Coronavirus: West Norfolk case rates keep climbing, according to latest data
Coronavirus case rates in West Norfolk are continuing to rise sharply, according to latest government figures.
Data for the seven days up to last Tuesday showed the number of confirmed cases had risen by almost a third compared to the previous week.
There were 720 cases recorded in the seven days up to January 5, up by 178 on the previous week.
The borough’s overall infection rate stands at 475.6 per 100,000 people, which remains slightly below the national average.
Cases are also rising in all other neighbouring districts, though some, such as South Holland, are currently seeing slower rates of increase.
Elsewhere, the number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital remains unchanged at 203.
No fatalities have been recorded there since New Year’s Eve, though 21 have been recorded over the same period at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, taking its total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 247.
The figures emerge amid growing speculation that the current lockdown restrictions imposed last week could be tightened further in a bid to slow the spread of the disease.
Scientists have warned that the next few weeks will be the worst so far for the NHS.