Covid cases: Epping Forest neighbourhood sees coronavirus spike as cases surge in the UK – Essex Live

An Essex neighbourhood has seen a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases reported, as the disease is seeing a surge across the UK. The government’s interactive coronavirus map shows the number of positive cases recorded by residents across each neighbourhood.

The interactive map colour-codes the severity of each area of the country, according to how high the area’s case rate is. The colour scale goes from a light green, meaning a very low case rate, through to black – where the case rate is above 1,600 per 100,000 people.

However, under current Covid rules, people no longer have to test for the virus, nor do people have to self isolate if they do test positive. This means cases could be higher than recorded.

Case rates are shown per 100,000 people for the 7-day period ending on June 25. The figures are calculated by dividing the 7-day total by the area population and multiplying by 100,000. This makes it easier to compare cases across areas of different population size. The population used is the mid-2020 estimate from the Office for National Statistics.

According to the latest data for the seven days to June 25, the council ward of Theydon Bois & Abridge in Epping Forest, is the only area with a case rate that has been coloured purple. The rest of the county, is a sea of blue and green, showing case rates below 400 per 100,00 residents.

Theydon Bois & Abridge has recorded the largest surge in Essex with a recorded 515.5 case rate per 100,000 residents. In terms of the number of cases, that makes 32 current infections within the last week – up by 113.3 per cent compared to the week previous, where 17 cases were recorded.

In the UK as a whole, the number of coronavirus cases is increasing. According to the latest data for the week to June 25, cases of the virus surged by 35.1 per cent. 112,710 people tested positive in the week, compared to just 23,257 the week before.

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