Ipswich, Suffolk has the highest Covid rate in England
The Covid infection rate in Ipswich jumped last week to become the highest in England.
Government data revealed that the seven-day rate is now 854.5 cases per 100,000 people for the week through October 14.
This means that nearly one in a hundred people living in the borough tested positive for the coronavirus within a week, with 1,162 new infections.
The city with the second highest Covid rate in the country is Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, which has 817.9 100,000 cases, with 655 new cases reported.
Babergh, East Suffolk, Mid Suffolk and West Suffolk have also seen an increase in the infection rate over the past week and are now above the UK average of 437.6 cases per 100,000 people.
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Despite the recent increase in cases, the number of people hospitalized with the virus in Suffolk remains well below the January peak.
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Colchester Hospital, had 39 Covid patients as of October 12.
But the trust was treating more than 500 patients at the height of the pandemic in January.
Calls have been made to open vaccination centers for children, as only 14.1% of the county’s youth have been vaccinated.