New coronavirus hotspots continue to emerge in the Anglia region

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the Anglia region has risen in the past week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Wellingborough in Northamptonshire are the latest areas in the Anglia region to raise concerns about rising numbers of new Covid-19 cases.

The Bedford area has also been added to the government's watchlist of local areas causing concern - Luton, Northampton and Peterborough are already on that list.

Northampton remains the town with the highest infection rate in the Eastern Counties with 72 new cases in the week to 3 August compared to 52 the week before.

Great Yarmouth saw 12 new positive tests in seven days to 4 August representing nearly half of all the cases in Norfolk that week. The week before Yarmouth recorded just one case. Health official say there has been an outbreak linked to a nursery in Gorleston.

In Wellingborough there were 23 new cases in the week to 3 August.

Great Yarmouth has seen 12 new coronavirus cases in the 26 recorded in Norfolk in a week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk County Council says it is working with Public Health England and Great Yarmouth Borough Council to help contain an outbreak linked to a nursery in Gorleston. It says everyone connected with the location has been contacted and given advice.

Louise Smith, Director of Public Health at Norfolk County Council, said: “We have seen an increase in the number of positive cases in Great Yarmouth area but these numbers are still small. 

"At this stage all of the cases can be linked to known locations and there is no evidence of increased risk to the general public.   We all need to work together to keep it that way.

Other areas of concern like Peterborough and Luton have fallen out of the list of the 20 places in England with the highest infection rates but there has only been a slight decline in the number of new positive tests in those towns.

507

New coronavirus cases in the Anglia region in the week to 5 August 2020

29,693

Total Covid-19 cases in the Anglia since the start of the pandemic

The NHS has reported a further ten patients had died with coronavirus in the past week although no further deaths were reported on Friday.

Since the start of the pandemic, 6,021 people have died with coronavirus in hospitals, care homes and in the community in the area. The total figure includes people who have died without a positive test for Covid-19 but where the condition was declared on death certificates.


Here is the full list of local authorities in the Anglia region, showing the rate of new cases per 100,000 population in the seven days to 3 August, followed by the equivalent figure for the previous seven days to 27 July in brackets

  • Northampton 32.1 (22.3) - rising

  • Wellingborough 26.3 (1.3) - rising

  • Peterborough 19.3 (20.8) - falling

  • Luton 19.2 (19.7) - falling

  • Bedford 16.2 (19.6) - falling

  • East Northamptonshire 15.9 (6.3) - rising

  • Corby 9.7 (11.1) - falling

  • Great Yarmouth 8.1 (2.0) - rising

  • South Kesteven 7.0 (2.8) - rising

  • Daventry 7.0 (2.3) rising

  • Fenland 6.9 (7.9) - falling

  • Welwyn Hatfield 6.5 (0.0) - rising

  • Huntingdonshire 6.2 (6.2) - static

  • Harlow 5.7 (2.3) - rising

  • Stevenage 5.7 (4.6) - rising

  • Central Bedfordshire 5.5 (2.4) - rising

  • Chelmsford 5.0 (7.8) - falling

  • Kettering 4.9 (10.8) - falling

  • Tendring 4.8 (8.2) - falling

  • St Albans 4.7 (4.7) - static

  • Dacorum 4.5 (10.3) - falling

  • Aylesbury Vale 4.5 (2.5) - falling

  • Babergh 4.3 (4.3) - static

  • South Holland 4.2 (2.1) - rising

  • Cambridge 4.0 (8.0) - falling

  • Epping Forest 3.8 (4.6) - falling

  • Breckland 3.6 (2.9) - rising

  • Milton Keynes 3.3 (4.5)- falling

  • Castle Point 3.3 (6.6) - falling

  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk 3.3 (0.7) - rising

  • Uttlesford 3.3 (4.4) - falling

  • Braintree 3.3 (9.2) - falling

  • Harborough 3.2 (8.5) - falling

  • Chiltern 3.1 (3.1) - static

  • Broxbourne 3.1 (5.1) - falling

  • Hertsmere 2.9 (2.9) - static

  • South Cambridgeshire 2.5 (3.1) - falling

  • Broadland 2.3 (0.8) - rising

  • North Hertfordshire 2.2 (2.2) - static

  • Ipswich 2.2 (6.6) - falling

  • Basildon 2.1 (3.7) - falling

  • South Northamptonshire 2.1 (3.2) - falling

  • Colchester 2.1 (5.1) - falling

  • East Suffolk 2.0 (4.8) - falling

  • East Hertfordshire 2.0 (0.7) - rising

  • Maldon 1.5 (3.1) - falling

  • Brentwood 1.3 (2.6) - falling

  • Thurrock 1.1 (5.2) - falling

  • Rochford 1.1 (2.3) - falling

  • West Suffolk 1.1 (3.4) - falling

  • East Cambridgeshire 1.1 (0.0) - rising

  • North Norfolk 1.0 (1.0) - static

  • South Norfolk 0.7 (0.7) - static

  • Southend-on-Sea 0.5 (3.3) - falling

  • Rutland 0.0 (5.0) - falling

  • Norwich 0.0 (4.3) - falling

  • Mid Suffolk 0.0 (2.9) - falling