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Coronavirus: Weekly West Norfolk infections down more than a third, but officials still urge caution

Cases of coronavirus in West Norfolk are down by more than a third, according to the latest weekly analysis.

New figures released by Norfolk County Council today showed there were 13.2 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to May 21, down nearly 38 per cent from the 21.1 in the previous week.

But with concern high over the Indian variant, officials are continuing to urge caution.

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Dr Louise Smith, the authority’s director of public health, said: “I’d encourage everyone to have a free lateral flow test, twice a week, to reassure themselves and their loved ones.

“Tests are available from the Government website and from Norfolk libraries and pharmacies. If you test positive, you must self-isolate and take a PCR test.

“We should all continue to follow the hands, face, space rules and it is always safer to meet people outdoors if you can.”

Elsewhere, two new Covid-related deaths have been recorded in West Norfolk, following the latest update from the Office for National Statistics.

The cases occurred in the week ending May 7, but were only recorded in the latest update issued on Tuesday. One occurred in hospital, while the other was recorded in a care home.

No new deaths were recorded in the latest weekly data, for the week ending May 14. The total death toll at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital remains unchanged at 480.

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