Suffolk Covid cases rise by 2,239
A total of 2,239 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in Suffolk in the week leading up to July 21, according to official data.
Figures up to July 21 show there were 401 new cases in Babergh, 660 in East Suffolk, 412 in Ipswich, 268 in Mid Suffolk and 498 in West Suffolk.
The average number of cases in the county per 100,000 people is now at 248.5. This is below the current rate per 100,000 people in the East of England (414.5) and below the current national rate (510.9).
As of July 21, there have been 35,268 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk.
This is the third lowest overall cases rate in the East of England.
According to data up to July 9, there has been one death from Covid-19.
The current 'R' value for the East of England is between 1.2 and 1.5.
The 'R' value for England as a whole is between 1.2 and 1.4.
Any value greater than 1 means that the epidemic may no longer be decreasing.
Stuart Keeble, director of public for Suffolk, has praised the public for continuing to observe precautions since the lifting of restrictions on Monday, July 19.
“Of course, some people have stopped wearing masks, that is their right and their choice as there is now no longer any legal obligation to do so," he said.
“However I am encouraged when hearing of examples of many other people continuing to wear masks in public.
“It shows they recognise that this pandemic is far from over, the virus is still very much out there, and they take their sense of responsibility to others seriously by doing what they can to prevent its spread. I thank everyone who is doing so and urge others to follow that example.”