There are now eight areas in south Essex which have recorded three or fewer cases of coronavirus in the last seven days.

It comes as the Government will tomorrow announce its roadmap out of the third national lockdown.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Boris Johnson will set out a “cautious” plan to relax coronavirus restrictions when he unveils his road map out of lockdown.

The Prime Minister will outline his blueprint for easing the stringent measures in England to Parliament on Monday.

Matt Hancock insisted that, despite the success of the vaccine rollout so far, and the “understandable” urge to return to normal life, the Government’s goal is to take a “cautious but irreversible approach”.

In a series of broadcast interviews on Sunday morning, he said there will be “weeks between the steps” so ministers can “watch carefully” the impact of each relaxation of the restrictions.

Mr Hancock said that one in three adults in the UK has now received a coronavirus vaccine, and that the Government is confident it has the supplies to meet the July 31 target and to vaccinate all adults over 50, and higher risk groups, by April 15.

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The Government's coronavirus map shows how each area in the county has been impacted.

The data can also be compared to show how the number of new cases has changed over different time periods.

For the latest seven day period to February 15 it shows eight areas in south Essex have now recorded three or fewer cases.

They are:

  • Wickford Shotgate,
  • Benfleet Appleton,
  • Corringham South,
  • Langdon Hills,
  • Bursteads,
  • Billericay Tye Common,
  • Billericay Central and Sunnymede,
  • Rochford Town and Canewdon.

Latest infection rate figures also show cases continue to drop across south Essex.

The rate is now 116.3 cases per 100,000 people for Southend in the seven days to February 15. This is down from 173.1 for the week before.

In Basildon the rate has fallen to 82.3 cases per 100,000 people down from 133 the week before.