Three areas across Colchester are recording some of the highest Covid rates in the country, latest figures have shown. 

The Government's interactive Covid map breaks down each area and colour codes them depending on how many cases there are. 

Three areas in Colchester are now highlighted purple which means the rate is between 400-799 cases per 100,000 people. 

However cases numbers still remain low with the highest being 41 recorded in the seven days to September 15 in Shrub End. 

The three areas with the highest rates are:

  • West Bergholt & Wormingford – 32 cases/rate 493.5
  • Layer-de-la-Haye, Abberton & Mersea East – 35 cases/ rate 418.5
  • Shrub End – 41 cases/ rate 426.4

Across Colchester there were 487 cases recorded in the week to September 15. 

The rate was 247 cases per 100,000 people. 

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It comes as children in Essex became some of the first children in England aged between 12 and 15 to receive a Covid-19 jab as the vaccination is rolled out to three million eligible youngsters across the UK. 

Quinn Foakes, 15, was given the Pfizer vaccination at Belfairs Academy secondary school in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Monday as the programme began in England.

It is expected to be delivered primarily within schools, and guidance has been issued to headteachers to contact police if they believe protests could be held outside their buildings.

Jabs are being delivered by local School Age Immunisation Services, as is the case with the flu and HPV vaccines.

Quinn said: “I was nervous at first but in the long run it’s going to be good because I can keep safe near my family and with my grandparents.

“I can go near them, I’m really excited to be around them.”