The rate of new Covid-19 infections in Epping Forest is at its lowest level in almost three months as the district awaits details for the road out of lockdown.

However, in total almost one in 10 residents have been infected, UK Government figures show.

From its peak rate of infection of 1,521 on January 4 – at the time the worst in England – the rate of infection has fallen 96 per cent.

In the seven days to February 16, the most recent accurate data, the rate of infection was recorded at 60 – expressed as new cases per 100,000 residents – after 79 new infections were confirmed in the district.

The last time there were fewer than 80 infections in a week was the seven days to December 6 when 71 cases were recorded.

In total, almost one in 10 district residents have tested postiive for the deadly virus so far – a total of 12,116 infections across a population of roughly 130,000.

Later today, Boris Johnson will set out his Government’s roadmap to ending lockdown.

The Prime Minister is expected to confirm schools will reopen on March 8, with outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts set to reopen from March 29, along with grass roots football.

He is also expected to confirm the ‘rule of six’ will return by the Easter holidays.

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