COLCHESTER'S average Covid infection rate has almost tripled in the space of a week, with seven parts of the town now included on the Government's hotspots map.

According to the latest figures the borough's average infection rate is now 33.4 cases per 100,000 people.

This is because there were 65 cases confirmed in the borough in the week to June 10.

The average infection rate has increased from 11.8 cases per 100,000 people a week earlier.

A map also reveals how many cases were confirmed in each part of the borough in the week to June 9.

Seven parts of the town recorded more than three cases during this week, meaning they are included on the Government's hotspots map.

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


Here are the latest number of cases for each area:

  • Abbey Field - ten
  • New Town & Hythe - eight
  • Central Colchester - five
  • Parson's Heath - five
  • Old Heath & Rowhedge - four
  • Shrub End - four
  • Mile End and Braiswick - three
  • Prettygate & Westlands - less than three
  • Horkesley Heath, Langham & Dedham - less than three
  • Monkwick - less than three
  • Greenstead - less than three
  • Highwoods - 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
  • Tiptree - less than three

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the further lifting of restrictions set to take place on June 21 would be delayed by at least four week.

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The further lifting of restrictions is now set to take place on July 19.

The decision has come primarily due to the spread of the Delta variant across the country.

At least 15 cases of the Delta variant are said to have been identified in Colchester up to June 9.