More than a dozen neighbourhoods in south Essex are recording infection rates that are among the highest in the country.

The UK recorded the highest daily case total for the third day running yesterday, with more than 90,000 new infections announced.

Basildon, Southend and Thurrock continue to record more than 1,000 cases a week.

Wickford and Shotgate is the only south Essex neighbourhood not highlighted in purple on the Government’s coronavirus hotspots map.

Areas shaded in purple have infection rates above 400 cases per 100,000 people, while those in dark purple have rates at 800 or more.

There are currently more than 25 neighbourhoods placed in the highest category, according to the latest weekly data up to December 12.

Those areas – and the number of cases recorded in that week – were:

Southend

  • Southchurch – 83
  • St Lukes – 96
  • Westborough – 95
  • Leigh – 83
  • West Leigh – 83

Rochford

  • Hockley and Hawkwell West – 135

Castle Point

  • New Thundersley – 62
  • Hadleigh South – 61
  • Canvey Island North West – 71
  • Canvey Island South West – 70

Basildon

  • Eversley – 63
  • Chalvedon – 73
  • Whitmore Way and Fremnells – 101
  • Laindon East and Lee Chapel North – 78
  • Laindon Central - 98
  • Wickford West – 59
  • Billericay Tye Common – 71

Thurrock

  • Corringham North and London Gateway – 66
  • Orsett, Bulphan & Hordon-on-the-Hill – 57
  • Corringham South – 67
  • Stanford East – 66
  • Stanford West – 70
  • East Tilbury – 65
  • Chadwell St Mary – 104
  • Little Thurrock North- 54
  • South Chafford – 83
  • Chafford and North Stifford – 90
  • South Ockendon - 106