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Coronavirus cases are falling in Suffolk, but this will not be the only number civil servants pore over when deciding which tier to place the region in.

Ipswich Hospital has been granted £5.2million in funding for a new Molecular Laboratory to increase Covid testing capacity.

An Ipswich Christmas shop appears to have reopened in Ipswich town centre just 13 days after it was ordered to close for the rest of lockdown.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has said he hopes Suffolk will be kept in Tier 1 in England’s upcoming coronavirus winter plan – but has warned: “This isn’t the end of the struggle.”

Gyms and leisure centres will be allowed to stay open even in Tier 3 when lockdown ends, after a change of heart from the government.

The number of people using Suffolk’s shops and recreational facilities has fallen by almost half compared to the average, new Google data has revealed.

Cases of coronavirus are dropping across Suffolk problem areas such as Babergh, but cases continue to rise in Ipswich.

With Suffolk expected to return to Tier 1 next week as the English lockdown ends, we explain the new rules and restrictions.

Hospitality bosses have complained the sector has been ‘unfairly’ singled out with the toughest Covid restrictions under the new tier system.

A first-time-mum has made an impassioned plea for baby classes to be given the green light again after missing out during lockdown.

Relaxed coronavirus rules which could see 4,000 Ipswich Town fans allowed back at Portman Road after a nine-month absence have been welcomed - but some “unanswered questions” remain, supporters have warned.

A three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions will return in England when the current lockdown ends next week.

Crowds of 4,000 will be allowed at sporting venues in low-risk areas from next month - bringing hope that Ipswich Town fans could soon see action at Portman Road again.

Staff at a meat processing factory in Eye are to be tested for coronavirus after three cases were confirmed among its workforce.

A rollout of coronavirus vaccines in the new year could see life “start to get back to normal” after Easter, according to the health secretary.

More areas will face tougher Covid restrictions as the country returns to the three tier system once lockdown is lifted but it is still unclear what measures will be imposed on Suffolk and North Essex.

The latest government data on coronavirus infection rates in neighbourhoods across Suffolk and north Essex has revealed Hadleigh has the highest number of cases throughout the region.

The three-tier Covid restriction system is set to be strengthened when lockdown is lifted - but it is yet to be decided what measures will be imposed in Suffolk.

More than £850million has been issued to keep Suffolk and Norfolk businesses afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to latest figures.

Suffolk’s first site for delivering Covid-19 vaccinations is to be ready in less than two weeks time, it has been confirmed – with Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich understood to be the first choice.

Campaigners are calling on Suffolk police to review fines issued for breaking coronavirus laws, believing the rules have been ‘discriminatory’ against people of colour.

Suffolk is in line to get 75,000 rapid tests per week in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

West Suffolk has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the country.

Four wards at Ipswich Hospital have been closed to new admissions following an outbreak of coronavirus.

An inquest into the death of an Ipswich teenager has been adjourned for a second time to allow for more evidence to be gathered.

Almost 1,000 school pupils across Suffolk have been forced to self-isolate in the last week due to the impacts of coronavirus.

The business case for a public services hub in Bury St Edmunds at the former Olding Road depot must be reviewed before the next steps can proceed, it has been confirmed.

Fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has cost West Suffolk Council more than £11million to date, according to latest figures.

The face of cinema in Bury St Edmunds has said his lockdown Mondays befriending service “makes me feel good too!”

Just days before he was struck down by coronavirus, hard-working farmer Brian Hull was fit, strong and putting in his customary shift on the family holding near Eye.

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