Thurrock now has the highest coronavirus infection rate across the county.

Despite remaining in tier one, the borough has a reported a rate of 101.0 cases per 100,000 residents.

Government data, recorded in the latest week between October 10 to October 16, also saw 176 cases in Thurrock between this time.

And Basildon saw 177 cases between this period, with a coronavirus infection rate of 95 cases per 100,000 people.

Southend reported a coronavirus infection rate of 68 cases per 100,000 people and 124 cases during the latest week.

On the other end of the scale, Essex areas with much lower coronavirus infection rates include places like Braintree, which has a rate of 51 cases per 100,000 people, and Maldon, which has a rate of 49 cases per 100,000 people.

It comes as the majority of the county faced tougher coronavirus restrictions from Saturday morning, moving from tier one to tier two.

As a result, all of Essex - with the exception of Southend and Thurrock - now face a ban on households mixing indoors.

However, the Rule of Six still applies outdoors.