BASILDON'S Covid-19 cases have jumped again by more than 500 in the latest data from Public Health England.

Figures for the seven days up to November 28 show Basildon's rate of infection per 100,000 people at 304, with 569 new cases confirmed.

This is a rise of 57 from the number of new cases confirmed in the seven days up to November 21 which was 512, with a rate of 273.5.

This puts Basildon as the 13th worst location in the country for new Covid cases.

The data from Publich Health England excludes the most recent four days from November 29 to December 2 as it is incomplete.

Southend's cases have also risen, with 252 confirmed in the seven days to November 28, compared to 225 confirmed in the week prior.

Cases in Rochford fell by one, with 119 confirmed in the run up to November 28 compared to the 120 confirmed the previous week, and Castle Point fell from 176 to 168 new cases.

Thurrock's new cases also fell from 384 in the seven days to November 21 to 336 in the days up to November 28.

A majority of areas in England (281 out of 315) have seen a fall in case rates.

Swale in Kent continues to have the highest rate, with 845 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 28 – the equivalent of 563.0 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up slightly from 533.7 in the seven days to November 21.

Boston in Lincolnshire has the second highest rate, up from 427.5 to 533.0, with 374 new cases.

Medway in Kent is in third place, where the rate has risen from 430.8 to 529.5, with 1,475 new cases.

After Boston and Medway, the areas with the biggest week-on-week jumps are Maidstone (up from 270.6 to 359.1, with 617 new cases); Lincoln (up from 325.3 to 385.7, with 383 new cases); and Woking (up from 149.8 to 192.5, with 194 new cases).