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Harleston's infection rates amongst highest in Norfolk in week leading up to Christmas




Coronavirus infection rates in the Harleston area - just across the Suffolk border - were amongst the highest in Norfolk in the week leading up to Christmas.

Harleston and Pulham saw 34 new cases of the virus in the week beginning on December 18, up from just 10 cases the week before – an increase of 240 per cent.

In the same week, neighbouring Hempnall, Ditchingham and Wortwell saw 37 new cases, up from 12 the week before – an increase of 208.3 per cent.

Harleston saw some of the highest rates in the county leading up to Christmas. Picture: Public Health England (43778059)
Harleston saw some of the highest rates in the county leading up to Christmas. Picture: Public Health England (43778059)

Cases have surged nationwide over the festive period, which is largely down to a new, more easily transmissible strain of the virus.

Figures in the Harleston area sit in stark contrast with the entire county, where the increase in new cases was 52.6 per cent.

The only area in the county which saw a higher increase was Felmingham, Worstead, and Happisburgh, in north Norfolk, where cases jumped by 487.5 per cent on the week prior.

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