ALMOST all of Colchester remains nearly Covid free, with just two areas seeing three or more cases in the latest week.

According to the Government's latest hotspots map, just two parts of the borough recorded three or more cases in the week to April 20.

The rest of the borough has recorded less than three, meaning the virus is classed as "suppressed" in these areas.

They are not recorded on the hotspots map any longer.

The only areas which saw three or more cases were Parson's Heath, which recorded four, and Central Colchester, which also recorded 4.

Here are the latest number of cases for each part of Colchester:

  • Parson's Heath - 4
  • Central Colchester - 4
  • Mile End and Braiswick - less than three
  • Greenstead - less than three
  • Monkwick - less than three
  • Abbey Field - less than three
  • Highwoods - less than three
  • New Town & Hythe - less than three
  • Stanway - less than three
  • Wivenhoe & University - less than three
  • Marks Tey & Wakes Colne - less than three
  • West Bergholt & Wormingford - less than three
  • Layer-de-la-Haye, Abberton & Mersea East - less than three
  • West Mersea - less than three
  • Lexden - less than three
  • Horkesley Heath, Langham & Dedham - less than three
  • Prettygate & Westlands - less than three
  • Old Heath & Rowhedge - less than three
  • Shrub End - less than three
  • Tiptree - less than three

Colchester' average infection rate is now 12.3 cases per 100,000 people.

This is because there were 24 cases recorded in the borough in the week to April 18.

The rate is the same as a week earlier.

In Tendring the average infection rate during this week was 20.5 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 13.6 cases per 100,000 people a week earlier.

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On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied reports of him saying that he would rather see bodies pile up than go into a third coronavirus lockdown.

Asked if he made the comments attributed to him, the Prime Minister said: “No, but I think the important thing I think people want us to get on and do as a Government is to make sure that the lockdowns work.

“They have, and I really pay tribute to the people of this country, this whole country of ours, really pulled together and, working with the vaccination programme, we have got the disease under control.”

Downing Street said reports that Boris Johnson spoke of preferring further deaths to a third Covid-19 lockdown were “untrue”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters: “No, this is untrue and, as you say, he has denied that in his clip (to broadcasters).”

Asked whether anyone else in No 10 made the remark, the spokesman said: “No. All I can confirm is that the Prime Minister did not make that statement.

“I’m not aware of anyone else making that statement.”