Brentwood Covid-19 cases rise above 55 per 100,000

Essex County Council has reiterated the importance of social distancing as the number of Covid-19 cases in Brentwood rises to above 55 per 100,000.

The increase of nine cases in the past 24 hours comes amid embarrassing revelations that 15,841 additional national cases with specimen dates between September 25 and October 2 had not been added to the rolling total due to a spreadsheet error.

The latest coronavirus figures show that the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Essex have increased again to 7,435

It means by Sunday, October 4, there were 28 cases per 100,000 in the previous seven days.

Brentwood has risen from 46.7 cases per 100,000 over the seven days up to Saturday, to 55.8 per 100,000 over the week leading up to Sunday.

Epping Forest has gone up to 43.3 cases per 100,000 from 41.8 per 100,000 and Basildon has gone from 41.7 to 42.2 per 100,000. Both of those districts saw 11 cases each over the last day of figures – the highest total of cases in Essex.

However, it is unclear how many additional cases were made up of the near 16,000 that had been previously missed after Public Health England’s spreadsheet error.

While people were told they were positive, the cases took days to show up in official figures and were only passed to contact-tracers by 1am on Saturday.

The number of cases in Essex continues in a general upward trajectory, which Essex County Council has repeated can be arrested if people observe the rules.

An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Following PHE’s announcement, all Essex’s cases have now been now attributed to the correct dates.

“The number of cases in Essex continues to rise. The data for the latest week will usually underestimate the number of positive cases, as they will be processing through the system.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of people observing two metres social distancing, washing hands and wearing face coverings, and if you have symptoms, self-isolating and getting tested as soon as possible.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter