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Suffolk’s Covid Case Numbers – ‘Incredibly Serious’ Says Council

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East Suffolk’s Coronavirus numbers have exploded by over 80 percent in the last week.There are now 140 cases per one hundred thousand people in our area…  With the biggest increase being among 19-39 year olds.

Matthew Hicks who is leader of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board at Suffolk County Council fears this could mean we could be placed in a higher tier before we ring in the new year.

Over Eleven Hundred new cases of COVID 19 has put East Suffolk is on alert..  We could be placed in a higher TIER as the virus spreads at speed across the county.

Matthew Hicks voiced his concerns saying that ‘The situation in Suffolk is incredibly Serious’ and went on to say that ‘we fully anticipate being moved into Tier 3, and maybe even Tier 4 to align with other East of England counties.  We await the Government’s decision on the next tier review.’

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of making sure you follow the guidance. This is the opportunity for everyone to stop and reset the way they live. We must work together to reverse this growth trend.

“Ultimately, we can decrease the spread of the virus by limiting our contact with other people outside our household, keeping our distance from each other, wearing a mask and washing our hands regularly.”

Details of cases in Suffolk:

  • The rate in Suffolk is now 169 per 100,000. One week ago this rate was 67 per 100,000. The rate in the East of England is 375 per 100k and England is 284.
  • In the last week we have seen 1,128 new cases (up 568 from last week)
  • In the last week Mid Suffolk has increased by 157% (161 per 100k), West Suffolk 150% (154 per 100k), Babergh 137% (201 per 100k), East Suffolk 82% (140 per 100k) and Ipswich 14% (228 per 100k)
  • The biggest increase is among 19 to 39-year-olds

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