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Emily Townsend

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The latest coronavirus R rate for the east of England has been revealed, and could be as high as 1.3, according to new public health data.

People needing coronavirus tests are being urged not to call their GP, 111, or their hospitals’ A&E after a surge in calls to the NHS.

The latest areas of Suffolk and north Essex to report a cluster of positive Covid-19 cases have been mapped.

The rate of coronavirus infection has fallen slightly in Suffolk – with the west of the county recording the most positive cases.

Calls are being made for the developers of Sizewell C to publish enhanced ‘true-to-life’ images of what the project will look like during its 10-year construction as fears escalate over its impact on surrounding beauty spots.

Demand for Covid-19 tests at the region’s hospitals has tripled in the past week, with NHS chiefs stepping up the number of testing slots available for staff.

Problems with getting coronavirus tests may last for “weeks”, the health secretary has warned as fellow Suffolk MPs grapple with growing numbers of complaints from constituents.

Pupils and teachers at a school hit by a coronavirus outbreak have taken to the new systems “quickly and effectively”, a headteacher has said.

A mum has vowed to get hold of her young son’s medical records to find out “once and for all” if more of his organs were removed for tests after he died.

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Suffolk has tripled in a fortnight – and the county’s infection rate is also rising week-on-week.

A high school will not fully re-open for a fortnight after eight teaching staff contracted coronavirus, with more than 50 employees having tests over the past few days.

A secondary school is due to close again tomorrow after eight staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.

Three whole classes of school pupils have been asked to self-isolate after eight members of staff at a secondary school tested positive for Covid-19.

The number of GP appointments carried out over the phone has tripled during the coronavirus pandemic – with some patients asked to perform pulse and blood pressure checks at home, it can be revealed.

All eyes have been on the Banham Poultry factory near the Norfolk/Suffolk border in the last few days as 80 workers tested positive for coronavirus.

The NHS nurse in charge of Suffolk’s new test-and-trace team has asked the public not to think of them as “Big Brother” as she sets out her action plan to stop the spread of Covid-19.

A mum battling “daily torment” over what happened to her son’s body after he died aged 12 is launching a new fight to find the truth more than 20 years on.

More young people are becoming infected with Covid-19 in Suffolk compared with other age groups, the county’s public health boss has said.

The latest ‘R’ number for the east of England has been published by the Government as scientists from SAGE say the country’s average reproduction rate could be as high as 1.1.

More Suffolk shoppers ventured out to retail and recreation venues than the national average since the lifting of lockdown restrictions in England, new Google data has revealed.

A care home slammed for putting residents’ safety at risk earlier this year is no longer considered ‘inadequate’ after a re-inspection during Covid-19 found improvements.

Some areas of Suffolk and north Essex have recorded a rise in the number of positive Covid-19 tests over the past week, according to the latest public health data.

A Suffolk couple whose son died within hours of being admitted to a mental health unit are among more than a dozen families joining a mother’s fight for an inquiry into a string of patient deaths.

A second wave of coronavirus is “likely” to hit parts of Suffolk this winter and could even lead to local lockdowns if serious, it has been warned.

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Suffolk has fallen, weekly public health figures reveal, with three areas showing a slight rise in positive tests.

The family of a “bubbly and beautiful” woman who died after falling from a window are fighting for answers over the tragedy.

Two Suffolk councils are pumping another £40m into commercial property, despite the economic crisis and making a multi-million-pound loss. Emily Townsend investigates.

The rate of Covid-19 infection has risen slightly in Suffolk, according to the latest weekly figures, with West Suffolk recording the biggest increase.

The Covid-19 infection rate in Suffolk is falling – with the county recording some of the lowest numbers in England, according to the latest weekly figures.

Hospital bosses have cut back on the number of ward areas used for coronavirus patients as Covid-19 admissions fell to just three at Ipswich.

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