Rise in West Suffolk Covid rate one of the highest in England

Business leaders have reacted to the government's plans to relax the third coronavirus lockdown. 

Coronavirus rates in West Suffolk have seen a big rise in the past week - Credit: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The rise in the number of coronavirus cases in West Suffolk is one of the worst in the country according to the latest government data. 

Figures show that, in the week up until July 23, there were 240.7 cases per 100,000 people in the district – up from 204.4 cases per 100,000 the week previously. 

This put West Suffolk fifth in the country for the biggest week-on-week rise. 

Mid Suffolk also saw cases rise from 205 per 100,000 people to 239.7 per 100,000 in the space of a week. 

Babergh still has the highest rates in Suffolk, although it showed a significant drop in cases, according to recent figures, going from 416.1 to 303.1. 

Both Ipswich and East Suffolk saw small reductions in their case rates in the same period. 

Taken as a whole, the number of cases across all districts has dropped very slightly in the past week from 1,892 to 1,832. 

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