CORONAVIRUS infection rates across north Essex continue to rise as new fines on failing to self-isolate came into force.

Latest figures from Public Health England show the infection rate continues to rise across the county.

The figures, for the seven days to September 24, are expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent three days has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

In Colchester, the rate has risen to 12.8 cases per 100,000 people.

During the seven days 25 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed.

In the week previously the rate was 8.7 cases per 100,000 people.

In Tendring, the rate has also risen but remains lower with 7.5 cases per 100,000 people.

During the week 11 people tested positive for the virus.

In the seven days previously the rate was 6.8 cases per 100,000.

The figures come as people in England the are now legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the test and trace service.

Fines start at £1,000 and increase up to £10,000 for repeat offenders or serious breaches.


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Gazette readers described the rules as “dystopian”.

Anna Surtees said: “Ridiculous. Just a lead-up to full lockdown...probably beginning at half-term.”

Wayne Tearle added: “Problem is that people will question this at the High Court. Especially after Dominic Cummings got away with things. Government needs to abide by the rules too.”

Craig Flatman said: “Too little too late.

“However, if the fines are for Joe Public, they should be for an MP as well. You cannot have a one rule for one and one rule for another.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government will “not hesitate” to introduce further measures if case numbers continue to rise.

He added: “Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it. We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones.”