Revealed: The areas with no coronavirus cases in second wave so far
Four areas of Suffolk and north Essex have barely registered a coronavirus infection since the start of September – with one neighbourhood logging no cases at all.
Latest figures from Public Health England reveal that the area encompassing Bures Hamlet, Maplestead & Belchamp is the only neighbourhood in the region to record no Covid cases in the second wave so far.
However, the way the Government’s data is compiled means that there may have been one or two cases in this area, but these will not show up in the official figures to protect the identity of people who have tested positive.
Very low numbers have also been recorded in Leiston and Aldeburgh, which had three cases between September 1 and November 25, alongside Yoxford and Walberswick with seven, and Glemsford and Lawshall with nine.
Some suburban areas also recorded fewer infections, including the Howard Estate and Northgate area of Bury St Edmunds which had 16, while Felixstowe Seafront was also at the lower end of the scale with 19.
The lower numbers are in stark contrast to more severely affected areas such as Hadleigh, which has recorded the highest number of cases since the second wave began.
Between September 1 and November 25, the area has had 243 infections, which has been put down to care home outbreaks, school infections and community transmission.
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At one particular care home, Magdalen House, there were more than 40 positive results.
Three areas of Colchester - the town centre, Parson’s Heath, Mile End and Braiswick - have also logged more than 100 coronavirus cases since the start of September. Maidenhall, Stoke and Port in Ipswich had 103. The latter has recorded a surge very recently, with cases quadrupling from 11 to 46 in the seven days to November 25.
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Public health bosses have noted an increase in infections across Ipswich recently and said they are “much higher than anticipated”.
Moreton Hall, which was put under local alert towards the end of October after a spike in cases, was also among the areas with the most infections with 85 since September 1.
Several areas of Colchester had high infection rates in October, particularly around the time when Essex entered Tier 2 on October 17, and for a few weeks afterwards.
Rates in north Essex are now beginning to slow, as they are in most areas of Suffolk, but they are continuing to rise in Ipswich.
David Ellesmere, Ipswich Borough Council leader, said everyone must “play their part” to stand a chance of moving into Tier 1 later this month.
On Wednesday, Suffolk and north Essex will move into Tier 2 restrictions.