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Norfolk put on coronavirus watchlist




The whole of Norfolk has been put on the Government's coronavirus watchlist.

This is in response to the Covid-19 outbreak at Banham Poultry in Attleborough, where more than 100 workers have tested positive for the virus.

This does not mean that there will be any extra lockdown precautions imposed. But it does mean that the county can draw on extra resources if needed, included priority access to testing and track and trace.

A test tube is cleaned on arrival at the new Covid-19 testing lab at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. (41966162)
A test tube is cleaned on arrival at the new Covid-19 testing lab at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. (41966162)

The number of coronavirus cases in West Norfolk remains very low at just five per 100,000 of population but elsewhere in the county because of the outbreak at Attleborough it has grown quickly,

Breckland, which covers Attleborough as well as Swaffham and surrounding villages, has a rate of 35 per 100,000 in the latest figures to the end of August. Great Yarmouth borough, where many of the workers at Banham poultry are thought to have come from, had 28/100k.

Norfolk's director of public health, Dr Louise Smith, said: "Although cases have risen in Great Yarmouth, Breckland and Norwich, we have always been clear this would happen, as Banham cases fed through into the figures. They are all linked to workers and their households.

"We can now draw on additional Government support to obtain swifter data and testing, to support our local efforts."

The Prime Minister announced a £96m investment into vaccine centre. (41967051)
The Prime Minister announced a £96m investment into vaccine centre. (41967051)


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