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Covid cases in Suffolk have risen by 22% in the last week, with every Suffolk district facing an increased case rate

The number of Covid cases in Suffolk have risen by 22 per cent in the last week and this trend looks set to continue.

Suffolk’s Director of Public Health Stuart Keeble has issued a warning for this bank holiday, after Suffolk’s weekly case hit 231.1 cases per 100,000 population, a steep rise compared to the previous week of 189.9 per 100,000.

In the week leading to August 25, there were 1,904 new cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk, compared to 1,597 cases in the week ending August 18.

Stuart Keeble, Suffolk director of public health, has spoken out about keeping safe this bank holiday.
Stuart Keeble, Suffolk director of public health, has spoken out about keeping safe this bank holiday.

While each of the five Suffolk districts have experienced a week-on-week increase, areas around north Newmarket faced the highest rates with 702.7 cases per 100,000 population.

Lowestoft and Kirkley are the second highest with 517.1 cases per 100,000 population.

East Suffolk reported the highest number of weekly cases, with 665, with West Suffolk and Ipswich reporting 446 and 361 respectively.

Mid Suffolk had 265 lab-confirmed positives, while Babergh reported 204.

There has also been an almost doubling in the case rate in the county's 60+ population over the last month, with a rate of 80.9 per 100,000 on August 19, up from 42.2 per 100,000 on July 17.

The number of patients hospitalised with the virus has also risen in all four of Suffolk's hospitals, with 76 patients and two deaths recorded in the most recent week of data.

Mr Keeble, director of public health at Suffolk County Council, said: “We want people to get out and about this bank holiday weekend – whether that’s building sandcastles at the beach, enjoying a proper pint with friends or going on adventures throughout our beautiful county.

"But we need everyone to do so carefully, and be kind to people who are still very vulnerable to COVID.

"Sadly, this disease is still very much in our communities – and while it is hugely important that we live our lives to the fullest and enjoy all that Suffolk has to offer, we must do this with caution.

“This means wearing a mask or keeping your distance when you feel it is appropriate or to protect vulnerable people around us.

"Every act of kindness and consideration to those around you, helps us keep one another safe and stop the spread of the virus.”

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