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Coronavirus: West Norfolk case numbers beginning to fall, figures show

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Coronavirus infection rates in West Norfolk have started to fall, according to new government data.

The news comes less than 24 hours after senior public health officials suggested the current lockdown may be starting to slow the spread of the disease, though they warn the pressure on health services will continue for several more weeks.

Figures for the seven days up to last Saturday, January 9, showed there were 679 coronavirus cases in West Norfolk.

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That is down by 44, or just over six per cent, from the previous week. At times in the last few weeks, cases have been rising by more than 50 per cent per seven days.

The data also shows that case numbers were down in both North Norfolk and South Norfolk, but are continuing to rise in the other districts of the county.

Yesterday, Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk County Council's director of public health, said the slowing spread of the virus was the first sign that the national lockdown imposed last week was starting to have an effect.

But she also warned that hospitalisations are continuing to rise rapidly and health services will continue to experience severe pressures for several more weeks yet.

She added: “We must all act as if we have the virus and that everyone we meet has the virus.

“By only going out when necessary and by staying local, we minimise our contact with others and reduce opportunities for the virus to spread.”

Earlier today, plans to expand the support available to people instructed to isolate because of the virus were outlined.

The programme will now offer help to people told to isolate because one of their contacts has tested positive, as well as those who actually have the virus.

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