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Coronavirus: West Norfolk records first week without virus death since last September

No coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in West Norfolk during the last full week of March, according to figures out this morning.

Data from the Office for National Statistics suggests it was the first week without a Covid death in the borough since last September.

And, with cases continuing to fall, public health chiefs are urging the public to stick to the guidelines when the latest easing of lockdown restrictions comes into force next week.

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The ONS figures for the week ending March 26 cover deaths in all settings across West Norfolk.

They are the first to show none since week 39 of 2020, ending September 25.

Meanwhile, latest infection figures show the borough's rate now stands at 27.1 cases per 100,000 people, down nearly 37 per cent on the previous week.

And the infection rate among over 60s is down by 75 per cent to just four cases per 100,000.

The total number of Covid-related deaths at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital also remains unchanged at 475.

Many facilities including non-essential shops, gyms and hairdressers will be allowed to re-open from Monday.

Most of West Norfolk's libraries are also set to welcome visitors back next week, although the facility in Dersingham will re-open the following week.

Diane Steiner, Norfolk County Council deputy director of public health, said today: “We’re all looking forward to the next step out of lockdown.

“If we want this to run smoothly, we need to keep following the rules – washing your hands, keeping your distance, only meeting people outside and observing the rule of six people or two families.”

From tomorrow, symptom-free Covid home testing kits will also be available and Ms Steiner said that had a crucial role to play in driving down infections even further.

She said: “If you have access to testing through workplaces, schools or community testing, we would encourage you to take it up.

“Regular testing will help us to find those one-in-three people who have Covid without any symptoms, which will help stop transmission.”

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