The rate of infection in Epping Forest has slowed slightly, but remains above 200 cases per 100,000.

When England entered its second national lockdown Epping Forest has an infection rate of close to 150 cases per 100,000 residents.

Now, three weeks into lockdown, that figure stands at 216.4, and was recently as high as 230.

Between November 13 and 20 – the most up-to-date accurate figures – the district recorded 285 newly confirmed cases.

The week before there had been 296 new cases in the district which has an approximate population of 130,000 – an infection rate of 224.8.

Data for the most recent days is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

In Harlow, the rate of infection is now fast approaching the 200 mark, having lagged behind Epping Forest for most of the pandemic.

In the seven days to November 20 there were 168 new lab-confirmed cases at a rate of 193, up from a rate of 143.6 (125 cases) the week prior.

The trust which runs Epping Forest and Harlow’s main hospital, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, has recorded 16 coronavirus deaths since November 5, when the country entered lockdown.

The trust has reported 223 total Covid-related deaths.

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