerged in the same week as a new nationwide lockdown was imposed, ordering people to stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse.

And the borough’s overall infection rate is continuing to soar, as plans to begin vaccination at two more GP surgeries in our area are outlined.

Coronavirus news.
Coronavirus news.

ONS figures show there were 19 deaths caused by Covid-19 in West Norfolk during week 51, up to December 18 – the highest weekly total since the week ending May 8.

All but one of those deaths was recorded in hospital. The other death in that week happened in a care home.

A further 10 deaths occurred during the week up to Christmas Day and were registered by last Saturday, January 2.

Nine of those were in hospital, and one was in a private home.

Up to Wednesday, a total of 203 deaths had been recorded at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital since the start of the pandemic, after being confirmed to have coronavirus.

The data from NHS England now shows that nine Covid patients died at the Gayton Road site in the seven days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

However, no deaths have been recorded so far during January, though the data is subject to revision.

Meanwhile, latest government infection data, for the seven days up to New Year’s Day, showed a 77 per cent rise in West Norfolk’s case total.

A total of 690 cases were recorded in the borough during the week to January 1, an increase of 300 cases on the total for the previous seven days.

The borough’s rolling infection rate now stands at 455.3 per 100,000 people, which is around the national average.

Infections are also increasing in all other neighbouring districts, according to the figures which now take into account several days of the Tier Four restrictions that were imposed in Norfolk from Boxing Day onwards.

Those rules were superceded by the new nationwide lockdown which was imposed by the government on Monday evening.

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