CORONAVIRUS cases are rising again in three of South Essex’s five districts and boroughs.

The latest figures show Thurrock saw the biggest week-on-week rise in infections, with 651 recorded in the week ending November 13.

That was an increase of 216.

Cases were up by 94 in Basildon to 762, and up by 53 in Rochford to 370.

Southend recorded 669 new cases in the seven days to November 13, which was 49 fewer than the week before.

There was also a drop of 24 infections in Castle Point, where there were 348 new cases in the same period.

Neighbourhoods which have recorded significant rises in cases across south Essex in the last week include:

  • Langdon Hills 83 (up 39)
  • Tilbury 66 (up 30)
  • Lee Chapel South and Kingswood 47 (up 25)
  • Rayleigh North East 57 (up 34)
  • Rayleigh North West 52 (up 22)
  • Chadwell St Mary 46 (up 26)

Covid-19 infections have fallen in most parts of the UK, though levels remain high, according to new figures.

Around one in 65 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to November 13, down from one in 60 the previous week, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

One in 65 is the equivalent of about 824,900 people.

The proportion of people in England who were estimated to have coronavirus at the peak of the second wave in early January was one in 50.

All figures are for people in private households and do not include hospitals, care homes and other settings.

When estimating the level of Covid-19 infections among different age ranges in England, the ONS said rates have fallen for those in school years 7 to 11 and school year 12 to age 24, along with 35 to 49-year-olds and people aged 70 and over.

In all other age groups, including from age two to school year 6, the trend in the most recent week was uncertain.

Rates remained highest for those in school years 7 to 11, at 3.6%.

Across the regions of England, the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have dropped in the north-west, south-west, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

In all other regions the trend was uncertain.

In the East Midlands, around one in 50 people was likely to test positive in the week to November 13 – the highest proportion for any region.

London had the lowest proportion, at around one in 80.

The number of Covid-19 infections in the UK, which is estimated every week by the ONS, is not the same as the number of new cases of coronavirus which are reported every day by the Government.